Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs Up:to everyone involved in inspiring, organizing and attending Friday’s Lillooet Legacy Signage and Memorial Garden Unveiling Event commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Japanese Canadian Internment.

The ceremony was long overdue. Finally, respect has been paid, families have been remembered and honoured for their resilience and their contribution to our community and country, and the overall Lillooet community has done what it can to heal the pain and acknowledge the wrong that was done so many years ago.

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It was very touching to see family members gathering at the stone memorial moment for commemorative photos and to see them reaching out to touch their family’s name inscribed on the monument. It is now a solid and tangible reminder of their families’ sacrifice and presence here.

There are so many people who should be acknowledged for making the day a success – the Province of British Columbia, the District of Lillooet, Laura Saimoto of the Japanese Canadian Legacy Committee, Linda Kawamoto Reid from the Nikkei National Museum, Dr. Aki Horii and the other members of the Lillooet Seniors Committee and Mariko Kage and the local volunteers who worked indefatigably on the project.

Thumbs Up and Good Luck: to Keenan Warhurst as he prepares for the CBC Science Fair. He’s a terrific young man - engaging, curious, articulate and passionate about science. It’s also apparent that he’s having tons of fun satisfying that curiosity. Don’t ever change, Keenan.

Thumbs Down: to people who repeatedly whisper and/or keep up a running commentary during council meetings. It’s disrespectful to council and to those trying to listen to the proceedings. And besides, we recently learned that our tape recorder picks up your conversations. We weren’t eavesdropping and the recorder was in its regular place on the press table, but we were surprised to discover it works better than expected when you are chattering. Folks, you’re in the public gallery, not the whispering gallery!



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