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Editorial: Meaningful Remembrance

I say kudos to the Chamber and to Mr. Adjudani for their efforts in rallying for this cause
Remembrance Day 2023 in Ladner.

The community of Delta should be proud after the tremendous show of respect to our veterans past and present on Saturday.

Remembrance Day ceremonies in Ladner and in North Delta brought out huge crowds of residents who joined with cadets, youth groups, legion members and politicians for moments of reflection and remembrance.

It’s always amazing to see our community come together in occasions like this.

I’ll admit that I was a little unsure what the turnout might be this year. Several times this past week, I was surprised to see so many people not wearing Poppies this year and Remembrance Day would not be marked in this community.

I’m very glad to see that I was wrong.

Change in plans

Sometimes government will listen to its residents.

Last Tuesday, news broke from the province that repairs to the damaged Hwy. 17A overpass would be starting later that week. It was anticipated the work would take eight weeks and would bring with it lane closures and detours that would negatively impact many businesses and services in the area.

Late Tuesday evening, Primerose Greek Restaurant owner Sia Adjudani copied the Optimist on a letter to Transportation Minister Rob Fleming imploring government to delay the repair project until January. The restaurant, which is located near Cascades Casino Delta, is right in the direct path to where the repair project would be. It would have meant a significant financial hit for both businesses.

The following day, Delta Chamber of Commerce stepped up with a similar letter.

On Thursday, the province announced that they would delay the project to January and in the meantime, have meaningful discussions with the business community that would be most affected by the project when it does start.

I say kudos to the Chamber and to Mr. Adjudani for their efforts in rallying for this cause.