Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2003 11:56:43 -0500
From: "Councillor Rae" <councillor#032#rae@toronto.ca>
To: <Terry_brunette@city.vancouver.bc.ca>
Cc: <jim_green@city.vancouver.bc.ca>,
<larry_campbell@city.vancouver.bc.ca>
Subject: Joy Kogawa's Home

Joy Kogawa's novels are read around the world, and it would place Canada and Vancouver in good stead, and reinforce our image as a diverse, fair and honest nation to face up to our past wrongs and enshrine this home for the history books.

It is my understanding that Ms Kogawa has made a substantial personal financial commitment to help the project along.

To ensure that the Japanese-Canadian experience is articulated in a historic site, and to create a space where children can visit to acknowledge our history and our stories would go a long way to ensuring that reprisals against minorities don't happen again.

Minority communities for too long have had to alternately struggle with repression and invisibility.

The internment of Japanese-Canadians needs to have the bright light of history shone upon it. I can't think of a better way to do this than to preserve Joy's house for posterity, and most of the Torontonians I've spoken to about this agree, so rest assured that there is much interest across the country, and we'll be watching developments with keen interest.

I remain,

Kyle Rae
Councillor - Toronto-Centre Rosedale.