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Victoria's Chinatown website launches

After more than a year in preparation, the Victoria's Chinatown website is launched.

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Thu, 2013-04-04

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4 April 2013

Chinese Cemetery beautification project

A project to beautify the Chinese Cemetery, including surveying the plants and geology, restoring the wooden fence and building an arch at the entrance, was completed. The gateway to the cemetery, called the Gate of Peaceful Repose, was designed by Victoria geographer David Chuenyan Lai.

(CCL, 206-207)

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Thu, 2001-03-01

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March 2001

Governor General Adrienne Clarkson tours Chinese Cemetery

Governor General Adrienne Clarkson, of Chinese descent, toured the Chinese Cemetery while visiting Victoria. (CCL, 206-207)

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Thu, 1999-11-18

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18 November 1999

Chinatown designated a National Historic District

Victoria’s Chinatown was designated a National Historic District, and the Chinese Cemetery designated a National Historic Site by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.

(CCL, 199, 204)

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Fri, 1995-12-01

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December 1995

Dr. David See-chai Lam named Lieutenant Governor

Dr. David See-chai Lam, the first Asian Canadian Lieutenant Governor, was installed at Government House in Victoria.

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Fri, 1988-07-01

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Immigrant Investor Program launched

Canada introduced Immigrant Investor Program – inviting entrepreneurs with capital to settle in Canada.

(CCL, 189)

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Tue, 1986-07-01

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Chung Wah Mansion opens

Chung Wah Mansion, an apartment building with subsidized housing, was opened behind the Chinese Public School.

(CCL, 201)

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Sun, 1985-10-20

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20 October 1985

Queen Elizabeth visits Chinatown

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip visited Victoria’s Chinatown.

(CCL, 199).

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Tue, 1983-03-08

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8 March 1983

Chinatown Care Centre opened

The Chinatown Care Centre opened.

(CCL, 200-201)

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Thu, 1982-02-25

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25 February 1982

Gate of Harmonious Interest built

Gate of Harmonious Interest was built in Victoria’s Chinatown

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Wed, 1981-07-01

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