Aaron McArthur is a reporter with Global TV, and a great grandson of the much beloved late W.E. McArthur who was the mayor of Greenwood City, one of the so-called “ghost towns” in the B.C. interior to which many Japanese Canadians were forced to move during the Canadian government’s infamous wartime internment policy. At a time when many communities were refusing to accept the Japanese Canadians, Mayor McArthur welcomed them to his community and did much to help make bearable what was an extremely painful and unjust experience. In a landmark decision in 1988, the Canadian federal government made an apology to the Japanese Canadian community and provided individual redress to all those affected by the WWII policy.
Tonari Gumi is pleased to have Aaron McArthur join us in hosting what is one of Canada’s largest sake tasting events and a major fundraiser for Tonari Gumi’s programs and services to assist Japanese Canadian seniors and others requiring assistance within the greater Vancouver area. Nine sake distributors will introduce some 40 different sakes and Japanese plum wines and 10 different restaurants and food suppliers will provide appetizers and finger foods to some 300 guests in the grand ballroom of the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel.