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Photos: Richmond News readers celebrate Canada Day

Reimagined Steveston Salmon Festival a 'great success,' said Sakai.

Richmondites enjoyed a sunny Canada Day yesterday, and we got to catch a glimpse of the different celebrations through your photos.

Many readers were out and about as in-person celebrations resumed, and the Steveston Salmon Festival saw a great turnout from the community with all festival zones abuzz until closing.

"It was a great success considering the goals we had set for a 'return to Community gatherings' and 'giving consideration for everyone’s safety'," said Alan Sakai, president of the Steveston Community Society.

Sakai told The Richmond News that he was proud of the great job done by the organizing team and volunteers.

"I really enjoyed the entertainment the programming team put together. I was moving to the rhythm all day long," he said.

The celebrated community leader also enjoyed many other highlights from the day - from the inclusion of works from local schools to Japanese cultural exhibits, as well as Mary Point's opening remarks, storytelling, and singing.

So what's next for next year's Steveston Salmon Festival?

"My informal poll of the exiting crowd was that they had a good time with some wistful remembrances for things like the Salmon Bake, Chow Mein Sales and the Parade. We will be doing a formal review with partners and the community in the coming weeks," said Sakai.

"We will review and evaluate the 2022 Festival and make recommendations to the 2023 Committee. Hopefully, next year's committee should have the concept decided on and implementation started much sooner for 2023.  The uncertainty we faced in the fall affected the planning process greatly."

What does the Canadian flag mean to Richmondites?

As many Canadians reflect on the meaning of the Maple Leaf in light of recent incidents, Sakai had told the News previously that he hoped people would remember that the flag has different meanings for different people - and we shouldn't "pigeonhole" its meaning.

The News ran a poll earlier in the week asking readers how they felt about waving the Canadian flag on Canada Day, and around 49 per cent of readers thought it was a staple for the celebrations.

Meanwhile, almost 22 per cent said they didn’t feel the need to wave the flag and 17 per cent were unsure because of some of the causes the Maple Leaf has been associated with.

Richmond News polled 418 readers and asked the question: Will you be waving the Canadian flag on Canada Day?

The poll ran from 6/28/2022 to 7/2/2022. Of the 418 votes, we can determine that 79 are from within the community. The full results are as follows:

Yes, it's a staple for the celebrations. 50.63 % local, 48.80 % total    
No, I don't feel the need to. 20.25 % local, 21.53 % total    
Not sure, I am uncomfortable with some of the causes it has been associated with. 17.72 % local, 16.99 % total    
I don't care one way or another. 11.39 % local, 12.68 % total    
  Local   Total

Results are based on an online study of adult Richmond News readers that are located in Richmond. The margin of error - which measures sample variability - is +/- 4.79%, 19 times out of 20.

Richmond News uses a variety of techniques to capture data, detect and prevent fraudulent votes, detect and prevent robots, and filter out non-local and duplicate votes.

We thank our readers for sending in your photos, and winners of the Vancouver Canadians tickets will be notified in the following week.