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Delta seeking a sibling

Delta could have a sister city across the Pacific.

The B.C. ministry of community services has offered a $50,000 grant to the Corporation of Delta to support “an economically robust twinning relationship with an Asian counterpart.”

The idea is to be looked into further by council and staff.

“I don’t just want to grab the $50,000 and say let’s run with it,” said Coun. George Hawksworth, noting that Delta would have to bear any costs beyond what’s provided by the provincial government.

The benefits could range from closer economic ties to student exchanges.

“I think there’s another benefit, and this is something we don’t want to overlook either. It exposes us to a wider view of the world,” said Hawksworth. “I think that encourages a better sense of international cooperation.”

In B.C., 66 communities have one or more sister cities. Richmond has “twinned” with Wakayama, Japan since 1973, as well as established a relationship with Pierrefonds, Quebec. Surrey has sister cities in Zhuhai, China and Koto-ku, Japan, while White Rock’s sister cities are Imperial Beach, California and St. Andrews, New Brunswick.

kthiessen@southdeltaleader.com

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