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A Year Ago on Cambie Street

One year ago on Cambie Street, the Don Don Noodle House, a family run small business for over a decade, was forced to close for good, after struggling to survive the RAV/Canada Line.

Many more small businesses suffered huge losses before them, and many since.

After years of hardship, endless happy spin from all those raking in profits, and the hollow assurances that it won't happen again, the devastation continues, unmitigated.

We have had absolutely no compensation for the willful demolition of our life's work by our own government at every level.

For those who have already lost all they have worked to build up over decades, the lack of integrity shown by all who have failed us is shocking, and the loss of our livelihoods is an on-going agony.

No. We will not go quietly. We deserve full compensation. We deserve respect.

Compensation is the right thing to do.

Susan Heyes is the owner of Hazel & Co. on Cambie at Sixteenth. The maternity clothing retailer is now leading the litigation charge against the City of Vancouver, the Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority, RAV project management, Intransit BC and Translink. Heyes believes she and her fellow merchants were sold a bill of goods on the RAV Line. “They assured the community they would bore a tunnel under the street, and the construction would be two to three months in front of any given business. It’s been over two years," she told Common Ground magazine in February.

Photo above by Brian Powell of Simon Kim and wife, shortly before they were forced to close their business due to losses suffered as a result of RAV line construction on Cambie Street

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