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Yuriy Makogonsky had never tasted fish and chips when he was offered an opportunity to invest in White Rock’s version of the iconic seaside diner, the Moby Dick restaurant.

“I didn’t know what ‘fish and chips’ was; I had to Google it,” he said in an interview.

Under a Canadian economic immigration program, Mr. Makogonsky, his wife and their two young boys arrived in Canada just over two years ago from Ukraine, having left behind a prosperous dairy business in Crimea amid bloody unrest when Russia moved to annex the territory.

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