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January 1 The Workmen's Compensation Act
of British Columbia took effect.
March 20 Malcolm MacLennan, Vancouvers
chief constable, was shot and killed at 522 East Georgia Street
while attempting to arrest Bob Tait, a heavily armed drug addict.
PEI-born MacLennan, 43, had been chief for a short time, since 1914.
Ironically, MacLennan had been an early proponent of medical assistance,
rather than criminal prosecution, for drug addicts. He was also
the first chief to hire a non-Caucasian constable. (Constable Raiichi
Shirokawa.) Also killed by Tait was an innocent passerby, George
Robb, eight years old.
MacLennan was succeeded as chief constable by W.
April 4 Women (unless they were native Indian
or Oriental) could now vote in BC. The next day the Province carried
the news deep within a report from the legislature, preceded by
some news on agricultural matters.
April 9 The B.C. and Yukon Hotels Association
April In Stanley Park is a monument to Japanese-Canadians
who fought for us in WWI. (Out of 196 local Japanese who volunteered,
145 were killed or wounded.) One of those volunteers, Sgt. Masumi
Mitsui, led his men in a gallant advance up Vimy Ridge in April
1917 and was awarded the Military Medal for Bravery.
May 17 The War Dog was launched by Wallace
Shipyards, becoming the first steel ocean-going freighter to be
built on Burrard Inlet.
May 21 Actor Raymond Burr was born in New
Westminster. He will become famous as TVs Perry Mason and,
June A B.C. Electric Railway strike.
June 17 The Pantages Theatre opened opened
at 20 West Hastings, and was proclaimed one of the continent's best
July 2 Tsutae Sato, educator, arrived in Canada
to teach at the Nippon Kokumin Gakko, Japanese Citizens School on
Alexander. For a lifetime of work in education, Sato was awarded
the Order of Canada in 1978.
July 7 Vancouver Fire Department firefighters
went on strike for better pay and conditions. City Council grumbled,
but finally agreed to their demands.
July 16 Float plane builder Jimmie Hoffar
took the sports editor of the Province up to 2,000 feet in the H-1.
July 19 Helen McGill became the first woman
to be appointed a judge of the juvenile court.
July North Vancouver civic employees formed
a union. In August ferry employees, firemen and police will get
August 8 During a business trip to Portland,
Vancouvers Alvo von Alvensleben was arrested. It seems British
intelligence officials had sent a list of dangerous German
spies to the U.S. Justice Department, and Alvenslebens
name topped the list! He is interned by U.S. officials near Salt
Lake City, on suspicion of being a German spy. It was not until
March, 1920, fifteen months after the war ended, that he was released.
August 29 The Migratory Birds Convention Act
is given Royal Assent. Before the Act a good hunter could take up
to 2,000 birds a year in the Fraser delta, and earn a comfortable
income selling waterfowl to the local market.
August 31 Last issue of the News-Advertiser
before it was absorbed by the Sun.
September 1 Robert Cromie, who had bought
the News Advertiser, amalgamated it with his Morning Sun.
October 1 Prohibition began in Canada. It
will end October 20, 1920.
November 16 The Canadian Northern Pacific
Railway was taken over by the federal government. It will become
part of the CNR in 1918.
December 17 Called by some the most bitter
election in Canadian history, the 1917 federal election was fought
mainly over the issue of conscription. Sir Robert Bordens
Unionist government, a coalition, was elected with a strong majority.
(Bordens Conservatives had won the 1911 election.) Major J.S.
Matthews, future Vancouver archivist, served as the deputy returning
officer in Belgium during the election.
Stonemason Jimmy Cunningham, born c. 1878 in Scotland,
began building what would become the Stanley Park Seawall.
H. Nelson Menzies joined James Inglis Reid. Menzies
will introduce the Scottish sausages that made Reids Granville
Street shop famous.
The Woodwards Food Floor in Vancouver has become
the largest in the world under one roof.
We think Stan Laurel performed in Vancouver in the
spring of 1917. He had appeared in Seattle March 18.
Famed dancer Vaslav Nijinsky appeared with Diaghilev's
Ballets Russes at the Opera House in Vancouver.
The salmon run on the Fraser this year was down badly
this year because of a 1913 slide that blocked the river. The Fraser's
cannery industry was badly affected, and many canneries closed.
Robert Dollar (latterly of Everett, Wash.) built
a large lumber and shingle mill at Dollarton. Another source gives
1918. He built houses for his workers, and the $15 a month rent
includes water, electricity and wood.
Helen Emma MacGill, Canada's first woman judge, was
appointed to the bench of the juvenile court in Vancouver.
A massive snowslide blocked the PGE railway line
and cut off the Whistler Valley for six weeks.
In the lumber camps of Surrey, members of the IWW
went on strike for better camp conditions, a nine-hour day, and
higher wages. They will win all but the bid for higher wages, and
go back to work.
The Capilano Timber Company was formed. It will operate
to 1932, running a logging railway up the Capilano Valley to bring
out the red cedar for which the Valley is famous. Its mills will
be destroyed by fire in June 1932. One of its bridges, the Houlgate
Creek Trestle, was 400 feet long and 90 feet high.
West Vancouver's Horticultural and Agricultural Association
Honest John Oliver, a Delta farmer, became
Premier of B.C. when Premier Harlan Brewster retired because of
ill-health. Oliver will be elected in his own right March 6, 1918.
George Cowan, a Vancouver lawyer, had by 1917 purchased
1,000 acres on Bowen Island, on which he built cottages for family
The Grand Central Hotel in Marpole found a new use
this year as the Provincial Home for Incurables, mainly tuberculosis
patients. It will be in use until 1965.
Kitsilano High School at 10th and Trafalgar is built.
The Vancouver Fire Department became fully motorized,
the first major city in Canada and possibly the continent to become
so, many years ahead of other large cities.
Sólskin, (Sunshine) an Icelandic-Canadian
womens group, was formed to give aid to Icelandic-Canadians serving
in the Great War.
At a cost of $5,250 a building that will come to
be called the Barn was built at Main Mall and Agronomy Road on the
UBC campus. Initially a classroom for returning World War I soldiers,
it later became the horticulture facility for generations of undergraduate
students in agriculture. After a long battle to save this heritage
building, in 1967 it was converted (at a cost of $62,000) into a
faculty, staff and student cafeteria.
UBC began adult education classes.
First published under the unpromising title of Anonymous,
the monthly UBC newspaper became the Ubi Cee. It will have a name
change in 1918 to Ubyssey.
A study at Essondale Mental Hospital shows that syphilis
is the cause of the mental illness of 10 per cent of patients.
The British Columbia Mountaineer, a biennial publication
of the British Columbia Mountaineering Club, began.
The Malahat, a wooden, five-masted auxiliary schooner
was built in Victoria as a lumber carrier. Marine writer Rob Morris
says that during the U.S. prohibition era she became known
as the Queen of Rum Row, sailing . . . out of Vancouver,
often with 60,000 cases of liquor on board.
Fletchers Fine Foods began operating in Vancouver.
Sanford Crowe was elected the second MP for Vancouver,
joining H.H. Stevens.
Evlyn Farris became the first woman on the UBC Board
of Governors. Women had been excluded. She would serve with distinction
for more than 20 years. (The spelling Evlyn is correct.)
David Marks was a founder and president of Schara
Tzedeck synagogue. (His daughter Sadie later gained fame as radio
comedian Mary Livingstone.)
Toronto-born financier Austin Cottrell Taylor, 28,
came to B.C. He would become one of this areas wealthiest
men. Taylor Way on the North Shore is named for him.
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