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January 2 Lions Bay was incorporated. Resident
Max Wyman has written: A plebiscite on incorporation late
in 1970 drew more than the requisite 60 per cent majority vote from
the 250 residents, and in the spring of 1971 Lions Bay officially
became a village municipality. Some members of the GVRD board felt
such a small community should not be allowed one of only 57 GVRD
votes. I think it's totally wrong, said Bill Vander
Zalm, then Mayor of Surrey. I don't know why it was done.
A village complex was built: fire hall, fire truck storage, a council
room, village office, kitchen and community hall-cum-gym. Allan
(Curly) Stewart was elected mayor by acclamation, and villagers
elected their first four-member council.
January 8 Seaspan International was chosen
as the new name after the merger of Vancouver Tugboats and Island
Tug and Barge. The North Vancouver company operates tugs and specialty
barges from Alaska to Mexico.
January 15 Vancouver got title to the old
Shaughnessy Golf Course lands that would later be developed as Van
Dusen Botanical Display Garden.
January 25 200 poor people marched on Vancouvers
February The provincial government assigned
the designation of historic areas, thus preventing demolition of
historically significant buildings. Vancouvers Gastown and
Chinatown neighborhoods were designated historic sites. But this
silver lining had a cloud. Writes Eleanor Yuen in The Greater
Vancouver Book: In 1971, the municipal government crippled
the growth of Chinatown by declaring it an Historical Area where
all old buildings of significant value to be were to be preserved
and new developments strictly controlled. This designation was a
blessing in those years as it helped fight proposals for a freeway
right across its heart. A decade later, however, the heritage classification
turned into a curse in disguise and stalled growth and development
in the district.
March 4 Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, 52,
married Margaret Sinclair, 22, at St. Stephen's Catholic Church
in Lynn Valley, North Vancouver.
April 4 Victor Wentworth Odlum, soldier and
publisher, died in Vancouver, aged 90. He was born October 21, 1880
in Cobourg, Ont. He arrived in Vancouver in 1889 with his scientist/writer
father, Edward Odlum. Victor served in the Boer War and the First
World War. Between wars, he worked as a journalist with several
newspapers, including the Vancouver Daily Star as editor-in-chief.
He was a Liberal MLA for Vancouver City from 1924 to 1928. He became
the Stars publisher in 1924, would hold that post until 1932.
In the late 1930s, Odlum served on the CBCs board. A brigadier,
he commanded the 2nd Canadian Division in 1940-41. He was high commissioner
to Australia and Canada's first ambassador to China (1943-46). He
was ambassador to Turkey (1947-52). He was the publisher in 1964
of the short-lived Vancouver Times.
April The railway through White Rock (now
called the Burlington Northern) ended its passenger service. A few
years later a fastbus commuter service by B.C. Hydro
would link White Rock with Vancouver.
April 30 The War Measures Act, imposed October
16, 1970, lapsed.
May 4 Peter Basil Pantages, founder of the
Polar Bear Club, died in Hawaii. He was born November 15, 1901 in
Andros, Greece. He ran the Peter Pan Cafe on Granville Street with
his three brothers from the early 1920s. He was the founder (1920)
and director (for 51 years) of the Polar Bear swimming club, promoting
New Year's Day outdoor swimming. An ardent fisherman; member of
Canadian Wildlife Association and Royal Lifeguard Association. He
swam every day, no matter where he travelled.
June 21 George Tidball opened his first Keg
Restaurant in North Vancouver. In 1987 he would sell his Kegs and
other restaurants (76 in all) to Whitbread PLC of London, England.
June 23 Vancouver mayor Tom Campbell visited
the Four Seasons site (at the entrance to Stanley Park)
and vocally sparred with young people squatting there.
June 28 The Georgia Viaduct opened, in a ceremony
presided over by Vancouver mayor Tom Campbell. (Its Dunsmuir twin,
to the north, would open in November. Cost for the two: $11 million.)
The old Georgia Viaduct, which had been dropping chunks of concrete
onto the roadway below for much of its 56 years, was finally demolished
to be replaced by the present viaduct.
The old viaductopened July 1, 1915 to extend
Georgia Street over the CPRs Beatty Street yardswas
named the Hart McHarg Bridge for a First World War hero, but the
name never caught on. During the Depression, the viaduct had provided
shelter from the elements for large hobo jungles beneath.
July 2 Writer Evelyn Lau was born. She was
having her work published by age 12. Now her books (Runaway,
Fresh Girls, Other Women, Choose Me, others)
are studied by college students. See this
site and this
July 20 A pageant at Empire Stadium marked
the centennial of B.C.'s entry into Confederation.
July 31 Foon Sien Wong, a well-known spokesperson
for Chinese-Canadian rights, died in Vancouver in his 70s. Writes
Constance Brissenden, He was born c. late 1890s in Canton,
China. He was also known as Wong Mon Poo. When he was 10, his family
came to Vancouver Island and became well-off Cumberland merchants.
In 1911 he met and was influenced by Dr. Sun Yat-Sen. He graduated
from UBC, later worked as a legal interpreter and translator. In
1937 Foon was named publicity agent for the Chinese Benevolent Association's
(CBA) aid-to-China program during the Sino-Japanese War. During
the Second World War he said that if Chinese were eligible to fight
for Canada, they should be allowed to vote. He travelled often to
Ottawa to make his case. The vote would come in 1947. As president
of the Vancouver CBA (1947-59) he pursued human rights issues, especially
immigration laws. In the 1960s he led the fight to stop the bulldozing
of Strathcona's Chinese homes for a freeway project. The unofficial
mayor of Chinatown.
July An 18-year-old lad from Dawson Creek
named Roy Forbes came to Vancouver and began to sing professionally.
He called himself Bim. He was sensational. And more than 30 years
later, now singing as Roy Forbes, he still is. He has a good web
August 7 The Gastown Riot. The Battle
of Maple Tree Square drew more than 1,000 people to Gastown
as a protest against the illegality of marijuana. But police on
horseback were called in to break it up, arresting 79 and charging
38. A later judicial inquiry headed by Justice Thomas Dohm criticized
the action, characterizing it as a police riot. The
British Columbia Civil Liberties Assn has a response to the Dohm
August 14 A Gastown Festival,
exactly one week after the riot, and meant to repair the areas
image, drew 15,000 peaceful participants.
August 15 The Cannery Seafood Restaurant,
still thriving, opened on Burrard Inlet in Vancouver. Some 46 pilings
had to be driven into the Inlet's floor to create the foundation
of the restaurant.
August 24 Yasutaro Yamaga, laborer and Japanese
farm activist, died in Beamsville, Ontario, aged about 85. He was
born in 1886 in Toyohama-mura, Hiroshima-ken, Japan. He came to
B.C. from Seattle in 1907. After working as a CPR laborer, in 1908
he bought 10 acres near Haney. He spoke English well and understood
the Canadian way of life. He organized Japanese social clubs in
Haney, and imported Japanese schoolbooks from the US to replace
Japanese government textbooks. He led the Japanese Farmers' Union
in the Fraser Valley. After internment during the Second World War
in Tashme, B.C., he ran a sawmill at 70 Mile House, then moved to
Beamsville. While there, he established Nipponia Home, the first
Japanese-Canadian senior citizen's home in Canada.
September 7 City School opened, providing
an education alternative to Vancouver students. See this
September 15 The Greenpeace sailed
from Vancouver to the island of Amchitka to protest a nuclear test
on the remote Aleutian island by the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission.
The Greenpeacethe original name of which was the Phyllis
Cormack, an 80-foot fishing vessel named after skipper John
Cormacks wifehad been chartered by the Dont Make
a Wave Committee.
Environmentalists feared, the Province
reported, that the underground blast might touch off an earthquake
or tidal wave and that radiation might leak to the surface or into
The test occurred while the Greenpeace was still
en route, but the protest sparked a huge anti-nuclear demonstration
in Vancouver by high school students and the Dont Make a Wave
Committeerenamed Greenpeacestepped onto the world environmental
stage. And see the October 6 item below.
September 26 Official opening of the nine-kilometre-long
Stanley Park seawall. Special guest was the Hon. H.H. Stevens, present
as a Member of Parliament in 1914 when the Parks Board and federal
government authorized construction of the first section of the wall.
The ashes of Jimmy Cunningham, the brawny little
man who supervised virtually all of the walls construction,
are buried in an unmarked location within the wall. Cunningham had
hefted thousands of its 45-kilogram (100-lb.) blocks into place
over 32 years.
October 6 More than 10,000 secondary school
students from all over the Lower Mainland massed in the 1000-block
Alberninear the U.S. consulate generals officeas
a protest against a planned U.S. nuclear test on Alaskas Amchitka
Island. The students sang, chanted and listened to speeches . .
. and when the demonstration was over, some of them stayed behind
to sweep up and collect litter boxes. A delegation from the group
went to the consulate generals office to explain their opposition
to the blast. And see the September 15 item above.
October 21 The British Columbia Sports Hall
of Fame opened in the B.C. Pavilion at the PNE. Tributes were paid
to sports writer Eric Whitehead as the man most responsible "for
the splendid collection of memorabilia, not to mention various splendid
collections of money which made the Hall possible and will ensure
its future." Today, with 19 galleries and even more splendid
memorabilia (film, video, uniforms, trophies and more), the Hall
is in bigger quarters (20,000 sq ft) at B.C. Placeand well
worth a visit. See this
October 24 Soviet premier Alexei Kosygin made
a state visit to Vancouver.
October 29 While the Greenpeace was
still en route to Amchitka (see September 15 item) the atomic blast
they were planning to protest went ahead. A second ship was organized,
and left Vancouver today. This was the converted Canadian minesweeper
the Edgewater Fortune. She was named the Greenpeace Too.
From the web
site: The Greenpeace Too passed the Greenpeace
near Campbell River and carried on north to Alaskafirst to
Juneau, and then outward bound across the Gulf of Alaska to the
Aleutians . . . the U.S. Atomic Energy Committee advanced the next
blast date to avoid the Greenpeace Too. The five-megaton
explosion was detonated under Amchitka Island when the Greenpeace
Too was still a few hundred miles away. The controversy the
Greenpeace voyages generated led to the decision to cancel further
tests, and the detonation of November 1971 was the last nuclear
test to take place at Amchitka.
November 5 Evlyn Fenwick Keirstead Farris,
women's education activist, died in Vancouver, aged 93. She was
born August 21, 1878 in Windsor, Nova Scotia. She was a minister's
daughter, writes Constance Brissenden, and a graduate,
with first class honors, of Acadia U. (MA, 1898). From 1899 to 1905
she taught history at a Connecticut high school. At 28 she was a
founder of UBC's University Women's Club (1907), formed to stimulate
intellectual activity. She was club president from 1907 to
1909 and again in 1925-26. When the first UBC board was elected,
women were excluded. In 1917, she was elected the first woman on
the board, and went on to serve more than 20 years. She was married
to J.W. deBeque Farris, crown prosecutor and attorney general. "Clever,
elegant, idealistic . . . she made things happen.
November 19 Heritage Village (now Burnaby
Village Museum) was opened by Governor General Roland Michener.
It showed Burnaby as it might have looked in bygone days. There
are costumed townsfolk, historic buildings, self-guided tours, and
a beautiful old carousel. Besides its entertainment purposes, the
village is a learning resource for school groups.
November The Dunsmuir Viaduct opened to traffic.
See the June 28 item above.
December 15 Bernice R. Brown, activist, died
in West Vancouver, aged 66. She was born Bernice Dickhoff on April
11, 1905 in San Francisco. She worked at the San Francisco News,
then married and settled in Vancouver in 1930. She was an early
editor of the Jewish Western Bulletin. In 1939 she organized
a Red Cross unit to enable Jewish women to do war work. In addition
to providing supplies for use overseas, they resettled refugees
and opened their homes to servicemen of all faiths. She received
a Canadian Red Cross Distinguished Service Award in 1946. The unit
continued until 1947, collecting clothes for Holocaust survivors.
Through the media, she urged Parliament to change immigration policy
and accept orphans of the Holocaust. She was later an active member
of the Canadian Institute of International Affairs.
December 23 Sister Charles Spinola died in
Montreal, aged 86. She was born January 28, 1885, came to St. Pauls
Hospital in Vancouver in 1906. She graduated from the hospitals
School of Nursing in 1912 and became supervisor of surgery. In 1918
she invented the St. Charles Ether Machine," a device
described by the hospitals archives as "a vaporizing
machine designed to reduce the dangerous aftereffects of anaesthesia.
Following the advice of many doctors, she applied for a patent in
December of 1921. It was granted February 12, 1924. Although
she was encouraged to name it after herself, she preferred to name
it after the Hospital instead; in the end she named it after her
patron, St. Charles. (The patent mistakenly refers to Sr.
Charles as him.) The machine was eventually widely used
throughout the country. In 1956 Sr. Charles celebrated her 50th
year at St. Pauls. She retired in 1963, after spending 57
years of her life in its service.
Theres an interesting article on the St. Pauls
archives by its former archivist Melanie Hardbattle here.
December 31 Province publisher Fred
Auger buried a time capsule near the reception desk in the editorial
department. It was to be opened on B.C.'s 200th birthday. This was
when the newspaper was at 2250 Granville Street, before its move
to Granville Square in 1997. Wonder what happened to that time capsule?
Also in 1971
The 1971 census showed the metropolitan population
had topped the million mark. One remarkable finding of that census
was that Deltas population had tripled in 10 years. See the
detailed figures at the bottom of this page.
Some 83 per cent of Richmonds population listed
English as their first language.
Vancouver film maker Anne Wheeler (born in Edmonton
September 23, 1946) became part of Filmwest Associates in Vancouver,
dedicated to telling stories about western Canada. They taught
themselves to shoot, edit, write, direct and produce.
She learned well: The Diviners, from the Margaret
Laurence novel, won three Geminis. The Sleep Room earned
best movie and best director. Next came a comedy, Suddenly Naked,
about being truthful, then A Wilderness Station,
inspired by an Alice Munro story. Her 1989 Bye-Bye Blues
(set in the wartime 1940s, about a young mother pursuing a dream
of becoming a singer while her husband's overseas) has become a
Canadian classic, a fine film. See this
Norbert Vesaks Western Dance Theatre came to
an end. It had lasted just a season-and-a-half. Now Murray Wisemans
Ballet Horizons (see 1970) was the only ballet company in the province.
Festival Association of New Westminster began its activities.
These include the annual Hyack Festival, the Hyack Antique Car Easter
Parade, the Santa Claus Parade, and the Miss New Westminster Ambassador
The Capilano Fish Hatchery opened. The featured species
are coho, chinook and steelhead. There is a good description of
why the hatchery was begun (click on history) here.
A portion reads: The construction of the Cleveland
Dam blocked the route of coho and steelhead traveling up the Capilano
River to spawn. Greater than 95 per cent of their spawning and approximately
75 per cent of their rearing habitat was lost. To mitigate this
loss, the Greater Vancouver Water District constructed a concrete
river weir and fish ladder. This system collected adult salmon returning
to the river to spawn. They were then transported in transport tanks
and deposited above the dam to continue their journey upstream.
However, young salmon migrating downstream to the ocean suffered
high losses, as they had to travel over the dam. Over the next decade
the Capilano salmon stocks continued to decline. To address this
problem, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans decided to build
Capilano Hatchery to rear and release salmon below the dam. Construction
began in 1969 and the three million-dollar facility was completed
The Greater Vancouver Water District, which had been
incorporated in 1926, became part of the Greater Vancouver Regional
District. So did the Greater Vancouver Sewerage and Drainage District,
incorporated in 1956, a successor to the Vancouver and District
Joint Sewerage and Drainage Board, incorporated in 1914.
Starbucks opened at its first location: Seattles
Pike Place Market.
Among the locally-shot films released this year were
these five (annotations by film historian Michael Walsh):
Director Mike Nichols shot Carnal Knowledge
here. The film starred Jack Nicholson, Candice Bergen, Art Garfunkel,
Ann-Margret and Rita Moreno. Michael Walsh comments: Vancouver
stars as Middle America in a boomer generation drama about guys
who spend their lives chasing girls and talking about sex.
McCabe And Mrs. Miller (Director: Robert Altman)
A drifter, Warren Beatty, becomes enamored of a frontier madam,
Julie Christie, in director Altman's second Vancouver-made feature,
a Western that he shot in a specially-built North Shore mining town.
Madeleine Is . . . (Director: Sylvia Spring)
Reflecting the militant, mystic 1960s, Torontonian Spring created
a feminist fantasy about a runaway Quebecoise (Nicola Lipman) who
finds personal fulfillment clowning around Kitsilano. John Juliani
was in the cast. This was the first Vancouver-made feature film
directed by a woman.
The Life And Times Of Chester-Angus Ramsgood
(Director: David Curnick) A love-smitten teen (Robert Matson) develops
elaborate schemes to impress the ultra-Scottish parents of his would-be
girlfriend (Mary-Beth McGuffin) in this Vancouver West Side farce.
Jack Darcus wrote, directed and co-starred (with
Susan Spencer) in Proxyhawks, in which a coastal farm
couple experience deepening sexual tensions in their relationship
when the man becomes obsessed with falconry.
Tiny Fraser Mills, population 157, was annexed by
The Jericho Youth Hostel was created within what
had been a barracks for the old Jericho air station.
Construction began at UBC on the Sedgewick Undergraduate
Library (architects: Rhone and Iredale), located in part beneath
the Main Mall and featuring conical skylights. It will be completed
George Burrows ended his long career (it had started
in 1931) supervising Vancouver's beaches and pools. A cairn in his
honor is near the bathhouse at Kitsilano Beach.
A bronze and steel fountain in the plaza of the Queen
Elizabeth Theatre, designed by Gerhard Hans Class, began operating.
The fountain was a gift to the city and province from the German-Canadian
The fireboat J.H. Carlisle was taken out of
service by the Vancouver Fire Department. She was replaced by four
1,500-gallon-per-minute Super Pumps stationed in the
firehalls around False Creek, which by then was more easily accessible
by land-based fire companies.
The federal government, under Prime Minister Trudeau,
announced a new policy of multiculturalism. That made Canada the
first country in the world to adopt multiculturalism as an official
policy. (In 1997 Statistics Canada noted 68 different ethnic backgrounds
of people living in the Vancouver region, including 20 Haitians
as the smallest group to the English, the largest, at 257,020.)
The policy also confirmed the rights of the countrys aboriginal
people and the status of Canada's two official languages. It has
been largely adopted as a model by many other provincial and civic
governments. Its described in some detail on this
St. George's Greek Orthodox Church on Arbutus Street
was completed, reflecting a growth in the number of people of Greek
UBC began offering the first credit courses in Womens
Studies in Canada.
George F. Curtis, the first Dean of UBCs Faculty
of Law, retired. He had served since 1945. (In 1995 he will become
a member of the Order of British Columbia, in 2003 will receive
the Queen's Jubilee Gold Medal, and in 2005 be appointed an officer
of the Order of Canada.) The Law building at UBC is named for him.
An extension paid for by graduate students is added
to UBCs Graduate Student Centre (Thea Koerner House). The
building serves as a social and cultural centre for students in
The Anglican Theological College, Union College (United
Church), and the Ecumenical College affiliated with UBC amalgamated
to form the Vancouver School of Theology.
Students at the Langara campus of Vancouver Community
College, who had been pushing unsuccessfully for a crosswalk at
49th Avenue and Ontario Street, stopped traffic to paint their own
crosswalk on the street. The city eventually gave in to the students
demands, and installed two crosswalks.
Barry M. Gough at UBC submitted a PhD thesis titled
The Royal Navy and the Northwest Coast of North America, 1810-1914.
It was turned into a book this same year by UBC Press. One review
read, in part: This is a scholar devoted to meticulous empirical
research and argument; there are surely very few relevant archival
documents which Gough has not seen, few sites of maritime importance
which he has not visited in person.
A 169-bed extended-care unit (Evergreen House) opened
at Lions Gate Hospital.
Apartment & Building, published six times
a year by BKN Publications, first appeared.
Event, published three times a year at Douglas
College, first appeared. It presented reviews, fiction and poetry.
Hellenic View, a semi-monthly with text in
English and Greek, first appeared. It featured news of the Greek
community in B.C. and elsewhere in Canada.
Supply Post, a monthly publication on the
forestry industry from Ken Kenward Enterprises Ltd., first appeared.
The hugely successful Vancouver Buy and Sell,
published twice weekly by Buy and Sell Press, first appeared. It
presented free classified advertising in tabloid form.
Another great publishing success, Western
Living, published 10 times a year by Telemedia West,
first appeared. It was founded by Liz Bryan and her husband, photographer
Today, this lifestyle magazines circulation
in B.C. is about 200,000.
The Port of Vancouver processed 22,800 cruise passenger
this year. The total would pass 170,000 in 1981, top 423,000 in
1991 and reach 600,000 in 1995. The last full year for which we
have figures, 2004, shows a total of 929,976.
Callister Park, bounded by Renfrew, Oxford, Kaslo
and Cambridge Streets, and a centre for soccer for more than five
decades across from the PNE grounds, was demolished. (The park was
formerly known as Con Jones Park. It was built by Con Jones in 1912
as a playing ground for his Vancouver field lacrosse team. The name
changed to Callister Park in 1942.)
The 41-kilometre Baden-Powell Trail was built on
the north shore by various Boy Scout and Girl Guide troops. The
trail was named in honor of the scouting movement's founder. Writes
Charles Montgomery: It cuts a wandering line from Horseshoe
Bay to Indian Arm, sampling all the delights of the North Shore:
from Black Mountain's magnificent views of Howe Sound, through dark
forests and rushing canyons all the way to the quiet waters of Deep
The Tunnel Town Curling Club, which had opened four
sheets of ice in a Boundary Bay air hangar in 1958, moved to Tsawwassen.
Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and wife Margaret opened
the 500,000-gallon whale pool at the Vancouver Public Aquarium.
Time Line, a 16-feet-high concrete sculpture
by Tom Osborne, was installed in North Vancouvers Mahon Park.
The work was commissioned to commemorate B.C.'s entry into Confederation.
Its described as Six wall-like cement structures spaced
equally on the periphery of a five-meter earth circle.
The Vancouver Chamber Choir, led by its founder/conductor/music
director Jon Washburn, was formed. It is still making great music.
From their very fine website:
The Choir impresses audiences with the depth and range of
its repertoire and interpretive skills. Their concerts can include
music from chant to folksong, traditional to avant-garde, a capella
to orchestra or jazz trio; Jon Washburn is noted for devising innovative
and fascinating programs and unearthing hidden choral treasures.
The singers delight in acquiring foreign language skills and have
sung in over 35 languages. A leading advocate of Canadian music
and composers, the Choir has commissioned and premiered more than
170 new choral works in the last 30 years.
Tamahnous Theatre was founded by John Gray, the late
Larry Lillo and others.
It would present new and challenging work for more than 20 years.
site says: In addition to scripted works produced
by the company, including many plays written for the group, Tamahnous
Theatre was known for, and was based in, collective creation. It
was a mark of the collaborative nature of this group that even the
scripted works developed by the companys writers went through
a workshop process with all of the members of the troupe, and had
input from everyone involved with the project. After the 1980s,
the number of Tamahnous collective creations declined and
the company went in other directions.
Five former Royal Winnipeg Ballet dancers launched
Ballet Horizons in Vancouver. It lasted a year.
Concert Box Office was founded by the late Gary Switlo
and Tom Worrall. They sold tickets to rock shows. They would merge
with their chief competitor, Vancouver Ticket Centre, in 1987.
The leading publisher here of trade booksthose
directed at the general publicis Douglas
& McIntyre, the largest English-language Canadian-owned
publisher outside Toronto. The company began this yearpublishing
two booksas J.J. Douglas Ltd., named for company founder Jim
Douglas. Douglas partner was Scott McIntyre, now the company
president. Their first two books were: British Columbia Coast Names,
by John T. Walbran, a book that first appeared in 1909. Its
still in print under the D&M imprint. The other book was Cooking
for One, by Norah Mannion Wilmot, which went on to sell some 50,000
copies and which was in print until about 10 years ago. The company
was off to a great start!
Ann Blades, writer and illustrator, began her career
with Mary of Mile 18, based on her experiences as a teacher
in the B.C. Interior. The Canadian Association of Children's Librarians
would choose it as Book of the Year in 1972. See this
Pulp Press was founded in Vancouver, founded, says
the companys web
site, by a collective of university students and
associates disenchanted by what they perceived to be the academic
literary pretensions of Canadian literature at the time. The early
seventies were a fertile and exciting period in alternative arts
and literature, and life at Pulp was no exception. Pulp would
become Arsenal Pulp Press in 1982.
T.W. Paterson, who has written many books on B.C.
history, got them going with Treasure, British Columbia.
The 35-member CBC Vancouver Chamber Orchestra, conducted
by John Avison, became the first Canadian orchestra to perform in
Artist B.C. Binning was named an officer of the Order
Walter Gage, while serving as president of UBC, was
awarded the Order of Canada.
Sprinter Harry Jerome was inducted into Canadas
Sports Hall of Fame.
Vancouvers Bob Smith, who was already presenting
the jazz program Hot Air on CBC Radio, became the host of
the Vancouver edition of CBC's That Midnight Jazz. He would
do that until 1979. Smith was an encyclopedia of jazz, jazz
musicians and records.
Vancouvers Rebecca Watson became president
of BCs Progressive Conservative party.
Gertrude Weinrobe, the first Jewish child born in
Vancouver (May 12, 1893) received the 1971 B.C. Pioneer Centennial
The fondly remembered Saskatoon-born Steve Woodman,
entertainer and broadcaster, moved to Vancouver, aged 44. Among
his many gigs, he hosted CKWX's Steve's Place and Vancouver Variety
Club telethons. He was also an original cast member of the zany
radio show Dr. Bundolos Pandemonium Medicine Show,
recorded live at UBC's student union building. A man of 1,000
voices. After a 1974 telethon, a car accident on black ice
nearly took his life and ended his career. He died March 13, 1990.
1971 census figures for Metropolitan Vancouver:
Coquitlam (includes Fraser Mills, pop. 157,
annexed this year)
45,860 (1961 pop. 14,597)
396 (incorporated this year)
North Vancouver City
North Vancouver District
University Endowment Lands
1971 Lamborghini Miura SVJ.
Called by some perhaps the most beautiful car ever built
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