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March 14 From an article by Aaron Chapman,
published in the Courier December 16, 2004: On an early
and rainy Tuesday morning, March 14, 1972, an older man in an old
bathrobe, pajama bottoms and sandals walked into the side lobby
of the Bayshore Inn in Vancouver. Surrounded by a half-dozen bodyguards
and staff, the tall, oddly dressed gent casually strolled around
the nearly unoccupied lobby, commenting, This is pretty nice.
He moved into the elevator with the men and up to the penthouse
suite where he would remain unseen, never leaving his single room
for the duration of his six-month stay. Howard Hughes had arrived
A few minutes after his arrival he stood at his penthouse
window to watch a seaplane land. The last time Hughes had viewed
the harbor was in 1945, when he piloted Vancouver actress-turned-Hollywood
star Yvonne de Carlo on a flight over Vancouver. This time, local
photographers began a stakeout, but without success because Hughes
was soon ensconced in a blacked-out bedroom. His refuge in Vancouver
lasted from July to September.
March 18 The first purpose-built Martial Arts
Centre, or dojo house, outside Japan opened in Steveston.
April 1 The Pacific Great Eastern Railway
vanished, and the British Columbia Railway was born. This
site has good historical background. In 2004 BC Rail
would be sold to the Canadian National Railway.
April 20 Bulldozers demolished squatters
huts at Four Seasons site near the entrance to Stanley
Park. The site will become a park in 1977.
May 1 Muhammad Ali was defending the North
American Boxing Federation heavyweight championship when he won
a 12-round decision over George Chuvalo at the Pacific Coliseum
tonight. Vancouver stock market player Murray Pezim arranged the
June 3 The Rolling Stones held a concert at
the Pacific Coliseum, a riot broke out and 21 police officers were
June 9 Elek Imredy's Girl in Wet Suit
sculpture was unveiled on a rock off Stanley Park. (Shes often
misidentified as a mermaid. Check her feet. Shes got a couple.)
Theres an interesting article on the sculpture, and its Hungarian-born
According to Peggy Imredy, the artist's widow, the Girl represents
Vancouver's dependence on the sea and the necessity to use the sea
for the benefit of all.
The woman who posed for the work was Debra Harrington
of Vancouver, whose father Clyde was a professional photographer.
Theres a nice story about its unveiling. Tom
Butler, a former public relations professional (now retired and
living in PEI), tells us: The project was conceived by the
late Vancouver lawyer Doug McK. Brown, who hired me to stick-handle
the event. After the obligatory speeches, when the denouement arrived,
Brown announced that, since the Girl belonged henceforth to everyone
who used the park, it would be inappropriate for himself or any
of the politicians present to do the unveiling. Rather, the honor
should go to the first citizen who strolled into view along the
seawall. The assemblage waited for 10 minutes in the rain, while
the Sea Cadet Band from Discovery tootled its entire repertoire.
Finally, two girls came along arm-in-arm and were startled when
Brown told them the honor was to be theirs. The girls together pulled
a string on shore that reached out to the canvas covering the Girland
the historic unveiling was accomplished.
Tom still has in his files the names of those girls,
who, he writes, quite accidentally strolled into Vancouver
history. They were Sharon Lockhart, and neighbour and Killarney
High School classmate Mary McGowan, both 15, and both Navy League
Elek Imredy, the sculptor, was born in Pest, Hungary
April 13, 1912. He came to Vancouver in 1957 after the 1956 Hungarian
uprising. His sculptures are exhibited in Canada, the US and Europe,
and include a life-size statue of prime minister Louis St. Laurent
in the Supreme Court in Ottawa. He created the bust of archivist
Major J.S. Matthews at the City of Vancouver Archives, a sculpture
of Judge Matthew Begbie (Begbie Square) and Lady of Justice
at the Vancouver Law Courts. See The Sculpture of Elek Imredy
by Terry Noble.
June 18 Western Canada's first multilingual
radio station, CJVB, started by Jan van Bruchem, signed on at AM
1470. See this
site. Today, under new owners, most of its programming
is in Cantonese and Mandarin.
July 31 Ethlyn Trapp, radiologist, died in
West Vancouver, aged 81. She was born July 18, 1891 in New Westminster.
Constance Brissenden writes, She was a graduate of McGill
(BA, 1913), then worked in military hospitals during the First World
War. She earned her MD at McGill in 1927. She studied in Europe,
then practiced in Vancouver. Using her own money, she set up a centre
to prove the benefits of radiotherapy (1937).She was director of
the B.C. Cancer Institute from 1939 to 1944. First woman president,
B.C. Medical Association (1946-47); first woman president, National
Cancer Institute of Canada (1952); president, Federation of Canadian
Medical Women. In 1963 she was awarded a citation from the Canadian
Medical Association for her cancer research. Medal of service, Order
of Canada (1968). An art collector, she deeded her home, Klee Wyck
(named for her friend Emily Carr), to West Vancouver as an arts
August 1 CP Air begins flying to Peking.
August 22/23 At 9:58 in pitch-black darkness
on Tuesday night, August 22, 1972 a nurse named Fran Cannon, 30,
stepped into the waters of Georgia Strait at Neck Point, just north
of Nanaimo. Waiting for her just offshore was the Charlotte Strait,
a tug owned by Rivtow Straits, and a smaller boat aboard which was
Frans husband, Dennis. Fran was determined to be the first
woman to swim across Georgia Strait.
The Charlotte Strait, with its two skippers, Joe
Gosse and John Cosulich, and its smaller companion fell into place
beside Fran as she began to swim strongly to the northeast. Her
destination was Davis Bay at Sechelt, more than 25 kilometres distant.
It was so dark the little crew had to shine flashlights on Fran
to locate her in the waters of the Strait, which now began to chop
slightly in 15-knot winds from the southeast. "Wed hoped
for winds from the west," Fran says, "to help push me
along, but I was never in trouble. No cramps or anything. I stopped
in the water and rested every hour or so, and they fed me Sustagen
[a fortified milk product] from a cup held out at the end of a broom
At 1:05 on Wednesday afternoon, August 23 Fran stepped
ashore at Davis Bay, almost exactly 15 hours after shed started.
Whyd she do it? Dennis and I had a friend,
Mike Powley, who was the first man to swim the Strait. That was
in August of 1967. I just wanted to be the first woman to do it.
Fran and Dennis Cannon live on Bowen Island today.
August 30 Dave Barrett and the NDP won the
provincial election. Barrett, a 43-year-old social worker from Coquitlam,
became the provinces 26th premier, would serve to December
21, 1975 when Bill Bennett, son of the man Barrett defeated, defeated
him in turn. Barrett was born in Vancouver October 2, 1930, worked
as a social worker. He would be Leader of the Opposition from 1976
to his retirement from politics in 1983.
Outgoing premier W. A. C. Bennett, in office for
20 years, one month, and 15 days announced he had left the incoming
administration with what he called a $574.8 million nest egg.
September 6 Web site designer (this one, for
example) Stephanie Davis was born in Vancouver.
September 8 A network of underground
pedestrian ways, wrote Art McKenzie in The Province,
is being developed in the downtown core of Vancouver that
may ultimately allow shoppers to move between the various sectors
on foot or by moving sidewalk or escalator free of the discomfort
of weather and the hazard of surface traffic.
The two major developments cited were Royal Centre
and Pacific Centre. One of the projects being discussed was a tunnel
from the Hotel Vancouver east to Pacific Centre, but a Canadian
National Railway official (the CNR ran the hotel then) said that
had not been considered seriously. "But," the paper reported,
"there will definitely be a tunnel from the present courthouse
to the Pacific Centre." Hasnt happened yet.
Also September 8 David Miller of Vancouver
won Olympic gold in yachting.
September 9 Dominic Charlie, Squamish leader
and weather forecaster, died today, aged about 87. He was born or
baptized on Christmas Day in 1885 near Jericho Beach. Old-timers
will remember Dominic Charlie (or, to give him his Salish name,
Tsee-Qawl-Tuhn) for his frequent appearances in local newspapers
predicting, with impressive accuracy, the long-range weather. More
importantly, he and his half-brother August Jack Khahtsahlano collected
stories and saw them published as Squamish Legends: The First
People. He decided late in life to learn to read and write English
and sat in with the kids in a Grade One class. He was 85 at the
time. The Tomahawk Grill named a hamburger for him.
September 12 Shin Shimotakahara (née
Kusama), community leader, died in Toronto, aged about 81. She was
born c. 1891 in Japan. Constance Brissenden writes, A prominent
woman in the Vancouver Japanese community before the Second World
War. With her husband, Dr. Kozo Shimotakahara (born c. 1886 in Japan;
died November 30, 1951 in Kaslo, B.C.), she ran a TB hospital and
clinic for Japanese immigrants. Kozo arrived in Vancouver in 1900,
and lived in the Japanese Methodist Church dormitory. He enrolled
in Strathcona Elementary at 14, later studied medicine at U. of
Chicago. He met Shin in Seattle while studying for his medical license
exams (which he passed with first class honors). They corresponded
in English until their marriage June 5, 1916. During the Second
World War, the family was interned in Kaslo, where they remained.
He practised medicine until the day of his death. From the late
1950s, Shin lived with her daughter in Toronto.
September 26 Leon Joseph Koerner, forestry
industry executive, died in Vancouver, aged 80. He was born May
24, 1892 in Novy Hrozenkov, Moravia, in what was then Czechoslovakia.
From 1938 to 1972 he was a forestry industry innovator and executive.
A creative philanthropist, he was particularly generous to UBC's
faculty club and graduate student centre. He and his wife Thea established
the Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation with a capital grant of $1
million and further bequests in their wills. The foundation serves
culture and the creative arts, social services and higher education.
There is a fascinating short biography of the Koerners
site, which details the harrowing ordeal they underwent
as Hitler began his territorial designs on their country. A portion
of it reads: "Leon Koerner received many honours during his
lifetime including an honorary LLD. from the University of British
Columbia in 1957 and an honorary Ph.D. from Simon Fraser University
in 1967. Posthumously, he was inducted into the Canadian Business
Hall of Fame in 1983, and in 1999 he was one of 50 men and women
named as British Columbias business leaders of the century.
Many tributes were paid to him in the press after his death, none
more fitting than an editorial in the Vancouver Sun, which read,
in part: Leon Koerner had a consuming sense of debt, and it
was not warranted . . . He contributed a whole new forest industry
of immense value to the Canadian economy . . . His feeling of obligation
persisted . . . and . . . became a magnificent obsession . . . The
account he ran with Canada was a private affair, a thing of the
heart. By any reckoningexcept perhaps Leon Koernershe
died, this week, a debtfree man.
The web site also outlines the programs of the Koerner
September 30 John Gassy Jack Deighton's
body, which had lain in an unmarked grave in New Westminsters
Fraserview Cemetery for 97 years (he died in 1875), was finally
located. A headstone was erected today, thanks to the Gassy Jack
Memorial Fund. Daniel Wood, a local freelance writer, had gone looking
for Jacks final resting place and after a long searchending
as Daniel spotted a tiny bare spot in the cemetery grass which he
pried open with his fingersfound it.
November 10 We began using permanent licence
plates on our cars in B.C., using stick-on tabs to indicate the
Also on November 10 At Cape Canaveral Telesat
Canada launched the worlds first commercial domestic communications
satellite, Anik 1, into geostationary orbit. (Anik means
little brother in the Inuit language.)
November 24 Wallis Walter Lefeaux, barrister,
died in West Vancouver, aged 91. He was born September 19, 1881
in London, England. After clerking in England, he arrived in Canada
in 1901. He worked as a fur trader, grocer and real estate agent.
In 1912 he ran for the CCF as an MLA (Interior riding) but lost.
In 1918 he became a lawyer and defended objectors to military training.
In 1919 he defended the worker leaders of the Winnipeg General Strike.
He offered classes in economics in which Marxs Das
Kapital was taught. An original CCF member, Lefeaux was
elected president of the CCF for three consecutive terms. He was
MLA for Vancouver Centre from 1941 to 1945. He declined requests
to run for a federal seat.
December 4 A new minimum wage of $2 an hour
went into effect in B.C. Labor minister Bill King made the announcement,
and said that further increases to $2.25 and $2.50 would take place
in two stages over the following 18 months. (The minimum wage today
is $8 an hour.)
December 8 Broadcaster Dorwin Baird died in
North Vancouver, aged just 56. He had been an announcer with CJOR
in the 1950s, and a commentator on CKWX. He was the producer of
a book review feature Silent Friends.
December 13 Art Phillips led his TEAM players
to a big win in city council: Phillips was joined by eight TEAM
aldermen, ending 35 years of NPA domination.
December 29 The Vancouver City Archives, in
a building named for the late archivist Major J.S. Matthews, were
officially opened at Vanier Park by outgoing Mayor Tom Campbell.
It would be impossible to write on Vancouver history without the
City Archives. The Major is responsible for the core of the collection.
under the direction of Reuben Ware, is a great (and free) place
to visit for anyone interested in local history.
Also in 1972
Three governments granted money for the beautification
of Gastown. Utility wires were buried, trees were planted, and old-fashioned
street lightsmodeled somewhat after the originalswere
installed. Subtle, unobtrusive touches were added: the chain-linked
bollards between the sidewalks and the roadways, for example, are
there to discourage jay-walking. That they happen to look good is
a bonus. The streets were paved with brick. The citys planner
for Gastown, Jon Ellis, said it was the first time a North American
city had torn up good streets to rebuild them in the old style.
Dennis Cocke became provincial Minister of Health.
May Brown won election to the Vancouver Parks and
Sushma Sardana, a well known Kenya-born radio-personality
in the Indo-Canadian community, moved to Vancouver from England,
where she was with the BBC. She would become the first Hindi and
Punjabi announcer at CJVB Radio in Vancouver until 1978 when she
would start her own station.
Sydney, Nova Scotia-born (May 23, 1947) Gary Bannerman,
a Province columnist, was lured away by radio CKNW to become
one of The Investigators. He and Shirley Stocker and
a large cast of others would conduct hundreds of ratings-boosting
investigations. (Today, he jokes that he publishes more material
than Harper Collins, a byproduct of a corporate communications consulting
business: reports, newsletters, brochures, videos, Internet, Power
Point and even coffee-table books.)
The Canadian Wildlife Service bought much of Reifel
Island this year, and George Henry Reifel (born July 22, 1922 in
Vancouver) donated the rest of the island to the Crown to maintain
the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary, named for his father,
George Conrad Reifel. The latter had bought and renamed the island
in 1927. It had been called Smoky Tom Island, but no ones
quite sure why. The Sanctuary is one of Canadas premier bird-watching
sites, and winter home of the lesser snow geese. They have more
than 60,000 visitors annually. Click here
Davey (David Lambie) Black, golfer, in his late 80s,
was inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame. He was the golf
pro at Shaughnessy Golf Club from 1920 to 1945. See his obituary
entry for March 26, 1974 for a fuller description of his long and
Neighborhood pubs were approved by the provincial
government, breaking the hotel industrys monopoly on the sale
of draft beer.
The musical Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and
Living in Paris opened at the Arts Club Theatre, in a co-production
with David Y.H. Lui that changed the face of entertainment in Vancouver.
Over its initial run it drew 40,000 people to the Art's Club Seymour
Street theatreeven selling out 11 a.m. Sunday matinees! The
show starred Leon Bibb, Ruth Nichol, Anne Mortifee, Pat Rose and
Joan Sutherland performed in the title role of Lucrezia
Borgia for Vancouver Opera. It was her debut performance in
The Vancouver Opera Guild began its Opera In The
Schools program, designed as an introduction to opera for children
in grades 1 to 7. They put on more than 170 performances within
Greater Vancouver and in the interior. Now in its 33rd season, the
program has brought more than 1.5 million people to the world of
opera. Each year, more than 50,000 school children see a performance
by the ensemble.
This season (until May of 2006) theyre presenting
Naomis Road, a new opera for young audiences, composed by
Ramona Luengen, with libretto by Ann Hodges. Its based on
Joy Kogawa's novel. Go here
Griffiths Gibson Productions, which had started June
26, 1967 (with Brian Griffiths and Brian Gibson) expanded to become
Griffiths Gibson & Ramsay Productions Limited, with the arrival
in the firm of Miles Ramsay. They went on to become one of Canadas
leading commercial jingle studios.
Cyber-fiction master William Gibson, born March 17,
1948 in Conway, South Carolina, came to Vancouver. He started writing
fiction at UBC while earning an English degree. He would sell his
first science fiction story to Omni in 1981. His first novel, Neuromancer
(1984), would win Hugo and Nebula Awards and the Philip K. Dick
Memorial Award, an extraordinary hat trick in science fiction. An
excellent interview with Gibson by Antony Johnson of Spike
and see this
Swiss-born Rene Dahinden, with the help of journalist
Don Hunter, wrote Sasquatch, a summary of his 20 years
research into the Sasquatch.
Stephani Paine (Stephani Hewlett Paine) joined the
staff of the Vancouver Aquarium. She would be with them until 1991
as a curatorial assistant, staff biologist and manager of public
affairs. Born in Vancouver in 1946, she has written Sea Life
of the Pacific Northwest and Beachwalker: Sea Life of the West Coast.
As a media personality, consultant and writer on marine biology
she was most widely known as Stephani Hewlett. (The spelling Stephani
Penticton-born novelist E.G. Perrault published his
second novel, The Twelfth Mile, described as a suspenseful
tale about a West Coast towboat operator.
Writer Sean Rossiter, born in Halifax in 1946, came
to B.C. He was (and is) a freelance expert on Vancouver civic affairs,
while also teaching journalism. His essays on the history of aviation
in Legends of the Air are drawn from 22 aircraft types housed
in Seattle's Museum of Flight. Rossiter wrote the award-winning
The Hotel Georgia: A Vancouver Tradition, published in 1998
by Douglas & McIntyre.
Bill Millerd became the Arts Club Theatres
artistic and managing director. He still is!
The insanely surreal CBC radio program Dr. Bundolo's
Pandemonium Medicine Show began. Taped before university students,
who revelled in its irreverent and raunchy humor, it would last
to 1980, then move to CBC-TV for two seasons. The show was produced
by Don Kowalchuk, and written by Jeffrey Groberman and Dan Thatchuk
(the latter now known as Colin Yardley). Stars included such folk
as Bill Reiter, Norm Grohmann, Marla Gropper and Bill Buck.
Impresario Sam Feldman launched S.L. Feldman &
Associates, and before long the one-time doorman commanded the majority
of club and concert business west of the Manitoba/Ontario border.
Bridge Marker, a sculpture by George Norris,
was installed at the west end of the Georgia Viaduct. It consisted
of liquid-filled glass spheres designed to reflect traffic patterns.
Byron Blacks film Master Of Images was
released. Says Michael Walsh: Puckish conceptual artist Black
offered his personal take on the state of cinema with this non-linear
tale of a young woman (Lulu Ulul) who flees the city for some karmic
readjustment and experiences a kaleidoscopic 1960s-style happening.
Richard Waltons film In Pursuit Of . . .
was released. Michael Walsh describes it: Private girls-schoolmates
(Cecilia Smith, Celine La Freniere) learn about life and love in
this upbeat, mildly moralistic romantic comedy.
Universal Studios released The Groundstar Conspiracy,
directed by Lamont Johnson. Simon Fraser University provided a futuristic
background for this science fiction thriller. Michael Walsh writes:
A CIA spymaster (George Peppard) uses an amnesiac scientist
(Michael Sarrazin) to trap the foreign agents responsible for blowing
up a U.S. space research centre (Simon Fraser University).
The movie Another Smith For Paradise, directed
by Tom Shandel, was released. Writes Michael Walsh: In this
fictional examination of ethnic ambition, a dynamic Ukrainian-Canadian
stock promoter (Henry Ramer) plans a grand gesture to impress Vancouver's
WASP Establishment. Besides Ramer, the cast list includes many well-known
local performers: Frances Hyland, Otto Lowy, Sam Payne and Pia Shandel.
One Minute Before Death, a film directed by
Rogelio Gonzales, was released. It was produced, says Michael Walsh,
with an American look for the Mexican market. Director Gonzales
filmed Wanda Hendrix and Giselle McKenzie in an elegant old Shaughnessy
mansion. Based on the Edgar Allan Poe short story, this was
also known as The Oval Portrait.
Photographer Ulli Steltzer, who was born in Frankfurt,
Germany in 1923 and emigrated to the U.S. in 1953, moved to Vancouver.
Her photographs would grace many outstanding books over the next
two decades. Her photography and Robert Bringhurst's text for The
Black Canoe would receive the Bill Duthie Booksellers' Choice
award in 1992.
The literary landscape of the province was mightily
enhanced this year when Howard White began the periodical Raincoast
Chronicles, telling the stories of B.C. pioneers. They became
a successful series of books, and by 1974 his company, Harbour Publishing,
would be up and selling. Whites Order of British Columbia
citation reads, in part, He has brought the little-known fishing
villages, logging camps, and coastal settlements to the publics
imagination, thus giving the coastal culture a permanent place in
B.C. history and literature. Many of the books were his own:
Spilsburys Coast, Writing in the Rain, The Accidental Airline
and others. His crowning achievement: The Encyclopedia of British
Columbia. White was born April 18, 1945 in Abbotsford. His impeccable
taste is illustrated by the fact that he will be the publisher of
The History of Metropolitan Vancouver.
The Public Archives of Canada published The Great
Vancouver Fire of 1886 by J.S. Matthews, city archivist.
Mitchell Press published The Ladners of Ladner:
By Covered Wagon to the Welfare State, by Leon J. Ladner. Great
The Strathcona Boys & Girls' Library, in conjunction
with Strathcona Elementary School, opened.
Construction of Pacific Centre started.
The boat-building Wallace family sold Burrard Drydock
to Cornat Industries of Vancouver.
City Stage began running lunch-hour theatre out of
a donut shop in the West End.
Karen Magnussen won a silver medal in figure skating
at the Winter Olympics in Japan.
Vancouvers Bruce Robertson was outstanding
at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, swimming the second fastest
time ever. He won a silver medal in the 100m butterfly, second only
to Mark Spitz. Combined with his bronze medal in the 4x100 medley
relay, Bruce brought home two of the five medals Canada won at the
Lars Hansen, a 6-foot-10 centre from Coquitlam's
Centennial Secondary, led his high schools basketball team
to the B.C. title. He would go on to play four seasons at the University
of Washington in Seattle.
The UBC mens basketball team won its fourth
The North Vancouver Museum and Archives collected
the holdings of the lower mainlands first museum, which had
been at the Moodyville Mill. The museum features outstanding early
photos and changing exhibits of lively social and industrial life,
including the shipyards that fitted out 70 per cent of the Victory
ships for the Second World War.
Wales-born chef John Bishop arrived in Vancouver,
began to work in local restaurants.
Kazuyoshi Akiyama was appointed music director of
the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. See this
site for more.
J.V. Clyne, chairman and CEO of MacMillan Bloedel,
and a former judge on the B.C. Supreme Court, was made a Companion
of the Order of Canada.
Burnaby's old Municipal Hall, opened in 1912, was
torn down. It had been shared by the RCMP from 1935 to 1956, then
by the library.
A roe herring fishery began on the Lower Fraser for
the Japanese market. At $3,350 a tonne it was a lucrative business.
Cypress Lodge, on the west side of Alta Lake at Whistler,
was bought by the Canadian Youth Hostels Association.
Harold Steves, a great-grandson of Richmond pioneer
Manoah Stevesafter whom Steveston is namedwas elected
as an NDP MLA. He had been a member of Richmond Council since 1968,
and actively involved in preserving Steveston's heritage.
The Don't Make a Wave Committee changed its name
to the Greenpeace Foundation.
Greenpeace III (originally the Vega)
sailed to French Polynesia to protest against French atmospheric
nuclear tests. The boat, a 12.5-metre hand-built ketch, belonged
to David McTaggart, chairman of Greenpeace International from 1969
to 1973. The Vega was retired when McTaggart retired after being
severely beaten, with others of his crew, during the 1972 protest.
(In 1978 he wrote, with journalist and fellow Greenpeace member
Robert Hunter, Greenpeace III: Journey Into the Bomb.) McTaggart
died in a car accident March 23, 2001 near his home in Italy. See
DeCosmos Village, the citys first co-op housing
development, opened at East 49th Avenue at Boundary Road within
the Champlain Heights neighborhood. The designer was architect Francis
Donaldson. The development was named for an early BC premier. Champlain
Heights was the last undeveloped acreage within the city limits
to be built up. Writes architectural historian Harold Kalman: The
showcase residential community was planned in the early 1970s, with
curved roads and cul-de-sacs serving a mix of housing types and
income levels. The City retained ownership of the land, leasing
it to developers. This stucco-and-wood housing co-op, inspired by
the idea of European townhouses around a public square, provides
a comfortable, human scale.
There was a huge fuss when the Black Tower
went up. The TD Bank Tower at 700 West Georgia was not an instant
hit with the public. Its glossy black 30 storeys and 127-metre height
were greeted with cries of derision and dismay. Then there are those
who say its quite elegant.
The old Georgia Viaduct, opened in 1915, was dismantled
and a new one built. Bridge engineer Robert Harris wrote about the
old span: A classic product of low bidding ($494,000) and
meagre supervision, it was never a sound bridge. Streetcar tracks
were laid but never used. Every second lamppost was removed to save
weight. Much blacktop was used to fill mysterious sags and hollows
in the deck. People passing below were injured by falling concrete,
and concrete spans were propped with timber. The bridge was replaced
by the parallel Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts in 1972, each carrying
three lanes of one-way traffic.
The alignments of the two new viaducts suited the
city's downtown one-way street policy, with Georgia eastbound, Dunsmuir
westbound. The two structures cost $11.2 million.
The provincial government delegated responsibility
for air quality management to the Greater Vancouver Regional District,
creating a regional focus for clean air initiatives. Since then
the GVRD has been responsible for air quality monitoring and the
regulation of air pollution sources.
The TRIUMF cyclotron, operated in conjunction with
U Vic and the University of Alberta, was built at UBC. This facility,
the largest of its kind in the world, continues to attract top-notch
researchers despite occasional funding cutbacks. The name TRIUMF
was coined to represent Tri-University Meson Facility, and is still
used, although six universities are now involved, and another seven
are listed as associates. See this
To quote its website: The heart of the facility
is the world's biggest cyclotron, which is used to accelerate 1000
trillion particles each second. A cyclotron is a special type of
particle accelerator that accelerates particles as they follow a
spiral path through it. The TRIUMF cyclotron accelerates particles
inside an air-free chamber between the poles of an electromagnet
whose magnetic field guides the particles in an expanding spiral
path. The particles are accelerated by kicks of electric
voltage every half turn. When the beam reaches the outside edge
of the tank, it is bent into pipes called beam lines, which lead
to experimental halls.
TRIUMF, they explain, is also a centre for the practical
application of this basic research:
It is the only centre in Canada using proton
therapy to treat eye-cancers, and in the past was one of two centres
in the world where pion beams were used on an experimental basis
to destroy brain cancers in human patients.
TRIUMF researchers have built a Positron Emission
Tomograph (PET Scanner), one of only three operating
in Canada, used at the UBC hospital for specialized brain scans.
Scientists at TRIUMF are participating in developing
new radiopharmaceuticals, microchips, computer software, original
new designs for small cyclotrons, remote-controlled equipment, analysis
of mineral samples, and many other high-tech innovations.
A building housing UBCs Civil-Mechanical Laboratories
UBC won a North American competition with an electrically-powered
car, the Wally Wagon, named for President Walter Gage
(who was a favorite among engineering students).
The Buchanan Tower opened at UBC. Its a 12-storey
office/seminar room extension to the Buchanan Building. Completed
at a cost of just under $2.6 million, its the tallest building
on campus: 150 feet (45.7 m) high. It holds 267 faculty offices
and nine seminar rooms.
UBCs Geological Sciences Building opened. The
building is architecturally unique on campus: its made entirely
of standard-sized pieces fitted together, and has been compared
to a Meccano set. All of the interior walls are movable
(except the dinosaur wall) enabling additions or changes to the
building to be made quickly and relatively easily. The Pacific Museum
of the Earth, opened June 19, 2003, is here, with one popular exhibit
being the 80-million-year-old skeleton of a Lambeosaurus dinosaur.
The dinosaurs name is George. See this
The Woodward Instructional Resources Centre was completed
at UBC, paid for with money given to UBC by the P.A. Woodward Foundation.
The Centre was named for Charles Woodward, who founded the first
pharmacy in B.C., as well as Woodward's Department Stores. The complex
includes a Biomedical Library, five lecture halls with a seating
capacity of 117-500, fourteen seminar rooms, Health Sciences Deans'
Offices, the Department of Biomedical Communications and two lecture
theatres each with a seating capacity of 700 people.
A 13.7 hectare site in the Lynnmour area of North
Vancouver between Lynn Creek and the Seymour River was chosen as
the site for Capilano College. A bear was found hibernating in the
region when work began on clearing the site for the college's first
Robin Mayor was appointed principal of the Vancouver
School of Art. In 1978 (thanks largely to Mayors efforts)
it will become independent of Vancouver Community College, and be
renamed the Emily Carr College of Art.
A 74-bed extended-care unit was completed on Richmond
Hospitals Westminster site; a second unit on Minoru Boulevard
was acquired and converted, adding 36 beds.
BC Business, a monthly business magazine,
was launched by Joe Martin of Agency Press. It passed through the
hands of several owners, until in 1990 it was taken over by Canada
Wide Magazines. The editor from 1985 to 2004 was Bonnie Irving,
her 19 years at the helm possibly the longest tenure of any general-interest
editor in the lower mainland. She was succeeded as editor by Noel
Hulsman. The magazines writers, staff and freelance, have
won many awards. Canada Wide has sponsored 1976 in The History
of Metropolitan Vancouver.
Many other new publications appeared locally in 1972.
* Beale's Industry Letter, a resource industry
newsletter published 26 times a year. (The publisher, Colin Beale,
died in 2006.)
* British Columbia Medical Association News,
a bi-monthly publication for members of the British Columbia Medical
* Capilano Review, a journal of poetry, art
work and short fiction published three times a year at Capilano
* Discovery, a quarterly publication of the
Vancouver Natural History Society.
* Kinesis: News About Women That's Not in the
Dailies, published 10 times a year by Vancouver Status of Women.
It covered news from a feminist angle, analyzed government policies,
feminist theories and debates within the women's movement.
* Professional Recreation Society of B.C. Newsletter,
* Sentinela, a semi-monthly printed in Portuguese,
with news of the Portuguese-speaking community.
The Lady Alexandra, built in 1924 and used
for decades to carry vacationers and daytrippers to resorts and
vacation spots at Bowen Island and along the southern B.C. coast,
had become (in 1959) a floating restaurant in Coal Harbour. This
year she was towed to Redondo Beach, California, to become a gambling
hall. A storm later damaged her badly and she would be scrapped
The J.H. Carlisle, Vancouvers first
fireboat, built in 1928 at Burrard Dry Dock, was converted to a
workboat, and now toils at Port Edward on the Skeena River.
Harold Merilees died. He was called Vancouver's
first great ad man. Michael McCullough wrote, in The Greater
Vancouver Book, that Merilees got his start in 1925 in Spencers
Department Stores direct mail advertising department. Merilees
moved on to the B.C. Electric Railway Company in 1931, and eventually
became the firm's manager of public information. During World War
II, he was loaned to the National War Finance Committee to promote
sales of Victory Bonds and combat absenteeism on the home front.
In 1950 Merilees was elected president of the Advertising Association
of the West, a federation of 47 advertising clubs in 14 western
states and provinces. He would devote his skills to public projects
such as Vancouver's diamond jubilee celebrations in 1946, the British
Empire Games in 1954 and the B.C. Centennial in 1958. In 1962, as
head of the Vancouver Tourist Association (precursor to Tourism
Vancouver) he founded the Sea Festival. In 1969, he was elected
as the Social Credit MLA for Vancouver-Burrard. He died in office.
Back on May 25, 1981 Merilees name came up
in the B.C. legislature in a funny little comment by NDP MLA Dennis
Cocke, aimed at the member for Surrey, a fellow named Bill Vander
Zalm, who just happened to have been born in the Netherlands.
MR. COCKE: I notice the member for Surrey
(Hon. Mr. Vander Zalm) is beginning to get a little tense. Speaking
of the member for Surrey, years ago we had a delightful member for
Burrard here by the name of Harold Merilees, who unfortunately died.
But before he died he made a suggestion that certain plants be planted
along the freeway. Those plants were to be planted, say, from Vancouver
out to Abbotsford, or as far as they could possibly get them. Suddenly
we saw those plants emerginga beautiful little yellow flower
that I see now is beginning to run into competition. Now that daffodil
that almost became part of the freeway is being usurped by tulips,
and I wonder if the member for Surrey . . . .
SOME HON. MEMBERS: Oh, oh!
MR. COCKE: I suggest, Mr. Chairman, that the
member for Surrey, the Minister of Municipal Affairs, when he went
back to his homeland, Holland, last year, probably imported more
tulips than he could use, and suddenly we see them sprouting up,
on the freeway. Congratulations. It's at least some place to sow
them, and I rather like them. But in memory of Harold I think that
we should make sure that there are more daffodils than tulips on
the freeway between Vancouver and Abbotsford . . .
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