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January 12 MP Ron Basford, minister of urban
affairs and Liberal MP for Vancouver Centre, announced that Central
Mortgage and Housing Corporation, a federal body, had acquired Granville
Island and would develop it. The Island is a huge attraction today,
second in Vancouver only to Stanley Park, popular with both visitors
and locals: shops, studios, restaurants, sightseeing and funky old
In The Greater Vancouver Book Tom Poiker outlined
the Islands attractions: Granville Island was once a
dilapidated and ugly industrial region in the middle of Vancouver.
But, thanks to an imaginative federal government scheme (who would
have guessed?) the islandwhich was originally nothing more
than a sandbar that disappeared at high tide, then was built up
with silt taken from elsewherehas been transformed since 1973
into a Mecca for shopping and cultural activities. A caution: parking
is sometimes virtually impossible. We recommend coming by foot,
public transit, bike, taxi or ferry. (A fleet of stubby little Granville
Island Ferries brings people over from the south foot of Hornby
Street.) The heart of the Islandor perhaps we should say the
stomachis the big, always crowded, Public Market [note:
the Market would open in 1979] with dozens of stands selling
fresh vegetables, meat, fish and the like, and lots of booths selling
ready-to-eat goodies. The Market is surrounded by four dozen small
shops for food, clothing, art, boating supplies, etc. Look for the
unique Kids Only Market. There's a hotel, pubs, restaurants, bistros.
Granville Island is also the seat for several theatre groups, making
Vancouver one of the most interesting Canadian centres for the performing
arts. Another tenant: the Emily Carr College of Art and Design,
Vancouver's leading art school.
Ron Basford Park, on the Island, was named for the
man who pushed hard for the concept. The late Mr. Basford was sometimes
called Mister Granville Island.
January 16 Arthur Erickson unveiled his preliminary
design for the Museum of Anthropology.
January 18 An old brewery on Granville Island
was renovated and named the Creekhouse, becoming the first building
on the island to be converted from industrial use.
January Sedgewick Undergraduate Library opened
its doors at UBC. It was a popular area of study for new university
students and a favorite tourist attraction for visitors. It was
one of the largest branches in the UBC Library system, andthanks
to the architectural firm of Rhone and Iredaleone of the most
innovative in design. When the student population increased rapidly
in the 1960s, UBC decided to construct a new library building devoted
entirely to undergraduate needs. Students traffic surveys
indicated the best location would be the Main Mall, close to the
Main Library. To preserve the area's open space, it was decided
to build the new library partially underground. The eight magnificent
oaks that had lined the Mall for decades were incorporated into
the design. The name of the library ceased to exist when the renovation
attaching it to the Koerner Library was completed. The Koerner opened
March 10, 1997.
February 8 Eatons opened its Pacific
February 28 Hockeys Eric Lindros was
born in London, Ontario. See this
February 11 Dick Diespecker, radio announcer,
producer, writer, newspaper columnist, died in San Francisco, aged
65. Richard Alan Diespecker was born March 1, 1907 in Adstock, Buckinghamshire,
Eng. He came to Vancouver in 1927, the same year he began his newspaper
career with The Vancouver Star. In 1936 he joined CJOR and
began to write radio dramas. In 1940 he joined an artillery unit,
later became a radio liaison officer. His Prayer for Victory,
written in a Montreal hotel room in 1942, was aired on radio networks
throughout the western world. His first book of poems, Two Furious
Oceans, was published in 1944. In 1947 he won the Beaver Award
for distinguished service to Canadian radio. The next
year he won the Columbus Award for the three-part radio documentary
Destination Palestine. Diespecker wrote more than 400 radio
plays for CJOR, CBC, BBC and the South African Broadcasting Corp.
He was a columnist with the Vancouver Star, the News-Herald
and the Victoria Colonist, and wrote a popular column on
radio for the Province. His 1950 novel Elizabeth told
of the life of a pioneer woman.
Another novel, Rebound, appeared in 1953.
Says BC Bookworld: Its the story of Stoney Martin, a
Vancouver journalist who, in 1950, is returning to Vancouver from
Toronto by train with his second wife, Jane. By coincidence, his
conniving first wife. Susan, is also on the train. As the train
makes its way across Canada, Stoney reminisces, recalling his stormy
relationship with the predatory female who tricked him
with a false pregnancy into a miserable marriage. The novel paints
an excellent picture of post Depression Vancouver. There is a particularly
effective scene in which Stoney looks down upon the Victory Square
cenotaph from his newspaper office on the eve of the outbreak of
World War II. When Rebound is not exonerating Stoney's part
in his sexual relationship with the relentlessly bad
Susan, it is a fine novel with clear-eyed accounts of social problems
and a deep sensitivity to Vancouver's unique character. In
1958 Diespecker moved to San Francisco to join a public relations
firm, and in 1964 became an American citizen.
March 3 Vancouver-born (April 4, 1952) Karen
Magnussen, who trained first at Kerrisdale Arena, then at the North
Shore Winter Club, won the World Women's Figure Skating Championship,
held in Bratislava in what was then Czechoslovakia. She was awarded
the Order of Canada and the Freedom of the District of North Vancouver.
(Magnussen was Canadas Athlete of the Year in 1971 and 1972.)
She was inducted into the BC
Sports Hall of Fame in 1972. A North Vancouver arena
will later be named for her. There is a good short bio of this outstanding
March 9 George Conrad Reifel, brewmaster,
died in Vancouver, aged 79. He was born in Vancouver May 15, 1893,
the eldest son of brewer Henry Reifel. During Prohibition, George
sailed his liquor down the coast. His brother Harry (Henry) Frederick
(b. Dec. 3, 1895, Vancouver; d. July 20, 1958, Vancouver) raised
purebred Jerseys in Milner, B.C. The brothers built and owned the
Commodore Block on Granville (1929) and the Vogue and Studio theatres
in the 1940s. Read Slow Boat on Rum Row by Miles Fraser.
March 13 The National Harbours Board announced
a big container facility for Vancouver.
March 19 Walter Stewart Owen was sworn in
as B.C.s lieutenant-governor, succeeding John Nicholson.
April 1 The federal government gave title
to the Jericho Defence Lands to the City of Vancouver. The city
made it a 72-acre park.
April 18 The Insurance Corporation of British
Columbia (ICBC) was created. On March 1, 1974 all motor vehicles
in BC would be required to have ICBC insurance.
Also on April 18 To quote the Agricultural
Land Reserves own web
site, Up to the 1970s nearly 6,000 hectares of
prime agricultural land were lost each year to urban and other uses.
The Provincial government responded to the serious erosion of our
agricultural land base by introducing BC's Land Commission Act on
April 18, 1973.
A Commission, appointed by the provincial government,
established a special land use zone to protect BC's dwindling supply
of agricultural land. This zone was called the "Agricultural
Land Reserve." Initially the ALR comprised 4.7 million hectares,
about five per cent of the province. Despite boundary changes over
the decades, its area remains approximately the same.
April 25 The Edmonds Community Centre for
Older Adults opened at 7282 Kingsway. It held a lounge and activity
room, meeting rooms, banquet hall, snooker, food service and arts
and crafts room.
May 19 White Rocks Senior Citizens
Activity Centre opened at 1475 Kent Street. The centre featured
an auditorium, library, snooker, instructional classes and day trips.
May Anne Sugarman (née Wodlinger),
organizer, died in Toronto, aged about 78. She was born in 1895
in Winnipeg. The daughter of pioneers, she attended a Winnipeg college.
Later married Ephraim R. Sugarman, a lawyer, in 1916. They lived
in Vancouver from 1919 to 1942, founding the Reform Jewish Sunday
School (1922). She was the first president of the Vancouver Council
of Jewish Women (1924). The couple founded Congregation Beth Israel
(1932). During the Second World War, she founded and chaired the
Red Cross Salvage Scheme, copied across Canada, and she was responsible
for the first seeing-eye dog program in North America. During the
Canadian Bill of Rights hearings, she presented a brief on women's
rights. This remarkable woman is cited in Pioneers, Pedlars,
and Prayer Shawls by Cyril E. Leonoff.
June 14 Harry (Henry Herbert) Stevens, businessman
and political leader, died in Vancouver, aged 94. Heres what
the MacMillan Dictionary of Canadian Biography says about H.H. Stevens:
"Born December 8, 1878 in Bristol, England. In 1887 he and
his father, two older brothers and a sister emigrated to Peterborough,
Canada. In 1894 the family moved to Vancouver in British Columbia.
A short time after this Harry met and married Gertrude Glover. Together
they had 5 children: 2 boys, Francis and Douglas, and 3 girls; Marjorie,
Sylvia and Patricia. H.H. Stevens served with the American Army
in the Boxer Rebellion. When he returned to Vancouver he went into
the grocery, real estate and insurance businesses. He was elected
in 1911 to the House of Commons for Vancouver, and remained there
until 1930. He represented East Kootenay from 1930 to 1940. He held
the positions of Minister of Trade (Meighen administration) in 1921
and Minister of Trade and Commerce (Bennett administration) from
1930 to 1934. He was Chairman of the Price-Spreads Commission in
1934. Due to a disagreement with Cabinet about the findings of the
commission, Stevens resigned his position and established the Reconstruction
Party. In 1938 he joined the Conservative Party. H.H. Stevens was
President of the Vancouver Board of Trade from 1952 to 1953. He
died June 14, 1973 in Vancouver."
Not mentioned is the fact that Stevens grocery
experience was clerking for $12 a week at City Grocery, at Main
and Pender. He was an alderman for Ward 5 in 1910. He "Saw
threat in Asia's millions," and lobbied for the Oriental Exclusion
Act. He was effective in getting improvements to Vancouver Harbor,
the Stanley Park Seawall, False Creek and Granville Island.
June 18 The first traffic barriers went in
in the West End.
June 19 The old King Edward building of Vancouver
Community College was less crowded after the Langara campus opened,
but it still presented many inconveniences. Its playing field served
as the emergency landing site for Vancouver General Hospital helicopters.
Bouncing too vigorously on the gymnasium floor was said to bring
parts of the ceiling raining down. Then, on June 19, 1973, the Special
Programs Division was left homeless when a fire, assumed to have
been caused by faulty wiring in the attic, gutted the building.
Classes were temporarily held at the Langara campus, until new classrooms
could be built on the playing field. By September, the Special Programs
Division would once again be administered from the King Edward Centre.
The stained glass window of King Edward VII from
the original high school survived the 1973 fire and is now located
on the second floor of the King Edward campus library.
June 23 The opening of False Creek Park marked
the official start to redeveloping the False Creek area.
June 27 15-year-old Port Alberni student Rick
Hansenstill exhilarated from being named his schools
Athlete of the Yearwas terribly injured in a motor vehicle
crash returning with a couple of friends from some fishing. They
hitchhiked a ride on a truck, the driver of which was drinking.
A few miles on and the driver lost control of his vehicle. The truck
overturned. Ricks back was broken and he became a paraplegic.
Every Canadian knows what Rick made of that horrific event. His
1985-87 Man in Motion tourduring which he wheeled 40,000 kilometres
around the worldwas a physical, mental and emotional triumph
and raised $24 million. He has raised many more millions for research
into spinal cord injury through the Rick Hansen Institute at UBC,
and has encouraged thousands of people with disabilities. See this
June West Vancouver, which had held May Day
celebrations since 1931, discontinued them under that name. The
new title was Community Days, and there were no more May Queens
. . . because the celebrations were now held in June.
August 19 Jack (Jonathan Webster) Cornett,
mayor of Vancouver from 1941 to 1946, died, aged 90. He was born
March 10, 1883 in Lansdowne, Ontario. He arrived in Vancouver in
1907, settled in South Vancouver. The last reeve of the municipality
of South Vancouver, Cornett (a shoe merchant) ran the city during
the disruptive years of the Second World War. His term,
writes Donna Jean McKinnon, was largely taken up with issues
of housing and road improvements. He was an active chairman of the
city's ARP (Air Raid Precaution Committee). It was not until the
war ended and he was in his final year in office that the mayor's
efforts came to fruition. Funding for housing improvements from
upper levels of government finally came through, allowing the city
to undertake a ten-year plan to improve city streets, sidewalks,
sewers and lighting, and provide adequate fire protection in the
August 31 The Greater Vancouver Transit System
took over the citys transit, under contract from BC Hydro.
This would last to March 31, 1980.
August Burnaby and New Westminster co-hosted
Canada's Summer Games. Preparations included the creation of a 2,200-metre
rowing course on Burnaby Lake, then one of only three such competitive
courses in North America. The New Westminster venue was Queens
September 3 The last movie played at the Strand
September Gordon Gibson, Sr. took his yacht,
the Maui Lu, across the Pacific to his resort in Hawaii (also
called Maui Lu). The boat had been the Norsal, a company yacht built
in 1922 for the Powell River Co., a major forest products firm that
amalgamated with MacMillan Bloedel in 1959. The 52-year-old Maui
Lu made the journey to Hawaii and back with no problems, a tribute
to the builders. She would be sold in 1977 and operated as a coastal
charter vessel until 1990 when she sank in Hecate Strait.
Also in September The problem of the rapidly
growing resident student numbers at BCIT, the BC Institute of Technology,
was eased this month when an unoccupied building, formerly the Willingdon
Avenue School for Girls, was converted into a residence for about
October 15 The Vancouver East Cultural Centre
opened at 1895 Venables in the citys east end in what had
been a church. (The church, Grandview United, which had opened in
1909 as Grandview Methodist, closed in 1967.) As architectural historian
Dr. Harold Kalman writes, Founding director Christopher Wootten
co-ordinated municipal, provincial, and federal support programs
to make the ambitious project happen . . . The church was transformed
into a theatre, recital hall and community facility for its then
culture-starved neighborhood . . . The intimate audience chamber,
with its good sight-lines and acoustics and a feeling of warmth,
and which can seat up to 350, has made The Cultch a
popular performing-arts venue that attracts people from far beyond
East Vancouver. The rehabilitation was by John Keith-King.
Besides Chris Wootten, who was at the time an Arts
Project Officer for the federal program Opportunities for Youth,
others involved in the creation of The Cultch were politicos
Darlene Marzari, Jonathan Baker, and Gary Lauk.
Anna Wymans dance company was the first to
perform there, stayed two weeks.
They have an excellent web site here.
October 20 The Provinces Chuck
Poulsen wrote that Jim Pattison wanted to buy a second sports team.
The multimillionaire Vancouver businessman and owner of the
World Hockey Association Blazers launched a bid to buy the B.C.
Lionswhich is nothing newand some of the Canadian Football
League club's executives say they're more than willing to listen.
The sale never did go through, but Pattison had said he was prepared
to renovate Empire Stadium, increasing the capacity to 52,000
with two tiers on both sides of the field and covered end zone seats.
October First, in 1922, it was Radio CFQC.
Then, in 1928, it became CKMO. In February of 1955 the station became
C-FUN, (sometimes written CFUN). In 1968 it changed owners and got
its fourth name, CKVN, emphasizing news. This month CKVN died and
CFUN was reborn at the same spot on the dial as a contemporary music
Also in October The Capilano Salmon Hatchery,
near Cleveland Dam, opened. Before the dam the Capilano River produced
1,000 to 2,000 coho salmon annually. Twenty years later the hatchery
was returning to the river annually half a million coho, from two
to three million chinook and 20,000 steelhead trout.
November 24 I want everyone in B.C.
to know I am my own man. Bill Bennett, the brand-new leader
of the provincial Social Credit party, was addressing delegates
at the Socred leadership convention in the Hotel Vancouver. The
line was a reference to Bennett's father, W.A.C., ensconced in a
14th-floor suite of the hotel, deliberately keeping away from his
son's moment of triumph. The elder Bennett had been defeated Aug.
30, 1972 by the NDP's Dave Barrett after 20 years as premier. His
son oozed confidence. We'll win the upcoming North Vancouver-Capilano
byelection, he told the delegates, and we'll win the
next provincial election. His score as a prognosticator: 50
per cent. Liberal Gordon Gibson won the byelection, but Bill Bennett's
Socreds did indeed go on to win the bigger prize.
November Mission's Ferndale Prison, a minimum
security institution with 121 inmates (designed for a capacity of
Also in November Capilano College's new Lynnmour
Centre, consisting of classrooms, Media Centre, library, science
labs, and cafeteria was officially opened.
Also in 1973
Art Phillips and his TEAM team won the civic election.
Phillips, born September 12, 1930, won the mayor's chair in a landslide
victory, writes Donna Jean McKinnon, as much an advocate of
rehabilitating Gastown as his predecessor had been a detractor.
A breath of fresh air, Phillips was one of the founders of TEAM
(The Electors Action Movement), an innovative civic political party
with a majority on council. He was in a position to implement policies
to downsize density in the central business district, undertake
local area planning and improve public transit. TEAM tried, but
failed, to bring back the ward system of civic government. TEAM
enjoyed strong support from Liberal supporters at both the provincial
and federal levels and Phillips handily won two consecutive terms
of office. An indication of the inclusive nature of TEAM:
one of its councillors was Setty Pendakur, a UBC professor of transportation
planning and an Indo-Canadian.
The Greater Vancouver Visitors and Convention Bureau
changed its name to the Greater Vancouver Convention and Visitors
Bureau. In 1986 it would change again to Tourism Vancouver.
DERA was born. Writing in The Greater Vancouver
Book (1997), Jim Green said: Community decisions [in the
Downtown East Side] were being made by City Council or the province,
church groups or planners. Most, if not all the organizations, had
boards composed entirely of people from outside the community. The
residents themselves had no voice. In 1973, with the support of
the Social Planning Department of the City of Vancouver, this situation
changed. Planner Peter Davies was sent to deal with some of the
problems in the area. (Among the worst were concerns about the health
of the residents. The area had one of the highest incidences of
tuberculosis in the country, and its women had an extremely short
life span compared with women in other communities.) Davies decided
what was needed was a democratic organization to permanently alter
the situation. The fact that many residents were single, elderly
men was considered by many to be a negative component, but it became
the strongest because many of those same men had experienced the
Dirty Thirties, and had been in unemployment organizations such
as the Single Men's Unemployment Association, the Relief Camp Workers
Union and various other anti-poverty organizations that were very
strong at that time.
Davies met a retired member of the Canadian
Seaman's Union who had lived in the Downtown Eastside for many years.
Although Bruce Eriksen had no formal education, he was very knowledgeable
about the conditions and people in the neighborhood. Bruce began
to organize community meetings to identify the problems of the community.
One early accomplishment was the lighting of lanes to prevent robberies
and beatings by people hiding in unlit corners. This early success
provided the residents with evidence of the organization's collective
abilities and power.
In 1973 Bruce Eriksen and a handful of others
set up the Downtown Eastside Residents' Association to build a democratic
voice and bring pride and self-esteem to the people of the community.
DERA required its members to be residents of the community. The
first order of business was to name the area, which for many years
had been known as Skid Road. It had never been recognized as a community
of human beings. DERA named it The Downtown Eastside."
Green added: One important struggle of the
early 70s was the fight for fire-sprinkler bylaws. Neither
the province nor the city made it mandatory for SRO hotels to have
sprinkler systems. Approximately 25 people died every year, 40 in
1973. DERA worked hard to have the bylaw changed. The struggle was
ignored by the city and fought against by the landlords who threatened
to close permanently if they were required to put sprinkler systems
in. The fire deaths of five people in the Commercial Hotel on Cambie
Street allowed Bruce Eriksen to corner the mayor at the site of
the burning building in front of the media and demand he bring in
sprinkler laws to stop the unnecessary deaths. This incident led
to the passing of the Fire Sprinkler Bylaw, responsible for the
saving of many lives . . .
A number of publications first appeared in 1973.
* The monthly business magazine BC Business.
Its published by Canada Wide Magazines Ltd., and covers prominent
business leaders and key developments in the local area. Canada
Wide has sponsored 1976 in The History of Metropolitan Vancouver.
* BCSF A-ZINE, a monthly publication of the
British Columbia Science Fiction Association, published in Vancouver.
* The Link (Vancouver), published twice weekly
by Link Communications Ltd. It was free, printed in English, with
* Madison's Canadian Lumber Reporter, a trade
weekly devoted to North American lumber market activity.
* The North Delta Sentinel, a free bi-weekly
suburban community newspaper.
* Speak Up!, a quarterly for Christians
Concerned for Racial Equality, published by the Bible Holiness
* Wargamer, a bi-monthly published in Burnaby.
The Vancouver Blazers, of the now-defunct World Hockey
Association, began. The Blazers, owned by businessman Jimmy Pattison,
were active until1975. They entered hockey history in more ways
than one: the first professional goaltender to use a curved stick
in a hockey game was the Blazers Don Mcleod.
Vancouvers George Athans Jr. won the world
crown for water-skiing at Bogota, Colombia and would be inducted
into the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame in 1976.
Iona Campagnolo, born on Galiano Island October 18, 1932,
was awarded the Order of Canada for her wide-ranging services
in organizing, promoting and conducting community projects in Prince
Rupert, British Columbia. Later she will become the first
woman to be named B.C.s lieutenant-governor.
With 40 fire deaths this was the worst year in the
city's history. This terrible toll, says Alex Matches,
historian of the Vancouver Fire Department, was found to be
partly caused by the lack of sprinkler systems in hotels and rooming
houses. Steps were immediately taken to improve this with new sprinkler
by-laws. The following year the toll was dramatically reduced, and
by 1982 deaths by fire were down to eight. See the DERA item
The VFD got Canada's first 125-foot Calavar firefighting
platform, which gave firefighters the ability to get up and over
many fire scenes because of the rig's articulated column and boom.
Gordon Campbell, born in Vancouver January 12, 1948,
returned from working for CUSO as a secondary school teacher, basketball
and track coach in Yola, Nigeria, and became an aide to new Vancouver
mayor Art Phillips.
So far as we know, Chuck Davis Guide to
Vancouver, published this year by J.J. Douglas Ltd., was the
first general guide book to the city. There were sections on restaurants,
shopping, sightseeing, etc. An excerpt: The other part of
the North Shore, west of the Lions Gate Bridge, is West Vancouver.
This is the classy suburb of the city, with homes worth
$50,000 and up . . .
Wesbrook and His University, by William C.
Gibson, was published.
Capilano College opened a regional campus in Squamish.
The Vancouver Whitecaps were formed in 1973 and would
enter the North American Soccer League in time for the 1974 season.
Well have more on the team when 1974 goes up on the site.
Vancouvers Bruce Robertson won gold in the
100-metre butterfly at the World Aquatic Championships in Belgrade.
Langley Curling Club began.
The movie A Name For Evil (aka The Grove
and The Face of Evil), filmed in Vancouver, was released. Director
was Bernard Girard. Comments Michael Walsh: An architect (Robert
Culp) inherits an 18th-century mansion and is driven to extremes
when his wife (Samantha Eggar) is seduced by the resident ghost.
J'ai Mon Voyage, a film directed by Denis
Héroux, takes a comic look at Canada's two solitudes.
Quebecois director Heroux, writes Michael Walsh, chronicles
the problems of a French-speaking family (Dominique Michel, Jean
Lefebvre, Rene Simard) during a cross-country trip to Vancouver.
J.V. Clyne, who had been named a director of MacMillan
Bloedel in 1957, and who later became chairman and CEO, retired
from the firm, aged 71.
McDowell's Drug Store, which had opened in 1905 at
1st Street and Lonsdale in North Vancouver, was no more. It had
been run by the same family for 68 years.
Wakayama, Japan became the sister city of Richmond.
Mio-mura, a village in the same prefecture, was the native home
of many of Steveston's earliest Japanese immigrants.
Drought hit Point Roberts, the small chunk of land
south of the 49th parallel and accessible by land only through BC.
The 850 Canadian residents were in danger of having their water
cut off in favor of American residents. Signs appeared, reading
Canadians Go Home. Water was trucked in from Blaine
until the problem eased. A permanent water supply (from Canada)
would become available by 1986.
The Royal Centre, main branch for the Royal Bank
of Canada in Vancouver, was built at 1055 West Georgia. It was 140
metres high, had 36 storeys.
Granville Square was built at 200 Granville. It was
123 metres high, had 30 storeys. Two of its many tenants: The
Vancouver Sun and the Province.
The Landmark Hotel was built at 1400 Robson: 39 storeys,
The Delta Airport Hotel was built at 3500 Cessna
Drive in Richmond.
The John Davis family began to restore 166 West 10th
Avenue, the oldest (1891) wood frame home in Mount Pleasant. Then
they began to restore other houses in the block. The result is one
of the finest, most attractive streetscapes in the city.
The pool and waterfall at the Law Courts, Robson
Square (completed this year), were designed by architect Arthur
Erickson and landscape architect Cornelia Oberlander. The pool doubles
as a holding tank for the building's fire-sprinkler system.
Raminder Dosanjh, a prominent human rights and women's
rights activist, co-founded the India Mahila (Women's) Association.
It is described as a volunteer organization for women of South
Asian origin. Provides information and referral, emotional support
to women in crisis, and educational, social, and cultural activities.
Vishva Hindu Parishad Temple was built at 3885 Albert
Street in Burnaby. There are some interesting photographs here.
The United Chinese Community Enrichment Services
Society (SUCCESS) was founded. Their web
site says: Founded in 1973 and incorporated in
1974 as a non-profit charitable organization, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. is
now one of the largest immigration and social service agencies in
British Columbia. Its mandate is to promote the well being of Canadians
and immigrants, and to encourage their involvement in the community.
This is done through the provision of social, educational and health
services, business and community development, and advocacy.
The overthrow of the Salvador Allende government
in Chile in a military coup led by Augusto Pinochet led to an influx
in Vancouver of Chilean refugees.
The Education Building at UBC was renamed to honor
Neville V. Scarfe, former dean of the faculty.
Burnaby Hospital opened an extended-care wing. The
wing was opened by health minister Dennis Cocke.
The last class of psychiatric nurses graduated from
Essondale, the mental hospital. (Riverview).
The Community Information Service became part of
the Vancouver Crisis Centre, changed its name to Community Information
Centre, and began to shift its role from direct service to support
for the 35 Neighborhood Information Centres that had sprung up in
the Lower Mainland. Today its known as Information Services
Vancouver, and participates in the innovative 211 service. Modeled
after the emergency 9-1-1 service, 2-1-1 is described as the national
abbreviated dialing code for access to non-emergency social, health
and government service information and referral. Its
free and confidential. See this
The RCMP, in a report on commercial crime on the
west coast, said: Law enforcement agencies have estimated
that approximately 20 to 30 per cent of the mines and local, junior
industrial stocks listed on the Vancouver Stock Exchange are manipulated.
That report, the NDP governments mining royalties and other
factors led to a sag in VSE trading. The exchange lost money this
year, for the first time in almost 40 years.
The old Edwardian buildings of Spencers Department
Store were demolished and Sears moved into Harbour Centre, the city's
newest tallest building (a 455-foot high tower topped by a revolving
restaurant). Today, the building is home to Simon Fraser University's
The provincial government took over the Pacific National
Exhibition because of a high-profile conflict over the use of the
Forum (between minor hockey and a boat show). The takeover transformed
the event from a Vancouver Exhibition into a provincial one.
The Vancouver Aquarium welcomed the addition of the
Finning Sea Otter Pool.
Wood sculpture, a (surprise!) wood sculpture,
was installed in front of Granville Square at the north foot of
Granville. The artist, from Washington state, was Michael Phifer,
commissioned by the Canadian Pacific Railway and Marathon Realty.
The Vancouver Chamber Choir, led by its founder/conductor/music
director Jon Washburn, was the first Canadian choir to win a first-place
award in the prestigious BBC competition Let The Peoples Sing
Latvia-born Harry Adaskin, who had established the
music faculty at UBC, retired at 72. He died in 1994. Read his A
Fiddler's World and A Fiddler's Choice.
The Burnaby Mountain Dance Company began at SFU,
would later move off campus and become Mountain Dance Theatre, under
the joint direction of Mauryne Allan and Freddie Long.
Rock impresario Bruce Allen began to handle Bachman
Turner Overdrive, which under his direction would sell 10 million
albums from 1973 to 1978.
Tad Publishing was established. They produced a pictorial
Canada Calling series.
Irene Howard wrote Bowen Island 1872-1972,
published by the Bowen Island Historians.
The book Shipwrecks of British Columbia by
Fred Rogers became a BC bestseller. Rogers had done 20 years of
research into the subject. His book chronicled more than 100 shipwrecks
and their discoveries. He would produce More Shipwrecks of British
Columbia in 1992.
Alan Woodland, a native of New Westminster, published
New Westminster: The Early Years, 1858-1898 while he was the
city's chief librarian. The book contains more than 100 photos dating
back to when the 'Royal City' was the capital of the Crown Colony
of British Columbia.
The Kensington Park Arena and Community Recreation
Office opened at 6159 Curtis Street in Burnaby. There was an ice
rink and roller rink.
Moose Jaw-born (January 18, 1926) Roy Kenzie Kiyooka,
poet and photographer, who had come to Vancouver in 1960, began
to teach Fine Arts at UBC. He would be there to 1991.
Masajiro Miyazaki, doctor and community activist,
published his autobiography My Sixty Years in Canada. Born
in Japan November 24, 1899 he arrived in Vancouver June 29, 1913.
As a UBC medical student he took part in UBC's Great Trek (Oct.
22, 1922). He practised medicine in Vancouver until his 1942 internment
in Bridge River-Lillooet area, where he served as the doctor for
1,000 internees. In 1945, Lillooet petitioned for his release from
internment to replace its deceased doctor. For more on this interesting
man, see his bio here.
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