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January 14 Serial killer Clifford Olson pled
guilty to the murder of 11 Vancouver-area children and was sentenced
to life imprisonment. The RCMP will pay Olsons family $100,000
in return for Olson revealing where his victims bodies were
January 15 The Arts, Sciences and Technology
Centre opened in an interim space on Granville Street. Under the
leadership of Barbara Brink, the Junior League of Greater Vancouver
and the City of Vancouver, the dream of establishing a science centre
began in 1977. A set of hands-on exhibits known as the Extended
I was displayed in venues around Vancouver prior to the opening
of the Centre. In six years, the temporary centre at the corner
of Granville and Dunsmuir attracted more than 600,000 visitors.
Another 400,000 benefited from the centre's outreach programs which
travelled around the province. The demand for a permanent venue
was clear; the only obstacles which stood in the way were finding
a location and securing funding. Both campaigns were successful.
Today, its known as Science
World at Telus World of Science.
The big silver sphere at 1455 Quebec Street began
life as the Preview Centre for Expo 86, so its been a city
landmark for 20 years.
January 16 An arsonists fire heavily
damaged Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park. The fire destroyed, among other
things, the signatures of hundreds of performers and the names and
dates of shows, all pencilled on the old wooden walls. The fire-setter
was never found, but the old Bowl was rebuilt and shows continued
to be presented.
February Individual members of CAPOM, the
Canadian Association for Preventive and Orthomolecular Medicine
joined with members of The Coalition for Alternative Therapy to
form a new group. Ronit Cohen, in The Greater Vancouver Book,
writes: They gathered in pregnant ex-CAPOM member Lorna Hancock's
basement to decide on a name for a new organization. Lorna went
into labor and politely excused herself from the meeting. While
Lorna gave birth to her daughter Lorill in the hospital, the group
birthed a new organization, the Health Action Network Society (HANS).
site says, in part: Health Action Network Society
(1984) is a membership-based, health education charity whose purpose
is to facilitate individual wellness through education and networking.
We support personal choice, and make available information on a
variety of health approaches. Sometimes the critical difference
in improved wellness comes not from a single modality but from a
combination of many, in which an integrated team works for the best
benefit of an individual.
March 1 Groundbreaking started the construction
of the original SkyTrain
March 8 The move to the new Douglas College
campus was marked by a trek of students, teachers, and administrators.
Accompanied by a marching band, they walked or drove from the Queen's
Park campus at McBride and Eighth Avenue to the new downtown site.
Leading the trek on his black motorcycle was the college's second
president, William L. Day. A pine tree uprooted from the old campus
and transported by wheelbarrow was replanted on the new campus.
Also transported during the trek was the wooden college entrance
sign. A few years later, that sign would be given legs and turned
into a bench.
April 1 Premier Bill Bennett announced that
a world exposition called Transpo 86 would be held in Vancouver.
The name was later changed to Expo 86. (We also have April 2.) He
also announced that a trade and convention centre would be built.
Also April 1 University of B.C. radio station
CITR-FM 101.9 signed on with 49 watts omni-directional as Vancouver's
first on-air campus station. Later, it would boost its power to
1,800 watts directional towards Vancouver and the Fraser Valley,
sharing the frequency with the University of Victoria's CFUV-FM.
April 2 Health Minister James Nielsen opened
the 120-bed New Grace Hospital at 4490 Oak Street site.
It would be called the British Columbia Women's Hospital and Health
April 17 Queen Elizabeth II proclaimed the
April 24 The second annual Peace March in
Vancouver. The first, in April 1981, attracted fewer than 10,000
participants. This one drew 35,000. (And in 1983 more than 100,000
May 10 Leonard Charles Marsh, social scientist,
died in Vancouver, aged 75. He was born, writes Constance
Brissenden, September 24, 1906 in London, Eng. He attended
the London School of Economics, then moved to Canada to direct a
social-science research program at McGill (1930-41). A writer and
editor, he contributed to the League for Social Reconstruction's
influential book, Social Planning for Canada (1935). His
book Canadians In and Out of Work (1940) studied social class.
He was a research advisor for the federal committee on post-war
reconstruction (1941-44). He published Report on Social Security
for Canada (1943). Marshs programs led to today's social
security system. He was a welfare adviser to the United Nations
from 1944 to 1946, then director of research at the UBC school of
social work from 1948 to 1964, next a professor of educational sociology
(1964-72). He retired in 1973.
May 16 There was no joy in Vancouver (nor
the rest of Canada) on May 16, 1982 when the Vancouver Canucks were
defeated by the New York Islanders in the quest for the Stanley
Cup. Not even Towel Power had helped. It was the closest
the Canucks had come to hockeys top prize. But they had been
beaten in four straight games by the Islanders, and the team was
inconsolable. The fans were not. A piece by the Vancouver Suns
Ian Haysom was headlined CINDERELLA HEROES LOST STANLEY CUP BUT
WON OUR HEARTS. Stan Smyl, Haysom wrote, eyes
red, choking back the tears, said: Yes, it hurts. I guess
it hurts a lot.
Outside the Canucks dressing room, a crowd
of almost 200 diehard fans chanted Next year! Next year!
and Stan-ley, Stan-ley! That wasnt for the Cup,
but for team captain Stan Smyl. The Canucks captain,
Haysom continued, after regaining his composure, was persuaded
to go out and meet them. They mobbed him, told him he was the greatest,
they held aloft a foil-wrapped Stanley Cup, shook both his hands
and cheered themselves hoarse. Smyl managed a smile and said, simply:
Thanks, guys. Youre the greatest. Youve all been
June 28 Variety Tonight begins to originate
from CBC Radio in Vancouver, with host Vicki Gabereau. Note: this
item may belong in 1981. Were checking.
Also June 28 Journalist Harold H. Torchy
Anderson died. He joined the Province in 1928 as a reporter.
(His bright red hair earned him the nickname.) He became editor
July 30 Margaret Grant Andrew, arts activist,
died in Vancouver, aged 70. She was born March 19, 1912 in Kingston,
Ontario. Her father was William L. Grant, history professor and
principal of Upper Canada College. She graduated from McGill in
1933 (BA, economics and political science, 1933), worked in a bank,
then joined the CBC when it started in 1936. She was a Vancouver
School Board trustee in1975-76, and chair of the Board from 1977
to 1979. A popular figure in the artistic and academic community,
she was active in the B.C. Arts in Education Council, Vanier Institute
of the Family, Vancouver Art Gallery, Family Service Association
and University Women's Club. Her husband Geoffrey was vice president
of UBC and a director of Association of the Universities and Colleges
in Canada. He died in 1987.
September 11 Arthur Delamont, bandleader,
died in Vancouver, aged 90. On the web
site is a tribute to Mr. Delamont by one of the
Kitsilano Boys Band alumni, Norman D. Mullins, QC. An excerpt: Arthur
W. Delamont, the only organizer, instructor and conductor of the
Vancouver Kitsilano Boys Band, was born in Hereford, England, January
23, 1892 . . . Mr. D., as we called him, and his family were raised
in the beliefs and traditions of the Salvation Army and it was with
one of its bands that he learned to play the cornet. His irrepressible
zest for motorcycle racing and dance hall music brought him to his
first crucial decision: fun or faith. He left the band and committed
himself to a career in music - with the occasional bike ride on
the side. In 1910 the family moved to Canada and in 1914, intending
to return to England for a great international Salvation Army convention,
they suffered the ghastly misfortune of being aboard the Empress
of Ireland when it was sunk in the St. Lawrence River with the loss
of many lives including that of Arthur's brother, Leonard . . .
In 1920 Mr. D. settled in Vancouver and in 1928, on the eve of the
Great Depression, it occurred to him he might make a living and
a contribution to his newfound community by organizing footloose
boys into a band. They met first and always thereafter in the basement
of General Gordon School - in Kitsilano - and he adopted that name
for his group.
The long list of awards won by the band under Delamonts
direction is astonishing. Go to the web site cited above to read
September 27 Hugh Keenleyside, diplomat and
executive, died in Saanich, aged 94. Hugh Llewellyn Keenleyside
was born July 7, 1898 in Toronto. He graduated from UBC (1920).
Diplomat (1928-47). Opposed internment of Japanese in WWII. LL.D
(UBC, 1945). Worked for UN in 1950s. Chair, B.C. Power Commission
(1959-61). Co-chair, B.C. Hydro (1961-69). Chancellor, Notre Dame
(1969-77). Companion, Order of Canada (1969). Winner of Vanier Medal
(1962); Pearson Peace Medal (1982). He wrote Memoirs of Hugh
September Thanks to Father Christopher Vermeulen,
the first Catholic school in B.C. since the early 1960s was opened
in Port Coquitlam. Our Lady of the Assumption School began with
17 students. Its first graduation was in June, 1988. He would also
be instrumental in the building of Archbishop Carney Regional Secondary
School in Port Coquitlam, which would open in 1994. (Father Vermeulen,
who served Port Coquitlam's Catholic community for 23 years, died
April 18, 2002 at 85.)
October 6 Alan Morley, journalist, died in
North Vancouver, aged 77. He was born August 15, 1905 in Vancouver
but grew up in Armstrong and Penticton. He first worked with father
Harry, manager of the Sally Dam, in the Kettle Valley as a mucker
and miner. He supported himself through UBC in the early 1930s writing
for The Vancouver Sun, then wrote for 21 other newspapers
before returning to the Sun in 1957. He worked there until
his retirement in 1970. He wrote The Romance of Vancouver
(1940), a collection of his historical columns, and in 1961 wrote
Vancouver: From Milltown to Metropolis. Its still our
favorite of the book-length histories of Vancouver because of his
story-telling ability and his affection for the city . . . but we
know of a book due in 2007 that may overshadow it.
October 7 Construction began on the Expo 86
October 22 Surreys Centennial Centre
October 24 Bill Pritchard, labor activist,
died in Los Angeles, aged about 93. William Arthur Pritchard was
born in 1889 in Salford, England of Welsh parents. Writes Constance
Brissenden: He came to Vancouver in 1911. He became head of
the Vancouver Longshoremen's Union; executive member, Vancouver
Trades and Labor Council; member, Socialist Party of Canada; organizer
of One Big Union. After speaking June 12, 1919 during the Winnipeg
General Strike, he was arrested, found guilty of seditious conspiracy
(March 28, 1920) and spent a year in jail. His speech to the
jury, said a contemporary, was a famous illustration
of working-class oratory. Pritchard was reeve of Burnaby from
1930 to 1932, and president of the Union of B.C. Municipalities.
He ran for the CCF (C0-Operative Commonwealth Federation, predecessor
to the NDP) for election as an MLA in 1933, but lost. He lost again
in 1937 at another run at provincial politics, then began working
as a baker. A musician, he organized youth orchestras, choirs and
An interesting SFU website
refers to an essay by Bettina Bradbury, an SFU graduate, who described
conditions in Burnaby during the Depression. It was a time,
says the site, of significant tension as 22 per cent of the
district's population ended up on welfare and almost half of its
taxpayers could not afford to pay taxes.
Burnaby's reeve during the Depression was William
Pritchard, who once edited the Socialist Party's newspaper and was
convicted of sedition during the Winnipeg General Strike. Pritchard's
notoriety and his demands for senior governments to help pay for
real work, rather than make-work projects, meant Burnaby
came under intensive scrutiny from federal and provincial politicians.
At one point, Pritchard ended up in court after illegally using
municipal funds to help the jobless. A judge agreed Pritchard's
action was illegal, but argued it was necessary to avert the
possibility of revolution.
October Durieu Convent, a residence for native
girls, built next to St. Paul's Indian Catholic Church in North
Vancouver in 1959, was demolished.
November 6 The B.C. Lions played their last
game at Empire Stadium (and defeated the Montreal Alouettes). Coming
up for the team: a new home at B.C. Place Stadium.
November 12 Clarence Wallace, shipbuilder
and former lieutenant-governor, died in Palm Desert, California,
aged 89. He was born in Vancouver, Constance Brissenden writes,
on June 22, 1893. On leaving college, he joined the family
business, Burrard Drydock. (See the entry on his father, Andy Wallace,
in our Hall of Fame.) He served overseas during the First World
War from 1914 to 1916, was wounded at Ypres. In 1918 he became secretary-treasurer
of Burrard Drydock, and in 1929 was named president. During the
Second World War he built North Sands and Victory ships and converted
other vessels for war use. He was awarded the CBE in 1946 for his
wartime efforts. He acquired Yarrows Ltd. of Esquimalt in 1946,
Pacific Drydock in 1951 and the shipbuilding operations of Victoria
Machinery Depot in 1967. In 1972, the Wallace family sold Burrard
Drydock to Cornat Industries of Vancouver. Wallace was lieutenant-governor
of BC from 1950 to 1955, the first to have been born in the province.
See a history of Wallace Shipyards here.
November 14 The 255-tonne B.C. Place Stadium
fabric dome, largest of its kind in the world, was inflated. It
took less than an hour!
The Stadiums website
passes along some interesting facts: Its the worlds
largest air-supported domed stadium. It covers 10 acres in all,
with a circumference of 760 metres (2,500 feet) * There is enough
concrete in B.C. Place to build a sidewalk from Vancouver to Tacoma,
Washington * There are two layers of fabric with a four-foot space
between them. When it snows, hot air is pumped between these layers
to melt six inches of snow per hour. * The roof lets in 20 per cent
natural light. That's because the total thickness of each layer
is only 1/30th of an inch.
The Stadium would open June 19, 1983.
November 20 Vancouver was declared a nuclear
free zone in a plebiscite, and voters also okayed Sunday shopping.
Also November 20 The UBC Thunderbirds, coached
by Frank Smith, won the CIAU (Canadian Interuniversity Athletic
Union) football championship, the Vanier Cup. The UBC Sports Hall
of Fame website
says, in part, According to TSN football analysts this awesome
UBC team is the greatest in CIAU history. It went undefeated in
Canadian competition (12-0), often dominating by more than 40 points,
winning the Canadian championship with a 39-14 victory over Western
Ontario. This team had five first rounders selected in the CFL draft,
14 players placed on the league All-Star team and 12 of its players
play professionally in the CFL. Check that website for a fine
recap of the Birds 1982 season by Fred Hume, UBC Athletics
November 29 Olympic medallist Percy Williams
died in Vancouver, aged 74. He was born May 19, 1908. He was a double
gold medallist at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics.
When he came home to Vancouver in September, 1928
the city went a little nutty. What Williams, a King Edward High
grad, had doneand what no Canadian track and field athlete
has done sincewas to win two Olympic gold medals at the same
games. He came out of nowhere at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics to
win both the 100-metre and the 200-metre races.
Perhaps the most remarkable home-coming in
the history of British Columbia, said B.C.s Premier
Simon Tolmie. Thousands of people jammed Granville Street from the
CPR station to Georgia Street to cheer 20-year-old Percy on. The
demonstration affected spectators," one newspaper report said,
"to such an extent that they tore up the contents of waste
paper baskets, and sent the fluttering scraps out over the crowds
Percys race wasnt a fluke: He won the
world record for the 100-metre dash in 1930, and held it for 10
years. Only an injury kept him from succeeding at the 1932 Games.
But he was shy and reclusive. I didnt
like running, he told a reporter once. Oh, I was so
glad to get out of it all. He never married and his later
years were marked by constant pain from arthritis. On November 29,
1982 he took his own life.
November The Workers Compensation Board moved
its entire operation to Richmond, adjacent to its Rehab Centre.
(The WCB is known today as WorkSafe.
November On a Saturday morning Shell Busey,
39, began his own regular weekly on-air home maintenance program
on CJOR 600. Hed been a guest on Rafe Mairs show, answering
callers questions about home maintenance, and went over really
well. After the second successful guest shot the station offered
him his own show.
December 7 The sports fraternity in B.C. was
shocked by the sudden death of sprinter Harry Jerome, 42. He was
riding as a passenger in a car northbound over the Lions Gate Bridge
when he suffered a seizure, and was dead when brought minutes later
to Lions Gate Hospital. Jerome had been at Vancouver General Hospital
just four days earlier after suffering a series of brain seizures.
He was born September 30, 1940 in Prince Albert,
Saskatchewan, began running at North Vancouver High School. He won
a scholarship to the University of Oregon. He was the first to simultaneously
hold world records for the 100-metre and 100-yard events. Harry
Jerome was co-holder of the 100-metre world record for eight years
after setting the mark at 10 seconds flat in Saskatoon in 1960.
He won a bronze medal at the 1964 Olympics, gold medals at 1966
Commonwealth Games and 1967 Pan-American games. He competed in the
Olympics in Mexico City in 1968, retiring the same year. Jerome
was inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame in 1966, the Canadian
Amateur Athletic Hall of Fame in1967 and Canada's Sports Hall of
Fame in 1971. He received the Order of Canada in 1970.
Theres a good Wikipedia article on him here.
Also December 7 A Hong Kong bank opened a
branch in Chinatown, operating in both Chinese and English.
December 8 UBC Chancellor Emeritus Allan McGavin
died, aged 71. His passing was described as a great loss to the
community and the University. He was born in Darvel, Scotland in
1911 and came to Canada with his family in 1913, settling in Edmonton,
where the McGavin bakery firm was founded. He joined the Canadian
army (Artillery) in 1939 at the outbreak of the war, and served
actively in the Reserve from that time until 1952 when he retired
as Lieutenant-Colonel commanding the 43rd Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment
in Vancouver. He became president of the family company in 1946.
A UBC site
is the source for this short article. McGavin had an outstanding
record of community service. He was well known for his strong support
of amateur athletics, acting as Vice-President of the Canadian Olympic
Association, Chairman of the Pan-American Games Committee for Canada
and as an organizer of the British Empire Games of 1954. He was
a member of the National Fitness Council of Canada, Chairman of
the 1963 United Appeal and of the Vancouver Centennial Committee
and a director for many other public spirited enterprises.
At UBC he was a member of the Board of Governors
from 1966 to 1969, Chancellor from 1969 to 1972, and Chairman of
the Board of Governors from 1972 to 1974. He also played a major
role from 1964 onward, as co-chairman of the Three Universities
When McGavin was awarded the degree of Doctor of
Laws (honoris causa) his citation read in part No man
has done more for the University, its faculty and its students,
its integrity and its reputation.
December A group called Canadian Ecumenical
Action, meeting in the basement of Chalmers United Church on Hemlock
at West 12th Avenue, established the Greater Vancouver Food Bank
Society. The group included Reverend Val Anderson, later a member
of the B.C.
Legislature, and the first Executive Director of the
Food Bank, Sylvia Russell. Within a few months, the Food Bank would
move into its own warehouse, and would distribute food each week
through five depots, most in churches.
A continent-wide recession that had started in the
late 1970s and continued into the early 1980s hit resource-based
economies such as BCs especially hard. In response to the
needs of newly laid-off workers, churches, trade unions, and other
socially aware organizations started to collect food from persons
who were better off to distribute to those in need. Food banks were
December Peter Toigo, whose company, Shato
Holdings, had run through a rough patch in the mid-1970s, saw it
recover well enough by December 1982 to buy the White Spot restaurant
Also in 1982
Electronic Arts, today the world's leading interactive
entertainment software company, and with a big staff in its local
studios and offices, was incorporated.
For hockey fans 1982 witnessed the miracle
on Renfrew Street. Under interim coach Roger Neilson (filling
in for Harry Neale who had been suspended after getting into a fight
in the stands in Quebec) and with the heroic goal tending of King
Richard Brodeur the Vancouver Canucks beat Calgary 3-0 in the first
round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, then took out Los Angeles 4-1
but ran into trouble in game two of the Campbell conference final
against the Chicago Blackhawks. The Canucks were losing 3-1 in the
third period and were frustrated by a series of calls by referee
Bob Myersincluding a disallowed goalso Neilson showed
his dismay by hoisting a white towel atop a hockey stick. Players
Gerry Minor and Tiger Williams joined in and towel power
was born. Although the Canucks received a bench penalty and went
on to lose the game the sarcastic gesture galvanized the team and
when they returned to Vancouver the fans were ALL waving white towels.
Theres a fine description of the incident here.
Heres an excerpt: The game was fairly
evenly played, but the Canucks did not get any breaks from the officiating.
The Canucks had a goal called back that would have closed the score
to 3-2 because of a questionable penalty call, and on the ensuing
power play the Hawks scored to put the game out of reach. Roger
Neilson was incensed. Why don't we throw all of the sticks
on the ice? asked Tiger Williams to his coach. No, I've
done that before, Neilson answered, Let's surrender.
So Roger took a white trainer's towel, propped it onto a spare stick
and waved it in the air in mock surrender. Several players followed
suit. Referee Bob Myers was first going to ignore the incident,
until captain Stan Smyl turned him in the direction of the bench
to make sure he understood what his team thought of the officiating.
Neilson was ejected from the game (and later fined by the league),
but on his long walk across Chicago Stadium ice he was congratulated
by several players, the last being Brodeur, who ruffled his hair
with his big catching mitt before the coach departed through the
gate behind the net. Of course, this latest event was ripe for exploitation.
A killing was made on white towel sales outside the Coliseum to
jubilant fans waiting to get inside the building. Once inside, the
sight and sound of 16,413 fans waving towels and screaming was really
something to behold.
Dick Irvins book Behind the Bench says
it was Tiger Williams who got referee Bob Myers to look at the towels,
and adds this lovely bit from Neilson himself: The next day
we were on the only United Airlines plane out of Chicago going to
Vancouver. We land and we're pulling up to the gate and a big Air
Canada 747 goes by and the pilot is waving a white towel out his
window at us. Then we get into the airport and every airport employee
has a towel, and there were hundreds of fans there and they all
had towels. Everybody, and they kept it up until the finals were
Vancouver T-shirt entrepreneur Butts Giraud is credited
with realizing immediately the significance of what Neilson had
done, and within 36 hours had silk-screened and handed out 5,000
white towels with sponsors names. A few days later Giraud
was able to sell 15,000 towels at a Canucks-Blackhawks game. Towel
Power had begun.
The Renfrew Trojans won the Canadian Junior Football
League title . . . the first local junior team to win the championship
since the Vancouver Blue Bombers took it in 1947. (The team has
been the Vancouver Trojans since 1994, even though their home field
today is the Burnaby Lake West Sports Complex.)
Maple Ridge athlete Debbie Brillthe first woman
in North America to clear six feet in the high jump (she was 16
at the time)won gold in that event at the Commonwealth Games
in Brisbane. Shed done it before, in 1970, at the Commonwealth
Games in Edinburgh. Check out this
In an X-Files episode Agent Fox Mulder said:
In 1982 a Harvard ethnobotanist named Wade Davis did extensive
field research in Haiti on the zombification phenomenon. He analyzed
several samples of zombie powder prepared by voodoo priests . .
. When you make it into an episode of X-Files, youve
arrived! Wade Davis, who was born in Vancouver December 14, 1953,
tells in his book The Serpent and the Rainbow of a trip to
Haiti to find the plant that causes zombification. But
this globally-known scientist delves into much more. David Suzuki
calls him a combination of scientist, scholar, poet and passionate
defender of all life's diversity. His last book, The Light
at the Edge of the World, is a picture-rich celebration of ethnodiversity.
Go to this
site, click on Issue 10 for an interesting Outpost
Magazine interview with Davis.
Hassan Khosrowshahi, who in 1979 had fled to Canada
with his family from his native Iran and a flourishing import-export
firm when it was evident Ayatollah Khomeini would be taking over,
Shop in Vancouver. He would build it into Canada's biggest
consumer electronics retailer. Future Shop was only part of his
holdings: he owns condominiums, shopping centres, golf courses and
development land in Coquitlam. Khosrowshahi stays out of the limelight,
but his wife Nezhatwith whom he shares a $7 million Shaughnessy
homeis a major financial backer of the Vancouver Symphony
On November 4, 2001 Future Shop (91 stores with 7,300
staff) was sold to Minneapolis-based Best Buy Co. Inc., the largest
consumer electronics retailer in the U.S.
In 1982 Vince Ready switched careers, began to work
in private mediation and arbitration. The consensus from management
and labor more than 20 years later: hes the best, a man whose
skill at arbitration has made him famous. Ready, born June 25, 1943
in Pembroke, Ontario, fibbed about his age to get a job in an Ontario
mine at 15. He was a union organizer (Steelworkers) and troubleshooter
for more than a decade. Hes been doing his present work calmly
and thoughtfully, appealing to the best in people, for more than
20 years, has arbitrated hundreds of collective agreements and mediated
hundreds of labor disputes. The thing about negotiations,
Ready says, is that they all end up being settled eventually.
The Amalgamated Civil Servants Credit Union, renamed
Vanfed, became part of Burnaby Credit Union in 1982. (That organization
will be renamed Harbour Savings in 1985 and then merge with North
Shore Credit Union in 1986. The stationery makers must have celebrated!)
The Firehall Theatre opened its doors. Now known
as the Firehall Arts Centre, their website
says, Each season the Firehall produces between four and six
theatre productions and between three to five dance productions
and is also home to at least 25 other arts organizations as a theatre
and studio rental facility, and Arts Centre Box Office. Its
a busy place! More than 35,000 people attend over 340 performances
at the Firehall in the year, making it one of the busiest venues
Muni Evers 13-year career as mayor of New Westminster
ended after seven terms. Evers, a pharmacist, was first elected
in 1969. When he announced his retirement Evers told The Royal City
Record: I'm very satisfied with my term. I'm not saying I'm
perfect, but I'm close to it. He was grinning when he said
it, but the consensus was that he had been a very good mayor. Evers
died in 2004. See a nice appreciation by Lori Pappajohn at this
The Vancouver East Cultural Centre was the venue
for the comedy musical Last Call!, a post nuclear cabaret
that, wrote Mark Leiren-Young, marked the arrival of the duo
that helped define Vancouver theatre through the 1980s and into
the 1990s, Morris Panych and Ken MacDonald. The two co-created and
starred in the acclaimed Tamahnous Theatre production and Panych
went on to become a Governor General Award winner as a playwright
and one of Vancouver*s most successful stage actors while MacDonald
has shown himself to be one of Canada's most innovative set designers.
Hamilton McClymont stepped down as general manager
of the Vancouver Opera Association, which he had headed since 1978
(succeeding Richard Bonynge) for assignments relating to Expo 86.
The VOA was $725,000 in debt when McClymont took over; he cut that
in half during his term. In 1978 he convinced the VOA Board not
to sell the company's rehearsal/office buildingand in 1982
BC Transit expropriated the building which resulted in a capital
fund of nearly $2 million. McClymont was succeeded by Irving Guttman,
acting as interim director.
In 1982 a diverse group of young independent
dance-makers, dance historian Max Wyman wrote, created
another influential modernist collective, EDAM (Experimental Dance
and Music), exploring issues ranging from contact improvisation
to dance of the absurd. The group would begin to splinter
Dal Richards, musically active since the 1930s, had
also been in hotel management since the late 1960s. He recorded
a pair of swing revival albums in 1982 and 1983 and they went over
really well . . . and brought him back into the music biz with a
bang. Mayor Mike Harcourt would declare February 3, 1984 as Dal
Richards Day in Vancouver. Today, at 88, Dal is still active.
An exhibition titled Cabinets of Curiosities
opened at the Vancouver Museum. The show captured the spirit and
history of earlier years of the Museum where, with no departments,
collections had grown somewhat randomly. The public
found the result both fascinating and eclectic, and attendance was
heavy. The exhibition offered up a nostalgic selection from the
very first donationa stuffed white swanto First Nations
poet Pauline Johnsons performance costume and a long-treasured
Egyptian mummy, displayed for 30 years in error as Diana
until X-rays in 1951 proved Diana was really a boy,
about 10 years old. (A funny story about this mummy: Museum staff
were spooked one day to discover white crystals just below its nostrils!
Was it coming to life? No, it was just a chemical reaction caused
by faulty ventilation.)
Leonard Schein initiated The
Vancouver Film Festival this year.
SFU alumna Terri Nash made a 26-minute film titled
If You Love This Planet that recorded a lecture given to
American students in 1981 by Dr. Helen Caldicott, founding president
of Physicians for Social Responsibility. In the film, Dr. Caldicott
outlines the effects of detonating a single twenty-megaton
bomb, and traces the development of atomic weapons from the devastating
bombs of the 1940s to the even more dangerous, apocalyptic weapons
of today. In 1983 Nashs film won the Oscar for Best
Michael Walsh comments on movies made locally and
released in 1982:
The Grey Fox (Director: Phillip Borsos) Richard
Farnsworth has the title role in the true story of Bill Miner, the
gentleman bandit who robbed trains in turn-of-the-century
Borsos, incidentally, was born May 5, 1953 in Hobart,
Tasmania and moved to Vancouver at age five. He made a short (17
minutes) film, Cooperage, in 1976. His even shorter (13 minutes)
film, Nails, was nominated for an Oscar in 1980. He died
at age 42 in 1995.
Mother Lode (Director: Charlton Heston) The
woods above North Vancouver's Cleveland Dam stand in for a Cassiar
forest in this adventure-thriller starring director Heston in a
dual role as sinister, gold-obsessed twins.
By Design (Director: Claude Jutra) Director
Jutra broke new ground thematically with his comic tale of same-sex
lovers (Patty Duke Astin, Sara Botsford) who are seeking a man (Saul
Rubinek) so that they can have a baby.
First Blood (Director: Ted Kotcheff) American
pop culture icon John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) got his start with
a rampage shot on location in Hope, B.C. and on the sound stages
of Burnaby's Bridge Studios. This was the first locally made box
Saskatchewan-born (1908) Sinclair Ross, most well
known for his 1941 novel As For Me and My Housedescribed
as Canadas most critically discussed novelmoved
to Vancouver. He mostly lived at the Brock Fahrni Pavilion, a new
veterans wing of the former Shaughnessy Hospital, and died
in 1996, aged 88. See this
Writer Russell Kelly, born in Toronto in 1949, came
to Vancouver. In 1986 he will write Pattison: Portrait of a Capitalist
Superstar, which sold more than 20,000 copies. Kelly died of
cancer in 1997. See this
The book My Spirit Soars by Chief Dan George
appeared posthumously, not long after George died in September of
The book Tynehead Memories: History of a Surrey
Neighborhood, compiled by the Tynehead Historical Society, appeared.
Dedicated to the descendants of pioneer families who were
at one time residents of Tynehead, a small district tucked away
in the northeast end of the municipality of Surrey, near the head
of the Serpentine River.
Betty Keller's life of Indian poet Pauline Johnson
appeared. Pauline: A biography of Pauline Johnson won the
Canadian Biography Medal for 1982 and was a Book of the Month Club
selection for April 1983.
Ron Stern and his partners sold Vancouver
Magazine to Comac Communications. By the time they
sold it this year they had changed the face of magazine publishing
in the city. It began in 1967 as Dick MacLean's Greater Vancouver
Greeter Guide. By April 1974, writes Sandra McKenzie in The
Greater Vancouver Book, the magazine was on the verge
of collapsing. MacLean was fired by owner Agency Press, and new
editor Malcolm (Mac) Parry hired. The first issue under his guidance
featured five by-linesall of them Parry, in various disguises,
including golfer/author Driver T. Niblick. By the second issue,
journalist Sean Rossiter joined Parry and, for the next two years,
they produced most of the magazine's articles.
Agency Press pulled the plug on the magazine, but
Parry and Rossiter approached journalists Paul and Audrey Grescoe
and artists Iain and Ingrid Baxterwho in turn approached Vancouver
lawyer Ron Sternand, Sandra McKenzie writes, all mobilized
their resources to purchase the magazine . . . with Paul Grescoe
becoming the editorial director and Stern the publisher.
With a lively style and sharp new and seasoned writers
(Susan Musgrave, William Gibson, W.P. Kinsella, Jack Hodgkins, Ben
Metcalfe and others) the magazine began to prosper. It still does.
Several local publications debuted in 1982:
Christian Info News, a monthly publication
of the Christian Info (Vancouver-Lower Mainland) Society, in Langley.
Discovery News A bi-monthly published by the
Geotechnical News A quarterly published by
BiTech Publishers Ltd., it featured news on geotechnical activities
in Canada, the US, Mexico and Europe including special sections
on waste geotechnics and geosynthetics, instrumentation and a calendar
of geotechnical events.
Hort West A bi-monthly publication from the
British Columbia Nursery Trades Association, a trade publication
for the horticultural industry.
Markwick Midden, a semi-annual publication
Impresarios Hugh Pickett and Holly Maxwell sold Famous
Artists Limited to Jerry Lonn of Seattle.
Coquitlam Centre at 2929 Barnet Highway won the Governor-General's
Award for Excellence in Architecture for Edmonton architect B. James
Wensley. The centre opened in 1979 and housed a collection of 27
sculptures and other work by B.C. artists.
Burnaby Parks and Recreation opened Barnet Marine
Park, on the concrete remnants of a sawmill destroyed by fire in
Heritage Farm, restored by the Richmond Historical and
Museum Society, opened to the public. The farm overlooks the south
arm of the Fraser River. A lovely 1890s farmhouse was built
on the site by the London family and has been completely restored
and fully furnished for that period. Around the house are fragrant
herb and flower gardens . . . Other attractions on the site include
the restored Spragg family barn and a hand tool museum.
The New Westminster and District Labour Council founded
the Unemployment Action Centre to help unemployed people. Seeing
that claimants often needed food, the Action Centre, with the help
of local labour unions, established the New Westminster Food Bank
The CPRs Kitsilano Trestle, built in 1886 across
the mouth of False Creek and modified in 1903 to allow a swing span,
was removed. The CPRs informally dubbed Sockeye Limited
used this trestle between 1902 and 1905. (The Sockeye
ran twice a day between the CPR's waterfront station and Steveston,
then a major fishing and canning centre.) The trestle was also used
regularly by the BC Electrics No. 12 Kitsilano streetcar to
Kits Beach, a line that was discontinued in 1949. B.C. Electric
freight trains also used it between their freight yards southwest
of Chinatown to their other lines south of False Creek.
The White Rock-South Surrey Food Bank began in a
small room in a church basement.
A $15 million addition to Richmond General Hospital
Gale-force winds and high tides caused waves to overtop dykes
in the Mud Bay/Crescent Beach area. Salt water poured over some
of the most productive agricultural land in North America.
Surrey Co-op went into receivership when a demand loan was called
in by the B.C. Central Credit Union. A long strike in 1977 and the
building of two shopping malls (on borrowed money) had led to financial
At the 1982 ceremony of the presentation of the coat of arms
for the City of North Vancouver, the young Salish artist, Susan
Sparrow (now Susan Point), whose representation of a salmon and
a bear are embedded in the arms, was a guest of honor. Copies of
her print, featuring the two representations, were presented to
Lieutenant-Governor Henry Bell-Irving and to Conrad Swan, York Herald.
Work began on Blackcomb Benchlands, the area around
the base of Blackcomb Mountain. It later became a mix of hotels,
shops, restaurants, condominiums and a golf course. The Black Market,
centred in and around Chateau Whistler and the base of Blackcomb
Mountain, is Blackcomb Benchlands' shopping area.
The Iredale Partnership rehabilitated the old Victoria Court
(1943 East 1st Avenue) which had started life as a long-term storage
vault for the Imperial Bank of Canada's archival records, and turned
it into residential townhouses. New windows and iron balconies
enhance the original character, writes architectural historian
Harold Kalman, and the shield with the bank's monogram has
been retained over the entrance, acknowledging the building's layered
A recession that began this year unsettled UBCs
fiscal foundation, and led to rising tuition fees.
In 1975 the re-elected Social Credit government committed
to building a children's hospital somewhere in Vancouver. By 1976
they had chosen a location at West 28th Avenue and Oak Street. In
1977 Health Minister Robert McClelland broke ground at that location.
And this year the hospital was completed at a cost of $60 million.
It had 320,000 square feet of space and 250 acute care beds, an
adolescent unit, a modern isolation facility, a rehabilitation unit,
a 10-bed psychiatric unit and a 60-bed special care nursery.
The IODE Glaucoma Centre at the Vancouver General
Hospital opened. The IODE
provides annual funds for equipment and further research.
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