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February 3 The first Earls
Restaurant opened in Vancouver. It was named for Leroy
Earl Fuller, who in 1954 opened his first restaurant to feed local
farmers of Sunburst, Montana. The first Earls with that name
opened in 1982 in Edmonton. There are now more than 50 restaurants
in the chain throughout Western Canada, Arizona and Colorado. And
Earl is still with us as Chairman of Earls Restaurants Ltd.
February 17 Jim Kinnaird, president of the
B.C. Federation of Labour, died in office in Vancouver, aged 50.
He was born January 5, 1933 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The son of working
class parents, he left school at 14. He arrived in Vancouver in
1956, later joined the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
He was elected business manager, Local 213, of the IBEW in 1967.
He stepped down in the fall of 1972, to become president of the
B.C. and Yukon Building Trades Council, then in 1973 was appointed
assistant deputy minister of labor by the NDP government. From 1975
to 1976 he acted as Special Officer and Industrial Inquiry Commissioner
for the Ministry of Labour, and was also appointed a one-person
Commission of Inquiry into the BC construction industry. He returned
to head the Building Trades in 1976, until November 1978 when he
was elected president of the B.C. Federation of Labor, uniting the
divided body. Kinnaird served three terms as leader of 250,000 unionized
workers, but died suddenly of a heart attack. Constance Brissenden
writes: He disliked flamboyance and public shouting matches
but was not above them.
He was succeeded by Art Kube.
February 24 At UBC a team at TRIUMF (the Tri-University
Meson Facility) did their first scan with a PET tomograph or camera.
They had been developing the chemistry and building the camera since
1980. PET stands for Positron Emission Tomography. Of the many definitions
we found on the Net, we chose: an imaging technology that generates
a computerized image of the body's functional systems and how the
body is able to function in health and disease.
While this was monumental for TRIUMF/UBC and
BC, Dr. Thomas Ruth, director of the program, told us in March
2006, the modern PET era really began in the US in the mid
1970s with the development of the first PET scanners . . .
He added: You should note that the TRIUMF/UBC team has been
continuously funded from various sources since 1981 and was recently
designated a CIHR [Canadian Institutes of Health Research] Team
in Parkinson's Disease. In parallel the BC Cancer Agency just formed
a publicly funded Functional Imaging Centre providing PET scanning
for cancer diagnosis. The BCCA is also developing a research centre
in Functional Imaging with PET a major focus of that effort. The
collaborating partners include TRIUMF and UBC.
PET is not restricted to brain imaging. It differs
from CT or MRI in that it images radioactive chemicals that enable
the researcher or clinician to understand how the body handles the
chemistry of life and disease. It is an extremely sensitive technique,
and can be used in any part of the body. Besides Parkinsons
and cancer, PET scans are also used in research into Alzheimers,
depression, schizophrenia, fetal alcohol syndrome and other ailments.
There is a good description of the process here.
March 3 The Surrey Food Bank began distributing
food to the unemployed and needy, operating out of store-front premises
in the Evergreen Mall at Fraser Highway and 152nd Street.
March 9 The Royal Yacht Britannia sailed into
Vancouver with the Queen and Prince Philip aboard. At B.C. Place
the Queen, in an international hookup, invited the world to Expo
86. On this same voyage, she turned the first shovel of soil in
the construction of Canada Place. Enthusiasm over the prospect of
a world exposition was tempered by nagging unemployment, with, among
other gloomy news, word that none of five shipyards on the North
Shore (Burrard Yarrows, Vancouver Shipyards, BelAire, Allied and
Matsumoto) had any new shipbuilding contracts pending. It is expected
2,500 workers will be unemployed by July.
While she was here, the Queen also officially opened
the Graham Amazon Gallery at the Vancouver Aquarium. On hand were
patrons Jim and Isabelle Graham and aquarium president Ron Basford.
To quote the aquariums website
, The Graham Amazon Gallery invites visitors to experience
and discover the extraordinary diversity and interdependence of
aquatic and terrestrial life in the Amazon as they walk through
a re-creation of South Americas tropical rainforest.
You can find out here what the gallerys piranhas are fed.
April 4 Bill Rea, who had started CKNW Radio,
died in Santa Barbara, California, aged 74. J. Lyman Potts wrote
a nice appreciation of him for the Canadian Communications Foundation:
Innovator and human dynamo, Potts wrote,
Bill Rea obtained a licence for CKNW New Westminster in 1944
and promoted it to become one of the most dynamic radio stations
in Canada. Focusing on Vancouver from a suburban community, Rea
churned out imaginative campaigns that not only brought CKNW to
local prominence, but also set new standards for the promoting and
selling of radio advertising in Canada. He soon became famous for
his Top Dog promotion using a Top Dog character created
for him by a former Walt Disney artist.
In his community work, Rae created The Orphans'
Fund for underprivileged and handicapped children which became the
largest fund of its kind in Canadian radio. He introduced open
line programming to B.C. and radio news reporters covering
In failing health resulting from a heart attack
in 1954, Rae sold CKNW in 1956 to Frank Griffiths. It became the
foundation on which Western Broadcasting (later to become Western
International Communications) was built.
In 1985, Bill Rea was inducted posthumously
into the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Broadcast Hall of
And see the 1994 book Top Dog where it notes
that Rea began hourly newscasts during the war, which no one locally
had been doing, and also stayed on the air 24 hours a day, a new
Bill Rea was born December 27, 1908 in Edmonton,
moved to Vancouver in 1937. He began his radio career in Edmonton
with children's programs, and also aired a cooking program with
his sister. In 1937 he was made commercial manager at CJAT, Trail.
Later that same year, he came to Vancouver, worked at CJOR and CKMO
(later CFUN). Known for his five-musician hillbilly band as leader,
singer and bass player. After his retirement, and move
to California with his family, he bought KBBO and KBBY-FM in Ventura,
April 5 The Surrey Festival of Dance, the
largest festival of its type in North America, began, will run to
May 7. There are classes in Irish, Polynesian, Highland, ballet,
tap, stage and jazz dancing.
April 16 Stanley E. Higgs, Anglican minister,
died in Vancouver, aged about 79. He was born in 1904 in Warwickshire,
Eng. He served overseas with the Royal Canadian Corp of Chaplains
from 1941 to 1946, and then 14 years in the Cariboo. He assisted
at Christ Church Cathedral, then served as rector of St. Michael's
from May 30, 1949 to 1960. In 1957, he charged that general manager
Cedric Tallis of the Vancouver Mounties would be in contempt of
law if he pursued Sunday ball games. Higgs was a track judge at
the 1954 British Empire Games in Vancouver, and in April 1958, in
Cardiff, Wales. From 1960 to 1968 he was chaplain of Haney Correctional
Institute. In September 1968 he was named executive head of Vancouver's
Central City Mission. Canon Higgs retired in April 1974 after 47
years of service. See our 1944
chronology page for an excerpt from a famous poem he
wrote in France while attached to the Sixth Canadian Light Anti-Aircraft
April 20 Dedication of the Marpole Beautification
Works. Mayor Mike Harcourt officiated.
Also April 20 There is a large demonstration
at City Hall organized by ASP, the Alliance for the Safety of Prostitutes.
May 5 Melville, Saskatchewan-born (April 22,
1935) Surrey alderman Rita Johnston was elected an MLA for Surrey.
She will later (1991) become the first woman to be a provincial
premier in Canada, stepping in when Bill Vander Zalm resigned.
May 23 Tsutae Sato, educator, died in Vancouver,
aged about 92. He was born in 1891 in Tanekura, Fukushima-ken, Japan.
He arrived in Canada July 2, 1917 to teach at the Nippon Kokumin
Gakko, Japanese Citizens School on Alexander Street. Sato married
Hanako Awaka (d. May 4, 1983, Vancouver), a teacher, in 1921. Together,
they ran the Vancouver Japanese Language School from 1906 to 1942.
The growth in number of Japanese residents in Vancouver led to the
building of the Japanese Hall at 475 Alexander, dedicated March
19, 1928, for community activities and the school. In 1979 the Satos
established scholarships in Japanese studies at UBC. In 1978 Tsutae
was awarded the Order of Canada.
May Edmonton-born (June 16, 1938) Lance Finch,
44, had been a lawyer since 1963 (he was on the UBC rowing team
while he studied for his law degree). He became a judge in May 1983
with his appointment to the B.C. Supreme Court. He will become Chief
Justice of British Columbia in 2001.
June 19 Premier Bill Bennett opened Canada's
first domed stadium, Vancouvers 60,000-seat BC Place. There
is a good Wikipedia article on the stadium, the largest in the world
with an air-supported dome, here.
After the opening of BC Place, Empire Stadium fell
into disuse and would be demolished in 1993.
June 20 In the first event at just-opened
BC Place Stadium, the Vancouver Whitecaps soccer team defeated the
June 24 WIC (Western International Communications
Ltd.) was incorporated under that name. Its two major assets: BCTV
and CKNW radio.
June 30 Mary Livingstone (born Sadie Marks),
radio performer, died in Hollywood, California, aged 78 . . . maybe.
She was born June 23, 1905 . . . maybe . . . in Seattle, lived in
Vancouver as a child. Her father David Marks was a founder and president
of Vancouvers Schara Tzedeck synagogue. She met Benny Kubelsky
(better known as Jack Benny), a vaudeville performer, at a Passover
seder at her family's home, Ferrara Court (504 E. Hastings) in 1922.
If the 1905 birthdate shown on her listing in the Internet Movie
Database is correct, then she was about 17 when they first met,
although legend has it that she was 13. She met Jack again in 1926when
she was either 17 or 21while she was working at The May Co.
department store in Los Angeles. They married in 1927. As Mary Livingstone,
she played his wisecracking partner for 21 years on his radio show.
They did the show from Vancouver in 1944. To see
a picture of Mary and the rest of the Benny show gang while they
were here, and to read a sample of the shows gags at Jacks
expense, go here.
July 15 The B.C. Federation of Labour announced
the formation of Operation Solidarity. Some background: following
the defeat of the NDP government in 1975, Premier Bill Bennett's
Social Credit government proposed laws that the Federation opposed.
The bills would have cut social programs, doing away with the Rentalsman
and Human Rights Commission and cutting the size of the provincial
public service by 25 per cent. The legislation fueled the long held
enmity the labor movement felt for Social Credit. Federation President
Art Kube promised a province-wide general strike, including school
teachers, public servants and all other trade and craft unions in
Federation jurisdiction, if Bennett did not back down.
July 15 Robert Gordon Rogers was sworn in
as B.C.s lieutenant-governor, succeeding Henry Bell-Irving.
July 24 The World Council of Churches began its sixth
assembly in Vancouver, continuing to August 10. There were 301 member
churches involved. See this
August 2 The Province newspaper came
out for the first time in a tabloid format. Prior to this time it
had been what in newspaper circles is called a broadsheet.The
Vancouver Sun still is.
August 10 A Solidarity rally at Empire Stadium
was held by more than 40,000 public and private sector workers to
protest the Social Credit government's restraint policy.
September 18 Joe Philliponi (born Filippone),
nightclub owner, was shot to death, aged 70. He was born January
1, 1913 in southern Italy. He came to Vancouver in the early 1930s
and started Eagle-Time Delivery Systems (1934), later acquiring
taxi cabs. In 1945 he opened The Penthouse dinner club at 1019 Seymour,
presenting big names like Sammy Davis, Jr. and George Burns. On
December 31, 1975 the club was closed by the vice squad; in 1977,
he was charged with living off prostitution but the conviction was
quashed. His business licence was withdrawn but re-approved by city
council in 1979. His murder was linked to a robbery attempt. Some
800 people attended his funeral, a crowd described as including
Supreme Court justices, businessmen and dancers.
Two men were convicted of the murder, Scott Ogilvie
Forsyth and Sydney Vincent Morrisroe. Both were jailed. For a more
detailed story see this
site. Morrisroe was released from prison in 2003 after
19 years. Scott Forsyth was granted full parole in April of 2004.
October 4 Ronald McDonald House opened in
How it began: in 1969 Fred Hill, a linebacker with
the Philadelphia Eagles, and his wife Fran were told their three-year-old
daughter Kimberly had leukemia. Hill and his wife Fran took Kim
to St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. For
the next few months they slept in chairs in Kim's room, ate out
of vending machines and tried not to show sadness in front of her.
Hill talked to his teammates and asked for help in raising funds,
not just for Kim but for all kids whose parents needed help.
Out of that painful experience came the idea for
Ronald McDonald House. (The McDonalds Restaurants franchise
owners in Philadelphia got behind the idea in a big way.)
There are more than 250 of these houses now. Theyre
described as homes-away-from-home for families with children undergoing
life-saving treatments at nearby hospitals. Locally owned and controlled,
and supported by donations, they offer the children and their families
a place to stay at a nominal overnight fee.
Vancouvers opened at 4116 Angus Drive in Shaughnessy
today. Ron Marcoux, who headed McDonalds for Western Canada,
officiated and helped Canadian prima ballerina Karen Kain cut the
ribbon. (Ms. Kain happened to be in town with the National Ballet
and quickly agreed to make an appearance.) The three-storey renovated
house has 15 bedrooms, a playroom and more. The house is on a beautiful
piece of land about 15 minutes from the Children's Hospital. Find
out more at this
October 8 The official opening of the Samson
V Maritime Museum. The Samson V was a sternwheel
snagpuller that worked on the Fraser River, until her retirement
in 1980 when she was restored and transformed into this unique museum.
Incidentally, late in 1995 the Samson V began to sink! Shes
fixed and fine now.
October 15 The Vancouver Art Gallery moved
into the old courthouse. After a hugely successful fund-raising
campaign to "take the art gallery to court"$8 million
was raised, twice the intended target and more than any other arts
organization had ever raised in the citythe new gallery now
found itself in immensely larger and more attractive surroundings.
The 1912 provincial courthouse, originally designed by Francis Rattenbury,
was redesigned by Arthur Erickson's architectural firm, with Eva
Matsuzaki the Associate-in-Charge. (She is now head of Matsuzaki
Architects Inc.). One excellent innovation: escalators.
The gallery is the largest in western Canada, with
nearly 8,000 works in its collection, valued at more than $100 million.
is very handsome.
1983 was also the year the gallery finally bought
an Emily Carr painting. They had declined to earlier. It wasnt
art, arts reviewer Anthony Robertson wrote, as they
understood art. Today, the gallery boastsrightlythat
it holds the worlds largest collection of paintings by Ms.
Also October 15 The first issue of ExpoPulse!
appeared. It was a weekly newsletter written by Chuck Davis and
aimed at individuals and companies hoping to do business with Expo
86. ExpoPulse! ended publication when the exposition opened
in May, 1986.
October 23 The Kuan Yin Buddhist Temple at
9160 Steveston Highway in Richmond was dedicated. It was the first
architecturally authentic Buddhist Temple in North America. The
architect, Vincent Kwan, produced a building that has been called
the most exquisite example of Chinese palatial architecture
in North America. Operated by the International Buddhist Society,
the temple serves regular attendees as well as being open to the
general public for lectures, meditation classes and tea ceremonies.
Kwan, architectural historian Harold Kalman reminds
us, also designed the smaller, but somewhat similar, Universal
Buddhist Temple (1978) at 525 East 49th Avenue in Vancouver.
October 29 The Terry Fox Library in Port Coquitlam
was officially opened by Terrys parents, Betty and Rolland
Fox. A commemorative plaque was unveiled, and a statue of Terrycreated
by George Pratt from Nelson Island granitewas unveiled.
October 31 The B.C. Government Employees Union
contract expired, and the union's 35,000 members went on strike.
They would be followed a week later by all but a few of the province's
school teachers. More strikes were planned. Operation Solidarity
appeared to be working.
November 13 From The Greater Vancouver
Book: A showdown between organized labor and the provincial
government was averted by Jack Munro, head of the province's largest
private sector union, the 40,000-member International Woodworkers
of America. The BC Federation of Labour had planned to order the
IWA out on strike, but Munro felt his membership alone was responsible
for when it would choose to strike. Munro would be damned
if he'd let community groups, feminists and church leaders make
decisions about his members going on strike and losing wages,
Jane O'Hara wrote in Union Jack, the 1988 biography of Munro she
wrote with him. Munro felt the labor movement looked bad in the
final days of Solidarity's windup to a general strike. He felt the
operation was bound to fail: In my mind, if you call a general
strike, he said, you'd better be in good enough shape to win
itwhich means, basically overthrowing the government.
There was an awareness that a long, bitter confrontation would result
in economic losses harmful to both sides. Munro and Premier Bennett
met in the premier's home in Kelowna late November 13 and agreed
to a package that included no reprisals against those who went on
strike. There would be no general strike.
Also November 13 It was announced that the
old 1910 Post Office building at Hastings and Granville and adjacent
buildings were to get a $40 million facelift and that, effective
November 14, they would also get a new name: Sinclair Centre. The
name was chosen to honor prominent businessman James Sinclair of
West Vancouver, a former Liberal MP and federal fisheries minister
(and father of Margaret Trudeau).
The complex, at 757 West Hastings between Granville
and Howe, also includes the 1911 Winch Building, the Customs Examining
Warehouse (1913), and the 1937 Federal Building. Elite shops like
Armani and Leone are there, as well as smaller boutiques, art galleries,
and a food court.
The complex would be shaped by architect Richard
Henriquez working with Toby, Russell, Buckwell & Partners.
November 15 In New Westminster The Columbian,
BCs oldest newspaper (established in 1861), published its
last edition. Growing costs and non-growing revenues forced it into
bankruptcy after 122 years. One of its writers, Douglas Todd, moved
to The Vancouver Sun, where he became an award-winning writer
on religion and ethics.
November 22 Firebombs go off at three Red
Hot Video outlets. A group calling itself the Wimmins Fire
Brigade claims responsibility. Five people (the Squamish Five)
will be arrested January 20, 1983 and, for this and other acts,
will be jailed for lengthy terms. See this
site for more details.
November 20 Heritage Hall opened. Its
that Disneylandish building on the east side of Main at East 15th.
Its home today to a number of non-profit social agencies.
Heres what their website
says about the history of the building: 1916-49 Opened/operated
as Postal Station C, Mount Pleasant; 1937-63 Operated as
the Dominion Agricultural Building; 1963-76 Occupied/operated
by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police; 1976-82 Vacant and
allowed to fall into disuse.
In March 1982, the site continues, a
non-profit charitable organization named the Main Source Management
Society (renamed the Heritage Hall Preservation Society in March
2001) was formed to restore the old Post Office and re-open it as
a community and cultural resource centre for Vancouver. Funds were
raised from many sources and work on the most urgent repairs began
in early 1983.
For more details, visit their web site. A funky fact:
genuine plant and animal fossils can be seen in its marble walls.
November 22 A violent and costly riot erupted
at the Lower Mainland Regional Correctional Centre (Oakalla.) Rioters
caused over $150,000 damage in a two-day spree.
November 25 World light-heavyweight champ
Michael Spinks, 27, kayoed Perus Oscar Rivadeneyra in the
Pacific Coliseum. This was a title fight for both the WBC and the
November 27 The first Grey Cup Game was played
at B.C. Place Stadium. 59,345 fans saw the Lions lose a squeaker,
18-17, to the Toronto Argonauts. The coverage of the game (both
CBC and CTV television, CBC Radio and French-language CBC, attracted
the largest audience in Canadian broadcast history for a Canadian
sports program to that time with 8.1 million.
Also November 27 Kazuyoshi Akiyama became
the musical director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
November 30 John Avison, orchestra conductor,
died in Vancouver, aged 69. John Henry Patrick Avison was born April
25, 1914 in Vancouver. Writes Constance Brissenden: He played
his first piano concert at age six at Grandview Elementary, at 11
broke in as pianist-announcer at a local radio station. He was awarded
a BA from UBC in 1935, a B.Mus at the U. of Washington, in 1936.
Avison studied with Paul Hindemith at Juilliard. He was a pianist
with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
Big John was the first conductor
of the 35-piece CBC Vancouver Chamber Orchestra, founded by Ira
Dilworth. (It later became the CBC Vancouver Orchestra, finally
the CBC Radio Orchestra.) In 1971 he conducted the Canadian Arctic's
first orchestral concert. He produced more than 40 recordings. Noted
for his support of Canadian composers, Avison belonged to
the last generation of the pioneers of music in Canada. He
twice received the Order of Canada. His December 1, 1983 obituary
in the Sun called him . . . the man many music authorities
say did more for Canadian music than any other conductor in the
December 2 Future Shop was incorporated under
that name. See more in the 1982
Also in 1983
The Vancouver Board of Trade became a member of the
World Trade Centres Association. Through this affiliation, it is
able to provide communications links to more than 300 trade centres
dotted around the globe, an electronic mail service and information
search and retrieval from more than 300 databases.
Vancouver was founded, one of the first AIDS service
organizations in Canada. Although the disease wasnt confined
to gay men, news items and articles on AIDS had appeared in The
Body Politic, Canada's leading gay news magazine, in September
1981. In April 1983 the first large public meeting on AIDS held
in Toronto was sponsored by Gays in Health Care.
St. Pauls Hospital admitted its first AIDS
Canada's first cochlear implant was performed at
Ballantyne Pier, a cargo terminal in Vancouvers
east end, was temporarily put into service for cruise passengers
while Canada Place was under construction. It has been in continuous
service ever since as a convertible facility for pulp and paper
products in the winter and cruise passengers in the summer.
Burrard-Yarrows Shipyard in North Vancouver built
an icebreaker named the M.V. Terry Fox. To quote from the
Wikipedia article: MV Terry Fox . . . supported Gulf
Oils operations in the Beaufort Sea during the 1980s. Not
limited to escorting tankers through ice, these multipurpose ships
were designed to act as heavy tugs and supply vessels to support
offshore oil rig platforms in a hostile environment. MV Terry
Fox was acquired by the Canadian Coast Guard in 1992 and renamed
CCGS Terry Fox. Classed as a Heavy Gulf Icebreaker
by the coast guard, she is stationed at CCG Base Dartmouth in Dartmouth,
Nova Scotia and operates in the Gulf of St. Lawrence during the
winter ice season and in Canada's eastern Arctic during the summer
shipping season, assisting in escorting the annual Arctic summer
sea-lift to coastal communities.
Dr. K. George Pedersen, who has been president of
SFU since 1979, became president of UBC, succeeding Douglas Kenny,
president since 1975. Dr. Pedersen will serve to 1985. (The K stands
Taking over from Pedersen at SFU: William Saywell,
who will hold the post until 1993 . . . and immediately be faced
with financial cutbacksthe worst financial crisis for
universities since the depressionand responded with
painful, painstaking tuition increases, program and staff cuts,
salary roll-backs and hiring freezes.
At UBC, the School of Family and Nutritional Sciences
Building was officially opened. The School offered four undergraduate
programs: Dietetics; Family Science; Home Economics; Human Nutrition,
and two graduate programs: Human Nutrition and Family Studies. Students
in this school take courses interrelated with the arts, humanities,
and social, physical and biological sciences. Professional opportunities
include work in dietetics, family research, home economics, teaching,
extension services, community agencies, and business and industry.
It was renamed the School of Family and Nutritional Sciences in
1984, and is now part of the Faculty of Land and Food Systems.
The main foyer contains a tapestry created by faculty
member Joanna Staniszkis.
Construction started on Canada Place. This will be
the Canadian Pavilion at Expo 86. The trade and convention centre
is here, as is a cruise ship terminal, both now outgrown. At the
southern (landward) end of the complex is the Pan Pacific Hotel
and Vancouvers World Trade Centre. There is an IMAX theatre
The architectural team: Zeidler Roberts Partnership;
Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership; Downs/Archambault and Partners.
Construction would be finished by 1986.
A new $26 million campus facility for the King Edward
Centre of Vancouver Community College was officially opened in the
Mount Pleasant area at 1155 East Broadway. Its opening was marked
by a trekbilled as King Edward's Last Trekof
more than a thousand students. Most of the students walked, but
a few made the trip from the old campus on Oak Street to the new
campus on Broadway riding in a horse-drawn carriage. 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 campus
Construction started on the Pacific Heights Housing
Cooperative in the 1000 block of Pacific Street in Vancouver. Architect
was Roger Hughes. Harold
Kalman writes of this project: Of the many attempts
to preserve a cluster of old frame West End houses while responding
to high land prices and the need to intensify development, this
may be the most successful. Eight early residences were movedfirst
backwards, to build garages beneath them, then forward and closer
to the street than originally, and sideways to read as four pairsand
converted into duplexes. One had to be rebuilt entirely. A medium-rise
infill building containing stacked two-storey apartments was erected
behind them, providing a backdrop. Additional density provided by
the city to encourage preservation allowed the creation of 91 units
where once there were only eight.
The project was completed by 1985.
Canadian National resumed sole management of the
Hotel Vancouver, taking over from Hilton which had been running
the hotel under contract from CN.
Fraser Valley Credit Union, which had started in
1949 with fourteen charter members and $48 in assets, but which
had grown considerably, expanded into the insurance industry. (In
2001 FVCU will merge with the Edelweiss Credit Union. In 2003 they
will change their name to Prospera Credit Union.)
Surrey Metro Savingswhich had started May 5,
1947 as a closed bond credit union, open only to members of the
Surrey Cooperative, expanded to become a community credit union.
In 2006, its Canada's second largest credit union.
Party of British Columbia was founded by Paul George
and Adriane Carr.
The Simon Fraser Gallery was established at Simon
Fraser University to support and enhance the academic excellence
and well-being of the students, faculty, staff and the general public
through the gallery's ongoing collection and exhibitions programs.
The gallery holds more than 2,500 works of art, mostly Contemporary
Canadian and Inuit, and includes a collection of B.C. art second
only to that of the Vancouver Art Gallery. The exhibition program
involves four rotating exhibition spaces and the permanent installation
of more than 100 works of art at both the Burnaby Mountain and Harbour
Rodeo attracted more contestants than the Calgary Stampede
this year and packed 20,000 spectators into the arena. The consensus
was that its success was largely due to Will Senger, who had taken
over as the Rodeo chairman in 1974 and helped to orchestrate a 10-year
turnaround. Their web site has a good history of the rodeo, the
origins of which can be traced back to February of 1888.
Colony Farm at Riverview (Mental Hospital), which
had been started in 1905, closed.
The UBC University Bookstore was built.
The Pacific Bell, a gift to UBC by the
Japanese government, was made and presented to UBC by master craftsman
Masahiko Katori, who has constructed 105 bells, two of which are
in North America. (The other, the Friendship Bell, is
in San Diego.) Katori was given the official title of living
national treasure by the Japanese government for his skill
in the declining art of fine metal casting and bell making. This
is the highest and most prestigious title any Japanese artisan can
hold for his skills. (Katori also made the Hiroshima Peace Bell.)
The tower housing the bell is built of B.C. western yellow cedar--very
similar to Hiba, or Japanese Yellow Cedar. Its design dates back
more than 800 years to the Kamakura period. Prefabricated in Japan
and assembled here, the structure--built at an estimated cost of
$80,000--is held together without a single nail, with the exception
of the eaves and the roof. Its location was chosen by Mr. Katori
while on a visit to UBC, with special attention to the acoustics
of the site. Construction costs were high because UBC imported skilled
tradesmen from Japan to assemble the structure. The three characters
on the bell mean Clear thoughts lead to a tranquil mind.
The Canadian Radio-Television and Communication Commission
licensed pay television. The first licences went to a pair of movie
networks Superchannel and First Choice.
John Eliot Gardiner ended his term as principal conductor
of the CBC Vancouver Orchestra, which had begun in 1980, and was
succeeded by Mario Bernardi. There is a good overview of Sir Johns
career (he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1998) at this
Mario Bernardiwhose work in establishing and
shaping the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa had made him
famouswas born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario August 20, 1930.
Encyclopedia article on him says, in part:
Gardiner had changed the orchestra's emphasis from championing
new compositions to perfecting authentic baroque style, but Bernardi
moved back to the model set by the orchestra's founding director,
John Avison, nonetheless taking advantage of the training the orchestra
had received to present baroque repertoire with his characteristic
clarity and precision.
Bernardi is still at the helm of the orchestra.
Bryan Adams began his ascent to superstardom with
the album Cuts Like A Knife.
The Phoenix Choir was formed by conductor Cortland
Hultberg. It immediately established itself as one of the finest
of Canada's choirs, winning First Place in the Contemporary and
Chamber Choir categories of the CBC Choral competitions and again
in 1994. In 1995 Hultberg was succeeded as artistic director by
With the breakup of Terminal City Dance (launched
in 1976) choreographer Karen Rimmer, one of the two originators
of the company, reverted to her maiden name and launched the Karen
Jamieson Dance Company. The company is described as as a vehicle
for the creation and production of works exploring dance as a poetic
language, engaging in cross-cultural dialogue with First Nations
artists, addressing the spirit of place and creating dance within
The first 3-D feature movie was made here: Spacehunter:
Adventures In The Forbidden Zone, directed by Lamont Johnson.
Movie reviewer Michael Walsh wrote: Bat men and barracuda
women are among the stereoscopic shocks a galactic mercenary (Peter
Strauss) encounters on forbidden planet Terra Eleven, all created
on Bridge stages. A curious trivia bit: director Johnson played
Tarzan, the Ape Man, on radio in the early 1950s.
Other 1983 films:
Star 80, directed by Bob Fosse. Mariel Hemingway,
22 at the time, starred in the tragic story of Dorothy Stratten,
the Vancouver beauty who became a Playboy Magazine model, then a
movie actress and finally a 1980 murder victim at the hands of her
husband. Says Leonard Maltin about the film: Extremely well-crafted,
well-acted movie that leaves viewer with nothing but a feeling of
voyeurismand no redeeming insights.
The Terry Fox Story, directed by Ralph Thomas.
Eric Fryer played Terry in this made-for-TV movie that concentrated
on the Marathon of Hope.
Deserters An idealistic Canadian immigration
officer (Dermot Hennelly) and his wife (Barbara March) find themselves
at odds with a U.S. Army sergeant (Alan Scarfe) who is using them
to get at Vietnam war resisters. Jack Darcus wrote and directed.
Philip Borsos movie The Grey Fox, released
in 1982, the story of train robber Bill Miner, was nominated for
Best Film at the Golden Globe Awards.
The 225-seat Arts Club Revue Theatre first opened
with the show An Evening with Ruth and Leon, a concert of
songs performed by local stars Leon Bibb and Ruth Nichol.
John Grays musical hit Billy Bishop Goes
to War, the initial production of which starred Gray and Eric
Peterson, won the Governor General's Award for Drama. It had premiered
November 11, 1978 at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre.
The Sechelt Festival of the Written Arts was established.
Vancouver-born (November 4, 1930) writer Betty Keller was the prime
motivator of what is described as the first major annual literary
festival in BC.
The book Bennett II: The Decline and Stumbling
of Social Credit Government in BC 1979-1983, by Chicago-born
(1941) Stan Persky, appeared.
The book Fond memories: recollections of Britannia
High School's first 75 years, 1908-1983, appeared, edited by
Clive Cocking. It was published by the Britannia High School Diamond
Jubilee Reunion Committee. Among the alumni who reminisce within
its pages: Dave Barrett and Robert Bonner.
The book Teach me to fly, Skyfighter! and
other stories, by Paul Yee, and illustrated by SKY Lee, appeared.
Its described as stories about a group of Chinese-Canadian
children growing up in Vancouver's Chinatown and Strathcona districts.
It includes an afterword which summarizes the history of the Chinese
community in British Columbia. (This was a busy year for Yee: he
also submitted his MA thesis at UBC on Chinese Business in
The book Circle of Voices: A History of the Religious
Communities of British Columbia, by Charles Anderson, et al,
appeared. It was timed to appear during the sixth assembly of the
World Council of Churches held in Vancouver.
A number of publications debuted in 1983. They included:
Angles: magazine of Vancouver's queer voice
A monthly magazine offering a gay-lesbian perspective on contemporary
events, politics, arts and entertainment.
Canadian Operating Room Nursing Journal A
quarterly published by the Operating Room Nurses Association of
Canadian Traveller A monthly publication of
the travel industry.
Community Digest A weekly journal serving
the South Asian, East African, Middle Eastern, aboriginal and black
Canadian ethnic communities.
Discorder Magazine A monthly publication,
free, reporting on alternative rock and other music played by local
Head to Toe A quarterly, free, published by
the British Columbia Medical Association, with news on public health.
Robotronics Age Newsletter A monthly published
by Twenty-First Century Media Communications, Inc.
Thorn A semi-monthly free publication for
students at Kwantlen College in Surrey.
The Coquitlam landfill, full to capacity, closed.
Gases generated by the landfill, owned by the Greater Vancouver
Regional District, are now used as heating fuel for a nearby newsprint
Military forces in El Salvador have been brutally
cracking down on the populace and many have fled. The federal government
introduced a special refugee program for Salvadorans this year,
and nearly 3,000 came to Canada this year alone. Some settled in
Salim Jiwa joined the Province as a reporter.
He will become known for his crime stories, especially the Air India
Flight 182 bombing in 1985, in which everyone on board329
The African-Canadian Association of British Columbia
was formed in Vancouver.
The restoration of St. Paul's Indian Church in North
Vancouver, which began in 1980, was completed. St. Paul's, its distinctive
twin spires a north shore landmark since 1909, is designated a National
Historic Site. (The church was built in 1884, its towers added 25
Founded as a committee of St. Alban's Anglican Church
in 1983, the Richmond Food Bank is now a separate society assisting
about 250 families weekly. It also provides food to other community
organizations, including a women's shelter and a family drop-in
The Surrey Self-Help Society for the Under-Employed
was formed in June 1983, after the Surrey Co-ordinating Centre,
the United Way, and other groups joined to address the growing problem
of hunger in Surrey. Now the Surrey Food Bank Society helps 5,600
residents of Surrey and North Delta monthly. The Food Bank also
operates community kitchens, at which people join to cook quantities
of food which they then divide up and take home, and food buying
clubs, which allow members to buy food in bulk at substantial savings.
Other successful Surrey Food Bank projects include a cable TV show,
the Thrifty Kitchen, a recipe book with the same name,
and four recyling deports.
The federal government purchased B.C. Packers harbor
in Steveston. To be known as Paramount Harbour, it is to accommodate
700 commercial fishing vessels.
Three Richmond menLloyd Yodogawa, Dan Milkovich
and Grant Kuramotowere gold medalists in judo at the Canada
Jim Kojima, Mr. Judo, is named to the
Order of Canada for his 40-year involvement in judo as participant,
referee, coach and organizer.
In Lions Bay two teenage boys died and five homes
were destroyed or damaged when a debris torrent poured tons of mud
and logs down Alberta Creek. The creek was later channelized with
a concrete lining.
The Greater Vancouver Regional District created Crippen
Regional Park out of the 640 remaining acres of the old Union Steamship
property on Bowen Island. The park includes a heritage building
that was once a Union Steamship Company store. (Glen Crippen was
a senior consulting engineer who owned the property before the GVRD
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