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February 3 Mayor Mike Harcourt declared this
Dal Richards Day in Vancouver. Dal has been a musical fixture locally
since the 1930s.
February 7 James Sinclair, federal cabinet
minister, died in West Vancouver, aged 75. He was born May 26, 1908
in Banff, Scotland. He was, writes Constance Brissenden,
an outstanding athlete at UBC. He attended Oxford as a Rhodes
Scholar in 1928, later studied studying math and engineering at
London University. He taught at West Vancouver High School, then
studied at Princeton. In 1935 he was appointed assistant to education
minister G.M. Weir, later became secretary to B.C. mines minister.
At 31 Sinclair was elected a Liberal MP for Coast Capilano, later
for Vancouver North (1940-58). During the Second World War he enlisted
in the RCAF. On his return in 1945 he was re-elected. He was fisheries
minister in the St. Laurent government from 1952 to 1957. His daughter
Margaret married Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau in 1970.
A fisheries vessel is named after him, as is Sinclair
Centre at Granville and Hastings in downtown Vancouver.
March 28 A seven-week strike began at The
Vancouver Sun and Province newspapers.
March 31 Steve Fonyo, inspired by Terry Fox,
began to run across Canada. Fonyo was a 19-year-old Vernon kid whod
lost his leg to cancer at age 12. He dipped his artificial leg into
the Atlantic Ocean at St. Johns, Newfoundland, then faced
west. The journey would take him 14 months. It would end May 31,
1985 at the Pacific Ocean in Victoria. He completed 7,924 kilometres,
crossed ten provinces and raised almost $9 million for cancer research,
education and patient services, including $1 million pledged by
the federal government. (More millions were to follow.) On the way
he wore out six artificial legs and 17 pairs of running shoes.
Fonyo wasnt as photogenic as Terry Fox, his
personality wasnt as attractive, his run wasnt as well
organized, and his post-run life was marked with trouble with the
law. But he did two extraordinary things: disabled, he ran across
the entire country, and he raised those pledges in the fight against
cancer to more than $13 million.
Today, Fonyo lives at Cultus Lake and works as the
head mechanic for a limousine company.
April 6 Bill Duthie, bookseller, died in Vancouver
two days before his 64th birthday. He was born in Weston, Ontario
April 8, 1920. Alan Twigg, of BC Bookworld, wrote a tribute to him
in the June, 1984 issue of Quill & Quire. An excerpt:
Duthie graduated from the University of Toronto and served
in Italy during World War II. He joined the book trade in 1947 as
a sales rep for Macmillan of Canada in rural Ontario and Quebec.
Duthie became the first full-time western book rep when in 1953
he offered his services first to Macmillan and then to McLelland
and Stewart. Once in Vancouver, according to his wife Macie, he
decided he wanted to sell books to people who wanted them, rather
than to reluctant stores. He opened the first Duthie Books on Robson
Street [at the northwest corner of Hornby] in August of 1957, taking
care to locate his store near the Vancouver Public Library. He subsequently
opened branches on West 10th, Seymour, Hastings, and in the Arbutus
Duthies big Paperback Cellar in the Robson
Street location was an innovation, and his peopleBinky Marks,
Dave Kerfoot, Bills daughter Celia and many otherswere
treasures. Its not an exaggeration to say that Bill Duthie
raised the level of book selling in the city. It was great
to go into a store where the staff know what the hell they were
Duthies is at one location today, on West 4th.
An annual book prize, the Bill Duthie Booksellers
Choice, is awarded in his name, and the Bill Duthie Memorial Lecture
is delivered annually at the Vancouver International Writers Festival.
April 27 Lorraine McAllister, singer and actress,
died in Vancouver, aged 62. She was born April 15, 1922 in Saskatoon.
She was a singing star of radio and TV in the 1950s, headlining
CBC Toronto's Holiday Ranch and Vancouver's Burn's Chuckwagon,
Some of Those Days and Meet Lorraine. She was a headline
performer at Theatre Under the Stars, and performed in Johnny Holmes'
orchestra with Oscar Peterson as pianist and Maynard Ferguson as
lead trumpet player. The wife of bandleader Dal Richards, she sang
with his orchestra at the Panorama Roof of the Hotel Vancouver from
1950 to 1965. One of the glamorous performers whose warmth
and charm make her a favorite.
May 2 The Mandarin Hotel opened in downtown
Vancouver, a $41 million structure owned by a Hong Kong chain. Its
now the Metropolitan
May 25 A Shame the Johns operation
began in Vancouver in an attempt to drive prostitutes' clients from
the West End. Most of the angered residents attention, however,
was directed against the prostitutes themselves: picketing them,
verbal harassment, etc. The women did leave, but simply moved to
other neighborhoods: Mount Pleasant, Strathcona, Kensington-Cedar
Cottage and Grandview-Woodlands.
Earlier, Concerned Residents of the West End (CROWE),
led by Vancouver Centre MP Pat Carney, had formed to oust the streetwalkers.
City council, led by mayor Mike Harcourt, had passed a street-activity
bylaw a couple of years before, imposing fines up to $2,000. But
like so many attempts to legally control prostitution, it failed
to stick in the courts.
May 26 Mae Garnett, senior court reporter,
died in West Vancouver, aged about 109. She was born in London,
Ont. about 1875, Constance Brissenden writes. She moved
to Winnipeg in the early 1900s as CPR public relations officer,
then switched to the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede. One of the
first female general news reporters in Western Canada, writing for
the Albertan, Edmonton Bulletin and Vancouver News
Herald and joining The Vancouver Sun in 1930. In 1962
she retired as senior court reporter covering the B.C. Supreme Court
and county courts. She was one of the first women to get a mortgage
from Central Mortgage and Housing. Known for championing women's
rights at least two generations before the rise of the women's movement.
June 16 John Turner succeeded Pierre Trudeau
as leader of the Liberal Party and Prime Minister, beating Jean
Chretien on the second ballot by about 500 votes.
June 28 Official opening of the Granville Island
Brewery, Canadas first microbrewery. Their first beer, Island
Lager, is, they say, brewed in traditional Pilsner style, according
to the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516. Their website
June Squire Barnes (born June 12, 1963 in
Burnaby) emerged in the Vancouver sports media. In 1992 he will
land at BCTV, and hes been there ever since. He will top a
Georgia Straight poll as best local sportscaster in 2004.
June Former BC premier Dave Barrett (born
October 2, 1930) started a talk-show stint on CJOR. He would leave
in January of 1987.
June 20 Christ Church Cathedral was occupied
by 12 members of ASP, the Alliance for the Safety of Prostitutes.
The attorney general had obtained a Supreme Court injunction prohibiting
soliciting west of Granville Street, and this demonstration was
in protest of that move. (Residents of the West End had complained
of prostitutes patrolling the Georgia Street sidewalk adjacent to
Cathedral history picks up the story: Tipped two days in advance
[of the occupation], the Cathedral, aided by the Bishop Hambidge
(the dean was out of town), was well prepared to handle the protest
and resultant media attention. The women were asked to leave. When
they refused, arrangements were made for their occupation. After
an initial press conference (at which most of the women wore masks),
the church was kept locked for the rest of Friday and Saturdayprotesters
inside, their supporters and the media outside. Several parishioners
remained on duty inside the church, played Trivial Pursuit to pass
the time, and occasionally engaged the ASP members in friendly conversation.
On Sunday the church was open for services as usual. The protestors
attended the 10:30 a.m. Eucharist, the following coffee hour, and
spoke before about 70 members of the congregation in the afternoon.
The sit-in continued until noon on Monday, when, after a Eucharist
and another press conference, the protesters left peacefully, holding
Although the dozen women were portrayed as
hookers in the House of the Lord (they did not discourage
this characterization), only two were or had been prostitutes. The
protesters had made their points (to little avail, it turned outthe
injunction was later upheld). The Cathedral, while not condoning
prostitution, presented itself as a place of refuge and concern.
Before leaving, the group was asked by a reporter if it would return,
and the reply was, Only to pray.
June 24 Masajiro Miyazaki, doctor and community
activist, died in Kamloops, aged 84. He was born November 24, 1899
in Minamiaoyanaji-Mura, Inukamigun (now Hikone City), Japan. Miyazaki
arrived in Vancouver June 29, 1913. He took part in UBC's Great
Trek (Oct. 22, 1922). He practised osteopathic medicine in Vancouver
until his 1942 internment in the Bridge River-Lillooet area, where
he served as doctor for 1,000 internees. In 1945, the town of Lillooet
petitioned for his release to replace its deceased doctor. The Miyazakis
rented the main floor of the Casper Phair home for use as a clinic,
but he was also called upon to serve the whole area on horseback,
by railway speeder, rowboat and on foot. After Japanese residents
were legally able to buy property, he bought the Phair house, later
donated it to the town. He was awarded Scouting's Medal of Merit
in 1970 and became a member of the Order of Canada on April 20,
1977. In 1983, he donated the Phair house as a heritage site. His
1973 autobiography is My Sixty Years in Canada.
August The Pacific Post Partum Support Society
was incorporated, but they had been around in other forms since
1971. See their website
for more information. They say: An estimated 1 out of every
6 women experiences troubling depression or anxiety after the birth
or adoption of a child. This is referred to as postpartum depression
and can be a tremendously stressful time for the family.
Summer Vancouver-born (1948) Bruce Macdonald
got the idea for his book Vancouver: A Visual History. After
10,000 hours of work, partially subsidized by the Vancouver Historical
Society, he would produce the book in 1992. It comprised a series
of maps showing the development in ten-year increments of Vancouver
from the 1850s to the 1980s, with accompanying text. Other maps
show ethnic heritage, religious affiliation, etc. Its one
of the best books ever done on the city, a wonderful resource.
September 4 Brian Mulroney and the Progressive
Conservatives won the federal election. Mulroney became Prime Minister,
as John Turner stepped down after fewer than 3 months in office.
September 18/19 Pope John Paul II visited
British Columbia. This was the first visit to Canada by a Pope and
the crowd at Abbotsford was immense: Some 200,000 people came to
see and hear the Pope, and he responded by praising British Columbians
struggle to achieve a just society between the mountains
and the sea.
Later that evening, speaking to a capacity crowd
at B.C. Place, the Pope, the Province reported, hammered
home the Catholic Churchs stand against abortion and artificial
birth-control. But, the paper continued, They came to
hear him speak, but they didnt agree with all he said.
I try hard to follow the church, a young
mother pregnant with her second child told the paper, but
I dont think Ill be struck down by lightning for practising
The photo shows the Pope kissing a woman while holding
a Talking Stick in BC Place Stadium before a crowd of 65,000 on
Sept. 18. The Pope was at the Celebration of Life ceremonies in
which he met young and old people of different ethnic backgrounds.
September 29 Richmond's Gateway
Theatre was opened at 6500 Gilbert Road. The Gateway
houses two theatres, an art gallery and a photo gallery. The Gateway
Theatre society produces an annual season of professional productions
and also attempts to actively present material geared towards a
The City of Richmond owns and maintains the property.
October 3 Angelo Branca, judge, died in Vancouver,
aged 81. Angelo Ernest Branco was born March 21, 1903 in Mount Sicker,
BC (near Chemainus on Vancouver Island.) He was Canadian amateur
middleweight boxing champion. Branca began practising law in Vancouver
in 1926 as a leading defence attorney. He defended high profile
cases, including more than 60 murderers. I lost only two .
. . to the hangman. At 36, he was B.C.'s youngest ever crown
prosecutor. A judge with the B.C. Supreme Court from 1963 to 1966
and the B.C. Court of Appeal from 1966 to 1978). He was a leader
in the Italian community. A Christopher Columbus statue on Clark
Drive was erected by the Italian community in his honor. A
dear friend of the little guy. See Angelo Branca, Gladiator
of the Courts, by Vincent Moore.
October 14 Aileen Campbell wrote October 19
in the Province of the new Danish Evangelical Lutheran Church (the
Evangelical was later dropped), on Kincaid Avenue in
Burnaby, that it was a replica of an 800-year-old church in Denmark.
The pews, Aileen wrote, carry plaques donated
by congregations in Denmark. A traditional ship's model is suspended
from the ceiling. A large bell, donated by a congregation
near Copenhagen, arrived later.
This was by no means the first Danish Lutheran Church
in the city. Learn more on their very fine website.
It has lots of interesting photographs, and a very detailed history.
October Evangelist Bill Graham spoke to 46,000
people at BC Place Stadium.
October Well known Vancouver entrepreneur
Edgar Kaiser Jr. became the president and chief executive officer
of the Bank of British Columbia, and the bank raised $153 million
through a private placement and public offering of bank shares.
But even so there were cloudy days ahead.
November 1 The Supreme Court of Canada rendered
a historically significant decision in the Guerin or Musqueam
case. For the first time the highest court in Canada held that the
Federal Government, namely the Department of Indian Affairs (DIA)
and its agents, could be held legally responsible for any improprieties
in their dealings with surrendered Indian lands when it is clearly
demonstrated that they failed to act in the best interest of the
Indian band, which amounted to an equitable fraud.
Chief Guerin and other members of the Musqueam Band
of British Columbia successfully sued the Federal Government for
$10 million in damages for the surrender and improper lease of 400
acres of reserve land to the Shaughnessy Heights Golf Club.
The Supreme Court held that DIA and its agents had
breached their fiduciary obligation and thereby committed
an equitable fraud when they induced the Band to surrender
its land and enter into a lease without fully disclosing the terms
of the lease; by ignoring the Band's understanding of the specific
terms of the lease; and by entering into a lease agreement on terms
which were not favorable to the Band.
The three preceding paragraphs are from a federal
November 12 Red Robinsons last day at
CKWX. But the Redster still rocks Sundays on C-ISL.
November 14 BC Telecoma reorganization
of BC Telwas incorporated under that name. The company will
merge with Telus in 1999.
November 16 Michael Jackson and his brothers,
an act called The Jackson Five, performed the first
of three shows at B.C. Place. It was the most successful entertainment
event in Vancouvers history to that point, attracting more
than 100,000 fans to B.C. Place, and grossing nearly $5 million,
a new Vancouver entertainment record for a three-night stand. A
big box on Page 1 of the Province read simply: He's Here!
Said Province reviewer Tom Harrison, in part, the skinny little
guy covered in sweat and glitter is the dynamo that makes it work.
But, in the end, Harrison found the show opulent but empty.
November 25 Everett Crowley, Avalon Dairy
founder and Collingwood neighborhood activist, died in Vancouver,
aged 75. Writes Constance Brissenden: He was born June 3,
1909 in Vancouver, part of a family of 12 that had come from Newfoundland's
Avalon Peninsula in 1906. Their South Vancouver farm delivered milk
by dog and wagon, and registered Avalon Dairy before 1915. Ev graduated
from South Vancouver High School. After the 1929 crash, he was too
poor to go to university so he returned to the dairy. During the
Second World War, he opposed the poll tax on non-property owners,
and served three days in jail. [Thanks largely to his efforts, the
poll tax was later dropped.] He was elected a Vancouver alderman
but after six weeks a recount gave opponent Arthur Phillips a 37-vote
lead. He later served on the parks board (1961-67). He launched
Collingwood Pioneers Reunion. Ev Crowley Park on S.E. Marine Drive
is named for him (1985). Lee Crowley, his youngest son, now runs
November The Cambie Street Bridge was closed
to traffic, while its new $50 million six-lane replacementthe
third in that locationwas being built. It would open December
December 5 Bryan Adams won four Juno Awards.
Adams had become an international superstar with his album Cuts
Like a Knife.
December 19 The signing of the Sino-British
Joint Declaration mandating the return of Hong Kong to China in
1997 began to cause a flow of Hong Kong capital into Vancouver.
Also in 1984
Pacific Foundation of Canada, an independent, non-profit
organization headquartered in Vancouver, was established. Its mandate
is to enhance awareness and understanding among the peoples of Canada
and the Asia Pacific region.
The Cloverdale Rodeo was voted the Number One Performance
Rodeo in North America by the Professional Rodeo Cowboy's Association.
Diane Farris opened her first art gallery in Gastown.
In the here-today-gone-tomorrow world of the private art gallery,
Diane Farris' 22 years is astonishing. With an alert and discerning
eye, she's launched the careers of many West Coast artists, like
Attila Richard Lukacs, Chris Woods, Angela Grossmann and Graham
Gillmore, and represents such luminaries as Dale Chihuly, Phil Borges,
Judith Currelly and Gu Xiong. Born September 1, 1942 to a prominent
West Vancouver family, Farris realized she loved showing and promoting
new artists to friends and corporations, opened her Gastown gallery
this year. She will move into the 6,500-square-foot location on
West 7th in 1987. The gallery captures more international sales
for B.C. artists on her website.
It gets 150,000 hits a month. (Former astronaut Roberta Bondar showed
her desert photographs at the Farris Gallery from March 23 to April
Bank chair Trevor Pilley announced a new head office
for the Bank of BC at the northeast corner of Georgia and Hornby.
It will transform the downtown.
South Burnaby Credit Union, which until 1951 was
named the Common Good Credit Union (which had started out as the
Common Good Credit Unit), became the Pioneer Credit Union. Today
its Burnaby Savings Credit Union. If only theyd decide!
Construction began on the Broadway SkyTrain station
at Broadway and Commercial Drive. Architects were Allen Parker and
Associates. The station will be finished in 1985. SkyTrains
first run will be January 3, 1986.
1984 was worrisome for Expo 86 officials. Strikes
delayed the pace of construction.
The Downtown Eastside Residents Association (DERA)
established the DERA Co-Op at 638 Alexander Street. Jim Green, who
had been hired by DERA as an organizer in 1980, says the Co-Op was
an outstanding example of community development. This Co-Op,
in which 50 per cent of members do not speak English and 50 per
cent are over 65, has never had staff. It is run entirely by its
members, a powerful example of the abilities of low-income peoples.
The Co-Op provided 56 completely wheelchair accessible units.
Bill Reid's magnificent bronze killer whale was unveiled
in the presence of Lt. Gov. Robert Rogers at the entrance to the
Mythic Messengers, a bronze relief created
by Bill Reid for Teleglobe Canada, was unveiled. It was inspired,
says art writer Elizabeth Godley, by a Haida ritual, exchange
of tongues, whereby power was transferred from one entity
The Terry Fox Memorial was unveiled at the east end
of Robson Street, at BC Place. The creator of the memorial was Idaho-born
(1937) Franklin Allen. It must be said that most of the initial
public reaction was very negative. For one thing, there was no representation
of Fox. Architectural historian Harold Kalman called it a curious
caricature of a Roman triumphal arch. The memorial is topped
by four fibreglass lions, traditional symbols of strength and heroism.
Images etched onto reflective steel plates [created by Ian
Bateson] were subsequently installed within the arch, said
Kalman, and public outrage eventually subsided.
Allen's design was chosen by a nine-person jury that
included architect Arthur Erickson.
The film Under
the Volcano was released. Directed by John Huston,
and starring Albert Finney and Jacqueline Bisset, it was based on
the 1947 novel of the same name, written by Malcolm Lowry, working
in obscurity in a squatter's shack in Dollarton, North Vancouver.
The novel was later acclaimed one of the great books of modern literature.
Finney was nominated for an Oscar for his performance, but the film
was not a great financial success. Virtually everyone who has seen
it rates it highly.
Michael Walsh commented on these locally-made 1984
Iceman (director Fred Schepisi) Frozen for
millennia in the high Arctic, an ancient Inuit (John Lone) is reawakened
by cryobiologists (Timothy Hutton, Lindsay Crouse) working in high
tech labs built on Panorama Studios sound stages.
Runaway (director Michael Crichton) Urban
futurecops (Tom Selleck, Cynthia Rhodes) specialize in fighting
the robot criminals devised by a 21st-century techno-terrorist (Gene
Hookers On Davie (produced by Janice Cole
and Holly Dale) A documentary in which Torontonians Cole and Dale
record the stories told them by four prostitutes and three transsexuals
in Vancouver's West End.
The Neverending Story (director Wolfgang Petersen)
Though the imaginary world of Fantasia exists only on a Bavarian
Studios sound stage, pre-teen explorer Bastian (Barret Oliver) enters
it from the real world of Vancouver's Gastown.
Reno And The Doc (director Charles Dennis)
Whistler is the scenic setting for this ski lodge comedy in which
two forty-something buddies (Kenneth Welsh, Henry Raymer) establish
a telepathic link.
reviewer was unkind: "If this movie were any more of a dog,"
he wrote, "you'd have to rent it from a kennel."]
Eureka (director Nicolas Roeg) Gene Hackman
plays a misanthropic millionaire in this fictionalized look at the
last days of Canadian mining tycoon Sir Harry Oakes, murdered in
the Bahamas in July, 1943.
Binghamton, New York-born (1935) writer Audrey
Thomas , a BC resident since 1959, was the first winner of the
Ethel Wilson B.C. Fiction Prize, now awarded annually, for her novel
The novel Paula Lake, by Belfast-born (September
26, 1939) George McWhirter, appeared. It dealt with a kidnapping,
was partially set in the Squamish Valley. McWhirter, who came to
Canada in 1966, to Vancouver in 1968, has won an impressive array
of awards for his writing (both poetry and fiction). See this website.
Exploring Vancouver's past: an informal guide
to researching local and family history in Vancouver was published
by the History Resource Committee, Vancouver Centennial Commission.
The book The Automobile Saga of British Columbia
1864-1914 by G.W. Taylor appeared. Much of the focus is on Victoria,
but there are interesting stories and statistics about this side
of the water, too, and many funky photographs.
Belfast-born (1947) Brian Kelly, an enthusiast of
transit history, published Farewell to Brill, the story of
Vancouver's trolley bus operations. Brill was a company that manufactured
The book Above Tide: Reflections on Roderick Haig-Brown,
describing and assessing the range of Roderick Haig-Brown's output,
appeared. Its author was Vancouver reviewer Anthony Robertson. See
his preface to the book here.
An excerpt: Roderick Haig-Brown is widely read and best-known
as a fishing writerone of the best in a long and distinguished
tradition which begins with Izaak Walton and Charles Cotton in the
seventeenth century. It is largely an English tradition, although
there have been some Canadian practitioners. Haig-Brown is somewhat
less widely read and known as a naturalist and a writer of the country
life and country matters. As a novelist and historian, he is scarcely
known at all, although he wrote two serious novels, five novels
for young readers and three histories for young readers. In all
he wrote twenty-eight books and contributed chapters to at least
two others . . . His writerly intentions are complex and ambitious.
Whatever else he did in life, he considered himself first a professional
writer. He was not a fisherman who happened to write, but a writer
who happened to fish. He wrote about the things he knew wellfishing
was one of them.
The UBC bookstore opened its doors this year, replacing
a much smaller shop. It comprises 35,000 square feet of selling
space, with 250 tons of books sold each year, or 4.5 million volumes.
Course books make up about half of that number. Leisure and other
reading material for both children and adults make up the other
half. the Bookstore also sells a variety of other items; from computers
to art supplies, from flashlights to bathing suits.
Named after Douglas T. Kenny, the 7th president of
UBC (from 1975 to 1983), the Douglas Kenny Building opened this
year on the UBC campus to house the Psychology Department, equipped
with a variety of labs, offices and equipment. The Whaler's Pole
outside the front entrance is noteworthy (an explanation of the
pole is on the plaque) for people interested in North West Coast
indigenous cultures. The pole was made by the Nu-Cha-Nalth people
and depicts a harpooner, assistant whaler, shaman, Puk-Up and Grey
This was an active year for new publications. They
Canada Stockwatch: Western Edition, a daily
that covered news issued that day or week by every company listed
on the Vancouver and Alberta stock exchanges.
Canadian Critical Care Nursing Journal, a
quarterly published by Health Media Inc.
Cancer Research News A free semi-annual publication
of the Canadian Cancer Society, B.C. and Yukon Division. It was
a bulletin summarizing current research into all aspects of cancer:
causation, detection, prevention, treatment, epidemiology and survival.
Counterplay Published six times a year, covering
local chess games and news; included occasional theory, how-to-improve
articles, and interviews.
Dance International A quarterly published
by the Vancouver Ballet Society, it provided national and international
Encore (Arts Club Theatre) A monthly magazine
covering activity at the Arts Club Theatre.
Karuna Society Newsletter Published three
times a year by the Karuna Meditation Society, it provided articles
related to meditation in daily life, the relationship between spiritual
practice and social change and issues related to women and Buddhism
Maturity Magazine A bi-monthly publication
of general interest for senior citizens, including finance, health,
travel, and lifestyle
Monthly Stock Charts - Canadian Companies
A quarterly charting the 12-year share price and volume for 1,000
Canadian resource and industrial companies
Sing Tao Jih Pao A Chinese-language daily,
with news of Vancouver and from its parent newspaper in Hong Kong.
Truck World & Western Trucking News A
monthly publication from Global Trade Publications of North Vancouver.
Karim Rai, a student at McNair High School in Richmond,
became the Canadian National Debating Champion.
Woodwards became the first major Vancouver department
store to open on Sundays.
There was a recession underway in western Canada.
One of the results: the largest Surrey tax sale list on record.
A total of 633 properties went up for sale for delinquent taxes.
A new, six-storey building opened for the Cancer
Control Agency at 600 West 10th Ave. Its now called the B.C.
At Lions Gate Hospital a new addition added 125 extended-care
Royal Columbian Hospital and newly-opened Eagle Ridge
Hospital amalgamated as the Fraser-Burrard Hospital Society.
Oakridge Shopping Centre, which had opened in 1959,
was being left behind as new malls opened throughout the region
and shoppers ranged farther and farther afield. To regain its customers,
Oakridge was extensively renovated this year.
Beginning this year the annual value of building
permits in Pitt Meadows began to rise 55 per cent per year on average,
making it one of Greater Vancouver's fastest growing regions.
The Vancouver Pretrial Services Centre opened. It
was a remand centre providing facilities for security (maximum),
medium and open (minimum) housing for 150 inmates, with special
provisions for 204 spaces. The building plans included segregation,
hostile and observation cells. The centre is the City of Vancouver's
only holding facility.
Some years earlier the diocese for Christ Church
Cathedral at Georgia and Burrard Streets decided to demolish the
cathedral and replace it with an office tower. A better solution
was found in the transfer of unused density rights to the adjacent
property to the north. That provided the diocese with cash for its
social programs and maintenance of the building. So the cathedral,
the oldest surviving church in Vancouver, was saved. And what went
into the adjacent property? Park Place, at 666 Burrard, one of the
more attractive office buildings in the city. Architects were the
Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership. Park Place opened for business
St. Nicholas-Demetrios Church was built on Boundary
Road to serve the growing Greek Community in East Vancouver and
The Olympic Games this year (held in Sarajevo) were
the first in which athletes based in Vancouver won gold in totally
separate sports. Lori Fung, Vancouver's first ever gold medalist,
was the winner in rhythmic gymnastics (in the first time that competition
was an Olympic event), and UBC medical student Hugh Pisher teamed
with Quebecker Alwyn Morris to win the two-man, 1000-metres kayak
The CBCs Rick Cluff talked to Lori Fung on
August 12, 1984 and you can hear that radio interview here.
This was the last season for a while for soccers
Whitecaps, and for its parent organization, the North
American Soccer League. When the NASL folded, the Whitecapsand
other teamsalso died. They would be revived in 1986 as the
86ers . . . and become the Whitecaps again in 2001.
Rick Hansen, while training for the Los Angeles Olympic
demonstration wheelchair race, fell and injured his shoulder. That
turned out to be a good thing. He was treated by physiotherapist
Amanda Reid. They fell in love, and would marry in 1987.
The CRTC approved new specialty TV channels this
year, including MuchMusic, The Sports Network (TSN) and CNN.
The Tymac No. 2, a water taxi built in 1938,
which in the 1940s and 50s ran passengers from the foot of
Columbia Street to Britannia Mines and church camps and summer resorts
around Howe Sound, became a False Creek ferry. It had a capacity
of 24 passengers. Says maritime writer Rob Morris: The teak
(estimated to be 200 years old) used for the boat's doors, windows
and trim was from the Canadian Pacific liner Empress of Japan.
34-acre Victory Memorial Park cemetery, a landmark
with its big white cross in the South Surrey-White Rock area since
the late 1950s, was acquired by The Loewen Group of Burnaby, which
would eventually become the second-largest publicly-owned funeral
corporation in North America.
Landscape architect Don Vaughanhead of Don
Vaughan & Associatesbrought together a large team, made
up of past associates and partners, as well as several others, to
tackle the largest landscape project in Vancouver's brief history:
Expo 86. The team included three AmericansJeff Philips, Ron
Rule and Richard Pavelekwho already worked with Vaughan, Kim
Perry, Jane Durante and others.
1984 Dodge Caravan
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