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February 7 Ida Halpern, musicologist, died
in Vancouver, aged 76. She was born Ida Ruhdörfer in Vienna
July 17, 1910. There is a good brief biography here.
An excerpt: As a Jew, she fled Hitler's Austria towards the
end of 1938. She had stayed in Vienna just long enough to obtain
her Ph.D in music, then fled with her new husband [George Robert
Halpern, born in Krakow, Poland May 11, 1902] to Shanghai where
his sister Fanny was working as a psychiatrist. According to SFU
Special Collections, Arriving in Vancouver in August, 1939,
the Halperns were initially placed under a deportation order. They
succeeded in gaining landed immigrant status through the intervention
of R.D. Murray, manager of the Chartered Bank of India, Australia,
and China at Shanghai. Murray offered financial guarantees regarding
Halpern's proposed business enterprises.
Dr. Halpern labored for years in the 1960s, 70s
and 80s studying and recording the songs of B.C.s coastal
native people. Without her work, they might have been lost. She
published eight albums of their songs between 1967 and 1987. She
was also the founding president of the Friends of Chamber Music
in Vancouver, sat on the boards of several key musical organizations,
and wrote music criticism for The Province from 1952 to 1957.
She became a Member in the Order of Canada in 1978. Her importance
to the BC musical world is indicated here.
February 19 John Prentice, forest company
executive, died in Vancouver, aged 79. Born in Vienna February 27,
1907 he came to Canada in 1938, changing his surname from Pick.
With his brother-in-law Leopold Poldi Bentley, who had
also fled Austria, on November 12, 1938 he opened a small furniture
and paneling-veneer plant, Pacific Veneer, in New Westminster. The
company expanded into the forest industry to capture part of the
market for aircraft-quality plywood during the Second World War.
Through a series of acquisitions and expansions during the following
decades, the business grew and in 1947 was reorganized to become
Canadian Forest Products, later renamed Canfor. Prentice was the
companys long-time president. He was chairman of the company
from 1970 to 1983, chairman of Canfor from 1983 to 1985 when he
retired. He was named a member of one of Canadas 50 wealthiest
families in 1987. Canfor,
a publicly listed company, employs more than 10,000 people today
and has sales of about $3 billion.
Prentices interests outside business were an
important part of his life: he was chairman of the Canada Council
for five years, was president of the Chess Federation of Canada
from 1955 to 1971, and had an extraordinarily long tenure as Canadas
representative at the world chess federation (FIDE), which ended
only at his death. He had been there for Canada since 1957. In 1977
he was made an officer of the Order of Canada, and that same year
received the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal for contributions
in the field of chess. In 2000 he was posthumously inducted into
the Canadian Chess Hall of Fame. Writes Nathan Divinsky: His
financial support and organizational ability made it possible for
Canada to send teams to almost every international chess olympiad
(held every two years) during the 1960s, 70s and 80s.
March 1 Stu Keate, journalist, died in Vancouver,
aged 73. James Stuart Keate was born October 13, 1913 in Vancouver.
He graduated from UBC in 1935 and went into journalism. He began
as a sports writer for The Daily Province, later joined The
Toronto Star. He also worked for Time and Life.
He served as an information officer in the North Atlantic and Pacific
theatres from 1942 to 1945. After the war he served as bureau chief
of Time Inc. in Montreal. He was the publisher of The Victoria
Daily Times from 1951 to 1964, then became publisher of The
Vancouver Sun, held that post from 1964 until his retirement
in 1978. His lively autobiography is Paper Boy.
A UBC site says, in part: As a leader in the
newspaper field Stuart Keate was respected and honoured by his colleagues
in numerous ways. He was named to the Canadian News Hall of Fame
and honoured by the International Press Institute and the National
Press Club. He was also named an officer of the Order of Canada
in 1978 . . . His service to the University was long and meritorious.
His involvement in the Senate continued from 1954 until 1969, a
period which also included six years as a member of the Board of
Governors and as an appointee to the Canada Council. The University
recognized his exceptional service with the award of an honorary
degree in 1985.
March 15 In a ceremony in the auditorium of
West Vancouver High School West Vancouvers new coat of arms
was presented. Dr. Conrad Swan, York Herald, proclaimed the Patent
in the presence of Lieutenant-Governor Robert G. Rogers. A special
highlight of the ceremony was the unveiling of a magnificent armorial
sculpture in polychromed wood by local artist Dennis Sedlacek. This
sculpture is on permanent display on the east wall of the Council
Chamber in the municipal hall. The date of March 15 was chosen to
celebrate the anniversary of the citys incorporation March
April 22 Masumi Mitsui, First World War hero,
died in Vancouver, aged 99. He was born in Japan October 7, 1887.
Mitsui was one of 196 local Japanese residents who volunteered for
service in the First World War. Of these, 145 were killed or wounded.
After leading his troop up Vimy Ridge, Sergeant Mitsui received
the Military Medal for Bravery (April 1917), one of 12 Japanese
to receive the honor in the war. In 1942, his family was forcibly
moved from their seven-hectare Port Coquitlam chicken farm and new
house to an internment camp in Greenwood, B.C. In August 1985, Masumi
was the honored guest at the relighting of the electric lantern
in the 1920 Japanese Canadian War Memorial. The light had been extinguished
during the Pacific war.
April Pacific Western Airlines, which had
started in 1946 with Russell Bakers Central B.C. Airways,
and was now the largest western regional air carrier, bought Canadian
Pacific Airwhich had not thrived in the 1980sfor $300
million. The new name of the merged airlines was announced this
month: Canadian Airlines International. Air Canada would buy it
April Vancouver businessman Jim Pattison was
appointed to the Order of Canada.
April Designated as Schedule A heritage structures
were the houses at 504, 508, 512 and 516 Hawks Street, built 1899-1900.
May 5 Vancouver Mayor Gordon Campbell declared
May 5, 1987 Georgia Straight Day, as the paper celebrated
the release of its 1,000th issue. When the Straight hit the
streets in 1967, Mayor Tom Campbell (no relation) was determined
to shut it down.
May 14 Finning Tractor and Equipmentwhich can
trace its history back to 1928changed to its present name:
a publicly traded company.
May 22 Rick Hansen completed his 26-month
24,901.55-mile (40,000 km) around-the-world Man in Motion
tour, when he wheeled his chair into the Oakridge Shopping Centre
. . . from which he had started March 21, 1985. He was met by a
huge crowd. His tour had raised $24 million for the Man in Motion
Legacy Fund. (Note: One of the steepest grades Rick had to endure
on the final day of his epic journey is now marked by a sign on
Coquitlams Thermal Drive.)
May 23 50,000 people turned out at BC Place
to welcome Rick Hansen back. In his autobiography, Rick tells of
one event there: There was a moment, someone else's moment,
that told the story of Man in Motion as simply and as truly as it
was possible to be told. Eighteen-year-old Kerris Huston, badly
injured in a car accident two years earlier, pushed away the hand
of a would-be helper and walked slowly and haltingly to the microphone.
Her voice was slurred. She was obviously nervous.
But she spoke to me, and she proved again that the effort was worth
the prize: One year ago I was in a wheelchair. You showed
me how to reach for the stars. You gave me that encouragement to
be the best I can. I thank you for letting me share a part of your
dream. Then she walked back to her chair and sat down . .
. It was a warm and wonderful celebration, a meaningful recognition
of and commitment to the disabled of our province and our country.
And when all the speeches were over, no one had said it better than
Kerris did by walking unaided across that stage at Oakridge: Thank
you for letting me share a part of your dream.
The Tour ended under a banner that said The
End is Just the Beginning. For Rick, life since the Tour has
been equally rewarding. Hes Executive Director of the Rick
Hansen Institute at UBCwhere he oversees the Disability
Resources Centre, the Rick Hansen National Fellow Program, the Life
Skills Motivation Centre, Rick Hansen Enterprises and the Man in
Motion Foundation. He and Amanda are the proud parents of three
daughtersEmma, Alana and Rebecca. Although his Man in Motion
Tour is long over, Ricks message is still strong, and his
life an example to us all.
(Excerpts from Rick Hansen: Man in Motion,
by Rick Hansen and Jim Taylor were reprinted with permission of
Douglas & McIntyre, the publishers, and of the authors.)
May Ex-Vancouver police chief Walter Mulligan
died in Oak Bay, aged about 82.
May Roberts Bank set a world record when 239,084
tonnes of coal was loaded on the Hyundai Giant. The facility
is able to handle dry bulk vessels of 260,000 DWT.
May Designated as a Schedule A heritage structures
was Tudor Manor at 1311 Beach Avenue, built 1927-28.
June 19 Tree of Life, a large art work
by Jack Shadbolt, was unveiled to mark the opening of Cineplex Odeon
Granville Cinemas. Garth Drabinsky unveiled the piece.
June 29 Cats opened at the Queen Elizabeth
Theatre. A huge success, and the first time a Canadian company had
ever been granted the rights to produce a made-in Canada version
of a Broadway musical hit, it will run until September 12, grossing
$8 million. Cats was described as the first show to prove that Vancouver
could sustain a long run for the mega-musical genre.
July 1 What had been the Canada Pavilion at
Expo 86 became Canada
Place, the citys convention centre. The first
event in the $144.8 million structure was the International Culinary
Olympics. Theyve since crammed a lot in here: the Vancouver
Convention and Exhibition Centre, The Pan Pacific Hotel, The Vancouver
Port Authority Corporate Offices, Cruise Ship Terminal (operated
by the Vancouver Port Authority), the CN IMAX Theatre, World Trade
Centre Office Complex and Citipark parking facility.
July 26 The Federation Cup, the Women's World
Team Tennis Championship, was held at Hollyburn Country Club in
West Vancouver. It was the first time the Cup had been played in
Canada in its 25-year history.
July BC Premier Bill Vander Zalms Social
Credit government brought in the Industrial Relations Act (Bill
19). The B.C. Federation of Labour instituted a province-wide boycott
of the Act, describing it as viciously anti-union. The
Fed refused to appoint any of its members to the tribunal appointed
to administer the Actthe Industrial Relations Counciland
refused to attend the Councils hearings. Among the IRCs
powers: it could declare workers essential and thus limit the right
to strike and to set up secondary picketing. The Act would be repealed
December 15, 1992 by the new Mike Harcourt government, ending a
period of bitter labor relations in the province.
September 12 John Qualen, movie actor, died
in Los Angeles, aged 87. He was born Johan Mandt Kvalen on December
8, 1899 in Vancouver. His father Olaus Peter Kvalen (who would change
the spelling of the family name) was pastor of First Scandinavian
Church on Prior Street from 1898 to 1900. The family was Norwegian.
John spent his childhood moving throughout Canada and US. He went
into acting against his father's wishes, performed in nearly 200
movies or TV shows. His first was Street Scene in 1931. He
played the father in three movies about the Dionne quintuplets.
His most notable role was as Muley in The Grapes
of Wrath. Hes also noteworthy in the very brief role of
Bergen in Casablanca, the source of our photo.
September Following Expo 86, an intensive
lobbying campaign was launched to secure the Expo Centre for Science
World. With three levels of government backing its proposal, the
Arts, Sciences and Technology Centre succeeded in persuading the
provincial government to designate the expositions famous
golf ball as the new facility. The announcement was
made this month. A massive fund-raising campaign ensued, with donations
from the federal, provincial, and municipal governments, the GVRD,
the private sector, foundations and individuals contributing $19.1
million to build an addition to the Expo Centre, redesign the interior
and construct exhibits. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II dedicated
the Expo Centre as Science World. A science centre for the
people of British Columbia in October. Its known today
World at Telus World of Science.
September Designated as Schedule A heritage
structures were the houses at 2202 and 2220 Cypress, built in 1914.
October 15 Queen Elizabeth II opened the Commonwealth
Heads of Government Meeting in Vancouver. One of the outcomes would
be the establishment in 1989 of the Commonwealth of Learning, an
organization based in Vancouver. To quote their website:
The Commonwealth of Learning is an intergovernmental organization
created by Commonwealth Heads of Government to encourage the development
and sharing of open learning/distance education knowledge, resources
and technologies. COL is helping developing nations improve access
to quality education and training.
October 28 Construction began on the SkyBridge
with the lifting of a 100-tonne bridge deck section to deck level.
The SkyBridge will be a crossing over the Fraser River for the Advanced
Light Rapid Transit System (SkyTrain). It will link the ALRT from
New Westminster to Surrey. The first day of operation for this transit-only
bridge will be March 19, 1990. The $28 million structure was built
by Kerkhoff Bridge and Industrial Division Ltd., of Chilliwack,
and Hyundai Engineering and Construction Division Co. Ltd. of Korea.
October Designated as a Schedule A heritage
structure was the house at 1096 West 10th Avenue, built in 1922.
November 4 Racing broadcaster Jack Short, 78, was
inducted into the Canadian
Horse Racing Hall of Fame. From 1934 to 1976 he called
nearly 50,000 races at Exhibition Park, broadcast live for CJOR
November 29 Edmonton Eskimos beat the Toronto
Argonauts 38-36 in Vancouver to take the 1987 Grey Cup.
December 7 The Village
of Anmore held its first council meeting today. The
village occupied what had once been unincorporated territory on
the northeast bank of Indian Arm, and the 800 people living there
decided they would rather be on their own than absorbed by Port
Moody. (That city had been casting covetous eyes at the area for
some time). Mayor Hal Weinberg described the residents of the idyllic
community as a core of highly individual, self-supporting
people. Anmore at creation was 798 hectares, today is 2,873
hectares (just under 29 square kilometres). Population today is
December 27 There was a riot at the Lower
Mainland Regional Correctional Centre (once known as Oakalla).
December The federal government amended the
Canadian Income Tax Act to designate Vancouver and Montreal as International
Banking Centres. This legislation permitted financial institutions
operating in these IBCs to be exempt from federal income tax on
the profits earned from lending non-resident deposits to non-resident
December An Inukshuk sculpture, 20
feet high and weighing 70,000 pounds, was reassembled at English
Bay. Created by Alvin Kanak of Rankin Inlet, it had been featured
at the Northwest Territories pavilion at Expo 86. This is a large
version of an ancient symbol of Inuit culture, traditionally used
as a landmark and navigational aid. Built roughly in human form,
inukshuks are symbols of northern hospitality.
Also in 1987
The Vancouver Public Library celebrated its 100th
The lower Seymour Valley was opened to recreationalists
(for the first time in 59 years) this year with the creation of
the Seymour Demonstration Forest. Hikers may run into cyclists,
fishers, and foresters, not to mention deer or the occasional bear.
Most of the Capilano, Seymour and Coquitlam watersheds remain off
limits to hikers, in order to protect Great Vancouver's drinking
The Vancouver Canucks hired Pat Quinn away from the
L.A. Kings to become the teams president, general manager
and now-and-again coach. (Hamilton-born (January 29, 1943) Quinn
had been the Canucks fourth pick in the 1970 draft, a defenceman.
He was with them for two years.) As president and GM he inherited
11 consecutive losing seasons. He would take over coaching duties
in 1991 and by the following year would lead the Canucks to records
for wins and points in a season.
The Vancouver 86ers soccer club arose out of the
ashes of the Whitecaps. They relied, soccer writer Jack
Keating wrote, on local talent to take on the rest of Canada's
best in cities such as Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Hamilton,
North York, Ont., Ottawa and Montreal . . . Under the direction
of coach Bobby Lenarduzzi, the 86ers would rapidly became the most
successful soccer team in Canada, giving Vancouver a team that rarely
tasted defeat in the Canadian Soccer League. The 86ers would capture
four consecutive CSL championships from 1988 to 1991 and set a raft
of records along the way, including an incredible 46-game (37-0-9)
streak without a defeat from June 8, 1988 to Aug. 8, 1989.
Expo 86 opened the door to a new level of liquor
service in B.C. The government of the day adopted a more liberal
attitude, and the archaic and paternalistic laws of the past began
to change. The provincial government launched a Liquor Policy Review
this year. Among its recommendations: expand the present system,
which was working well; finance alcohol-abuse programs; improve
the staffs knowledge of the product; and allow no beer or
wine sales in supermarkets and corner stores.
Architect Richard Henriquez designed a residential
tower adjacent to the Sylvia Hotel. It opened for use this year,
75 years after the hotel itself opened, and was described as accomplished
and witty, designed to look as if it might have been built
at the same time as the hotel.
Architectural historian Harold Kalman admires two
buildings that opened in 1987. One was the Four Sisters Housing
Co-operative at 133 Powell Street, designed by the architectural
firm of Davidson and Yuen. Their client, the Downtown Eastside
Residents Association (DERA), a community advocacy group that represents
the many needy people in this inner-city neighborhood, has been
admirably active as a developer. DERA has renovated and built several
blocks of what the City calls social housing. The Four
Sisters Co-op is one of the many success stories. Largely new wood-and-masonry
construction, and partly rehabilitated warehouse (facing on Alexander
Street), the award-winning building was constructed with the help
of public-sector funding and is managed by its residents.
And Dr. Kalman also liked St. John the Evangelist
Anglican Church, at 220 West 8th Street, North Vancouver, architect
Keith Watson-Donald. The familiar characteristics of traditional
Gothic and Gothic Revival churchespointed arches, buttresses,
and light-transmitting windowsare all recalled in this attractive
Post-Modern church located on a strategic corner site. Glazed turrets
with pyramidal roofs surround the steeply gabled masonry-and-glass
Manitoba-born (1887) Dr. Gordon Samuel Fahrni was
awarded membership in the Order of Canada. There is an interesting
article on his astonishingly long life (he died in Vancouver in
1995 aged 108) here.
An excerpt: He became interested in diseases of the thyroid
gland, a common affliction on the Prairies until iodine was added
to table salt in the early 1930s. A founder of the American Goitre
Association and its president in 1928, Dr. Fahrni was acknowledged
as a North American expert on goitre surgery and as a pioneer in
the use of local anesthetic. He recalled in one of many media profiles
that he was uneasy with the difficult-to-control anesthesia of the
day, which involved pouring ether on a mask that covered the patient's
face. I used to get into fights with the anesthetist,
he recalled. Patients would be so deeply under they wouldn't
wake up until late in the evening after the surgery. I'd get scared
as hell they wouldn't wake up at all. Whenever I could, I'd perform
operations under local anesthetic.
In 1987 Vancouver doctor Jean Carruthers was treating
a patient for a spasm condition. In an interview with Vancouver
Magazine (which you can read on their website)
she described the unexpected reaction. One day she [the patient]
said to me, 'Every time you treat me I get this beautiful, untroubled
Dr. Carruthers was using a medication called Botox,
used to treat facial spasms, headaches and other neurological conditions.
She told her husband, Alastair Carruthers, also a doctor, about
Botoxs surprising side effect. She suggested it might be good
to treat wrinkles. You only need to try it on one person to
know that it works, her husband told Vancouver. I was
completely converted . . . I'm not sure if she blows her own horn
enough. She was the one that brought Botox into Canada.
The Vancouver Board of Trade's Business Hall of Fame
was established, recognizing the important contributions made to
Greater Vancouver by organizations active in B.C. for more than
100 years. The annual winners are honored in a special spring ceremony
at the Governors' Banquet. Eligible organizations must have
clearly contributed to the economic or social well-being of Greater
Vancouver; have operated in a manner consistent with The Board's
mission, goals and ethics; and have operated continuously in B.C.
for at least 100 years while retaining the same identity as the
founding business or having a lineage traceable to it.
The Business Hall of Fame was established in honor
of The Board's 100th anniversary. The first inductees were:
- Bank of Montreal
- CP Rail
- W.H. Grassie
- Hudson's Bay Co.
- Jones Tent & Awning
- Oppenheimer Bros. & Co.
- Pemberton Houston Willoughby Bell Guinlock
- Vancouver Public Library
The Business Hall of Fame now has 67 members. Check the full roster
George Tidball, who started the Keg Restaurant chain
on June 21, 1971 with a single location in North Vancouver, sold
his expanded empire of 76 restaurants (not all Kegs), to Whitbread
PLC of London, England.
Back in 1909 Dome Mines Limited began after a party
of prospectors in northern Ontario literally stumbled over what
would turn into one of the biggest gold finds of the century. One
of the men slipped and fell, dislodging a piece of moss . . . under
which was found a dome-shaped rock structure studded with gold.
Hence the name Dome Mines. In 1926 in Vancouver another, unrelated
mining operation was incorporated as Placer Development Limited.
The two companies merged this year and, with the addition of Campbell
Red Lake Mines Limited (Ont.), became Vancouver-based Placer
Dome. (They are the sponsors of 1987 in the book.) In
January 2006 Barrick would acquire a majority of Placer Dome shares,
making Barrick the sixth largest gold mining company in the world.
The Easthope Brothers Steveston shop closed. For
decades the company had built marine engines used by BC's fishing
fleet. The virtual museum web site says this: Ernest and Percy
Easthope built their first marine engine to install in a canoe in
1900. In 1913 they began building two- and four-cycle marine engines
from 3 to 18 horsepower in their factory in Vancouver. Between 1913
and 1961 the company built 6,000 engines known for their simple
design, long life and reliability. In 1930 an assembly and repair
shop was opened on No. 1 Rd. in Steveston where most of the B.C.
fishing fleet moored . . . In 1979 when Steveston Machine Works
took over the shop, Bill Easthope stayed on as manager. This shop
served Steveston fishermen for over 50 years. In 1987 the property
was converted to commercial space.
Two university students, Paul Beaton and Timothy
Wittig, working as waiters, went into the specialty brewing business
producing British-style draft ales. When the first keg of Shaftebury
was tapped, Beaton was 22 and Wittig was 26.
The Newton Wave Pool opened. It generates waves ranging
from gentle ripples to one-metre-high breakers.
Portside Park (CRAB Park) was opened by the Main
Street Overpass. Eastside residents had squatted here for three
months, fighting for a waterfront park between Second Narrows Bridge
and Stanley Park, on land belonging to the National Harbours Board.
Local people still call this CRAB Park (Create a Real Available
Beach). Two Chinese lion statues guard the entrance. The park features
superb views of port activity and the north shore mountains. A small
pavilion reflects Northwest Coast design on a site known as Luk'luk'i
by the Coast Salish people. In 2004 the name will be changed to
CRAB Park at Portside.
Expo's flagpole, at the time the world's tallest
at 280 feet, was purchased by Guildford Town Centre's Chev-Olds
dealership, which was renamed Flag Chev-Olds. Measuring 40 by 80
feet, the flag can be seen from 10 miles away. Tallest flagpole
today? A 122-metre (400-foot) giant in Abu Dhabi.
Surrey bought the Kodak Bowl from Expo 86, moved
it to the Surrey Fair Grounds, and renamed it the Stetson Bowl.
There is seating for 4,200 with room for an equal number of portable
MacMillan Bloedel spent $100 million on an Annacis
Island plant to produce Parallam, an extrudable parallel-strand
lumber. Parallam was manufactured by bonding long strands of wood,
under pressure, into uniform structural beams with a waterproof
adhesive. The bonding resin is cured with microwave energysomewhat
like cooking in a kitchen microwave. With Parallam, MB used 70 to
80 per cent of a log.
HSBC moved into its new building on West Georgia
Agnes Watts, 88, described as the Telethon
Angel for her generous gifts through the Variety Club of B.C.
to childrens projects, received in person the Variety Club
Humanitarian Award from Prince Philip in London. Born in a small
Eastern German village near Bunzlau in 1889, she came alone to Victoria,
just 19 years old, to work as a nanny. She was the first female
employee when Scott Paper opened a mill in New Westminster, and
stayed with them for 22 years rolling toilet paper,
saving every penny. Her wealth came from her own frugality and smart
investments in the stock market and real estate. She was one of
the most generous patrons and supporters of the Variety Club, and
had given more then $500,00 to children's projects, hence this prized
Dog license sales began to be recorded into a computer
program set up for the pound by city hall. Also this year, Vancouver
City council gave the pound authority to deal with dangerous dogs
by modifying the Pound By-law to include a vicious dog
section. The breed-specific amendment declared all pitbulls and
pitbull cross-breeds vicious, as well as all dogs found to be vicious
as a result of an incident and follow-up investigation by the pound.
The breed-specific area of the By-law came after a public outcry
resulted from increased awareness of vicious attacks by these dogs.
A pilot project began in which some local prison
inmates were fitted with a a field monitoring transmitter banded
to their ankles for the duration of their sentences. The project
will come on line in 1989.
The GVRD's 5,600-hectare Seymour Demonstration Forest
opened in the District of North Vancouver. It had been closed earlier
because it was part of the region's watershed. Today the Forest,
which has been called an outdoor classroom, gets a quarter of a
million visitors annually. Most of its trees are coniferous (western
hemlock, western red cedar, Douglas fir, etc.), and tower upward
in the lower part of a glacier-carved valley between big Lynn Headwaters
Regional Park and Mount Seymour Provincial Park. Here you'll see
examples of integrated resource management such as timber harvesting,
reforestation, fish and wildlife management . . . and recreation,
like cycling, hiking, rollerblading, picnicking and canoeing. (Much
of the forest here was harvested more than 60 years ago, and so
you'll see what a reforested area can look like.) More than 100
species of animals and birds live within the valley, and salmon
and trout use the Seymour River to spawn.
The pay radio station HRN (Hellenic Radio Network)
was established. It offered Greek language programs, including news
direct from Athens, twenty-four hours a day.
Sushma Datt established Rim Jhim, Canada's
first Indo-Canadian radio station. It broadcast in Hindi and Punjabi.
The UBC chair of Sikh and Punjabi Studies was established.
Dr. Harjot Oberoi was the first incumbent.
UBC astronomers made a discovery in 1987 providing
evidence there are planets outside our solar system.
Phase Two of UBCs Acadia Park family residences
opened, a 158-unit complex for married students, and the first family
housing to be constructed on campus since 1967.
One of the highlights of 1987 was the creation of
the Neville Scarfe Children's Garden. Created by students and faculty
in Education and Landscape Architecture, this unique garden was
designed to be a model learning environment for children, as well
as to serve as a beautiful retreat for faculty, staff and students.
The West Coast forest grotto, clover meadow, stream, pond, vegetable
and flower gardens appeal to daycare, pre-school and school groups
of children. The five-foot by five-foot cedar carving of Raven
Bringing the Light symbolizes the Native Indian Teacher Education
Program (NITEP), the department that donated this carving to the
garden. Visitors are welcome to stroll through the garden at any
Local 1518 of the UFCW (United Food and Commercial
Workers Union), with 23,000 members, began representing 57 home
care workers when the Service Office and Retail Workers Union (SORWUC)
merged with it.
Surreys coat of arms was introduced. For much
of its history, Surrey had used the beaver as a corporate emblem,
and a beaver is featured in the Arms. But many new elements were
added, combining an interesting mix of geographic, historical and
Heres an excerpt from Chief Herald Robb Watts
description of the Arms: The crest contained a single element,
a Salish canoe, in gold, recalling the local First Nations and,
particularly, their famous trading route, the Semiahmoo Trail in
the southern part of Surrey along the Nicomekl.
The supporters, on the left a thoroughbred
horse and on the right a farm horse, symbolize the historic recreational
and agricultural role of horses in the development of Surrey and
its present day amenities. The thoroughbreds steel collar
and pendant feature, for the first time in heraldry, binary digits
which are the basis of computer language. They, and the communications
tower, salute the communitys growing technological sector.
The farm horse wears a collar set with ermine spots, a reference
to the heraldry of Surreys English namesake, with a pendant
of gold fir tree, to honor the communitys forest landscapes.
The compartment is set with a unique collection of local plants
and flowers; trilliums, maidenhair, ferns, Easter lilies and pink
fawn lilies, representing the riches of the natural environment
. . .
Both Vancouver and Western Living magazines
were sold to industry giant Telemedia.
Harvey Southam and Ron Stern introduced V,
a glossy, sophisticated city magazine distributed through the Vancouver
Sun. Alas, V couldn't compete with the better-established
Vancouver Magazine and, despite being named Western Magazine
of the Year in 1989, would last only two years.
Award Magazine Published five times a year
by Canada Wide Magazines, this covered architectural and design
trends, company and project profiles for architects, interior designers,
landscape architects, general contractors, developers and engineers.
B C Bookworld Still going strong, this free
quarterly, established by Alan Twigg, is Canada's largest-circulation,
independent publication about books. It features book reviews and
announcements with emphasis on B.C. authors and publishers. Free
at various drop points around the city like libraries and bookstores.
Visit it here.
Twiggs Vancouver and Its Writers is the first book-length
overview of B.C. authors. For Openers: Conversations with 24
Canadian Writers and Strong Voices: Conversations with 50 Canadian
Authors were interspersed with a 1985 biography, Hubert Evans:
The First Ninety-Three Years. He also wrote the first critical
book on Bill Vander Zalm in 1986, Vander Zalm: From Immigrant
to Premier, a biography, and will publish Twigg's Directory
of 1,001 B.C. Authors in 1992. He co-founded the B.C. Book Prizes
and the VanCity Book Prize.
Billington's Stock Focus II A free quarterly
with editions in Chinese and English.
Enjoy A bi-monthly from Plymouth Publications.
The Flag & Banner A semi-annual publication
from The Flag Shop, this aimed to enhance the public understanding
of vexillology, the study of flags. It covers the protocol, history
and manufacture of flags.
Gardens West Published nine times a year,
with information for the home gardener in western Canada.
World of Chabad A bi-monthly published by
Lubavitch British Columbia, with text in English, Hebrew and Russian,
this featured Jewish religious and philosophical articles, stories
Mountain Dance Theatre, under Mauryne Allanwhich
had started as Burnaby Mountain Dance Company in 1973disbanded,
but would reappear in 1988 as DanceCorps, with Cornelius Fischer-Credo
The CBC Vancouver Orchestra, under Mario Bernardi,
performed live, via satellite, to a European Broadcast Union network
covering seven countries. It was the first time the EBU had invited
a North American orchestra to perform. It must have succeeded: they
repeated the following year, this time broadcasting to 17 countries.
Exposure (Bob Robertson and Linda Cullen) created their
weekly CBC radio series and quickly became a national comedy institution.
The radio show, featuring the duos wickedly funny impersonations
of Canadian and other celebrities, was produced by Tod Elvidge and
written by Cullen and Robertson, who have also published a book
and starred in several TV specials. Theyre still going strong.
International Comedy Festival was founded by Chris Wootten and
Jane Howard Baker, inspired by the success of the street performers
at Expo 86.
Concert Box Office, formed in 1971 by Gary Switlo
and Tom Worrall, merged with its chief competitor, Vancouver Ticket
Jon Steeves, a Vancouver computer consultant, devised
a word game he called MooT (as in a moot question,
because the answers can often be debated). His friends liked it
so much he would begin to market and sell it in 1990.
A typical MooT question: You have the same mother,
but not the same father; are you siblings? Says Jon: According to
the Concise Oxford Dictionary, children having one or both parents
in common are siblings. Youll find more fun with this etymology,
semantics and grammar game here.
The Vogue Theatre, the 1,200-seat art deco theatre
at 918 Granville Street, was sold to a development company. But
it would remain closed until 1992 when it would reopen as a live
The Ridge, a wall hanging of perforated Plexiglas
and silk ribbons, was installed at 1090 West Georgia. The artist
was Joanna Staniszkis.
Primavera, a mural on plywood by Jack Shadbolt,
was installed at 1075 West Georgia (formerly the MacMillan Bloedel
Richard Tetrault created the Street Performance
mural at the Firehall Arts Centre, 280 East Cordova.
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra began a collapse
into bankruptcy. It would cancel half its 1987/88 season. (Its
situation was not unique among Canadian orchestras, and the VSO
An untitled sculpture by George Norris, that had
stood before Eaton's store at Granville and Georgia since 1974,
was removed. In a 1981 guide book, Terry Noble had described the
piece as a majestic, glistening, glinting dragonfly, bowing
gracefully to all who pass.
Salmon Fountain-Shrine at the corner of
Abbott and Water in Gastown was designed by Sam Carter, an instructor
at the Emily Carr Institute of Art, and installed this year. Says
Carter: The Leshgold family commissioned the fountain as
a memorial to the late Samuel Leshgold, a Gastown enthusiast.
One of Samuel's greatest interests was salmon fishing. The four
bronze salmon heads were created as a symmetrical fountain for
use by the many visitors to Gastown. The cast bronze and Quadra
Island granite provides refreshing water for people . . .
The fountain near 1450 Creekside, designed by architect
Larry Doyle, was unveiled. The client was the Pennyfarthing Development
Co. Writes Elizabeth Godley: When Pennyfarthing built their
offices, the city granted them a development permit in return
for creating public open space nearby. Doyle and Pennyfarthing
VP Peter Isler considered adding a gazebo to the little park,
but eventually decided on a fountain, thinking it would be less
prone to vandalism. Doyle came up with the ziggurat-like design.
a concrete core faced with tiles. The fountain boasts a spectacular
central jet of water, but electricity bills for its operation
became too onerous, and it is turned on only occasionally in summer.
Grace MacDonald, who choreographed Mussoc's (UBC
Musical Society) productions for more than 30 years, died in Vancouver,
aged 71. Canadian director Richard Ouzounian described her as
the grand lady of the UBC Musical Society and Theatre Under
Writes dance historian Max Wyman: Annette
av Paul passed control of Ballet British Columbia to Reid Anderson,
who used his extensive European connections (19 years with Stuttgart
Ballet) to give the company a contemporary-ballet look. He also
brought in Natalia Makarova for a gala featuring a duo from the
Kirov Balletthe first time in 17 years that Makarova had
danced on the same stage as dancers from her home company.
The Paula Ross Dance Company suspended operations.
It had been active since 1965, the earliest properly-established
modern dance group in Vancouver. That quote is from Max
Wyman, dance historian: A former student of ballet teacher
Mara McBirney, Wyman comments, Ross worked as a specialty
dancer and chorine in the U.S. and Canada before returning
to Vancouver in the early 1960s to teach the city's show dancers
and chorus girls a modern technique of her own devising. Her troupe
was a showcase for her own visual poetry, the passionate
expression of a driven and socially committed artist.
Movie historian Michael Walsh had lots to write
about this year:
Housekeeping (directed by Bill Forsyth)
Given into the care of an eccentric aunt (Christine Lahti), orphan
sisters (Sara Walker, Andrea Burchill) are faced with a choice
between freedom and conformity in this gentle serio-comic fable.
Stakeout (directed by John Badham) The B.C.
Penitentiary and the Campbell Avenue Fish Wharf are among the
distinctive locations used in this comedy-thriller about Seattle
cops (Richard Dreyfuss, Emilio Estevez) on surveillance duty.
This was a hit and led to a sequel, Stakeout 2.
Roxanne (directed by Fred Schepisi) In a
comic reworking of Cyrano de Bergerac, Nelson's great-hearted
fire chief (Steve Martin) learns that his large nose is no impediment
Malone (directed by Harley Cokliss) Vacationing
in rural Oregon (played by Hedley and suburban Vancouver), an
ex-CIA agent (Burt Reynolds) happens upon a white supremacist
(Cliff Robertson) conspiring to overthrow the government.
The Stepfather (directed by Joseph Rubin)
Father knows best -- or else is the shock message
in this tale of a domestic disciplinarian (Terry O'Quinn) who
marries into, then murders, whole families.
Possession (directed by Michael Mazo and
Lloyd Simandl) A woman (Sharlene Martin) discovers that her intense
suitor (John R. Johnston) is the psychotic killer terrorizing
Home Is Where The Hart Is (directed by Rex
Bromfield) Old jokes abound in this tale of elderly twins (Eric
Christmas, Ted Stidder) who call in the sheriff (Leslie Nielsen,
whose characters name is Nashville Schwartz) when their
104-year-old dad runs off with his nurse (Valri Bromfield).
Movie actor John Ireland (A Walk in the Sun,
All the Kings Men, Spartacus, Red River,
dozens of others), born in Vancouver January 30, 1914 or 1915,
placed a famous ad in Variety, the showbiz weekly. Im
an actor, the ad read, Please let me work. The
ad snagged him the role of Capt. Aaron Cartwright, the younger
brother of Ben Cartwright in the TV series Bonanza: The Next
In 1985 control of public gaming, with the exception
of pari-mutual wagering, had been ceded to the provinces. This
year the B.C. Gaming Commission was established to carry out licensing
and policy-making functions.
These books appeared in 1987:
Fleecing the Lamb: The Inside Story of the Vancouver
Stock Exchange. Journalists David Cruise and Alison Griffiths
looked with disfavor upon the VSE.
The Way we were: a celebration of our UBC heritage
Philip Akrigg, et al, published by the UBC Alumni Association.
Lord of Point Grey: Larry MacKenzie of U.B.C.
(A biography of UBC president Norman Larry MacKenzie)
by P.B. Waite
Early history of Port Moody by D.M. Norton
Hastings and Main: stories from an inner city
neighborhood by Laurel Kimbley, Jo-Ann Canning-Dew, under
the auspices of the Carnegie Community Centre Association
First class: four graduates from the Vancouver
School of Decorative And Applied Arts, 1929: Lilias Farley,
Irene Hoffar Reid, Beatrice Lennie, Vera Weatherbie by Women in
M.I. Rogers, 1869-1965 The diary of Mary
Isabella Rogers, compiled and edited by Michael Kluckner. Mary
Isabella Rogers' diary provides the structure for this book,
which is also based on the recollections of contemporaries and
descendants of Mr. and Mrs. Rogers. Her husband was B.T. Rogers,
founder of B.C. Sugar.
Distant neighbors: a comparative history of
Seattle and Vancouver by Norbert MacDonald, published by the
University of Nebraska Press.
West of the Great Divide, An Illustrated History
of the Canadian Pacific Railway in British Columbia, 1880-1986
by Robert D. Turner, Chief of Historical Collections at the Royal
B.C. Museum, and the leading historical expert on B.C. transportation.
This title won the Canadian Railroad Historical Association's
Man in Motion, by Jim Taylor. This was a
best-selling chronicle of Rick Hansens wheelchair journey
around the world. It had a first printing of 65,000 copies, easily
the biggest in BC publishing history.
Hiking Guide to the Big Trees of Southwestern
British Columbia by Randy Stoltmann, a hiker and photographer.
This was his first book, and has been described as an informative
and beautifully written description of the North Shore's big trees
and the trails that lead to them.
Pioneer tales of Burnaby Editor: Michael Sone.
Published by the District of Burnaby, this BIG book has a BIG
subtitle: Early Burnaby As Recalled By the Settlers Themselves
Who Arrived From Every Corner of the World Between 1888 and 1930,
Some Witnessing Incorporation of the District in 1892, All Seeking
a Better Life for Themselves and Especially for Their Children,
All Helping Transform the Wilderness into the Modern Municipality
The Fencepost Chronicles by W.P. Kinsella.
This won the Leacock Medal for Humour. The website
has this to say: W.P. Kinsella's popular Indian stories,
mostly set on the Hobbema reserve of Alberta, have resulted in
a remarkable string of highly entertaining tales that have been
superficially attacked as racist. They feature a Cree narrator,
Silas Ermineskin, a would-be writer, and his outrageous entrepreneurial
sidekick Frank Fencepost, as they invariably outwit white authorities...
[Kinsella] flatly rejects criticism that he has demeaned Indians
by resorting to stereotypes.
Succession: The Political Reshaping of British
Columbia, by David Mitchell. A look by this skilled political
observer at the Social Credit Party and BC after W.A.C. Bennett.
New York-born (1948) science fiction writer Spider
Robinson and his wife (and occasional collaborator) Jeanne arrived
in Vancouver from Halifax. Theres a good Wikipedia article
on him here,
and Spider has his own website.
Geoffrey Andrew, vice president of UBC, died in
Vancouver. There is a fine tribute from UBC to him here.
It reads: With the passing of Geoffrey Andrew, this University
has lost one of its last links with the great period of its expansion
which occurred after the Second World War. Geoffrey Andrew was
an active witness to UBCs transformation from a small provincial
university to a major national centre for teaching, research and
Born in Bayfield, Nova Scotia, Professor
Andrew was educated at the Kings College of Dalhousie University,
and at Balliol College, Oxford. After a teaching career at Upper
Canada College, he came to UBC to begin a long period of outstanding
service, first as Assistant to President MacKenzie, and later
as Dean and Deputy President. He served this university from 1947
until 1962 and was a member of Senate for nine years between 1953
and 1962. Dean Andrew participated in a wide range of public service
activities: Chairman of the Vancouver Branch of the Canadian Institute
for Public Affairs, President of the Vancouver Arts Council, a
Director of the Canadian Institute for the Blind and Director
of Community Chest.
Geoff Andrew was . . . a tireless spokesman
for greater accessibility to higher education and gave strong
support to the expansion of educational opportunity throughout
the Province of British Columbia. From 1962 until his retirement,
he served as executive director of the Association of Universities
and Colleges of Canada. His voice in promoting the cause of universities
was heard in every corner of the nation.
The Great Canadian Open Sandcastle Competition
on the beach at White Rock had started in 1979, the inspiration
of two friends: Tom Kirstein, a chartered accountant, and Chip
Barrett, an architect. With prizes amounting to $10,000, and scores
of teams competing, the annual event drew international attention,
attracting crowds estimated at 150,000 to the waterfront. Alas,
community dismay at the crush of people, the inevitable unruly
elements, and rising police costs forced the cancellation of the
competition this year.
A bus service linking Lions Bay with the rest of
the Lower Mainland was introduced.
The old city market in New Westminster closed,
following the earlier opening of the Westminster Quay Public Market
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