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January Mayor Gordon Campbell announced that
Vancouver would commence a New City Plan. It must be a plan
that reflects the Vancouver of today and, even more importantly,
that projects a Vancouver for tomorrow. Council wanted the
plan to address all issues facing the city and to involve a broad
range of people including those who did not normally participate
in city planning.
What resulted won the city national and international
awards for the innovative public process which involved thousands
of citizens. The City Plan process started in November, 1992, with
council inviting people from all parts of the cityincluding
members of clubs, business associations, resident groups and interested
members of the communityto meet in small groups called City
Circles. Their task was to suggest ideas for Vancouver and how to
make them happen.
More than 450 City Circles, involving over 5,000
people, were formed. Youth formed 150 of the Circles. More than
70 Circles involved multi-cultural groups who participated in languages
other than English. To help people focus on the issues the City
Plan team at city hall prepared a Tool Kit, a ring binder
of information about the services provided in the city. This also
helped the circles focus on the essential questions.
As an example, seniors were asked to discuss issues
that affected them:
Housing and Work: How can we meet peoples
desire to age in place? What changes will we need to
make to adapt to an aging workforce?
Health and Safety: What changes in the city
are needed to help bring health care closer to home? And how can
we increase the safety of our neighborhoods?
Learning and Culture: Should educational and
cultural activities be offered in neighborhood facilities? What
kinds of partnerships will it take to achieve this?
Getting along together: Are there more opportunities
available that will allow us to cross generation boundaries and
capitalize on all our people?
An Ideas Fair to look at the results of the Circles
deliberations would follow in 1993. More than 10,000 people attended!
The city has a website
that gives more detail on City Plan.
January Britannia Heritage Shipyard in Steveston
was declared a National Historic Site. Built in 1889-90 as a cannery
and converted into a shipyard in 1918, it is the oldest surviving
collection of cannery/shipyard buildings on the Fraser. You get
a good visual sense of the site here.
February 4 AM 1040 Magic 104 signed
off to be replaced by CKST on March 9, as it moved from its AM 800
frequency in Langley. It now identified itself as Coast 1040.
February 16 The City Council of the City of
White Rock was the first municipality in Canada to request a grant
of arms from the newly established Canadian Heraldic Authority.
The Patent was completed February 16, 1992 to commemorate the 35th
anniversary of the Citys incorporation April 15, 1957. This
milestone anniversary was marked April 10, 1992 by a visit of Governor
General Ramon Hnatyshyn. In the shield, blue and white, the colours
of the sea and sky predominate and the Citys oceanside landmark,
the great White Rock, rises above the waters of the Bay. Above it
is a Salish salmon symbolizing the riches of the natural landscape
and honouring the Semiahmoo People, the first inhabitants of the
There is a full description of the Arms by Canadas
Chief Herald, Robert Watt, here.
February The finalists in the competition
to design Vancouvers new main library submitted their visions
to public scrutiny. A total of 27 teams (usually consortia of local
and international firms) had submitted designs, from which the librarys
selection committee chose three. Moshe Safdie's great ellipse, strikingly
reminiscent of an ancient Roman amphitheatre, wrote Sandra
McKenzie in 1997 in The Greater Vancouver Book, was
the overwhelming popular favorite. Of the 7,000 citizens who submitted
remarks, approximately 70 percent favored the Colosseum,
as the proposal was promptly dubbed. The well-known Vancouver
architectural firm Downs/Archambault was allied with Safdie in the
While the public responded with spontaneous
enthusiasm, McKenzie continued, architectural critics
were less generous. In a letter to The Vancouver Sun, planner
Andrew Brown, who spearheaded the initial planning process for the
library board, blasted the Safdie scheme as . . . a simplistic
quick fix.. Globe and Mail architectural critic Adele Freedman
dismissed it as falling somewhere between a joke and a folly,
The City's quantity surveyor estimated that, as originally
conceived, Safdie's building would run more than $25 million over
While the public input was not binding on the
final decision-makers, McKenzie wrote, there was a real
risk that the people would endorse a scheme that the professional
jury, which included Mayor Gordon Campbell and two councillors,
simply could not recommend. In the end, the judges unanimously approved
Safdie's design, noting its ability to function as an efficient
and enjoyable library as well as an important symbolic centre of
learning. They awarded the commission with the proviso that
the architects resolve the structural and financial shortcoming
within the following 12 weeks.
On June 16, the architects presented a revised
model to City Council. To the architecturally uninitiated, the edited
version was virtually indistinguishable from the original. The only
visible change was the site of the office tower, originally placed
on the southeast corner, now flipped to the northwest, thus bringing
a wash of natural light into the heart of the library . . . While
the Romanesque architecture of Library Square leaves room for a
wide variety of opinions, there is no argument that the facility
itself is a high-tech harbinger of the 21st century: Among the innovations
are scanners for self-serve book borrowing, a $3 million on-line
catalogue system, 216 in-house terminals and ten modem telephone
lines, as well as CD-ROMs, card-operated printers, and (as yet vague)
plans for Internet hook-ups. Computer-toting patrons can plug into
carrels wired for full access to the VPL's internal data base. New
(and controversial) user-fees for such specialized services as corporate
research will help pay for these and other amenities.
How long this state-of-the-art facility will
remain state-of-the-art, McKenzie concluded, is, of
course, anybody's guess. Chief librarian Madge Aalto estimates that
it will meet the challenges of the next 15 to 20 yearscoincidentally,
the effective life span of Library Square's immediate predecessor.
In its time, the Robson and Burrard main branch too, was hailed
as the most modern library on the continent.
March 1 The CBC Vancouver Orchestra and the
Vancouver Recital Society joined to accompany the world-famous Italian
diva Cecilia Bartoli in the Orpheumthe first of what would
be three appearances together. See other past VRS events here.
March 7 George H. Reifel, farmer and distiller,
died in Palm Desert, California, aged 69. George Henry Reifel was
born July 22, 1922 in Vancouver. His father was brewmaster George
Conrad Reifel (1893-1973), whose father was Henry Reifel (1869-1945).
George H. developed a way to grow sugar beet seed during the Second
World War. He built a distillery in Calgary in 1949, and later farmed
the 348-hectare Reifel Farms. In 1972 he donated a portion of Reifel
Island to the Crown to maintain the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird
Sanctuary, named for his father. George H.'s wife, Norma Eileen
(born October 7, 1926 in Calgary; died October 20, 1995 in Point
Roberts, Wash.) led the fundraising campaign. Read Slow Boat
on Rum Row by Miles Fraser.
March 21 John Ireland, movie actor, died in
Santa Barbara, California, aged 78. John Benjamin Ireland was born
January 30, 1914 in Vancouver, left at age seven after his father
died in a horse racing accident. He grew up in Seattle, San Francisco
and New York. His first acting job, with the Free Theatre of New
York, paid one cent a day. The first of his nearly 200 films was
A Walk in the Sun (1945). He was nominated for a best supporting
actor Oscar for his role in All the King's Men (1949). He
made an impact in movies such as Spartacus, A Walk in
the Sun and Red River. Work fell off and in 1987 he bought
a full-page ad in Variety. I'm an actor. PLEASE . .
. let me act. That led to the role of Ben Cartwright's brother
Jonathan in the TV series Bonanza: The Next Generation.
April 11 Harry Letson, soldier, died in Ottawa,
aged 95. Harry Farnham Germaine Letson was born September 26, 1896
in Vancouver. His father was the co-founder of Letson and Burpee,
a well-known machinery manufacturing company. Harry was the first
graduate in mechanical engineering at UBC. In 1917, during the First
World War, he won the Military Cross, for conspicuous gallantry
and devotion to duty. He received wounds that left him permanently
lame. The medal was presented to him by King George V at Buckingham
Palace. From 1923 to 1936 he was a member of UBC's mechanical and
electrical engineering departmentincidentally serving as president
of the Professional Engineers Association of BC in 1935-36then
left to run his fathers company. He married Sally Lang Nichol
The summer 1955 issue of UBC Alumni Chronicle
tells us that in 1927 Letson assumed command of the B.C. Regiment,
with the rank of Lt.-Col. After four years in this position
he took charge of the UBC contingent of the Canadian Officers Training
Corps and continued as its commander until 1937. He was appointed
Colonel that year and became the commanding officer of the 14th
When the Second World War began he was put in charge
of arranging the defences for the Vancouver and Fraser Valley areas,
but by August 1940 was appointed Military Attache to the Canadian
Legation in Washington, DC. He served with distinction there, too,
and in February 1942 was called to Ottawa to take over the
duties of Adjutant-General. He now became responsible for the recruiting
and training of the armed forces of Canada . . . It was at this
time he was promoted to the rank of Major General. Next he
was appointed chairman of the Canadian Joint Staff in Washington.
In 1944 Letson donated 150,000 engineering books
and periodicals to UBC. After the war, when Viscount Alexander became
Governor-General of Canada, Major-General Letson became his Secretary.
An outstanding career, an outstanding man.
April Vancouver-based Teck Corporation became
an owner of the Quintette mine, an open-pit coal mine located in
northeastern BC It was built as part of a coal project that included
construction of the Bullmoose mine, the town of Tumbler Ridge and
a port and railway system. (Since July, 2001 the company name has
been Teck Cominco.)
May 11 Mary Pack, arthritis campaigner, died
in Vancouver, aged 87. She was born October 9, 1904 in Ampthill,
England. Constance Brissenden writes: The angel of mobility
devoted her life to arthritis and rheumatism care and research.
She was a teacher of physically handicapped children for the Vancouver
School Board. In 1945, dismayed by lack of services, she started
the BC Spastic Society which in January 1948 led to the BC Division
of the Canadian Arthritis and Rheumatism Society, of which she became
executive secretary. She received the Queen's Coronation Medal in
1953, Post No. 2 Native Sons of BC Good Citizen Award in 1956, and
the Order of Canada in 1974. In 1990, the Mary Pack-Arthritis Society
Chair in Rheumatology was established at UBC.
May 23 Burnaby celebrates its 100th birthday
with a Centennial Parade to Swangard Stadium, as fireworks blaze
out from atop the BC Tel building at Kingsway and Boundary Road.
May The Canadian Craft Museum opened in downtown
Vancouver, in what was described as an architectural jewel
designed by architect Paul Merrick . . . in the beautifully landscaped
green space of Cathedral Place Courtyard. The intent of the
museum, founded in 1980 as the Cartwright Street Gallery on Granville
Island, was to help craft gain more recognition in the public eye.
Guest curator Sam Carter's inaugural exhibit, wrote
Carolyn Bateman, set the tone: 30 of the 198 pieces selected
for the exhibit came from Vancouver area craftspeople, including
Martha Sturdy's resin bowl and platter, Brian Baxter's leaded glass
Red Square, Judson Beaumont's Waterfall cabinet and Tam Irving's
celadon [a type of pottery having a pale green glaze] vase. Within
the museum's elegant spaces, craft is displayed in a setting that
befits its beauty and integrity. Sadly, the museum would close
May The first issue of the comic book Spawn
appeared, and sold 1.7 million copies. It had been created by Calgary-born
artist Todd McFarlane, who had moved with his wife to this area
in 1986. McFarlane took penciling jobs for Marvel and DC Comics.
His company, Image Comics, had produced the best-selling independent
comic ever. It still is. Check out this
May Designated as a Schedule A heritage structure
was the house at 2740 Yukon Street, built in 1913.
Spring The 1992 inductees into the Vancouver
Board of Trade Hall of Fame (awarded to companies or organizations
active in the city for 100 years) were:
- BC Sugar Refinery Ltd.
- Davis & Company
- Woodward's Stores Limited
June 20 The Burnaby Centennial Quilt was unveiled
at the Bob Prittie Library in Metrotown. Celebrating Burnaby's history,
it had taken 18 seniors one year to create.
July 1 The Vancouver International Airport
Authority took over control of YVR. David Emerson, who had been
president of the BC Trade Development Corporation, was appointed
President and Chief Executive Officer. The Authority describes itself
as a community-based, not-for-profit corporation. Its primary
objective is to expand the contribution which Vancouver International
Airport makes to local economic development, and to improve the
cost-effectiveness and commercial orientation of the airport. The
board of directors is comprised of people with wide experience in
areas such as finance, administration, law, engineering, organized
labor, consumer interests and the air transportation, aviation and
aerospace industries. No elected officials or civil servants are
eligible for appointment to the board. The Authority has members
appointed by the following jurisdictions: the cities of Vancouver
and Richmond; the Greater Vancouver Regional District; Vancouver
Board of Trade; Institute of Chartered Accountants of BC; Association
of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC; Law Society of
BC, and seven appointees chosen from the community at large. There
is an Annual Public Meeting, open to the public at large.
for a chronology of the airports history.
July 5 Pauline Jewett, political scientist,
politician, university president, died in Ottawa, aged 69. She was
born December 11, 1922 in St. Catharines, Ontario. She was a Liberal
MP from 1963 to 1965, later switched to the NDP (in protest against
the imposition of the War Measures Act) and was elected for New
Westminster-Coquitlam, serving from 1979 to 1988. In 1974 she became
the president of Simon Fraser University, the first female president
of a major Canadian university. She served to 1978. Jewett was installed
as Chancellor of Carleton University in 1990, a position she held
until her death from cancer. She had been appointed an Officer of
the Order of Canada in 1991. She was appointed to the Privy Council
in 1992. See Jewett: A Passion for Canada by Judith McKenzie
(1999). And see this
July 18 Beatrice Wood died in Vancouver, aged
92. The daughter of lieutenant-governor John William Fordham-Johnson,
she was married to UBC drama teacher Freddie Wood (1887-1976).
July Designated as a Schedule A heritage structure
was the house at 1865 West 16th, built in 1912.
August 4 Jack Short, racing broadcaster, died,
aged 83. John Richard Collister Short was born December 28, 1908
in Victoria. At 15, writes Constance Brissenden, he
rode bush tracks from Vancouver to Tijuana. Too tall and too
lanky, he failed as a jockey. In 1933 he announced race results
on CFUN radio. From 1934 to 1976 Short called nearly 50,000 races
at Exhibition Park and broadcast live for CJOR radio. He invariably
signed off his broadcasts with the famous catch phrase, Adiós,
amigos!.He was a lifetime member of the BC Thoroughbred Breeding
Society, and a member of the BC Racing Commission. He promoted Native
Indian sports through the North Shore Totem Athletic Club. He was
named Broadcast Performer of the Year in 1976, and was named to
the BC Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 1980 and the Canadian Horse
Racing Hall of Fame on November 4, 1988.
August The Richmond Campus of Kwantlen College,
on which construction had begun in March of 1991, opened. In 1989
Kwantlen had received approval to build a new $37 million Richmond
campus on the 4-hectare site of the former Lansdowne race track
at the corner of Garden City and Lansdowne Roads. The earthquake-resistant
facility features a Centre for Applied Design Studies with 20 design
labs, computer labs, and a darkroom suite. It also includes Kwantlen's
first day care centre. (Kwantlen is known today as Kwantlen University
Summer Vancouver experienced water shortages
this summer. The average household water demand, the citys
engineering department explained, can more than double during the
summer, with a great deal of the total water used for lawn sprinkling.
The City advises that a lawn needs only about an inch of water a
week, about one hour of sprinkling. Lawn-sprinkling regulations
began. Household water use on an average summer day in Vancouver,
they said: faucets 7 per cent, toilets 20 per cent, dishwashers
2 per cent, bath/showers 18 per cent, laundry 13 per cent, and outdoors
a full 40 per cent!
As recently as 1990, says the GVRD, we were using
an average of more than 700 litres a day per person (that figure
includes businesses). Today, says the GVRDs water conservation
office, thanks to increasing public knowledge, that has been reduced
to 580 litres a day. Average daily water consumption for the
GVRD, they tell us, is about one billion litres. The
one-day record for water use was two billion litres - enough to
fill BC Place stadium.
September 14 Bruce Hutchison, journalist,
died in Victoria, aged 91. William Bruce Hutchison was born June
5, 1901 in Prescott, Ontario. He began a lifelong career in journalism
as a sports reporter for The Victoria Times in 1918. He worked
for Vancouver newspapers and the Winnipeg Free Press from 1927 to
1950. He was named editor of The Victoria Times in 1950 and
served to 1963, when he was appointed editor of The Vancouver
Sun, a job be held until his retirement in 1979. A leading political
reporter in Canada. The author of 15 books, he won three Governor
Hutchisons entry in the BC Bookworld web site
has this interesting excerpt: He is chiefly celebrated for
his non-fiction, in particular The Unknown Country, written
in about six weeks in 1943. I didn't know anything about book
writing," he told the Suns Trevor Lautens, I
don't think it was the best thing I did by any means. He only
wrote the book because he was asked to do so by an American when
he was visiting New York, hence the title (from an American perspective).
It received the Governor General's Award for Nonfiction, as did
The Incredible Canadian and Canada: Tomorrow's Giant.
In 1961 he was the first to receive the Royal Society of Arts Award
for Distinguished Journalism in the Commonwealth. His autobiographical
The Far Side of the Street won a Canadian Authors Association
Award. He won three National Newspaper Awards and the Bowater Prize.
It was Hutchison who coined the phrase Lotusland to
describe BC An oddity: a Saturday Evening Post story Hutchison
wrote in 1935, Park Avenue Logger, was made into a 1937 movie
of the same name.
September 22 The District of Burnaby turned
100 and became the City of Burnaby.
September 23 This was not a good year for
the BC Lions. They lost eight straight games before finally vanquishing
Ottawa 33-27 on September 3 under quarterback Danny Barrett. Team
owner Murray Pezim declared bankruptcy and the CFL took over the
team. On September 23 Bill Comrie became the new owner, but the
teams losing ways continued. They would finish the season
with a dreadful 3-15 record, and an average attendance of 14,000.
Head Coach Bob OBillovich was fired. On December 12 the new
general manager, Eric Tillman, announced the hiring of Dave Ritchie,
who had been Ottawas defensive coordinator, as the new Head
Coach. Things would get better in 1993 and really good in 1994.
September 27 Hugh Keenleyside, diplomat and
executive, died in Saanich, aged 94. Hugh Llewellyn Keenleyside
was born July 7, 1898 in Toronto. His family moved to BC when he
was still a boy. After high school he served with the 2nd Canadian
Tank Battalion in the First World War. He graduated from UBC in
1920, earned a PhD at Clark University in Worcester, Mass. He taught
history at UBC from 1925 (the first year the university was on the
Point Grey campus), then joined the Department of External Affairs
in 1928. He served in Tokyo from 1929 to 1936, then was the Canadian
secretary of the Permanent Joint Board of Defence from 1940 to 1944.
Keenleyside opposed the forced internment of Japanese-Canadians
during the Second World War. In 1929 Knopf published his Canada
and the United States: Some Aspects of the History of the Republic
and the Dominion, the first book-length study devoted to the
history of Canadian-American relations. It was published again,
revised, in 1952.
The next two decades were varied: he was Canadas
ambassador to Mexico, then the federal deputy minister of mines
and resources, next the federal commissioner for the Northwest Territories,
then director general of the United Nations' Technical Assistance
Administration. In 1959 he returned to BC as chairman of the British
Columbia Power Commission, then as co-chair with Gordon Shrum of
BC Hydro from 1962 to 1969. (For an entertaining view of the different
management styles of these two very different men, check the 1962-1972
Keenleyside played an important role in the development of hydroelectric
power here. He was on the UBC Senate from 1963 to 1969 and chancellor
of Notre Dame University in Nelson from 1969 to 1977.
He was awarded the Vanier Medal in 1962, was named
a Companion, Order of Canada in 1969 and awarded the Pearson
Peace Medal in 1982. See Memoirs of Hugh L. Keenleyside
September Designated as Schedule A heritage
structures were the houses at 280 East 6th, built in 1908, and at
2675 Oak, built in 1929.
Fall The $19 million Thomas Haney Centre opened
in Maple Ridge, a campus facility that Douglas College shares with
Thomas Haney Secondary and Continuing Education for School District
42. The building includes a civic arts centre and theatre, as well
as sports facilities.
October 5 Surrey Metro Credit Union, which
had been enjoying several years of strong growth, angered some credit
union traditionalists when it introduced a new share structure this
year and non-voting ownership shares began trading on the Toronto
Stock Exchange. The traditionalists feared control of credit unions
could shift to out-of-province interests if such actions become
a trend. Surrey Metro had gained a reputation in the field as B.C.'s
maverick credit unionthe one that liked to buck the trend.
October 26 In New Westminster two Patents,
one for the Citys coat of arms and flag, the other for the
badge of the citys Police Department, were presented by Governor
General Ramon Hnatyshyn at a special ceremony at City Hall during
a visit celebrating the 125th anniversary of Confederation and the
Silver Jubilee of the Canadian Honours system. During the ceremony,
several New Westminster residents received decorations personally
from the Governor General who also presented Mayor Betty Toporowski
with the first of the new City flags. Thus, wrote Canadas
Chief Herald, Robert Watt, 122 years after incorporation,
BCs first capital was granted a coat of arms which enshrined
a good part of its symbolic heritage. There is a good description
of the arms and flag here.
November 15 Dr. Peter (Peter William
Jepson-Young) died. A medical doctor, he had started a weekly diary
of his AIDS illness on the CBC evening news in September, 1990.
It ran for 111 instalments, which were edited into an Oscar-nominated
documentary. Until his death, he continued to educate viewers, becoming
Canada's leading HIV/AIDS spokesperson. Born June 8, 1957 in New
Westminster, he was 35 at his death. More than 900 people attended
his funeral November 24. The book Affirmation: The AIDS Odyssey
of Dr. Peter, by Daniel Gawthrop, became a best-seller.
November 16 Earl Marriott, educator and Surrey
School District Superintendent, died, aged 86. He had retired in
1972 after 36 years teaching. A Surrey school, Earl Marriott Secondary,
was named for him that year. It is the largest French Immersion
secondary school in western Canada.
Marriott, keenly interested in his school,
offered financial assistance to the graduation scholarship fund
and the writing contest, both of which have been carried on by his
November Richmond's new Cultural Centre opened.
Included in the complex was the new Brighouse Library, Richmond's
Museum and Archives, an art gallery and a cafeteria.
December 1 Coquitlam, incorporated July 25,
1891, became a city. Its coat of arms was affirmed for continued
use. The predominant colors of blue and white were chosen for aesthetic
reasons, although the blue does refer to the rivers which define
several of the municipal boundaries.
December 11 The Woodwards department
store chain filed for court protection from creditors who were owed
more than $65 million. It had fallen victim to a fast-paced retail
market, and was unable to keep up. It collapsed with 26 department
stores, 33 Woodwyn discount outlets, 20 travel agencies, four Abercrombie
& Fitch specialty stores, and three Commercial Interiors divisions
in BC and Alberta. One of the great Vancouver institutions was gone.
In 1993 it would be purchased by another Canadian retail institution,
The Hudson's Bay Co., who quickly converted the old stores into
new Bay or Zeller's outlets.
December 15 The new Mike Harcourt NDP government
repealed Bill 19, the Industrial Relations Act, ending a period
of bitter labor relations in the province. Premier Bill Vander Zalm
brought the bill in in July 1987, and the BC Federation of Labour
promptly instituted a province-wide boycott of the Act, describing
it as viciously anti-union. Among the IRCs powers:
it could declare workers essential and thus limit the right to strike
and to set up secondary picketing. The Federation refused to appoint
any of its members to the tribunal appointed to administer the Actthe
Industrial Relations Counciland refused to attend the Councils
December 21 Alvin Balkind, curator, died in
Vancouver, aged 71. Balkind was born March 28, 1921 in Baltimore,
Maryland. He received a BA at Johns Hopkins, later attended the
Sorbonne. He came to Vancouver in 1954. His New Design Gallery,
founded in 1955, was a centre for the avant-garde. He was the curator
of UBCs Fine Arts Gallery from 1962 to 1973, chief curator
at Vancouver Art Gallery from 1975 to 1978. Then he turned freelance.
I got sick to death, he said, of being in an institution.
As Dennis Wheeler once said, They can't exist without your
energy, but they use it up and they know it before you do'. A gallery's
programming is so intense, the exhibitions are so many and complex,
and then there's the internal politics to deal with. After a while
it's exhausting. From 1985 to 1987 he was head of the visual
arts studio at The Banff School of Fine Arts. Balkind won the first
$50,000 VIVA award (Vancouver Institute for Visual Arts) earlier
this year. (Doris and Jack Shadbolt had founded the Vancouver Institute
for Visual Arts in 1988. It awards prizes of $10,000 every two years
to two visual or media artists and a prize of $50,000 every five
years to an artist or art worker who has made a lasting contribution
to the art scene in British Columbia. It was this latter award that
December The North Vancouver Division of Versatile
Pacific Shipyards laid off its last employees. The company would
have celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1994. (The Victoria Division
will close in 1994.)
Also in 1992
Chief Joe Mathias of the Squamish Nation signed on
behalf of the First Nations of BC at the BC Treaty Commission signing.
The agreement between the federal and provincial governments, and
BC's First Nations established a process to negotiate modern-day
A broad range of people were recipients of the Order
of British Columbia this year. Detailed lists and short biographies
of them all can be seen here.
Those recipients who live in Metropolitan Vancouver are cited here:
Dr. Patricia Baird She was described as an
internationally known and respected geneticist who has made outstanding
contributions in the field of clinical medicine, research and education.
. . . In 1978 Dr. Baird became the head of the Department of Medical
Genetics at the University of British Columbia. Under her leadership,
the Department grew from a small group of pioneer scientists and
clinicians to an internationally known resource. . . .
Dr. Suezone Chow He was described as a
gifted researcher and intuitive businessman who has worked to help
us get more value from our forests in British Columbia. Dr. Chow
was born in Taipei, Taiwan. Following graduation from Taiwan National
University in 1963, he emigrated to Canada . . . Combining his technical
expertise with his fluency in Japanese and his cultural sensitivity,
he travelled to Japan in 1973 helping to increase British Columbia's
share of the plywood market in that country . . .
Sushma Datt . . . a well-known radio-personality
in the Indo-Canadian community throughout British Columbia. Known
simply as Sushma to her listeners, she was born in Kenya, began
her broadcasting career in England with the BBC, and moved to Vancouver
in 1972. Her private radio station, 'Rim Jhim', broadcasts on an
FM sideband to more than 20,000 special radios which listeners in
British Columbia and neighboring Washington have purchased in order
to receive its signal. . . .
Phil Nuytten Phil Nuytten [pronounced
Newton] is a businessman, sub-sea engineer, diver, marine archeologist,
author, carver and native advocate. He was born in Vancouver and
has lived all his life there. He started on a business career right
out of high school opening a SCUBA store in 1958. Eight years later
he founded Can-Dive Service Ltd. As an acknowledged expert in underwater
technology and enterprise, Phil Nuytten has helped put British Columbia
on the map as a centre of high-tech underwater development. His
internationally acclaimed Newt Suitoften called
the submarine you can wearhas given divers a way to work underwater
longer without fear of the bends . . .
Joseph Segal Joseph Segal, an outstanding
British Columbian and a Canadian merchandising legend, has given
unstintingly of himself and his resources for the betterment of
Born in Vegreville, Alberta . . . After moving to
Vancouver he opened a small retail family clothing store there in
1950. It was the successful start of what became a chain of 70 Fields
Stores, a corporation which acquired Zellers in 1976 and eventually
became the largest single owner of the Hudson's Bay Company. Joseph
Segal is a self-made entrepreneur whose legendary acumen and energies
are turned as often to the needs of the community as to the demands
of the executive suite. . . . It isnt mentioned in that
citation, but Segal started his chain with $800 in his pocket.
There is a very good bio of Segal here,
the web site of the Variety Club, to which he has contributed much.
And Darcy Rezac of the Vancouver Board of Trade penned a nice tribute
to Segal in 2005 as he neared his 80th birthday. Read it here.
David Emerson is a federal cabinet minister now,
but in 1992 he wore three hats. He was chair of the BC Progress
Board, a new group created by Victoria to set goals and track the
governments economic and social policies: He was also CEO
of Canadian Forest Products, Canadas largest lumber company,
which was cutting production in 1992 because of uncertainty about
the U.S.-Canada softwood lumber trade battle. His third hat? He
left Canfor to become president and CEO this year of the Vancouver
International Airport Authority, a job he would hold until 1997.
Emerson was born in Montreal September 17, 1945.
Pauline Rafferty joined the Royal British
Born in Loughton, Essex, England she was a graduate
of SFUs archaeology program, worked as an archaeologist in
many parts of BC She will become the museums CEO in 2001.
A woman named Christine Morrissey launched the first
successful challenge of Canadian immigration law prohibiting sponsorship
of same sex partners. Morrissey was CO-chair, with Douglas Sanders,
of LEGIT (Lesbian & Gay Immigration Task Force), formed in Vancouver
in December of 1991. They noted that immigration laws of Australia,
New Zealand, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Denmark all allow
lesbian and gay sponsorship for immigration. See this
website for more detail.
Vancouver-born Tim Stevenson became the first openly
gay person to seekand achieve ordination in a mainline
church denomination in Canada. He was ordained by the British Columbia
conference of the United Church of Canada. See this
Construction was finished on UBCs First Nations
House of Learning at 1985 West Mall. This impressive building,
wrote architectural historian Harold Kalman, has been inspired
in its shape and structure by the longhouses of the Coast Salish,
while the gabled roof, supported by massive cedar logs, recalls
the traditional cedar housing of all coastal native groups. The
3,000-square-foot Great Hall features carved house posts that support
the massive roof beams. Nothing directly imitates, yet everything
is clearly inspired by, the historical sources. Architecture has
come full circle in a half-centuryfrom denying history in
the post-War obsession for modernism, to embracing and reinterpreting
it in the post-modern era. Architecture by Larry McFarland
The Vancouver Board of Trade presented its Business
and the Arts Awards. For a description of the criteria, see the
1990 chronology. Categories:
Innovation Alcan Smelters & Chemicals
Sustained Support, Major Corporation
Richmond Savings Credit Union
Small Business Thomas Hobbs Florist
Joint Venture No award given
Cates Tugs, a fixture in this area since 1913, was
sold to U.S. entrepreneur Dennis Washington, owner of the Missoula,
Montana-based Washington Corporation. They left day-to-day operations
in the hands of local management.
Jessie Wowk Elementary School in Richmond was named
to honor the area's Ukrainian pioneers.
Nippon Cable purchased a 23 per cent interest in
Whistler Mountain for $25 million. Also in 1992, Whistler Mountain
Ski Corporation invested $600,000 in trail development, removing
40,000 cubic metres of rock. Five kilometres of new trails resulted,
serviced by Redline chair on Whistler Creek. Further development
included high-speed gondola systems for both mountains.
The Cleveland Dam in North Vancouver was brought
to the highest seismic code this year.
An allee of Katsura Trees was donated by the Rotary
Club and planted in Seaforth Peace Park, at the south end of the
Burrard Street Bridge. (An allee is a walkway lined
The local battle against the gypsy moth continued,
with this year the largest spraying program so far. Wrote SFUs
Professor Mark L. Winston, Gypsy moths have been a more recent
immigrant, and are Vancouver's most publicized insects. These forest-eating
moths originated in Europe and Asia, and regularly arrive today
from two directions, eastern North America and Siberia. They may
do minor damage to our forests if they become established, but present
a major threat to our lumber export industry: importing countries
would require fumigation of all BC wood products if gypsy moths
were declared resident. Vancouver and the surrounding area are the
major regions in BC that repeatedly become infested with new moths,
because of our port facilities and frequent traffic with eastern
Canada. Thus, annual spray programs are conducted to eliminate these
incipient infestations. The largest of these was conducted in 1992,
when much of the city was sprayed by air with a moth-killing bacteria,
and all of Vancouver's residents were media-sprayed with a deluge
of newspaper, radio and television stories about gypsy moths.
The BC Gas building opened at 1111 West Georgia.
With 24 storeys, its 101.2 metres high. Today its known
as the Terasen Gas Building.
Bing Thom Architects designed 889 Homer Street, which
opened this year. Its 26 storeys high, stands 83.5 metres, contains
A study showed that the average annual household
income this year in Vancouver was $49,938. The same study showed
this average recreation spending per year: Cable TV $196; live sports
$77, live performances $60 and cinema $54.
The provincial ministry of agriculture, fisheries
and food did a study, too. They announced this year that the average
Vancouver family of four spends close to $10,000 on meals per year.
The Vancouver Sun reported there were currently
1,500 prostitutes working in the city. In 1992, the Sun estimated
they generated $63 million in revenues to the local economy.
AirCare started. To quote its website,
Urban air pollution is an urgent environmental and economic
issue as well as a public health concern. We're committed to improving
air quality by providing emissions testing in the Lower Mainland
and by promoting the effective repair of failing vehicles. In British
Columbia, the Motor Vehicle Emissions Inspection and Maintenance
Program (aka AirCare) has been operating since 1992.
The program was developed in partnership with the Ministry of Environment
and the Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD) to address the
deteriorating air quality of the Lower Fraser Valley. The AirCare
program is administered by the Greater Vancouver Transportation
Authority (TransLink). In the Fraser Valley (Abbotsford and Chilliwack),
TransLink administers the AirCare program on behalf of the Insurance
Corporation of British Columbia.
Justice Wallace J. Oppal was appointed as the commissioner
of a Royal Inquiry into Policing in BC. He titled his report Closing
the Gap: Policing and the Community. It would appear in 1995.
There is a copy here.
A number of buildings went up at UBC this year. They
The Jack Bell Building (School of Social Work)
(Architects: Larry McFarland Architects Ltd.) This $3.9 million
three-storey building was funded by a generous donation by philanthropist
Jack Bell. The plan form encourages interaction between faculty
and students, with the basement area functioning as a drop-in
space for off-campus visitors.
Engineering High Headroom Laboratory (Architects:
Formwerks) This single-storey building is used by the Department
of Mechanical Engineering for studies involving heavy industrial
David Lam Management Research Centre (Architects:
Carlberg Jackson Partners (CJP) Architects) The four-storey Management
Research Centre is an $8.8 million addition to the 1965 Henry Angus
Building. A glass tower linking the Centre to Angus is also the
main entrance. The focus of study here is business issues related
to the Pacific Rim. Building users include the Faculty of Commerce
and Business Administration, Commerce and Professional Programs,
Faculty Development and Institutional Service, UBC Food Services,
the Centre for Continuing Education and the UBC Library. Major donors
were David and Dorothy Lam and many others.
UBC-Ritsumeikan House (Matsuzaki Wright Architects
Inc.) This $4.9 million student residence houses 200 UBC and Ritsumeikan
University students from Japan. Featuring a state-of-the-art language
laboratory, the house is also used by the Centre for Continuing
Education, and the UBC/Ritsumeikan Program.
University Services Centre Building (Architects:
Howard Bingham Hill) This one-and-two-storey large-scale complex
(nearly 9,000 sq m) houses UBCs Plant Operations, and is also
used by the Centre for Continuing Education, Campus Mail and Media
Services. The $10.7 million building screens a service yard to the
West Parkade (N.D. Lea Engineers, with Zoltan
Kiss, architect) The nine-level $9.7 million parkade can accommodate
1,200 vehicles. The architecture is described as an evolution
of the pattern set by the 1982 Fraser River Parkade and the 1988
North Parkade by the same engineers and architects.
The B.C. Centre of Excellence in HIV/AIDS, the Canadian
HIV Trials Network and B.C.'s Heart Centre were all installed at
St. Pauls Hospital. To quote from the Centres website:
When the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS opened in
1992, a British Columbian was dying from AIDS almost every day.
While current advances in HIV treatment have made the disease a
chronic but manageable illness, much work remains to be done. An
estimated 11,000 British Columbians are HIV infected, with close
to 450 new cases reported each year. As well, more than 3,200 cases
of AIDS have been reported in the province a third of whom
currently live with the disease.
And, as recently as June of 2006, a patient in the
Heart Centre at St. Pauls became the first in Canada to receive
an implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD) using wireless technology.
Read the details here.
The Columbia Tower at New Westminsters Royal
Columbian Hospital opened, replacing an outmoded 1950 building.
This new six-storey 210,000-square-foot building contained accommodation
for 300 beds, five nursing floors, medical imaging, library, nursing
administration, and other patient care services. The building cost
Richmond General Hospital changed its name, became
The Globe and Mail introduced a glossy magazine
called West in 1990. It won an award as Western Magazine
of the Year in 1991 . . . and died this year.
Publications that debuted this year included:
B C Home Published six times a year by Canada
Wide Magazines Ltd., this was a lifestyle magazine featuring home
design, food fashion, travel and recreation.
El Contacto Directo A free biweekly with news
of the general Latin American community in Vancouver and Bellingham.
One page in English.
Marketing Edge A bi-monthly from Media West
Publishing Inc., intended to help marketing professionals
learn and apply information as efficiently as possible in order
to maintain a competitive edge.
Pets Quarterly Magazine A quarterly, featuring
stories and photos on people and their pets. Subjects include training,
play, adoption, health and nutrition, grooming and travel.
Property Management News A bi-monthly, published
by K-Rey Publishing Inc.
Ralph: Coffee, Jazz and Poetry A monthly with
text English, French and Italian, featuring the poetry, opinions
& reviews of editor Ralph Alfonso. Covers illustrations
& themes revolving around Beatnik values of the '50s ,' 60s
and the present.
Recycling Product News Published six times
a year by Baum Publications Ltd. in Burnaby.
Passengers arriving and departing from Vancouver
International Airport this year: 9,449,940, an increase from 1991's
8,996,140. In 1993 the number will be 9,677,570.
When the B.C. Research Council began on the campus
of the University of British Columbia in 1944 it was a non-profit
government-subsidized research facility. It worked in a multitude
of fields, such as research and development for small business,
environmental consulting and laboratory analyses for a range of
private- and public-sector clients. When Dr. Har Gobind Khorana
won the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1968 (for the synthesis of a
gene in a test tube and original work in DNA research that opened
up several new areas of research) he acknowledged the important
influence of his work in 1952 at this facility. B.C. Research incorporated
as a private company in 1988, and revenues climbed to more than
$10 million annually. But by 1992, on sales of $11 million, the
company, employing more than 100 people, reported a loss of $700,000.
In March of 1993 it would be declared insolvent. But there was good
news to come.
Known since 2004 as Vizon SciTec, the facility is
thriving today. See this website.
The CRTC, the governing body of the communications
industry, opened the long distance market to full competition.
New regulations decreed that it was no longer necessary
for beer to be brewed in the province where it was sold.
The advertising agency BBDO bought McKim and merged
it with BL, creating the largest agency Canada had ever seen, with
billings in excess of half a billion dollars. BBDO's Vancouver office
survived as one of the premier agencies in town.
Frank Anfield, once a prominent name in local advertising,
rose to the presidency of Young & Rubicam, one of the world's
largest advertising agency networks, in New York. Anfield had come
to Vancouver in the 1960s, wrote Michael McCullough in The Greater
Vancouver Book, to work in Nabob's marketing department.
He would go on to manage the Vancouver office of McKim through the
1970s and early '80s. Then he went to Toronto for nine years
before being made head of Y&R. Anfield's tenure in Vancouver,
McCullough wrote, would be fondly remembered as the golden
age of advertising, a time when budgets were fat, staffs were big
and creative had a free hand.
The Vancouver Canucks finished at the top of the
Campbell conference but were unable to get past the second round
in the playoffs.
The Jantzen swim wear company began an annual clean-up
day campaign at Sunset Beach with volunteer staff.
The Sunny Trails Club (for nudists), which had been
in Surrey since 1952, moved to Lake Errock.
Among the public works of art unveiled in 1992:
Bronze at 1111 West Georgia St. (B.C. Gas),
sculpted by Abraham Anghik (North West Territories) Anghik, who
won an open competition, told art writer Elizabeth Godley his work
represents the birds and animals of B.C.
Clouds at 983 Howe St. (upper-level balcony),
by Alan Chung Hung. Instead of trellises, the building's architect,
Bing Thom, commissioned this curvilinear white sculpture, which
pokes gentle fun at the notion of a skyscraper and celebrates Vancouver's
soggy climate. You have to look way up to see it.
Granville Street Mural in the 600-block Granville.
Created by Tangjun Zhao, L.E. Wakelin, Madeleine Wood and Eric Scholtz,
and coordinated by Gail Ouellette. This mural was commissioned by
the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Assn. to decorate hoardings
on buildings awaiting redevelopment.
Mural at Jericho beach, on the north wall
of the utility building. It was painted, Elizabeth Godley writes,
by five Mexican artists (Alexandro Mojica, Carlos Kunte, Estrella
Ubando, Poluqui and J. Aguirrez) here on a cultural exchange. It
was 35 metres long. The exchange was organized by Vancouver's Art
In Action group.
Gargoyles A painted fibreglass sculpture at
233 Main Street by Ken Clarke. Writes art reviewer Elizabeth Godley:
Clarke, a sculptor whose studio is at this address, created
this frieze of heads to enliven the Downtown Eastside.
Set of Five Pencils A sculpture by Josef Holy
at Britannia Community Centre.
North Shore Rhapsody and Joe Bustemente
Trumpet Two cast concrete sculptures by Richard Wojciechowski
(born 1939 in Poland). North Shore Rhapsody, in Rogers Plaza near
the Keg Restaurant on Esplanade, symbolizes the female spirit who
lures seafarers into danger and takes the form of a harpist. One
side of the harp is played by the wind, the other is a traditional
instrument for people to strum. Joe Bustemente Trumpet, on a balcony
overlooking Esplanade near Waterfront Park, commemorates an early
North Van resident, Chilean by birth. According to the story, this
one-armed musician for years played his trumpet to help ferry captains
negotiate the docks in fog and storms.
Giant concrete chairs These were created by
Bill Pechet (born 1957 in Edmonton), and placed at Ambleside Park
pier this year. A nearby wall is ornamented with concrete soccer
balls, airplanes and baseballs. The chairs were first exhibited
at the Charles H. Scott Gallery on Granville Island, then purchased
this year by West Vancouver's parks department. The ball wall
was commissioned in 1991 as part of renovations to the changing
John Alleyne, Barbados-born National Ballet School
alumnus with extensive performing experience in Germany, became
artistic director of Ballet British Columbia following the death
of Barry Ingham. The artsalive website
has a good, brief bio and pictures. An excerpt: Alleyne was
appointed to the position of artistic director of Ballet British
Columbia in 1992. His leadership marked the beginning of a creative
and prosperous period in the company's history. His choreography
is noted for its technical complexity and innovative expansion of
the classical ballet lexicon. It has raised the profile of Ballet
British Columbia . . .
A bunch of locally-made movies appeared in 1992.
Heres what Michael Walsh said about them in The Greater
K2 - Journey To The Top Of The World (directed
by Franc Roddam) Vancouver plays Seattle and Blackcomb stands in
for the Savage Mountain of the Himalayas that challenges
the endurance of rival climbers (Michael Biehn, Matt Craven).
The Portrait (directed by Jack Darcus) Commissioned
to paint a wealthy woman's portrait, a desperate artist (Alan Scarfe)
must resolve the conflict between his ideals and his survival instincts.
Home Movie (directed by Fred Frame) A comedy,
this low-budget feature about low-budget feature film-making works
to blur the line between art made on the run and reality.
The Resurrected (aka The Tomb of Charles
Dexter Ward. Directed by Dan O'Bannon) Chris Sarandon has a
dual role in this time-hopping adaptation of the H.P. Lovecraft
novel in which a scientist messes with things man was not meant
Jennifer Eight (written and directed by Bruce
Robinson) Vancouver urban exteriors and North Shore Studio interiors
complement California locations as a homicide cop (Andy Garcia)
tracks a madman attempting to kill a blind girl (Uma Thurman).
Stay Tuned (directed by Peter Hyams) Commercial
broadcasting is the satirical target in this look at Satan's own
cable service, its promise of 666 channels and the suburban couple
(John Ritter, Pam Dawber) condemned to its hellvision.
Black Cat II (directed by James Fung and Stephen
Shin) On assignment in Russia, the CIA's computer-enhanced female
asset (Jade Leung) battles a mutant terrorist under orders to kill
President Boris Yeltsin.
Saviour Of The Soul II (directed by David
Lai and Kong Man Yun) Vancouver doubles as Alaska in this romantic
fantasy about a Chinese dreamer (Andy Lau) searching for the legendary
beauty (Rosemund Kwan) who sleeps in suspended animation in an ice
Swallow In The Rain (directed by Kong Man
Yun and David Lai) Betrayed by their Hong Kong lovers, a policewoman
(Chang Man Yee) and a young druggie (Guo Tamara) join forces while
fleeing for their lives in urban America.
Leaving Normal (directed by Edward Zwick)
On the run without guns, female buddies (Christine Lahti and Meg
Tilly) follow their dream of Alaskan independence.
North Of Pittsburgh (directed by Richard Martin)
Local back roads substitute for mid-1970s Pennsylvania in this tale
of a small-timer (Jeff Schultz) pursuing a widow's compensation
cheque for his iron-willed granny (Viveca Lindfors). Director Martin
was born in Vancouver April 12, 1956.
Ultimate Desires (also called Silhouette)
(director: Lloyd Simandl) In an urban mystery from prolific Vancouver
director Simandl, a murder investigation brings an idealistic attorney
(Tracy Scoggins) into conflict with ruthless corporate executives.
A rundown workshop at 1218 Cartwright Street on Granville
Island was transformed into a multipurpose facility called Performance
Works by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, which administers
the island. Depending on how it is set upthe renters determine
the layoutPerformance Works can be anything from a theatre
to a reception hall. In 2006 this appears on a local website: Originally
an old machine shop dating back to the 1920's, Performance Works
was redesigned in 1995 by architect Barbara Dalrymple. The goal
was to provide the arts community with a permanent, fully equipped
rehearsal and performance venue. Performance Works is now a 240-seat
multi-functional studio space that is booked year round with a wide
variety of independent theatre and dance events.
Vancouvers Vogue Theatre, at 918 Granville,
reopened as a live performance venue. Built in 1941 the handsome
1,178-seat Vogue had closed in 1987 when its owner Odeon (now Cineplex
Odeon), sold it to a development company. In 1994 the Vogue would
be taken over by a company called Granville Entertainment. But today
(2006) the theatre seems to be in peril. See this
site to learn why.
This was a good year for the BC book publishing industry.
In 1970 the entire industry earned $350,000 in sales. Starting about
1974, the number of B.C. publishers began to increase rapidly. By
1992, through continuous creation of a huge range of chiefly regional
books priced at under $30, total provincial book revenue climbed
to $25 million, more than 70 times the 1970 figure, to achieve what
publisher Scott McIntyre called a critical mass, a self-sustaining
Thats indicated by the large number of locally
relevant books published in 1992:
One of the great Vancouver books appeared this year.
Bruce Macdonald, born in Vancouver in 1948, got the idea for Vancouver:
A Visual History in the summer of 1984. The 1992 book (10,000
hours of work over eight years for the author) comprises 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. The book, an indispensable
addition to the study of local history, was sponsored by the Vancouver
Historical Society. Its terrifically interesting and sometimes
surprising, and the introduction is very funny. A Visual History
would be awarded the City of Vancouver Book Prize in 1993.
Vancouver and its region Edited by Graeme
Wynn and Timothy Oke, and published by UBC Press, this brought together
these essays on geography, climate, population, etc.
* Views of the Metropolitan Area (photographs)
Alfred H. Siemens
* The primordial environment (shaping of
the landscape) O. Slaymaker, M. Bovis, M. North, Timothy R. Oke,
* The Lower Mainland, 1820-81 (native history;
Fort Langley) Cole Harris
* The rise of Vancouver (history) Graeme
* Primordial to prim order: A century of environmental
change Timothy R. Oke, M. North, O. Slaymaker
* Vancouver, the province, and the Pacific Rim
(corporate development) Trevor J. Barnes, David W. Edgington,
Kenneth G. Denike, Terry G. McGee
* Vancouver since the Second World War: An economic
geography Robert N. North, Walter G. Hardwick
* Time to grow up? From urban village to world
city, 1966-91 David Ley, Daniel Hiebert, Geraldine Pratt
* The biophysical environment today D.G.
Steyn, M. Bovis, M. North, O. Slaymaker
A Tapestry of cultures: voices from Burnaby's
ethnic communities Clélie Rich, editor. Published by
the Burnaby Multicultural Society (Her first name rhymes with daily.)
Steambox, boardwalks, belts and ways: stories
from Britannia This is the history of Britannia Shipyard in
Richmond. Compiled and edited by Marie Bannister and Marilyn Clayton
The struggle for social justice in British Columbia:
Helena Gutteridge, the unknown reformer Helena Gutteridge was
the first woman to be a Vancouver councillor. Author: Irene Howard
Trees of Vancouver Gerald B. Straley (Richly
Heritage Walks Around Vancouver John Atkin
and Michael Kluckner. John Atkin gives meticulously researched walking
tours through Vancouver neighborhoods, and Michael Kluckner is a
well-known historian and painter.
Guy's Guide to the Flipside by Guy Bennett.
This was described as an offbeat but acerbically truthful view of
Vancouver's less-celebrated attractions when Bennett self-published
it in 1988. It was re-issued this year by Pulp Press in 1992. Bennett
was born in Cambridge, England in 1959 and came to Vancouver in
The Black Canoe: Bill Reid and the Spirit of Haida
Gwai. The text is by Robert Bringhurst, an editor, poet and
typography expert. The photographs are by Ulli Steltzer. This is
a beautiful and informative book on Bill Reids monumental
sculpture. The original stands before the Canadian Embassy in Washington,
DC. A copy is at the Vancouver International Airport. The book won
the Bill Duthie Booksellers Choice Award this year.
The Fraser Valley, A History by Fort Langley
lawyer John R. Cherrington. This is a very fine book. Books in Canada
wrote: Packed with anecdotes, quaint facts, and solid information,
The Fraser Valley is the sort of book that compels you to read bits
from it aloud to anyone within earshot. Cherrington sits on
the board of the Fort Langley Legacy Foundation. The book is a comprehensive
overview of the Valley over a 200-year period.
Stand By Your Beds, a humourous novel about
seven boys who attend a Vernon Army Cadet Camp in the 1950s. The
author, Cordell Cross of Vancouver, was a retired soldier.
In 1986, says BC Bookworlds website
author Rolf Knight proposed an idea to Homer Stevens, former president
of the United Fishermen and Allied Workers' Union: a book on his
The two soon agreed, says Bookworld,
and began taping. It was to be a major undertaking. In
all my other histories my job was to stimulate people to get them
to remember, Knight says. I would assure them what they
had to say was worthwhile, and draw out all that hidden information.
With Homer he's a very loquacious guy. I would ask one or two questions
and he would talk for two or three hours. Stevens almost overwhelmed
Knight with detailed reminiscences. The flow of words provided Knight
with 90 hours of interviews, which Knight transcribed prior to compiling
the book. Knight was so concerned about accuracy that he took the
first draft of the manuscript up to Stevens' home on Lasqueti Island
and read every word of the book aloud while Homer listened,
mending his nets, and interrupting me occasionally with That's
not right,"or That's Telegraph Cove, not Telegraph
Bay.. The result was Homer Stevens: A Life in Fishing.
The oral autobiography is both a history of the B.C. coast and the
portrait of a complex man. Says Knight, Here is an account
of a person who represents an amalgam of different peoples: his
ancestors were Croatian, Finnish, Greek, Nativebut Homer's
radicalism was very much indigenous to British Columbia..
There is a fine appreciation of Stevens, written
by The Vancouver Suns Stephen Hume on October 19, 2002,
shortly after Stevens death earlier that month. You can read
Queen of all the Dustballs: and Other Epics of
Everyday Life, poetry and humor by Bill Richardson. From a review:
Mr. Richardson considers: the virtues of private hygiene;
the inevitability of middle age; the comfort of clean laundry; the
chaos of visiting relatives; the privileged place that pets occupy
in our homes. A fun read.
Fred Rogers, who had a bestseller in 1973 in Shipwrecks
of British Columbia, produced a sequel: More Shipwrecks of
Author Sinclair Ross received the Order of Canada.
He is most well known for his 1941 love story, As For Me And
My House, about a preacher and his wife during the dustbowl
days of the Depression. The 50th anniversary of its publication
was marked by a symposium in Ottawa.
Alan Twigg, who has published the quarterly BC Bookworld
since 1987, produced Twigg's Directory of 1,001 B.C. Authors.
This book was a collection of short biographies and bibliographies
of the provinces ink-stained wretches.
Thy Mothers Glass, a novel by David
Watmough, described by BC
Bookworld as the senior gay male fiction writer
in Canada, and a mainstay of the West Coast fiction
scene since the Cornishman accepted Canadian citizenship in 1963.
The protagonist of this book is Davey Bryant, who has popped up
often in Watmoughs books.
With the support of Vancouver businessman David Lemon,
Max Wyman edited a collection of essays by Vancouver artists, Vancouver
Forum I: Old Powers, New Forces. An excerpt from his introduction:
Vancouver is a city in the process of reinventing itself,
and it is doing it because of what it is and where it is and who
its inhabitants are, and there is no other city that is changing
in quite this way, under quite this set of pressures.
* Introduction Max Wyman
* To the Fourth Wall Leslie Hall Pinder
* Cultural Order Loretta Todd
* On Ferment and Golden Ages Alvin Balkind
* Can Vancouvers Art Institutions Be Saved?
* Decolonizing Regimes Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker
* A New Era for Dance in Vancouver Jay Hirabayashi
* The Future of Vancouver Education Crawford
* To Understand the City We Make Arthur
* City Without Citizens Stan Persky
* The Trouble with Globalism Brian Fawcett
Reflections: A History of North Vancouver District
by Chuck Davis. Written in three months, and shows it.
British Columbia: An Illustrated History
by Geoffrey Molyneux. This is a very short history, 125 small
pages, by a former Province editor, but its lively, accurate,
richly illustrated and well worth reading.
Asahi: A Legend in Baseball by Pat Adachi.
This was an affectionate look at the Asahi baseball team that
was part of the local sports world from 1914 to 1941. See the
1914 chronology for more.
Backspin: 100 years of golf in British Columbia
by Arv Olson.
Golf In Canada: A History by James A. Barclay
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