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January 1 The British Columbia Ferry Corporation
(BC Ferries) was established as a provincial Crown Corporation,
successor to the British Columbia Ferry Authority. For more on the
history of the corporation see this site.
January 17 Hugh Neil MacCorkindale, educator,
died, aged about 88. He was born in 1888 in Owen Sound, Ontario.
A graduate of the University of Toronto, Dr. Mac first
taught in Ontario (1906). He came to Vancouver in 1914. MacCorkindale
served as an artillery officer in France from 1916-18. He later
taught at South Vancouver High School (now John Oliver). He was
the first principal of the new Point Grey Junior High School from
1928 to 1933, then superintendent of Vancouver City schools until
his retirement in 1954. He was a member of the UBC senate.
January 25 The Wreck Beach Preservation Society
began operation, fighting to keep the clothing-optional beach untouched
by development on the lands above the beach. See their web site
January Newspaper executive Erwin Swangard,
69, was appointed president of the Pacific National Exhibition,
a post he would hold for 13 consecutive annual terms. He came to
be known as "Mr. PNE." See a biography of this very influential
January Mission Institution opened, a full-service
medium security facility, the first built as part of the B.C. Penitentiary
decentralization plan. It is home to about 275 male
February 16 Marjorie Cantryn became a judge,
the first native Indian woman in BC to be so appointed.
February 21 North Vancouvers Carrie
Cates died. Married to John Henry Cates of the famed tugboat firm,
she was elected mayor of North Vancouver three times (1964, 1965
March 9 An 18-year-old Port Coquitlam student
and star basketball player, Terry Fox, lost his right leg to osteogenic
sarcoma. While Terry was in hospital waiting for the operation to
remove his cancerous leg, his basketball coach Terri Fleming gave
him a sports magazine that included a profile on a one-legged runner
named Dick Traum who had competed in the New York Marathon. The
Traum story inspired Terry, the night before the amputation of his
leg, to take on a challenge that would eventually raise tens of
millions of dollars for cancer research. His goal was to run across
the country and receive one dollar in donations from every Canadian.
As every Canadian knows, he accomplished that and more.
April 2 Vancouver's restored Orpheum Theatre
opened with a special concert as the new home of the Vancouver Symphony
Orchestra. Reaction to the refurbished theatre was wonderfully positive.
The design architect was Vancouvers Paul Merrick.
Merrick tells a nice story about Tony Heinsbergen, the man who
had given the theatre its exotic and colorful look back in 1927.
Merrick had gone down to Seattle to talk to the architects whose
company had been founded by the theatres original architect,
Marcus Priteca. The Seattle firm told Merrick that the man who had
embellished Pritecas architecture with such exotic decorative
touches in 1927 was still, 50 years later, professionally active
and living in Los Angeles. So, says Merrick, I
went down to California to see Tony Heinsbergen. He arrived
at Heinsbergens place, and talked to the artist in his L.A.
studio. It was the size of a three-car garage and twice as
high. Merrick talked about the Orpheum project, and not long
after Heinsbergen set about developing ideas in rough form in his
studiodeveloping a decorating thesis, Merrick
Orpheus was associated with music, so Heinsbergen conceived of
a large mural that would celebrate music. Oval in shape, it would
surround the massive chandelier in the centre of the auditoriums
ceiling. The mural was painted during the winter of 1975/76 on 24
large canvas panels in his Los Angeles studio. The panels were shipped
to Vancouver and glued to the dome.
And although the mural is peopled with mythical and fanciful figures,
many of the figures are based on real persons. The bearded man serenading
the muse is Paul Merrick (who is beardless today), and the Merrick
kidsphotographed by their father to aid Heinsbergen in his
workare up there, too: Natasha, Nika, Maya and Kim. Maya is
the angel. Theyre all in their thirties today,
Merrick says. The man conducting the orchestra is project architect
Ron Nelson, not, as is sometimes heard, former conductor Kaziyoshi
Akiyama. The music hes conducting is Brahms Lullaby.
The tiger in the mural represents Heinsbergens Nova Scotia-born
wife, Nedith, whom he called his little tiger.
The Orpheum was not Heinsbergens first Vancouver project.
He had been here about 1918 working on an earlier Orpheum and had
also come here three times between 1916 and 1924 to work on the
now-demolished Pantages Theatre, then at 20 West Hastings.
April 6 Jack Wasserman, Sun columnist and
broadcaster, died in Vancouver, aged 50. He was born February 17,
1927 in Winnipeg. He came to Vancouver with his family in 1935,
aged 8. He dropped out of law school to take a reporter's job with
the Ubyssey. Wasserman graduated from UBC (1949), and joined
the Vancouver Sun, becoming a police reporter. Legend has
it that he was covering the 1951 royal visit of Princess Elizabeth
and Prince Philip somewhere in the Interior (before their arrival
in Vancouver) and, rushed for time, simply phoned in his notes.
The notes were so good, the story goes, the Sun ran them
verbatim. Then, starting May 12, 1954, they gave him a man-about-town
column, and he hit his stride. His column on the second front
page of the afternoon paper, often detailing the citys
underbelly, became a hugely popular feature. His biggest scoop was
the death in 1959 of Errol Flynn in a West End apartment.
Wasserman hosted an open-line program with CJOR,
later hosted Hourglass on CBC TV. He was fired by the Sun
in 1967 for hosting his radio show but rehired 18 months later.
He died of a heart attack while speaking at the Hotel Vancouver
during a roast for Gordon Gibson, Sr.
May 25 The movie Star Wars premiered
in the US. TIME lists this as one of 80 days since the mag
began (1923) that changed the world. See a reminiscence by Carrie
Fisher at this
May The Grouse Mountain Cadet Camp, at the
900-metre level of Grouse Mountain, opened to its first group of
young cadets. It was an instant success. The staff at Grouse Mountain
had decided that the old Village Inn, at the perimeter of the cabins
atop the mountain, should be torn down. The building had been badly
damaged by vandals. But a better idea bobbed to the surface from
Grouse consultant Frank Ogden. He went on television and announced
that the building would be leased for $1 a year to any group demonstrating
a genuine need for it.
Capt. Paul Hallum did that. He informed Ogden there
were thousands of cadets in B.C. for whom the building would be
a great camp. You can see a photo here.
May One of the largest state-of-the-art electronic
automatic telephone exchanges ever put into operation by BC Tel
began service in Whalley.
June 8 Vancouver Harbour Centre was officially
opened. At 481 feet (146.6 m) it was the tallest building in Vancouver.
(Today the tallest is Wall Centre at 492 feet (150 m), although
loftier buildings are coming.)
Theres a funny story related to its construction. Jeff Veniot,
a young tour guide, happened to be going by the construction site
one day and saw the buildings lofty mast lying on the ground,
waiting to be lifted into place. Jeff whipped out an indelible pen
and wrote his name and the date on the top of the mast. Later he
watched in pleasure as the mast was lifted atop the building. For
a time, his name was the highest in the city.
This is the building housing at its top The Lookout, a big circular
room through which visitors stroll to enjoy dramatic panoramic views
of the city. See the August 13 entry below. There is a revolving
restaurant one floor below, and, on lower floors, this building
houses the downtown campus of Simon Fraser University.
June 17 The first SeaBus went into service.
As the population of the North Shore grew, so did the demand for
a third crossing of Burrard Inlet to ease the pressure
of traffic on the two bridges. Instead of a third bridge or a tunnel,
the SeaBus appeared. It was a high-speed marine passenger service.
Built completely in British Columbia, SeaBus was the first marine
transit service of its kind in the world. Each of the catamaran-style
SeaBus ferries was 34 metres long, with a capacity of 400 passengers.
Constructed of lightweight aluminum, the vessels were powered by
four diesel engines with a cruising speed of 11.5 knots. (Terminal
to terminal: 12 minutes.) Highly maneuverable, the double-ended
ferries could move in any direction and turn in their own length.
June The Heritage Festival began. This was
an offshoot of Festival Habitat, a city-sponsored music, drama and
dance event that ran during the UN Habitat conference, and that
had actually generated a surplus of $40,000. Maurice Egan, the Director
of Social Planning and his planner-cum-festival producer, Ernie
Fladell, were urged by music critic Ian Docherty to replicate its
success. Renamed the Heritage Festival and organized in cooperation
with the VSO and CBC Radio, in June of 1977 the event again succeeded
in attracting large audiences for music, drama and danceand
yet another surplus. Vancouver summer entertainment, which previously
revolved around the PNE and Theatre Under The Stars, was never to
be the same again.
August 12 A plaque, Wassermans Beat,
by artist Stjepan Pticek was installed at the northwest corner of
Georgia and Hornby Streets, dedicating a section of Hornby Street
(between Georgia and Dunsmuir) as Wasserman's Beat,
in memory of the late Sun columnist. The Cave, a now-vanished
nightspot, and a favorite haunt of Wassermans, was down the
block on the east side of Hornby. See the April 6th item above.
August 13 Margaret Elinor Rushton, Holiday
Theatre founder, died in White Rock, aged 69. She was born September
28, 1907 in Wigan, England, came to Canada in 1930, the same year
she married author and historian Gerald Rushton (1898-1993). She
joined Vancouver Little Theatre, serving as its president from 1949
to 1954. Her interest in children's theatre led her to Holiday Theatre,
where she was tour coordinator. When Holiday Theatre became part
of the Playhouse Theatre Centre, she was public relations officer
and organized B.C. tours. A member of the Dominion Drama Festival
national executive, she was also a president of the B.C. Drama Association.
She retired in 1971.
Also August 13 The Lookout! opened high atop
Vancouvers Harbour Centre. Neil Armstrong, first man on the
moon, ascended to the top in one of the buildings famed outdoor
glassed-in elevators, and left his footprint as an official memento
of the opening. Its still on display there. See the June 8
August 16 Elvis Presley died.
August 17 The last of Vancouvers little
cab companies went, when the 10-car Forum Empress Taxi Co. was purchased
by Yellow Cab. Forum Empress, its 10 company and nine privately-owned
cars operating from a converted house at 2053 East Hastings St.,
had formed when the Grandview, Forum, Empress and Hastings services
amalgamated in 1964.
August 23 The British Columbia Resources Investment
Corporation, or BCRIC (pronounced brick) came into being. It was
a holding company formed under the government of Premier Bill Bennett.
BCRIC took over ownership of various sawmills and mines that had
been bought and/or bailed out by the provincial government. It would
come to grief in 1979. More details when we get that year up.
Summer The Italian Cultural Centre opened
in east Vancouver on Slocan at the Grandview Highway. The Centre,
built mostly by volunteers, included a restaurant, banquet hall,
art gallery, daycare centre, television production centre, and even
an indoor bocce court. Every summer, the Centre hosts a week-long
Italian festival. The Italian-born Anna Terrana of Burnaby, later
the MP for Vancouver East, was a strong force behind the construction.
September 14 Lansdowne Park shopping mall
opened in Richmond.
September 18 Leo (Michael Leo) Sweeney, cooper,
died in Vancouver, aged 91. He was born April 17, 1886 in London,
Ont. He came to Victoria as an infant in 1888, where his father
founded Sweeney Cooperage, a barrel-making firm. He was named managing
director in 1912. Two years after buying Canadian Western Cooperage
in 1921, he moved to Vancouver. Sweeney served on many civic boards
and committees. As president of the Vancouver Tourist Association,
he wore a straw boater when it rained to prove it was liquid
sunshine. The company operated at the east foot of Smithe
Street until 1981, when the land was expropriated for B.C. Place
and the cooperage, one of the oldest industries in False Creek,
was torn down. For more on Sweeneys life and his cooperage
(including the unusual disposition of the machinery and other equipment
after the company closed), see here.
September 24 The Gastown Steam Clock was dedicated.
It had started as a solution for the problem of steam venting into
the Gastown air from the Central Heat Distribution Plant, which
supplies steam to hundreds of downtown buildings . . . and which
vents excess steam through manholes here and there throughout the
downtown. Jon Ellis, the citys planner for the Gastown area,
had the notion to have clockmaker Ray Saunders devise a steam-powered
clock. Its easily the most-photographed object in Vancouver
even if (pssst!) it isnt really steam-powered and, we learned
within the last few years, never was.
September 25 The Italian Cultural Centre officially
September LEcole Bilingue Elementary
school was born, a renaming of Cecil Rhodes School. This was one
of the first French bilingual schools in the province, created because
many Vancouver parents wanted a French immersion school.
October 18 Willy de Roos arrived off Point
Grey in his 13-metre steel ketch Williwaw. He had come (east
to west) through the Northwest Passage, in the smallest boat to
make the journey. It was also the first time a sailing vessel had
made that voyage since Amundsen in 1906. From a review of his 1980
book North-West Passage comes this: Countless seamen
have riskedand many losttheir lives in the polar seas
in their search for the North-West Passage. In 1977, when Willy
de Roos set out from Falmouth in his 13-metre steel ketch Williwaw,
he had the advantage of all the accrued information gathered by
previous explorers, but the challenge of the North-West Passage
was scarcely less awesome: the compass useless in Arctic waters,
the charted depths not wholly reliable, the destructive cold and
sleeplessness (for most of the passage was conducted single-handed)
which sapped his strength, and above all, the unpredictable movement
of the pack-ice, which constantly risked trapping him without means
of escape before the brief arctic summer ended.
October The White Rock Hotel, a 50-room, four-storey
hotel which had opened July 1, 1912 with a luncheon for 300 guests,
was torn down for development.
Fall Harry Ornest wins a PCL franchise. He
will put the Triple-A Vancouver Canadians on the field in 1978.
See more when that year is up.
November 21 CKO-FM 96.1 signed on as part
of the CKO national news network. The network, which grew to eight
stations in major Canadian cities, including Vancouver, would last
until 1989. See the Wikipedia article here.
November 25 First Worlds Worst Art auction.
This became a strange and funny annual event. Its nicely described
by Elizabeth Macleod (in a funny article
about one of her own paintings) in the Winter 2001 edition of Life
Writing from Brock House. Dr. Norman Watt, a UBC professor
. . . while visiting an antique store in New York City in 1969 came
upon an oil painting which he immediately labelled The World's
Worst Oil Painting. The owner sold it to him for $5.00. When
Dr. Watt returned to Vancouver he showed it to his friend William
Goodacre. Together they decided to visit flea markets, garage sales
and second-hand stores and build up a collection, agreeing that
they would pay no more than $5.00 for any one purchase. In time
they persuaded Doug Mowat, then the Executive Director of the British
Columbia Paraplegic Foundation, to sponsor an exhibition. The 24th
Annual Exhibition and Auction of the World's Worst Oil Paintings
was held in November, 2000 at the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition
Centre. To date this project has raised $600,000 for the Paraplegic
December 6 Josephine A. Dauphinee, special
education pioneer and women's activist, died in Vancouver, aged
102. She was born, writes Constance Brissenden, November
15, 1875 in Liverpool, Nova Scotia. In 1908, when she arrived in
New Westminster to work for her uncle Dr. G.E. Drew, she was a trained
nurse and teacher. After training in Seattle, she taught at Central
High School and was soon supervisor of special classes for mentally
challenged children. She travelled across the US, observing teaching
methods. By her retirement in 1941, the number of special classes
had grown to 27. She was a founder of the Vancouver Business and
Professional Women's Club (1922) and its president (1928-29). She
helped establish the Canadian Federation of Business and Professional
Women's Clubs in 1930, and was its president from 1932 to 1935.
December In December, the Workers Compensation
Boards Rehabilitation Clinic moved to its new Richmond facilities
at the Centre which included the Rehabilitation Residence. (The
WCB name has changed to WorkSafeBC.)
Also in 1977
Jack Volrich became mayor, succeeding Art Phillips.
He was born in Anyox, B.C. Volrich, wrote Donna Jean
McKinnon in The Greater Vancouver Book, was a founding member
of TEAM, but his priorities and outlook seemed more in keeping with
the free-enterprise mayors of previous years. He considered running
as an independent in his second bid for office, and later still
was a member of both the Progressive Conservative and Social Credit
parties. Volrich was fiscally conservative and presented a stabilizing
force and return to the old values in the midst of social ferment.
He re-introduced much of the pomp and ceremony to the mayor's office,
yet could be wooden and humorless.
Memorial to Frank Rivers, a 20-foot totem
pole carved by Stan Joseph, was placed at the Mosquito Creek Marina.
Rivers, the marina's first manager, died in 1976.
Lynn Patrick, 65, retired as vice president of the
St. Louis Hockey Club. He joined the club in 1967 as its general
Under the leadership of Barbara Brink, the Junior
League of Greater Vancouver and the City of Vancouver, the dream
of establishing a science centre for Vancouver began. It would open
as the Arts, Sciences & Technology Centre in temporary quarters
at Granville and Dunsmuir Streets on January 15, 1982. Today, known
as TELUS World of Science, in an Expo 86 legacy building at the
eastern edge of False Creek (opened as Science World May 6, 1989),
it is a top local attraction.
The Civil-Mechanical Building opened at UBC.
Capilano College established a regional campus in
UBCs W.H. New succeeded George Woodcock as
editor of Canadian
Literature. He will serve as editor to 1995, and
be succeeded by Eva-Marie Kröller.
Shortly after he became editor, New edited the book
A Political Art: Essays and Images in Honour of George Woodcock.
site lists works by Woodcock, a jaw-dropping list of
writings covering many decades.
The book The Langley story illustrated: an early
history of the municipality of Langley by Donald E. Waite appeared.
The book The enterprising Mr. Moody, the bumptious
Captain Stamp: the lives and colourful times of Vancouver's lumber
pioneers by James Morton appeared.
The book Vancouvers First Century appeared.
It was prepared by Anne Kloppenborg, with assistance from her Urban
Reader colleagues, Alice Niwinski and Eve Johnson. More than
300 photos and advertisements from the citys past were complemented
with excerpts from newspapers and memoirs, with an introductory
essay by the late David Brock. It was a terrific book, still one
of the best in the field. Supplementary and updated versions would
appear in 1985 and 1991, retitled Vancouver: A City Album.
The book Kids! Kids! Kids! And Vancouver!
appeared. Authors of this very successful guide book featuring activities
and attractions for kids in Greater Vancouver were Daniel Wood and
Chuck Davis. Wood did virtually all of the writing, and authored
later editions and offshoots of the original title.
Books of North Vancouver was incorporated. They are
publishers of scenic and natural history books, regional guides,
gardening, history and children's non-fiction.
Cartoonist David Boswell, born in London, Ontario
in 1953, came to Vancouver to contribute cartoons to the Georgia
Straight. His most well-known work will become Reid Fleming,
World's Toughest Milkman. See this
A number of local publications debuted in 1977. They
British Columbia Curling News, a bi-monthly out of Langley.
Chamber Comment and the Chamber Newsbulletin, a free monthly
publication from the British Columbia Chamber of Commerce.
Good Friends, a monthly publication of the Vancouver Canada-China
Friendship Association, featuring suggestions for trips and features
about the People's Republic of China.
Outdoor Report, a quarterly from the Outdoor Recreation
Council of B.C. It contained informative accounts of developments
in outdoor recreation of interest to the Council's members as well
as elected officials, recreation managers, media and public libraries.
Seniors Choice, a monthly publication in Langley.
WCEL News, a biweekly newsletter from the West Coast Environmental
Law Research Foundation.
Working Teacher, a quarterly from the Working Teacher Educational
Michael Walsh describes three locally-made 1977 movies:
In the film GreenpeaceVoyages To Save The
Whales (directed by Michael Chechik, Fred Easton and Ron Precious)
Don Francks narrated the story of the good ship Phyllis Cormack
and its crew of Vancouver environmentalists as they faced down Soviet
whalers on the high seas, an encounter captured by Simon Fraser
Film Workshop alumni.
La Menace [aka Flashback]. (Directed
by Alain Corneau) A co-production with France, this mystery-thriller
ends with Vancouver truckers chasing a suspected killer (Yves Montand),
a man on the run from his violent past in Europe.
Skip Tracer (director: Zale Dalen). Death
threats prompt some serious lifestyle changes for a hard-driving
Vancouver repo man (David Petersen).
George Norris, sculptor, created the welded stainless
steel Swimmer at 1050 Beach (outside the Aquatic Centre).
Jack Harman created the bronze Bust of Charles
Bentall, at 595 Burrard (Bentall Building). Bentall founded
Dominion Construction Co.
Bridge Beardslee created Energy Alignment Sculpture:
Pyramid in the Golden Section, a tubular blue steel construction.
A sculpture titled Arrow in Tree, artist unknown,
was created for a 1977 outdoor sculpture symposium held at Deer
Lake Park. This piece, writes Elizabeth Godley, was a last-minute
entry, and was not included in the catalogue. Ironically, she writes,
it is the only work left in the park from the symposium.
West Vancouver and the Park Royal Shopping Centre
hosted Wood Sculpture of the Americas, a symposium that
included ten sculptors from Canada, the U.S. and South America.
The resulting works were placed in various locations:
Two Columns in Space No. 5, by Barry Cogswell (North Vancouver),
is at Klee Wyck House, 200 Keith Road.
Burrard Piece and Vancouver Piece by Joseph DeAngelis (Ontario),
together with Caracas 77 by Domenico Casasanta (Venezuela),
are in Park Royal's south mall.
An Enclosed Line Forming Three Planes Perpendicular to Each
Other in a Symmetrical Order by Alan Chung Hung (Vancouver),
and Standing Wave by Robert Behrens (Colorado) are in Ambleside
Raven and the Sun by Calvin Hunt (Victoria), and Symposium
Piece for Eva by Hayden Davies (Toronto), are at the West Vancouver
Municipal Hall, 750-17th Street.
Bicycles by Fumio Yoshimura (New York); Mr. and Mrs.
Carver Plumtree by Barbara Spring (California), and Tropical
Woman by Hernando Tejada (Colombia), are at the municipal library,
Wooden sculptures on Ambleside Beach (Cathy Matheson)
History of the Tsimshian Indian Nation pole, Horseshoe Bay,
Chief William Jeffrey, 46 feet tall, carved in 1975.
Kwakiutl Bear Pole, Horseshoe Bay, carved by Tony Hunt,
13 feet tall, carved in 1966.
A vice president of the Vancouver Stock Exchange
fled to Britain to evade an RCMP investigation. They had charged
him with 94 counts of conspiracy and taking bribes.
Dr. Masajiro Miyazaki was awarded the Order of Canada.
His citation reads: Retired osteopath who, over a period of
35 years, has given unselfish service to the residents of Lillooet,
British Columbia, particularly those of Japanese and Indian backgrounds
and who continues to serve his community in spite of ill health.
His connection to Vancouver goes back to his arrival from Japan
on June 29, 1913 at the age of 13. As a UBC student, he took part
in the Great Trek (Oct. 22, 1922). Miyazaki practised medicine in
Vancouver until 1942 internment in Bridge River-Lillooet area. He
served as doctor for 1,000 internees. In 1945, Lillooet petitioned
for his release to replace its deceased doctor. See his My Sixty
Years in Canada (1973).
Vancouver Citys Equal Employment Opportunity
Program (EEO) was established. Their web site explains: The
EEO office works to support departments in meeting the goal of the
Citys equal employment opportunity program: to have a workforce
that reflects the diversity of our community. While hiring is based
on merit, the City is committed to ensuring that the selection process
is fair and recognizes the value of including individuals from under-represented
groups. EEO works with departments, staff and community groups to
create a workplace which is inclusive, respectful and welcoming
of diversity. Since 1989 the program has been administered
by the city-owned Hastings Institute.
The Community Information Centre (which had started
as the Community Information Service) became an independent United
Way agency this year and acquired a new name, the Greater Vancouver
Information and Referral Service (GVIRS, pronounced Jeevers
by its friends). Because Vancouvers neighborhood centres had
shrunk from 35 to just seven municipal/regional centres, GVIRS went
back to providing direct service to the public. One of its services
was The Red Book. This directory to various social and other
services began to be published annually this year because of the
rapid change in information about services. (70 per cent of the
listings changed each year.) Today, GVIRS is Information Services
Vancouver. Theres a good chronology of the organization at
The British Columbia Psychological Association is
the oldest such group in Canada, having been established in 1938.
But it was not until 1977 that the Psychologists Act was promulgated
and for the first time in BC the practice of psychology was officially
defined, the title of psychologist protected by statute, and the
practice of psychology regulated by a board representing peers and
B.C.'s first Advisory Committee on Disability Issues
was established by the city. In addition to seeing that past access
problems are corrected, the Committee closely monitors new development
Burnaby Hospital opened a $29.4 million acute care
facility with 422 beds.
Health Minister Robert McClelland broke ground at
28th Avenue and Oak Street for the new Childrens Hospital.
The British Columbia Women's Hospital and Health
Centre, at 4490 Oak Street, celebrated its 100,000th birth.
Dr. David Boyes, a Vancouver obstetrician and gynecologist
turned cancer researcher, was appointed executive director of the
BC Cancer Agency. He will serve for 10 years. He became a widely-honored
world authority and advisor to nations on cytology screening programs
and chairman of advisory groups including the Medical Ethics Committee
to the B.C. government and the False Creek Toxic Waste Cleanup Committee.
Norm Jewison, who was born in England in 1943 and
grew up in Montreal, moved to Vancouver to become public relations
director for the Vancouver Canucks.
A mountain in the Rivers Inlet area was named for
Jack Manzo Nagano, a pioneer Japanese immigrant, in honor of the
Japanese Canadian centennial. Nagano worked as a cabin boy from
Nagasaki to New Westminster on a British ship, arriving in 1877
as the first Japanese immigrant in B.C. and possibly in Canada.
See our May 21, 1924 entry for more on his interesting life.
The Norsal, built by Menchions' Coal Harbour
shipyard in 1922 for use by Powell River Company executives, and
which was sold in 1946 to the J. Gordon Gibson lumbering family,
was sold yet again for operation as a coastal charter vessel. (Sadly,
the Norsal would sink in Hecate Strait in 1990.)
North Vancouvers historic Church of St. John
the Evangelist was converted to a recital hall named for arts advocate
White Rock bought its famous pier from the federal
government for $1. They put in new pilings to strengthen the pier.
The feds still own the end of the wharf, and are responsible for
maintenance of the breakwater installed in 1953.
The Royal Vancouver Yacht Club created a marina at
Scott Point on Salt Spring Island.
A Vancouver-based CBC-TV series called Leo and
Me premieres. The young star of the show is Edmonton-born (June
9, 1961) Michael J. Fox, a student at Burnaby Central Senior High
School, whos 15 and looks 12. Another star of the series:
Brent Carver, 25, who was Leo. It must be said there is real confusion
about peoples ages and airing dates of this series. Apparently
it wasnt aired until 1981, but the date of its production
A site that had been called All Seasons Park,
on the Four Seasons development site at the entrance to Stanley
Park, home to a number of squatters in 1972, became a park.
The Vancouver Pound sold and recorded a record number
of dog-licence tags: almost 25,000.
The main building at Rainbow Lodge at Whistler burned
down after 63 years of operation.
Burnaby's Christmas hockey tournament for junior
teams featured 98 teams and 1,600 players. It had become the largest
event of its kind in the world and was listed in the Guinness Book
of World Records. Many talented players were produced by Burnaby's
Samuel McCleery's 1891 farmhouse at 2510 South West
Marine was demolished.
Lions Bay Elementary School (covering playschool,
kindergarten and Grades One to Three) was opened. The same year,
Lions Bay Cablevision brought full cable TV service to a community
that could previously pick up only two channels, and the provincial
government provided an ambulance on permanent service in the village.
The federal government, which had bought (through
Central Mortgage and Housing Corp.) all of Granville Island in 1973,
bought out all the islands leases and now owned the land and
everything on it. The redevelopment of Granville Island was launched.
Writes architectural historian Harold Kalman: Architects Norman
Hotson and Joost Bakker produced an inspired master plan that encouraged
the mix of uses and the retention of an industrial vocabulary in
building and landscape improvements. They also rehabilitated the
former BC Equipment and Wright's Ropes factories to become the Granville
Island Public Market (1979-80), retaining the travelling cranes
that hang from the rafters. Nearby Ocean Cement, built around 1920
for Diether's Coal and Building Supplies, and Micon Products Ltd.
(a forge that makes chains) are the last remaining heavy industries
. . . Food market, arts and crafts, restaurants, theatres, marine
industries, an art college, a breweryall thrive at Granville
Island, mostly in rehabilitated industrial buildings that have been
adapted well to their new uses.
East Cultural Centre opened in a building that had been
Grandview Methodist (subsequently United) Church. The church had
closed its doors in 1967. It was adapted, writes Harold
Kalman, to become a theatre, recital hall and community facility
for the neighborhood. Founding director Christopher Wootten co-ordinated
municipal, provincial, and federal support programs to make the
ambitious project happen. The intimate audience chamber, with its
good sight-lines and acoustics and a feeling of warmth, and seating
for up to 350, has made The Cultch a popular performing-arts
venue that attracts people from far beyond East Vancouver.
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