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January 22 The Granville Mall was closed to
all but transit, emergency and taxi traffic.
January 27 The last wall of the elegant old
Birks Building at Georgia and Granville Streets, which opened for
business November 8, 1913, came down to make way for the Vancouver
Centre development. The ten-storey (plus mezzanine) white terra
cotta-clad building was a local favorite, and its demolition infuriated
many. Not long after its demolition Pierre Berton gave a talk to
some heritage people in Winnipeg in which he said: When I
was a young reporter in Vancouver, I thought the Birks Building
there was a pretty bad building, but it's unique. A building covered
in white tile, unique for that city. It's gone! We cite Bertons
remark here because its part of a much longer and really interesting
talk on the subject of heritage conservation. See it at this
February 13 Arthur Laing died. See the August
27 item below.
April 8 Pink Floyd appeared at the PNE in
April 14 At 3 p.m. Vancouver Co-operative
Radio CFRO-FM 102.7 signed on with community-based programming.
The station was and is non-profit, community-based, and run by its
members. (We also have an April 15 start.) There is an excellent
article by Sabrina Abdul here
that describes the atmosphere at the station and gives a good brief
May 21 The Australian cricket team, at the
time probably the best in the world, stopped on their way to England
to play in the World Cup, and played British Columbia at Brockton
June 9 Three prisoners at the BC Penitentiary
who were about to be returned to solitary confinement took 15 hostages.
The standoff with prison officials would last 41 hours and end June
11 with an emergency response team storming the hostage takers.
During the raid one of the guards accidentally shot and killed one
of the hostages, classification officer Mary Steinhauser, 32. Ironically
she had been working at implementing courses for prisoners in solitary.
Christian Bruyére wrote a 1978 play, Walls, based on the
incident. It was made into a movie in 1984.
June 21 BC Rails Royal Hudson
train began its hugely popular run to Squamish.
August 27 The Arthur Laing Bridge, (originally
called Hudson Street Bridge), designed to improve traffic flow to
and from the airport, opened. Prime Minister Trudeau had announced
in September 1974 that the bridge would be named for him, but Laing
was, sadly, unable to attend the event. He died February 13, just
seven months earlier, aged 70. The south end of the bridge is near
Eburne, in Richmond, where Laing was born September 9, 1904. There
is a good brief bio of him here.
August 30 VanDusen Botanical Garden opened.
The Gardens attractive website
has a page on its history that says: In 1910, this site was
an isolated acreage of stumps and bush. It was owned by the Canadian
Pacific Railway and was leased by the Shaughnessy Golf Club from
1911 until 1960 when the golf club moved to a new location. The
railway proposed a subdivision, but was opposed by many citizens.
In 1966, the VanDusen Botanical Garden Association was formed to
assist the Vancouver Park Board with saving the site. This effort
was successful and the land was purchased with shared funding from
the City of Vancouver, the Government of British Columbia and the
Vancouver Foundation with a donation by W. J. VanDusen, after whom
the Garden was named. Development started in 1971 and VanDusen Botanical
Garden officially opened to the public on August 30, 1975.
Eleven pieces of stone sculpture were created over
the summer during the International Stone Sculpture Symposium at
the garden. You can see them here.
The main page of the Garden is here.
September 6 The Resort Municipality of Whistler
was established by the provincial legislature. The unique designation
(resort municipality) took account of the special problems
faced by the developing resort.
September 13 Architect C.B.K. Van Norman died
in Vancouver, aged 68. Charles Burwell Kerrins Van Norman,
writes Constance Brissenden, was born March 20, 1907 in Meaford,
Ont. He graduated in architecture at the University of Manitoba
in 1927, came to Vancouver in 1928. From 1930, his work included
mansions for General A.D. McRae, H.R. MacMillan and F. Ronald Graham.
He designed Customs House, the Burrard Building, the Vancouver Maritime
Museum and Eagle Crest Lodge at Qualicum Beach. Van Norman specialized
in post-WWII schools and pre-fab homes. He was a design consultant
for Royal Centre (Burrard and Georgia), and designed many of Park
Royal's stores. After convincing the city to allow wider balconies
than had been previously permitted, he won the Canadian Housing
Design Council's Centennial Award for Beach Towers (1600 Beach).
September 24 Poet Pat Lowther, born Patricia
Louise Tinmuth in Vancouver July 29, 1935, was murdered by her husband.
Her body was discovered in Furry Creek, near Squamish. Roy Lowther
would be convicted of her murder in June 1977. He died in prison
in 1985. A web
page devoted to her reads: The loss to her family
and friends is immeasurable, and the loss to Canadian literature
was widely acknowledged. In The Dictionary of Canadian Biographies
Hilda Thomas suggests that Pat Lowther's death robbed Canadian
poetry of one of its most vital and visionary poets. In 1980,
the League of Canadian Poets established the Pat Lowther Award ,
an annual prize to honor a new book by a Canadian woman poet.
Her most well-known work, A Stone Diary, would
be published posthumously in 1977 by Oxford University Press.
September 25 The Ubyssey, the three-times-a-week
paper for students at UBC, published a sort of interview with Ace
Aasen, well-known locally as the Mayor of Gastown. Ace,
who was quite pleased to accept a drink from you at any time, strolled
around the Gastown streets in a somewhat tattered top hat, sporting
a cane and passing along his thoughts on life. In this Ubyssey interview,
which at times approached coherence, he gave us his thoughts on
pollution: IT WILL DISAPPEAR.
October 7 Moshe Dayan, Israels former
defence minister, was speaking to an audience at the University
of British Columbia. The Middle East is still the powder-keg
of the world, he said. A chair-throwing battle broke out between
political factions in the audience, while anti-Zionist demonstrators
stamped and chanted outside. Dayan, whose dramatic black eye-patch
and gleaming baldness made him one of the most familiar faces of
the tension-filled 70s, dealt with the disruption in
the manner, one reporter wrote, "that helped make him
a general.SIT DOWN AND BE QUIET, he roared. And
November 3 The Greater Vancouver Library Federation
was formed. In 1994 it will become InterLINK which, among other
things: facilitates open access to 17 member libraries for all residents
and provides delivery service; coordinates Audiobook services; supports
Interlibrary Loan and acts as an advocate for libraries.
November 23 The last movie was shown at the
Orpheum Theatre. Ivan Ackery, longtime manager of the theatre, tells
the story in his autobiography Fifty Years on Theatre Row:
On Sunday, November 23, 1975 projectionist Bill Field pressed
the button that drew the final curtain on the Orpheum Theatres
last picture show. Orpheum manager Ted Bielby wanted to show the
Oscar-winning nostalgia film The Last Picture Show, but he
had to run Return to Macon County instead. Impresario Hugh
Pickett attended that last movie and held a closing party for Ted
and his staff. What makes that item doubly interesting is
that Hugh Pickett had been in the audience for the first movie at
the Orpheum November 7, 1927. He was 14.
December 23 Bill Bennett, who had defeated
Dave Barrett, took office as BCs 27th premier. He was the
son of the 25th premier, W.A.C. Bennett. Bill Bennett was born in
Kelowna, April 14, 1932. He would serve to August 6, 1986.
December 26 A runaway logging barge, driven
by a westerly gale, carried away a 116- metre span of the Fraser
River Swing Bridge at New Westminster. Fortunately, Burlington Northern
had drawings for a modern 114-metre span recently built at Spokane.
This speeded the repair and reopening of this busy but obscure railway
December 30 Sue Baptie became Vancouvers
City Archivist at the City of Vancouver Archives. She would hold
that post with distinction until 1993, a total of 18 years.
December 31 BC Hydro began an inaugural run
of two Flyer E800 trolleys, with company officials as passengers.
By the spring of 1976, the rest of the Flyer E800s would arrive.
Also December 31 The Vancouver nightclub The
Penthouse was closed by the vice squad.
Also in 1975
Construction began at Kingsway and Boundary on B.C.
Tel headquarters, 3777 Kingsway, a building nicknamed The Boot because
of its tapering design. Architects were Musson Cattell.
Mrs. Otto Koerner turned the sod near Building 14
at Vanier Park to mark the start of construction of the new Community
Music School home. It will open in May 1976.
In 1969 Maria Lewis formed the Maria Lewis Ballet
Ensemble in Vancouver. This year the former board of directors of
the defunct Ballet Horizons approached her and asked her to form
a new company to be called the Pacific Ballet Theatre. She would
direct it until 1980 when she was succeeded by Renald Rabu. Today,
the company is called Ballet British Columbia.
B.C. Heritage Day celebrations included the 3rd annual
grand prix bike races in Gastown and the 1875 Burrard Inlet Dominion
Day Festival at the Centennial Museum.
Cypress Provincial Park was created in West Vancouver.
At its creation, the park covered just over 2,100 hectares. Today,
its 3,012 hectares. Bounded on the west by Howe Sound,
says its website,
on the north and east by the ridgetops of Mount Strachan and
Hollyburn Mountain and to the south by West Vancouver, Cypress sits
like a ship's crowsnest high above Vancouver.
Dr. Louis Miranda, born in 1892, was one of the foremost
experts on Squamish culture and language. Miranda, a former Squamish
chief, began his work with the Dutch ethnographer Aert Kuipers in
creating a written language for the Squamish Nation. Miranda would
receive the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws from SFU in 1981 for
A major sewage plant was built on Annacis Island,
handling waste from Burnaby, Surrey, Coquitlam, Port Moody, Delta
and parts of Richmond. At first it offered only primary treatment.
It would be upgraded in 1999 to provide secondary treatment. The
treated effluent is discharged into the Fraser River.
The Great Northern Railwaynow the Burlington
Northern (BNR)withdrew passenger service from White Rock.
The IBM Tower was erected at 701 W. Georgia.
The Strand Theatre on the south side of Georgia Street
just east of Granville came down to make way for Vancouver Centre.
Lutz Haufschild installed his fibreglass Wind-Blown
Mounds at West 13th Avenue at Fir Street. Says arts writer Elizabeth
Godley, These yellow mounds are all but obscured by greenery.
Elizabeth Godley also wrote on these items:
Integrated Plane, a corten steel sculpture
by Barry Cogswell, was installed at North Vancouver City Hall (upper
plaza), 141 West 14th Street. Purchased for $4,800 by the Community
Arts Council and the City of North Vancouver, this piece makes reference
to the mountains, sea and forest.
Tapestry, by Setsuko Piroche, was installed
in the North Vancouver library at 121 West 14th Street.
A sculpture titled Swedish Fountain was installed
at VanDusen Botanical Gardens. The $50,000 cast bronze piece, by
Per Nilsson-Ost, was donated by the Swedish community, led by Vancouver
real-estate magnate Edwin Albert Alm. Eight bronze panels depict
Swedish involvement in B.C. industry.
Waterfall, designed by architect Peter Cardew,
then working for Rhone & Iredale, was installed at 1500 West
The Greater Vancouver Regional Districts Livable
Region Plan was introduced.
With the U.S. pulling out of Vietnam, the first Vietnamese
refugees began arriving in Vancouver.
Douglas T. Kenny became the seventh president of
UBC, succeeding Walter Gage.
St. Pauls Hospital opened the first Drug and
Poison Information Centre (DPIC) in Canada.
Gil Evans was hired as coordinator at the Community
A steel-and-plastic shield, strong enough to stop
a bullet from a .38-calibre revolver, was imported from New York
by businessman Winston Malt and used in a Yellow cab driven by John
Fred Kaiser founded Alpha Technologies. Today, Alpha
employs more than 2,000 people around the world. To quote their
Alpha Technologies is a world leading developer of broadband,
data communication, AC UPS, commercial, and industrial powering
systems. Together with a broad range of products, Alpha Technologies
supports a global customer base with comprehensive installation
and maintenance services. In 2005 Fred Kaiser will buy Boundary
Dr. James McFarlane founded International Submarine
Engineering Ltd. ISE, in Port Coquitlam, is, to quite its website,
a world leader in the design and development of Remotely Operated
Vehicles (ROVs), Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs), and robotic
manipulator systems for land, subsea and space training applications.
The movie Russian Roulette was released. It
was based on a 1974 novel, Kosygin is Coming, by Vancouver Sun
journalist Tom Ardies, who also wrote the screenplay. Says the movie
An RCMP officer is ordered to discreetly take a Russian immigrant
into custody in advance of a state visit by the Soviet premier.
When his prisoner is kidnapped, the officer is drawn into a complicated
The movies climax takes place atop the Hotel
Vancouvers steep green copper roof. One imdb site visitor
commented: George Segal is well-cast and looks genuinely scared
in the vertiginous rooftop shootout. He was genuinely scared,
as anyone would be clambering around the roof of the Hotel Vancouver!
No special effects.
See more on Tom Ardies at this
Other locally-made movies (annotations here by Michael
Journey Into Fear (directed by Daniel Mann)
Sam Waterston, Yvette Mimieux, Vincent Price, Shelley Winters, Zero
Mostel and Donald Pleasence were among the stars assembled for a
remake of the 1942 suspense thriller, with Vancouver playing various
Mediterranean ports of call.
Dogpound Shuffle (aka Spot, directed
by Jeffrey Bloom) A pair of bickering buskers (Ron Moody and David
Soul) work Davie Street for enough change to free their beloved
dancing dog (Scruffy) from the pound.
The Supreme Kid (directed by Peter Bryant)
Anticipating Generation X, SFU Film Workshop graduate Bryant sent
three young drifters (Frank Moore, Jim Henshaw and Don Granberry)
on an ill-fated search for adventure in and out of town.
The Vancouver Canucks win their first division title.
Much credit goes to goalie Gary Suitcase Smith, winning
32 games with six shutouts.
James Keeling Sr., the proprietor of Orangeville
Raceway and other businesses in Ontario, struck a deal with the
Surrey Fair Board and Cloverdale Raceway went into business.
The Gordon and Mary Russell Seal Pool opened in the
Vancouver Public Aquarium
A woman named Charlie Galbraith had an idea that
turned into the non-profit British Columbia Country Music Association.
The BCCMA was conceived as an awards vehicle for local country music
and today holds an annual conference and awards show every June.
Vancouvers second firehall (at 280 East Cordova)
began answering alarms in 1906. This year the hall closed, the last
fire truck drove away, and a group called Actor's Workshop attempted
to turn it into a theatre before folding. But in 1982 a second attempt
will be successful. More information on the Firehall Theatre will
be available when we get to that year!
Impresario David Y.H. Lui opened his own venue, the
David Y.H. Lui Theatre. Unfortunately, it would close in 1979.
Press Gang began publishing books. To quote the website
of Collections Canada, an initiative of Library and Archives Canada,
Press Gang began as a left-wing printing co-operative in Vancouver
in 1970. In 1974 it became an all-women collective, offering printing
services to local community and women's groups which had an anti-capitalist
perspective and promoted the liberation of women. In 1975, with
the publication of its first book Women look at psychology, Press
Gang expanded from printing into publishing. That web site
has much more on the companys later and current activities.
They have published more than 50 books, virtually all of which are
still in print.
Vancouvers Robert Bringhurst received the Macmillan
Prize for Poetry. See a lengthy and very interesting appreciation
of this prolific writer here.
Grand Prairie, Alberta-born (1940) Helen Potrebenko
fictionalized the struggle to earn a living of a female cabbie in
Vancouver with the novel Taxi. See this
Donald Gutsteins book Vancouver Ltd.
was published. It was an economic study of Vancouver, with special
reference to CPR influence. See this
The new Vanterm container terminal went into operation.
Today, the enlarged facility has a capacity of 600,000 TEUs. (A
"TEU" is a standard Twenty Foot Equivalent Unit
steel ocean-shipping container. Hence, containers are called TEUs.)
Musician Harry Adaskin and mountaineer Phyllis Munday
received the Order of Canada.
Baltimore-born (March 28, 1921) Alvin Balkind became
the chief curator at the Vancouver Art Gallery. He will hold the
post to 1978.
The Native Sons of B.C. named Ben Wosk Good Citizen
of the Year.
Doreen Braverman opened the first Flag Shop. They
believe they were the first specialty flag retailer in the world.
There are 13 Flag Shops today, all the way across to Dartmouth,
Nova Scotia. Their product-line has broadened over the years to
include custom banners, a full line of flag hardware, pins, crests,
decalsanything flag-related. See this
At the behest of Attorney General Alex Macdonald
Hugh Keenleyside undertook a study and published The Fire Fighting
Services in British Columbia. He came down hard on the provinces
record. We found a passage from Hansard for May 4, 1976 in
which NDP MLA Bob Skelly said: In the 10 years from 1963 to
1972, we lost 94.8 lives, on the average, to fire, which is 75 per
cent above the national rate. The per capita financial loss to fire
in B.C. was $12.33, some 751 per cent above the national rate for
Canada. Residential fires were 88 per cent above the average rate
for all the other provinces. Per capita losses through manufacturing
plants were 50 per cent above the rate for the rest of Canada. For
institutions and buildings of public assembly, again British Columbia's
loss was $1.03 per capita. The average for Canada was 55 cents.
So our record, as far as fire protection in this province, has been
the worst in Canada - worse than any other province, worse than
the United States which has the worst record in the industrialized
world, and it's been deteriorating, according to Mr. Keenleyside's
statistics, over the year since the fire marshal's office was established.
The Port Moody Curling Club was founded, with Norm
Sherling as its first president. Today there are more than 400 members.
Walter and Marianne Koerner made a gift of their
extensive Northwest Coast art collection to UBCs Museum of
Anthropology, which would move to its splendid present location
in 1976. This donation helped substantially in acquiring financial
commitments to the museum from the federal government and UBC itself.
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