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January 1 Czechoslovakia peacefully spilt
into two countries, the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic.
January 15 Woodward's, a retail institution
in Greater Vancouver for more than 90 years, closed its original
downtown store at Hastings and Abbott. The demise of the company
would follow in June when it declared bankruptcy. There is a short,
but detailed history of the company from its origins to its demise
An excerpt (picking up from 1957 when Charles Chunky
Woodward took over): For the first 25 years of Chunky's rule,
Woodward's blossomed into a major player on the retail scene of
Western Canada. No fewer than 18 stores opened in cities throughout
B.C. and Alberta, often as anchors in very important shopping centres
such as the Chinook Centre and Market Mall in Calgary, or the Southgate
Centre and the Edmonton Centre. Sales increased by a factor of more
than 10, from under $100 million to well over $1 billion, thanks
to unprecedented favourable economic conditions.
The arrival of the 1980s put a stop to all
that. The recession hit Woodward's harder, perhaps, than any other
retailer. The rapid expansion of the preceding years, including
the opening of 4 stores in 1981 alone, left the Company financially
fragile at a time when a combination of high inflation, high interest
rates and large debt exerted pressure on customers as well as retailers.
In a bid to improve its situation, Woodward's immediately began
disposing of assets to lower its liabilities and improve cash flow.
Some surplus land and buildings were sold, and various cost-saving
measures were implemented . . . And so on. See the cited web
site for more.
The famous big W sign atop the store
was a landmark which the people of Vancouver refused to lose. Woodward
put a lofty tower atop his store in 1923. It was 75 feet high, patterned
after the Eiffel Tower, and topped with a big revolving searchlight
that could be seen as far away as Vancouver Island. At the base
of the tower a huge letter W sat. When the Second World War started
the federal government ordered the light removed, so in 1944 Woodward
put the W16 feet high and weighing three tonson top
of the tower.
Its been up there ever since. After repairs
it will once again be aloft over the redevelopment of the building.
Rennie Marketing Systems has an elegant web site on the development
and the W gets star attention.
January 28 Mandrake the Magician (Leon Mandrake),
entertainer, died in Surrey, aged 81. He was born April 11, 1911
in New Westminster, and was raised there. At age eight he performed
at the Edison vaudeville theatre and New Westminster's Civic National
Exhibition. From 1927 he toured North America with his magic show.
By the 1940s he was a top box-office draw. He married his wife and
partner/assistant, Velvet, in Chicago in 1947. They toured worldwide,
setting the trend for large, elaborate illusion shows; he was the
first magician to play nightclubs. In the 1950s he had two TV series
and performed on the CBC. Mandrake lectured at Canadian universities
in the 1970s. Whether he inspired the popular comic strip, Mandrake
the Magician (which premiered in 1934) or it inspired him is
a subject of interest to entertainment buffs to this day. This
website says the strips creator, Lee Falk,
had the original idea in 1924 . . . meaning the comic strip was
first. But then, theres this
site which says Leon Mandrake had been performing for
well over ten years before Lee Falk introduced the comic strip character.
January The Spirit of British Columbia,
an S class "superferry," was launched this
year for the BC Ferry Corporation. It measured 167.5 metres (550
feet) long and could carry 2,052 passengers (and 48 crew) and 470
vehicles, representing a new generation of ferries on the
West Coast. Her service speed is 19.5 knots, and she travels
regularly on the Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay route. The European design
was built in five modules by three shipyardsAllied Shipbuilders
and Pacific Rim Shipyards of Vancouver and Integrated Module Fabricators/Yarrows
in Victoriathen joined together. The Spirit of Vancouver
Island would be launched in 1994.
January Designated a Schedule A heritage structure
was Taylor Manor at 951 Boundary Road, built in 1913. It was intended
as a residence for the then Mayor, Louis D. Taylor, but soon after
its completion became the Vancouver Old People's Home, and later
became known as Taylor Manor. It would remain a seniors residence
until the 1960s when it became a 58-bed licensed care facility for
seniors operated by the City. Designated a Schedule B heritage structure
was St. Georges School, at 3851 West 29th, built in 1911-12.
January The British Columbia Psychological
Association, a voluntary association of registered psychologists,
was reinstated "to give a separate voice to the concerns of
the profession without compromising the public purposes of the original
society after it was tasked by the Province (and name changed
to College) to register and regulate the activities of psychologists.
The association promotes psychology as a profession and a science,
provides a referral directory for the public, arranges continuing
education training for psychologists and other interested health
professionals, and has developed a network of registered psychologists
to respond to community needs in the event of natural or other disasters."
They quote Woody Allen on their website:
I never get angry. I just grow a tumor instead.
February 1 Harold Winch, politician, died
in Vancouver, aged 85. Harold Edward Winch was born June 18, 1907
in Loughton, Eng. His father was labor leader Ernest Winch. Harold
arrived, aged about 3, with his family in 1910. In 1933 he was elected
CCF MLA for the working class riding of Vancouver East, and represented
it for 20 years. He was leader of the provincial CCF party from
1938 to 1953, and Leader of the Opposition from 1941 to 53.
He came close to being elected premier in 1952. A bitter rival of
W.A.C. Bennett, it was Winch who coined the nickname Wacky.
Winch served as the CCF/NDP MP for Vancouver East from 1953 to 1972,
an astonishing record of 39 years as a political representative
for that neighborhood.
February 6 Barney Potts, entertainer, died
in Vancouver, aged 82. He was born April 25, 1910 in Harrogate, Eng.
He led bands in the 1930s in Vancouver nightspots like the Alma
Academy, Happyland, Cinderella Ballroom, the Quadra Club, Mandarin
Gardens, Odyssey Room and The Narrows. He performed in musicals
in the 1940s, and spent 12 years with Theatre Under the Stars. Accompanied
by his wife, singer Thora Anders (b. Sept. 12, 1913, Victoria),
he played radio and TV (such as a Juliette special with Robert Goulet),
nightclubs and concert halls. He was with us for a long time. From
Page One of the Ubyssey of November 22, 1932: Wednesday
afternoon the Pep Club under Gordie Hilker and Lyle Stewart will
ring the bell once again when they present for the entertainment
of the students Barney Potts and his orchestra, undoubtedly the
peppiest aggregation of rhythm-dispensers in British Columbia.
In 1980, at the age of 70, he released an album titled Barney
Potts, LiveJust Barely. Barney was inducted into the Orpheum
Theatre's Entertainment Hall of Fame in 1990.
February Vancouver City Council approved the
creation of a Task Force on Employment Equity for Persons with Disabilities.
Its mandate was to develop an action plan with well-defined goals,
a timeline and an evaluation process for achieving representative
hiring and promotion of persons with disabilities in the civic workforce.
It would report in 1995.
March 27 The beautifully reconditioned Parker
Carousel, built in 1912 in Kansas, was set in motion at Burnabys
Heritage Village. The carousel had given pleasure to PNE Playland
visitors for more than 50 years. That sunny photo to the right comes
from the Greater Vancouver Distance Education School.
March Former president of the Soviet Union
Mikhail Gorbachev participated in a student forum at Vancouvers
Expo Centre prior to speaking at a fund-raising dinner for Science
World. Dr. Stephen Hawking, the famous physicist, would visit in
June to talk with some 150 disabled students about how he manages
his disabilitythe life-threatening disease amyotrophic lateral
March B.C. Research, incorporated as a private
company in 1988, was declared insolvent. The provincial government
created a fund to keep it going, andwhile the employees stayed
on without paylooked for a buyer. They found one three months
later, a consortium of three companies (Terracy Inc., Noram Engineering
and Constructors Ltd., and Stothert Group Inc.) that paid $2 million
for the company's assets, including its 180,000-square-foot facility
(at 3650 Wesbrook Mall) and previously-signed contracts. The president
of the new company, christened BCRI, was Dr. Hugh Wynne-Edwards,
Terracy's president. Wynne-Edwards, the head of UBC's geology department
in the early 1970s, also had extensive experience in government
and private industry, including an Alcan vice-presidency and the
presidency of Moli Energy. Today, the company is known as Vizon
March One small group within the GVRD starts
being interested in you the moment you're born: in March 1993 the
Birthing Centre Working Group (BCWG) arranged for a telephone survey
of 900 women of childbearing age who lived within the GVRD. The
purpose was two-fold: to measure the level of interest in using
a birthing centre, and to determine the services preferred. Some
77 per cent of the women surveyed expressed interest in a more family-focused
centre, rather than the traditional institutional models. The idea,
to quote the BCWG, is to strengthen and empower families around
their own health, so that they become partners rather than passive
participants in the health care system. In 1993 there were
as yet no birthing centres in British Columbia, although there had
been recent developments toward the establishment of hospital-based
family-centred maternity care models such as labor, delivery, recovery
and postpartum rooms that incorporate a birth centre philosophy.
March Landscape architect Don Vaughan completed
the rehabilitation of UBCs beautiful Nitobe Gardens. It had
started in October 1992. Theres an interesting note on the
project on the Vaughan website,
including descriptions and photographs of other commissions, like
the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden and Park.
April 3 Vancouver hosted a two-day summit
meeting between U.S. President Bill Clinton and Russias President
Boris Yeltsin. This was the first of several summits attended by
both men. Most of their sessions here were held in UBCs Norman
MacKenzie House, named for a former president of the university.
The 630-square-metre house, built in 1951 and renovated in 1983
in the style of a Spanish villa, is the private residence of the
universitys president. (In 93 that was Dr. David Strangway).
You can read a detailed account of the Clinton/Yeltsin deliberations
and theres a good Washington Post article here.
In front of Seasons In The Park restaurant in Queen
Elizabeth Park is a marker noting that Yeltsin and Clinton dined
there April 3.
A funny note: Wreck Beach was briefly in the news
during the Summit. President Clinton's advance team discovered,
to its horror, that directly below a spot where the two presidents
would be strolling were signs showing the way to the nude beach.
The signs were immediately covered over.
April 7 A group called the Friends of the
City Archives was formed to lobby for support for Vancouvers
archives. They hold regular meetings, sponsor talks, etc.
April Designated a Schedule A heritage structure
was Evangelistic Tabernacle at 85 East 10th Avenue, built 1909-10.
Designated a Schedule B heritage structure was 5709 Wales, built
May 1 David Emerson, the president and chief
executive officer of the Vancouver Airport Authority, imposed an
airport improvement fee for departing passengers. ($5
for passengers travelling to a destination within British Columbia
or the Yukon; $10 for passengers travelling to other North American
destinations, including Mexico, plus Hawaii; or $15 for passengers
travelling to destinations outside North America. The fee was to
be paid by passengers departing from the airport. Children under
two and passengers connecting through Vancouver on the same daythe
latter about 30 per cent of all enplaning passengerswere not
required to pay.)
In a June 1996 Equity interview with writer Stuart
McNish, Emerson would explain the rationale for the imposition of
the unpopular fee. Someone, he said, has to pay the $500 million
for the airport's expansion, and it was decided to make the fee
visible so the public associates the money with the project. American
airports, said Emerson, have similar fees buried within ticket prices.
Under our system, he continued, it goes from your
hand to the person in the green vest and in 10 minutes it's been
deposited in the Royal Bank and applied to the debt on the new terminal
and runway. Once the additions are completed, he says, the
fee will disappear and further expansion will likely be funded by
20-year bonds. (By June 1, 1996, the date the new International
Terminal Building opened for business, the AIF program had raised
approximately $100 million towards the cost of the building.)
On its website
the airport says: As a not-for-profit organization, the Airport
Authority has no shareholders and receives no government guarantees.
The Airport Authority re-invests all earnings in airport development
and service improvements.
May 5 Erwin Swangard, sports reporter, newspaper
executive and PNE president, died in Vancouver, aged 84. Erwin Michael
Swangard was born May 11, 1908 in Munich, Germany. He emigrated
to Canada in 1930. As a freelance sports reporter he covered the
1936 Olympic Games for The Vancouver Sun. From 1944 to 1949 he was
foreign editor of The Province. Then he went to work for the Sun,
worked his way up, and was appointed managing editor in March, 1959.
Swangard founded the Tournament of Soccer Champions for juvenile
soccer. He promoted the British Empire and Commonwealth Games in
Vancouver (1954) and the first Grey Cup final outside Toronto (1955).
He was one of seven founders of the B.C. Lions. He raised almost
$1 million to build Swangard Stadium, opened in 1969. Mr.
PNE was appointed president in January 1977, a position he
held for 13 consecutive annual terms. In 1989 he was named a Member,
May 16 The Eileen Dailly Leisure Pool and
Fitness Centre opened at 240 Willingdon Avenue in Burnaby. Named
for the former MLA, cabinet minister and community activist, the
centre had a water slide, childrens water play area, weightroom,
child minding space, multipurpose room, whirlpool, sauna, steam
room, cafe, etc.
June 2 Larry Lillo, theatre director, died
in Vancouver, aged 46. He was born September 20, 1946 in Kinuso,
a tiny village in Alberta northwest of Edmonton. He attended Royal
Roads Military College, Nova Scotia, earned a BA at St. Francis
Xavier. He studied at U. of Washington, then in New York City, later
received an MA at UBC in directing. Lillo was the co-founder and
a director and actor with Tamahnous Theatre from 1971 to 1981, a
freelance theatre director, 1981-85, and artistic director of the
Grand Theatre in London, Ont. in 1986. In 1988 he became artistic
director of the Vancouver Playhouse (1988). Under his leadership,
Playhouse subscriptions rose from 5,800 (1988) to nearly 12,000
(1992/93). He won a Jessie (Vancouver) and a Dora (Toronto) for
his direction of Sam Shepards play A Lie of the Mind,
which was at the Playhouse from October 4 to November 5, 1988. Lillo
directed and developed many new Canadian plays. His partner, John
Moffat (d. May 16, 1995, Vancouver, at 39), was an award-winning
June 25 Robert H. Lee, a UBC graduate, developer
and philanthropist, was elected UBC chancellor.
July 1 The Westbrook Hotel, at 1200 Hornby
at Davie, was renamed The Landis Hotel & Suites.
July 10 Anne MacDonald, arts advocate, died
in North Vancouver, aged 63. Anne Elizabeth MacDonald was born March
18, 1930 in Vancouver. She established North Vancouver's Presentation
House Arts Centre, and saved the historic Church of St. John the
Evangelist as a recital hall (named Anne MacDonald Hall in 1977).
She founded the North Vancouver Community Arts Council and the B.C.
Arts and Crafts Fair. As the first executive director of the Vancouver
Community Arts Council, she set up the Assembly of B.C. Arts Councils.
Ms. MacDonald sat on many boards and commissions including the UBC
senate, North Vancouver School District and Canadian Conference
of the Arts. Member, Order of B.C. In 1990 she received the YWCA
Woman of Distinction Award for Community Service. A remarkable woman.
July 28 Ground was broken to begin construction
of the Renfrew Branch of the Vancouver Public Library.
July 29 Pacific Forest Products Limited was
incorporated under that name. The private timberlands of the company
would be acquired by TimberWest Forest Corp. on December 10, 1997.
July Designated Schedule A heritage structures
were 3358 Southeast Marine Drive, built in 1911; 3010 West 5th,
built in 1921; St. Mary's Church Kerrisdales church building,
built in 1913 and the churchs parish hall, built in 1923.
August 4 Woodward Place in New Westminster
was renamed Royal City Centre.
August 11 Woodwards at Guildford in
Surrey became The Bay.
August 27 The 200,000th baby was born at New
Grace Hospital (now the British Columbia Women's Hospital and Health
August A merger of Vancouver General Hospital
and University Hospital/UBC resulted in the creation of the Vancouver
Hospital and Health Sciences Centre. Wikipedia tells
us that today VHHSC is the second largest hospital in Canada, with
1,900 beds and nearly 116,000 patients each year. They employ 9,500
staff and utilize 1,000 volunteers. By 2005, the hospital's annual
budget would be $463 million.
September 11 The municipality of Surrey officially
became a city.
September 12 Raymond Burr, actor, died at
Dry Creek, California, aged 76. Raymond William Stacy Burr was born
May 21, 1917 in New Westminster. He was nicknamed Fatso
as a child. At age six he moved with his mother to Vallejo, Calif.
He began to grow orchids at age 12, eventually shipping 3,000 varieties
worldwide. As a young stage actor, he worked in Toronto, New York
and England. He served in the navy during the Second World War,
was shot in the stomach in Okinawa and sent home. Later, he began
to work in movies. The Internet
Movie Database lists his first as Earl of Puddlestone
(1940). He was the villain in Rear Window (1954.) Burr was
famous for his television roles, Perry Mason (September 1957
to May 22, 1966) and Ironside (September 14, 1967 to January
16, 1975). A philanthropist and art collector, especially in Fiji
where he owned a home and properties. He is interred in Fraser Cemetery
in New Westminster.
September Kwantlen Colleges $30.4 million
Langley campus opened. Located on a 18.2-hectare site at the Langley
Bypass and Glover Road, the facility featured the Provincial Horticulture
Training Centre, including a greenhouse and nursery. Other facilities
included a 250-seat music performance auditorium, a library and
a day care centre. Located on the southwest corner of the campus
site and now owned and maintained by Kwantlen University College
(the name would change to this in 1995) is the turn-of-the-century
Wark/Dumais House, designated a heritage building by the B.C. Heritage
September Designated a Schedule A heritage
landscape was the Central Median of Cambie Street Boulevard. Designated
a Schedule B heritage structure was the Jones Tent and Awning building
at 2034 West 11th Avenue, built in 1919.
From King Edward Boulevard to Marine Drive the central
median of the Cambie Boulevard is an important piece of urban planning,
envisioned by planner Harland Bartholomew in 1946. Much credit for
its preservation was given to Ethel Karmel and Citizens to Save
the Cambie Boulevard. A plaque at 33rd Avenue tells the story, and
an August 2006 article
by Sandra Thomas in The Courier gives more recent information.
October 6 Peter Toigo, entrepreneur, died
in Los Angeles, aged 61. Peter Claude Toigo was born September 9,
1932 in Powell River, BC. His parents came from N. Italy. At age
seven he sold eggs door-to-door in Powell River. In 1949, at age
17, he bought the Wildwood Grocery and worked there as a butcher.
He married his childhood sweetheart, Elizabeth Rowher, in 1950 and
completed his first major land transaction. In 1960 he bought downtown
Powell River from MacMillan Bloedel and built its first shopping
centre. In the mid-1970s his company, Shato Holdings, almost went
bankrupt but survived and expanded, buying the White Spot restaurant
chain in December 1982. An intensely private man, he was dogged
by controversy on labor issues and Social Credit party connections.
See the book Triple O, The White Spot Story (1993) by Constance
October 13 UBC professor Michael Smith (born
in Blackpool, England in 1932) won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
There is a fine autobiographical sketch here.
Heres an excerpt: The last year of our
graduate studies saw me and my classmates writing to various American
professors seeking post-doctoral fellowships. I had no luck in obtaining
my desire of a fellowship on the west coast of the United States,
but I heard, in the summer of 1956, that a young scientist in Vancouver,
Canada, Gobind Khorana, might have a fellowship to work on the synthesis
of biologically important organo-phosphates. While I knew this kind
of chemistry was much more difficult than the cyclohexane stereochemistry
in which I was trained, I wrote to him and was awarded a fellowship
after an interview in London with the Director of the British Columbia
Research Council, Dr. G.M. Shrum. I arrived in Vancouver in September
1956 . . .
A description of the discoveries for which Dr. Smith
won the Nobel Prize is on the Nobel website here.
Dr. Smiths laboratory was in UBCs Networks
of Centres of Excellence, atop the university bookstore, and it
was here he shared a champagne toast with colleagues the day it
was announced he had won the Nobel.
The prize was $500,000, but Smith didnt keep
it. He gave away half to the Schizophrenia Society of Canada and
the Canadian Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia, then gave away
the other half to establish an endowment fund whose income, among
other things, helps to support the Society for Canadian Women in
Science. Dr. Smith died of leukemia at 68 on October 4, 2000. A
warm and humble man known for his humanity and generosity.
October 22 Surrey Metro president Lloyd Craig
took flak in the fall of 1993 when his credit union proposed a merger
with Chilliwack-based First Heritage Savings Credit Union. At
the time, business reporter Bruce Constantineau wrote, Surrey
Metro had $1.2 billion in assets while First Heritage had $600 million
and Craig felt a merger made sense since a combined operation could
achieve more economies of scale and be in a better position to compete
against larger banks and trust companies. But First Heritage officials
viewed the proposal as a hostile takeover and credit union members
overwhelmingly rejected the dealby a vote of 15,930 to 650following
a stormy meeting attended by an overflow crowd of 2,500 people at
the Ag-Rec Centre in Chilliwack October 22, 1993.
October Designated a Schedule A heritage structure
was the Toronto Dominion Bank at 560-580 West Hastings Street, built
Fall The Royal Vancouver Yacht Club purchased
18 acres in Cortes Bay, on Cortes Island, with approximately 1,300
feet of waterfront. This made seven properties the Club had acquired
as Offshore Stations since 1960.
November 12 Gerald Rushton, author and historian,
died in Tsawwassen, aged 95. Gerald Arnold Rushton was born July
20, 1898 in Liverpool, Eng. His interest in marine history,
Constance Brissenden writes, began in 1913 after winning a
scholarship to Liverpool Collegiate School. He took officer training
(1915-19), learning world trade shipping. Of the 12,000 students
who trained with him, 9,000 died in the First World War. After working
with his father, a senior manager in Liverpool's J.H. Welsford Co.,
Gerald emigrated to B.C. in 1920 and joined a subsidiary, Union
Steamship. His 38 years with the company (as office manager) and
knack for research made him a sought after expert on the coast's
maritime heritage. He married Margaret Rushton in 1930, the year
she arrived in Vancouver from Wigan, Eng. He wrote Whistle up
the Inlet (1974), a history of the Union Steamship Company,
and Echoes of the Whistle (1980), an illustrated history
of the company.
November Philip Owenborn in Vancouver
March 12, 1933became Vancouvers 42nd mayor. He got into
politics in 1978 as a park board commissioner, was on council by
1986. Wrote Donna Jean McKinnon in The Greater Vancouver Book
(in an article that was published while he was mayor): He
loves surveys that show Vancouver as the best city in the world
in which to live. It will, therefore, be particularly galling to
him to have to call for police protection at council meetings. A
recent achievement is his enlightened Four Pillars Approach to Drug
Problems. It integrates prevention, treatment, enforcement
and harm reduction, focuses on treating addiction as a health
problem. Four Pillars brought Owen the BC Provincial Health Officers
Award, first ever awarded to someone outside the field of medicine.
He was the first mayor of Vancouver elected to a three-year term
of office, a cost-saving measure approved at the last election.
He would be elected twice more, serve nine years, the longest uninterrupted
mayoral term in office since the city began.
November Designated a Schedule A heritage
structure was the BC Hydro Building at 970 Burrard Street, built
1955-57. Today, its a residential complex called The Electra.
Also in 1993
The recipients of the 1993 Order of British Columbia
who live in the metropolitan Vancouver area include these people
(with annotations from the Orders website):
Unity Langford Bainbridge The face of
British Columbia has gone through many changes during the last 60
years. Unity Bainbridge has captured those changes in her art. During
the 1930s, Unity Bainbridge travelled alone through the interior
of British Columbia, up and down the coast and across to Vancouver
Island for the sole purpose of painting the native peoples in their
own environment. Carrying all her painting supplies herself she
hiked many miles in the wilderness and paddled rivers and lakes
to get to the locations where she worked. Unity Bainbridge was fiercely
determined to make a record of what she was seeing . . . More
on the website cited.
May Brown May Brown has been and continues
to be the role model for community involvement. Her contributions
over the years in teaching, physical education, sports and public
service are a matter of record to British Columbia. Starting in
the field of parks and recreation, while raising her family, she
worked with young people in training and coaching athletic teams.
In 1972, she won election to the Vancouver Parks
and Recreation Board and in 1976 to Vancouver City Council. On that
Council, May Brown took the initiative and provided leadership on
many, many boards and committees . . . More on the website
Marilyn O. Dahl Hard of hearing persons
are the most invisible of disabled groups, and Marilyn Dahl has
probably done more than any individual to contribute to a national
identity for these people. She herself has had a progressive hearing
loss for most of her life. The skills she used as a registered nurse
working in psychiatry have been used to motivate others to work
on the issues and problems faced by hard of hearing persons . .
. More on the website.
Barbara Pentland Composer Barbara Pentland
has given Canadian culture a musical legacy of extraordinary depth
and artistic wisdom. Born in Winnipeg in 1912, she began to write
music at the age of nine, in spite of opposition from her parents.
She studied music in Paris, and at the Julliard Graduate School
in New York. Barbara Pentland moved to Toronto in 1942 and in the
following year became an instructor at the Royal Conservatory of
Music. Moving to British Columbia in 1949, she joined the music
department at U.B.C., where she taught theory and composition until
1963, thus helping and encouraging many young musicians . . .
Read more on the website. Ms. Pentland died, aged 87, on February
Dr. Sidney Segal Sydney Segal is a Canadian
clinician, medical researcher, teacher and humanist whose interests
have extended beyond medicine into ethics, social welfare and the
administration of justice for children. His pioneering work in the
then-emerging field of neonatology is impressive. Among his contributions:
he invented the first effective apparatus to substitute mechanical
for natural breathing in infants with respiratory failure; he established
the first intensive care nursery in Canada; and he was instrumental
in the establishment of British Columbia's infant transport system
which has been copied world-wide . . . More on the website.
Jim Spilsbury When we talk about British
Columbia's pioneers we usually refer to people who lived many years
ago. People involved in opening lines of transportation and communication,
where none existed before. This is a young province, and we are
fortunate to have with us here today a modern-day pioneer, Jim Spilsbury.
The radios he built opened communication lifelines all along the
B.C. coast. The airline he founded, Queen Charlotte Airlines, became
Canada's third largest in 1949. Jim Spilsbury is also a writer whose
best-selling tales of life on the coast have delighted his readers,
whose photographs have documented our way of life, and whose paintings
have captured the beauty of the B.C. coast . . . More on the
Takao Tanabe Tanabe lives in Parksville, but
had a studio in Vancouver. He is a landscape artist of international
reputation and an influential teacher of younger generations of
Canadian artists. The son of a commercial fisherman, Tak Tanabe
was born in Prince Rupert in 1926. During the second World War,
he was interned with other Japanese-Canadians in British Columbia's
Interior. He has painted and studied in Winnipeg, New York, England,
Italy, Denmark and Japan. He has served as head of the art department
at the Banff School of Fine Arts and has also served on juries and
committees at the National Capital Commission and Canada Council.
Tak Tanabe's landscapes are evocative of British Columbia at its
finestthe rolling hills and grassy meadows of the Cariboo,
the lonely seascapes, intriguing cloud formations and breathtaking
dawns and sunsets of the coast, and the winter beauty of snow and
ice . . . More on the website.
Lorna B. Williams Lorna Williams is
a First Nations woman whose goal has been to help people from all
heritages understand each other. Born in Mount Currie, in the St'at'yemc
Nation, Lorna Williams first trained at BCIT to become a nurse,
following in the tradition of her mother, who was a health care
giver in the community. Lorna Williams subsequently moved to education,
where she has been involved in improving the lot of First Nations
children in the public school system. In 1973, after taking local
control of the administration of the Mount Currie Community School,
she worked to develop a teacher training program to provide First
Nations teachers for the school, who could teach in their own language.
Her work as a First Nations specialist with the Vancouver School
Board has allowed he to influence educational opportunities for
urban native youths in the Vancouver area . . . More on the
Dr. Hedy Fry, born August 6, 1941 in San Fernando,
Trinidad, was first elected this year as MP for Vancouver Centre,
defeating Prime Minister Kim Campbell. I ran against a white,
blonde, blue-eyed fifth generation Canadian prime minister and I
beat her. I beat her because whites, Chinese, Asians, everybody
voted for me. Dr. Fry was a past president (1988-89) of the
Vancouver Medical Association, and president (1990-91) of the B.C.
Medical Association. She got her medical degree from the Royal College
of Surgeons in Dublin in 1968 before coming to Canada to establish
a family medical practice in Vancouver. Theres a lot of biographical
information on her blog.
Carol Montgomeryhospitalized in 1988 after
being hit by a truck while cyclingwas named world womens
duathlon champion, and Canada's triathlete and duathlete of the
year. (The 1993 ITU duathlon, held in Arlington, Texas, consisted
of a 5k run, followed by a 30k cycle, followed by another 5k run.)
Chuck Strahl, a logging contractor born February
25, 1957 in New Westminster, was first elected this year as a Reform
MP for the Fraser Valley. He would prove very popular in that role,
would win re-election in 1997 with the biggest margin of any B.C.
MP (63 per cent of the popular vote). Today hes the federal
minister of agriculture.
The largest Fraser River sockeye salmon return since
1913 happened this year: 24,195,000 fish counted (compared to 6,493,000
the year before and 17,241,000 the year after.) Were still
looking for 1913's figures.
Whistler North began construction, a
second village adjacent to the original. It was announced
it would take 10 years to complete expansion of the 60-acre site
with condominiums, shops, grocery, liquor store, medical clinic,
library, chapel, two hotels, three lodges, offices and a recreation/cultural
centre. Whistler Resort would attract more than 1.3 million visitors
in the 1993/94 year590,000 visitors in summer 1993 and 715,000
visitors in winter 1993-94. It generated $440 million in tourist
expenditures, making it third only to Vancouver and Victoria in
terms of expenditures generated by a provincial tourism destination.
See Whistler and the Sea to Sky Country (1995), by Constance
The last remnanta big, aging barnof the
Frasea Dairy Farm on Sea Island, once Richmond's largest dairy farm,
was torn down when Vancouver International Airport began building
its third runway. The farm had been established in 1922 by Jake
Grauer, and at one time was home to 500 cows.
The completion of the No. 2 Road Bridgea low-level
four-lane spanadded another link to Lulu Island. It connected
Sea Island to Lulu, and provided a better route to downtown Vancouver
for people who lived in Richmonds western reaches. It was
built by the Municipality of Richmond for $39 million, including
approaches. After it crosses the bridge, No. 2 Road turns into Russ
Baker Way on Sea Island.
In 1993, according to the GVRD, the metropolitan
area generated more than two million tonnes of solid wasteenough
to fill B.C. Place Stadium twice over. Planners figured if this
trend wasn't changed, by the year 2000 we'd be generating more than
three million tonnes of garbage a year. Landfill sites, where solid
waste has traditionally been dumped, couldn't cope (we were already
sending much of our garbage to the Cache Creek Landfill site, 300
kilometres away). Both cost and environmental impact would be enormous.
Alarmed at this trend, the B.C. provincial government set a goal
requiring a 50 per cent per capita reduction in waste requiring
disposal by the end of the century. By 2005 the total would be down
to 1.2 million tonnes.
Construction began on Library Square at 350 West
Georgia. The main architect was Moshe Safdie, allied with Vancouvers
Downs/Archambault and Partners. See the 1992 chronology for a more
detailed description of the project. The library would open in 1995.
The clubhouse of the Furry Creek Golf and Country
Club was built, architects Hemingway Nelson. Architectural historian
Harold Kalman calls it magnificent . . . a stunning reinterpretation
of the half-century-old `modern' West Coast post-and-beam style.
A forest of stained Douglas fir columns and beams greet the visitor
at the entrance, and the theme reaches its climax in the long, high
gallerythe central 'street' off which are organized the public
restaurant, meeting rooms, and club facilities. The room at one
end is dramatically cantilevered over the creek, with a superb view
of a waterfall.
Construction started on the building at 715 McBride
Boulevard in New Westminster housing the Justice Institute of British
Columbia. The handsome structure was designed by architects Henriquez
& Partners and The IBI Group. More details when 1995 goes up.
Renovation by Downs-Archambault Architects began
on Shaughnessys 1911 Glen Brae mansion to turn it into Canuck
Place, a hospice for children. The work will be finished by 1995.
The City of Vancouver began installing distinctive
plaques on its heritage buildings. The bronze markers incorporated
the city crest with text briefly outlining the building's history
and architecture. Today, there are more than 100 plaques (with more
being added), and the Heritage Department at Vancouver City Hall
will provide you with a locations list.
The fountain in the plaza at 808 Beach, designed
by landscape architect Jerry Vegelatos, was completed. It consists
of a sphere of black granite, a stream flowing over small stones,
and a cascade of water that splashes into False Creek.
A Jubilee fountain and archway in the Earl and Jennie
Lohn Perennial Garden, by the northeast entrance to Burnabys
Central Park was installed. It was designed by landscape architect
Kate Clark of Burnaby's parks department. The granite archway, says
Vancouver arts writer Elizabeth Godley, once graced the original
1891 Vancouver Club.
A fountain titled Who Got the Umbrella?, designed
by Greg Kawczynski, was installed at the Deep Cove Cultural Centrewhich
opened in April, 1992 at 4360 Gallant. This fountain,
wrote Elizabeth Godley in The Greater Vancouver Book, symbolizes
protection for the children of the community. Kawczynski immigrated
from Poland in 1989 and lived in Deep Cove. He presented this fountain
to the cultural centre. He travelled to the Leo d'Or mine on northern
Vancouver Island to get the marble, which was donated.
A study of some 1993 attendance records showed that
the Vancouver Art Gallery attracted 142,737 people during the year,
the H.R. MacMillan Planetarium 157,126 and the Jazz Festival 189,390.
Momiji Garden was built in Hastings park to commemorate
the internment of Japanese-Canadians there during World War II.
The garden's location is significant, says the website
of the Vancouver Japanese Gardeners Association because it
was in the stables on the PNE grounds where the internees spent
their first night before being assigned to various camps around
the province. The upper and lower sections of the garden are divided
by a stone wall that creates an image of the castles of ancient
Japan. Water cascades down from the top level working its way through
the stones and maple trees . . . The reflection in the water of
the azaleas, irises, hydrangeas and dahlias and the Japanese maples
planted around the pond offer color throughout the year.
The first Indo-Canadian made an entry into the federal
parliament when Herb Dhaliwal was elected as a Liberal in Vancouver
South and became a parliamentary secretary.
Changes were made to the electoral act this year
that allowed all Canadians living overseas, including those who
have returned to Hong Kong and Taiwan for fewer than five consecutive
years, to vote in Canadian federal elections.
The First Nations House of Learning Long House at
UBC (Larry McFarland Architects Ltd.) opened. This $4.57 million
development, much influenced by the architecture of a long house,
would win the Governor Generals Award in 1994. Wrote Harold
Kalman: Well-established West Coast materialscedar and
glassare extensively used, including the use of very large
dressed logs. A waterfall screens a retaining wall facing the West
Mall. Built near an historic arboretum, it provides a focus for
the activities of various native Indian programs. Users include
First Nations House, First Nations Law, First Nations Library, First
Nations Health Care and NITEP (see separate listing). Major donors
were William and June Bellman, Jack Bell and James and Ilse Wallace.
An East Wing was added to UBCs Brock Memorial
Hall. The architects of this two-storey $7.4 million building were
Poon, Gardner, Garrett. Users include the Departments of Awards
and Financial Aid, Financial Services, Registrars Office,
Student Housing and Conferences, Student Services and the Rick Hansen
Disability Resource Centre.
The Centre for Integrated Computer Systems Research
(CICSR) Building (Chernoff Thompson Architects) opened this year.
CICSRs three-storey with penthouse building provided space
for interdisciplinary research in computer and related sciences.
The $12.4 million building is used by CICSR, and the Departments
of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
and by General University Facilities.
Two four-storey apartment buildings opened at UBC
this year, both designed by the architectural firm Eng & Wright.
The Point Grey Apartments and the Spirit Park Apartments cost $4.4
million each, and are managed by the Department of Student Housing
This year was Capilano Colleges 25th anniversary,
and one of the ways it marked that event was to open a new $10.9
million library. The three-storey building had a shelving capacity
of 200,000 books and included an audio-visual centre, a media production
lab, and an Achievement Resource Center (ARC) that provides services
and courses to help students develop their learning and study skills.
Bill 61, a bill to govern pharmacists, was given
third reading by the provincial legislature. It changed the rules
for pharmacists and other health professionals to make the
professions more responsive to the public. You can read it
Saint Pauls Hospital established North America*s
first Chair for AIDS research with funding from the Saint Paul Hospital
Foundation and UBC.
Research started by Burnaby Hospital senior nurse
Peg McIsaac this year led to insights into the standard hospital
policy of waking all long-term patients three times during night.
Instead, nurses quietly checked all patients every half hour, giving
assistance only to those awake and in need. Patients in the study
responded to uninterrupted sleep with improved appetite and by exhibiting
less agitation, belligerence and confusion during days. Other hospitals
that adopted the system have praised it and the provincial health
ministry urged widespread adoption of the changes.
The old 1950 wing of Royal Columbian Hospital was
Langley Memorial Hospitals third extended care
facility (Extended Care Centre) opened.
A Scholarship fund for a student at Langaras
Studio 58 was started by the Beta Sigma Phi sorority.
Its given to a third or fourth term Theatre Arts student who
has demonstrated excellence in some area of the program.
Step, an independent arts magazine produced
by neophyte publishers Ray Dearborn and Philip Aw, had been launched
in 1991. It won the Western Magazine of the Year in 1992, succumbed
to recessionary forces this year. Magazine publishing here is not
Here are some locally-based publications that debuted
Airports North America A quarterly from Baum
International Media of Burnaby.
Diaspora Magazine: Black Consciousness and Culture
A semi-annual publication from the Point Five Cultural Society.
It listed £arts, ethnic interests, literary and political
Magazine Published nine times a year, with text
in English, this Indo-Canadian publication is described as a multicultural
and lifestyle magazine. It was launched by Rana and Minto Vig.
Rungh: A South Asian Quarterly of Culture, Comment
and Criticism A quarterly, in English, published by the Rungh
Cultural Society. It provides a platform for South Asian writers,
artists, musicians, and other creative people, cultural administrators
and decision makers to articulate what it means to be South Asian
within a western context.
Slovak Heritage Live A membership quarterly
from the Slovak Heritage and Cultural Society of British Columbia.
A monthly newspaper in both Greek and English that
originated in Toronto in 1990 reappeared in Vancouver this year
as the Greek Canadian Voice.
The number of passengers arriving at and departing
from Vancouver International Airport this year was 9,677,570. It
had been 9,449,940 in 1992 and would be 10,206,340 in 1994.
Stock market abuses were continuingin spite
of more aggressive policing both by the Securities Commission and
the Vancouver Stock Exchange itselfso this year the provincial
government launched the first ever public inquiry into the British
Columbia Securities market. Wrote business journalist John Schreiner:
"Lawyer James Matkin, who headed the inquiry, observed that
the reputation of the VSE marketplace for sharp and dishonest
practices is well known. But he also found that identical
problems prevail in other markets . . . Much more money is lost
because of swindling on other exchanges. He recommended substantial
reforms of market regulation, acknowledging that it is in no ones
interest for the VSE to tolerate abuses even if these same exist
elsewhere as well. Many of the reforms were implemented, a number
of which aimed to hold the brokerage firms much more responsible
than before for weeding out poor quality listings and market manipulations.
In the first three years of the 1990s a major new
office building was going up in Downtown Vancouver every 84 days.
Then the pace slowed. This year there was just one new tower (at
111 Dunsmuir), and in 1994 and 95 there would be none at all.
Six former Woodward's executives opened Points West
Fashion Outlet this year. Their aim was to offer the prices of a
discount outlet with the service of a specialty store and the assortment
of a department store.
A study based on 1991 figures showed that even though
farms within the Greater Vancouver Regional District occupied just
two per cent of BCs farmland they generated 23 per cent of
total farm income. GVRD farms produced half the province's greenhouse
vegetables, most farm-grown vegetables, and most of our cranberries,
mushrooms and greenhouse flowers. Add food processing and distribution,
the study continued, and the region's agricultural industry added
about $3 billion to the economy. Half the 2,647 farms in the region
were in Langley, the rest in Surrey, Richmond, Delta and Burnaby.
In 1992 and 1993 the Vancouver Canucks finished at
the top of the NHLs Campbell conference but were unable to
get past the second round in the playoffs.
Former NHL star Tiger Williams introduced professional
roller hockey to BC as co-owner and coach of the Roller Hockey International
League franchise, the Vancouver VooDoo. The VooDoo would be RHI
Division Champions this year and next. They played in the Agrodome
in 93 and 94, in the Pacific Coliseum in 94 and
95 and in General Motors Place in 96. The team folded
in 1996. The league itself would end in 1999. See this
site for more.
The Canadian Soccer league folded, and the Vancouver
86ers moved to the American Professional Soccer league.
The Vancouver Parks Board imposed pay parking in
its major parks.
Dr. Murray Newman, director of the Vancouver Public
Aquarium, retired and was succeeded by the Aquarium's second Director,
Dr. John Nightingale, formerly Deputy Director of the New York Aquarium.
The aquarium is now the largest in Canada, and one of the five largest
(of about 50) in North America, with an annual budget of about $13
After World War II there was a sharp consolidation
of horse racing locally. Brighouse in Richmond, and the Willows
and Colwood in Victoria were closed. In 1961 Lansdowne Park was
sold for real estate development and all Lower Mainland racing was
concentrated at Exhibition Park, merging the separate interests
of Jack Diamond and the three sons of S.W. Randall to form the B.C.
Jockey Club. The senior Randall, in partnership with Sam Levy, had
operated this track (formerly known as Hastings Park) back in the
era when B.C. had seven tracks. Diamond and the Randalls operated
the race course until their lease expired this year. The New Democratic
Party government responded to a petition from some thoroughbred
horse people, and created the Pacific Racing Association (PRA),
initially a government-underwritten Crown Corporation, subsequently
a nonprofit society. The PRA renamed it Hastings Racecourse and
struggled with management for several years until the track returned
to the private sector in 2000. (Our thanks to Gary Bannerman for
The Vancouver Art Gallery was delighted with a highly
successful show this year of the work of native artist Robert Davidson.
Critics replied, wrote art reviewer Tony Robertson in
The Greater Vancouver Book, that it was only the second
VAG retrospective of the work of a native artist, Bill Reid being
the first with a show organized several years before by Doris Shadbolt,
and that there were lots of other native artists around whose work
merited an exposure they weren't getting from the VAG.
Tony Robertson also wrote about the gallerys
1993 annual meeting. It was, he says, an almost perfect microcosm
of the VAG's history and the continuing travails of public art in
Vancouver. It was Willard Holmes' last meeting as director, after
serving for five years, and J. Brooks Joyner's first meeting as
the incoming new director. The presiding spirits could easily have
been those of the late Mildred Valley Thornton and her allies past
and present in the struggle against modernism on the one side, with
Lawren Harris and his modernist associates past and present on the
other. Not much had changed in fifty years. On the one hand was
artist Ed Varney, spokesman for a group called Friends of the Vancouver
Art Gallery. The group had a slate of candidates for the board and
series of motions accusing the VAG of ignoring parts of the
local art community, especially women and minority artists,
and of spending exorbitant sums on the works of others, notably
photo-based artists such as Jeff Wall and Ian Wallace. Varney said
that the VAG was seen as a fossilized institution. He
wanted to see the gallery become more inclusive and less cliquey.
On the other hand was Holmes, who in his final report warned of
those who would turn the VAG into a sandbox of a local culture
or a regional culture or a national culture. The gallery,
Holmes said, was being pressured to relinquish its international
significance and high standards to playback something
that might be more comfortable or recognizable. Holmes did
not think this was a good thing. The VAG, he said, was the
only game in town in its ability to validate artist's
work critically and support it financially. Some artists are disappointed
when they don't get the support they think they deserve.
Speaking of art:
Soo Gee Ghet (New Generation) was installed
at the Richmond Cultural Centre, 7700 Minoru Gate. This carved wooden
pole was created by Victor H. Reece (Tsimshian). This pole was created
by the Richmond Carvers Society under Reece's direction and would
be donated to the Cultural Centre in 1994. It tells the story of
a father passing on history and expertise to his son.
The Woods Columbarium A river rock/granite/concrete
with text installation covering 14,400 square feet was created at
Capilano View cemetery. This is where the cemeterys cremated
remains are stored. The Columbarium was designed by Bill Pechet.
(The word derives from the Latin for dovecote, from
a supposed similarity to the shelters built for domesticated pigeons.)
54-40 solidified its position as the city's top band
this year with their album Dear Dear. It sold more than 100,000
copies in Canada. The band, writes music enthusiast Chris Woodstra,
takes its name from James K. Polk's presidential campaign
slogan Fifty-Four Forty or Fight, which sought to expand
the U.S. border northward. 54-40 formed in 1981 as a trio consisting
of Brad Merritt (bass), Darryl Neudorf (drums), and Neil Osbourne
. . .
Cranbrook-born Brent Carver (November 17, 1951) won
a 1993 Tony Award (Best Actor in a Musical) for his starring role
in Broadways Kiss of the Spiderwoman.
Lots of movies were shot locally in 1993. Here are
brief annotations on them by movie critic Michael Walsh:
Alive (directed by Frank Marshall) Though
exteriors were filmed on the Delphine glacier and in the Bugaboo
Mountains, this recreation of the Andes cannibals incident included
air flight and crash footage shot at The Bridge.
Time Runner (directed by Michael Mazo) A fugitive
from the future (Mark Hamill) is pursued by alien fifth columnists
preparing for an invasion of the present-day Earth.
Tomcat (aka Dangerous Desires, directed
by Paul Donovan) In this health-care-crisis thriller, the treatment
a genetic researcher (Maryam D'Abo) prescribes for her patient (Richard
Grieco) has ferociously feline side-effects.
This Boy's Life (directed by Michael Caton-Jones)
A sensitive kid (Leonardo Di Caprio) can't wait to escape his overbearing
stepfather (Robert De Niro) and small town life in late-1950s Washington
The Crush (directed by Alan Shapiro) Nasty
problems ensue when a sexy Shaughnessy teen (Alicia Silverstone)
becomes psychotically obsessed with her parents' handsome tenant
The Burning Season (directed by Harvey Crossland)
Bored with her life in the Vancouver suburbs, a young Indo-Canadian
matron (Akesh Gill) has a passionate affair with her college instructor
(Ayub Khan Din), a dashing Rajput prince.
Impolite (directed by David Hauka) A boozy
reporter (Robert Wisden) manages the extra legwork necessary to
cover Howe Street and get a big scoop for the Vancouver Gazette.
Another Stakeout (directed by John Badham)
A sequel to Stakeout, a great success, this stars Seattle
cops Richard Dreyfuss and Emilio Estevez on surveillance duty. A
female prosecutor (Rosie O'Donnell) joins the team for a suburban
Seattle undercover operation filmed on Bowen Island.
Look Who's Talking Now (1993: Tom Ropelewski)
Another sequel, this follow-up to Look Whos Talking
stars Kirstie Alley and John Travolta. The family's bantering dogs
report on another marital crisis, one that ends on Christmas Eve
in a blizzard filmed on Bowen Island.
Needful Things (directed by Fraser Heston)
Gibsons plays Stephen King's Castle Rock, a Maine community visited
by Old Nick (Max Von Sydow), a storekeeper in the market for souls.
Beyond Suspicion (directed by Paul Ziller)
A corrupt police officer (Jack Scalia) involved with an amnesiac
photographer (Stepfanie Kramer) becomes the object of a departmental
internal affairs investigation.
Knight Moves (directed by Carl Schenkel) A
police chief (Tom Skerritt) suspects a chess champ (Christopher
Lambert) when a psycho goes on a killing spree during a major international
Harmony Cats (directed by Sandy Wilson) An
unemployed Vancouver Symphony violinist (Kim Coates) takes up bull-fiddling
and goes on tour with a country and western band.
Young Offenders (directed by Elizabeth Wong)
This locally produced drama tells the story of a Taiwanese teen
(Danny Wang) living in Vancouver with too much money and too little
supervision, who has the misfortune to cross some professional Chinese
Among the locally-oriented books that appeared this
Exploring Vancouver: The essential architectural
guide, a superb source of information on buildings in Vancouver
and on the north shore. Collaborating on the production of the
book: architectural historian Harold Kalman, urban geographer Ron
Phillips, and artist/designer Robin Ward. It contains hundreds and
hundreds of photographs and brief descriptions of commercial and
Vancouver The Way It Was Another fine publication
from Michael Kluckner, this was described as the 10th anniversary
edition. (The original hardcover edition appeared in 1984.)
In more than 200 pages, Kluckner gives us hundreds of anecdotes,
profiles of notable people of the past, fascinating photographs
and his own distinctive watercolor paintings of bygone Vancouver
scenes. A winner. Also this year, he self-published a collection
of his artwork, British Columbia in Watercolour.
Line Screw, a well-received memoir by poet
Michael Yates, who worked as a prison guard in the 1980s following
studies as an SFU Ph.D candidate in Criminology. (Yates was the
founder of Sono Nis Press.)
Thy Mothers Glass, by David Watmough.
This is Watmoughs eighth novel featuring his gay everyman
creation, Davey Bryant. It covers approximately 45 years in the
life and relationships of Davey Bryant, described by Watmough as
a twentieth century man who happens to be an author, an immigrant,
and a homosexual.
Grogans Cafe, a novel by Peter Trower.
Its publisher, Harbour Publishing, describes it as a rip-roaring
tale with its feet on the ground and its heart in the woods.
This was poet Trowers first novel. A boozy interlude
as a cook in Davie Grogan's dismal cafe offers relief from the backbreaking
toil of logging, but when long-simmering lusts and rivalries explode
into mayhem at an island dance, Terry goes back to the woods, where
Grogans Cafe speeds to a powerful climax. (A personal
note: I read this book recently, and I think itd make a really
interesting made-for-TV movie. Trower worked as a logger for 22
years, and knows his stuff.)
Bryan Adams: Everything He Does This biography
by Sorelle Saidman provides a straightforward account of Adams'
rise to fame as one of the world's most popular rock 'n' roll stars.
From 1984 to 1987 Saidman produced fan club newsletters, press kits
and program copy for Bryan Adams and Loverboy, so she knows her
Rolf Knights work in 1992 in co-authoring the
memoirs of fishing union leader Homer Stevens earned him a B.C.
Book Prize nomination. See the 1992
chronology for a fuller description of that work.
The Sculpture of Elek Imredy This is a look
at the work of Hungary-born sculptor Elek Imredy, who came to Vancouver
in 1957 after the 1956 Hungarian uprising. His most well-known local
work is Girl in Wet Suit, off Stanley Park. Imredy died in
Bruce Macdonald won the Vancouver Historical Societys
1993 Historical Award of Merit for his superb 1992 book VancouverA
Fishing for a Living by Alan Haig-Brown. The
book would won the 1994 Bill Duthie Booksellers' Choice Award. The
Canadian Book Review Annual commented: This is an engaging
account of the boats and people employed in the fishing business
on the B.C. coast. Far from a dry historical or statistical chronicle
of the events of the last hundred years, it is written with great
affection by an author who has drawn on his long association with
West Coast commercial fishing. The three dozen or so chapters describe
the elements that constitute what could be called the fishing industry,
except that industry is hardly the best term. It is,
rather, a way of life, as this book amply demonstrates.
Vancouvers Many Faces, by Vancouver
Sun reporter Kevin Griffin, provided brief local histories of ethnic
groups and introduced their customs.
Sheila Baxter, an anti-poverty activist, produced
A Child Is Not A Toy: Voices of Children in Poverty. Its
publisher, New Star Books, says this in part: One in six children
in Canada lives in poverty. These children go to school hungry,
in clothes that arent warm enough for northern winters. They
get sick more often than other children. They are more likely to
drop out of school and end up in a low-paying job, out of work or
on the street. In A Child Is Not a Toy, Sheila Baxter provides a
voice for adults who had been poor as children, and social workers,
teachers and others who work with young people . . .
Sabine's Notebook, another uniquely-formatted
book from the uniquely-formatted mind of graphic designer and artist
Nick Bantock, received the Bill Duthie Booksellers' Choice Award
Bachelor Brothers Bed and Breakfast,
a novel by Vancouvers Bill Richardson, would win the Stephen
Leacock Medal for Humor in 1994. One reviewer said: A good,
quick read. Twin brothers, nothing alike except for their mutual
love of books, run a b&b where book lovers can come for the
three Rs: rest, relaxation, and reading. With asides about books
and authors, Richardson has created an enjoyable read.
Triple-O: The White Spot Story, a history of the
hugely successful restaurant chain, appeared. The author was Constance
Brissenden, often encountered on this web site. You can read a potted
version of the chains history here.
Heres how it starts: Nat Bailey founded White Spot in
1928. He was born January 31st, 1902 in St. Paul Minnesota. His
mother was a cook and baker in railway eating houses, and his father
ran wheels of fortune in carnivals across the United States. His
family followed him from town to town and in 1911 Nat's father moved
the family to Vancouver. Shortly after their arrival, his mother
fell ill and it was up to young Nat to help out.
Like his father, Nat Bailey was always willing
to gamble on the future and in 1914, this 12-year-old newcomer to
a young city took to the downtown streets to hawk newspapers. Some
say he went fist to fist with another boy for his corner spot, others
that he bought out his rival; but most likely, Nat simply outhustled
him . . . Theres lots more.
White Spot, incidentally, introduced franchising
into its operations this year.
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Spirit of British Columbia
[Photo: BC Ferries]
[Photo: Parliament of Canada]
The 1912 Parker Carousel at Burnaby Heritage Village
UBC's Nitobe Gardens
[Photo: Order of British Columbia]
[Photo: White Spot)
Dr. Michael Smith
[Photo: UBC archives]
[Photo: Canada Council)
Momiji Commemorative Garden,
[Photo: Vancouver Japanese Gardeners Assn.]
First Nations House of Learning Long House
Dr. Murray Newman
[Photo: BC Bookworld]
Ravenous, by Robert Davidson
Brent Carver in
Kiss of the Spider Woman
Vancouver The Way It Was
Elek Imredy's Girl in Wet Suit sculpture