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February 9 On Chinese New Year's Eve, at 9
p.m. Memory Music CHQM AM 1320 ended more than 34 years
of nostalgic and easy listening music with Bob Hope's Thanks
for the Memories. Moments later it became CHMB with an all-night
Chinese program and new multilingual format before moving to all-Chinese
seven months later.
March 29 An announcement was made that Vancouvers
newest arena, still under construction, would be named General Motors
Place. GM paid $18.5 million for 20-year naming rights. GM Place
would be the home of the Vancouver
Canucks, who would play their first game here September
April 1 Langara College was established as
an independent public college under the Provincial College and Institutes
Act. Langara College programs were first offered in 1965 at King
Edward Centre as part of Vancouver City College. The current site
on West 49th Avenue has housed the programs since 1970. Visit the
Colleges web site here.
Langara sponsors 1994 in The History of Metropolitan
April 30 Rick Watson died. His was the sweetest,
funniest funeral Ive ever attended. Rick, whose body was racked
by cerebral palsy, died at 41 and left a lot of grieving friends.
They told stories at the funeral of his exploitslike the time
a friend let him drive his truck in a very remote area, with hair-raising
results, or his attempts to plug in a Christmas treeand the
stories got funnier and funnier. The Province took him on
as a columnist, and he pecked out his allotted stories one letter
at a time with a wand attached to a headband. Rick was born April
14, 1953 in Bowmanville, Ontario.
Spring The 1994 inductees into the Vancouver
Board of Trade Hall of Fame (awarded to companies or organizations
active for 100 years) were:
- C.H. Cates & Sons Limited
- Hotel Vancouver
- Inchcape Shipping Services
- Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd.
- St. Paul's Hospital
- The Vancouver Museum
The Vancouver Board of Trade presented its Business and the Arts
Awards. For a description of the criteria, see 1990. Categories:
- Innovation - CHUM Limited-CHQM/FM 103.5
- Sustained Support, Small Business - No award
- Sustained Support, Major Corporation - R.C. Purdy, chocolates
- Small Business - Ward & Company
- Joint Venture - Opus Framing Ltd.
May Ninety local teams competed in the Canadian International
Dragon Boat Festival, together with many other Canadian and international
June 5 Deltas new municipal hall was completed. Computers
were used by designers to create a magnificent one-storey high relief
sculpture in concrete of the coat of arms on the exterior wall of
the Council Chamber. It is easily visible from Highway 10 to motorists
en route to the ferry terminal at Tsawwassen.
June 14 The Vancouver Canucks lost the Stanley Cup to the
New York Rangers in the final game. After the game a crowd rioted
in downtown Vancouver, smashing shop windows and looting.
June 25 The Gulf of Georgia Cannery in Steveston celebrated
its 100th birthday, and reopened to the public with new exhibits
commemorating Canadas West Coast fishing industry.
June 29 At Vancouver Shipyards in North Vancouver Premier
Michael Harcourt announced an $800 million overhaul of the B.C.
ferry system, including construction of three high-speed catamarans
for the Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo run. The ships, carrying 200 passenger
vehicles each, were to be built in B.C.
July 1 West Vancouver's Museum and Archives opened in Gertrude
July 18 A seven-week strike of Greater Vancouver Community
Health Nurses ended. They had been without a contract since the
end of 1991.
July 24 Starwalk at the Orpheum was inaugurated, honoring
members of the B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame with plaques embedded
in the sidewalk along Granville Mall near the Orpheum. The Starwall
gallery inside the Orpheum is a display of members photos.
Starwalk, said Norman Young, one of the creators, and
the B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame grew out of a celebration of
the Orpheum engineered by, among others, Doug McCallum and Hugh
Pickett. Honouring those people who devoted their lives and careers
to our entertainment is long overdue.
For the current roster of inductees (now numbering more than 160),
For the record, here are the Founding Inductees:
- Ivan Ackery, showman
- Thora Anders, music
- Angelina Avison, music
- John Avison, music
- Aida Broadbent, dance
- Jan Cherniavsky, music
- Robert Clothier (right), theatre
- Joy Coghill, theatre
- Eleanor Collins, music
- Ray Collins, theatre
- Jack Cullen, radio
- Dorothy Davies, theatre
- Arthur Delamont, music
- Allard de Ridder, music
- Fran Dowie, theatre
- Yvonne Firkins, theatre
- Judith Forst, opera
- Bev Fyfe, music
- Chris Gage, music
- Bruno Gerussi, theatre
- Irving Guttman, opera
- Lance Harrison, music
- Bill Henderson, music
- Jeff Hyslop, theatre
- Gerald Jarvis, music
- Juliette, music
- Evan Kemp, music
- Mart Kenney, music
- Harold Laxton, theatre
- Lorraine McAllister, music
- Fraser McPherson, music
- Holly Maxwell, impresario
- Barney Potts, theatre
- Dal Richards, music
- Jessie Richardson, theatre
- Red Robinson, radio
- June Roper, dance
- Dorothy Somerset, theatre
- Calvin Winter, music
August 18 Rick Oustons book Finding Family
was launched. One Amazon reviewer wrote: Wow! What a powerful
book. You won't be putting this one down once you start. Not having
being adopted out I had no idea of the feelings of adoptees.
I can certainly understand why you would want to know the backgrounds
of your birth family but was unaware, or never thought about, the
hoops you have to go through to find this information out and then
the sensitivity you need should you try to reach out to your birth
family. Rick has done it all with alacrity and has found both happiness
in siblings that he never knew he had, a parent who is bound to
her new life, and a grandmother from the old school who gives him
short shrift. Just a great read..
August 24 A fire at the Alberta Wheat Pool dock forced closure
of the Second Narrows Bridge for six hours and the evacuation of
the PNE, because of the potential danger of explosion.
September A Trans Canada Airlines Lockheed Lodestar that
had disappeared in southwestern B.C. on April 28, 1947, with 15
people on board, was found more than 47 years later. The wreckage
was discovered on Mt. Cheam near Chilliwack.
October 4 Robert Swanson died, aged 88. What a great deal
of noise he made. In the 1940s Swanson invented the Nathan-AirChime
horn for trains. According to a Wikipedia site,
Nathan-AirChime got its start in train horn production through the
work of Robert Swanson in 1949. Prior to the early 1950s, says the
site, locomotives were equipped with airhorns that sounded
but a single note. Swanson set out to change this by developing
a horn which could almost mimic the sound of a classic steam whistle...
[his] horn sounded a five-note, adjustable chord. He used
the U.S. Navy Band at Annapolis to develop frequencies which would
make the horn distinguishable from truck horns, but still able to
be heard inside an automobile. His horns were and are used all over
Swanson designed the horns that at noon blare out over Vancouver
the first four notes of O Canada, and he shaped the sound
of the Royal Hudson steam train. Along the way he wrote poetry based
on his days as a B.C. logger, and tales he heard from other loggers.
Two collections, Rhymes of a Western Logger and Whistle
Punks & Widow-Makers, were best sellers. He was born October
26, 1905 in Reading, England.The O Canada hornsa daily
tradition since 1967were moved from the old B.C. Hydro Building
to Canada Place, and first tested there on October 13, 1994. The
test was timed to coincide with a memorial service for Swanson,
the horns designer, who had died October 4.
October 23 Birks Jewelers moved into the handsome heritage
building (built originally for the Canadian Bank of Commerce) at
the southeast corner of Hastings and Granville Streets in Vancouver.
This was the third location for Birks, and directly across the street
from its first (1907) location.
October Bill Curtis Plaza in Yaletown was named for the
long-time Vancouver city engineer.
November 27 The B.C. Lions defeated Baltimore 26 to 23 to
win the Grey Cup before hometown fans in Vancouver. It was the Lions'
first Grey Cup victory in nine years and the third in their 40-year
Also in 1994
Visitors to Vancouver topped 6.3 million this year, of which an
estimated 148,609 convention delegates alone spent $168 million,
inciting competition between the Vancouver Port Authority, Concord
Pacific and Marathon Realty to provide enlarged convention facilities.
Vancouvers first neighborhood crime prevention office opened
in Mount Pleasant. Other evidences of a community experiencing a
resurgence of community spirit: a Mount Pleasant Area Network, and
a new Mount Pleasant Neighborhood House.
Whistler was booming: in1994 total summer season accommodation
occupancies moved to an average of 54 per cent, a growth of seven
percentage points over the total 1993 summer season levels. Peak
season occupancy (July 1-August 31, 1994) grew to an average of
73 per cent, a nine per cent point gain over 1993 peak season levels.
These record summer occupancy levels resulted in the generation
of more than 235,000 room nights, a growth of nine per cent over
the record 1993 season.
West Vancouver Memorial Library had an annual circulation of 911,
641 this yeara yearly circulation of 23.5 books per West Van
citizen, the highest per capita readership in Canada.
Caroline Adderson won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize for Bad
Imaginings. Reviews of this collection of stories were unanimously
enthusiastic. An example from The Georgia Straight: Astonishing.
There really isn't another word to describe Caroline Adderson's
first book, Bad Imaginings, a collection of 10 stories so
superior it is almost impossible to believe the author is only 30
years oldthough it is entirely possible to see why she was
recently nominated for a Governor General's Award . . . These often
funny and always adventurous stories are deeply felt and wildly
imagined tributes to our own fragile, blinkered lives. And they
fulfil the only real condition of art: they make you feel richer
for having read them.
An excellent history of StevestonSalmonopolis, The Steveston
Story, by Duncan and Susan Stacey was published by Harbour Publishing.
After founding and operating Grace Hospital for 65 years, the Salvation
Army withdrew, and the facility's name was changed to British Columbia
Women's Hospital and Health Centre.
Suromitra Sanatani became B.C. and Yukon vice-president of the
Canadian Federation of Independent Business, a national political
action organization, 9,500 of whose small-business members were
in B.C. and Yukon.Employees, Sanatani once wrote in
the Sun, must be equally free to decline or discontinue
union representation as to choose to commence or continue it.
Sanataniborn August 17, 1963 in Bonn, in then West Germany
was trained as a lawyer.
The Victoria Division of Versatile Pacific Shipyards closed. The
North Vancouver Division of Versatile had laid off its last employees
in 1992. The company would have celebrated its 100th anniversary
The 1994 recipients within Metropolitan Vancouver of the Order
of British Columbia included:
- Joan Acosta Her citation reads, in part: Twelve
years ago, Joan Acosta was appointed editor of the Westcoast
Reader, an ESL source of local, national and international
news stories for adults and teens who are improving their English
reading skills . . . Her vision and determination as the paper's
only staff member took the newspaper from a struggling publication
with no funding, to a literacy tool highly valued by teachers
and treasured today by more than 65,000 new readers.
- Jean Coulthard Her citation reads: In naming Jean
Coulthard Composer of the Year in 1984, the Performing Rights
Organization said that the underlying force in all her work is
feeling. Those who have been her students speak of her as a mentor,
a world-class composer, a musical catalyst. In a distinguished
career which encompasses six decades of continuous activity, she
has created more than 200 compositions. Her music, including works
for orchestra, opera, chamber music, voice, and others, is regularly
performed and broadcast worldwide. Born in Vancouver, Jean Coulthard
began to write music while still a child and continued her musical
studies in England, New York and France. By the 1940s she was
already being hailed as one of Canada's most important composers.
In 1947 she was invited to teach music at the University of British
Columbia, a position she maintained until her retirement in 1973.
With her retirement from academic life, her activity as a composer
blossomed with a renewed intensity. In 1978 she was named a Freeman
of the City of Vancouver and an Officer in the Order of Canada.
- Lucille Johnstone Her citation reads, in part: Lucille
Johnstone enhances the lives of British Columbians in public and
in private ways: whether volunteering, in a corporate boardroom
or providing a meal to a less-fortunate stranger. Born and raised
in Vancouver, she is currently the Chief Executive Office and
Chair of Integrated Ferry Corporation, where the B.C. Super Ferrythe
largest ship ever to be built in B.C.was constructed. Before
that Lucille Johnstone was President of the RivTow Group, in a
career that spanned 45 years. Her involvement in charitable organizations
would be admirable even for someone with extensive time to share.
For details of her extensive charitable and business activities,
see the website.
Lucille Johnstone is the recipient of the YWCA Woman of the Year
Award and holds an honorary doctorate from U.B.C.
- Bill Reid His citation reads, in part: Bill Reid
ranks among Canada's finest artists, past or present. His worksfinely
crafted gold, platinum, silver, argillite, bronze, cedar, or ink
on paperare results of a diverse and magnificent talent,
treasured by devoted collectors world-wide. Bill Reid was born
in Victoria, the son of a German-Scots-American father and a Haida
mother. For 16 years he worked in broadcast journalism, including
10 years with CBC radio. But the call to create was too strong
to ignore. In 1951 he returned to the West Coast from Toronto,
embarking on a creative journey lined with stunning jewelry, silkscreen
prints, imposing totem poles, and massive monumental sculptures
like Killerwhale, which greets Vancouver Aquarium visitors,
The Raven and the First Men, at the UBC Museum of Anthropology
and the Spirit of Haida Gwaii gracing the Canadian Embassy
in Washington. [There is a copy at Vancouver International Airport.]
. . . Today his art is in public and private collections around
the world. Five Canadian universities have conferred honorary
doctoral degrees on him and in 1986 he received the Bronfman Award
for Excellence in the Crafts, and became an Officer of the Order
- William Saywell Saywell was raised in Lake Cowichan,
BC, and completed a doctorate at the University of Toronto, majoring
in 20th Century Chinese affairs. In 1983, his citation
reads, in part, he was offered the presidency of Simon Fraser
University, serving two highly successful five-year terms. Under
his leadership, the university grew by 40 per cent and he headed
a $65-million fundraising drive. In 1993, William Saywell was
named president and chief executive officer of the Asia Pacific
Foundation, an independent organization which orients Canadian
businesses to opportunities in the Pacific Rim. In addition he
serves on a number of boards including Westcoast Energy, and SPAR
Aerospace Ltd. He is currently chair of the Canadian National
Committee of Pacific Economic Cooperation.
- Martin Schecter His citation reads, in part: Physician
and researcher Dr. Martin Schecter has made renowned contributions
to the fields of AIDS research, prevention and care. When Martin
Schechter first began his work on AIDS research in 1983, there
were no reported cases yet in B.C. He embraced the necessity of
an appropriate and humane response to HIV infection at a time
when it was not popular to do so. In 1989, he helped organize
the Fifth International Conference on AIDS which attracted 12,000
delegates from around the world. In 1990, Dr. Schecter was one
of only 10 people worldwide invited by the World Health Organization
Global Program in AIDS to sit on its Steering Committee on Epidemiology,
Forecasting and Surveillance. Martin Schecter co-founded the Canadian
HIV Trials Network, which undertakes clinical trials of promising
new therapies, and now has five regional offices and 25 satellites
across Canada. He is the author of more than 100 articles in scientific
journals and has attracted more than $19 million in research grants
to B.C. He is one of only two Canadians awarded the National Health
Scientist Aware in AIDS by Health and Welfare Canada. Martin Schecter
continues to be instrumental in pioneering landmark achievements
in AIDS research which have benefitted not only British Columbians
but people around the world.
- Michael Smith Dr. Smith couldnt be at the ceremony
investing him with the Order of British Columbia. He was en route
to Las Vegas to receive the American Academy of Achievement's
Golden Plate Award, a prior commitment. He would be
honored at the 1995 investiture. His citation reads: Nobel
Prize winner Michael Smith is a professor of Biochemistry at the
University of British Columbia and director of UBC's Biotechnology
Laboratory. Born and educated in England, he has been with UBC
since 1966. Michael Smith serves as scientific leader of the UBC-based
Protein Engineering Network Centre of Excellence, part of the
federal program created to encourage scientific research. The
genetic process he pioneered has opened doors for researchers
in laboratories around the world, leading to discoveries in a
whole range of initiatives. His techniques are being used to help
wage molecular warfare on cancer cells, to try to create faster-growing
crops and to engineer synthetic blood products . . . Michael Smith
has put his $500,000 Nobel prize money into an endowment fund
for outreach programs to boost awareness of science and for research
into schizophrenia. Through his life's work Michael Smith has
distinguished both himself and B.C.'s science and technology community.
- Morris Wosk His citation reads: Born in Russia,
Morris Wosk moved to British Columbia in 1928. His hard work and
strict adherence to honesty, fairness and respect for all, earned
him success in business, a success he shared widely with the people
of B.C. Over the years, Morris Wosk has become known internationally
as a philanthropist, community leader and founder of many civic
programs, not only in B.C. and Canada but in the U.S. and Israel.
During more than six decades as an owner of retail furniture stores,
hotels, and as a developer in Vancouver, he has given generously
of his time, energy and financial support to a wide cross-section
of his community. His support has encompassed education, youth
health care, culture and science. His dedication to British Columbians
is illustrated by the fact that he has never invested or developed
outside of the province. In 1980 he was the third Canadian ever
to be honoured with the Prime Minister's Medal of State of Israel,
and in 1985 he received the Human Relations Award from the Canadian
Council of Christians and Jews. Last year he was appointed to
the Order of Canada. There can't be many British Columbians the
equal of Morris Wosk as a philanthropist . . . with the growth
of his wealth, there has also grown a sense of responsibility,
and a genuine desire to help mankind.
Photographs and biographies of all the 1994 recipients can be found
This Chronology list will continue to
grow, so stay tuned.
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Delta Municipal Hall
Robert Clothier as 'Relic' on The Beachcombers
[For an excellent article on Ms. Roper by Leland Windreich, see
A Lockheed Lodestar
William G. Saywell