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January 1 The 58th annual Polar Bear Swim
was the biggest to date, with 1,000 participants and 20,000 spectators.
Also January 1 Canada's first Native Indian
Citizenship Judge, Marjorie Cantryn, swore in 30 new Canadians in
Whalley in Surrey.
February 3 To mark the opening of its new
cultural centre on Grandview Highway, Vancouvers Italian community
staged a Carnevale Italiano. (The Centre opened September
February 12 The number of Greek immigrants
to Vancouver doubled through the 1960s, and that eventually led
to the construction of the Hellenic
Cultural Community Centre. The centre opened today next
door to St. George's Greek Orthodox Church on Arbutus Street.
Also February 12 Vancouver's Variety Club
Telethon raised $1,152,000, a world record for any telethon sponsored
February 14 Harry Ornest announced his new
Pacific Coast League baseball team would be called the Vancouver
March 23 Bill Kenny, lead singer of the Ink
Spots, died in Vancouver at age 63. He was born in Philadelphia
June 12, 1914. He joined the Ink Spots in early 1936 on the retirement
of Jerry Daniels, and the combination of his high tenor and Orville
Hoppy Jones deep-voiced spoken interludes made
them a success from the late 1930s to the early 1950s. On November
6, 1936, they became the first black performers to appear on television,
in an NBC/RCA demonstration. Their biggest hit, and it was a huge
one, was If I Didnt Care, recorded January 12, 1939.
Swing Magazine reports the group was paid $37.50 for the
session. When sales took off, the magazine continues,
and sales reached 200,000 Decca had to destroy the original
contract and the Ink Spots were paid an additional $3,750.
Kenny left the group in 1953, and in 1961 moved to Vancouver.
A CBC site has this about The Bill Kenny Show that
ran on Sundays from 3:00 to 3:30 p.m. from May 22 to July 10, 1966:
Elie Savoie produced The Bill Kenny Show, a half-hour
of easy listening in which Kenny was supported by a vocal group
called the Accents, and an orchestra led by Fraser MacPherson. Kenny's
guests included Susan Pesklevits, Judy Ginn, Marty Gillan, accordion
player Ricky Mann, Fran Gregory, Patty Surbey, Attilo Ronuzzi, and
the Rutherford Kids, of Burnaby.
March 27 Nat Bailey, restaurateur, White Spot
founder, died in Vancouver, aged 76. Nathaniel Ryal Bailey was born
January 31, 1902 in Saint Paul, Minnesota. His itinerant family
arrived from Seattle in 1911. At 18, writes Constance
Brissenden, Nat moved his peanut stand to Athletic Park, and
later served Sunday drivers at Lookout Point from a 1918 Model T
truck. A customer's shout, Why don't you bring it to us?
inspired the first White Spot drive-in, which opened in June 1928
at Granville and West 67th Avenue. From 1930 into the 1960s, his
second wife, Eva (née Ouelette) co-managed his restaurants.
In 1968 13 White Spots and other interests were sold by the Baileys
to General Foods for $6.5 million. Nat Bailey Stadium is named for
him, as a lifelong promoter of local baseball. Read Triple-O,
The White Spot Story by Constance Brissenden.
March 30 Doug Little marked 41 years at city
hall, most latterly as Vancouver City Clerk He will be succeeded
by Bob Henry.
April 2 The Vancouver Parks Board voted to
rename Capilano Stadium after Nat Bailey.
April 12 Leon Ladner, lawyer and MP, died
in Vancouver, aged 93. He was born November 29, 1884 in Ladner.
(His father Thomas and uncle William had founded Ladner.) After
his BA (1907) and LL.B (1909) both from the University of Toronto,
he was admitted to the bar in 1910. In 1912 he began his Vancouver
law practice. He was a founder in 1912 of UBC convocation. He was
a founder of Ladner, Carmichael and Downs. Ladner was a Liberal-Conservative
MP for Vancouver South from 1921 to 1930. (The Liberal-Conservative
Party was later named, simply, the Conservative Party, then in 1942
became the Progressive Conservative Party, changed again in 2003
back to the Conservative Party.) Ladner was a UBC senator from 1955
to 1961, in 1957 was elected to the universitys board of governors.
He was reappointed in 1963, retired in 1966. Honorary lecturer,
faculty of law. He donated the Ladner Carillon and Clock Tower to
UBC in 1969 in honor of B.C. pioneers. See this
April 26 The Triple A Vancouver Canadians
baseball club made its home debut. They beat the San Jose Missions
9-4 before a crowd of 7,128 in newly-named Nat Bailey Stadium.
May 5 Walls, a play by Paris-born Christian
Bruyere, premiered at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre as a New
Play Centre and Arts Club Theatre production. The play was based
on the 1975 hostage-taking incident in the B.C. penitentiary which
resulted in the death of prison worker Mary Steinhauser. It featured
Winston Rekert in the lead role of hostage-taker Danny Baker and
Susan Wright in the lead role of Steinhauseralthough the names
were changed. A film with the same title appeared in 1984. Bruyere
later became active as a Vancouver-based film producer.
May 9 Dorothy Steeves, politician, died in Vancouver,
aged 82. Dorothy Gretchen Steeves (née Biersteker) was born
May 26, 1895 in Amsterdam, Holland. She was, writes
Constance Brissenden, a graduate in law of Leyden U. During
the First World War she served as a legal adviser to the Netherlands
government. In 1918 she married Rufus Palmer Steeves (b. 1892 in
Woodstock, NB, died June 1960 in Cloverdale, B.C.), a Canadian officer
and former prisoner of war. They came to Vancouver in 1919, where
Rufus resumed his teaching career. Dot was a founder in 1932 of
the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation (CCF), which later became
the NDP. She served as CCF MLA for North Vancouver from 1934 to
1945, one of seven original CCF members in B.C. In May 1948 she
was elected CCF president for B.C./Yukon . . . A fiery member
... in the headlines much of the time. See this
May 14 Gordie Tocher, friend Richard Tomkies,
and navigator Gerhart Kiesel set out for Hawaii from West Vancouver
in a native-style log canoe Tocher had carved himself, to prove
Hawaiians could have originated in B.C. There is a good description
by writer Terry Barker from his book Last of the Sunshine Sketches
of this quixotic adventure here.
An excerpt: The trip was a nightmare. According to a feature
article in MacLeans Magazine of March 5, 1979, the
adventurers had to face 35-foot wavesor, as Richard put it,
sheer terror interspersed with moments of boredom. Kiesel
loved it, his grin growing wider as the waves grew higher. Gordie
was the expeditions cameraman, recording everything on a 16
mm Bolex. Later he would travel about B.C. with his film, eking
out a living by telling his adventures to rapt audiences at $3.50
May 18 Henry Bell-Irving was sworn in as B.C.s
lieutenant governor, succeeding Walter Owen.
May 29 The first Vancouver
Childrens Festival began in big, colorful tents
at Vanier Park. Since the festival began, more than 1.5 million
children have attended.
June 11 Actor Joshua Jackson was born in Vancouver.
July 18 Claude Dettloff, photographer, died
in Vancouver, aged about 79. (The spelling Claud is
correct.) Writes Constance Brissenden: Dett Dettloff
was born in 1899 in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, started his career
with the Minneapolis Journal in 1923, then worked 11 years
with the Winnipeg Tribune. He joined the Vancouver Daily
Province in 1936, would eventually become its chief photographer.
His famous Second World War photograph Wait for Me, Daddy,
showing five-year-old Warren Whitey Bernard running
after his marching dad, was shot October 1, 1940 as the New Westminster
brigade went overseas. The photo appeared October 2, 1940 in the
Province, and was named one of the 10 best pictures of the
1940s by LIFE magazine. The unposed shot was taken at 9 metres
with a 3 1/4 by 4 1/4 Speed Graphic and a 13.5 C.M. Zeiss lens.
Exposure was 1/200 of a second at F.8, using Agfa film. See
a fuller account in our Archives
July Brock House, a big handsome mansion built
in 1911 at 3875 Point Grey Road, was declared a Heritage Building
by the City of Vancouver. In 1952 the owners at that time sold the
building to the federal government, and until 1971 it served as
the RCMPs Vancouver Sub-Division Headquarters. On May 1, 1975,
the property was turned over by the Federal Government to the City
of Vancouver as part of the transfer of the Jericho Waterfront Lands.
Since 1977 the house and grounds have been leased to Brock
House Society from the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation.
The Society holds many community events there. There is an interesting
history of the house here.
August 11 to 13 The first Vancouver Folk Music
Festival opened in Stanley Park. To quote the Canadian Encyclopedia
site, The festival was founded by Mitch Podolak
and Colin Gorrie of the Winnipeg Folk Festival, and Ernie Fladell
and Fran Fitzgibbon of Vancouver's social planning department through
its Heritage Festival Society, and Gary Cristall, who co-ordinated
this first festival . . . It has avoided the promotion of star performers
but attendance has averaged about 30,000 annually, making this one
of Canada's most successful folk festivals. Gary Cristall
would be associated with the festival from its beginning to 1995.
September 3 An Air West Airlines Twin Otter
crash in Coal Harbour killed 11 people, nine of the 11 passengers
and both crew members.
September 8 Dave Brock died in West Vancouver,
aged about 68. This gentle, delightfully funny, mutton-chopped writer
and CBC broadcaster was a true original. David Hamilton Brock was
born in Ottawa in 1910. He wrote the articles on local entertainment
in the 1976 Vancouver Book, and fine pieces they are. He
was a son of Reginald W. and Mildred Brock, came to Vancouver at
age 4. He attended UBC and Harvard, was called to the BC bar but
never practised. He was best known for CBC radio and TV shows, talks
and documentaries, notably CBC-TVs Seven O'Clock Show.
He wrote a column for the Victoria Times in the 1960s. His
barbsnever cruelwere directed at people in power and
politicians. He was regularly published in Punch, Saturday
Night, Atlantic Monthly in the late 1930s and 1940s.
I interviewed Dave on my CBC radio show sometime
back in the 1970s and he told me a story that I have treasured ever
since. Hed been visiting a friend, a woman who worked in a
meat-packing plant making sausages. They were sitting outside on
the factorys lawn during her lunch break, and she said to
Dave, Oh, Dave, Im so hungry I could eat a sausage.
Daves parents were killed in a 1935 plane crash.
See that year in the Chronology for details.
September 18 Macleans Magazine went
October 2 Jack Webster, whose radio talk show
(CKNW) was a ratings force for years, started doing the same thing
on television at BCTV.
October 3 Walter Gage, retired president of
UBC, died in Vancouver, aged 73. He was born March 5, 1905 in South
Vancouver. He was educated at Tecumseh Elementary and John Oliver
High School, earned a BA in 1925 and an MA in 1926 from UBC. He
took graduate studies in math at the University of Chicago, and
the California Institute of Technology. A scholar and revered instructor,
he taught from 1927 to 1933 at Victoria College, a UBC affiliate,
then at UBC until 1978. They called him the Dean of Everything.
Walter Gage was associated with UBC for more than 50 years. Students
liked him, and he liked them: he was a superior teacher. remembered
their names throughout the years, and was famous for helping students
in crisis. He won UBC's 1953 Great Trekker Award and the 1968 Master
Teacher Award, Engineering students paid tribute to him by dubbing
their fuel-efficiency vehicle the Wally Wagon. Gage
was the sixth president of UBC, serving from 1969 to 1975. He was
awarded the Order of Canada, in 1971.
October 16 The Provinces Coffee
Break page had an interview with ventriloquist Peter Rolston, who
had left kids' TV and was now working clubs. He was in Calgary,
working with a little girl dummy named Cindy who told Peter, in
her little girl's voice, I go to kindergarten.
Is that right? said Peter.
Yes, I write poetry.
Wanna hear a dirty poem? she asked.
Startled, Peter shook his head. Oh, no, I don't think so.
An inebriated lady in the audience shouted, Let her tell it!
At which point Cindy leaned forward from Peter's knee and gazed
intently at the lady, then turned and looked solemnly at Peter.
That's my teacher, she said.
October 19 National Geographic was
doing a cover story on Vancouver, and sent one of its photographers,
Charles O'Rear, to take some photos. An indication of the magazine's
scale of preparation: O'Rear took more than 10,000 pictures, yet
a mere 21 got into the magazine. To get a shot of the magnificent
interior of the Orpheum, O'Rear had special lights brought in by
chartered plane from Washington, D.C., but his Orpheum shots were
among the 9,979 that didn't get in.
October 22 Karol Cardinal Wojtyla, born in
Wadowice, Poland, on May 18, 1920, became Pope John Paul II.
October 24 The Stormont Connector was officially
opened. It pushed McBride Boulevard (which links to the Pattullo
Bridge) through Burnaby to hook up with Highway 1 at Gaglardi Way.
Highways Minister Alex Fraser cut the ribbon.
October The new New Westminster library opened.
Also in October The 1911 Stanley Park Pavilion
was designated a Schedule A Heritage Building by the City of Vancouver.
Also in October Taylor's shoe store in Ladner
closed after 66 years. Begun as a harness repair shop, the business
switched to shoes when automobiles begin to replace horses.
Fall Three British Columbians were sipping
coffee in the anteroom of the Cavalry Club in London, England. Social
Credit cabinet minster Grace McCarthy wanted something dramatic
for Vancouver's centennial in 1986, eight years in the future. (Could
we borrow the Mona Lisa? was one of her first ideas.) Lawrie
Wallace, Agent General for British Columbia at the time, knew that
the third person in the groupPatrick Reid, then running Canada
Housewas also president of the Paris-based International Bureau
of Expositions. The BIE, to give it its French initials, had awarded
the hugely successful Expo 67 to Montreal. Why couldn't Vancouver
have one? Eight years and $1.5 billion laterdespite
some loud nay-sayings and union strikes during construction in 1984
that nearly cancelled the whole eventwhat began as Transpo
86 would go on to claim success as Expo 86. Some 22 million tickets
November 1 The Province and The
Vancouver Sun were closed by a labour dispute. They would not
resume publication until June 26, 1979, just under eight months.
The Province lost 16 persons from its editorial department,
the Sun eight, including columnist Doug Collins, who joined
The Daily Courier, and sportswriter Jim Taylor, who later
joined the Province.
The union newspaper The Vancouver Express
was launched to fill the gap. Copies of this newspaper are on microfiche
at the Vancouver Public Library. (An earlier Express, also
launched as the result of strikes at the two major dailies, had
appeared from February to May, 1970.)
November The first 15 Vietnamese refugees
from the Hai Hong arrived in Vancouver. The Hai Hong, journalist
Kevin Griffin wrote, was a rusty old freighter anchored off
the coast of Malaysia, unable to unload its human cargo. Hung over
the side of the boat was a sign in English: Please Rescue
Us. Captured by television news cameras, it was an image that
showed up on TV sets in living rooms in Europe, the U.S. and Canada.
Images of hungry and homeless refugees stuck on what amounted to
a floating casket also tweaked the conscience of thousands of Canadians.
Vancouverites were no different . . . Former Saigon resident Tzee
Kok Wu told of leaving in such secrecy that he was contacted about
the boat's departure only an hour before it left. Wu and his four
brothers and sisters made it in time but their parents were delayed
a half hour and were left behind. Wu told of being so crowded aboard
the boat, he could only sit because there wasn't enough space to
lie down. Of the 2,500 refugees crammed aboard the Hai Hong, about
600 arrived in Canada; 150 eventually arrived in Vancouver.
November 11 Billy Bishop Goes to War,
playwright-composer John Gray's two-man musical about Canada's World
War One flying legend, opened at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre.
It starred Gray and Eric Peterson (who played 21 different parts),
and became a huge hit. Says the online Canadian Encyclopedia
of Music: The musical brought Gray the 1981 Los Angeles
Drama Critics' Award, the 1982 Chalmers Canadian Play Award, and
the 1983 Governor General's Award for drama, as well as an Actra
award for best television program. Billy Bishop Goes To War
remains one of the most popular of Canadian musicals.
Eric Peterson is seen regularly on TV these days,
as a judge on CBC-TVs This Is Wonderland and as Brent
Butts irascible dad on CTVs Corner Gas. John
Gray, who is now known as John MacLachlan Gray to distinguish himself
from a host of other John Grays, is as busy as ever. See a brief
recap of his busy career here.
December 15 W.J. VanDusen, forest industry
executive, died in Vancouver, aged 89. Whitford Julian VanDusen
was born July 18, 1889 in Tara, Ontario. In 1912, writes
Constance Brissenden, he met H.R. MacMillan at the University
of Toronto, who pushed him to study forestry (BSc, 1912). From 1913
through WWI he worked as a B.C. forester. In the fall of 1919 VanDusen
joined H.R. MacMillan Export as manager and senior vice president
(1945-49). Following the merger with Bloedel, Stewart and Welch
he was named vice chair (1949-56). He remained on the board of MacMillan
Bloedel until he retired in 1969. He was involved in philanthropic
works, including the establishment of the Vancouver Foundation (1943).
He donated the purchase amount for the Shaughnessy Golf Course,
now the VanDusen Botanical Gardens.
December 25 Charles Edward Borden, archaeologist,
died in Vancouver, aged 73. He is called the Grandfather of
B.C. archaeology. Borden was born May 15, 1905 in New York
City, although he grew up in Germany. He graduated from the University
of California in German Literature (PhD, 1937). He formed UBC's
department of archaeology in 1939 and also taught German. In 1945
he served as archaeological resident with a small, privately funded
dig in Point Grey, followed by major B.C. studies. In 1949 he was
appointed lecturer in archaeology and taught the first courses at
UBC. In the mid-1950s he began studies in the Fraser Canyon. He
wrote some three dozen publications on B.C. and Fraser River archeology.
Also in 1978
Dr. Patricia Baird became the head of the Department
of Medical Genetics at the University of British Columbia. Under
her leadership, the department grew from a small group of pioneer
scientists and clinicians to an internationally known resource.
She was the first woman to chair a clinical medical school department
at UBC, and the first woman to be elected to the Board of Governors.
Her medical genetics course, regularly voted the best course by
UBC medical students, was an outstanding model for teaching genetics
to physicians of the future. The American Society of Human Genetics
has used this model in the development of medical genetics courses
for medical students in North America.
Jim Kinnaird, who had been the assistant deputy minister
of labor in the NDP government, was elected president of the B.C.
Federation of Labor. He was credited with uniting the divided body,
would serve three terms as leader of 250,000 unionized workers.
The British Columbia Film Commission was formed.
The making of movies in BC had accelerated, and the function of
the commission would be to promote and market B.C. to the world
as a film, television and commercial location, and to use the provinces
skilled professionals in their productions, both before and behind
the cameras. The Commission operates within the B.C. Trade Development
Corporation and maintains extensive photo files of locations, assists
producers with budgeting and production scheduling, acts as a liaison
for production companies and handles inquiries from the public.
After being hounded by a young North Vancouver singer
who insisted Bruce Allen become his manager, Allen acquiesced. Good
move. The young man was Bryan Adams, still a major star more than
25 years later.
Musicologist Ida Halpern, a potent force on the local
music scene and the first person to study the music of West Coast
native people, was made a Member of the Order of Canada.
The Vancouver Whitecaps finished the season with
an NASL best 24-6 first place finishwhich included winning
the seasons last 13 games in a row. The Whitecaps were drawing
crowds of close to 30,000 at Empire Stadium.
The Canucks revamped their uniforms, changing the
team colors from the original blue, green and white (with hockey
stick logo) to a yellow, orange and black outfit that looked, wrote
Mark Leiren-Young, like a bad set of pajamas. A San
Francisco marketing firm claimed it would strike fear into the hearts
of opponents, but, says Mark, all it induced was giggles and
they soon switched to a more subdued uniform although they
did keep the speeding skate logo.
Debbie Brill won gold in the World Cup of track and
field at Montreal.
In 50 years of high school basketball in BC, writes
Howard Tsumura, the only B.C.-born and schooled player to end up
in the NBA was Lars Hansen, a 6-foot-10 centre from Coquitlam's
Centennial Secondary. After leading his school to the B.C. title
in 1972, Howard writes, Hansen went on to play four seasons at the
University of Washington in Seattle, where he had an opportunity
to play against Stu Jackson's University of Oregon team. Hansen
later played 15 games for the Seattle SuperSonics during the 1978-79
season, averaging just over five points per contest. Seattle went
on to win the NBA title that season, however, Hansen did not play
in any of the playoff games.
The Ocean Engineering Centre opened at BC Research
on the UBC campus. The centre is consulted frequently by naval architects
and ship builders. They use a 67-metre-long towing tank here as
an interactive design tool allowing them to optimize hull lines.
Tests of models have examined the performance of tugs, barges, planing
hulls, sailboats, offshore supply boats, hydrofoils, ferries, catamarans
and even submarines. The Centre also gets into the movies: a large
wave basin (30.5 metres long) there has proven to be ideal as an
aquatic sound stage. It includes a 32-ton wave maker. Here
accurate models of entire harbors and shorelines can be constructed
and subjected to scaled-down tempests. Features filmed on
location at OEC include The First Season, Jason Takes
Manhattan, and The Sea Wolf. (The basin's water was warmed
in the latter film for star Charles Bronson.)
Edmonton-born (February 14, 1923) I.K. Ike
Barber, after a quarter century in the forest industry, formed his
own company: Slocan Forest Products Ltd. Sales were $23 million,
eventually reached nearly $1 billion. Slocan employed more than
4,000 people, including contractors, and won awards for its sustainable
forestry practices. Barber will become a prominent philanthropist,
and will make a $20 million donation to UBC to help establish the
K. Barber Learning Centre, in the universitys old
Barber would retire in 2002. (In 2004 Slocan Forest Products was
purchased by Canfor, Canadian Forest Products Ltd.)
Entrepreneur Brent Davies leased the Teahouse at
Ferguson Point in Stanley Park. (On May 5, 2004 he will rename it
the Sequoia Grill.) The Teahouse was built in 1938, just prior to
the Second World War, as an officers' mess for a military defense
garrison, staffed by the 15th Coast Artillery Regiment. After the
war, the city operated it as a summer teahouse.
The Vancouver Maritime Museum purchased the Thomas
F. Bayard, a two-masted schooner built in New York in 1880 as
a pilot ship. The Museum planned a major restoration of the vessel.
After its years as a pilot ship in Delaware Bay (Bayard was a Delaware
senator, later the U.S. Secretary of State), the Bayard became
a Gold Rush freighter, running between Puget Sound and Alaska from
1898 to 1906, then a seal hunter out of Victoria from 1907 to 1911.
Its most lasting fame was as the Sandheads #16 lightship at the
mouth of the Fraser River from 1913 to 1957 (another source gives
1955), a remarkable service of more than 40 years.
Alvin Balkinds term as chief curator at the
Vancouver Art Gallery, started in 1975, ended. See his biography
in our Hall of Fame.
Richard Bonynges years as artistic director
of Vancouver Opera ended. The Bonynge years (1974-78),
music critic Ray Chatelin wrote, began with great promise
and ended with the last half of the 1977-78 season being cancelled
because of mounting debt. Bonynge, though often mired in controversy
about finances and programming, changed the direction of the company.
He created his own orchestra and established a resident training
program, both which are foundations of the current operation.
He was succeeded by Hamilton McClymont.
Stu (James Stuart) Keate, journalist and publisher
of The Vancouver Sun since 1964, retired.
John Avison, originator and conductor of the CBC
Vancouver Orchestra, was named a Member of the Order of Canada.
Punchlines, Western Canada's first comedy
club, opened in the basement of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Founder
Rich Elwood would later move the club to Gastown where it lasted
Greenpeace bought its own ship, a converted North
Sea trawler, Sir Williams Hardy, renamed it the Rainbow
Warrior and began to campaign against whaling in Iceland and
La Petite Maison Housing Co-operative, on Talon Square
in Champlain Heights in Vancouver, began operation. Architectural
historian Harold Kalman comments: Champlain Heights, the name
given to this southeastern corner of Vancouver, was the last undeveloped
acreage within the city limits to be built up. The showcase residential
community was planned in the early 1970s, with curved roads and
cul-de-sacs serving a mix of housing types and income levels. The
City retained ownership of the land, leasing it to developers. This
stucco-and-wood housing co-op [La Petite Maison], inspired by the
idea of European townhouses around a public square, provides a comfortable,
human scale. Architects were Hawthorn/Mansfield/Towers.
The book The Salish People appeared. It consisted
of the field reports of ethnologist Charles Hill-Tout (1858-1944),
collected by Ralph Maud. Hill-Tout was a devoted amateur anthropologist,
and wrote much on the Salish.
The book Heritage Fights Back by Marc Denhez
appeared. Much of the book was dedicated to the fight to save the
Gastown areaat a time when the civic, provincial and federal
levels of government were in favor of demolishing it for massive
A decision was made to switch to the use of natural
gas only at the Burrard Thermal plantthe six tall stacks emitting
steam just west of the Ioco refinery on the north shore of Burrard
Inlet. The plant, completed in 1963, was designed to burn either
crude oil or natural gas. High pressure steam is passed through
turbines to generate electricityalmost 7,000 gigawatt-hours
of electricity a year, enough for 700,000 homes, if needed.
The provincial government asked Vancouver financial
consultants Brown Farris & Jefferson Ltd. to study how investors
fared on the Vancouver Stock Exchange. The odds of losing,
overall, are 84%about five times out of six, the study
concluded. The chances of investors doubling their money each
year for more than four years by buying and holding an issue appear
to be nil.
Passenger service at the CPRs second station
at 2734 Murray Street in Port Moody ended. The Port Moody Heritage
Society later restored the building and some of its early functions
(the telegraph office and station agent's kitchen), and today its
Moody Station Museum.
The Burnaby chapter of AHEPA (Anglo-Hellenic Educational
Progressive Association) was chartered. AHEPA is the largest Greek
Heritage organization in the world, supports a variety of charitable
The Mexican government presented the sculpture Throne
of Nezahualcoyotl, by Ted Sebastian, to the International Stone
Sculpture Symposium. Placed (appropriately) in VanDusen Botanical
Garden, it depicts the Aztec prince Nezahualcoyotl who found inspiration
The book Pioneers, Pedlars, and Prayer Shawls:
The Jewish Communities in British Columbia and the Yukon by
Cyril Leonoff appeared, published by Sono Nis Press.
H.D. Stafford died. He was an educator who served
the Langley area as District Superintendent of Schools for 19 years
and the education system for 30 years. He was a graduate of the
University of Alberta, who received an Honorary Life membership
from the Canadian Education Association and the Canadian Association
of School Administrators. A Langley secondary school is named for
him, and the Langley Chamber of Commerce presents an annual H.D.
Stafford Good Citizen of the Year award in his honor.
The Douglas College council approved a downtown New
Westminster site for the college's first permanent campus. The campus
at Royal Avenue and Eighth Street would be completed in the fall
of 1982 and officially opened the following spring.
A permanent residence (replacing temporary quarters)
was built on the BCIT campus. It consisted of five low-rise houses
and accommodated up to 250 students.
Prince Philip opened the Health Care Centre at New
Westminsters Royal Columbian Hospital.
A new 75-bed extended-care facility, Cedar Hill Centre,
opened at Langley Hospital.
A regional association that United Way established
in 1978 as the Lower Mainland Alliance of Information & Services
has grown this year to become the B.C. Alliance of Information &
Referral Services (BCAIRS), with 16 members in the Lower Mainland.
Open-line broadcaster Jack Webster moved from radio
(CKNW) to television (BCTV) and repeated his success.
The Surrey Story, by G. Fern Treleaven, which
had originally appeared in smaller separate parts, was published
as a book by the Surrey Museum and Historical Society. It told the
story of Surrey up to that point, frequently in the words of the
Vancouver, a history of the city by Eric Nicol,
appeared, published by Doubleday. On my travels around Canada and
the US, I often pop into public libraries and check to see what
books on Vancouver they stock. This is the title most often seen.
Peter Trowers Ragged Horizons was a
retrospective collection of his earlier works.
Geoff Meggs became editor of the United Fishermen
and Allied Workers Union's The Fisherman, oldest and largest
circulation west coast fishing industry publication.
SFU English professor John Mills published Skevington's
The movie The Other Side Of The Mountain, Part
2 (Director Larry Peerce) was released. Overcoming her fear
of commitment, paraplegic Jill Kinmont (Marilyn Hassett) marries
a sensitive truck driver (Timothy Bottoms) and passes through Vancouver
on her way to a Vancouver Island honeymoon.
Quintessence Recordsan outgrowth of Ted Thomas'
Kitsilano record store of the same namebecame a focal point
for the emerging punk and new wave scene, and introduced bands such
as The Pointed Sticks and Young Canadians.
Charitable casinos were first permitted in BC.
A number of new periodicals appeared in 1978. They
B C Runner, a quarterly published by the Seawall Running
Canadian Holistic Healing Association Newsletter, a quarterly.
Consulting Engineers of British Columbia: Commentary, a
quarterly for the membership of the Consulting Engineers of British
Columbia. It offered industry profiles, selection procedures, awards
for engineering excellence, export activity, sector articles, etc.
Indo Canadian Times, a weekly with text in Punjabi, a free
The Link, the first Indo-Canadian English paper to be published
in Vancouver, appeared as a biweekly.
Online - Onward, an irregular (approx. eight times a year)
publication of the Vancouver Online Users Group. It covered events
and information of interest to local librarians and others who worked
with computerized information retrieval and database management
Pacific Report Newsletter, a semi-annual free publication
of the Canadian Cancer Society, B.C. and Yukon Division.
Transmitter, published six times a year by the Telecommunications
Workers Union, a free telephone union newsletter
West Coast Libertarian, a bi-monthly publication of the
Greater Vancouver Libertarian Association, first appeared.
Ben Wosk, furniture and appliance merchant, and community
activist (Schara Tzedeck synagogue, B.C. Heart Foundation, Vancouver
Epilepsy Centre, Boy Scouts and others), was named a Member of the
Order of Canada.
Tsutae Sato, educator, was awarded the Order of Canada.
He and his wife Hanako ran the Vancouver Japanese Language School
from 1906 to 1942. See his entry in our Hall
of Fame for more information.
The Vancouver School of Art, newly independent from
Vancouver Community College, was renamed the Emily Carr College
of Art. The new name was not a unanimous choice. Painter Gordon
Smith, a former student and teacher at the school, was among those
who opposed naming it after Emily Carr. Smith was on the school's
board at the time, and says there had been fear that no one would
know who Carr was. Many students also opposed the idea, and protested
against it. But today the name has become happily accepted. In
retrospect, I think it was a good idea, says Smith. Emily
Carr was one of the greatest artists in Canada. Her name has become
synonymous with the school.
Under its various names the school has enjoyed more
than 70 years of activity, and produced thousands of artists and
designers. To quote from their very attractive web
site: Previous names include Vancouver School
of Decorative and Applied Arts (1925); Vancouver School of Art:
Decorative and Applied (1933); Vancouver School of Art (1937); Emily
Carr College of Art (1978); Emily Carr College of Art and Design
(1981); and finally, Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design (1995).
The Institutes web site gives a lively and
comprehensive overview of its activities.
A series of photographs was taken this year by Vancouvers
Planning Department, panoramic views of the city intended
for a special study. Some 25 years later matching photographs were
taken. The result is fascinating panoramic time-span views in which
you see how the city changed in those 25 years. The camera seems
to pan along the various skylines shown, and you see
forests of new buildings rising.
1978 Corvette Coupe
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The Ink Spots,
Bill Kenny in front, vocalizing
Nat Bailey died in Vancouver in 1978
The Vancouver Children's Festival
made its appearance in 1978
John MacLachlan Gray
(Photo: Canadian Encyclopedia)
The Port Moody Station Museum gets a visit from the Lions
Gate Model A Club.
(Photo: Kristin Meier)
Throne of Nezahualcoyotl
(Photo: City of Vancouver Public Art Registry)
Japanese Language School, 475 Alexander Street
(Photo: Japanese Consulate General)
A lecture at the Emily Carr Institute
(Photo: Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design)