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January 20 The Carnegie Building at Main and
Hastings reopened. It became the Carnegie Reading Room, would be
open seven days a week, 12 hours a day, 365 days each year.
January 26 William John Torchy
Peden, cyclist, died in Northbrook, Illinois, aged 73. He was born
April 17, 1906 (another source gives April 16) in Victoria. A flame-haired
youth who led the pack like a torch, he was famed during the
Depression as a six-day immortal bicycle racer, winning
Vancouver's first such event in 1931. In 1929, Peden set a world
speed record on a bicycle of 81 mph (130.3 km/h) that stood for
12 years. There is a very good brief biography here.
With his brother James Douglas Peden, Torchy won races across North
America, setting a world record of 38 victories that lasted 28 years.
His brother Ernie and cousin Rusty also raced. A crowd pleaser,
he received a gold-plated bicycle in honor of his years aboard his
CCM Flyer. He was inducted into the B.C.
Sports Hall of Fame in 1966 and the Canadian
Sports Hall of Fame.
Also January 26 Lynn Patrick, hockey player
and executive, died in St. Louis, Mo. aged 67. He was born,
writes Constance Brissenden, February 3, 1912 in Victoria.
He was a member of the 1933 Canadian Championship basketball team,
the Victoria Blue Ribbons. In 1934, he signed with Winnipeg Blue
Bombers. In the first game, he set a season's record with 68 yard
touchdown reception. In 1943 he joined the New York Rangers, coached
by his father Lester Patrick, scoring 13 goals in his first season.
During 10 years with the Rangers, he scored 145 goals and 190 assists
in 455 games. He twice led the team in scoring and played with them
to a 1940 Stanley Cup win. Patrick coached and managed the Boston
Bruins (1950-55). He was general manager of the St. Louis Blues
(1967), taking the team to the Stanley Cup play-offs in each of
their first three seasons. He retired in 1977 as vice president,
St. Louis Hockey Club. He was inducted into the B.C.
Sports Hall of Fame in 1968. And see this
site and click on The Legends.
February Architects McCarter and Nairne moved
to a new location, having been Marine Building tenants for just
under 50 years. They designed the building.
March 1 Canada's first all-jazz station, Vancouver
CJAZ-FM 92.1 signed on. See this
March 29 The building housing the Surrey Central
Library and the citys Chamber of Commerce opened.
April 1 B.C. Hydro split off its transit division
and a new company, Metro
Transit Operating Co., under contract to the Urban Transit
Authority, took over the regions transit. Within a few years
Metro Transit and the Urban Transit Authority would join forces
to become BC Transit, predecessor to TransLink.
April 12 One-legged runner Terry Fox of Port
Coquitlam began his cross-country Marathon of Hope to
raise money for cancer research. After the operation Terry began
to run daily, painfully short distances at first, but increasing
steadily as he developed strength and technique. His running style
was his own: two hops on his remaining leg, then a long stride on
his artificial leg while lifting his torso and shoulders for leverage.
"It takes more courage to fight cancer than it does for me
to run," said a determined Fox. Two years later he had obtained
sponsorship, planned his route and todayApril 12, 1980he
was in St. John's, Newfoundland. As he dipped his artificial leg
in the Atlantic, then turned his face to the west to run across
the nation, Terry's dream, the Marathon of Hope, began.
April 18 Actress Dorothy Stratten, born Dorothy
Ruth Hoogstraten February 28, 1960 in Vancouver, appeared on the
Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. See the August 14 entry below.
April The CN Station (1917-19) and its rooftop
neon sign were designated Schedule A Heritage Structures by Vancouver
City Council. Today, that handsome building is called Pacific Central
Station, the terminal for Greyhound Lines, Pacific Coach Lines and
two passenger railways: VIA Rail and Amtrak.
Also April Construction began on a new building
for the Valley Curling Club in Cloverdale, a club that had started
in 1954. The new facility would open January 17, 1981. The clubs
site (lots of history, lots of pictures) says: When
the new rink opened, the sheets were numbered from 2 to 7! The old
rink had been built on a bog and Sheet 1 had been so terrible that
it was decided that nobody should ever have to play on Sheet 1 again!!
May 1 CISL AM 940 Richmond signed on. See
May 18 The eruption of Mount St. Helens in
Washington State (named, incidentally, by Capt. George Vancouver
in 1792) rattled windows in Greater Vancouver. This excellent website
gives the details below.
Rather than clutter up this item with metric conversions,
if you want them, well direct you to this
- Mount St. Helens is an active stratovolcano (a
type of volcanic cone that consists of alternating layers of lava
and ash debris. These are usually steep-sided volcanoes found at
convergent boundaries between a continental plate and an oceanic
plate) located in southwest Washington, approximately a three-hour
drive from Seattle (90 miles).
- The eruption, at 8:32 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time May 18, was
triggered by a 5.1 earthquake centered beneath the mountain.
- The mountain was 9,677 feet high before the eruption, 8,363 feet
after. Some 1,314 feet had been removed by the eruption.
- The eruption caused the largest landslide in recorded history.
It swept down the mountain at speeds of 70 to 150 miles per hour
and buried the North Fork of the Toutle River under an average of
150 feet of debris. Some areas are covered by as much as 600 feet.
In all, approximately 23 square miles of material was removed from
- The lateral blast swept out of the north side of the mountain
at 300 miles per hour creating a 230-square-mile fan-shaped area
of devastation reaching a distance of 17 miles from the crater.
With temperatures as high as 660 degrees F and the power of 24 megatons
of thermal energy, it snapped 100-year-old trees like toothpicks
and stripped them of their bark.
- The snow on the mountain that was not instantly flashed to steam
by the heat, melted and formed large mudflows that destroyed 27
bridges, 200 homes, 185 miles of roadway, and 15 miles of railway.
- Pyroclastic (fragmented rock material) flows rolled out of the
crater for hours after the eruption. Covering six square miles they
sterilized the remaining soil with temperatures nearing 1,300 degrees
- The massive ash cloud grew to 80,000 feet (18 kilometers) in
15 minutes and reached the east coast in three days. Although most
of the ash fell within 300 miles of the mountain, finer ash circled
the earth in 15 days and may continue to stay in the atmosphere
for many years.
- 57 people were killed as a result of the eruption. 21 bodies
were never recovered.
- Losses amounted to $1.1 billion (US) for timber, civil works
and agricultural losses. This does not include money for personal
property losses, the cost of ash clean-up, or the loss of tourism
in the area immediately after the eruption.
- 7,000 big game animals, 12 million Chinook and Coho salmon, and
millions of birds and small mammals are believed to have died in
- The mountain can't even twitch without scientists knowing about
it. Seismic disturbances, gas emissions, temperature, elevation
changes (deformation), water levels, sediment flow rates, and even
magma movement are all carefully monitored.
- Mount St. Helens is expected to continue erupting but no one
knows for how long. Pyroclastic flows, lahars (pyroclastic material
mixed with water), ejection of ash and pumice, and even the possibility
of lava flows may all lie somewhere in MSH's future.
And a site visitor has kindly pointed out another very detailed site on the event.
May 21 The movie The Empire Strikes Back
premiered in the US.
June 27 O Canada was officially made
the countrys national anthem. The English version has had
slight revisions made.
June The Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior
was forced into the Spanish port of El Ferro by Spanish naval vessels,
and its crew was accused of obstructing Spanish whalers. Spanish
naval engineers disabled the boat by removing a propellor shaft
bearing. But see the November 8 entry!
July The 1932 Coroners Court at 238-240
East Cordova and Firehall No. 2 (1907) at 270 East Cordova were
designated Schedule A Heritage Structures by Vancouver City Council.
Today, the Coroners Court has become the Vancouver
Police Centennial Museum and the Firehall is now home
to the Firehall Arts Centre.
Summer Greater Vancouver brewery workers went
on strike. It happened to coincide with an unseasonably hot summer.
August 14 Vancouver-born actress and Playboy
Playmate Dorothy Stratten was shotgunned to death by her husband
Paul Snider in a West Los Angeles apartment. Snider then shot himself.
The Province ran a feature November 30 that told how young
and pretty Dorothy Hoogstraten, who had been working at a Dairy
Queen on East Hastings, was discovered by Snider, a
promoter. He arranged to have her participate in Playboy's Great
Playmate Hunt in 1978, which led to her success and a promising
movie career. As she rose, Snider apparently became a handicap .
. . and his anger and frustration ended in murder. This
site has details, and there is a fan
site. A movie about the tragedy, Star 80, starring
Mariel Hemingway will be made in 1983.
Stratten is buried in Los Angeles, Snider in the
Schara Tzedeck Cemetery in New Westminster.
August 16 Vancouver's Lois Wilson was the
first woman to be named moderator of the United Church of Canada.
August 27 Southam acquired ownership of the
Vancouver Sun, now owned both dailies in the city, the Vancouver
Sun and the Province. In 1964 the two papers had established
Pacific Press Ltd. to print both newspapers from a single shared
plant at 2250 Granville St. The Sun was given exclusive jurisdiction
as the evening newspaper and the Province became a morning
daily when the old News-Herald (latterly called, simply,
the Herald) was killed. There were two separate owners, Southam
Inc. for the Province and, successively for the Sun,
Sun Publishing, FP Publications Ltd, and, briefly, Thomson Newspapers.
Now there was just one.
August The Boat People of Vietnam,
fleeing that country by the thousands, were on our minds. The City
of Vancouver, Kevin Griffin wrote in The Greater Vancouver Book,
formed a special Task Force on the Boat People Rescue Project
and opened a special refugee coordinating centre at 16th and Cambie.
The centre wasn't so much a place for the refugees themselves to
get help as much as it was for local residents to find out more
information about sponsoring a Vietnamese refugee or to donate furniture,
clothing or to lend a hand in whatever way possible. The City of
North Vancouver declared September as Boat People Rescue Fund Month
to focus attention on raising money for Vietnamese refugees and
the Greater Vancouver Regional District sent letters to its member
municipalities asking for contribution funds and other support for
the Boat People.
September 2 143 days after he began his Marathon
of Hope, Terry Fox had to stop. His cancer had returned and spread
to his lungs. The courageous trek stopped near Thunder Bay, Ontario.
Terry was flown home and taken to Royal Columbian Hospital in New
Westminster. See the September 18 entry below.
September 14 The first phase of the Chinese
Cultural Centre in Vancouvers Chinatown opened.
September 18 At age 22 Terry Fox became the
youngest companion of the Order of Canada. The companion is the
highest of three levels of the Order. In a special ceremony Governor
General Ed Schreyer flew to B.C. to invest Terry with the honor
in the municipal council chamber of his home town, Port Coquitlam.
The Order of Canada awards, the Province reported, normally
are presented twice a year. But Schreyer and the council which advises
him on selections decided that, because of his illness and because
of his contribution to the country, a special award should be made
Schreyer quoted from poet Edwin Markham at the ceremony:
Brave soul that took the long and painful road to help create
a dream that could not fail.
This marked the first and only time when the Governor
General went to the recipient of the award.
Terry died June 28, 1981, one month before his 23rd
A book on Terry by Douglas Coupland is now a Canadian
September 21 A plaque on the Stanley Park
Seawall gives this as the official opening date.
October In 1978 the newly named Emily Carr
College of Art had regained its independence from VCC through the
efforts of then-principal Robin Mayor (appointed in 1972). With
an increased enrolment and a new mandate to serve all of British
Columbia, the college needed a new facility. As part of a federal
government urban renewal project on Granville Island, three abandoned
industrial buildings on Johnston Street were transformed into the
school's new premises and officially opened in October 1980. The
words and Design were added to the college's name.
November 8 The Greenpeace ship Rainbow
Warrior escaped from El Ferro, where the vessel was being held
by Spanish armed forces. The crew has secretly jerry-rigged a substitute
propellor shaft bearing to make the boat sailable again.
November 26 The International Bureau of Expositions
in Paris approved Expo 86 for Vancouver.
November The Look of Music opened at
the Vancouver Museum, and proved a hugely popular show featuring
old, rare and beautifully made musical instruments. The guiding
force behind the mounting of the show was Dr. Phillip T. Young of
the School of Music, University of Victoria. Dr. Young was an active
member of the American Musical Instrument Society. The exhibition
featured about 300 items illustrating the evolution of Western musical
instruments from 1500 to 1900.
Also November The Canadian Fire Underwriters
Survey declared the Vancouver Fire Department had achieved Canada's
first-ever and only Class I rating.
December 3 The Province reported: Terry
Fox, the 22-year-old athlete who ran halfway across Canada with
an artificial leg before being sidetracked by lung cancer, has been
made a freeman of the City of Port Coquitlam. Terry, who has raised
almost $20 million for cancer research, was earlier admitted to
the Order of Canada and the Order of the Dogwood.
December 9 John Lennon was shot dead.
December 22 Ethel Wilson, writer, died in
Vancouver, aged 92. She was born Ethel Davis in Port Elizabeth,
South Africa January 20, 1888. An orphan, Constance
Brissenden writes, she came to Vancouver in 1898 to live with
her grandmother. Taught in public schools from 1907 to 1920. In
1921 she married Dr. Wallace Wilson. She began writing in 1937;
in 1947, her first novel, Hetty Dorval, was published. From
1947 to 1957 she wrote four more novels, the best known being Swamp
Angel. Mrs. Golightly and Other Stories, her last published
work, appeared in 1961, the year she received a special Canada Council
medal for contributions to Canadian literature. In 1960 she received
the Lorne Pierce Medal from the Royal Society of Canada, in 1970
the Order of Canada Medal of Service. George Woodcock said, "No
other writer has more successfully evoked British Columbia as a
place or its inhabitants as a strange and unique people than Ethel
Wilson. B.C.'s top fiction prize is named for her. See this
December Blackcomb opened with a capacity
of 4,000 skiers per day, on four triple chairs and a beginner double
chair, serving 4,068 vertical feet. It grew slowly at first, as
it was still much smaller than its largest competitor and neighbor
across the valley, Whistler Mountain.
December 31 Thanks largely to an earlier CTV
telethon honoring Terry Fox, a total of more than $24 million had
been raised for his cause by years end. Terry's goal of $1
for every Canadian had been reached, and more. He had more than
doubled the National Cancer Institute of Canada's 1980 research
allowance. And the Port Coquitlam post office reported that Terry
got more mail this month than everyone else in townresidential
Also in 1980
Says Rolling Stone: Perhaps no other modern
musician is as synonymous with mainstream pop rock music as Bryan
Adams. Since embarking on a solo career in 1980, Adams has sold
more than 45 million albums worldwide, becoming a top global concert
attraction thanks to his rigorous tour schedule. Adams, born
November 5, 1959 in Kingston, Ontario, came to Vancouver in the
John Avison's health at age 65 resulted in his resigning
as musical director of the CBC Vancouver Orchestra. Succeeding him
as principal conductor was the renowned English conductor John Eliot
Gardiner. Gardiner, born April 20, 1943 in Fontmell, Dorset, England
began conducting at age 15. He will hold the CBC post to 1983. There
is a good biography of him at this
Patricia Carney was elected a Conservative MP for
Vancouver Centre. She wrote in her 2000 memoirs, Trade Secrets.
[L]ike Alice in Through the Looking Glass, I walked
through the mirror and found my political passion, politics, and
the rest of my life. Carney, born with twin Jim in Shanghai
May 26, 1935, earned national attention in the 1960s writing from
Vancouver on business issues. Years as a business consultant in
the Northwest Territories were followed by her election this year.
She will be appointed to the Senate in 1990, the first Conservative
senator to be appointed from B.C. in 59 years.
Leila Getz founded the Vancouver Recital Society.
To quote the citation on the web site for the Order of British Columbia
(which she was awarded in 2004): Leila Getz had a dreamto
present outstanding musicians in recitals for Vancouver music lovers.
In 1980, she brought that dream to life when she founded the Vancouver
Recital Society. Her vision and leadership have established the
Society as one of North America's most respected classical music
organizations and its concerts are sought-after platforms for presenting
new talent. As artistic director, she has been instrumental in launching
the careers of numerous emerging local and international artists,
and brought renowned artists to Vancouver from around the world.
You will read more of this remarkable woman as we add new material
to the Chronology.
Vancouver entertainer Barney Potts, 70, who led bands
here in the 1930s, performed in musicals in the 1940s and was a
CBC-TV star for many years, released an album titled Barney Potts,
The Eastburn Community Centre opened at 7435 Edmonds
Street in Burnaby.
Debra McPherson, a nurse at University Hospital,
looked at her first 1980 pay cheque from the hospital and wondered
out loud why it didnt reflect three years of identical experience
in Edmonton. Manitoba-born McPherson became an activist at that
point and today is president of the 25,000-member B.C. Nurses
Union. Sure we can settle for less," she asks, "but
why should we? Why should I be paid less than a freaking plumber?
The Cascades Drive-In Theatre, a Burnaby landmark
since August 30, 1946, closed. The site is now occupied by the Cascade
Village condominium development.
Jack Short, horse racing broadcaster, was named to
the B.C Horse Racing Hall of Fame.
The 13-minute NFB film Nails, made by Vancouver
film director Philip Borsos, was nominated for an Oscar. It won
the 1980 Canadian Film Award for Best Short. Who'd have thought
the subject could be so interesting, or so exciting photographically?
(Los Angeles Times). To quote the Victoria Independent Film &
Video Website: It is not surprising that Borsos was nominated
for an Academy Award for this short film. Continuing the trend he
began with his earlier films, Spartree  and Cooperage
, Borsos uses the subject of nail making to explore the loss
of traditional production methods inherent in the industrialized
world. From the lone nail maker in his workshop to the mechanized
factory that is hardly reliant upon the skill and toil of the human
hand, Borsos takes us on a journey through nail making that is awe-inspiring.
Its remarkable visual style, incorporating pans and tracking shots
that are a trademark of Borsos' work, and its riveting score by
Michael Conway Baker make it the most developed of Borsos' three
process films. Borsos will go on to make several
fine feature films.
Writes Michael Walsh on the movie Klondike Fever
(director Peter Carter): The young Jack London (Jeff East)
encounters such legendary characters as Northwest Mounted Policeman
Sam Steele (Lorne Greene) during his real-life Yukon gold-fields
odyssey. Jeff East, by the way, played the young Clark Kent
in the first Christopher Reeve Superman movie.
Other Walsh annotations:
Out Of The Blue (also known as Ce Be;
director Dennis Hopper) The Easy Rider director used east
side locations for the story of a disturbed, abused teen (Linda
Manz) who must face the bitter fact that her parents (Sharon Farrell,
Dennis Hopper) are terminally dysfunctional.
The Changeling (director Peter Medak) is released.
Vancouver plays a Gothic-looking Seattle in this tale of a restless
spirit attempting to communicate with a grieving widower (George
Mr. Patman (director John Guillermin) Insanity
proves contagious for a Vancouver psychiatric orderly (James Coburn),
an Irish charmer who identifies too closely with the patients on
Virus (director Kinji Fukasaku) Local backgrounds
supplement the Antarctic footage featured in this Japanese-made
disaster drama that follows the fate of the 858 survivors of a global
Big Meat Eater (aka The Butcher of Burquitlam.
Director Chris Windsor) Cannibalism and small appliance repair are
featured in this deliberate attempt by SFU Film Workshop alumni
to create a suburban midnight movie musical.
An improvisational group called the TheatreSports
League began performing late night shows on weekends at City Stage.
Mark Leiren-Young has written that the ever-changing cast
of improvisational comedians (which has included such successful
performers and/or writers as Jay Brazeau, Garry Chalk, Roger Frederichs,
Dean Haglund, Christine Lippa, Colin Mocherie, Louise Moon, Morris
Panych and Veena Sood) . . . gradually developed a devout following
and in 1986 took over the City Stage space themselves, renaming
their venue The Back Alley Theatre.
Kamloops-born Renald Rabu succeeded Maria Lewis as
head of Pacific Ballet Theatre. In 1985 the company will be renamed
Ballet British Columbia.
Montreal-born dancer Judith Marcuse, who had moved
to Vancouver in 1976 and began to choreograph that same year, launched
her own company concentrating on modern choreography.
The Federal Department of Communications established
the Cultural Initiatives Program which, unlike the Canada Council,
could provide popular arts festival funding.
Carol Shields left her teaching duties at UBC and
went to the University of Manitoba.
The book Vancouver: An Illustrated History,
by Patricia E. Roy, appeared. She was a history professor at the
University of Victoria. A solid piece of work, it was part of the
History of Canadian Cities series co-published by James Lorimer
and Company, Toronto and the National Museum of Man, National Museums
of Canada. 190 pages, 9 maps, 14 tables and lots and lots of photographs.
An excerpt: While the CPRs need for a
good harbour is obvious, the provincial governments motive
in encouraging extension of the railway is less clear. A few weeks
after the federal government relinquished its claim to railway lands
west of Port Moody, the province announced that the lands were not
open for sale. While visiting Montreal, Premier William Smithe had
promised to hold them for the railway company until [CPR President
William] Van Horne could inspect the area. Van Horne agreed that
if he could have the lands and make reasonable arrangements
with private holders of lands in that vicinity, the CPR would
make Coal Harbour and English Bay its Pacific terminus. After examining
the site, Van Horne asked the province for approximately 11,000
acres, including the Granville townsite and the north half of the
Hastings preserve . . .
The book Along the No. 20 line: reminiscences
of the Vancouver waterfront, by Rolf Knight, appeared, published
by New Star Books. Its a lively, exceedingly readable chronicle
of life in the areas of Vancouver where loggers tended to hang out
in the 1930s and 40s. No trip to town, reads one
passage, was complete without a trip to The Only, just around
the corner from The West. It was a tiny restaurant with a big neon
seahorse hanging over its swinging doors. The windows were artfully
arranged to look like an underwater garden of ice blocks, sprouting
celery and lettuce, with pods of cooked crabs, pockets of oysters
and silvery whole salmon. Through steamed over windows you got a
glimpse of an open kitchen with cooks hovering around boiling kettles.
It was always busy and you often had to wait in line to sit at the
counters for the clam chowder stew and the quick-boiled fish that
made the Only renowned, unchanged almost from the beginning of the
Were delighted to report the text of the entire
book is viewable here.
SFU has a web site about Knight, which makes it clear
that the title of his 1974 book A Very Ordinary Life is not
quite accurate: Rolf Knight was born in 1936 and grew up partially
in Vancouver and partially in the resource workers' camps of the
B.C. coast, working in them until the late 1950s. He obtained a
B.A. and an M.A. from the University of British Columbia and traipsed
around the U.S. and other parts of the world for some years before
getting his Ph.D. from Columbia University in New York in 1968.
He taught in a number of American universities, including Columbia,
and returned to Canada to teach at the University of Manitoba, Simon
Fraser University, and finally at the University of Toronto, where
he held a tenured Associate Professorship until 1977. He left that
position to engage in full time writing and has published ten books
since then. For some years he also drove taxi in Vancouver. In 1992
he received the Canadian Historical Association's award for his
contributions to regional history. He continues to live in Vancouver
and to write books.
Barry Downs, a Vancouver architect, celebrated B.C.'s
early churches and church sites in Sacred Places. It received
an Eaton's B.C. Book Prize.
The small book A Guide to Sculpture in Vancouver,
by Peggy Imredy, appeared. For research she incorporated the files
of her husband, sculptor Elek Imredy.
The book The House That Jack Built, by Stan
Persky, appeared. The full title gives a good indication of the
content: The House (Convention Centre, Stadium, Rapid Transit
System, etc.) that Jack Built: Mayor Jack Volrich and Vancouver
The novel, Always Tip The Dealer, by local
writer Gary Ross, appeared. It was described as a look at the dark
side of Las Vegas that tourists never see. Ross will have
two great book successes in the future, both filmed. Read about
Chuck Davis Vancouver Appointment Book,
published by New Star Books, appeared. It held space for a weeks
appointments on one page, a brief historical vignette on the other.
The historical material was from Chucks weekly columns in
the Province. The books success led to two sequels.
The book Mosaic fragments: from the memoirs of
T. Ellis Ladner (1871-1958), edited by Edna G. Ladner, appeared.
The B.C. Penitentiary, a federal maximum-security
facility and the largest prison in the province, was phased out.
It was replaced by Kent Prison in Matsqui and other institutions
as part of a decentralization plan.
The Downtown Eastside Residents Association, DERA,
hired an organizer. DERA had been having financial problems, exacerbated
by non-supportive provincial and civic governments. But then both
Bruce Eriksen and Libby Davies were elected to city council, and
with other supporters such as Harry Rankin and Mike Harcourt the
organization was eventually able to obtain the funding to hire that
organizer. His name was Jim Green.
The nine-kilometre Stanley Park seawall was completed.
Much of it was built or supervised by master stonemason Jimmy Cunningham,
who has hefted thousands of the 45-kilogram blocks into place over
The Boeing plant on Sea Island was demolished. It
was built in 1939 for the production of Canso and Catalina and later
B-29 superfortress aircraft. At the peak of production it employed
Large numbers of trespassers picking hallucinogenic
mushrooms became a nuisance for Surrey farmers. One farmer solved
the problem by pasturing a young bull on his land and posting conspicuous
notices to Beware of the Bull.
The north side of Whistler Mountain opened. So did
the first phase of Whistler Village with hotels, restaurants, pubs,
shops, the Whistler Conference Centre, banks and tour companies.
Mohawk Lubricants began operating a used oil re-refining
plant in North Vancouver. Mohawk's used oil division can collect
over 33 million litres a year of used lubricating oil. This equates,
said Mohawk, to 30,000 tonnes of potentially hazardous waste material
being removed from the Western Canadian environment every year.
The architectural firm of Musson Cattell Mackey won
the Governor General's Award in architecture for their design of
888 West Hastings. According to Sean Rossiter, who writes extensively
on local architecture, MCM reoriented Downtown Vancouver from
its east-west Georgia Street axis to north-south along Burrard.
. . . A staff architect from England with Semmens and Simpson and
the Bentall family's Dominion Construction firm, Musson and his
partner Terry Cattell were natural choices to build the Bentall
Centre (1966-82), four towers that formed the biggest superblock
development in western Canada. MCM were involved in almost every
development from West Georgia to the waterfront . . .
A cast-concrete fountain designed by Paul Deggan,
a West Vancouver artist, was installed at 601 West Broadway.
The oldest surviving Catholic church in Greater Vancouver
is St. Paul's Indian Church, built in 1884 in North Vancouver. Its
twin steeples are a familiar North Shore landmark. An extensive
restoration began this year, and would continue to 1983.
The Aquatic Centre indoor pool at UBC opened at a
cost of $5.4 million, largely paid by students, alumni and the community.
The pool is Olympic size50 metres long, 25 metres wideand
holds three million litres (644,000 gallons) of water. Designed
for recreational and competitive use, it holds up to 738 swimmers
and allows several different activities to take place at one time.
The Centre also houses a well-equipped exercise room, physical fitness
testing centre, two saunas and a whirlpool. The Centre is open to
students, staff and faculty members and the general public.
Langara College began a co-operative education program
that combined academic studies with practical work experience.
The south tower at Richmond General Hospital was
The Greater Vancouver Information Referral Service
(GVIRS, pronounced jeevers) purchased its first computer
(thanks to grants from B.C. Lotteries and the Vancouver Foundation),
and began to build its famous Red Book database. This was
a book for professionals in the field that listed social and other
helping agencies in the region.
The Knowledge Network was created. A B.C. government-funded
educational channel, it would make its on-air debut in January 1981.
During that year the Knowledge Network staff increased from one
A number of publications debuted in 1980. They included:
Critique Published four times a year by the
Xanthyros Foundation in West Vancouver, this was a New Age publication,
the motto of which was Getting to the Heart of the Matter.
Ennui A bi-monthly art magazine produced by
Ennui Publications of Vancouver. We could check to see if its
still around, but were just too tired.
Prospector Exploration & Investment Bulletin,
published six times a year by KW Publishing.
Sacred Fire, a poetry magazine published in
West Vancouver four times a year.
Softball B.C. Magazine: The Voice of the British
Columbia Amateur Softball Association, a quarterly published
by Softball British Columbia that contains membership information
and articles of sport-related interest.
Writing Published three times a year, a journal
of socially committed and experimental poetry and fiction from Canada,
the United States and Great Britain.
The Lady Alexandra, built in 1924, which became
a floating restaurant in Coal Harbour in 1959, then a gambling hall
in Redonda Beach, California, was badly damaged in a storm there
and finally scrapped.
The Samson V, one of a line of snagpullers
used to keep the Fraser River's channels free of hazards, particularly
deadheads, and also to maintain marker buoys and lights, was retired.
It is now a New Westminster-based maritime museum portraying the
history of the Fraser River.
The B.C. ferry Queen of Surrey was refurbished
at a cost of more than $10 million, renamed Queen of the North
and put into service on the Queen Charlotte run. The shipwith
99 passengers and crew aboardwould sink after hitting a rock
about 135 kilometres south of Prince Rupert on March 22, 2006. Two
passengers lost their lives. All other passengers and crew were
AirBC was formed when the Jim Pattison Group of investors
purchased six smaller commuter airlines and amalgamated them into
a larger, more efficient operation to serve destinations across
western Canada (connecting B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba)
and the northwestern U.S.
Assets at Vancouver City Savings Credit Union (VanCity)
hit the $1 billion mark.
Power from the Peace Canyon project came on line,
and BC Hydro's province-wide capacity increased to 7,948,000 kilowatts
(83 percent of it hydroelectric), more than five times its capacity
two decades earlier. Faced with the slowing of economic growth,
Jim Lyon wrote in The Greater Vancouver Book, and intensifying
environmental criticism over the practice of flooding valleys to
provide hydroelectric generation, in the 1980s B.C. Hydro would
turn away from building more generating facilities. Instead, it
sought to get the most out of its existing ones. By the end of the
1980s total installed capacity would rise to 10,467,000 kilowatts
(90 per cent hydroelectric).
HRH Prince Charles unveiled the striking Bill Reid
sculpture, Raven and the First Man, at the Museum of Anthropology.
The work, commissioned by Walter and Marianne Koerner, was carved
by Reid from a 4 1/2 ton block of yellow cedar formed from 106 beams.
Haida people brought the sand at the base of the sculpture from
the beach where the trickster Raven is said to have made his discovery
of the first humans in a clam shell. The small, beautiful boxwood
prototype, small enough to fit snugly into a person's hand, is now
in a permanent display at the Museum of Reid's smaller work in gold,
silver, argillite and wood.
The tapestry Vancouver Vertical, by Joanna
Staniszkis, was installed at 999 West Hastings. The weaving shows
the skyline of the city at that time. There is a very attractive
web site by Ms. Staniszkis here.
The big (18 feet x 16 feet) painted canvas Beautiful
British Columbia Multiple-Purpose Thermal Blanket, created by
Gathie Falk, was installed at 1441 Creekside, home of the B.C. Central
Gate to the Northwest Passage, a corten steel
sculpture by Alan Chung Hung, was installed at Kitsilano Point near
the Vancouver Museum. Reaction to the work is mixed. (We like it.)
Flower Totems, a steel sculpture by Sam Carter,
was installed at Kingsway and King Edward. Its described as
three steel vertical poles holding silhouettes of stylized
flower forms enameled in different primary colors. Funds for
the work came from a Neighborhood Improvement Project for the Kensington
A Mural by Richard Tetrault was installed
at the Four Sisters Housing Co-op. Tetrault has created murals all
over the area, in community centres, housing developments, banks
and schools. (He coordinated a student-project muralwith students
from Grades 1 through 7on the south-facing wall of Lord Roberts
Elementary School, on Bidwell Street in the West End. There is an
interesting article on him here.)
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