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January 1 Thirteen maximum security prisoners
escaped from Oakalla Prison. There had been a riot at the prison
four days earlier.
January 24 A riot erupted at Kent Prison in
Agassiz. Eighty inmates were involved. Three were injured.
February Designated schedule A heritage structures
in Vancouver were these buildings:
- 883, 889 and 891 Broughton, all built in 1903
- 1416 Haro, 1909
- 1430-32 Haro, 1902
- 1436 Haro, 1907
- Barclay Manor, 1447 Barclay, 1890
- Weeks House, 1459 Barclay, 1895
- Terminal City Lawn Bowling Club, 1650 West 14th, 1935
- Connaught Park Fieldhouse, 2390 West 10th, 1925
- Memorial Park South Fieldhouse, 5950 Prince Albert, 1930
- Vancouver Rowing Club, Stanley Park, 1911
April 23 The Metrotown Save-on-Foods roof
collapsed during opening ceremonies, only minutes after Mayor Bill
Copelandwho was presiding over the grand openinghad
directed the evacuation. There were no fatalities. Copeland had
become alarmed by cracks in the ceiling, and personally escorted
dozens of customers out of the store just before the roof caved
in, bringing several automobiles down with it into the store. The
owners of the Station Square development suspended all construction
at the $75-million project after the collapse of the roof.
Fifteen people, including Mayor Copeland, were briefly
hospitalized. There were about 1,000 people in the store, and it
was believed that Copeland, a former firefighter, had saved many
April 24 The Vancouver Fire Departments
first 6-alarm fire occurred at the Fraser Arms Hotel. A history
of the VFD by Alex Matches will appear this fall. Heres an
advance excerpt from the book, kindly sent me by Alex: On
April 24th, 1988 the first six-alarm fire in VFD history occurred
at the Fraser Arms Hotel at 1450 Southwest Marine Drive. The first
alarm came in at 2141 hours and was made a second alarm eight minutes
later by the first-in battalion chief, B3. Then it was up-graded
to a third at 2151 when the fire continued its rapid spread throughout
the south side of the building and through the roof. The off-shift
was called out with the upgrades to fourth- and fifth-alarms at
2228 and 2230 hours respectively, then at 2237 it was made a six-alarm
fire by Command 1, the on-duty Assistant Chief from No.1.
An hour later, at 2345 hours, the fire was
under control and 25 minutes later, at 0011 hours, it was struck
out. Fresh manpower was brought onto the scene throughout
the early morning hours to overhaul and extinguish the remaining
small fires. Three fire fighters received minor injuries but were
checked out at the hospital and released. The fire was believed
to have started under a wooden stairway at the rear of the building
in a garbage container. Damage was estimated at $1 million.
May 5 The Biomedical
Research Centre opened at UBC. The $23 million facility
is devoted to advancing the treatment of cancer and other diseases
such as arthritis, allergies and asthma. Its a joint project
of the Terry Fox Medical Research Foundation and the Wellcome Foundation
(funded by Burroughs-Wellcome, a pharmaceutical company). Supporting
organizations include the University Hospital, the TRIUMF research
laboratory and the Imaging Research Centre, all on campus.
May 20 The Hongkong Bank acquired all the
assets of Midland Bank Canada. On May 29, 1990 it would buy Lloyds
Bank Canada. The two acquisitions would add nearly $5 billion in
assets and 53 new branches, mainly in Ontario and Quebec.
Spring The 1988 inductees into the Vancouver
Board of Trade Hall of Fame (awarded to companies
or organizations active for 100 years) were Ocean Construction Supplies
and the YMCA of Greater Vancouver.
June 8 The Vancouver 86ers (formerly the Whitecaps)
began an astonishing 46-game (37-0-9) streak without a defeat. The
streak would last to August 8, 1989. They won the Canadian Soccer
League championship this year, and would go on to win it for three
more consecutive seasons.
June 16 The Roxy Cabaret opened on Granville
June While the Prairies suffered from drought,
there was a record rainfall for June in the Fraser Valley this month:
144 mm. (5.7 inches.)
July 31 Eileen Underhill, badminton champion,
died in Vancouver, aged 99. Margaret Eileen Stuart George was born
April 1, 1889 in Moosomin, Sask. She moved to Vancouver in 1910.
Considered to be B.C.'s all-time best female badminton player, she
dominated the sport from 1927 to 1936. With her husband, Jack Underhill
(b. Sept. 3, 1902, Vancouver; d. July 14, 1974, Vancouver), won
National Doubles Championship for three consecutive years. They
were five times B.C. mixed doubles champions (1928 to 1931 inclusive
and 1935). Jack was Canada's top male badminton star (1925-47),
winning numerous B.C. and national championships. The Underhills
were the first husband-and-wife team in the B.C.
Sports Hall of Fame (1970).
Summer Science World opened in the former
Expo Centre, the golf ball, at 1455 Quebec Street. The
first show was a preview, a four-month smash titled Dinosaurs!
A Journey through Time with White Spot. More than 350,000 visitors
came during its run. The centre would close for refurbishing, then
open for good on May 6, 1989. The conversion was by architect Boak
August 11 Hy Aisenstat, restaurateur, died
in Vancouver, aged 62. He was born April 28, 1926 in Calgary. Aisenstat,
writes Constance Brissenden, was the son of a Russian emigre
wholesale grocer in Calgary. Hy worked in sales, then owned a small
oil company. In 1955, with his wife Barbara (born March 20, 1934
in Kirkland Lake, Ont.), he opened Hy's Steak House in Calgary with
a $3,000 loan. They moved to Vancouver (1960) and he opened Hy's
at The Sands, The Mansion (1979) and Hy's Encore. By 1968, Hy's
of Canada united 12 companies, with restaurants across Canada, and
in Chicago, Honolulu, Palm Springs and Beverly Hills. He called
his restaurants saloons and was noted for smoking 10
Havana cigars daily.
August 19 A high-pressure water main feeding
the new sprinkler system in the main branch of the Vancouver Public
Library at Robson and Burrard burst, soaking hundreds of rare books
and bound periodicals. Said a newspaper report: More than
200,000 books and newspapers in the basement of the Robson and Burrard
Building were doused in the 10-minute shower . . . Workers mopped
up much of the mess, using 2,000 kg of newsprint to blot the moisture
out of the less severely damaged items.
Chief librarian Barbara Bell said staff stacked
the most badly soaked items into 236 milk crates and sent them off
to be freeze-dried, which stops water damage and mold growth.
BC Ice and Cold Storage froze the books to prevent mildew until
they could be shipped to BMS Catastrophe Ltd., in Fort Worth, Texas.
There, the books were freeze-dried, and the resultant ice crystals
removed, preserving fragile paper and bindings. Though quick action
preserved much of the collection, losses included 400 books, as
well as several art periodicals printed on clay-coated paper stock
that turned to muck in the flood. Totally lost was a 23-year bound
collection (1939 to 1961) of the Province and Vancouver Sun newspapers.
By January 11, 1989, the freeze-dried books were
back on the shelves. And see the November 10 item below.
September 2 At 12 noon the radio call letters
CJOR, which had been in use since 1927, disappeared as the station
changed its name to CHRX andstill at 600 on the dialbegan
a classic rock format. See this
site. The station has changed its name more than once
September 9 David See-Chai Lam was sworn in
as B.C.s lieutenant governor, succeeding Robert Rogers.
September 22 During the Second World War 22,000
Japanese Canadians were uprooted from their homes, separated from
their families and sent away to camps. Not one was ever charged
with an act of disloyalty. Today, Prime Minister Brian Mulroney
formally apologized to Japanese Canadian survivors and their families.
Art Miki, of the National Association of Japanese Canadians, called
the apology and $300 million compensation package a settlement
CBC Radios national service broadcast a report
today on the apology, and the compensation to be paid to them. You
can hear it (and a voice clip from wartime PM Mackenzie King) here.
September 27 A plaque commemorating the opening
a century earlier of Stanley Park was unveiled on the right side
of the park drive at the north foot of Pipeline Road. Thats
where the park was declared open by Mayor David Oppenheimer September
September IFC Vancouver opened its offices.
Michael Goldberg would be its executive director until July 1991
when he returned to the Faculty of Commerce at UBC. See the February
1986 chronology on this site for an explanation of the
significance of the IFC (International Financial Centre).
September Designated a schedule A heritage
structure was Firehall No. 6, at 1001 Nicola, built in 1907. Designated
a schedule B heritage structure was Tellier Tower, 10-16 East Hastings,
October A small army of Vancouver musicians
paid their respects to jazz DJ Bob Smith at the Commodore Ballroom.
He was the city's first jazz disc jockey, began playing big-band
music as a teenager on a CJOR program, Hilites, in 1937. On February
1, 1947 he began to host a national radio show on CBC called Hot
Air. With Bob at the helm Hot Air ran for 30 astonishing years,
and with Paul
Grant as host is still going today, the longest-running
radio program in Canada and maybe North America. Bob died in 1989.
November 2 Repap Enterprises Inc. was incorporated.
The companys coated papers were used by publishers like Time,
Sports Illustrated, The New Yorker and Canadian
Living. By 1995 Repap was exporting more coated paper46,000
tons that yearthan any other North American producer. But
by 1997 the company was in trouble. More to come.
November 10 Mayor Gordon Campbell promised
Vancouver a new central library.
December 2 Walter Koerner, forest company
executive and philanthropist, donated his huge collection of ceramic
art objects to UBC. Today he wrote to Dr. David Strangway, the university
president, about the collection. Here is an excerpt
from that letter:
I am happy that the collection should find
an appropriate home here at the University of British Columbia.
Its gathering has been delightful past time for most of my life,
covering the span of nearly of 80 years. Since I was a boy, at school.
At that distant time when the Austro-Hungarian Empire ruled central
Europe, I first got the bug for decorative ceramics objects, usually
plates and jars created by the Czecho-Slovakian peasants potters.
These were sold usually for little money on market days. With the
encouragement of my mother, who had an unusual feeling for color
and life of the people of our native land I slowly began to build
my collection. Gradually this expanded to more sophisticated forms
of Baroque and Anabaptist ceramic art, derived initially from Italian
majolica of renaissance and also to other European decorative art
forms. Long ago while I was still gathering I came to the conclusion
that the collection should be kept together, be given permanence
and stability and made part of the public domain in trust for the
community and the nation by being displayed and studied by scholars
in the public institution.
What more fitting an institution than the University
of British Columbia with which I have been for so long partly identified
and to which I also match its stimulation and inspiration. It is
particularly fitting that the collection should be part of this
museum in whose creation I was fortunate to be involved.
Hitherto, the museum's art has been predominantly
North West Coast Indian and Asian. Now European decorative art will
also be substantially represented.
Signed: Walter C. KOERNER, December 2, 1988
December 12 Today marked the run of the first
traina 111-car coal trainthrough Canada's longest rail
tunnel, 14.66 kilometres long, through Mount Macdonald in the Selkirk
Range. (The two arms of the tunnel met in October, 1986.) The $500-million
Canadian Pacific Railway project, wrote The Provinces
Mark Wilson, was completed more than four months ahead of
its scheduled official opening and nearly $100 million under budget.
Heavily loaded westbound trains found the one-per-cent grade easier
than the eight-kilometre 1916 Connaught Tunnel, the country's longest
until this new one opened. The Connaught sits 83 metres above the
longer tunnel, and is now used for eastbound trains.
December 17 A 17-year-old man named Harkirat
Bagga began serving a 14-year sentence today for shooting and crippling
Tara Singh Hayer, editor of the Indo-Canadian Times. The
shooting, which left Hayer confined to a wheelchair, occurred Aug.
26. Province reporter Bob Hendrickson wrote that Bagga
wore a small, fixed smile as Judge Patrick Hyde told him in Surrey
provincial court: Your religious and political beliefs and
your personal animosity were the obvious factors behind the shooting.
Hayer would be fatally shot by an unknown assailant
on November 18, 1998.
December The provincial government transferred
title to 763 hectares (1,885 acres) of undeveloped land from the
University Endowment Lands to the Greater Vancouver Regional District
to form a park. A resulting competition to provide a name saw young
Sherry Sakamoto winning with Pacific Spirit Park. She chose the
name, she explained, to signify Gateway to the Pacific and
spiritual ground to becoming one with nature. The naming ceremonywith
Sherry in attendancewill occur April 29, 1989.
Also in 1988
The vacant Expo site was sold in one of the largest
real estate deals in Canadian history. Some locals predicted that
when all the projects are completed, Vancouver would become a sort
of Hong Kong of the Pacific Northwest, an international financial
centre surrounded by mountains and saltwater inlets.
Financed largely by Li Ka-Shing, a Hong Kong billionaire
whose assets in 1988 made up one-tenth of the stock exchange in
Hong Kong, the Concord Pacific development was expected to transform
the Expo site into a 207-acre community of offices, town houses
Li's purchase of the site, for $320 million (Canadian)
to be paid over 15 years, was evidence, the New York Times
commented, of the Hong Kong capital now pouring into Vancouver
in anticipation of the 1997 deadline for turning over control of
the British Colony to China. As a British Commonwealth nation, Canada
has immigration policies that are less strict than those of the
United States, which has made it easier for Hong Kong businessmen
to develop projects in growing Canadian cities.
Both the sale of the old Expo site, from the
Government-run British Columbia Enterprise Corporation, and the
designs for Pacific Place, the Times continued, generated
considerable controversy here. Some critics say that developers
other than Mr. Li were not given an opportunity to bid on the property,
while others argue that the design does not include enough moderate-income
housing. The Government [headed by Premier Bill Vander Zalm] says
it wanted to complete the sale with a minimum of delay, to a developer
with enough capital to complete a project large enough to cover
the old Expo site.
Wrote Catherine Gourley in 1997 in The Greater
Vancouver Book: When finally presented, the official development
plan revealed the largest development scheme in North America, an
ambitious $3 billion re-designing of the entire shore. It shows
a series of neighborhoods strung along the waterfront with 40 highrise
towers, four parks, schools, marinas and a three-kilometre seawall.
And as a salute to the area's industrial past, the CPR's Roundhouse
has been preserved and is slated for use as a community centre.
By 2010, when the last building is finished and sold, Concord Pacific
should be home to 15,000 people and the north shore of False Creek
at last open to all the residents of Vancouver.
B.C. Tel began construction of the Lightguide Transmission
system. By 1990 it had completed its portion of the cross Canada
LTSthe worlds longest terrestrial fibre optic networkthree
million metres of fibre optic cable. This allowed British Columbians
rapid interactive voice, data, image and video transmission on one
The company BC Gas was formed when Inland Natural
Gas (incorporated in 1952) acquired the mainland natural gas division
of B.C. Hydro. By far the largest natural gas utility in the province,
it distributes through 30,000 kilometres of pipeline, running from
the Peace River District through the centre of the province, to
about 700,000 residential and corporate customers in more than 100
communities throughout mainland British Columbia. In the Lower Mainland,
storage facilities for Liquefied Natural Gas are in Delta. There
are 10,189 kilometres of pipeline transporting and distributing
natural gas, exclusive of pipes running to individual customers,
running underground throughout the Lower Mainland.
BC Gas is now called Terasen,
which in turn is a subsidiary of US-based Kinder-Morgan Inc.
Whonnock Industries Limitedwhich had started
in the 1930s with a sawmill in Whonnock, east of Haneychanged
its name in 1988 to International Forest Products Limited, usually
referred to as Interfor.
Today, its one of the biggest forest companies in Canada,
with annual sales of more than $800 million.
The GVRD opened the Burnaby Incinerator. Costing
just over $63 million, this was one of the most advanced municipal
waste incinerators in North America. By 1997 it was handling about
20 per cent of all the solid waste disposed in the Lower Mainland:
240,000 tonnes of it every year. And it was earning $4 million annually
from the sale of steam to the nearby Norampac paper recycling mill.
However, not all of the steam could be utilized by the mill. The
plant operators and GVRD engineers saw the excess steam as an opportunity
to make the plant more sustainable. So they generate electricity
from the steam and sell the powerenough to heat 15,000 homesto
There is a very good five-minute video produced by
GVTV showing how it all works. Check it out here.
The ownership history of the Hotel Vancouver is a
complicated one, and would make for a long article. Suffice it to
say that CN, which had earlier (1960s) contracted the hotels
management to Hilton, resumed sole management in 1983. But this
year Canadian Pacific Hotels once again acquired the hotel. Today,
its owned by Fairmont Hotels & Resorts . . . which is
owned by Canadian Pacific.
The number of passengers arriving and departing using
Vancouver International Airport this year: 8,840,130. That was a
big increase over 1987's 7,822,500. In 1989 the comparable figure
will be 9,143,850.
A $40 million wastewater
treatment plant and deep-sea outfall was built on Iona
Island near Sturgeon Bank. It improved the quality of water at nearby
Sturgeon Bank, and served as the foundation for a popular public
promenade and cycle path extending four kilometres into Georgia
Strait . . . on top of the outfall pipes!
Charles Chunky Woodward resigned as president
of Woodwards. The company had expanded greatly under his direction,
but the recession of the 1980s spelled its doom. A Wikipedia article
tells the story. An excerpt: 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 . . .
B.C. Tel reported that 40 per cent of all new homes
built in B.C. this year were located in Surrey.
Regeneration Technologies Inc. (PRT), now Canadas
largest forest nursery company, was established. It consists today
of a network of nurseries in Canada and the U.S. Collectively, these
nurseries produce more than 220 million forest seedlings per year.
Learning Solutions Inc. (we havent been able yet
to determine what the initials are for) was incorporated. Based
in Maple Ridge, its a software publisher concentrating on
courseware for instructor led classes, e-learning courses,
blended training solutions and official certification exams.
A Ford Motor Company assembly plant in Burnaby (built
in 1938 and used to produce military vehicles during the Second
World War) was demolished to make way for Station Square.
In 1949 the Matsumoto family purchased a small shipyard
on Dollarton Highway in North Vancouver, building fishboats and
fire-fighting boats for Mexico. They sold the company this year
to Pacific Western Shipbuilders.
Surrey's Farm Fair celebrated its 100th birthday
this year, and changed its name to the Cloverdale Exhibition.
Steveston Buddhist church celebrated its 60th anniversary.
A Cree language course was offered in the Guildford
Park Continuing Education program. Buffalo Child, a full-blooded
Cree, was the teacher.
Ray Murao of the Steveston Kendo Club won the Best
Fighting Spirit award at the world Kendo tournament. (This website
has a very brief video clip showing Kendo students.)
Heraldry was patriated to Canada this year and a
Canadian Heraldic Authority established as part of the Governor
Generals office. Since then, all lawful heraldry granted to
Canadian corporations or individuals flows from that office. The
second group of official symbols are non heraldic: logos or wordmarks
designed by graphic artists and others and adopted by resolution
of a particular Council. As the use of heraldry has spread across
the GVRD, this type of emblem has become less common: it seems we
like coats of arms better than logos! Canadas Chief Herald
since 1988 is Vancouver-based Robb Watt.
Less than two weeks after the patriation White Rock
applied for a coat of arms.
Amid considerable controversy approximately 500 permanent
Kerrisdale residents were dispersed when a number of low-rise rental
apartments were demolished to make way for intended condominium
developments. Some of the sites were still vacant in 1997, nine
A study showed that between 1980 and 1988, immigrants
from Hong Kong, Taiwan, and China accounted for 23 per cent of all
foreign immigrants coming to Richmond.
Point Roberts, the little tip of Washington State
thats accessible by land only through BC, finally got its
own US-based telephone service. B.C. Tel had been serving the area
up until this year.
The former American Can Company Building, at 611
Alexander Street, built in 1925, was reshaped by architect Bruno
Freschi. Old and new are superbly mated in this industrial
building, built as a container factory and retooled to become a
chic design centre, wrote architectural historian Harold Kalman.
It features showrooms for Vancouver's emerging clothing designers,
as well as accommodating offices and studios of architects and others
in the design industry.
The former Ferry Building at 101 14th Street in West
Vancouver, built in 1913, was rehabilitated by Howard/Yano Architects
to become an art gallery. The clapboard structure served as the
West Vancouver ferry terminal until the service was discontinued
The 125-room Inn at Westminster Quay in New Westminster
Another 1913 building very attractively reshaped
for 1988 was the Port Coquitlam City Hall, at 2580 Shaughnessy Street.
The project was part of PoCos Diamond Jubilee (75 years).
Architects Toby Russell Buckwell and Partners integrated the old
municipal hall with a very fine new addition. Wrote Harold Kalman:
The red brick walls and window pattern of the old building,
which was thoroughly rehabilitated to today's standards, set the
theme for the new wing, the two connected by a concrete-and-glass
entrance and foyer.
A personal note: I wrote the history of the city
(Port Coquitlam: Where Rails Meet Rivers, published in 2000
by Harbour Publishing) and spent many genuinely pleasant hours in
this building. Heres an excerpt from that book: Another
Diamond Jubilee project was a city hall expansion. The lead architect
on the project, Tom Annandale, had a job on his hands. The
inside of the building was pretty old, he said. It needed
extensive seismic upgrading, it didnt come close to meeting
the code. Everyone was agreed on one thing: they wanted to keep
the exterior as a reminder of the citys heritage. It
was Annandale who had the idea to swing the building around,
so that its front entrance would be on Shaughnessy.
Curiously, in 1913 there was a jail in the buildings
basement. You can still see the bars.
The North Parkade was built at UBC. The eight-level
$7.7 million parkadedesigned by architect Zoltan Kisscan
accommodate 1,003 vehicles. Some spaces are used by residents in
the nearby Walter Gage Towers. Engineers were N.D. Lea.
Phase II of UBCs Acadia Family Housing project
was completed. Architects of the $12.8 million complex: Waisman,
Dewar, Grout. (First phase was Fairview Crescent Student Housing.)
Phase III would be completed in 1989.
The South Delta Baptist Church was built at 1988
56th Street in Tsawwassen, designed by James K.M. Cheng Architects.
The fan-shaped sanctuary seats 1,300 worshippers.
W.T. Whiteway, from Newfoundland, was an important
early-century architect in Vancouver. Among his works is the Kelly
Building, begun in 1905. This year, rehabilitated by Soren Rasmussen,
it became The Landing.
An envelope with a 28 postmark was sold
at auction this year for more than $3,000. Postmaster Maximilian
Michaud, who bought the Brighton Hotel on Burrard Inlet early in
1869 and changed its name to the Hastings, used a grid-lined hammer
enclosing the number 28 to cancel the mail. His was
the only postal outlet in colonial times within Vancouver's current
The publication Gnome (Opinion), published
semi-monthly in Greek with a regular English section, was established.
Nathan T. Nemetz reached the age of 75 and stepped
down as Chief Justice of British Columbia. He was also made a Freeman
of the City of Vancouver this year.
Pearl Steen, womens activist, died in Vancouver,
aged about 95. Born Pearl Soper in Victoria in 1893, she was educated
in Vancouver. She was president of the National Council of Women,
the Vancouver Council of Women and the Vancouver Women's Canadian
Club. She joined the Canadian Federation of Professional and Business
Women's Club, and was its president in 1935. She was president of
the Point Grey Conservative Association (1936-37). She spent six
years on the Vancouver School Board (1947-52), and was elected chair
in 1950. A member of the B.C. Centennial Committee (1958). She was
the sole Canadian woman delegate to the UN General Assembly in 1960,
and the only woman director of the PNE (1960-68). She was a member
of the B.C. Human Rights Council. Ms. Steen received Vancouver's
Good Citizen Award in 1967.
The octagonal tower of St Edmunds Catholic
Church in North Vancouver was struck by lightning. The tower was
SFU is a world leader in chemical ecology and pest
management. This year an SFU team synthesized a queen bee pheromone
(message-carrying chemicals) that others had been trying to replicate
for 25 years. It's used to boost production in North America's $20
billion fruit and vegetable industries.
University Hospital came into existence as a merger
took place between Shaughnessy Hospital, UBC Health Sciences Centre
and George Derby Centre. This partnership would dissolve in 1993
with the closure of the Shaughnessy site and subsequent merger of
the UBC Site with Vancouver General.
A Federal Court ruled mental patients were eligible
to vote in federal elections.
Riverview Hospital, a facility for patients with
serious, long-term mental illnesses, is within the geographical
boundaries of the Greater Vancouver Regional Hospital District,
but now began to be operated outside the GVRHD system by the B.C.
Mental Health Society. In keeping with a 40-year trend in Western
countries away from institutional care and toward community care,
Riverview began reducing its inpatient numbers. Patients were being
switched to care in or through psychiatric departments in acute-care
hospital, in care-homes or by outreach services in the patients'
own communities. An historical review of Riverview noted: Whether
the seriously mentally ill will profit in the long run from these
changes will largely depend upon the degree of integration of the
various components of this community model and the adequacy of their
Langley Memorial Hospitals Acute Care facility
expanded to 201 beds.
These publications debuted in 1988:
Aquaculture Today, a quarterly on the aquaculture
Canada West Travel News Published 12 times
a year by Host Resources Inc.
Canadian Journal of Nursing Administration
A quarterly published by Health Media Inc., aimed at Canadian nurse
administrators, managers and educators.
Chinese Edition Lifestyle Magazine A monthly,
with text in Chinese and English, a consumer lifestyle magazine
directed at the Chinese market in Canada.
Computer Paper * (B.C. Edition) A free monthly,
directed at IBM, Macintosh, OS/2 and Unix end users, it offered
news, features and reviews.
False Creek News A weekly suburban community
newspaper, distributed free to households in the area.
Gallerie: Women Artists Monographs Irregularly
published, this gave women artists from across North America a forum
to discuss their art and concerns in a series of books.
Sub-Terrain A quarterly from Anvil Press Publishers.
Vancouver Prospector A monthly publication
covering speculative Vancouver market stocks, especially penny
and junior precious metals mining stocks poised for over 200 per
cent profits in 1 to 2 years.
B.C. Research incorporated as a private company.
When the B.C. Research Council began on the campus of the University
of British Columbia in 1944 it was a non-profit government-subsidized
research facility. It worked in a multitude of fields, such as research
and development for small business, environmental consulting and
laboratory analyses for a range of private- and public-sector clients.
Revenues began to climb, soon reached more than $10 million annually.
But by 1992, on sales of $11 million, the company, employing more
than 100 people, would report a loss of $700,000. In March of 1993
it would be declared insolvent. Three months later it was back in
business . . . and then some! More details when we get 1993 up.
Pat Quinn, since 1987 the president, general manager
and some-time coach of the Vancouver Canucks, made his first draft
pick in 1988: Trevor Linden, 18. Linden, the future Captain of the
team, was voted Hockey News Rookie of the Year that season and in
1996 would become the Canucks iron-man after passing Don Lever's
record of 437 consecutive games. That photo to the right shows Linden
in the uniform of the Medicine Hat Tigers, just before joining the
Canucks. We chose it to show you what he looked like in 1988.
South Africas Sally Little won a major golf
tournament, sponsored by a cigarette company, at the Vancouver Golf
Club in Coquitlam. Her closing 20-foot (6-meter) birdie putt beat
Laura Davies by one stroke.
Its gone now, but when the Canadian Craft Museum
opened in 1988, behind and part of the Cathedral Place complex,
it garnered warm praise. It was a small architectural gem, designed
by Paul Merrick, with its own tiny green courtyard. Readers of Vancouver
Magazine voted its gift shop the best in the city. Shows by
Canada's master artisans ranged from exquisite ceramics to erotic
jewelry to knitted symbols of Vancouver. The museum closed in 2002.
Earth Art was unveiled on the rear plaza at
1363 West Broadway. A sculpture of steel mesh sprayed with liquid
concrete, this piece by Judson Beaumont is, says art writer Elizabeth
Godley, an extremely subtle piece doubling as a bench and
retaining wall in a plaza designed by landscape architect Ron Rule.
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra was struggling with
bankruptcy. It cancelled half the 1987/88 season. On October 24,
1989, City Council would approve a rescue package to
help the Symphony Society avoid bankruptcy. Part of that package
was a contract to lease the basement of the Orpheum Theatre at an
annual rent of $100,000 to be offset by a grant of $100,000 from
the City. This arrangement allowed the Society to use the City contribution
as leverage in its fund-raising efforts. The orchestra would survive.
Larry Lillo, 41, became the artistic director of
the Vancouver Playhouse. Audiences should be challenged as
well as entertained, he said, some theatre-goers want
to see plays with meat on their bones. Under his direction,
Playhouse subscriptions rose from 5,800 the year he began to nearly
12,000 by the 1992/93 season.
A dance company named DanceCorps was formed, with
Germany-born Cornelius Fischer-Credo as director. It had sprung
from Mountain Dance Theatre. See more on Fischer-Credo here.
Mark Breslin opened a Yuk Yuks comedy club on Davie
Street, but would move it to the former Expo 86 site in 1989.
Later it moved to 1015 Burrard Street.
The movie world took notice when the first Vancouver-made
film with an Oscar-winning performance was released. The movie
was The Accused, directed by Jonathan Kaplan, and starring
Jodie Foster, playing a rape victim who seeks justice through
the courts. It was her first Oscar. Among the more well-known
local talents also in the movie: Terry David Mulligan and Stephen
E. Miller. The movie was based on a real-life gang rape that occurred
March 6, 1983 at a bar in New Bedford, Massachusetts.
Michael Walsh, movie reviewer and historian, had
these comments about other 1988 releases filmed here:
Distant Thunder (director Rick Rosenberg)
The Seymour watershed doubled as Washington State's Olympic Peninsula
for the story of a bush vet (John Lithgow), a troubled
Vietnam war survivor in self-imposed wilderness exile. Also featuring
Ralph Macchio and Janet Margolin.
Shoot To Kill (director Roger Spottiswoode)
Tracking a deranged killer (Clancy Brown) to Vancouver, an FBI
agent (Sidney Poitier) stakes out Robson Square, leads a hot pursuit
through downtown and shoots it out aboard a B.C. ferry. Also features
Tom Berenger and Kirstie Alley.
American Gothic (director John Hough) Bowen
Island provides splendid rural isolation for a family of recreational
murderers (Yvonne De Carlo, Rod Steiger), until an innocent-looking
ex-mental patient (Sarah Torgov) comes calling. Janet Wright is
in the cast.
Watchers (director Jon Hess) A trusting
teen (Corey Haim) discovers that his new golden retriever (Sandy)
is the friendly half of an escaped living-weapons system, and
the killer half is at large in the woods.
Douglas Coupland wrote an article for Vancouver
Magazine in which he first referred to people born between
1961 and 1981 as Generation X. He moved to Palm Springs
shortly after and wrote the best-selling book of the same title.
plucks many of Couplands neologisms from the book. A sample
from Page 48: Bambification: The mental conversion of flesh
and blood living creatures into cartoon creatures possessing bourgeois
Judeo-Christian attitudes and morals.
Lots of locally-oriented books appeared in 1988.
Saltwater City: an illustrated history of the
Chinese in Vancouver by Paul Yee. An updated and expanded
version of this excellent history would appear in May 2006 from
the same publisher, Douglas & McIntyre. The 1988 version earned
the City of Vancouver Book Award. Says BC Bookworld: It
blends historical facts and folklore motifs to recreate the daily
lives and emotional hardships of early Chinese immigrants to the
Pacific Coast. (In a 2006 talk to the Chinese Canadian Historical
Society, Yee said that the updated version would have more material
on the accomplishments of Vancouvers Chinese-Canadians.)
The book Union Jack, a biography of union
leader Jack Munro co-written by Jane OHara and Munro, appeared.
It was a profile of the 16-year president of the International
Woodworkers of America in B.C., with special attention paid to
the 1983 Solidarity movement, in which Munro went to B.C. premier
Bill Bennett to attempt to end the labor-vs-government war of
the time. The Kelowna meeting generates arguments
to this day.
The Architecture of Arthur Erickson by Arthur
Erickson, Vancouver's most renowned architect, born here June
14, 1924. He designed Simon Fraser University, Robson Square,
the Museum of Anthropology, the MacMillan Bloedel Building, the
Canadian Embassy in Washington (see the photo to right) and much
more. The book examines his career up to 1988. (Try this: go to
Google Images and type in Ericksons name. Youll see
many fine buildings.)
Guy's Guide to the Flipside by Guy Bennett,
a self-published book described by BC
Bookworld as an offbeat but acerbically truthful
view of Vancouver's less-celebrated attractions. It would
be re-issued by Pulp Press in 1992. Bennett was born in Cambridge,
England in 1959, came to Vancouver in 1968. He now lives in Manitoba.
This Wont Hurt a Bit, a collection
of interviews and autobiographical glimpses by Vancouver-born
(May 1, 1946) CBC radio host Vicki Gabereau. She started as host
of Variety Tonight in 1981, was an instant hit. In 1985 she became
host of a two-hour daily interview show on CBC, and stayed there
until 1997 when she moved to television and CTV. (Born Vicki Filion,
her father was well-known Vancouver press photographer Harry Filion.)
Canada Customs: Droll Recollections, Musings
and Quibbles, by Winnipeg-born (1955) Bill Richardson. Its
a collection of memoirs, observations and poems, his first book
of humor. There were many more to follow, and many awards, too.
Love in the Temperate Zone, a novel about
a middle-aged relationship, by L.R. Bunny Wright.
Reviews were mixed, but the New York Times ended its moderately
favorable look at the book by saying it: shares with all
good storiesfrom Cinderella to Scruplesthe one quality
that makes the reader keep turning pages: characters whose fates
the reader cares about.
Harvesting the Fraser: a history of Early Delta
Researched and written by Terrence Phillips; edited and designed
by Susan Buckley, and published by the Delta Museum and Archives.
The Winter 2004 issue of British Columbia Historical News
has a review by Norm Collingwood of the later edition, but this
quote from that review will serve as an indication of the books
target: The Ladners were the first to bring the rich delta
marshland into production by diking and draining. In 1873, a government
wharf was built on land donated by William Ladner, thus providing
access to the steamboats travelling the Fraser. Prior to the wharf
construction, Ladner offered part of his homestead as a post office
site, which had become known as Ladners Landing. He would
row out to passing steamers, collect the mail and hand it over
to local residents. The area continued to prosper with the construction
of the Ladner Trunk Road in 1874, and in 1879 Delta was incorporated
as a municipality.
The Natural history of Stanley Park Edited
by Valentin Schaefer and Angela Chen, compiled and illustrated
by members of the Vancouver Natural History Society. A new edition
(with a new title: Wilderness on the Doorstep: Discovering
Nature in Stanley Park) was expected for the spring of 2006
from Harbour Publishing.
Running tough: the story of Vancouver's Jack
Diamond, by Gareth Sirotnik. Published by the Diamond Family
as a tribute to the well-known Vancouver businessman. Among his
many citations and honours, Diamond received the Vancouver Good
Citizen of the Year Award in 1955, was named a member of the Canadian
Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 1977 (hes widely acknowledged
to have saved the sport locally with his financial backing), a
Freeman of the City in 1979, and received the Order of Canada
in 1980 and the Order of B.C. in 1991. See a fine biographical
sketch centered on his support of Simon Fraser University here
and another concentrating on his horse racing endeavors here.
Diamond died March 25, 2001, aged 91.
Glancing back: reflections and anecdotes
on Vancouver public schools, edited by Chuck Gosbee and Leslie
Dyson and published by the Vancouver School Board. Gosbee was
director of communications for the Board when this book appeared,
and Leslie Dyson was a VSB Publications editor. Their history
dates back to the citys first public school which opened
in 1872 with 15 students.
Poet Roy Kiyookas book Pear Tree Pomes
was nominated for a Governor Generals Award. Kiyooka worked
on the book with Toronto painter David Bolduc.
No Way to Live: Poor Women Speak Out, by
Sheila Baxter, an anti-poverty activist, a book based on interviews
with poor Vancouver women.
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