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January 11 The books damaged in the burst
water pipe incident in the main library in 1988at least, those
that were able to saved to be freeze-dried and restoredwere
back on the shelves.
January Phased construction of a $250 million,
17-storey, 90-metres-high acute care tower (known as the Laurel
Pavilion) began on the Vancouver General Hospital site. The building,
60 per cent of its costs borne by the provincial government and
40 per cent by the Greater Vancouver Regional Hospital District,
would be built in stages with each stage being financed separately.
Its outer shell, visible to the public but not in use for much of
that time, was a source of confusion to many observers who were
unaware of the phasing schedule. Phasing was decided in hopes of
reducing costs. The building would allow the hospital to consolidate
its operations in eight buildings rather than 17. This was projected
to produce a $10 million annual saving. A number of older structures
were to be torn down.
March 23 Ranjit Mattu, star athlete and coach,
died in Malibu, California, aged 72. He was born July 17, 1916 in
Jullunder, Punjab, India. He came to Vancouver in 1924, later graduated
with a BA from UBC as a star athlete in rugby and football. Mattu
was called the Gretsky of his time.
He coached Canadian high school football and later
junior football to 1949. His team, The Vancouver Blue Bombers, were
the Dominion Champions of 1947, the first such championship won
by Vancouver. He joined his father's firm, Best Fuels, later established
various business interests including Ocean City Sawmills (renamed
Hem-fir Lumber) on Mitchell Island. A community leader, Mattu was
Indian Prime Minister Pandit Nehru's organizer and host when Nehru
visited B.C. in 1949.
April 3 Edward Gilbert Nahanee, longshoreman
and Native Brotherhood of B.C. organizer, died in North Vancouver,
six days before his 92nd birthday. He was born, writes
Constance Brissenden, April 9, 1897 in North Vancouver. His
heritage was Kanaka (Hawaiian aboriginal) and Squamish native. His
grandfather, Joe Nahano (died c. 1874, Burrard Inlet), came to Oregon
from Hawaii in 1842 to work for the Hudson's Bay Co., eventually
migrating to B.C. where he married Mary Seeamia of the Squamish
nation. His father, longshoreman William Nahanee, Sr. (b. March
19, 1873 at Kanaka Ranch at the foot of today's Denman St. near
the Bayshore Inn; d. Dec. 10, 1946, North Vancouver), also married
a Squamish wife, Cecilia. Ed, famed as a pitcher for the North Shore
Indians baseball team, worked on the docks from age 14. He was active
in the longshoreman's union after the First World War until violent
clashes with RCMP and company police in 1923 broke the union. From
1946 he served as business agent for the Native Brotherhood of B.C.
He was awarded the Canada Confederation Medal in 1967 for his work
with native people. Edwards brother, William Nahanee, Jr.
(born July 26, 1903 in Moodyville; died March 19, 1987, North Vancouver)
was the first employee of the Squamish Indian Band and active in
the Totem Athletic Club. There are currently more than 600 descendants
of Joe and Mary Nahano.
April 21 The
Order of British Columbia was established by statute
to recognize persons who have served with the greatest distinction
and excelled in any field of endeavor benefiting the people of the
Province or elsewhere. Its awarded annually. The Order
represents the highest form of recognition the Province can extend
to its citizens. The web site lists everyone who has won recognition
since the program began.
April 23 Richmond resident Sherry Sakamoto
was among the celebrants at the ceremony at which the name Pacific
Spirit Park was given to the 763 hectares (1,885 acres) of University
Endowment Lands set aside as a park. (The provincial government
had transferred title to the land from the UEL to the Greater Vancouver
Regional District in December 1988.) Sherry had won the province-wide
competition to name the park, the largest urban park in the world.
She explained that the name was inspired by the First Nations
belief in the Great Creator and their connection to Mother Earth
. . . It is the gateway to the Pacific and a spiritual ground to
becoming one with nature.
Sherry has shared with us the story of that time.
Its fun to read:
I sat down at my kitchen table, closed my eyes
and meditated for five minutes. Two names came to mind and I quickly
scribbled them down. I popped the entry into an envelope and placed
it on the floor in the hallway. That evening I told my husband,
Terry, that I had entered the contest and that I wasnt going
to tell anyone the names I had submitted.
On Friday, April 14th, we arrived home late
to a phone message asking me to call a woman neither one of us knew.
I called early Monday and the woman identified herself as Premier
Bill Vander Zalms assistant and instructed me to hold the
line. A few moments later, a voice identified himself and excitedly
chirped, Well, you did it! I stood there, my mind blank
and nervously thinking. What did I do? This is the premier
of the province talking to me! In the back of my mind, Im
thinking of all the times I had bad-mouthed his government and perhaps
this was why they had tracked me down! It finally dawned on me that
he was referring to the Name the Park Contest and he continued to
tell me that every one of the judges loved the name and it had won
over 3,200 other entries.
Sherry won a Helijet ride over the park and North
Shore mountains, brunch at the University Golf Club, attended a
reception to meet Premier Vander Zalm and his wife Lillian . . .
and had one of the parks trails named for her. (It runs along
the south side of West 16th Avenue.)
There was one tense moment. As we neared the
staging area, we were met by members of the First Nations Musqueam
band. They were there to protest the government and bring attention
to their issue of land claims. I felt nervous at their presence
but didnt think they were there to protest against me. All
contest entries were to be accompanied with a reason as to how one
came up with their park name suggestion and mine was, It was
the gateway to the Pacific and a spiritual ground to becoming one
It was the First Nations and their connection
to the Earth that had inspired my entry. So I figured in a worse
case scenario, if all hell broke loose with this protest, I could
wave my hands and say, Im on your side!
Today, Sherry and her husband Terry Martyniuk live
in Richmond with their three sons and have a video production company
namedwhat else?Pacific Spirit Productions.
The park she named has 34 multiple-use trails that
traverse coniferous and deciduous forests, ancient bogland, ravines
and the Point Grey foreshore. Leisurely walking trails through this
second-growth forest are shared by strollers, cyclists, dogs and
April 24 It was announced that Patricia Neary,
a former soloist of the New York City Ballet, would be the new artistic
director of Ballet British Columbia, the appointment to be effective
July 1. She succeeded New Westminster-born Reid Anderson, who moved
to Toronto to take over the National Ballet of Canada. Ms. Nearys
reign would be brief: Barry Ingham took over in 1990.
May 5 Simon Fraser University opened a downtown
Vancouver campus in the historic Spencer building on West Hastings
Street, now known as the Harbour Centre Campus. From their web site
comes this: Creation of the downtown campus was a 10-year
project. The university had pioneered university mid-career professional
education in Vancouver in the early 1980s with the launch of a store-front
centre. It was rapidly outgrown and larger premises were leased.
Dr. Warren Gill, SFUs vice-president, university relations
and an urban geographer who has played a key role in the development
of SFUs downtown presence says It was clear there was
need for a downtown university centre, but Simon Fraser knew it
had to establish the facility through private sector support.
This was achieved and the re-built and revitalized 1927 Spencer
building officially opened as SFUs Vancouver campus on May
This unique campus was originally financed through
private sector funding and designed to meet another major challenge:
mid-career education in the emerging global, knowledge-based economy.
Within its first five years of operation the busy intellectual
heart of the city would be serving more than 50,000 people
annually, taking advantage of new opportunities in life-long learning.
May 6 Science World opened for good in
the former Expo Preview Centre. In the summer of 1988 it had opened
with a four-month shakedown preview with a show called
Dinosaurs! Then it closed for refurbishing, and would now be open
permanently. Among its attractions: the largest OMNIMAX® screen
in the world. Today Science Worldknown since July 2005 as
Science World at TELUS World of Scienceis one of BC's most
popular educational family attractions with attendance of more than
half a million visitors every year, including 60,000 children on
school field trips. And see the 1982 chronology.
Also May 6 Dave Barr celebrated the saving
from demolition of the old University Golf Club clubhouse, which
House, a museum. The Golf House Society says it now
houses the most extensive and interesting collection of golf memorabilia
in Canada . . . we are constantly on the lookout for antique items
and if you have anything relating to golf, which you think may be
collectable, let us know. Items such as clubs, golf balls, bags,
books, china, films, prints trophies etc. may be just what the society
is looking for . . .
May 16 Bob Smith, jazz columnist and broadcaster,
died in Vancouver, aged 69. Robert Norman Smith was born January
15, 1920 in Winnipeg. He heard his first jazz recording at 13, a
clarinet piece from a Noel Coward play on a CKMO program, British
Empire program. He attended King Edward HS. He joined the RCAF,
later served with US forces in the South Pacific. For more than
30 years from Saturday, February 1, 1947, he was host of Vancouver's
longest-running jazz radio show Hot Air. From 1954 he was a hi-fi
columnist, then from 1962 a jazz columnist for The Vancouver
Sun. From 1971 to 1979, Smith was host of the Vancouver edition
of CBC Radios That Midnight Jazz. He was an encyclopedia
of jazz, jazz musicians and records.
May 25 Richmond's Bridgepoint Harbour Market
opened. Today, it's the site of one of the lower mainland's most
successful gaming houses, the River Rock Casino.
May 28 The handsome old Georgia Medical-Dental
building, which went up on the northwest corner of Georgia and Hornby
Streets in 1929, was demolished by a controlled explosion (viewed
by a huge throng in the surrounding streets), following an intense
but unsuccessful public campaign to save it. See 1929 for more detail.
Old-timers joke that the three nurses carved into
the outer corners of the building were the Rrhea Sisters: Dia, Gono
May Designated Schedule A Heritage structures
were the Bloomfield house at 2532 Columbia, built in 1900, and the
house at 1642 Stephens, built in 1911.
Spring The 1989 inductees into the Vancouver
Board of Trade Hall of Fame (awarded to companies or organizations
active in the city for 100 years) were: BC Hydro, Salvation Army,
the Vancouver Port Corporation and the law firm Russell & DuMoulin.
June 3 Garry Point Park in Steveston opened.
The park, at the southwest corner of Richmond, is a popular spot
for strolling, watching ships go by, kite flying and more.
June 7 The Vancouver Canucks made a sixth-round
pickcalled possibly the best sixth round pick in NHL
historya young Russian player (born in Moscow March
31, 1971) named Pavel Bure. There was a bit of a dust-up at the
beginning because of a rule that in order to be eligible for the
draft a Russian player needed 11 games at the elite level. The statistics
seemed to show Bure had only played 10. The Canucks scouts disagreed
and an investigation by the NHL proved they were right. Bure would
play his first NHL game November 5, 1991 against the Winnipeg Jets.
Well tell you more about that when we get that year up!
On November 1, 2005 Bure would announce his retirement
from professional hockey because of complications with an injured
knee, an injury sustained in 2003 while he was with the New York
Bure trivia: he was named after his great-grandfather,
watchmaker to Czar Alexander III. From 1815 to 1917, the family
made precious watches for the czars. The dynasty's founder, Swiss
watchmaker Eduard Bure, is said to have been the first to attach
a tiny strap to a watch so that it could be worn on the wrist. Thats
a disputed claim, of course. Patek Philippe is also credited, so
is Cartier. So is . . . etc., etc.
July 10 Greenpeaces new Rainbow Warrior
ship was launched at Hamburg, Germany. Its predecessor, the original
Rainbow Warrior, had been bombed and sunk in the harbor at
Auckland, New Zealand by French agents in 1985. Greenpeace photographer
Fernando Pereira was killed. After 2 years of international arbitration,
a panel of three arbitrators awarded a damage claim settlement in
favor of Greenpeace, and the French government was ordered to pay
them $8.159 million (US). Greenpeace decided on a burial at sea
as an honorable end for the ship. On December 12, 1987 the retrieved
Rainbow Warrior was sunk a final time in the deep waters
of the Pacific at Matauri Bay in New Zealand, with a full Maori
July 19 Major leaguer Sammy Sosa of the Chicago
White Sox, who had started the season at a red hot pace, went into
a colossal slump. With his average hovering at the Mendoza
line (.200), Sosa was sent down to Triple-A Vancouver today.
He wasnt here long. He would be recalled Aug. 27 (after playing
13 games) and finish the season with a .203 average, 10 homers and
33 RBIalong with 98 strikeouts in 116 games. Then things started
August 22 J.V. Clyne, forest industry executive
and judge, died in Vancouver, aged 87. John Valentine Clyne was
born in Vancouver February 14, 1902. Wrote Constance Brissenden
in The Greater Vancouver Book: J.V. Clyne worked summers
as a cowboy, sawmill laborer, deckhand and placer gold miner. After
graduation from UBC in 1923, he studied marine law at the London
School of Economics. He was called to the B.C. bar January 8, 1927,
appointed to the B.C. Supreme Court in 1950. In 1957, Clyne was
named a director of MacMillan Bloedel, later became chairman and
CEO until his retirement in 1973. He was a member of the UBC senate
from 1951 to 1960, later chancellor. He played a leading role in
three Royal commissions and in the creation of the Canadian Institute
for Advanced Legal Studies. Knighted (Order of St. John, 1959);
named a Companion of the Order of Canada (1972). He established
the J.V. Clyne Lecture Program.
August 28 Delta council vetoed an application
by Tsawwassen Developments Ltd. to establish a big housing development
along the shores of Boundary Bay. The proposalhotly opposed
by many residentshad been debated at a 25-session public hearing
that lasted from May 1 to July 17, the longest public hearing in
Canadian history. More than 400 speakers were heard and 3,700 written
submissions received. The battle divided the community, pitting
newcomers against oldtimers.
August Designated a Schedule A Heritage Structure
was the house at 3846 West 10th Avenue, built 1936-37.
Summer The B.C. Summer Games were held in
Surrey, with 4,000 athletes from all over the province.
September 7 A Russian drug gang was rounded
up in Vancouver on charges of conspiring to sell cocaine. More than
25 pounds of coke valued at $9 million was seized along with machine
guns and luxury cars.
September 21 Premier Bill Vander Zalm vowed
to step up the attack on the illicit drug trade. He told more than
1,400 B.C. mayors and aldermen (attending the annual meeting of
the Union of B.C. Municipalities) that he was setting up and chairing
a cabinet committee on drug abuse. Its our intention,
Vander Zalm said, to develop a drug-attack program that will
be the envy of Canada. Wonder how that worked out?
October 2 The Canadian Tour Guide Association
of B.C. was formed.
October 17 A major earthquake struck central
California. More than 60 people were killed, and damage was estimated
at almost $3 billion in San Francisco alone. The local result: a
lot of engineering work began to upgrade local bridges and dams
against seismic hazards.
October 29 An era in Vancouver entertainment
ended with the deaththe day before his 90th birthdayof
Ivan Ackery, who had been manager of the Orpheum Theatre from 1935
to 1969. He was born Ivor Frederick Wilson Ackery in Bristol, England
on October 30, 1899. In later years hed change the Ivor to
Ivan because thats what everybody in Vancouver called him,
He moved to Vancouver in 1914. As manager of the
Orpheum Theatre from 1935 to 1969, he was known as Mr. Orpheum,
Atomic Ack and Little Orpheum Ackery. Promotional stunts earned
him two Motion Picture Quigley Awards, the theatre promoters' equivalent
of an Oscar. To plug one of his under-performing movies he once
paraded a cow down Granville with a sign: There's a great
show at the Orpheum and that's no bull. The lane behind the
Orpheum is called Ackery Alley.
Well soon be putting up on this site a thorough
history of the Orpheum Theatre, written in 2002 to mark the 75th
anniversary of the theatres 1927 opening. Ivan Ackery was
a major element in that beautiful theatres career, and is
a big part of its story. Heres an excerpt:
During the Great Depression, with competition from
radio adding to its grief, the movie industry had to redouble its
efforts to fill its huge theatres. The Orpheum, like many theatres
in North America, was kept open by cutting staff, reducing ticket
prices and bringing in double features. Then in 1935 the theatre
got a new manager who gave it new life.
His name was Ivan Ackery.
Movie theatre managers in the 1930s were more than
just administrators. They frequently chose the films they would
show, they were expected to promote themand, boy, did Ackery
promote themand they devised special attractions to make their
theatres stand out and bring customers in. Ackery was so good at
all of this, and he was good for so long (35 years), that its
fair to say he is the single most influential person in the Orpheums
From the very beginning Ackery was totally committed
to whatever he was doing. In 1927, the year the Orpheum opened,
28-year-old Ivan happened to be manager at a rival theatre, the
Victoria on Victoria Drive near East 43rd. And I remember
going down Granville Street that year, and I thumbed my nose at
the Orpheum. Oh, I was so jealous.
He actually did that. He actually put his right thumb
up against his nose and wiggled his fingers at this upstart picture
palace. About eight years later they put him in charge of running
the place, the biggest movie theatre in Canada at the time, and
he would do such a great job that he would stay there for the next
Theres lots more to Ivans story, and
well bring it to you soon. Read his autobiography, Fifty
Years on Theatre Row.
October 30 Agnes Watts, Telethon angel, died
in Vancouver, aged about 90. She was born in 1899 in Bunzlau, Germany
(today its Boleslawiec, Poland.) At 19, writes
Constance Brissenden, she came to Victoria to work as a nanny.
She married a logger, and moved to Powell River; later divorced.
She moved to Vancouver and married Isaac Watts in 1944. He died
in 1952. She was the first female employee at Scott Paper's New
Westminster mill, rolling toilet paper for 22 years.
Noted for frugality, she became a millionaire from stocks and real
estate investments such as West End rooming houses. She was a patron
of the Variety Club of B.C., and donated more than $500,000 to children's
projects. She received the Variety Club Humanitarian Award personally
from Prince Philip in London in 1987. Children were her great
October The Royal Vancouver Yacht Club bought
its second full-service marina at Garden Bay in Pender Harbour.
November 10 A brief announcement at 9 a.m.
informed its listeners that radio CKO-FM 96.1 and the national news
network of which it was a part was signing off forever because of
financial losses. See more here.
November 21 Frank Baker, restaurateur, died in Vancouver,
aged 67. Frank Madill Baker was born June 24, 1922 in Vancouver.
He opened Baker's Catering (at 25th and Kingsway) and Spring Gardens
(at 41st and Boulevard) in 1946. With partner Frank Bernard, he
opened two restaurants in the Georgian Towers and bought Park Royal
Hotel. After the partnership ended, he opened the 1,200-seat The
Attic in West Vancouver. Guests were entertained by Lance Harrison
and His Dixieland Band. A showman, Frank played the trumpet (learned
at the Four Square Gospel Church) and always wore a trademark white
suit. Outside The Attic, he showcased the Aston Martin driven in
the James Bond movie Goldfinger. He was briefly a Vancouver
December 6 A gunman shouting that he hated
feminists roamed the corridors of Montreal's École
Polytechnique and shot 14 women, engineering students, to death.
The Montreal Massacre became a galvanizing moment all across Canada
in which mourning turned into outrage about all violence against
women. In 1997 a monument to the murdered women would be unveiled
in Vancouver's Thornton Park, at Main Street and Terminal Avenue.
We'll have more on the monument in the 1997 chronology.
December 25 Sometimes events that happen a
long way away have an influence here. In a way, that makes them
local history. Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and
his wife Elena were executed today. The Romanian community in the
Vancouver area was small before Ceaus,escus overthrow, but
by 1997 there would be anywhere from 10,000 to 15,000 people of
Romanian origin living in the Lower Mainland. Theres an interesting
Wikipedia article on the revolution here.
Also in 1989
Christopher Erienbeck, B.C.'s three-millionth citizen,
was born at Burnaby Hospital.
The Provincial Emergency Program Academy was established
within the Justice Institute. What do they do? To quote their website
The Provincial Emergency Program (PEP), funds the PEP Academy
at the Justice Institute of B.C. to develop, deliver and evaluate
emergency management training for emergency responders. The various
one and two day courses support communities to develop, deliver,
and evaluate their own emergency exercise programs, plan for evacuations,
prepare for activating an emergency operations centre and understand
the roles and responsibilities of various government and non-government
One of the more interesting segments of the PEP site
is the Incidents file. Its a weekly report, and
has stuff like this: Members responded to search for a missing
6-year-old female who walked away from her residence in Armstrong.
She was located in good condition in a nearby field, petting a horse.
And this: Members responded to rescue an injured snowmobiler
in the Grizzly area of Gorman Mountain. The injured snowmobiler
was removed from the area and taken to hospital. Go the site
cited above and click on Incidents.
In The Greater Vancouver Book David Spaner
told of a visit to Vancouver this year by boxer Mike Tyson, 23.
Tysons estranged wife Robin Givens, 25 (they had divorced
on February 14), was shooting a TV movie called The Penthouse.
When he arrived at her lodgings, the Hotel Vancouver,
Spaner writes, Tyson was greeted by newspaper and television
cameras. He grabbed a camera from a Vancouver Sun photographer
and threw it against the wall, then lunged at a BCTV camera, ripping
away its viewfinder and smashing it to the floor. Tyson tried to
grab the television camera, but the cameraman escaped through a
The Vancouver Food Bank had started in 1982 as a
temporary facility for needy people. By 1989 there were six depots
distributing to 15,000 people every month.
The Langley District Help Network began to operate
the Langley Food Bank, helping hundreds every week with their food
needs. The Help Network also operated a furniture bank, a laundromat,
and a free store.
Actress Florence Paterson and her husband John moved
to Vancouver this year to be near family. She was born in St. Johns,
Newfoundland in 1927, performed in amateur theatre, became a professional
performer at age 44. Her last Vancouver role would be in Mother
Miracle (Arts Club, 1994). She later received the Arts Council Life
Achievement Award. She died in 1995.
Munich-born (May 11, 1908) Erwin Swangard, 81, journalist,
soccer promoter and longtime PNE president (1977 to 1989), became
a member of the Order of Canada.
Karen Wilson succeeded George Laverock as producer
of the CBC Radio Orchestra, which had become the most recorded orchestra
in Canada. Concertmaster was Marc Destrube, who divided his professional
career between Vancouver and Europe.
The Vancouver Board of Trade became a member (by
invitation) of the prestigious World Economic Forum, an annual meeting
of economic world leaders in Davos, Switzerland.
A time capsule was placed in the Steveston Community
Centre to give citizens of 2039 a window on the community of 1989.
A large stained glass window was installed in the
Marine Building. The $25,000 windowdesigned by Joel Bermanwas
installed as part of renovations for the 60th anniversary of this
building. There was a change in the buildings lobby floor,
too. There had been a renewed interest in ancient mythology in the
late 1920s, when the Marine Building was going up, and architect
George Nairne picked up on that: the 12 signs of the zodiac were
worked into the floor. The original floor was made of corkoid, or
battleship linoleum, manufactured in Scotland by a firm
that specialized in producing similar floors for luxury ocean liners.
This year that original flooring was removed and replicated in marble.
Indoor Fountain, designed by Toronto architect
Eb Zeidler, was installed at Pacific Centre. The fourth wall
of the shopping centre couldn't be stores, Zeidler said, because
of a building next door, so we chose the waterfall as an 'event'
His inspiration was the Villa d'Este, an Italian Renaissance villa
just outside Rome dating from 1550, the first water park,
and the most wonderful water event ever made.
Granite Assemblage, , a fountain, a piece
of environmental art and a play structure was designed by Don Vaughan
in 1988, as part of the revitalization of Ambleside Village. Located
at the waterfront at 14th Street in West Vancouver, and activated
this year, the work was Vaughan's graduation project at Emily Carr
Institute of Art and Design. Influenced by Carl Andre and fascinated
by the ruins at Olympus, Greece, the artistin his own wordsused
53 granite blocks to connect the plaza to the intertidal riprap
shore edge, stepping out of the riprap through the stylized tidal
pools and out onto the plaza where they rest as polished granite
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.
of Anthropology on the UBC campus, attracting some 170,000
visitors a year at the time, was awarded by the Canadian Tourism
Commission the title Tourist Attraction of the YearCanada
in recognition of its exceptional popularity with local and
Gertrude Lawson died. Its in her handsome stone-fronted
home at 680 17th Street that the West Vancouver Museum and Archives
has made its home since 1994. The museums website
includes this: Gertrude Lawson designed and built her home
in 1939, reminiscent of Scottish castles seen on a journey overseas.
The building is unusual for the Pacific Coast and features a stone
sheath exterior wall built of granite blocks and river bouldersformer
ballast from sailing ships that plied the early Vancouver port,
and Capilano river rocks. Ms. Lawson was a teacher and artist who
planned her home as a place where other artist and educator friends
could gather and live. She was the daughter of pioneer entrepreneurs
John and Christina Lawson, and is very fondly remembered in the
B.C. Hydro launched its highly-successful Power Smart
conservation program. In five years Power Smart and the associated
Resource Smart program (which enhanced existing production facilities)
would save enough electricity to supply 233,200 homes.
Langley and Maple Ridge became members of the GVRD,
the Greater Vancouver Regional District.
A 4,500-house development on the Westwood Plateau
began, pushing Coquitlam's population to just under 100,000.
Rita Johnston, the MLA for Surrey-Newton, and Premier
Bill Vander Zalm made a pledge this year that the SkyTrain would
be extended to Surreya move that heralded, they say, the municipality's
arrival as the Greater Vancouver Regional District's second city
centre. Surrey's population is expected to eclipse that of Vancouver
as it moves toward becoming the urban giant of the South Fraser
The Château Whistler Resort, operated by Canadian
Pacific Hotels & Resorts (although built with offshore money),
continued the traditionintroduced by the Canadian Pacific
Railway in the 1880s with the Banff Springs Hotelof building
château-style resort hotels in scenic locations. It
revives, wrote architectural historian Harold Kalman, all
the features of the earlier Canadian castles: steep roofs with dormer
windows, picturesque massing, and memorable service. Credit
Musson Cattell Mackey, Downs/Archambault, and Stockwell Architecture
The second section of Highway 91, the east-west connector
across Lulu Island, was built. The first sectionfrom Delta
to East Richmondwas built in 1986.
Molsons merged with Carling-OKeefe, making
it the largest brewing company in the country, zooming past Labatts.
CBC-TV did a report on the merger and you can see it here.
The new company closed seven of its combined 16 breweries.
The Whistler Brewing Co. was founded at Function
Junction in Whistler.
The Soviet Union (remember them?) showed its planes
for the first time at the Abbotsford Air Show. Wrote the Provinces
Don Hunter: They showed off their sleek MiG 29s, an IL-76,
and the enormous AN-225, the world's biggest aircraft. Canadian
Armed Forces Major Bob Wade became the first western pilot to fly
the MiG 29. The Soviets attracted so much interest that 60,000 would-be
spectators were turned away.
The number of passengers arriving and departing at
Vancouver International Airport reached 9,143,850 this year. In
1988 it had been 8,840,130 and in 1990 it would be 9,544,300.
The Vancouver Canucks took the Calgary Flames to
the seventh game of the first playoff round in NHL action before
losing on a disputed overtime goal by Joel Otto (assisted by Jim
Peplinski) that sent the Flames on to their first ever Stanley Cup.
Canucks fans believed Otto had kicked the puck in. That it still
rankled long after would be shown in Calgary in February 2002 when
then Canucks GM Brian Burke spotted Otto and Peplinski. That
puck was kicked in! Burke yelled, and the room exploded in
laughter. It had happened 13 years earlier.
In professional soccer the incredible 46-game winning
streak (37-0-9) by the 86ers that had started June 8, 1988 finally
ended with a loss in Edmonton. Head coach Bob Lenarduzzi had an
all-star line-up that included captain John Catliff, Domenic Mobilio,
Dale Mitchell, Carl Valentine and Steve MacDonald. The streak finally
ended with a loss in Edmonton, but the 86ers finished the regular
season with 18 wins, 6 ties and only 2 losses. Vancouver stormed
into the playoffs, winning the Western Division Championship. In
the title game at Swangard Stadium before a record crowd of almost
8,000 fans, the 86ers won the league championship with a 3-2 victory
over the Hamilton Steelers.
The University of B.C. soccer Thunderbirds began
a terrific stretch of victories in Canadian Interuniversity Sport
Championships. They will win again in 1990, 1991, 1992 and 1994.
Dragon boat races in False Creek began. Today it's
a three-day event called the Canadian International Dragon Boat
The Whalley All Stars competed in the final baseball
game of the Senior Little League World Series. They lost to the
defending champions from Taiwan.
J.P. McConnell joined the sports team at Radio CKNW.
Dr. Art Hister started there, too, with a regular medical commentary.
Meanwhile, in the Groves of Academe:
Phase III of the Acadia Family Housing project, designed
by architects Waisman Dewar Grout, opened at a cost of $7 million.
This completed the plan for student housing of 1982, and eliminated
a vast number of World War II army huts.
The Acadia Community Centre opened at UBC. This is
also known as the Common Block or Acadia/Fairview Common Block.
Its a focal point for students living in the Acadia Park area
of the UBC campus. The facility includes meeting space and activity
rooms. The exterior appearance is similar to the nearby housing.
The complex is managed by Student Housing and Conferences.
The Child Care Services buildings went up at UBC.
Larry McFarland Architects Ltd. created these five single-storey
facilities, which replaced many army huts.
UBCs Gas Gun Facility, a nondescript single-storey
building closed to the public, is a research facility run by the
Department of Physics. They investigate new materials here
through the use of an explosive device. The choice of site,
and the design of the building, reflect safety concerns. Today?
The Electronic Monitoring Services officially came
on-line in Vancouver and Surrey, developed from pilot projects started
in 1987. Prison inmates wear a field monitoring transmitter banded
to their ankles for the duration of their sentence. Monitoring signals
are broadcast to a field monitoring device attached to the inmate's
residential phone line. The signals are sent to the monitoring centre
to confirm the inmate is properly located according to the terms
of the sentencing arrangement. Felons are referred to the EMS program
through three processes: court referrals, classification/re-classification
at another institution and sometimes in probation cases.
The John Howard Society has this comment: To
participate in the BC program, an offender must pose only a minimum
risk, be non-violent and have four months or less remaining in his
sentence. If these criteria are met, the offender is released on
a temporary absence and allowed to return to his home while under
the supervision of corrections workers. In a 1999 study [it was]
found that 89 per cent of participants in the B. C. program completed
the program successfully. The authors note that this can be explained
by the low risk level posed by the participants (approximately 80
per cent of the offenders had a non-violent crime listed as their
most serious offence) and by the short duration of participation
in the program (an average of 37.3 days). The recidivism rate one
year after completion was 30.4 per cent.
The landfills at Langley Township and at Maple Ridge
closed this year: all full. (Langleys was closed in 1976,
Coquitlams in 1983, North Vancouvers and Richmonds
The Cache Creek landfill opened. Its a 48-hectare
site next to the Trans Canada Highway in an industrial area south
of the village of Cache Creek, northwest of Kamloops. It was the
first landfill in Western Canada to be fully designed and operated
as an environmentally secure, state-of-the-art landfill facility.
Waste from the Lower Mainland is screenedrecyclables such
as cardboard and ferrous metals are recycled, while hazardous or
problem wastes are removed. About 16 per cent of the Lower Mainlands
solid waste is taken there. Theres an interesting description
of the operation here.
The landfill was developed by the village and Wastech
Services Ltd. for the GVRD and local residents. Its projected
to close in 2007, next year, with a replacement landfill proposed
for a portion of the Ashcroft Ranch, nearby to the southwest.
The federal fisheries department, in cooperation
with the Musqueam band and Vancouver park board, began to stock
Tin Can Creek (or Musqueam Creek) with chum salmon fingerlings raised
by children in their classrooms. The creek rises in Pacific Spirit
Regional Park and enters the Fraser River from Musqueam reserve
land. It needs constant protection against urban abuse such as effluent
from storm drains.
The old Lafarge gravel pit in Coquitlam opened as
a recreation complex, the 100-acre Town Centre Park.
A library addition by architect Howard Yano was made
to the 1927 Vancouver School of Theology.
The lofty Rogers Cantel Tower (designed by Aitken
Wreglesworth Architects) opened at 4710 Kingsway. Its 28 storeys
top out at 90.0 metres.
Kwantlen College received approval to build a new
$37 million Richmond campus on the four-hectare site of the former
Lansdowne race track at the corner of Garden City and Lansdowne
Roads. Construction will begin March, 1991, and the campus will
officially open in August of 1992.
Emily Carr College began offering bachelor's degrees
in fine arts and design through the British Columbia Open University.
John Napier Burnett died, aged 89. Born in Fraserburgh,
Scotland, he moved to Vancouver in 1911. He was president of the
UBC Alumni Assn. from 1934 to 1936. Burnett served as a lieutenant-colonel
in World War II. He was described as an outstanding teacher, administrator
and inspector of schools in the interior. He was named District
Superintendent for the Richmond school district in 1955, and J.N.
Burnett Junior Secondary school in Richmond is named for him.
The Beast was installed near the Maple
Ridge Municipal Hall. In an article in The Greater Vancouver Book
on unusual clocks in the area, Faith Bloomfield wrote about this
unique example. On the hour, the Beast reared up, its front legs
fluttering, its tail beating the air. Created by Don Brayford at
no cost to the municipality, the Beast took several years to build.
There was a legend behind its creationsomething to do with
man ruining the environmentwhich you can check out here.
The materials used to create this clock (the horse brought the total
height to 34 feet, rising to 40 feet when it was activated) are
recycled parts, metals and bevelled gears from an out-of-service
municipal secondary sewage treatment plant and used farm and mill
machinery. A Commodore computer was linked to 54 hydraulic valves
in the horse's belly to give the Beast its motion. Westminster chimes
rang out from a household clock, amplified to two speakers from
within the statue. The District covered the costs of running the
beast and Brayford took care of maintaining the computer, the hydraulics
In 1987 Harvey Southam and Ron Stern had introduced
V, a glossy, sophisticated city magazine distributed through
the Vancouver Sun. Alas, it couldn't compete with the better-established
Vancouver Magazine and died, the same year it was named Western
Magazine of the Year.
A number of new publications debuted in 1989:
Adbusters Quarterly Published by the Adbusters
Media Foundation with a mission: to raise consumer alarms about
the advertising industry. For environmental, anti-commercial and
media literacy groups, advertising executives and academics. Today?
Well, their website
says: Adbusters is a not-for-profit, reader-supported, 120,000-circulation
magazine concerned about the erosion of our physical and cultural
environments by commercial forces. Our work has been embraced by
organizations like Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace, has been
featured in hundreds of alternative and mainstream newspapers, magazines,
and television and radio shows around the world.
British Columbia Film News A monthly with
news of film making in the province.
British Columbia Report A weekly B. C. news
Vancouver-born (February 12, 1949) Peter Ladner went
into partnership with George Mleczko, publisher of the magazine
Equity, which had just died, and started a weekly publication
in Vancouver. It was lively and informative and
took off. Today, its published every Tuesday and claims a
readership of more than 62,000.
Canadian Environmental Protection Published
nine times a year by Baum Publications Ltd.
College Institute Educators' Association: Profile
A quarterly published by the College Institute Educators' Association.
Offers analysis and information on policy, labor relations
and professional issues affecting community college and institute
educators and the higher education system in general.
Eclectic Muse Published three times a year,
featuring poems, especially from women poets.
Journal of Human Justice A semi-annual publication
from the Human Justice Collective at the Dept. of Anthropology and
Sociology, UBC. Offers a forum for progressive analyses of
economic, gender, legal and political relations as they pertain
to studies of social justice in Canadian society and abroad.
Peninsula Prime A monthly publication from
Peace Arch Publications Ltd. in White Rock.
Women's Chronicle Published six times a year
by the West Coast Women's Chronicle Inc.
Lots of books in 1989:
The book Living Stones: A Centennial History of
Christ Church Cathedral 1889-1989 by Neal Adams was published
by the cathedral. One of the aspects of the Christ Churchs
history unfamiliar to most of us: in the early years they were sued
for arrears by the CPR, which owned the property they were on! It
got nasty, as Adams book makes clear. And, ironically, one
of the key figures in the churchs early history was a senior
CPR official. Henry John Cambie, a native of Tipperary, was
perhaps the man most instrumental in the founding of Christ Churchand
indeed in choosing Vancouver as the railways Pacific terminus.
Educated in England, he had come as a youth to Canada, and learned
the surveyors trade. He had been charged with the task of
finding the best route for the transcontinental railway. As chief
of survey in BC, Cambie had fought within the CPR for the Fraser
Canyon route to Burrard Inlet . . . [Cambie] was now the chief engineer
of the CPRs Pacific Division. Its an interesting
book, and throws light on a little-reported aspect of the citys
early history. The text can be read here.
Echoes across the inlet by Dawn Sparks and
Martha Border, edited by Damian Inwood, was a history of the Deep
Cove area of North Vancouver. The book was published by the Deep
Cove and Area Heritage Association.
Richmond, child of the Fraser, 1979-1989 by
Leslie J. Ross, published by the Friends of the Richmond Archives.
This was described as a supplement to the 1979 bookwhich has
the same title, minus the dates.
The refiners: a century of BC Sugar by John
Schreiner, a solid and readable history of the British Columbia
Sugar Refining Company by a longtime journalist. The story of how
the company founder, Benjamin Tingley Rogers, came up here from
the States in 1889, aged 24, and got the city fathers to give him
virtually everything he asked for is one of Vancouvers great
tales. Rogers company, still around, and now called Rogers
Sugar , was the first major industry in the city not
connected to forestry or fishing.
Runaway: diary of a street kid by Evelyn Lau.
This made a sensation when it first appeared, the story of the early
street life of this Canadian writer and poet, 18 at the time of
publication. Three years earlier she had run away from home, a
social outcast in school, says the literary website Northwest
Passages , and a suppressed, unloved daughter
at home. She took up the life of a drug abuser and prostitute in
Vancouverliving mostly at social institutions and chronicling
in a diary her psychologically battered life and her struggle as
an emerging writer. Her later work has achieved critical acclaim.
A made-for-TV movie (The Diary of Evelyn Lau) appeared in
1993, starring Sandra Oh, then 22.
The Vancouver Club first century, 1889-1989,
by Reginald Roy, published by the Vancouver Club. The early years
of this exclusive club, once men only, were sometimes rocky. Roy
tells of a time when their cutlery and other tableware was seized
by one of their creditors, a restaurateur, who then used itcomplete
with the clubs symbolin his own establishment.
The book Discord: The Story of the Vancouver Symphony
Orchestra by John Becker appeared. It was a critical study of
the history and modern problems of the VSO. The book chronicled
the soul-searching, dissension, acrimony and public begging that
accompanied the financial troubles of Canada's sixth largest cultural
institution in 1988 and 1989. The foreword is by Max Wyman.
In The Greater Vancouver Book (1997), Michael
Scott wrote: Reading histories of the VSO such as John Becker's
1989 Discord, or Dale McIntosh's History of Music in British
Columbia: 1850 to 1950, it becomes clear that the Furies that
have beset the orchestra have remained constant over the decades.
Money problems, quarrelsome boards, controversial conductors and
a tough-minded musicians' union have plagued the VSO in one combination
or another right from the beginning. In 1938 Mary Rogers wondered
why only 100 people in a city of 250,000 contributed to the VSO's
coffers. Were she still alive today, she might well ask a similar
Crofton House School, the first ninety years,
1898-1988 by Elizabeth Bell-Irving (OKiely), published
by Crofton House. The authors daughter, her mother and the
author herself all attended the school. A Royal BC Museum notation
on the title reads: The book is based on memories of staff
and students, the school publication, The Croftonian (dating from
1913), and school archival material. The impact on the school of
the Edwardian era, wars and the Depression and the upheaval of youth
in the 60s are included to show how the school survived economic
and social trends. School traditions, studies, sports, songs, prayers
and even favourite foods and pets are all included with remembrances
of the headmistresses, teachers and school staff.
The book Fantasyland: Inside the Reign of
Bill Vander Zalm appeared. It was co-written by Keith Baldrey, a
Vancouver Sun political reporter based in Victoria, and The
Sun's former Victoria bureau chief Gary Mason.
There was a new place to put all these books in 1989:
a new branch of the Vancouver Public Library opened at Hastings
The Vancouver Little Theatre Associationformed
in 1921switched its focus from producing plays to managing
its venue at Heritage Hall at Main and East 15th (and changed
its name to the Vancouver Little Theatre Alliance). It ended operations
Yuk Yuks funnyman-in-chief Mark Breslin had always
wanted a Vancouver venue for his Toronto based comedy chain and
opened a club on Davie Street in 1988 but wasn't amused by the
location. He took over the old Expo real estate in 1989. Today
Yuk Yuks is at 1010 Burrard Street in the Century Plaza Hotel.
North Shore Studios was built in North Vancouver
City by Hollywood writer/producer Stephen J. Cannell (The Rockford
Files was one of his creations). It contained seven sound
stages, production offices, on-site shooting facades and technical
production services. The studio was later the home to the TV series
The X-Files, The Commish and 21 Jump Street
and the feature movies Little Women and Intersection.
Movie reviewer and historian Michael Walsh had
these comments on some 1989 flicks:
Beyond The Stars (director David Saperstein)
A young space scientist (Christian Slater) makes some shocking
discoveries about the Apollo 11 moon mission and his personal
idol, a retired astronaut (Martin Sheen).
Cousins (director Joel Schumacher) In a
domestic comedy that makes Vancouver look like a lover's paradise,
in-laws (Ted Danson, Isabella Rossellini) keep romance within
the family by pretending to cheat on their unfaithful spouses.
Immediate Family (director Jonathan Kaplan)
Maternity and married love are examined in this drama about an
infertile Seattle couple (James Woods, Glenn Close) who agree
to care for an unwed, pregnant teen (Mary Stuart Masterson) in
exchange for her baby.
The Fly II (director Chris Walas) The monstrous
mutations continue on a huge Bridge Studios laboratory set as
profit-driven scientists experiment upon the original Fly's son
Friday The 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan
(director Rob Hedden) The hockey-masked slasher adds 19 notches
to his machete, dispatching victims on locations that include
a SkyTrain dressed to look like the New York subway.
American Boyfriends (director Sandy Wilson)
At 17, Sandy (Margaret Langrick) is an SFU freshman who cuts classes
to attend her cousin's wedding in Oregon. This was a sequel to
the 1985 hit My American Cousin, also starring Margaret
Look Who's Talking (director Amy Heckerling)
Downtown doubles for Manhattan in this courtship comedy cutely
narrated by the infant son of a single mom (Kirstie Alley).
Kingsgate (director Jack Darcus) A selection
of tragicomic relationships are on view when a university professor
(Duncan Fraser) and his young lover (Elizabeth Dancoes) visit
her feuding parents (Christopher Plummer, Roberta Maxwell).
The Experts (director Dave Thomas) Something
of a cinematic Chinese puzzle, SCTV veteran Thomas's feature is
set in a Soviet-built replica of an American town where a pair
of New York hipsters (John Travolta, Arye Gross) are duped into
teaching the KGB all about U.S. pop culture.
Who's Harry Crumb? (director Paul Flaherty)
Hired to find a kidnapped California heiress, an inept, disguise-happy
private eye (John Candy) bumbles about in a Vancouver disguised
as Los Angeles.
Return Engagement (director Tung Joe Cheung)
In this Chinese-language thriller, a family man (Alan Tang) is
framed by mobsters, serves a prison term, and then seeks revenge
on the hired killers who murdered his wife and daughter.
We're No Angels (director Neil Jordan) An
entire 1930s town was built near Stave Lake Falls for this comic
adventure of escaped convicts (Robert De Niro, Sean Penn) masquerading
as itinerant priests.
Quarantine (director Charles Wilkinson)
A young rebel (Beatrice Boepple) recruits a research scientist
(Garwin Sanford) to fight the government's ruthless use of a health
crisis to enslave its people.
Empire Of Ash III (directors Michael Mazo,
Lloyd Simandl) Filmed as a sequel to Empire of Ash IIthere
was no Iin the Abbotsford area, the battle continues as
Danielle (Melanie Kigour) deals with a fanatic warlord bent on
ruling what's left of the world.
The Classical Joint, Vancouver's oldest jazz club,
closed. It had started at 231 Carrall Street in Gastown in 1970
with the arrival of Swiss-born Andreas Nothiger, who ran it for
EDAM (Experimental Dance and Music), a company
formed in 1982, had begunin dance reviewer Max Wymans
phraseto splinter. By 1989, he wrote, EDAM
was directed by contact improviser Peter Bingham. Jay Hirabayashi
and Barbara Bourget broke away to create Kokoro Dance, using raw,
emotional movement that blends Western styles with elements of
Japanese butoh techniques. Another EDAM co-founder who since 1989
has had her own company is Jennifer Mascall, a radical explorer
of less predictable modern dance. EDAM original Lola MacLaughlin
set up a company the same year as a showcase for her own thoughtful,
witty movement meditations. To see what EDAM is up to these
days, go here.
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