March 15th, 1974 — Sidney Claridge after his last run as engineer on the CP Rail passenger train, The Canadian. Newspapers once published a lot of ordinary pictures like this although Sidney Claridge wasn’t just anybody, he was the father of Pat Claridge, a local football hero with the BC Lions. The picture was taken near the round house in False Creek now the site of multi story condominiums.
September 30th, 2014 — There is an occupation of Oppenheimer Park in Vancouver by homeless people who are protesting of the lack of progress solving the housing crisis in Vancouver. A few blocks away in the park west of the overpass at Main Street and Alexander there is the tent of a homeless person who is not part of the protest. Almost every time I walk or drive by this park, summer, winter, fall, or spring, there is a structure of some kind against the fence and a person living in it. It’s very visible so I imagine it doesn’t take long for someone to complain and for the city to come by and remove it, temporarily. It’s been like this for years.
1969 — Waiting for the CNR passenger train on a Saturday evening in Vegreville, Alberta.