July 24th, 1974 — At the end of the 1974 spring term the above photograph of UBC students camping on Wreck Beach for lack of housing on campus ran in the Vancouver Province newspaper. UBC promised they would do something but when I went back in September I found John Villeneuvei (bottom picture) living in a tent on Wreck Beach with his wife and dog and it was for the same reason, no affordable housing for students on campus or in the city. In the early 70’s basement suites in west side houses were illegal and cheap Kitsilano apartments were being turned into condos. Kind of like today except for the basement suites which is why the federal government has just announced a program to subsidize low income renters. We’ll see what happens.
September 12th, 1974 — UBC student John Villeneuvei
May 1st, 1974 — David Lambert, potter, at his home and studio in Ryder Lake near Sardis. The designs on his pottery were stick men, each one told a story, and were unique to each piece.
March 14th, 1975 — Commercial fishermen arrive off Brockton Point in Vancouver’s Stanley Park for a “sail in of concern” about the state of the commercial fishing industry.
April 22nd, 1973 — The Alouette Naturalist Society, avid bird watchers all, visits the greenbelt area of Pitt Polder.
August 15th, 1981 — Jay Jay Rogers with a pal cruising Coal Harbour in her restored 1924 era wood boat “Kay Dee”. A google check described this boat as a one time “rum-runner” but I don’t remember it being that fast; more like a “rum-stroller”.
December 9th, 2000 — A forty foot half size replica of the Viking ship Gokstad being built as part of the millennium celebrations by a group of volunteers from the Scandinavian Community Centre in Burnaby. Holding an oar made for the boat is Ciaran Adams. The completed boat can be seen next to Vancouver’s maritime museum ferry dock.
Banging in nails and riveting above are Lars Eriksson, Chris Jorgensen, Glen Johnson.
Above is head shipright Chris Frostad.
Circa November 1978 — Eight of the original homes in the 1000 block of Pacific Street were being raised above their foundations so they could be restored, renovated, and rented out. While up on the blocks one of the houses collapsed.
Circa 2002 — The north shore of False Creek showing construction at Beach Crescent and Richards Street.
June 8th, 1981 — The last day of the Happy Hour Cafe at 16th and Macdonald Street run by Bill Jones (front right smoking) and his family, daughter-in-law Marcia, son Tony, and wife Sharon.
Circa 1978 — Dress rehearsal for the Nutcracker ballet at the Oueen Elizabeth Theatre.