August 2nd, 1973 — Another picture that shows just how much things have changed since I first started photographing for newspapers. Not only was I allowed to walk out into the center lane of Lions Gate Bridge to take the picture but the workers were out on the road chipping away at the old concrete just inches away from passing trucks, buses, and cars with no barricades to protect them.
June 2nd, 2016 — Today the last remnants of the Vancouver Province newspaper, 20 or so reporters and editors, move in with the last remnants of the Vancouver Sun to form a combined newsroom. I hope the Sun survives the invasion. It’s not generally known but Sun reporters and deskers have always been kind of meek, or in the least, fearful of authority, especially of their editors, except of course, Kim Bolan. Province reporters and deskers treated editors with a certain amount of contempt and didn’t take the trouble to hide it. Take, for example, the desk of reporter Jack Keating, above. Not only was it a slovenly disgrace to the newsroom it was in full view of management’s offices and probably a fire hazard, but no editor got Jack to clean it up. A small item I know but a symbol. I recall when Michael Cooke arrived from the Edmonton Journal to be editor in chief. Neil Graham the managing editor, who had hoped to get the job himself, told me that management would humour Michael for a few months then give him to Wendy Fitzgibbons to play with. That one didn’t quite work out as planned but it did show that editors at the Province knew we weren’t to be pushed around. For those who don’t know who Wendy Fitzgibbons is I could tell you that she was a shop steward, or that she once got into a nose to nose screaming match on deadline with another desker about the merits of Province style versus CP style, but it wouldn’t really convey the essence of Wendy. She was just, Wendy. But I digress from the point I wanted to make about the above picture in that it is, as I said earlier, a symbol of what the Province newsroom and its people were like, messy, chaotic, and cantankerous, and I hope the Province staffers carry that with them to the Sun.
June 2nd, 2015 — House raised and moved to the rear of a lot on 5th Avenue near Maple Street while undergoing extensive renovations.
Circa 1970 — Edmonton Journal reporter Rossi Cameron working late into the night clipping her editor’s stories from the newspaper and putting them into a file. The editor was retiring the next day and wanted it done before she left. There were months of papers to go through and Rossi who was at the time probably junior in the department got the job. It was an era when many reporters started at 8am and worked until the editor said you could go home. There was no overtime pay. Complain and you were fired. Just talking about a union at the Journal was dangerous to your career.
May 21st, 2014 — An arborist removes a cedar tree from the back yard of a property on the west side of Vancouver. The city recently passed a law that no trees could be removed without a permit and that if a permit was granted a replacement had to be planted. Two trees will be planted in this case.
March 22nd, 2014 — Wayne Langley removes a tree that was threatening the roof of a garage on a Salt Spring Island property. Wayne removed the limbs as he climbed to the top and then cut the trunk into one foot long sections as he descended. These were split so they could be used for firewood. The tree was 38 years old by the ring count.
Circa 1975 — Workers at a saw mill in Vancouver next to the Fraser River attend a meeting where they are being told the mill is closing. I can’t remember if this was the first of the many sawmills that used to line the north side of the river along Kent Avenue to close or if it was the last. The expressions on the faces show they didn’t have much hope of finding work at another mill so it was probably one of the last.
Oct 22nd, 1973 — A gillnetter sets his nets on the Fraser River just upstream from New Westminster opposite the long gone saw mills at Sapperton. The name of the boat is Playboy.
November 7th 1978 — When the employees of the Vancouver Province and Sun newspapers were locked out in November of 1978 they knew it was to be for a long time. In preparation they rented space at 554 East 15th Avenue near Kingsway in Vancouver and set up a strike newspaper called The Express. The lockout began on a Tuesday and the first edition came out on the Friday. Within weeks it was making a profit, in fact it was making so much money many of the reporters didn’t want to return to the Province or Sun when the strike ended 8 months later.
The stories about this newspaper are endless. Ros Oberlyn had a front page story in the first edition and she was on the corner of Granville and Broadway the next day as a newsie selling the paper on the street. Towards the end of the strike there was so much advertising and so little newsprint available the Express began stealing it from other newspapers.
Above, Lance Secret looks on as the publisher of The Express, Don Brown, types the lead editorial for the first issue of the newspaper. Below is a slide show of pictures from the first day of The Express. The people in the pictures include, Patrick Durrant, Mike Beamish, Bob Ross, Rod Mickleburgh, Wyng Chow, Jake van der Kamp, Sun editor Bruce Smilie, Larry Emrick, Genevieve Westcott, Ashley Ford, Linda Hossie, Kent ‘Cookie’ Gilchrist, Geoff Wellens, Gerry Bellett, Bob Stahl, Scott Macrae, Ros Oberlyn, John Olding, and Carol Volkart.
NOTE: This story was originally posted in 2009 but the pictures somehow vanished and the only way to recover them was to repost everything.
May 31st, 2010 — Angus McIntyre retired tonight after 40 years driving a transit bus for Translink. In honour of the occasion he did his last run wearing his original BC Hydro uniform driving a legendary Brill bus giving his regular passengers on the #4 Dunbar route and his many friends a special treat.