October 7th, 2019 — The Burrard Street Bridge today during the afternoon rush hour was very quiet and empty. It had been closed all day to car traffic because of a climate protest at center span.
September 27th, 2019 — I didn’t intend to be downtown during the climate action strike but since I was it was hard not to take pictures. There was talk amongst the informed media that climate change would not be a significant part of this federal election. From the size of this crowd I think they were wrong.
June 17th, 2018 — Blockade Cuba message on Main Street between Broadway and 30th Avenue which was closed to traffic for the day.
January 24th, 1985 — Students, probably from Templeton High School, driving around the streets of east end Vancouver protesting government cutbacks to the education system.
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 8th, 2017 — Falun Gong protesting in the pouring rain outside the Chinese Embassy at 17th and Granville Street.
June 15th, 1973 — There’s something so Canadian about this inmate of Riverview mental hospital protesting outside the hospital against electric shock treatment. Not sure of his name but possibly it’s Roderick Louis.
January 19th, 1974 — Pickets protesting at the Burrard Hotel in Vancouver. I have no idea what this story is about except for what’s said on the picket signs but the words do make this an amusing protest even for Vancouver. The picture is what was called in the old days, the days of film, developer, and darkrooms, a “roll end”. Roll ends were the first or last picture on a roll of film often of the photographer’s feet taken as he was advancing the film after loading a new roll or less often a half frame at the end of a roll that didn’t quite make it to 36. This particular frame is the first on a roll of pictures taken at a fire on Broadway. It has no connection with the fire and is just an indication of the endless variety in the daily life of a newspaper photographer.
October 14th, 1976 — It was a day of protest against the provincial government. Every union member walked out and marched through the streets of downtown Vancouver blocking traffic, closing businesses, all of it culminating with a rally at Empire Stadium. Most of the pictures from that day showed crowds of marchers with banners. At some point, of course, it had to end and everyone went home. That’s when I saw this man walking across an unusually empty Georgia Street, the protest over, on his way home.