Foncie’s North Vancouver Connection

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Foncie, to my knowledge, never crossed the bridge or took the ferry to North Vancouver—at least not for his work, but he did capture many of our most colourful citizens. A street photographer who worked mostly on Hastings and Granville Streets, he photographed people out shopping, going to a show, or on their way to work.

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Canada’s flag is in its 50s. Is it time for an update?

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Jason Vanderhill dropped around a couple of weeks ago armed with a ton of old copies of the Vancouver Sun that he’d been given by Anders Falk and family. It was a blast looking through them—they ranged from the 1930s to the 60s and covered major events such as visits by the Royal family, the opening of the Granville Bridge, and putting a man on the moon.

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10 things I Love about Munro’s Books

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1. It’s in Victoria

2. It’s 52 years old. That means Munro’s has survived Amazon, consolidation and e-books.

3. Carole Sabiston’s tapestries. Eight large banners depict the seasons and decorate the interior of Munro’s. Carole is an incredibly accomplished textile artist. Her commissions include the giant Sunburst for the Expo ’86 opening ceremony in Vancouver and the five-panel work of mountains and oceans at Government House.

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Our Missing Heritage: The original Vancouver Club and the Metropolitan Building

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Love this photo taken in 1921 from Howe Street looking down West Hastings. The big building closest to the photographer is the Metropolitan at 837 West Hastings. It was built in 1912 to house the Metropolitan Club which then became the Terminal City Club and the building lasted until 1998. It was replaced with a 30-storey building called the Terminal City Tower.

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Water’s Edge at Presentation House

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Next time you’re in the Lower Lonsdale area, drop by Presentation House and check out Water’s Edge. It’s a new interactive exhibit developed by the North Vancouver Museum that shows how the waterfront has changed over the last couple of hundred years. I did the research and wrote the stories, archivist Janet Turner sourced hundreds of photos and maps, and Juan Tanus and his team at Kei Space added the magic.

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