A Collection of CKNW Cartoons

Back when CKNW was still based in New Westminster, the radio station published a humour booklet, What is the Gestation Period of an Elephant?, and sold copies to raise funds for the CKNW Orphans' Fund. The title comes from a question asked of a CKNW telephone operator, and book is a series of cartoonists, both …

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Anvil Salute, 1970s Style

  In the spring of 1975, Beautiful British Columbia, the glossy promotional magazine produced by the provincial government—which eventually evolved into the present-day British Columbia magazine—featured a look at New Westminster's unique Victoria Day celebrations.   Entitled "spring comes with a bang...", the brief piece read: British Columbians are inclined to outdo Texans when it …

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Architect Murray Brown’s Bank of Nova Scotia

A striking example of modernist architecture, the Bank of Nova Scotia building at 728 Columbia Street dates from the late 1930s, when--with the worst of the Great Depression over--the financial institution once again started building grand branches on main streets across the country, signalling the financial institution's growing confidence in British Columbia--as symbolized by the …

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Early Visitor: William Henry Withrow

In the late 1880s, William Henry Withrow, a Methodist minister from Toronto, recounted a cross-Canada trip from Cape Breton to Vancouver Island in Our Own Country: Canada Scenic and Descriptive (William Briggs, 1889). In celebratory terms, he describes "the magnificent extent, and varied beauty, and almost boundless resources of our country," with the overt hope—as …

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“Fifteen Siwash Houses Burned” — Colonial Attitudes in New Westminster

Researching and writing local history, as I did in Toronto for the better part of a decade and have started to do in New West, means reading a lot of local history books, articles, and commemorative plaques. And you start to notice that, to great extent, local histories for any given community recount the same …

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