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Bruce Yorke: Champion of Tenants

Posted by Howard, Dec 16, 2015

Bruce Yoke was a prominent Vancouver social activist during the latter half of the 20th C and a long-time Vancouver city councillor. Born into a comfortable middle-class family in Vancouver on Dec 10, 1924, Yorke was an excellent student and athlete. At UBC he studied economics and played for the Thunderbirds basketball team. A member of the Communist Party of Canada, he long served on the Trade Union Research Bureau and helped found the left-wing Vancouver municipal party, The Committee of... Read this post

Patrick Reid, Mastermind of Expo 86

Posted by Howard, Dec 16, 2015
Patrick Reid with wife Alison at BC Place

Patrick Reid, best known to British Columbians as the man who guided Expo 86, had a long and many-sided career.


Born Patrick Lockhart Reid was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland on Nov. 14, 1924, he grew up on a farm in County Donegal. At 15 he entered law school at Queen’s University in Belfast, but he didn’t graduate... Read this post

Labels: EXPO

Remembering K&C Thermoglass

Posted by Howard, Jun 25, 2015

During the 1970s and 1980s British Columbia emerged as a leader in the manufacture of small boats for the leisure market and one of the pioneers in the industry was a Richmond company called K&C Thermoglass. The K of K&C was German immigrant Peter Kaufman, who died on March 3, 2009 at the age of 69 and the C was his partner Andy Cruden. Kaufman's father Bruno was also a partner. The B.C. boat builder constructed thousands of pleasure and small utility boats still in use40 years later, and was... Read this post

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