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Documents of Early Vancouver Now Welcoming Guest Transcribers

Since 2012, the Global Civic Policy Society has, in co-operation with the Vancouver Archives, been photographing and transcribing the original hand-written records from the first Vancouver City Council meetings. The very first meeting was May 26, 1886.  You can see our photos here and our transcript of the minutes here. We’ve completed photographed all the […]

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Chinook Wawa Day: Aboriginal Cultural Experiences, Saturday, June 27, 2015

Food, art, architecture, music, traditional medicine, carving and an opportunity for paddling. Gain insights into aboriginal cultures and learn a few words in Chinook Wawa, the trade language spoken throughout British Columbia Saturday,June 27, 2015 at the Creekside Community Center in Vancouver Chinook Wawa was spoken by thousands of Aboriginal and non-aboriginal people from California […]

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Vancouver City Council minutes from 1887 through 1892 now available at Transcribimus.ca

The Documents of Early Vancouver are now available on our new web site, Transcribimus.ca. If you are interested in helping us transcribe, please get in touch.  

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Minutes from August 8, 1889

Transcript     Original Documents correspondence from the Knights of Labor asking that the hours of day labourers be reduced to 9 hours  the library board asks Council for a donation of $65 monthly to keep the library operating

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Minutes from December 29, 1886

Transcript     Original document: part one | part two In order to pay off all the accounts approved by this Council, certificates of indebtedness to be issued in order of approval.  Certificates to bear 10 per cent interest per year Votes of thanks were made to the Mayor, to Alderman E.P. Hamilton, and to […]

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Minutes from December 27, 1886

Transcript     Original document: part one | part two Additional accounts reviewed and approved for payment Two By-Laws passed for the improvement of Powell and Cambie Streets These minutes were transcribed in July, 2015 by guest transcriber Pauline White and funded through the generosity of Darrin Pezer at Proactive Building Maintenance

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Minutes from December 20, 1886

Transcript     Original document: part one | part two John Clough (Vancouver’s infamous one-armed jailer) to be granted $20 for past services, and a salary of $5 per month in future A great many accounts reviewed and approved for payment before year end City Hall upper floor to be divided into offices for Mayor, […]

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Minutes from November 29, 1886

Transcript     Original document: part one | part two At the request of the Rev. Father Fay of Holy Rosary Cathedral, thirty dollars granted toward building a sidewalk along Richards Street from Hastings to Dunsmuir.  The church to supply blocking, nails and labour These minutes were transcribed in July, 2015 by guest transcriber Pauline […]

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Minutes from November 22, 1886

Transcript     Original document: part one | part two Monthly use of City Hall granted for sessions of County Court at a rate of $5.00 per day By-Laws approved to raise money for additional improvements to Hastings and Oppenheimer Streets These minutes were transcribed in July, 2015 by guest transcriber Pauline White and funded through […]

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Minutes from Special Meeting November 16, 1886

Transcript     Original document Special Meeting to receive the Board of Works and Finance Committee reports, and to pass a By-Law fixing the polling places and appoint Deputy Returning Officers for Election of a Mayor and Aldermen for 1887 McKenzie and Ross awarded contract for laying sidewalk on Westminster Avenue (now Main Street) at a […]

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