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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 1889 through 1892 now available at Transcribimus.ca

The Vancouver City Council minutes from 1889, 1890, 1891, and 1892 are now available on our new web site, Transcribimus: documents of early Vancouver & beyond.  If you are interested in helping us transcribe, please get in touch.  Minutes were hand-written until the middle of 1911, so we still have a lot of work to […]

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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 November 5, 1888

transcript     original documents city accepts E.J. Clark’s offer of donation of lot for an athletic field “responsible parties” may apply for trees purchased by city Presbyterian Ladies’ Aid donates all linens and equipment for eight hospital beds

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Minutes from October 22, 1888

transcripts   original documents city drains to be diverted into culverts being dug by C.P.R to reduce fouling of Burrard Inlet north of Water Street

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Minutes from October 15, 1888

transcripts    original images city hospital informally opened Sept 22 with only one ward operative rules limiting hospital visiting hours for visitors and clergy  election of medical staff to city hospital called into question

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Minutes from October 9, 1888

transcripts     original documents intersections chosen for installation of electric lights and fire hydrants contractors agree to have debris along park road disposed of by city, and the cost deducted from final payment

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Minutes from October 1, 1888

transcripts     original documents Ward 1’s budget exhausted: city clerk instructed to keep separate accounts for each city Ward work on False Creek Bridge, False Creek School House, and City Hospital continues brush, stumps, boulders and debris along the road to (Stanley) park not disposed of according to contracts

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Minutes from September 26, 1888

transcript     original documents Aldermen Dougall, Coldwell, Alexander and Brighouse elected to form Parks Committee, with H.P. McCraney, A.G. Ferguson, and Capt. R.G. Tatlow 

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