They Live (John Carpenter, 1988)
Ferguson, Missouri, U.S.A. (August 11, 2014)
New World Confectionary, 1965
The Low family opened the New World Confectionery on the southwest corner of Powell and Dunlevy streets in 1959, and have run it continuously since then, even though many of their retail neighbours closed as the area went into economic decline. The Low family have been told they need to vacate next month while the building undergoes renovations. They are doubtful that they will be able to afford the new rent when the renovations are complete. Neighbourhood folks will miss the store, which gives about $2000 in credit to its customers each month.
The building, Tamura House, is the jewel of what’s left of old Japantown. It’s owned by BC Housing, and Lookout Society manages the social housing/SRO units upstairs. The renos are part of the government’s SRO Renewal initiative. The building also appears in a chapter I wrote for the soon-to-be-released Vancouver Confidential (Anvil Press, 2014).
Source: Photo by Fred Herzog, Equinox Gallery
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Regina Riot, Monday 1 July 1935
Seventy-nine years ago today, the On to Ottawa Trek was brutally stopped in Regina by the RCMP in what became known as the Regina Riot. The trekkers were unemployed men who walked out on strike from federal work camps in early April and left Vancouver on 3 June to bring their demand of “work and wages” directly to the Conservative government of RB “Iron Heel” Bennett. One protester and one Regina police officer were killed in the melee.
Source: Saskatchewan Archives Board #R-A7866