The Province from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on September 21, 1980 · 11
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The Province from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada · 11

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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Sunday, September 21, 1980
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Page A11 Sunday, Septembers, SundayBmmh This is No. 48 in a Sunday series on little-known stories of the Van-couverarea. NO, you're not seeing things. That is the Bur-rard Bridge, and it does have a lower level. That addition exists only in the artist's imagination, although back when the bridge was designed, provision was made for a second levsl for rail and streetcars. They just never got around to it. (The lower span, of course, would have opened for boats.) Work on the bridge began Dec. 8, 1930. The architect was G. L. Thornton Sharp, of Sharp and Thompson. It was Sharp who was responsible for the most noticeable physical feature of the bridge, those tall galleries in the middle. "Both central piers," Sharp told a reporter when the bridge opened on Dominion Day in 1932, "were designed and connected with an overhead gallery across the road. This helped to mask the network of steel in the truss from the two approaches, and has been treated as an entrance gateway to the city." So if you've ever wondered what those two big concrete structures were for, the answer is they're to hide all that messy steel. "In the gallery centre," Sharp went on, "the arms of the City of Vancouver are carved, flanked by windows which overlook the bridge deck. On the two piers which support the gallery are molded the prows of boats with figureheads to represent Captain George Vancouver and Captain Harry Burrard . . . both so closely associated with the earliest history of Vancouver." Not quite. Harry Burrard, as far as I can tell, never came within 5,000 kilometres of this area. He'd been an acting lieutenant with Vancouver on the Europa in the West Indies; George was just honoring an old chum. "A snip of a pair of golden scissors in the hands of Mayor Louis D. Taylor," ran a news report of the THE CAPTION on the cover of a new Canadian government publication dealing with fitness for older citizens is Take It Easy ... But turn to the opening page and the title changes to Don '(Take It Easy. Officials credit the contrast to Dr. Paul Dudley White, famous heart specialist, who made a similar switch when asked to address a health conference on the theme of cardiac patients "taking it easy." Dr. White emphasized that staying active can help one enjoy a more healthy, vigorous and satisfying life as well as slow down or even reverse physical failing. The new publication, produced by Fitness Canada, stresses the point I make so often in these columns that a key factor in living fully during your mature years is your attitude toward life. There is a great temptation to "take it easy" and surrender to a feeling that it's too late to begin an exercise program. The booklet demonstrates that age is no barrier. Studies show that men and women who have been inactive even if in their 80s or 90s still can improve their fitness and wellbeing with a regular, progressively-more-active program. The booklet urges seniors to be active every day and to engage in moderate exercise of an endurance type, such as swimming or walking, at least three times a week. If your recreation also is of a physical nature, such as gardening or golf, so much the better. Fitness Canada lists 10 good reasons for joining active seniors : T COST ME $456 to buy two VIA Rail train tickets to take us from Kamloops to Thunder Bay, Ont. I brought them home and inadvertently threw them out with some Junk mail we had lying around. I didn't discover the blunder until three days before our planned departure. One of VIA's ticket agents took all the particulars of how my tickets were lost and told me they would contact me in a few weeks. Then I bought two more tickets so we could leave as we originally planned. Since then I've received a letter from the railway that says they do not give refunds for lost or stolen tickets. I think this is unfair because they must know that the first set of tickets I bought were not used. -AlfMorin, Westbank VIA HAS no. way of knowing whether or not your first two tickets were used, said R. B. Perkins, their administration officer. He said their system for checking tickets is not programmed to detect unused tickets. He explained that their tickets are like money because the unused portion of a ticket can be turned in for a refund anywhere in Canada. Their no-refund, policy for tickets reported lost, stolen or destroyed is printed in all timetables. To put VIA's policy in perspective with the policies of other passenger carriers, we called Amtrak, Greyhound, Air Canada and CP Air. Here's what they said: Jack McLaren, head of Amtrak's tour department, told us Amtrak does not give refunds for lost, stolen or destroyed tickets. He said he opening, "and Vancouver's $3 million Burrard Bridge was opened to the public Friday afternoon, July 1 . . . Hardly was the ribbon cut in front of the devouring eyes of movie cameras, then thousands of pedestrians and hundreds of cars surged across the magnificent white structure in a procession of triumph, celebrating another step in Vancouver's progress." The Kitsilano Boy's Band played ; so did the Fireman's Band. An RCAF seaplane zoomed under the bridge, "to the great amazement of the congregated thousands." At a civic reception later, in the Hotel Vancouver, a replica of the bridge was unveiled. It was made of sugar. Shortly after the opening, the city got a letter from Sir Harry Paul Burrard, Bart., a justice of the peace in Worthing, Sussex, thanking them for naming the bridge after his ancestor. One headline called it: A Symphony of Steel and Concrete. I've always been fond of the flourishes on the Burrard Bridge: The tiled galleries, the plaques, the figureheads . . . and those nifty decorative lamps, a pair at each end, made to resemble braziers glowing with hot coals. These are actually 1965 replacements of the originals, which had to be taken down in 1963 because of corrosion. The figureheads, and the city's arms, were carved by Charles Marega, the Swiss-born sculptor about whom I wrote in columns 9 and 10 of this series. To aid you in a speedy identification of the two naval figures shown, Marega carved a V under Vancouver's head, a B under Burrard's. Watch for them the next time you drive over. A lot of people drive over Burrard Bridge: About 65,000 a day. It was once the most crowded of all the city's bridges, and it's still in a THE FOURTH QUARTER Leslie Holbrcok Muscles strengthen and become more flexible; breathing and blood circulation become more efficient. Digestion is improved and the incidence of constipation reduced. Bones remain dense and strong; joints stay supple and loose. Appearance is improved; posture is corrected, excess fat decreased and body weight controlled. Energy is renewed; fatigue and tension are reduced. Psychological wellbeing is experienced, leading to improved self-esteem and confidence. Opportunities for social contact and friendship are increased. Body mechanics, balance, reaction time and co-ordination are enhanced. Continuing mobility and independence are more likely. And there is fun and enjoyment in an active lifestyle. A companion booklet, Take It Easy ... But Take It, describes a good home exercise program. Copies of both booklets are available free from: Fitness Canada, 365 LaurierAve. W., Ottawa K1A0X6. Send comments and questions (long, stamped, addressed envelope for reply) to The Province, co Box 1506,Guelph,Ont. N1H6N9. ACTION LINE Action tine flndi tht solution to reidcrt' problem, cuti ntd Up and tUndt up lor read-en' righti. for help, write care of The Province, 2250 Granville St., Vancouver VSH SG2. knows of one or two extenuating cases in the past two years where refunds have been granted but as a rule they do not give refunds. R. N. Parks, Greyhound's vice-president, told us they will give a refund on the unused portion of a lost ticket after they have held an indemnity form, signed by the person who lost the ticket, for one year. However, Greyhound will not give a refund on a lost or stolen ticket that is used. Doug McLeod, Air Canada's public affairs area manager, told us they require anyone requesting a refund for lost tickets to sign a legal declaration. The declaration is to protect the airline from people who try to use or sell a ticket for which they have received a refund. McLeod said the declaration and refund claim are held for 60 days. Then the airline checks to see whether the ticket has been used. If it hasn't, they give a refund for the full value of the ticket minus a penalty charge of $10 for handling the claim. No refund is given if their check finds that the ticket has been used. Peter Golding, public relations representative for CP Air, told us their policy is similar to Air Canada's. They also hold a signed document for 60 days and check to see if the ticket has been used before issuing a refund. chuck davis i , m --- f 4 4C 4 -4 L -its. That is the Burrard Bridge, all right. But that lower level existed only in an artist's imagination. close three-way race for the busiest. The other two are the Granville and Oak Street bridges. Shortly after the Burrard opened, in fact, traffic on the congested Granville Street bridge (not the present span) was considerably eased. There's a story behind that: In March of 1978 Aileen Campbell of The Province interviewed real estate broker Percy Burr, then 89, who took credit for speeding up the construction of the bridge. "I promoted the building of the Burrard Street bridge," Burr told her. "Real estate moves in cycles and you have to spot the trends ahead of the next fellow. I knew Georgia Street was going west and Burrard was going to have a bridge and move south. We needed a bridge and I knew it would bring good prices for properties along Burrard. Granville Street was getting jammed. I jammed it up more, so when the vote came it was Dear Abby: By Abigail Van Buren charge it DEAR ABBY: About the letter from the married couple who were very self-conscious because she was about six inches taller than her husband, so they started going to restaurants together she dressed as the man, and he the woman: They asked you if it was against the law, and you wisely suggested that they check their local laws. Abby, they clearly have a legal right to dress as they wish as a part of their rights to privacy. However, should they use the public rest-rooms, they might run into trouble. A man caught in a women's restroom, even if he's dressed as a woman, risks being charged with violating laws against Peeping Toms and indecent exposure. Similarly, a woman caught dressed as a man in a women's rest-room, or a man caught dressed as a woman in a men's room, may be detained to prove correct sexual identity. Also, a man who is jailed dressed as a woman may have to fight off indecent assaults from other inmates. So perhaps they should consider these risks when weighing whether to do something they have a legal right to do. - ' LAWYER DEAR LAWYER: You make several good points. Even though cross-dressing in restaurants may be legal, it's not advisable. DEAR ABBY: What is a diplomatic way to ask guests to please go home when they have overstayed their welcome in the evening? NAMELESS, OF COURSE DEAR NAMELESS: For maximum effectiveness, I recommend the direct approach and less concern about diplomacy unless you 're running for office. Simply say, "Well, it's been a lovely evening, but I have to be up early tomorrow morning, so let's call it a night." And stand up and smile when you say it. ALSO T 1 r t i fi WSf &;4a favorable." Aileen wrote that Burr declined to go into details. The first suicide off the bridge was Oct. 21, 1933. There were many to follow. In fact, reading back through the clippings, at times it almost seems there were line-ups of people waiting their turn to leap off this bridge. A grimly comic story from August, 1950, quotes at length from an Imperial Oil gas barge attendant, who'd just helped pull yet another nearly-dead jumper from the waters of False Creek. (The bridge isn't quite high enough to guarantee a speedy end, you see. What often results is mere injury, usually severe.) "I shouted to Pete to take him to the Georgia Towing wharf," this attendant said. "That's where we always take 'em . . . They generally come through all right. I pulled out my first one 15 years ago. Since then I 've chalked up nine and only two of them died." 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A couple of years ago we scrutinized our rose bushes with objective, critical eyes and realized that we had several rose bushes, mostly the floribundas, that really weren't all that breathtaking. So that fall we removed the less desirable plants and replaced them in the spring with newer, better roses. That was the year we ended up selling our home and we've just gone through the whole exercise again at our new home, but this time with the advantage of considerable experience in selecting roses. By digging up the old roses you wish to replace at this time of year, you can remove much of the soil at the site and replace it with fresh soil from another part of the garden. Compost and manure can be added and mixed in before the winter elements go to work purifying it. If you intend to plant roses anywhere in your garden next spring, now is the time to prepare the site in such a manner. The roses you choose will repay you many times over with abundant, beautiful displays of blooms. But the part that is the most fun in planning a new rose planting is choosing the varieties that best suit your taste. You might think this would be a near impossible task, given the numbers of rose types and varieties, but there is help available in making your choices. First of all, you will need to de- A m m si Wff for Iho great names in fashion MAIN STORE 377 GRANVILLE PARK ROYAL BRENTWOOD VICTORIA LANSDOWNE COQUITLAM GARDENING if UUIl.ll t .' Helen t llll Chesnut cide what type of rose you require. For example, if it's a wall you wish to decorate then choose from the climbers. If you want some general landscaping roses or roses for a hedge, choose from the shrub and bush-type roses. If you want extra tall bushes with large flowers, choose the grandiflo-ras. If you want small flowers in clusters, look for the floribundas. And it you want the most perfect, large roses, choose amongst the tea and hybrid tea roses. A booklet is available listing several hundred of the more popular roses, old and new, giving quite a detailed description of each, together with its rating. Often you can obtain this booklet put out by the American Rose Society from a local nursery or florist. Failing that, write the American Rose Society, P.O. Box 30,000, Shreveport, Louisiana, U.S. 71130. Forty cents (U.S.) will cover the cost of the booklet and postage. The American Rose Society selects the best of the new roses by setting up test gardens in various parts of the continent for growing and evaluating roses. Roses submitted for trial are known to the judges only by a coded number. The plants are scored and rated over a period of two years, taking into account not only the beauty and form of the flower itself but such qualities as hardiness, character of foliage, resistance to disease, pests and weather. When all the judges' reports are in, they are fed into a computer and each rose is given a rating whereby its qualities can be compared with its competitors and with the ratings of the older roses. chargex or mactercharge i

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