Vancouver City Council 1896

Mayor: Henry Collins Aldermen: H. J. Painter (Ward 1) H. P. Shaw (Ward 1) J. J. Banfield (Ward 2) N. C. Schon (Ward 2) James Clandenning (Ward 3) D. McPhaiden (Ward 3) William Brown (Ward 4) W. S. Macdonald (Ward

Council for 1896 establishes Committees – January 13, 1896

Mayor Henry Collins

Pictured is Mayor Henry Collins, Mayor of Vancouver 1895-1896.  First meeting of Council for 1896 — membership for the Board of Works, the Finance, Health, Fire & Police, Water & Market, and the Light Railways & Tramways Committee were established.

Library Board, City Solicitor appointed – January 20, 1896

The Board of Works recommended that plans for the new Oriental Hotel on Cambie Street be approved. The new hotel never materialized, but pictured above is the “old” or “original” Oriental Hotel at 308 Water Street.  Appointed to the Library

$150,000 Loan By-Law debated – January 27, 1896

A motion was planned to select in Stanley Park a site suitable for recreation grounds and have it surveyed and an approximate estimate of the cost of clearing and putting it in proper condition. Pictured above is Brockton Oval in

Council wrangles over John Grady’s hire – January 29, 1896

The Fire and Police Committee resolved that John H. Grady be appointed in response to the Chief of Police’s letter saying that an extra officer was needed. Alderman Brown, Bethune, Clandenning and McDonald objected to the Committee specifically naming Grady, and thought any new officer should be appointed in the usual way. Aldermen Schou, Shaw, Painter, Banfield, Coldwell and McPhaiden supported Grady’s appointment, and so Grady was hired.

Vancouver moves to “protect its interests” against railway expropriation – February 3, 1896

The Consolidated Railway and Light Company had applied to the BC Legislature “to give said Company power to enter upon and expropriate lands and to open and break up the soil and pavement of theupon” even within BC towns and

All requests for street improvements on hold – February 10, 1896

All petitions for street improvements were put off until the preparation of the Estimates. Alex MacDonald resigned as Cemetery keeper, while Miss Logan, the housekeeper at the City Hospital was given a raise of $5 per month. The Health Committee

Sun Life Water Rebate Turned Down – September 14, 1896

Vermilyea Block, 869 Granville St. Vancouver

The Sun Life Assurance Company asked for a water rebate for Vermilyea Blocks Granville St. {869 and 927 Granville, pictured here}. They didn’t get the rebate. The Chief of Police was asked to investigate after Alex C. Webster complained of a case of “light bread” (the city standard was 1.5 lb per loaf). The Water and Market Committee brought a bill of $235 from the Department of Indian Affairs for the Water Works right of way through the Indian reservation.

“Nuisance Shacks” To Be Demolished – September 21, 1896

Location of the “Nuisance Shacks” are shown in red here in this illustration. Mr. J.D. Langlois complained that the police had “miscounted” the effects of Mr. Atcheson, whose heirs had received only $30 of the $35 they should have done. Miss Macfie reported she was “annoyed by chickens at the hospital”!

Rae appointed Pound Keeper – September 28, 1896

Matthew Rae (pictured) was appointed pound keeper at a salary of $50 per month. The Oppenheimer Brothers asked that their cabins not be torn down, as they were making them sanitarity as quickly as possible. The Foreman for Ward Two

Wiffin Denies His Cabins Unsanitary – October 5, 1896

Thursday October 8 was proclaimed a public holiday so Vancouverites could visit the Exhibition in New Westminster. A number of condemned buildings on Dupont Street were ordered torn down.

Council to Regulate Stables Within City Limits – October 12, 1896

The City Solicitor advised that the fare from one part of Vancouver to another should not exceed five cents. The Health Department paid Mrs. Frizzel $4.50 for making shirts, while Dr. Poole received $10 for a post-mortem examination. The Police

Four Prisoners Break Out – Oct 19, 1896

Gaoler's Mews, Vancouver, BC

Four prisoners escaped from the city lock up, which was said to be “most insecure, badly constructed”. Prisoners apparently used a saw to cut their way out during “boisterous” Salvation Army services when the noise would not be noticed. Two or three “paupers” boarding at the jail (!) were blamed for not alerting the guards that the prisoners were planning an escape.