Liquor By-Law Amended – March 8, 1897

Balmoral Saloon interior

The Liquor Licensing By-Law was amended to forbid liquor sales combined with “any exhibition of natural or artificial curiosities” or “dramatic theatrical or musical performances or exhibitions of sparring or wrestling.”

This transcript was made in 2022 by Transcribimus volunteer Zak Bennett

Illustration: Item : CVA 677-166 – [Interior of the] Balmoral [Saloon] bar
[2 West Cordova Street]

Text: City of Vancouver Archives Series 20
Volume 7 pages 485 – 491

[Volume 7 page] 485

Vancouver March 8, 1897

The Council met on Monday, March 8th 1897. Present: Aldermen Painter, Neelands, McQueen, McPhaiden, Clandenning, Brown, W.S. MacDonald, D.G. McDonald and Coldwell.

Moved by Alderman Coldwell.
Seconded by “ McPhaiden.
That Alderman Brown be appointed Chairman.

The minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.


From A.R. ­­­­­Steacy etal asking the City to furnish a ­­­­­­­path on Granville and Pender Streets from Granville Street for bicycles.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From R.S. Forbes etal that asking for the improvement of 4th Av.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From Mason & Co. asking for a new sidewalk on the corner of Dunsmuir and Hamilton Streets.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From S. Duncanson etal, asking for a sidewalk on the South Side of Princess Street between Hawks Av & Campbell Av.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From the Chief of Police reporting on the electric lights.

From G.R. Maxwell M.P. and A. Williams M.P.P., acknowledging receipt of Communications.

[Volume 7 page] 486

The following reports were received and read for payment.

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee met on Friday March 5th 1897.
Present: the full Board with the exception of Alderman McQueen.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:

Con Ry Co. Lights $1394.61
C. F. Foreman Supplies 4.55
Wm Steel “ .50
The World P & P Co. Ads 53.64
News Advertiser “ 19.61


From the City Auditor furnishing Report for January.

From the Free Library asking for a yearly grant.
Laid over for Estimate.

From John ­­­­­­­­Clark, Victoria stating that he was coming to Vancouver to ­­­­­talk over Marine Railway matters
Laid over.

The following Contract was approved and authorized to be signed by the Mayor and City Clerk and this Corporate Seal affixed thereto.

Gary & Griffith, Granville St. Bridge repairs.

Sgd James McQueen

Moved by Alderman McQueen Painter
Seconded by “ Painter
That the Referred be adopted.

[Volume 7 page] 487

Board of Works

The Board of Works met on the 4th of March 1897.
Present: the full Board.


From J.W. Fonseca re enamelled street signs
Filed for reference.

From Wailies Dove & Co. re Bitumatic specifications
Filed for reference.

From John M. Spinks and others asking for the following:
Cambie St new walk from Bridge to Robson.
Barnard Street grading.
Keefer Street graded through to Carrall St
7th Av sidewalk across ravine west of Bridge St
All laid over pending Estimates.

Resolved that the ­­­­Expenses be authorized to put on an inspection if he deems it necessary to look after repairs to Granville Street bridge.

Plans for buildings to be erected south of Dupont Street were submitted by Jun Kee and Jin Lee Yuen respectively and approved being found to confirm with the conditions imposed by the Committee.

Resolved that tenders be called up to 4 P.M. Thursday next the 11th of March for the following works:

Drake St: 6 ft. walk from Granville St to Homer St on north side.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:

G.A. Roedde Supplies $9
Evans, Coleman & Evans“ 3
News Advertiser “ 18.60

Sgd H.J. Painter
Acting Chairman

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Moved by Alderman W.S. MacDonald.
Seconded by “ Coldwell.
That the Report be adopted as read

Health Committee

The Health Committee met on Wednesday March 3rd 1897.
Present the full Board.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:

James Carnahan Drayage $2.25
Weeks & Robson Supplies 14.25
Pioneer Steam Laundry Washing 62.44
R. Meek Scavengering 11.60
J. E. Barwick Supplies 4.50
Champion & White Scavengering 3
Miss O’Connor Nursing 2.45
P. Schneider Supplies 110.17
Mrs. Topham Nursing 21.45
Evans Coleman & Evans Supplies 28.55
J.A Skinner & Co. “ .50
W. J. McGuigan Inquests 20.00
W. Nooste Labor 3
James Stark Supplies 10.40
W. Ralph “ 4.20
C.F. Hornihan “ 91.01


From Jun Kee submitting plans and specifications of a building he proposes to erect on the rear of Dupont Street.
Resolved that the plans be approved with the addition that the exterior walls be oiled and painted.

From the Milk Inspector Furnishing Report.

From the Health Inspector asking for an increase of Salary.
Resolved that this salary be increased $10.00 per month, dating from the 15th of March.

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From Alex Gilmore asking for time to connect his premises on Dupont Street with the Sewers.

From Messrs Wilson & Campbell calling attention to the Arbitrary conduct of the Health Inspector in connection with the Vermilyea Block.

From the Cemetery Caretaker asking that a notice be granted and placed at the entrance to the Cemetery to the following effect
(1) Warning all persons coming into the cemetery with hearses to keep in the middle of the road and clear of all corners of the plots.
(2) That no dogs be allowed on the grounds.
(3) All parties improving plots must leave no rubbish on the grounds.
(4) No hearses to be allowed to turn in the road and that no carriages be allowed to enter except those containing the Chief Mourners of the deceased.

Resolved that the shack on Lot, Block D.L. 196. Dupont St be condemned and destroyed if deemed advisable by the City Solicitor.

Resolved that tenders be invited up to Tuesday March 9th 1987 at 3 P.M. for making repairs to the iron works at the Crematory and for supplying the hospital with blankets etc.

Estimates for the year were submitted and confirmed and referred to the Finance Committee.

Sgd D. McPhaiden

Moved by Alderman Coldwell
Seconded by “ McPhaiden
That the Report be adopted.

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Introduction of By-Laws

Moved by Alderman Painter
Seconded by “ McQueen
That the Rules be suspended to allow of the introduction of a By-Law to borrow the sum of $132,000 in anticipation of the revenue for the year 1897.

The By-Law was read a first time.


Moved by Alderman McQueen
Seconded by “ Neelands

That this Council respectfully request the Licensing Board of the City to amend By-law No. 1 known as Liquor License By-law.

Repeal all words after word “or” in middle of 8th line of 32nd clause of Said By-Law.

Insert new clause to be known as 32 A as follows: No person under this By-law shall give or assist in giving or furnish or allow to be given any exhibition of natural or artificial curiosities as lure or keep or permit or allow to be kept in any room, hall or theatre in which any such shows are exhibited or in which dramatic theatrical or musical performances or exhibitions of sparring or wrestling are given or held in the premises in which he or she is authorized to sell liquors or on or in any premises in connection therewith.


Consideration of By-Laws

Moved by Alderman McQueen
Seconded by “ Painter

That the By-Law to raise $40,000 for the better advancement of education be reconsidered and finally passed and be signed by the Mayor & Clerk and the Corporate Seal affixed thereto.

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Moved by Alderman Painter
Seconded by “ McQueen
That the Council go into Committee of the Whole for the consideration of amendments to the Fire Limit By-Law.

Alderman Coldwell was appointed Chairman.

The By-Law was read over clause by clause and reported to Council as complete with amendments.

It was then read a 3rd time on motion of Alderman Painter seconded by Alderman Coldwell.

Moved by Alderman Painter.
Seconded by “ McQueen.
That the Rules be again Suspended to allow of the second reading of the By-Law to raise $132,000.

The By-Law was accordingly read a 2nd time.

The Council went into Committee of the Whole for its consideration with Alderman Coldwell in the Chair.

The By-Law was considered clause by clause and reported to Council as complete.

The Rules were again suspended and the By-Law read a 3rd time on motion of Alderman Painter seconded by Alderman McQueen.

The Council then adjourned.

W Brown
Chairman pro tem

Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk