Friday, August 14, 2015
The city's rulers were blissfully contemplating the inevitable boom coming in 1917, unaware they were sitting on a powder keg.
Prices for essentials like milk, bread and meat soared partially because meat was so scarce, "meatless days" were decreed in August. Women were working everywhere, including the shell factories.
Vancouverites bought $7,250,000 worth of Victory Loan bonds and the Dominion was building a great military hospital in Shaughnessy. Mothers, church members and businessmen hailed the economic and social benefits sure to arise from prohibition, which was coming into effect on October 1. It was a very exciting time and people barely noticed an unusual epidemic of infantile paralysis (polio), which sent nine children to hospital during August.
In July, the fishing industry was paralysed by a strike at Rivers Inlet; at the same time, a seaman's strike shut down coastal fishing from June 27 to July 16. On July 7, an alarming work stoppage of several hours was staged by city firemen. Apartment owners increased rents by 20 percent July 31, giving reason for the longshoremen's grievances. They walked out for a week and halted war shipments to Australia and Mesopotamia. In October, the Coughlan shipyards were struck.
Thanks to the book Vancouver, From Milltown to Metropolis by Alan Morley.
I hope you find the beauty around you.