The Vancouver Stock Exchange: A Legacy of Fraud and Money Laundering Part II

In part one of our Vancouver Stock Exchange blog, we covered the history of the exchange as it evolved to become a haven for scam artists and fraudulent ventures. If you haven’t already, you can read part one here.   This past year, the term “money-laundering” has dominated the local

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The Vancouver Stock Exchange: A Legacy of Fraud and Money Laundering Part I

This blog is the first in a two part series about a particularly corrupt and crime-laden time in the Vancouver Stock Exchange’s history. “Generally speaking, the most respected fiction writers in Canada are Margaret Atwood and Robertson Davies, but no one churns out a body of fiction as consistently high

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Inside ‘Gun Culture’: An Interview with Museum Curator Elizabeth Peterson

  “While doing research for this renovation, I started thinking about why people own guns. This led me down a rabbit hole of popular culture and firearms history. In this research, I learned about the concept of ‘gun culture’ which focuses on societies’ attitudes, beliefs and relationships concerning firearms.”–Elizabeth Peterson,

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Computer Revolution: The Story of the VPD’s MDT Pilot Program

Policing is not a word often thought synonymous with cutting-edge technology. Television crime dramas have played up the image of lone-wolf detectives, who favour instinct and “gut feelings” over fancy gadgets. The reality is that modern police agencies rely heavily on technology to do their jobs. Historically, the Vancouver Police

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Policing Vancouver During the Great War–Part 2

This is a reposting of a popular blog series from 2014 in honour of Remembrance Day and those who nobly served. The First VPD Men Who Went to War: “No mere jackboot militarism inspired them. They sought neither the glory of conquest, nor the rape nor the loot of sacked

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The Vancouver Police Museum is one of Vancouver's most haunted sites for good reason. Learn about its history here!

The Ghosts of The Vancouver Police Museum

The Vancouver Police Museum is often singled out as one of Vancouver’s most haunted sites for good reason. Built in 1932 and designed by architect Arthur J. Bird, the museum, now a designated heritage building, originally served as the city’s Coroner’s Court, Autopsy Facility and Analyst’s Lab. That means, over

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The 2011 Stanley Cup Riot, Speaker Series Presentation May 8th at The Vancouver Police Museum.

Alcohol: What Fuelled the 2011 Stanley Cup Riot

On the evening of June 15th, 2011, Vancouver’s downtown core erupted into the city’s most destructive riot to date. It was the deciding game of the Stanley Cup finals, the Vancouver Canucks had been slugging it out against the Boston Bruins for six tense games. Over 100,000 fans were packed

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[Police Chief Walter Mulligan and Superintendant John Fisk at the police probe] General material designation Photograph Title statements of responsibility W. Cunningham Vancouver Daily Province Level of description Item Reference code AM54-S4-2-: CVA 371-230

The Rise and Fall of Vancouver’s Top Cop in the 1950s

1950s Vancouver was an idyllic time for many. The city had just a few skyscrapers, with the Hotel Vancouver and the Marine Building standing as the city’s tallest; most of the growing communities retained their neighbourhood charm and quaint customs; while wholesome family ideals remained paramount in ads from Canadian

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A History of Women in the Vancouver Police Department

During the early 1910s, the women’s suffrage movement was in full swing. Women’s rights groups were firmly established and boasted vast memberships. One such organization was the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU), a group founded on the tenets of evangelical protestant beliefs. While the WCTU is best known today as

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The History of the Coroner’s Court, Part 3: The Bingo

This is part three of our series on the history of the Coroner’s Court. The Bingo The former Coroner’s Court has been home to some dramatic moments. The very purpose of the place was to investigate death, and this in itself was already a macabre theme. Accordingly, inquests held in

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