[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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The Mystery of Cannabis Criminalization in Canada

Written by Matteo Miceli Last month, the Canadian Government legalized cannabis. For many activists, the road to legalization was a hard-fought, decades-long battle. The legalization movement in Canada gained momentum in the 1960s and 1970s with the emergence of the hippie counterculture. Then, for over 50 years, people protested cannabis

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Behind the Lines A Traffic Story The Vancouver Police Museum

Cars, Collisions and Traffic Safety: A Science of Its Own

  Accidents happen. Accidents involving motor vehicles happen all the time. By all accounts, vehicle collisions have been around as long as vehicles have, and they can be a constant source of mystery to police and the public alike. Were they caused by driver error? Weather conditions? Mechanical failures? All

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How the 1971 Gastown Riot Came to Be

Written by Matteo Miceli Vancouver in the late 1960s was going through a dramatic social change. There was a growing rift between the city’s youth and those in power. The hippie counterculture had migrated north over the border and become a prominent lifestyle choice among many of the city’s youth.

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The Beast of British Columbia, Part II

The Beast of British Columbia (Part II of II)

Written by Jesse Donaldson Before Mindhunter, Before Robert Pickton, Before the Discovery of the Highway of Tears, There Was Clifford Olson Born in St Paul’s Hospital in 1940, Clifford Olson began his criminal career at a young age. By the time he was in Grade Two, he was regularly stealing

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The Pantages Theatre at 150 East Hastings in Vancouver. It was renamed the Avon Theatre many years later.

Lewd and Filthy: A Theatre Escapade with Morality Police, Audience Protests and PR Gold

Author: Jesse Donaldson In January of 1953, the audience at the Avon Theatre on Hastings Street experienced something unusual: a police raid in the middle of a performance. “Seven big city detectives joined the cast of ‘Tobacco Road’ at the Avon Theatre Friday night,” reported the Vancouver Province, “and five

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Kosberg Family Murder Vancouver Police Museum

Seeing the Kosberg Murders in a New Light: Criminologist Heidi Currie Digs Deep and Finds Answers

The streets of Vancouver on December 10th, 1965, were quiet and chilly—just like any other winter’s day in the city. Yet, in the suburban area of Main Street and East 22nd Avenue, while most families were fast asleep in the warm confines of their homes, a horrifying family murder was

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Gastown Riots Vancouver Police Museum

The Gastown Riots of 1971

While the gathering began “peacefully,” no one could anticipate the violence that followed. On August 7th, 1971, Vancouver’s Yippie Party and writers from The Georgia Straight organized a pro-marijuana “smoke-in” at Maple Tree Square to oppose Vancouver drug policies. Thousands of supporters gathered in the Gastown district, dancing in the

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