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Sierra Club of British Columbia

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  • 1969-

Sierra Club of Canada, B.C. Chapter has been active in B.C. since 1969 when it began as a small grassroots group dedicated to protecting the forests and lakes of the Nitinat Triange and West Cost Trail on Vancouver Island. In 1969, the group joined forces with Sierra Club (U.S.) to form the Sierra Club Western Canada Chapter. In 1989, when the Sierra Club of Canada was formed, the B.C. group was renamed the B.C. Chapter, one of five Canadian Chapters. From the beginning, it has been a democratic, grassroots organization dedicated to the conservation of British Columbia's natural legacy. The purpose of the club is to explore and protect the wild places of the earth; to practice and promote the responsible use of the earth's ecosystems and resources; to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.

The BC Chapter has had many successes, including: protecting the Nitinat Triangle on Vancouver Island; bringing international focus to Clayoquot Sound, now a model for change in community and First Nations management of our forests; leading the way for protection of over 70,000 hectares of ancient forests on Vancouver Island, including Carmanah, Tahsish and Tsitika/Robson Bight; ensuring that forest practices and policies be legislated; encouraging the creation of 156 new parks in B.C. including the Stein Valley, the Northern Rockies and Tatshenshini; using GIS mapping and satellite imagery to identify and help protect B.C.'s ancient coastal rainforest; negotiating moratoriums to prevent the destruction of pristine ancient forest valleys in B.C.'s Great Bear Rainforest; preventing destructive mining practices in Northern B.C.; securing a moratorium on fishing endangered Coho salmon stocks; successfully stopping the development of a coal burning power generation plant on Vancouver Island; and stopping the logging of Vancouver Island's Forest Ecosystem Networks (FENS).

Drury, Kenneth, 1893-1971

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  • 1893-1971

Kenneth Drury, journalist and editor with the Vancouver New-Herald and the Victoria Times, was born on 16 February 1893 in Victoria, the son of former MLA R.L. Drury and Mrs. Drury. He was educated at Boys' Central School, Victoria High School, the University of Toronto and the Columbia School of Journalism at Columbia University, New York, graduating from Columbia in 1915.

Drury began his career in journalism as a reporter for the Victoria Daily Colonist in the summer of 1910, covering the visit to Prince Rupert of Sir Wilfred Laurier, Prime Minister of Canada. He late studied piano at the Toronto Conservatory of Music, returning to Victoria and working for the Victoria Times until he went overseas with the Canadian Army in 1917. After the war he returned to work for the Times and served in various senior positions, including editor, until he left in 1944 to become editor of the Vancouver News-Herald and later assistant to the publisher of the Vancouver Sun. He retired from journalism in 1953 and returned to live in Victoria with his wife Katherine; he died in Victoria in 1971.

As a journalist Drury covered many important events, including the united Nations Conference on International Organization (UNCIO) in San Francisco from April to June, 1945, and also participated in journalism conferences including the Empire Press Union's Imperial Press Conferences in London, England (1946) and Ottawa (1950). Apart from journalism Drury was active in the local community, serving as Chairman of the Canadian Civil Liberties Union, Vancouver Branch, (1950), and on the Victoria Centennial Pioneers' Committee (1962). He collected song sheets, reflecting his continuing interest in music, and kept informed of current events, acquiring numerous newspapers, magazines, and ephemeral material.

Gilbert, Lara, 1972-1995

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  • 1972-1995

Lara Gilbert (Catherine Grace Lara Lian Gilbert) was born in Burnaby, British Columbia on November 26, 1972. Her mother is Vancouver artist, Carole Itter, whose sculptural installation, “The Pink Room: A Visual Requiem” was acquired by the Vancouver Art Gallery in 2007. Itter is also the co-author of the book, Opening Doors: Vancouver’s East End (1979).
Gilbert grew up in Vancouver’s Strathcona and Downtown Eastside neighborhoods. Described as a solitary child, she excelled academically, and earned academic awards at the elementary, secondary and post-secondary levels. She was considered a gifted writer from an early age; she began journal writing at approximately 8 years old, and continued writing until her death at age 22. She also attended Lord Strathcona Elementary School, Brittania High School, and the University of British Columbia (UBC), where she earned an honours degree in biochemistry. Following the completion of undergraduate studies, she applied unsuccessfully to a number of Canadian medical schools.
While continuing with her studies, Gilbert suffered from mental illness and underwent various treatments including prescription medication, talk therapy, and psychiatric ward admission with electroshock therapy. On a few occasions, she returned to the Downtown Eastside, and experimented with street drugs. Following many suicide attempts, Gilbert died from an intentional pharmaceutical drug overdose, October 7, 1995.
Excerpts from Gilbert’s journals were published posthumously in I Might Be Nothing (Trafford Publishing: 2004), edited and with an introduction by Carole Itter.

Newton, Margaret, 1887-1971

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  • 1887-1971

Margaret Brown Newton was born in Montreal on April 20, 1887. After teaching school, she became the first woman to complete a degree in agriculture at Macdonald College (M.Sc. 1919), and the first woman member of the Quebec Society for the Protection of Plants. Later, she became the first Canadian woman to earn a Ph.D. in an agricultural science, supervised by Dr. Stakman (University of Minnesota, 1922). In 1925, after three years as Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Saskatchewan, she moved to the Dominion Rust Research Laboratory in Winnipeg She was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and the first woman to be awarded its Flavell Medal (1948) for her renowned rust research. Other honors include the Outstanding Achievement Award of the University Minnesota in 1956, and an honorary LL.D. from the University of Saskatchewan in 1964. Newton died in Victoria B.C. on April 6, 1971.

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