Alan Twigg’s tribute to Rudolf Vrba

Rudolf Vrba, who escaped Auschwitz and co-authored a report saving 200,000 lives, remains unrecognized in Vancouver despite his significant historical impact. Alan Twigg (l.) seeks to change this.” FULL STORY


BC bridges

October 18th, 2022

It would be putting it mildly to say that BC’s rugged geography presented challenges to road and rail builders. Engineers and construction workers faced formidable barriers as evident in Derek Hayes’ latest book, Incredible Crossings: The History and Art of the Bridges, Tunnels and Ferries That Connect British Columbia (Harbour $46.95). Bridge building in BC is rife with danger during demolition by blasting and unexpected collapses (as Stompin’ Tom eulogized in his Bridge Came Tumbling Down song about the construction of Vancouver’s Ironworkers Memorial Bridge in 1958 when 19 men were killed after parts of the unfinished structure collapsed into the Burrard Inlet in a windstorm). Hayes covers suspension bridges, cable-stayed bridges, both wooden and steel trusses, and more. There were once five covered bridges in BC and only one is left today. Hayes travelled the province to find the most interesting crossings and he combines hundreds of photos with the most compelling stories about our transportation connections. Will appeal to engineering and transportation buffs as well as anyone interested in the story of BC. 9781550179903

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