Langley in history: Township suggested phased in smoking ban (1996)

From the files of the Langley Advance, which started publishing in 1931.

Eight Years Ago

March 12, 1936

• Evan Howse was elected president of the Langley Liberal Riding Association. D.W. Poppy Jr. was named second vice-president by selection of straws after the balloting ended in a tie.

• W.J. Berry was elected to a one-year term as a director of the Fraser Valley Milk Producers Association.

• Glover Road was to be hard-surfaced, the provincial government promised, provided the federal government added a grant for the work. Half of the total cost would be charged to the municipality.

Seventy Years Ago

March 14, 1946

• Bill Beatty succeeded C.E. Hagelstein as president of the Langley Board of Trade. Len Nicholas was vice-president. The Board ended its year with a cash balance of $34.62.

• New buildings changed the face of Langley Prairie. Rump and Sendall Hatchery had a new addition, Bob Kerr erected an office and warehouse for Standard Oil, Gowing Frost started a showroom and warehouse for Massey-Harris, Stanley Wright was building a block of stores across from the Yale garage, and E.J. Wilson was building a business block across from the medical-dental centre.

Sixty Years Ago

March 15, 1956

• An electric eye installed in Aldergrove turned traffic lights on and off as conditions demanded. • Winter damages in Langley surpassed $12,000.

• Aldergrove Chamber of Commerce wanted council’s approval to plant ornamental trees along 272nd St.

• Langley School Board and Township council received a strongly worded letter from the Langley Ratepayers Association, demanding investigation of fire and health standards at Fort Langley Public School. Fifty Years Ago March 17, 1966

• Langley School District received three new buses, allowing retirement of two buses that had each traveled more than a quarter of a million miles over 15 years of service.

• The fledgling Aldergrove Legion Br. No. 265 leased premises for a club house. A dance was to be held to officially commemorate its opening.

• Minister of Highways P.A. Gaglardi personally answered a petition from residents along the Aldergrove-Bellingham Hwy. who protested the deplorable condition to which the road had deteriorated.

Forty Years Ago

March 11, 1976

• Municipalities were informed that they would have to bear a larger share of their policing costs, although the overall cost was mitigated by a change in the formula regulating provincial and federal shares.

• Langley City’s population was expected to rise to 15,000 by 1977, provided all current building permit applications were approved.

• Anne Souter and Lois McCabe topped a field of 24 public speakers, to earn the right to represent Langley in the regional 4-H finals.

Thirty Years Ago

March 12, 1986

• Fort Langley residents presented an 838-signature petition to Township council, expressing concern over the number of train derailments in the area.

• Langley travel agent Wayne McCannan returned to the Lower Mainland and told a press conference he planned to write a book about his Costa Rican “nightmare.” His arrest over a Guatamalan hotel bill had sparked a 111-day international incident.

Twenty Years Ago

March 13, 1996

• Lynn Jackson, manager of Langley’s Human Resources Centre, was off to Buj, part of a Canadian contingent to help set up 3,000 new employment centres in Russia.

• Township council backed down from its stance on a total smoking ban, sending its reluctant GVRD rep Councillor Mel Kositsky – who still favoured the 100 per cent ban – with a request that a Greater Vancouver ban be phased over eight years, starting three years hence. The amendment proposal was not kindly received by the GVRD, and all municipalities were informed that the ban would have to be “all or none.”

• Langley School Trustee Bruce Barnes received an international award for his work as a teacher in Surrey.

• Kim Richter announced she would seek the local NDP nomination for the upcoming provincial election.

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