Anmore Alternative News - Company Message

Our Culture & Heritage

The Anmore Alternative's inspiration, is local hero, newspaper woman, Margaret Lally Murray. 'Trouble in the house' Margaret Teresa Lally, that most Canadian of Canadians, was born in Windy Ridge Kansas in 1888. She went on to become a Canadian folk hero, standing up to the scallywags and scoundrels using the power of the pen - and "that's fer damn sure!" The Murray homestead which until recently served as the Anmore Village Hall is a monument to this 'tough as nails' lady who went on to be honoured with the Order of Canada and a number of pages in the history books. To read more Click Here.  This Culture and Heritage page was established on November 16, 2014. Please follow the  links to the previous Heritage and Culture pages.To view earlier pieces and links please scroll down the page.

Do You Recognize Any of Your Friends? (25-02-18)

This is the House that George Built. (September 30, 2017).To read the Eulogy Click Here

This is the House Where Rob Lived (24-09-17)

IOCO Lands announces full restoration of the Tremaine Residence. This is the house where SVFD Association president Rob Schofield lived in the Imperial Oil Company town which the City of Port Moody has decided to save. Kudos to Port Moody Council!  To link to the Official Community Plan heritage plans for IOCO Click Here.

BCG Developments is pleased to announce that it will be working with heritage experts Donald Luxton and architect Jonathan Ehling to restore one of the 11 remaining heritage homes, the Tremaine Residence. Together, they plan to bring the Tremaine Residence back to life.

Built in 1921, the Tremaine Residence is significant as part of the original IOCO Townsite for its Craftsman bungalow form, and for its association with first owner, William A. Tremaine (1887-1974). Ontario-born, Tremaine was employed as a Purchasing Agent at the Imperial Oil refinery and later as a clerk. He was also active in the lOCO community and served as an employee representative for the lOCO Townsite Committee.

The restoration is expected to take approximately one year. Once the restoration is complete, the Tremaine Residence will act as an on-site office for BCG’s IOCO Lands Project, as well as a community gathering space. BCG is committed to respecting the IOCO heritage as a key component of the IOCO Lands.

Thank you to the Port Moody Heritage Society for hosting IOCO Ghost Town Days celebrating the history of the IOCO Townsite on Sunday, September 24, 2017. Thank you to BCG for sponsoring the event.

"If we don’t care about our past we can’t have very much hope for our future... is it not cruel to let our [community] die by degrees, stripped of all her proud moments, until there is nothing left of all her history and beauty to inspire our children? If they are not inspired by the past of our [community], where will they find the strength to fight for her future?" (Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis)

The Fair at the PNE Celebrates Canada 150 (28-08-17)



On July 15, 2016, proponents responded to a Village of Anmore Request for Expressions of Interest in saving the 100 year-old homestead of Margaret 'Ma' and BC MLA/MP George Murray.  Anmore Council responded and was supportive of the proposed initiative to restore the Murray homestead as the Anmore Welcome Centre and 'Newspapering Murray' Museum. This historic building had served as the Anmore Village Hall since incorporation in 1987.

At Ma Murray Day in September 2016, with some of the Murray grandchildren in attendance, the proponents group asked residents whether they supported this proposal. Of the 72 people surveyed at the request of Council, only one person did not 'support' or 'strongly support' this proposal.

On October 19, 2016, the proponents incorporated the Anmore Heritage Society to support both the valuing of our roots and the restoration of Anmore's only officially 'designated heritage' building. With the recognition that the early legacy of Canadian newspaper pioneers George and Margaret Murray is important not only to the little Village of Anmore but also to British Columbia and to Canada, Heritage BC joined in the effort to save the original homestead from the wrecking ball.

You are cordially invited to keep yourself up to date, show your support for this community initiative, and join the Anmore Heritage Society (at no cost). You can do so by contacting Ms Trudy Schneider at .

August 8, 2017
Dear Editor,
Attached are two copies of newspaper clippings from the Tri-City News marking the dedication of the Murray homestead to the Village of Anmore. (Click Here for Page One. Click Here for Page Two).  Note the wide range of dignitaries in attendance and the participation of the Murray family.

The date of the ceremony was Sunday, September 11, 1988 – the second Sunday in September – thus this event became Anmore’s first of many ‘Ma’ Murray Days.  Also significant is the year 1988, one hundred years since the birth of ‘Ma’ Murray. 

It is most likely that the plaque that continues to be displayed on the homestead was also unveiled there for the dedication.  In other words, ‘Ma’ Murray Day and the heritage value of the actual homestead were inextricably linked in the minds of Anmore residents less than a year after the Village was incorporated on December 7, 1987 – thirty years ago now. 

Note that Anmorites have consistently chosen to celebrate the homestead’s origins over the date of incorporation, preferring the tangible and the intangible autumn delights over wintry legalese.  Bulldozing the building goes against the grain of what ‘Ma’ Murray Day is all about!

Joerge Dyrkton, D.Phil.

A Delegation of the Anmore Heritage Society (AHS) spoke at the July 11th 2017 Council Meeting in favour of attempting to preserve the Murray Homestead and Legacy.

During the third agenda item, Public Input, a number of residents spoke in favour of attempting to preserve the Murray homestead and legacy.

Comments included:
  • Could we do crowd funding to raise the extra money needed?
  • Without the Murray home the village would not have a centre - the property has been at the heart of our activities.
  • We have been given an opportunity to receive a grant - why look a gift horse in the mouth - in Ontario there is an attempt to save Al Purdy's outhouse as a testimony to his prominence as a leading Canadian poet - we should also be trying to preserve the legacy of a woman who vigorously supported the right to freedom of speech around the time when women in BC had only just been granted the right to vote.
  • Buildings provide a tangible connection to the past which disappears easily when the building is gone.
  • We should do everything we can to preserve the former Village Hall and "that's fer damn sure".
  • We should take advantage of funds that are available to us.
  • Hope that Anmore Council will support the grant application.

Gaetan Royer who led the AHS delegation reviewed Heritage Canada's suggested revisions to the grant application.  The budget would be scaled back as was the new grant application amount of $327,500.  He requested that the Village of Anmore apply for this grant to restore the 100 year old homestead of BC pioneers, George and Margaret 'Ma' Murray.

Paul Gravett, Executive Director at Heritage BC summarized the telephone conversation with Heritage Canada and explained that Heritage BC was not considered to be a suitable applicant - their status prohibited them from applying for federal grants.  He explained that AHS had not been a society long enough to make such an application but that it would be very appropriate for the Village of Anmore to do so.  Mr Gravett went on to explain the budget revisions and what other sources of funding might become available.

Council members expressed their continued support for the project but sought clarification on a number of points including future sources of revenue, village staff involvement, contributions in kind, casino money grants and the restoration plans in general.

Listen in on a 'real' chat with Margaret 'Ma' Murray! (15-12-16)
What an opportunity! Listen in on a 'real' chat with Margaret 'Ma' Murray! Click Here. Very cool! Thank you for sharing Marlene Hancock. How lucky you were to have known this important Canadian folk hero when you were a little girl. "That's a damn sur." You can also check out more stories about the 'Newspapering Murrays' Click Here

Anmore Makes the 'Big Time' in the Globe and Mail (03-12-16)

Anmore, B.C.’s historic Murray homestead needs a saviour

Kerry Gold
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Dec. 02, 2016 6:13PM EST

"Before the village of Anmore became known for its soaring property prices, it was better known as long-time home to the Canadian icon nicknamed “Ma” Murray.

Margaret Murray came to Vancouver from the United States and met her husband George while working at the Vancouver Chinook. Together, they started a national country magazine in Anmore, followed by several community newspapers. A pioneering feminist, Ma Murray stirred up controversy with her humorous opinion pieces on the politics of the day. She became a celebrity in her own right, appearing four times on Front Page Challenge, hosting a CBC program, and receiving the Order of Canada.

The Murrays’ connection to Anmore goes back to 1916, when the couple paid $10 for their Anmore property, north of Port Moody. They built a homestead and moved there in 1917. During the Depression, they used the property as a full-time farm, helping supply food to locals. They relocated to Lillooet in 1934, so George could run as member of legislative assembly. They started a newspaper and Ma Murray became a famous columnist. She died in 1982.

Despite the fact that Anmore has seen major property price escalations the last several years – due to the standard one-acre lot sizes – the tiny Murray house survived. That’s because a family donated the property to the village of Anmore in 1988, after it had incorporated as a village. Council used the 800 sq. ft. cedar-sided house as council chambers until 2012." To read the article about community effeorts to save the 2017 homestead of Georg and Margaret 'Ma' Murray Click Here

Murray Heritage Home gets a Temporary Reprieve:  There was a passionate out pouring of support from residents wanting to save the heritage home of Margaret and George Murray at the October 4, 2016 Anmore Regular Council Meeting.  Council has decided that the Ma Murray House will stay where it currently is until they have greater clarity on how they want to proceed  they are considering two different scenarios.  The first is the Anmore Heritage Group proposal for a Murray Museum, gallery and coffee shop.  The second is for a reception hall entrance to the new Village Hall.

Tri-cities Community Television Loves Ma Murray Day 2016. To link to the Youtube video (18-09-16) Click Here
Dan Murray and Marlene Hancock, are interviewed by Geoff Scott of Tri-cities Community TV

Sharing Murray Memories on Ma Murray Day! (11-09-16)

George and Margaret 'Ma' Murray's grandchildren, Dan, Betsy, and Ted attended the Ma Murray Day celebrations on Sunday September 11, 2016. As well, the niece of Margaret's good friend 'Perky', Marlene Hancock, brought her memories of our local hero to share with participants.

This was the 100th anniversary of the original Murray homestead which had served as Council chambers since Anmore incorporation in 1988 until three years ago. The original homestead, built by George and Margaret, is in very good condition. BC Heritage architect Timothy Ankenman has indicated however that the later add-ons are not worth saving.

Mayor McEwen welcomed these special guests on this very important day. Curious Anmore residents and media representatives were thrilled with the first hand stories about British Columbia's 'newspapering Murrays'.

Did you know that the Murray hand prints are indelibly etched in the cement foundation under the stairs? George also has Free Mason symbols there, right beside Margaret's Roman Catholic icons? Dan explained that George was a bit of a scavenger. Some of the artifacts in the original homestead were even from an array of Vancouver's earliest buildings.

Dan Murray will continue to keep the family involved through his participation on the Anmore Heritage group. (Photos courtesy of Marianne Turgeon, Marlene Hancock's sister).

Together We Can Save the Murray homestead!
Please complete the 3 quick questions below the photo

Photo courtesy of Gaetan Royer

1. Heritage BC is a big supporter of this proposal and has indicated that the original structure is strong. The building team propose cradling the Murray homestead housing the Welcome Centre and Murray Museum inside an architecturally designed art gallery and coffee shop. Do you like this proposal?
Yes. I love this idea.
Yes. But at no cost to the Village.
No. Do not save this old building.
2. The Heritage BC architect proposed that the homestead be relocated to the land donated to the Village on the south side of Ravenswood at Sunnyside. This lot was originally planned for the daycare centre which was moved to Eagle Mountain Middle School. Ravenswood would be a bridge from the old Village Hall to the new Village Hall which Council plans to site on the north side of Ravenswood. Do you think this is a good location for the Welcome Centre?
Yes. It is perfect.
I prefer a different location on Village land.
No. I do not want it on Village land.
3. The proposal includes a large deck under a canopy of trees for outside informal gatherings. Do you think such an amenity will enrich community spirit?
Yes. I love the idea
Yes. Be sure there is enough off-street parking
No. I do not like this idea

Proponents of the Proposal to re-purpose the Murray homestead as the Anmore Welcome Centre and Newspapering Murray Museum, including a coffee shop and gallery

  1. Dan Murray, George and Margaret Murray's grandson, sales;
  2. Restaurateur Fred Soofi, RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrants, saved 5 heritage homes in Port Moody, including the Appleyard House beside the old City Hall;
  3. Gaetan Royer, 30 years urban development and community projects, heritage restoration consultant, planner, and former Port Moody CAO;
  4. Dr. Lynn Burton, Media, educator, administrator, Retired SFU Associate Professor, Chair of the Humanities Department, and former Dean;
  5. Dr. Joerge Dyrkton, Anmore historian and heritage advocate;
  6. Ms Trudy Schneider, 33 year school administration; 6 years Laurel Foundation director, fundraising ;
  7. Lloyd Lucas, Emerald Building Inspection, building and heritage construction, completed the only building inspection of the Village Hall after staff was moved into temporary trailers;
  8. Ms. Frieda Robertson, 20 year volunteer administrator, fund raiser, event planning;
  9. Ms Elaine Willis, non-profits, small business owner, environmentalist.
  10. Jessie Adcock, (Supporter) Chief Digital Officer Vancouver, Director Port Moody Arts Centre Board.

Letters of Support for the Proposal:
  1. Timothy Ankenman, Heritage BC architect, Dr. Gordon MacDonald, Heritage BC Chair, Paul Gavett, Heritage BC Executive Director.
  2. Ralph Drew, Mayor of Belcarra, currently compiling a digital photo file on early Sunnyside and Anmore
  3. George and Margaret Murray's Descendants: Briget Regina Bird, Marian Margaret Webb, Goergina Elizabeth Smith, George Edward Murray
  4. Donald Luxton, Heritage Architect

Celebrate the Centennial of The Murray Homestead
Come and Have Your Photo Taken with Murray Family Members
Ma Murray Day - September 11, 2016

Anmore Stories:
"Anmore is a semi-rural residential community situated North of Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada, with an approximate population of 2,160. Folks started "homesteading" as early as Sept 9, 1914, but it wasn't incorporated until Dec 7th, 1987. This project is funded by the B.C. Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development in celebration of Anmore's 25th Anniversary!" The stories are created by Bite Size Media.

To link to 25th Anniversary Anmore Stories including those about George and Margaret Lally Murray and the 100 year old Anmore homestead which became the Village Hall Click Here

George and Margaret Murray - Partners Forever (21-08-16)

"The Chinook has been like a morgue without you," an ecstatic George Murray said, as he pumped her hand on the train platform. Peg was back in Vancouver after a job search foray to the Albertan in Calgary with friends Charlie and Katie. George had 'his woman' in his sites and he didn't intend to let her go again.

George, the young publisher of the South Vancouver Chinook in 1912. The 'girl' that he married was his bookeeper, Margaret (Peg) Lally, newly arrived in 'redcoat country' from Western Kansas.

"I'm going back to Calgary right away", Margaret (Peg) Murray  said. "Charlie had a heart attack. I'm just here to collect some of his debts to pay the hospital bill. Katey needs to get Charlie back to Seattle."

"At least have dinner with me tonight," a disappointed George replied. Let's talk this over."

Margaret reluctantly agreed. "You can't change my mind though, I intend to go back to Calgary to help my friends."

When Peg and her sister Bessie reunited that day at the Dunsmuir Hotel, Bessie probbed the meaning of George's insistent invitation. Bess was convinced that both Margaret and George had fallen head-over-heels in love.

"Nonsense," Margaret said. "God's truth, how could there be? I've hardly said six words to the guy in all these months. He does all the talking, and it's mostly about railroads, politics, and how he'd like to go to the Peace River corridor, wherever the hell that is. Besides, he's a Presbyterian, and his folks are pretty uppity. They'll have a rich girl picked out for him."

Nevertheless, Peg borrowed her sister's very best hat for the dinner date at the Hotel Vancouver. When they were seated George confessed again how much he had missed the Kansas firecracker and how desperately he wanted her to stay.

"Mr. Murray," Margaret said, " I can't go back on my word, Charlie so sick and all."

" Nobody wants you to go back on your word, but I have missed you so much. It took your absence for me to realize how cheerful and lighthearted you are, and what a huge effect you had on the office .... and on me."

"Piffles," Margaret replied with a coy smile.

"Margaret, I'm really trying to tell you that I want you to marry me. Will you marry me?"

...To Be Continued. (Reference: Ma Murray: The Story of Canada's Queen of Publishing)

Ma Murray Day - September 11, 2016 - Spirit Park - Sunnyside Road

The Newspapering Murray's Anmore Homestead - The Anmore Village Hall

With Canadian establishment newspaperman, George Murray making his employee, Margaret Lally, his wife, 'the newspapering Murrays soon became a team to be reckoned with' in the early part of the 20 century. Budding newspaper man, the dapper George Murray, worked for the South Vancouver Chinook and later for the Vancouver Province.  At the same time, Margaret Lally Murray wrote articles on home survival skills for ‘Country Life Magazine’.  Their grandson Dan remembers a particularly funny piece his grandmother, never one to mince words, wrote on taking raw cotton and curing it with urine.

Vancouver became home to the Murrays, but sometime between 1916 and 1920 they homesteaded to around 300 acres in Anmore, British Columbia. Back then, the old Eaton’s catalogue was recycled in the grand two-holer out behind their rough hewn cabin. It wasn’t until the ‘dirty thirties’ that the Murrays refurbished their 'cabin' on a concrete foundation and moved into Anmore on a full-time basis. No need for alarm clocks back then, the cacophony coming from the denizens of the chicken coop and the barns got the family moving on their early morning chores.

The Murray homestead stretched on a long strip of land from the current Anmore Village Hall down to the Imperial Oil Company town and lands (IOCO). It became their life raft when the Depression of the 1930s hit. The land, the crops, and the animals fed family and friends, both old and new. Margaret’s ‘how to skills’ helped considerably more than one person survive this difficult period. The Murray’s granddaughter Georgina and her brother Dan, passionate about our verdant community, romped through the forests, listened to stories at Grandma’s knee, and completed mandatory chores, like tilling the soil for the garden, during their summer vacations. "Kids couldn't have been happier - and that's for damn sure!"

Completing a promise to the voters, the Murrays moved to Lillooet in the early nineteen thirties when George became a Liberal member of the B.C. provincial legislature for the Bridge River (Lillooet) area. Here, in 1934, the newspapering Murrays started the Bridge River - Lillooet News in an old salt box frame house, once ringed with porches. The paper was made famous by George’s saucy wife, Margaret - her plain talking, prodding wit, daring opinion, and spicy language was like a breath of fresh air in the wild and lawless 'West'.

In the meantime, back on the Anmore homestead, always ‘progressive’, George granted an easement for a gas pipeline through the property to the IOCO thermal plant. Grandson Dan thinks that this action decimated the value of the Murray land. In 1974, grandchildren, Georgina Margaret and Dan Gichrist  Murray, tried to sell the land. "A buyer promised to renovate the house and do all kinds of wonderful things to the property. Instead, they rolled it over." In 1975, a mysterious donor purchased the house and it eventually became the Anmore Village Hall.

This is the second in a series of articles about the Anmore Alternative's inspiration, local hero, Margaret Lally Murray, written with the help of her grandson Dan Murray. Thank you Dan. Dan Murray is currently a strong proponent of a community-based proposal to re-purpose the Murray homestead for a second time as the 'Anmore Welcome centre and Newspapering Murray Museum. ' (14-08-16)

Please Don't Call Me 'Ma'!  (08-07-16)
Margaret Lally Murray (centre) on CBC's Front Page Challenge

Hoboes describe themselves as adventurers who travel to work. A tramp is a person who travels and won't work. And  a bum is a person that will neither travel or work. Using these descriptions, local Anmore hero, Margaret Lally Murray, was probably a hobo on a mission when she left Windy Ridge Kansas with her sister Beth around the turn of the last century.
These two sibling 'hoboes', planned to work their way from the Kansas City Saddlery to Calgary, but they were sidetracked in Vancouver by a handsome, newspaperman, George Murray. Like many modern day Internet romances, the sisters were intending to go to Calgary to meet a young man they had corresponded with because of connections made through messages in the saddlery products. However, this suitor proved to be no competition for the charming Vancouver newspaper man who soon became 'the intended' and lifetime companion of Margaret Lally Murray - "Don't call me Ma". 
Auntie Beth went to California to work as the personal secretary to the General Motors factory president and amass a small fortune, and sister Margaret became a Canadian icon of feminine fortitude (not pulchritude) and Anmore's extraordinary hero. To this day, the Murray 'cabin' on Sunnyside Road serves as a daily reminder of the values this amazing lady represented.   
According to her grandson, Dan Murray, his grandmother epitomized integrity and honesty. She did not tolerate scallywags, scoundrels, or slight-of-hand politicians. With very little concern for herself, she lived her life for family, neighbours, community, and country... "And that's fer damn sure!" 
'Grandma' did not easily tolerate fools. Prescient in her thinking, she would read TIME magazine cover-to-cover, annotating the articles in the margins. Extremely stubborn, she would not relinquish her position when integrity, morals, and ethics were on the line. A champion for 'the good', eventually her adversaries would have to capitulate. When presented with obfuscation, dishonesty, corruption, or idiocy, her response was "use your noggin'. Open your eyes." 
Although Margaret Lally Murray was "tough as nails" she had a huge warm heart. A chagrined young grandson Dan* was continuously having to 'live down' her demonstrations of affection. He recalls with great love, and a huge amount of embarrassment, the time that his grandmother spoke to the graduating class at Vancouver College and she asked him to come up on the stage for grandma kisses and hugs.

* Dan Murray has recently joined a number of highly qualified people as proponents for the creation of the 'Anmore Welcome Centre and Newspapering Murray Museum' in the 100 year-old original Murray homestead which served as Anmore Village Hall since the Village was incorporated in 1987.

Who are the Murrays and Why Should They Matter to Anmore? (05-07-16)

Margaret Lally, ‘Ma’ Murray, was born in Windy Ridge, Kansas in 1888. She moved to Vancouver and married George Murray. George and Margaret worked at various newspapers and were actively involved in politics. In 1916 the Murrays built their homestead on the stump land of Sunnyside (Anmore). To read stories about the Murrays and Anmore heritage Click Here.

George Murray was the publisher of the South Vancouver Chinook from 1912. In the 'dirty thirties' Margaret was writing self-help articles from home in Anmore for Country Life In British Columbia and she also helped bring hydro to Anmore. The Murray homestead has served as the Village Hall since Anmore was incorporated. The most important Anmore community event is Ma Murray Day held in September. Click Here

While an architect from Heritage BC has indicated that the original structure is in good condition and Nickle Brothers House Moving Company says that the Murray homestead can be moved, Anmore Council wants a new community centre/village hall instead and the Ma Murray house is destined for the wrecking ball, unless someone has a better proposal by July 15, 2016 Click Here.

Margaret (Ma) Murray and her husband, George Murray, established the Bridge River-Lillooet News in 1934. The Lillooet Museum & Visitor Centre where the important Murray heritage is showcased is the number 2 tourist attraction out of 10 on Trip Advisor for Lillooet. Certainly a wise investment in community heritage Click Here.

In 1943 Margaret and George moved to Fort St. John where she started the Alaska Highway News. The first edition came out in March 1944. Ma became very involved with the community and an intelligent and out-spoken voice on a variety of topics from politics to farming. The Fort St. John North Peace Museum honours this heritage as well. Click Here

In 1971 Margaret 'Ma' Murray received the Order of Canada for her contributions to Canadian journalism and in that same year received an honorary doctorate from Simon Fraser University. George passed away in 1961. Margaret passed away in 1982 in Lillooet at the age of 94.

(Left) Margaret 'Ma' Murray, Betty Kennedy, and Zsa Zsa Gabor on the CBC's Front Page Challenge

Heritage Champions realtor Sandra Cawley and Anmore businessman Mel Mercier are saving the 1941 James Residence known as the Vancouver Hobbit house from the wrecker's ball. The photos below show the restoration well underway. (22-02-16)

Luck has Run Out on the 100 year-old Heritage Anmore Village Hall (18-01-16)
At the January 5, 2016 Anmore Regular Council Meeting, Council voted unanimously to "Endorse the Village Hall Replacement next steps as outlined in the report dated December 21, 2015 from the Chief Administrative Officer regarding the Village Hall replacement - Next Steps."

These steps are:
  1. Seal off the Murray Heritage building from the 2006 addition
  2. Renovate the addition to be used as Council Chambers, meeting room, community space, and park washrooms
  3. Issue an RFP for the design of the replacement Village Hall
  4. Finalize the design of the replacement Village Hall following public consultation
  5. Issue and award an RFP for the construction of a new Village Hall.

At the same January 5th meeting, Mr. Marcus Schmieder of Anmore asked Council to consider his July 2015 proposal to Council to turn the old Village Hall into a restaurant thus keeping the heritage building intact. Mayor McEwen indicated that such an undertaking would require extensive renovations and he offered to give him a tour of the building.

Out with the Old. In with the New in Cash-Strapped Anmore (13-01-16)

Dan Murray, the grandson of George and Margaret 'Ma' Murray, the much honoured early Anmore pioneers, talks about his grandparents' legacy and the Anmore homestead which became the Anmore Village Hall. Anmore staff has recommended the demolition of the heritage-designated Murray homestead to be replaced by a new administrative hub with municipal offices for staff and Council members and a community centre.

The building inspection report done by Emerald Building Inspection 3 months after the knee-jerk action that moved municipal staff into trailers, estimated $663,750 to bring the old Village Hall up to commercial standards . The current estimate for a new facility is over $2.5 million. To link to the video of Dan Murray prepared for the 25th anniversary of the Village Click Here.

The History of Sunnyside - (Circa 1916) Part Four
It Takes a Community to Raise a Child in Sunnyside (13-01-16)

Written by Millie Jeffrey (Nee Warren) wife of Frank Jeffrey, who passed away in 1968. (With permission from Connie Rose (Campbell) who lived on East road in the 1980s)

The History of Sunnyside - (Circa 1916) Part Three
Our Children Need a School, a Teacher, and a Community Meeting Space  (January 3, 2016) Click Here

Stock Photo

Written by Millie Jeffrey (Nee Warren) wife of Frank Jeffrey, who passed away in 1968. (With permission from Connie Rose (Campbell) who lived on East road in the 1980s)

The History of Sunnyside - (Circa 1916) Part Two
Our Children Need a School and a Teacher - 2
(December 17, 2015)

Written by Millie Jeffrey (Nee Warren) wife of Frank Jeffrey, who passed away in 1968. (With permission from Connie Rose (Campbell) who lived on East road in the 1980s) Click Here

Painting by Norman Rockwell for the Saturday Evening Post 

Our Children Need a School - Part 2-1 (13-12-15)
The History of Sunnyside - Circa 1916 - by Millie Jeffrey - Our Children Need a School Click Here

The History of Sunnyside - Circa 1915
by Millie Jeffrey
Part 1 - A Lifetime is Too Short – Road Building in Anmore

"From 1916 onward, it is been an almost incessant process of clearing, planting, fencing and building with still so many more things to be done that one wonders after all, if a lifetime is too short to accomplish all the things that should be done.”
On November 24, 2015, as the Brilliant Circle Group prepared for an Open House on emerging plans for the Imperial Oil Company Lands (125 acres in Anmore), there were reports of surveyors at Ludlow Corners on Sunnyside Road. The IOCO land developers, Brilliant Circle Group, have indicated that the current plans for David Avenue are to extend the route from Bert Flinn Park, adjacent to Heritage Mountain High School in Port Moody, through Ludlow's Corners on Sunnyside Road in Anmore, to Bedwell Bay Road going to Belcarra.
 Written by Ms Millie Jeffrey (nee Warren) who passed away in 1968 (wife of Frank Jeffrey), the History of Sunnyside recounts early times in Sunnyside (Anmore) circa 1915.  ‘A Lifetime is Too Short – Road Building in Anmore’ is the first instalment of a series of articles from this piece. Ms. Jeffrey says, "Mr. G. Ludlow has done a lot of clearing on his property. ”The following is a further excerpt from this 16 page history:
At different times, I worked on the roads, at one time taking part in the conversion of the old skid Road, south of lot 24 into a wagon road, then, in the opening of the East road. I remember the huge log that had to be cut through near the corner of Lot 28 – and another time the slashing of the straight line from the hill near our place to lot 13, this being the main road now, and which replaces sections of the skid road previously used.
It was early in June 1916 that we came to reside permanently on the homestead as I had secured work at the refinery sometime previously.
The older settlers will remember the Saturday trips on the SS new Delta to Vancouver for supplies and how we had to pack stuff home on our backs, arriving home shortly after the one o'clock Sunday morning – no automobiles then!
It was somewhere around 1925 when the new road was constructed from lot 24 (Ludlow’s) to IOCO and from that time the use of the automobile has become more and more general.
From 1916 onward it is been an almost incessant process of clearing, planting, fencing, and building with still so many more things to be done that one wonders after all, if a lifetime is too short to accomplish all the things that need to be done.
[With permission from Connie Rose (Campbell) who lived on East Road in Anmore in the 1980s… To be continued] 26-11-15

Anmore Alternative News Ma Murray Day Photo Presentation of Anmore Pioneers George and Margaret Murray. Their home was the Village Hall.

Attached is a typewritten copy of 'History of Sunnyside' written by Millie Jeffery (nee Warmen), wife of Frank Jeffery. We are uncertain when it was written but she passed away in 1968 so it was before that. Connie Rose posted this early history in a Facebook group called "You know you grew up in Port Moody When....." Connie use to be Connie Campbell and lived on East Rd in the 80s.

We are posting it with her permission and thanks to Jay Sharpe for thinking that our readers would be interested in reading this local history. There are references to the pioneering families of the Village, some of the last names you might recognize as they are still living in Anmore. The writer referred to the area as Sunnyside and not Anmore. She also calls Mossom Creek Musson Creek. Imagine, the Murray's were the only family to have a tennis court! To link to the scanned document Click Here

Ioco report urges better protection for heritage buildings. Port Moody is hoping a new report on the condition of buildings at the Ioco townsite will spur property owners Imperial Oil and Brilliant Circle Group to ensure they are better preserved. Click Here

The History of Anmore by Lawrence D. Holbrook (Funding from the Challenge '92 Program. (23-08-15) Click Here

Standing Proud! Standing Honest! George and Margaret Murray's Legacy in Anmore. To read a number of vignettes about our local heroes (07-09-15) Click Here

Thank you to the Anmore Alternative News 'Green Team' for your past contributions to Ma Murray Days
The Anmore Alternative News Green Team (GT) has honoured our inspiration Margaret Lally Murray at Ma Murray Days annually since 2008. Unfortunately, the Green Team will not be participating this year. By the time the organizers figured out that there was space for them, the GT members were otherwise committed. You rock "Gender Dogs'. We will miss you! Thank you! Ma Murray Day is Sunday September 13th - 12:00 to 4:00 in Spirit Park. Please scroll down the page for more information.

The Importance of Power!

Electricity Comes to the Murray Home in Anmore (02-09-15) Click Here

Partners Forever (23-08-15)
George Murray
George Murray
Margaret Lally Murray
Margaret Lally Murray

"The Chinook has been like a morgue without you," an ecstatic George Murray said, as he pumped her hand on the train platform. Peg was back in Vancouver after a job search foray to the Albertan in Calgary with friends Charlie and Katie. George had 'his woman' in his sites and he didn't intend to let her go again. To read more Click Here

Please Don't Call Me Ma!


Brilliant Circle Group Explores IOCO Townsite Heritage Conservation (26-07-15)

At the July 23rd and 26th Open House Meetings held in Old Orchard Community Centre, the Brilliant Circle Group showed the following assessment of the structures on the IOCO heritage townsite.

A Celebration of Anmore's Local Hero! 
Belcarra Barnacle Editor Michelle Montico Salutes Anmore's Feisty Newspaper Woman Margaret 'Ma' Murray Click Here (21-06-15)

Then & Now: Emily Hunter the daughter of Greenpeace’s founding president Robert Hunter, joined the action this week to confront Shell's Arctic drilling rig on the west-coast. Joining Greenpeace and First Nations activists - she says we created a new "Mind Bomb" for the Arctic. On their return voyage back home, this is her message. (Courtesy Jay Peachy 21-06-15) Click Here

Greenpeace co-founder's daughter makes peace with her dad, a decade after his death (22-06-15)
"This spring, I said farewell to my father, 10 years after he died. I was standing in one of those magical pockets of the West Coast, a bay framed by ancient cedars on Hanson Island. The water was still and clear; the volcanic rocks on the beach radiated the sun’s warmth. For the godless child of hippy parents, it was a cathedral." To link to the full story Click Here

Port Moody orders inspection of Ioco Townsite - A heritage inspection order has been approved for the Ioco Townsite Heritage Conservation Area, despite the property owner’s lack of cooperation (26-05-15) Click Here

Time and Space

Anmore residents Dr. Christopher Sedergreen and Ms Trudy Schneider helped the Pacific Spirit Choir 'wow' the audience at West Vancouver United Church on Saturday April 25, 2015. The music for the 'Time and Space' concert, which the privileged audience was able to preview on Saturday, will showcase Canada in the choir's upcoming tour of Spain and France. There, the choir will be singing in world famous venues such as La Sagrada Familia Basilica by Antonio Gaudí in Barcelona Spain.

On Saturday evening, Music director Gerald van Wyck led this masterful choir in a fabulous pastiche of exceptional pieces representing Canadian multiculturalism and nature at its best. The concert preview on the weekend began with the plaintive calls of wildlife in the Micma'q Honour Song and included many more audience engaging pieces, such as Stan Rogers' tribute to the Northwest Passage.

Have a wonderful tour Pacific Spirit Choir. Your five star concert is fabulous. Thank you for the preview.

City of Vancouver’s 129th birthday -34 of the biggest moments in Vancouver history

34 of the biggest moments in Vancouver history. "April 6, 2015 marks the City of Vancouver’s 129th birthday. To celebrate all that our city has accomplished, we’ve dived into Vancouver history and found the biggest events, transformations and milestones that have made a lasting impact on Vancouver’s development as a world-class city.

It all began in 1886 in the quaint Town of Granville…" To link to the rest of the story in Vancity Buzz Click Here

Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department Chief Larry Scott Retires

Please scroll down the page for the latest installment of the five part interview with Chief Scott

Queens Jubilee Medal recipients Sasamat Volunteer Firefighters Judy Evans of Belcarra and Chief Larry Scott of Anmore

After 37 Years of Service, 32 years as Chief, Larry Scott retired on February 4, 2015. On Wednesday March 4. 2015, the Founding Editor of the Anmore Alternative News interviewed Chief Scott  at the Anmore Fire Station. This lengthy interview about the origins and structure of the department, it's roots and community connections, and his role in the evolution of the SVFD since 1978, are highlighted in the interview which will be divided into five installments over the next couple of weeks.

Calling all Anmore and Belcarra residents over the age of 18. If you are inspired to join the Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department, please follow the link to the website. Click Here

The questionnaire which is attached has a large number of questions which the Chief graciously answered. The questionnaire begins:
"Retirement is a time for reflection and new beginnings. As you retire from so many fruitful years as Chief of the
Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department the Anmore Alternative News pays tribute to you, Chief Scott."

Part Five of Five: "We've had people say that they want to join the department, but are afraid of heights. My words would be to anybody. Don't let gender, age, disability, or a perceived lack of skill sets keep you from joining the department. Unless you are too young because of the law, we will attempt to meet your expectations. All we want is what's between your ears, your spirit, and your character." (Chief Larry Scott)

Chief Larry Scott Retirement Interview on SVFD uniqueness, three wishes for the future of the SVFD, retirement plans, advice to new recruits (25-03-15) Click Here

Part Four of Five: Chief Larry Scott Retirement Interview (23-03-15). "I value those types of structures that go on, with or without you. They're independent of what any leadership can take credit for. You are gone and the organization still functions organically. It doesn't collapse.  It doesn't implode. It carries on. That's nice." (Chief Larry Scott).

In Part Four Chief Scott answers the following questions:

  • Is there any situation or group of situations that particularly scared you? Please describe? What was (were) the outcomes?

  • Is there anything in hindsight that you would like to have done differently?

  • What do you see as your proudest accomplishment both as:a) A member of SVFD? b) SVFD Chief?

  • What will you miss the most about your time with the SVFD?

  •  Will you still be contributing in some capacity?

To read Part Four of the interview with Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department Chief Scott who retired on February 4, 2015 Click Here

Part Three of Five: Chief Larry Scott Retirement Interview (18-03-15). "One of my first jobs as fire chief was to deal with a refinery fire which completely blew me away.  It was a tank fire.  When I got there, the Fire Chief from the refinery was there and he was on the phone back east. The IOCO corporate officers back east were trying to tell us what to do." (Chief Larry Scott). In Part Three Chief Scott answers the following questions:

  • How did the SVFD come about?  How did it look back then?

  • When did you become the Fire Chief? What was your vision for the department at that time? What were the biggest barriers to achieving this vision? Do you think this vision has been accomplished?

  • How would you describe the benefits of becoming a SVFD firefighter to a new recruit?

To read Part Three of the interview with Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department Chief Scott who retired on February 4, 2015 Click Here

Part Two of Five: Chief Larry Scott Retirement Interview (16-03-15). "The current structure has evolved due to necessity. One side is the operational side the other the administration side. Together we fulfill the mandate and bring everybody back home safely." (Chief Larry Scott). In Part Two Chief Scott answers the following questions:

  • How is the SVFD structured?

  • You were recently recognized with the Queen’s Jubilee Medal. Will you please describe this honour and why you think you were chosen to receive it?

To read Part Two of the interview with Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department  Chief Scott who retired on February 4, 2015 Click Here

Chief Scott's family shares in his Queen's Jubilee medal award honour

Part One of Five: Chief Scott Retirement Interview (10-03-15) "Firefighter motivation is largely camaraderie and a huge sense of giving back. The firefighters are good people with strong values and integrity". In Part One Chief Scott answers the following questions:

  • How long have you been involved with the SVFD?

  • Please describe your role as the Fire Chief.

To read Part One of the interview with Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department  Chief Scott who retired on February 4, 2015 Click Here

2014 Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department Awards Ceremony

Kudos to The Tri-City News and journalist Diane Strandberg

The News is a finalist for the Ma Murray Community Service Award in the BC and Yukon Community Newspaper Association competition. This is for its comprehensive and ongoing series that has been documenting the hatchery rebuild process. The newspaper has our gratitude for this very significant assistance. By helping us to get the word out, the Tri-City NEWS has aided our fundraising efforts tremendously. We wish them the best in this competition. They are certainly winners in our books. (Ruth Foster)
To link to information on the 2015 competition Click Here.
To link to information on the Ma Murray Community Service Award competition Click Here. To link to a BC Community Newspaper Association Ma Murray award Promotional Video Click Here..

See Anyone You Know?
IOCO School 1968-69
Grade 1 and 2

Pleasantside Kindergarten
Is that Mrs Maplethorpe?

50th Anniversary for the Canadian Flag
"Yesterday marked the 50th birthday of the Flag of Canada, which was first raised over our country on February 15, 1965. I actually remember the day, as a five-year-old standing in the school yard to acknowledge that our country had been invaded, and the victors were taking down our flag and raising theirs."(Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart)

Proud to Be a Canadian, eh?

This is a Canadian Beer commercial... and it is Great! This is a Canadian Beer commercial.. music and words all CANADIAN.
 Lyrics are great.. turn up the volume and enjoy it. 2014 Juno Award Nominee "Breakthrough Artist of the Year" and "Country Album of the Year" Click Here

Bob Hunter, Greenpeace co-founder created a legacy for Anmore to Protect (26-01-15)

On January 24, 2015, the Vancouver Sun reported on a documentary movie about the people behind Greenpeace. In the movie 'How to Change the World', which recently opened at the Sundance Film Festival, UK film-maker Jerry Rothwell says Canada gave humanity one of its greatest cultural gifts in Greenpeace.

Rothwell says that he was fascinated by all of the 'hippies' in the boat, but he was especially intrigued by Greenpeace co-founder
Bob Hunter, "the pivot upon which the whole thing balances.

Hunter was like that in the Village of Anmore as well. He lived here with his family in the early years of the Village. He played a key role in the creation of the original Anmore Concept.

Bob Hunter died in 2005, however his family continue to follow in his activist footsteps. His daughter Emily is coming into her own in Environmental documentary film making. 

Heritage enthusiasts concerned about the future of Ioco townsite (21-01-15)

Robert Simons, president of the Port Moody Heritage Society, and Jim Millar, curator of the Port Moody Station Museum, take a stroll down 2nd Avenue, part of the Ioco townsite now owned by the Brilliant Circle Group.

"A bright winter sun casts a warm late-afternoon glow on the cedars, overgrown laurel hedges, houses and grassy lawns of a once-thriving company town. For nearly 100 years, the Ioco townsite, as it is now called, has stood on a gentle slope leading down to Port Moody inlet. A post-First World War advertisement for Craftsman-style homes, with their shingles and welcoming porches, the townsite is long empty of the employees who processed 25,000 barrels of crude oil a day in the nearby Imperial Oil refinery in the early 1950s." To link to the Tri-city News article Click Here.

First Nations and Community Consultations re: a leading alternative for the Metro North Transmission Study (09-01-15)

In response to the following letter from BC Hydro, the Anmore Alternative Community News contacted Belcarra Mayor Ralph Drew, a local historian and a person of knowledge about First Nations bands in this area. The Village of Belcarra had recent  experience with First Nations consultations when they installed public water lines.  

December 23, 2014

BC Hydro has postponed the decision on a leading alternative for the Metro North Transmission Study for additional First Nations and community consultation. A decision on the leading alternative is now anticipated by March 2015.

If you have any questions or would like to provide your feedback, please contact us at

Metro North Transmission Study Team

Tsleil Waututh "The People of the Inlet"

Mayor Drew indicated that such consultation is particularly important when Crown land, stream crossings, and watersheds are involved. For background on the First Nations with traditional territories in this area, he referred us to the Metro Vancouver website. See below.

Editors' Note: A resident recently informed us that 1 in 10 residences in Anmore will be affected if BC Hydro chooses the Anmore Option to upgrade the the Metro North Transmission lines. The potential impact on the number of affected families in the community appears to be significantly higher in the Anmore Option than either of the other two options. You still have the opportunity to voice your concerns at

Anmore Right of Way Map (Page Two) Click Here

Tsleil Waututh Consultation Area Map (includes Anmore)

Tsleil Waututh Stewardship Plan Click Here

Profiles of Local First Nations Click Here

30 Perfectly Imperfect Holiday Card Outtakes (14-12-14) Click Here

Photo: The ad that started it all. Photo courtesy of NORAD

“Are you really Santa Claus?” a tiny voice asked, but the number was off by one digit and instead of connecting with Santa, the Continental Air Defense Command (currently known as NORAD) was on the other end. It was the beginning of the Santa tracker tradition. Click Here

The Anmore Concept (02-12-14)

At the December 1, 2014 Anmore Inaugural Meeting of Council both Councillors Thiele and Weverink referenced the Anmore Concept in their inaugural speeches. "The Concept's genesis can be traced to the basement of Bob Hunter, Anmore resident and first president of Greenpeace." To learn more about the Anmore Concept and the two part history of Anmore by Lawrence D Holbrook Click Here.

It’s Tartt—But Is It Art? (18-11-14)

A Vanity Fair article in July 2014 says "No one denies that Donna Tartt has written the “It novel” of the year, a runaway best-seller that won her the Pulitzer Prize. But some of the self-appointed high priests of literary criticism—at The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, and The Paris Review—are deeply dismayed by The Goldfinch and its success." However, The Anmore Ladies Book Club (Gentlemen Welcomed) members are not. Indeed, the members were in complete agreement with Goldfinch receiving the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

At a gathering on Thomson Road last evening, the group talked about living the troubled life of protagonist 'Theo Decker' through Ms Tartt's epic novel which reveals the underbelly of international art crime reaching from New York City, to Las Vegas, to Amsterdam. Just a child when the story begins, Theo loses his mother in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Following the last gasp of life suggestion of an old victim of the bombing, Theo steals a priceless painting, The Goldfinch by Carel Fabritius , and escapes the tragedy.

With The Goldfinch at well over 700 pages,The Anmore Ladies Book Club (Gentlemen Welcomed) required several extensions to the date for the gathering in order to finish the book. While it was a great adventure, the ALBC(GW) members have decided that in future the length of the book chosen for discussion should be considered if the group is to stick to a reasonable schedule.

The next gathering of The Anmore Ladies Book Club (Gentlemen Welcomed) is planned for early January. The book selected is
'The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared', a 2009 debut novel by Swedish author Jonas Jonasson.

Website Builder provided by  Vistaprint