The 1990s were filled with talk of armoury closures. The Beatty Street Armoury and Bessborough were at the top of the list. I've found a few clippings from that era and placed them in their respective yearbooks:
1990 - The Arbutus Industrial Area Sub-committee of the Kitsilano citizens' group
1995 - The "wolves are at the door" comment
1998 - Defence Department plans to close two B.C. armouries
The work of many of our retired and serving members at the time managed to stave off the closure. Then Major Jim Barrett is featured in one article in 1998. It may also have helped that a certain 39 Brigade Group member working in Ottawa in the early 2000 period drafted an LFRR infrastrucure planning document that suggested that armoury closures should be held in abeyance until the units have an opportunity to expand into the suburbs and validate the wisdom of such moves. That document was never signed off but it did keep the wolves from the doors. To my knowledge, no units have successfully transitioned out to the suburbs.
Canada Day 2010 - The Honorary Colonel has passed on some additional photographs from our parade exercising the Freedom of the City.
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