The Rankin File


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On Friday evening, October 22nd, Tim Louis is hosting a free online screening of a film about Harry Rankin called The Rankin File.

Most people who know of Harry Rankin will recall his many years on Vancouver City Council as a firebrand leftist, a founder of COPE, and the man who brought legal aid to British Columbia. He was elected to Council on his eleventh attempt in 1966 and remained on Council until his retirement in 1993. He ran for Mayor in 1986, losing to Gordon Campbell.

However, before his time on City Council, Harry Rankin was heavily involved in local politics in Grandview, becoming the first elected president of the Grandview Rate-Payers Association in 1952. In that position he fought hard to achieve a library in Grandview, led the demands for a new school on Woodland Drive to replace the defunct Grandview School at First & Commercial, and successfully campaigned for better lighting on Commercial Drive.

Reservations for the film screening can be had at eventbrite.

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