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1970s: Time Line

This time line consists of local, national, and international events relevant to the Canadian experience. It serves to contextualize the growth and evolution of VIU.
Source: The Canadian Encyclopedia Online


 

1970
Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau opened the first Arctic Winter Games in Yellowknife, NWT on March 10.

The Vancouver Canucks joined the NHL.

1971
The census recorded the population of Canada as 21,568,000.

1973
On January 25, the freighter Stardust ran aground north of Vancouver Island, spilling 378,000 litres of fuel oil.

1974
The RCMP accepted four women recruits, the first females to join the force.

1975
On April 2, the last section of the CN Tower, the world's highest free-standing structure at the time, was put in place.

The Lebanese Civil War began in Beirut when Christians murdered a busload of Palestinian Muslims on April 13.

The Vietnam War ended with the fall of Saigon on April 30 and the surrender of South Vietnam to the North.

1976
Capital punishment was abolished from the Canadian Criminal Code on July 14.

On July 17, the Olympic Games officially opened in Montreal, QC.

1979
The Dempster Highway, the first all-weather road across the Arctic Circle, officially opened on August 19.