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theBreaker.news Podcast: New documentary commemorates the biggest industrial accident in Vancouver history

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Except for Stompin’ Tom Connors’ “The Bridge Came Tumblin’ Down,” there has been relatively little to commemorate the mass-tragedy of June 17, 1958 in Vancouver’s Burrard Inlet. 

Until now. 

George Orr’s new documentary, The Bridge, tells the story of the day the under-construction Second Narrows Bridge collapsed. 

“About 3:40 in the afternoon, there were 79 men working on this bridge…They felt a lurch, it went bump, then it fell out from under them,” Orr said during an interview. 

“Nineteen men died that day. It’s the biggest industrial accident in the city’s history.”

The Bridge features never-before-seen colour footage of the bridge, before and after the fateful afternoon.  

Orr is gearing up to premiere the documentary at the Vancity Theatre in Vancouver on June 17. Screenings on three other days are scheduled. 

On this edition of theBreaker.news Podcast, host Bob Mackin catches-up with Orr, on-location at the Vancouver end of the Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Crossing. That is where survivors gather every year on the anniversary for a sombre memorial ceremony. 

Plus commentaries on the Ontario election and the comeback of a Vancouver summertime tradition, and headlines around the Pacific Rim and Cascadia. 

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