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Bill Bennett : [Jack Webster interview, June 29, 1978]

CALL NUMBER: T1707:0132 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Bill Bennett: On Jack Webster radio program (part 1) SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Premier Bill Bennett is interviewed in the last interview on Jack Webster's open line radio program on CJOR Vancouver, 29 June 1978. Subjects discussed include: the government's compulsory heroin treatment program, the new Forestry Act, plans to extend the BC Railway, government air travel services, federal/provincial relations, and lotteries. TRACK 2: Subjects include: electoral distribution in BC, education, increased pensions for the handicapped, constitutional change in Canada, health care in BC, the search for the a new head of ICBC, social services, succession duties, property taxes, and senior citizens.;

CALL NUMBER: T1707:0133 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Bill Bennett: On Jack Webster radio program (part 2) SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Continuation of the interview with Premier Bill Bennett by Jack Webster, CJOR Vancouver, 29 June 1978. Subjects discussed include: government pharmacare program, MLAs salaries, BCRIC (BC Resources and Investment Corporation), BC Ferries, social services for the mentally retarded and handicapped, labour/management relations, sale and lease of crown lands, urban transportation, and construction of a Vancouver convention centre. TRACK 2: Public service pension plans, government subsidies to private industry, federal/provincial relations, government boards and commissions, grants to senior citizens, fishing rights negotiations, alcohol and driving on BC highways, control of the size of the civil service, decriminalization of marijuana, and constitutional change in Canada.;

Bill Bennett : [press conferences, interviews, speeches, etc., September-October 1979]

CALL NUMBER: T3859:0045 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Bill Bennett : On Vancouver stadium RECORDED: [location unknown], 1979-09-27 SUMMARY: Premier Bill Bennett on the plans for a new Vancouver stadium. NOTE: Transcript on file.; CALL NUMBER: T3859:0046 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Jack Kempf : press conference on "dirty tricks" RECORDED: [location unknown], 1979-10-09 SUMMARY: Jack Kempf -- original press conference on dirty tricks.; CALL NUMBER: T3859:0047 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Jack Kelly : Barrie Clark show, CKNW RECORDED: [location unknown], 1979-10-11 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Jack Kelly on Barrie Clark's radio show. TRACK 2: Kelly continued.; CALL NUMBER: T3859:0048 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Bill Bennett : press conference re: Jack Kelly, etc. (tape 1) RECORDED: [location unknown], 1979-10-16 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Premier Bill Bennett press conference regarding Kelly, etc. NOTE: Transcript on file. TRACK 2: Bennett continued. NOTE: Transcript on file.; CALL NUMBER: T3859:0049 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Bill Bennett : press conference re: Jack Kelly, etc. (tape 2) RECORDED: [location unknown], 1979-10-16 SUMMARY: Premier Bill Bennett continued.; CALL NUMBER: T3859:0050 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Bill Bennett : On Ralph Loffmark and UA exploration RECORDED: [location unknown], 1979-10-17 SUMMARY: Premier Bill Bennett regarding Loffmark and UA exploration. NOTE: Transcript on file.; CALL NUMBER: T3859:0051 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Bill Bennett : News conference on ELUC RECORDED: [location unknown], 1979-10-24 SUMMARY: Premier Bill Bennett at news conference re: ELUC [Environment and Land Use Committee]. NOTE: Transcript on file.;

Bylaw approvals, land use planning and administrative records

  • GR-3656
  • Series
  • 1914-2004

The series consists of records of two different types, those concerning land use and planning in each municipality, and those concerning other aspects of administering the affairs of each municipality, such as incorporation and boundaries.

The first type of record includes land use planning records, falling under ORCS 52100, in particular those concerning official community plans, local property rezonings including applications to rezone, complaints against violations of zoning, proceedings of public hearings on zoning, building permits, building inspector correspondence and other records. The series also consists of records of the Secretary to the Board of Appeal for various areas, including the regulated areas of North Saanich, the Capital Region, Saanich, View Royal, Golden, including requests for rezoning, for building permits, and for certain types of land use.

The second type consists of bylaw advice and approvals, generally falling under the ORCs classification 51030. These records relate to approving municipal bylaws (except planning bylaws) that required the approval of the minister or inspector of municipalities, as well as providing related bylaw advice and support to municipalities.

The second type (bylaw advice and approvals excepting land planning bylaws) includes records concerning boundaries and boundary extension, local government structure, change of status, disincorporation, amalgamation, and order in council distribution.

The records include the files of the Inspector of Municipalities dating back as early as 1914, which include records concerning a broad range of records regarding the administration of local government, with subject matter including incorporation of localities in the province, changes in municipal status, including dissolution of incorporated bodies, amalgamation, boundaries and boundary extensions; legislation agreements and public investigations. Notably, the records include early files regarding the incorporation of many BC localities. These include plans, boundary descriptions, petitions and letters reflecting public opinion, local incorporation committee records including minutes, financial statements for local governments, and assessment rolls and taxation.

Record types include correspondence, bylaws, bylaw attachments and schedules, forms, sketches, photographs and maps and plans, public notices in newspapers, news articles, position papers, letters patent records and boundary descriptions.

British Columbia. Ministry of Municipal Affairs (1993-1996)

For tomorrow, a planning act

The item consists of a 2 inch video recording originally produced for presentation to the annual conference of the Union of British Columbia Municipalities in September 1980. It was later modified for television broadcast and shown on BCTV November 16, 1980. The video is of Municipal Affairs Minister Bill Vander Zalm discussing a proposed Land Use Planning Act for British Columbia. The legislation discussed was introduced into the Legislature as Bill 9 in December 1981, then revised and reintroduced as Bill 72 (The Land Use Act) in July 1982. Bill 72 died on the order paper.

British Columbia. Ministry of Municipal Affairs (1978-1986)

Gary Runka interview : [parts one and two]

RECORDED: Burnaby (B.C.), [1979-02?] SUMMARY: Former chairman Gary Runka discusses the work of the Agricultural Land Commission. Excerpts from this interview were used in Marcuse's radio documentary "Vanishing Famers", broadcast on CBC Radio's "Three's Company".;

Improvement district letters patent and bylaw register files

  • GR-3978
  • Series
  • 1922 - 2011

The series consists of improvement district letters patent and bylaw register files, 1922-2011. These records document the creation and dissolution of improvement districts, the approval and registration of their bylaws, and provincial government advice and support. Letters patent are the legal instruments for incorporating improvement districts in BC. They establish the name, boundary, services, voting procedures, and other fundamental aspects of each improvement district. Supplementary letters patent cover changes to improvement district boundaries, services, or the number of trustees. Improvement districts were initially created under the Water Act (SBC 1914, c. 81) to provide water and irrigation services to their residents. From 1914 to 1979, administrative responsibility for most improvement districts resided with the Office of the Comptroller of Water Rights (Water Rights Branch). In 1956, responsibility for improvement districts that provided fire protection came under the Dept. of Municipal Affairs, 1934-1976. The Ministry of Municipal Affairs (1978-1986) assumed administrative responsibility for all improvement districts in 1979 with the enactment of the Municipal Act (RSBC 1979, c. 290). This administrative responsibility continues under the Local Government Act (RSBC 2015, c. 1) with the following ministries: Municipal Affairs and Transit, 1986; Municipal Affairs, 1986-1988; Municipal Affairs, Recreation, and Culture, 1988-1991; Municipal Affairs, Recreation, and Housing, 1991-1993; Municipal Affairs, 1993-1996; Municipal Affairs and Housing,1996-1998; Municipal Affairs, 1998-2001; Community, Aboriginal, and Women’s Services, 2001-2005; Community Services, 2005-2008; and Community Development, 2008-2009. Regional districts, introduced in 1965, provide many of the services once provided by improvement districts so new improvement districts will not likely be created. All improvement district bylaws are filed with the ministry and some require registration with the Inspector of Municipalities before taking effect. Others do not require registration, taking effect upon adoption by the trustees of the improvement district.

The records include correspondence, indexes, letters patent and supplementary letters patent, orders in council, approval certificates, and maps. They are arranged alphabetically by improvement district name; some of the records also contain an improvement district number and code. The records were classified under 52000-40 (improvement district letters patent files) of the Local Government Services ORCS, 2006 (schedule 126379).

British Columbia. Water Rights Branch

Jim Nielsen : [press conferences, etc., 1977]

CALL NUMBER: T1019:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Comments on alleged political blacklist RECORDED: [location unknown], 1977-02-02 SUMMARY: Comments by Environment Minister James Nielsen on an alleged "political blacklist" in his ministry, 2 February 1977.; CALL NUMBER: T1019:0002 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Jim Nielsen on pipeline dangers and Greenbelt Act changes RECORDED: [location unknown], 1977-03-01 & 25 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Environment Minister Jim Nielsen expresses concern about the environmental problems of oil pipelines in British Columbia, 1 March 1977. TRACK 2: Nielsen discusses proposed changes to the G;reenbelt Act, 25 March 1977.; CALL NUMBER: T1019:0003 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Jim Nielsen on Houston sawmill and milfoil weed in Okanagan Lake RECORDED: [location unknown], 1977 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Environment Minister Jim Nielsen comments on the decision by the Land Commission to allow the construction of a sawmill at Houston, 1977. TRACK 2: Nielsen comments on the report of the comm;ittee investigating the Eurasian milfoil weed problem in Okanagan Lake, 4 April 1977.; CALL NUMBER: T1019:0004 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Jim Nielsen on Skagit Valley, Okanagan Lake weeds, and oil spills RECORDED: [location unknown], 1977-05-30 & 1977-06-06 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Environment Minister Jim Nielsen says that the resolution of the Skagit Valley controversy may be years away, 30 May 1977. TRACK 2: Nielsen outlines plans for 2,4-D control of Eurasian milf;oil weeds in the Okanagan Lakes. Also, Nielsen says he doesn't like the idea of Cherry Point (Washington) as a major oil shipping terminal, 6 June 1977.;

Kenneth Kiernan interview : [Reimer, 1977]

CALL NUMBER: T2665:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Personal background and the Great Depression PERIOD COVERED: 1916-1937 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1977-07-04 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Born in 1916 in the Peace River country of Alberta. Details about Kiernan's family and homesteading. Father killed in WW I; mother remarries and they continue to farm. Left Peace River countr;y in 1927. After several stops, settled on a farm at Sumas Prairie. More details about Kiernan's family. Tough economic conditions in the Peace River district. Kiernan's education and work history to ;1935. Ends formal education after grade 8. Reading habits as a young man. TRACK 2: Took correspondence courses from the Canadian Legion. Leisure activities as a youth: Trail Rangers and basketball. D;elivered newspapers in Chilliwack area. "Rode the rods" to the Prairies in 1935. Economic struggles of Alberta and Saskatchewan, 1935-37. Returned to B.C. on the rods in October 1937. Anecdotes about ;riding the rods.; CALL NUMBER: T2665:0002 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Life during the 1930s Depression and World War II PERIOD COVERED: 1935-1948 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1977-07-04 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Continuation of anecdote about riding the rods, 1935-37. Marginal economic circumstances of the Kiernan family during the Depression. Worked in Fraser Valley mills. Contracted pneumonia. Work;ed for Eddy's Nurseries, 1937-40. Joined the New Westminster Regiment, 1940. Interested in Social Credit in Alberta, 1935-37, but not a member. Read works of Marx but rejected them in the 1930s. Criti;que of Marx and of Canadian economic system in the 1930s. TRACK 2: Kiernan in motorized corps in Canada, 1940-46. Eventually became a Warrant Officer II. Not able to go overseas because of previous p;neumonia. Comments on military discipline. Kiernan into business as a garage operator near Chilliwack, 1946. Flooded out in 1948.; CALL NUMBER: T2665:0003 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): The Fraser River flood of 1948 and the 1952 provincial election PERIOD COVERED: 1948-1952 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1977-07-06 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Kiernan describes his experiences in being flooded out during the 1948 flood of Fraser River. Description of his return to the flooded home and service station. Becomes president of local PTA; in 1950. Joined Social Credit in 1951. Comments on the Coalition government. Comments on Coalition/Liberal Premier Boss Johnson and Conservative leader Herbert Anscomb. TRACK 2: Kiernan becomes very; active as a Social Credit organizer, 1951-52. Kiernan takes 1952 Social Credit nomination. Organizational details about Social Credit in Chilliwack. Early meetings emphasized monetary reform. The "Ch;ristian image" of Social Credit. The importance of individualism in Social Credit. General discussion of political philosophy. Liberals and Conservatives unaware of the upsurge of Social Credit in Chi;lliwack. Circumstances under which Kiernan took 1952 nomination. Defeated sitting Conservative Leslie Eyres. Key roles of Alberta Socreds in 1952 election.; CALL NUMBER: T2665:0004 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Social Credit comes to power : 1952 election PERIOD COVERED: 1952-1972 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1977-07-06 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: The importance of W.A.C. Bennett in the 1952 election. Kiernan says Alberta influence was minimal ca. 1952. 1952 Social Credit convention. Ernest Hansell as 1952 campaign leader. Bennett disi;llusioned with Conservatives. Kiernan sometimes "scared" by the vision of W.A.C. Bennett in things such as the two-river policy. Kiernan gives a sample of his 1952 election style. TRACK 2: Kiernan's ;experiences as a public speaker. The hard work of political campaigning. Description of Social Credit cabinet meetings. Kiernan's recollections of election night in 1952. Kiernan went to visit Bennett; in Kelowna shortly after 1952 election. The decision is made to have W.A.C. Bennett as political leader, July 1952.; CALL NUMBER: T2665:0005 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): British Columbia's first Social Credit government, 1952 PERIOD COVERED: 1952-1956 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1977-07-06 & 1977-09-13 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Kiernan is selected to be Agriculture Minister in the first Social Credit government. Anecdotes about becoming government. Comments on the Bennett style of leadership. The formation of the fi;rst cabinet. Kiernan speculates on the reasons for his selection as Minister of Agriculture. Comments on communist scare tactics used against the C.C.F. Socialist economic planning inappropriate for B;.C. Problems with the dairy industry were the first big problems faced by Kiernan in the Agriculture portfolio. TRACK 2: The transition to power: early cabinet meetings, help from senior civil servan;ts. Cabinet procedures. The selection of Robert Bonner and Einar Gunderson. Rev. H.D. Francis and Orr Newton resign in order to provide seats. Kiernan downplays the notion that the senior civil servic;e opposed the new government. The firing of Percy Richards. Hospital insurance reforms after the 1952 election. Alternatives to hospital insurance proposed.; CALL NUMBER: T2665:0006 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Minister of Agriculture PERIOD COVERED: 1952-1956 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1977-09-13 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Facing the problem of hospital insurance after the 1952 election. Building the cabinet team, 1952-53. Discussion of the 1953 session of the Legislature. Socreds maneuvering for defeat? Bennet;t sure of dissolution? The legislative defeat of Social Credit and the unusual passage of bills prior to dissolution. The "atmosphere" in the House at the time of the 1953 defeat. The resignation of H;arold Winch as C.C.F. leader. The 1953 election. TRACK 2: Discussion of the 1953 election continued. The defeat of Tilly Rolston and Einar Gunderson. Their importance as cabinet ministers. Gunderson ;as a member of the Treasury Board. The election of John Perdue as president of the Social Credit League. Issues within the Department of Agriculture: brucellosis control, irrigation, hay shortages. Co;mments on W.H. Robertson and William McGillivray as Kiernan's deputy ministers.; CALL NUMBER: T2665:0007 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): The Sommers affair PERIOD COVERED: 1952-1958 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1977-09-13 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Kiernan gives background to the Sommers affair. Comments on Gordon Gibson Sr. The "money talks" speech, February 1955. Gibson's charges not substantiated by the Lord Commission. Gibson's char;ges treated with great skepticism. Kiernan did not see the RCMP report to the Attorney-General's Department. The government has private investigator investigate the charges against Sommers. Sommers a ;known gambler to Kiernan. TRACK 2: More on Sommers' gambling. No pressure from ministers on Bennett to fire Sommers. Sommers called on to account for the allegations by cabinet and caucus. Sommers co;nsistent in his denials. Circumstances surrounding the resignation of Bonner. Kiernan becomes Minister of Mines.; CALL NUMBER: T2665:0008 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): The Sommers case and Minister of Mines and Petroleum Resources, 1956-1964 PERIOD COVERED: 1953-1964 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1977-09-26 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Death of Tilly Rolston, 1953. Discussion of Sommers case, continued. Opposition to Forest Management Licences. Sommers' resignation and Kiernan takes over the Mines portfolio, 1956. Robert Bo;nner and delays in the case. Comments on Mel Bryan who crossed the floor on the Sommers case. More on the delays. Sommers case harms Social Credit government. Kiernan expresses doubts about the guilt ;and illegal intentions of Sommers. Case did not affect timing of 1956 election. Not aware of Sommers' cabinet contact. TRACK 2: No suggestion of impropriety by Sommers in the Mines portfolio. Gifts t;o cabinet ministers. Sommers investigated by private detective. Kiernan's general observations on the Sommers case. "Politics is war". Kiernan Minister of Mines and Petroleum Resources, 1956-64. The c;hallenge of taking over a new portfolio. Comments on Deputy Ministers of Mines: John Walker, P.J. Mulcahy. The framing of new petroleum legislation. Comments on the B.C. petroleum and gas industry.; CALL NUMBER: T2665:0009 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Minister of Mines and Petroleum Resources, 1956-1964 PERIOD COVERED: 1945-1964 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1977-09-26 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: The development of oil and natural gas leasing systems. Development of the Peace River region. The building of Westcoast Transmission pipeline. Description of Frank McMahon. Comments on forei;gn ownership of petroleum and natural gas resources. Description of the auction of oil and natural gas leases. TRACK 2: The auction system continued. Frank McMahon in the 1960 election. Anecdotes abo;ut some B.C. mining executives: Ozzie McDonald, Spud Huestis, Mel O'Brien. The opening of Bethlehem Copper Corporation mine in the Highland Valley. Changes in mining taxation and land tenure systems, ;c. 1957. Problems of establishing an iron and steel industry in B.C. Vehement industry opposition to changes in mining legislation.; CALL NUMBER: T2665:0010 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Mines and Petroleum Resources, and Recreation and Conservation, 1956-1972 PERIOD COVERED: 1956-1972 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1977-09-26 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Major problems faced as mines minister: taxation legislation, departmental expansion, mine safety. Dispute with federal government over offshore mineral rights. "Political" decision by the Su;preme Court of Canada on this issue. The reclamation of mining sites. Kiernan expresses his opposition to the idea of company towns. Taxation on profits vs. royalties in the mining industry. Kiernan c;oncerned about "penny mines" on the Vancouver Stock Exchange. TRACK 2: The formation of the Department of Recreation and Conservation, 1957. Kiernan becomes Minister of Recreation and Conservation, 1;963. Anomalies in the classification of provincial parks. Mineral claims and timber leases in provincial parks. The case of Western Mines in Strathcona Park. The role of pressure groups in the Buttle ;Lake controversy. Preparation for his new portfolio of Recreation and Conservation. General comments on park development in B.C.; CALL NUMBER: T2665:0011 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Minister of Recreation and Conservation PERIOD COVERED: 1964-1972 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1977-09-27 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Skepticism about the idea of wilderness preservation. The illogic of some park boundaries. The changing of the boundary of Manning Park to facilitate mining. Kiernan's ideas on the multiple u;se concept. Kiernan's impressions of the B.C. Wildlife Federation, SPEC, Sierra Club. The role of the Sierra Club in the boundary determinations for Pacific Rim National Park. TRACK 2: More on the Si;erra Club of B.C. W.A.C. Bennett's attitudes on park matters. Public access on forestry roads. The formation of the Environment and Land Use Committee (ELUC) in 1969. Comments on the operation of ELUC; and the Secretariat. ELUC originally a problem-solver rather than policy-maker. Comments on a few specific issues dealt with by ELUC. Kiernan not convinced of the concept of a single Minister of the ;Environment. Williston as chairman of ELUC. Land use questions more practical than moral or ethical. "Nature the adversary". The evolution of environmental attitudes in B.C. The minister as an arbitra;tor of attitudes.; CALL NUMBER: T2665:0012 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Environmental and economic issues PERIOD COVERED: 1964-1972 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1977-09-27 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Kiernan's efforts to curb the excesses of the "throw-away" society. The Anti-Litter Act. The recycling of derelict automobiles. Deputy Ministers of Recreation and Conservation: Dave Turner, H;.G. McWilliams, Lloyd Brooks. Comments on the proposed flooding of the Skagit River Valley. Opposition by the fishing lobby. Benefits of flood control on the Fraser River. TRACK 2: Flood control on t;he Fraser River continued. More comments on the fishing lobby. The benefits of fish versus the benefits of hydro power and flood control. Short term as Minister of Commercial Transport, 1963-64. Minis;ter of Travel Industry, 1967-1972. The formation of the department, 1967. Ron Worley as Deputy Minister of the Travel Industry department. British Columbia tourist promotions. Comments on "The Wonderf;ul World of W.A.C. Bennett". Kiernan's comments on our political society. Comments on the role of socialism in B.C. B.C. still in the frontier stage. General comments on the NDP caucus prior to 1972. ;Analysis of the B.C. economy. The need for new hydro electric power developments in B.C.;

Land use planning and management records

  • GR-3647
  • Series
  • 1950 - 2014

The series consists of records regarding the review and approval by the minister of bylaws concerning land use and planning, amendments to official community plans and their related amending bylaws and changes of zoning. These include case files for individual localities, in particular regional districts. The records were used for legal purposes, research and reference.

The records include a coded subseries, known as the "36 series," which documents planning bylaw review and approval, planning grant review and approval, and ministerial authorizations related to land use planning and management bylaws.

Planning bylaw review and approval involves planning bylaws that require ministerial approval (e.g., regional district, the Islands Trust, and the Resort Municipality of Whistler planning bylaws). Planning staff reviewed those bylaws in order to ensure that they did not conflict with provincial government interests.

Record types include correspondence, forms, briefing notes, bylaws, minutes, studies and reports, official community plans and their supporting documents, records regarding local committee meetings (agendas etc.) public hearings and workshops (public posting of notices, minutes from public hearings), responses from referral agencies (comments on bylaws by government agencies), documents regarding rezoning applications, petitions from the public and news clippings. Intermingled in the predominantly textual records are maps and engineering plans and some photographs. Records also include bylaw submission forms submitted with bylaws requiring approval of the minister.

The creator of the records used a coding system that assigned a code to each local government. For example, the regional district codes consisted of the two-digit alphabetic prefix “RD” for regional district followed by the alphanumeric coding system in use in the ministry responsible for municipal affairs at the time. In many cases the files would be labeled in such a way as to abbreviate the code. While the filing systems initially appear to be aimed at an alphabetical order, by locality, that order is often broken. Local government codes used in this record series can be found in Appendix D of the Administrative Records Classification System 1993 Edition. Some of the codes on files are extended with dashes or decimal numbers which represent subject categories.

The records were created by several ministries which carried out the functions and activities of provincial responsibility for local governments; in addition to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs (the name used at different times), the creators included: the Department of Municipal Affairs; the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing; the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Transit; the Ministry of Municipal Affairs, Recreation and Culture; and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs, Recreation and Housing.

British Columbia. Ministry of Municipal Affairs (1993-1996)

Legal files relating to mining

  • GR-3604
  • Series
  • [ca. 2000]-2014

Series consists of legal issue files created by the Ministry of Energy and Mines. The majority of the files document the creation or revision and administration of legislation and regulations,

The majority of the files consist of legal opinions, reports, background research, notes, draft documents, copies of existing legislation and regulations from BC and other jurisdictions, committee minutes, briefing notes to ministers and ministry staff, and cabinet submissions. The legal opinions provide advice for administering current legislation and creating new legislation. The research files include photocopies of records dating back to 1873.

The 19 CD-ROMS and DVD contain copies of research notes, most of which has been printed and placed in the files.

The records are arranged numerically by file number.

The records were classified as 140-03 (Legislation, Ministry or Agency – Legislative Program) in the BC Government’s Administrative Classification Schedule.

The following ministries were responsible for creating these records:
2000-2005 British Columbia. Ministry of Energy and Mines
2005-2010 British Columbia. Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources
2010-2011 British Columbia. Ministry of Forests, Mines and Lands
2011-2012 British Columbia. Ministry of Energy and Mines
2012-2013 British Columbia. Ministry of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas
2013-2014 British Columbia. Ministry of Energy and Mines

British Columbia. Ministry of Energy and Mines (1998-2005)

Municipal corporation case files

  • GR-3992
  • Series
  • 1974 - 1996

The series consists of records documenting situations where municipalities establish or join corporations for the purpose of carrying out commercial activities such as community forests or purchasing shares in a company to build infrastructure, such as arenas. Local governments may enter into these arrangements because they want a separation of authority to shield local taxpayers from potential legal or financial risks. The records relate to commercial, industrial or business undertakings, including local government resolutions approving the incorporation of or purchase of shares in a company, the agreement between the local government and the company, and articles of incorporation. The Local Government Act (RSBC 1996, c. 323) provides that a local government may engage in commercial, industrial or business undertaking and incorporate a company or buy shares in a company already involved in the undertaking with the requirement that the local government receive approval from the Inspector of Municipalities. The records were created between 1974 and 1996 by the ministry responsible for municipal affairs.

The records are arranged by local government classification and then by the name of the municipality or regional district. They include correspondence, copies of local government resolutions, and copies of articles of incorporation. The records are classified as municipal corporation case files (54030-60) under the 2006 version of the Local Government Services ORCS.

British Columbia. Ministry of Municipal Affairs (1993-1996)

Ray Williston interview : [Reimer, 1975 : part 4]

CALL NUMBER: T1375:0021 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Environmental issues, federal-provincial relations and government finance PERIOD COVERED: 1954-1972 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1975-10-09 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Williston discusses: the formation and operation of the Environment and Land Use Committee (ELUC); unusual power of ELUC; pollution control problems, specifically pulp mill effluent; greenbel;ts; lakeshore development policies; dominion-provincial relations; restrictions and sanctions against travel and conferences; Resources for the Future Conference and the Canadian Council of Resource M;inisters. Cabinet and Bennett never discussed separation from Canada. TRACK 2: Williston talks about: offshore mineral rights; government's interest in the Bank of B.C. Treasury Board and procedures ;for control of government spending; details on the operation of Treasury Board; W.A.C. Bennett as Finance Minister; budget preparation.; CALL NUMBER: T1375:0022 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Resource issues in the 1950s and 1960s PERIOD COVERED: 1956-1970 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1975-10-09 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Discusses government policy to encourage Japanese investment in B.C., and gives details about Japanese investment. Williston and Bennett meet Japanese Crown Prince and Princess. Development o;f the quota system in the allocation of timber rights. Quota system provides stability in the forest industry. Williston never unduly pressured by forest companies. Disparaging comments about North Am;erican Water and Power Alliance (NAWAPA). TRACK 2: More on NAWAPA. 1960 truck loggers' convention and flare-up with Gordon Gibson Sr. Williston discusses issue of bribes and gifts to ministers. Perso;nal assessment of Gordon Gibson Sr. Williston then discusses Pollution Control Board: 1965 legislation; impetus for change from various sources, air pollution not included; weakness of a system that i;mposes fines; the need for political involvement in pollution control; differences of opinion over control standards with Health Minister Ralph Loffmark.; CALL NUMBER: T1375:0023 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Resource and environment issues, 1956-1972 PERIOD COVERED: 1956-1972 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1975-10-09 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Pollution control: differences of opinion between Williston and Ralph Loffmark; air quality standards difficult to set; onus of responsibility for pollution on the polluter; local, regional a;nd provincial pollution standards; Williston, Loffmark and Campbell on Pollution Control Board (PCB) as of 1969; restrictions on those who could appear before the PCB. Economic growth versus conservat;ion and environmental control. Role of public opinion in altering Williston's thinking on environmental issues. Williston not very concerned about foreign and non-resident ownership of land. Use of la;nd and resources the important thing. Preservation of waterfront for public recreation. [TRACK 2: blank.]; CALL NUMBER: T1375:0024 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Resource issues in the 1960s and 1970s PERIOD COVERED: 1960-1972 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1975-10-09 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Williston's perspectives on: Buttle Lake controversy; mining in a provincial park; logging within Strathcona Park; the establishment of Rathtrevor Park and the exchange of timber within Strat;hcona Park. Discusses Skagit River controversy ; involvement of Liberal Party. Williston assesses the recreational potential as modest. Discusses provincial obligations related to this issue. Cypress ;Bowl. TRACK 2: More on Cypress Bowl. Nitinat Triangle issue: the extension of Pacific Rim National Park.; CALL NUMBER: T1375:0025 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Social Credit Cabinet Minister, 1954-1972 PERIOD COVERED: 1953-1975 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1975-10-09 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Question of the extension of the boundaries of Pacific Rim National Park, 1970-71. Nuclear power in B.C. Gordon Shrum interested in nuclear power. Williston cool to the social side of politic;s, such as state balls and legislative openings. Williston opposes the right to strike in the public sector. Changes in the public service, 1953-1972. Elections and election strategy. The central role; of W.A.C. Bennett in elections. Decision to end the preferential ballot in 1955. TRACK 2: More on the preferential ballot. Provincial election, 1956. Provincial election, 1960. Williston's thoughts ;on campaigning in general. Political and economic philosophy. Comments on the NDP government. Fiscal conservatism of W.A.C. Bennett. The religious appeal of Social Credit.; CALL NUMBER: T1375:0026 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Elections and conventions, the 1972 defeat and aftermath PERIOD COVERED: 1952-1975 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1975-10-09 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Further discusses the religious appeal of Social Credit. Redistribution 1966. Relations between B.C. Social Credit government and federal party. Provincial election, 1972: issues in election; factors leading to defeat; Bennett in the election; negative role of P.A. Gaglardi; Williston's personal defeat in Fort George; Williston willing to oppose Gaglardi for Socred leadership; New Westmin;ster incident. Talks about winding up the affairs of government after the election. Comments on Robert Williams. TRACK 2: More on government changeover. Job offers after 1972 election. United Nations; (FAO) jobs in Indonesia, Peru and Bangladesh. Other job offers. Personal assessment of P.A. Gaglardi. Social Credit League. Members and supporters in Fort George constituency. Role of Social Credit L;eague and conventions in policy formation. Typical Socred convention described. Place of socialism in B.C. society.; CALL NUMBER: T1375:0027 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): The Legislative Assembly, 1953-1972 PERIOD COVERED: 1953-1972 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1975-10-09 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Williston's political philosophy. Negative aspects of centralized control in a socialist bureaucracy. Williston's assessment of the key role of Bob Williams in the NDP government. Role of pre;ssure groups. The Legislative Assembly: all-night sessions; Ernest Winch; Arnold Webster; Thomas Berger; Dave Barrett; contact between parties outside the House; anecdote about Tom Uphill. TRACK 2: A;necdotes about the Legislature. Williston discusses prominent Liberals: Arthur Laing; Ray Perrault; Pat McGeer. Williston feels Hansard to be of limited value. Opposition and press become more negativ;e in later years to the way in which Williston handled his portfolios. Bob Williams becomes Williston's strongest critic. Defection of G. Scott Wallace, 1971. Williston's opinion of the Vancouver pres;s.; CALL NUMBER: T1375:0028 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): British Columbia politics, 1953-1972 PERIOD COVERED: 1953-1972 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1975-10-09 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: W.A.C Bennett and the press. Incident regarding secret loan from the Bank of Nova Scotia. More on the press. Comments on Stuart Keate, newspaper publisher. Opposition to Williston in the Prin;ce George press. Robert Bonner's move to MacMillan Bloedel. Relations with Vancouver press. W.A.C. Bennett and his style of leadership. TRACK 2: More details on Bennett and personal relationship betw;een Bennett and Williston. Debt reduction schemes in the 1950s. The Kelowna "bondfire". Anecdotes about Williston's friend and industrialist, Ben Ginter: the construction industry; starting in the bre;wing business. Constituency relations. Williston's role in establishing a flag for B.C. Mobil cabinet meetings. The "George E.P. Jones case".; CALL NUMBER: T1375:0029 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Personal Reflections PERIOD COVERED: 1953-1972 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1975-10-09 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: No lack of new ideas in the later years. Williston maintained good health throughout his period as minister. Involved with the YMCA in Victoria. Williston planning to retire within a few year;s of 1972 election. Regrets having little time for his family. Williston describes typical working day. Did not socialize with Bennett. Few social relations between ministers in the Socred government.; Williston moved permanently to Victoria in 1954. Williston's close personal friends with Harold Moffat and family. Hobby of photography. Williston's attitudes on alcohol. Heavy demands for personal a;ppearance. TRACK 2: Comments about changes as a result of 20 years in public life. Lack of concern about personal safety. Summation.;

Regional and local government structure historical policy files

  • GR-3972
  • Series
  • 1912 - 1999

The series consists of records documenting the creation of regional and local government structures and policies, and subsequent amendments to these structures and policies. Many of the records were created during the development of the province’s regional and local government system starting with the Dept. of Municipal Affairs in 1934. Prior to this, municipal matters were administered by a municipal branch of the Dept. of the Attorney-General. The records were the responsibility of the following: Dept. of Municipal Affairs,1934-1976; Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, 1976-1978; Ministry of Municipal Affairs, 1978-1986; Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Transit, 1986; Ministry of Municipal Affairs, Recreation, and Culture, 1988-1991; Ministry of Municipal Affairs, Recreation, and Housing, 1991-1993; Ministry of Municipal Affairs, 1993-1996; Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, 1996-1998; and Ministry of Municipal Affairs, 1998-2001. The records cover the formation of regional districts, the role of regional district boards, and regional district services reviews by the provincial government. They also cover regional planning and other related issues such as land use for park purposes and subdivisions, refuse and sewage disposal, air quality/pollution, public transportation, fire protection, taxation, cost-sharing between different levels of government, property tax, and other financial matters. The records also include bylaw approvals, letters patent, supplementary letters patent, and amendments to electoral areas. The records were created under the Local Services Act (RSBC 1996, c. 276) and the Local Government Act (RSBC 1996, c. 323).

The records are arranged by regional district name and regional district coding system or by topic. They consist of correspondence, minutes and agendas, reports, maps, bylaws, letters patent, news clippings, and contracts. They were initially regional district day to day operational files so were also assigned bylaw advice and approvals ORCS numbers (51030, 51040) from the Local Government Services ORCS, 2006. The function of these records changed when the program area started collecting and using them as regional and local government structure historical policy files. This artificial collection was eventually classified as policy and procedures files (55000-00), reflecting the final purpose of this record series.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Attorney-General

Regional growth strategy case files

  • GR-3973
  • Series
  • 1996 - 2006

The series consists of advisory and informational records developed by the provincial government for local governments to facilitate developing, adopting, and implementing regional growth strategies, which are strategic plans that commit participating municipalities and regional districts to a course of action to meet common social, economic, and environmental objectives, 1996-2006. The Local Government Act (RSBC 1998, c. 323) provides a framework for interactive planning between regional districts, municipalities, and the provincial government for creating these long-term land and resource management plans at the regional level. The plans often deal with rapid urban growth and its effect on matters such as air quality, affordable housing, transportation, drinking water, farmland, and wilderness, and natural areas. Some of the records in this series cover provincial government involvement in major projects such as large-scale transportation projects that may have significant environmental, economic, social, cultural, and health effects. The Local Government Department, part of the Ministry of Community Services and its predecessors, is responsible for this set of records.

This series is arranged by regional district or project name. The records include correspondence, memoranda, briefing notes, bylaws, minutes, agreements, and reports. The records are classified under growth strategy case files (55700-20) of the Local Government Services ORCS, 2006.

British Columbia. Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (1996-1998)

Webster! : 1979-10-16

Public affairs. Jack Webster's popular weekday morning talk show. Guests and topics for this episode are: Jack and Canadian author Jan Drabek discuss the Czechoslovakian Consulate‘s demands for citizenship “adjustment.” Brian Coxford follows with the airport expropriation hassle at Sea Island. Jack returns with David Hancock, publisher of “Ralph Edwards of Lonesome Lake”.