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Report

  • GR-2574
  • Series
  • 1912

Report of W.A. Macdonald, K.C., Commissioner. The Commissioner was appointed "to ascertain to what extent registration has been effected of subdivision of lands granted by the Crown since the passage of the Land Act Amendment Act, 1896, and what lots and blocks of land comprised in such subdivisions have been reconveyed to the Crown in accordance with the requirements of the said Act, and an Act to amend and consolidate the laws affecting Crown Lands.". For Proceedings see GR-0792. (Marjorie C. Holmes, Royal Commissions an Commissions of Inquiry, 1872-1942, stated that the Report had not been found.

British Columbia. Commission on Land Registration (1912)

Royal Commission on Electoral Boundaries

  • GR-2984
  • Series
  • 1987-1988

The British Columbia Royal Commission on Electoral Boundaries was initially established by Order in Council 690 on 8 April 1987 pursuant to section 8 of the Inquiry Act to inquire into the composition of those electoral districts in the province that returned two members to the Legislative Assembly and those districts contiguous to those that returned two members. The appointed Commissioner, Judge Thomas Kemp Fisher, was to conduct inquiries with the view to recommending the establishment of new electoral districts, each returning one member to the Legislative Assembly, to replace those returning two members. In making these recommendations, the Commissioner was also to recommend adjustments, if it was thought desirable, to the boundaries of contiguous electoral districts. After initial public hearings and receipt of submissions between 22 June and 12 August 1987, the Commissioner requested and was granted a revised mandate on 17 September 1987 to inquire into and recommend the appropriate number of electoral districts, each returning one member to the Legislative Assembly, and the establishment, including boundaries, of electoral districts in the entire province. Subsequent hearings took place in Victoria in November 1987 and throughout the province between 18 January and 15 April 1988. The Commission published a preliminary report in May 1988 after which a further round of hearings took place to gather public reaction and input. The Commission submitted its Report of the Royal Commission on Electoral Boundaries for British Columbia in December 1988. Fonds consists of hearing transcripts, exhibits, submissions, research materials, maps, and copies of the Commission preliminary and final reports, including the map of the proposed new Electoral Districts.

British Columbia. Royal Commission on Electoral Boundaries (1987)

Gasoline Pricing Commission records

  • GR-3062
  • Series
  • 1993-1996

This commission was established in May 1996 with Mark K. Jaccard as sole Commissioner. The records include, correspondence, submissions, research material, clippings, notes, and the report. The British Columbia Inquiry into Gasoline Pricing was established under Section 8 of the Inquiry Act by Order in Council 624, dated 16 May 1996, with Mark K. Jaccard appointed as sole Commissioner. The Commission was to inquire into factors that contribute to changes in the retail price of gasoline in British Columbia; factors underlying the different retail prices charged for gasoline in different areas of British Columbia; the fairness of and economic rationale for the price structure of gasoline at the refining, wholesale and retail levels in British Columbia; the extent to which retail prices of gasoline reflect the cost of crude oil in domestic and international markets; the effectiveness of market competition in regulating gasoline prices to ensure fair prices for consumers; and, the government's regulatory authority with respect to petroleum product prices. The commission was to report findings and make recommendations on the matters included in these terms of reference and on any matters deemed by the Commissioner to be relevant and important by 30 September 1996. After registering interested parties and compiling and circulating initial submissions, the Commission released an Interim Report on 5 July outlining key research questions. On 28 August Preliminary Findings of data collection and analysis were released followed by review of feedback from interested parties. The Final Report was submitted on 30 September 1996. Fonds consists of submissions, correspondence, research and reference files, administrative records and commission reports.

British Columbia Inquiry into Gasoline Pricing

Commission on School District Administrative Costs (1983)

  • GR-2949
  • Series
  • 1983

This Commission was established by Education Minister, the Hon. William Vander Zalm in 1983 to examine school district operations, including administrative costs. Mark William Sager (Chairman) and Allan G. Stables were appointed as commissioners. Hearings were held in several BC communities but hearings were suspended when the provincial election was called. This collection includes the Interim Report of the Commission, the submissions, and the administrative files.

This Commission (also known as the Sager Commission) was established by Education Minister William Vander Zalm to examine school district operations, including administrative costs. Mark William Sager (Chairman) and Allan G. Stables were appointed as Commissioners. Hearings were held in Cranbrook, Castlegar, Kamloops, Kelowna, and Prince George. The hearings scheduled for Dawson Creek, North Vancouver, New Westminster, Surrey, Terrace, Campbell River, Nanaimo, Victoria, Chilliwack and Vancouver were suspended when a provincial election was called. The Interim Report of the Commission on School District Administrative Costs summarizes the mandate, commitment, findings and recommendations of Messrs. Sager and Stables; it is found in Box 1.

British Columbia. Commission on School District Administrative Costs (1983)

Bennett-Atlin Commission records

  • GR-0004
  • Series
  • 1898-1899

The series consists of records created by the "Bennett-Atlin Commission Act, 1899" to settle disputes as to mining claims in the Bennett Lake and Atlin Lake mining divisions. The records include applications to record claims, petitions of right, applications to the gold commissioner re involved records, calendar of cases, miscellaneous exhibits, decisions and judgements.

British Columbia. Bennett-Atlin Commission

Records relating to the 1988 Royal Commission on Education

  • GR-3641
  • Series
  • 1987-1991

The series consists of press releases, memos, correspondence, agendas, committee meeting minutes, speeches, cabinet submission records, draft reports, and implementation plans that were created by the Ministry of Education’s Policy and Planning Branch. The records were created during the review and consultation phase that followed the acceptance of the 1988 Royal Commission on Education’s report. The series also consists of the records of the Provincial Education Policy Advisory Committee and the Policy Advisory Council and provides evidence of their role in the acceptance and implementation of Sullivan’s recommendations. The series includes the texts of speeches by Deputy Minister A. L. ‘Sandy’ Peel and Education Minister Anthony Brummet. These speeches present Sullivan’s recommendations to stakeholders across the province.

The series provides evidence of the Ministry of Education’s response to the Sullivan Commission, and shows the consultation process that happened once the Commission had completed its work. The series also includes draft budgets and timetables for the implementation of Sullivan’s recommendations, and documents potential changes to the School Act and the Independent School Act.

The records are loosely arranged by issue or topic. In many cases, related records such as agendas, enclosures, and memos created at the same meeting were filed separately. As these records are arranged chronologically, linkages are readily apparent.

The series is covered by ORCS 12000-20 of schedule 105085 (Education ORCS).

British Columbia. Ministry of Education (1979-1996)

Commission on Timber and Forestry, 1909

  • GR-0271
  • Series
  • 1905-1910

The series consists of records created by the Royal Commission on Timber and Forestry between 1905 and 1911. The records include transcripts of evidence, written submissions, abstract of evidence, reports, correspondence and other supporting material.

British Columbia. Royal Commission of Inquiry on Timber and Forestry

Submission to Commission on Forest Resources, 1943

  • GR-0181
  • Series
  • 1945

The series consists of two copies of a three volume submission to the Royal Commission on Forestry by the Bureau of Economics and Statistics. It includes a statement showing the amount of timber held under all types of tenure, by individuals and firms in B.C. during 1938 and 1944.

British Columbia. Bureau of Economics and Statistics

Inquiry Into Safety of Loading Procedures Within the British Columbia Ferries

  • GR-2980
  • Series
  • 1980-1992

Records of the Commission.

By order-in-council dated 20 August 1992 the Inquiry into Safety of Loading Procedures within the British Columbia Ferries was established to inquire into and report on the safety of loading procedures for vessels within the British Columbia Ferry Corporation fleet; to inquire and report on the incidents at the British Columbia Ferry Corporation Nanaimo Ferry Terminal on or about 13 August 1992 insofar as these incidents disclose flaws or faults in the loading procedure from the safety standpoint; and to recommend improvements to the loading procedures, or the maintenance of current practices, from the safety standpoint. Its report was submitted on 11 September 1992.

Fonds consists of proceedings, exhibits (including a videotape presentation and photographs), a commission registrar's file, an administrative file, a general correspondence file, and a copy of the final report.

British Columbia. Inquiry Into Safety of Loading Procedures Used By British Columbia Ferries

Inquiry into Six Mile Ranch, Kamloops on the Lake Resort fonds

  • GR-3383
  • Series
  • 1996-1998

In addition to commissioner David Perry's report, the fonds consists of public submissions, studies, reports, memoranda and administrative records dealing with land use issues at Kamloops Lake including the proposed real estate development Six Mile Ranch, Kamloops on the Lake Resort by Pagebrook Inc. and the functioning of the Agricultural Land Commission Act.

British Columbia. Inquiry into Six Mile Ranch, Kamloops on the Lake Resort

Mining recorder records

  • GR-0228
  • Series
  • 1898-1938

The series consists of records created by the Atlin Lake Mining Recorder between 1898 and 1938. It includes re-recorded claims, counterfoil books and records issued by order of the Bennett-Atlin Commission, 1899.

British Columbia. Dept. of Mines. Mining Recorder. Atlin Lake

Records of mineral claims

  • GR-0229
  • Series
  • 1898

The file consists of records created by the Department of the Interior in 1898. The file contains mineral claims in the Atlin District of British Columbia recorded under Yukon mining regulations.

Canada. Department of the Interior

Station Square Development, Burnaby, B.C. inquiry records

  • GR-1909
  • Series
  • 1988

Investigation into the collapse of the Save-On Foods and Drugs building in Burnaby by Dan J. Closkey, Commissioner. Includes reports, transcripts of proceedings, submissions and briefs, exhibits, secretary's files, and reference material. 13 videocassettes of videotaped proceedings from 17 June to 6 July 1988 transferred to Sound and Moving Images (Acc. No. V1989:11/1-13).

Proceedings were videotaped by Westcoast Cablevision from June 17 1988 through to the end of the public hearings on July 6 1988. They were broadcast live, rebroadcast in Burnaby, Vancouver, Richmond, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody and Maple Ridge. 13 video cassettes were transferred to Sound and Moving Images [Acc. No. V1989:11/1-13].

The records are organized under the following headings:
A Report and proceedings
B Submissions and briefs
C Additional contributors and documents
D Exhibits
E Secretary's files
F Reference material

British Columbia. Commissioner Inquiry. Station Square Development, Burnaby, British Columbia [1988]

Inquiry on Mobile Homes in British Columbia

  • GR-0266
  • Series
  • 1975

The series consists of records created by the Inquiry on Mobile Homes in British Columbia (also known as the Audain Commission) in 1975. It includes minutes of hearings (with a list of briefs presented at the hearings) in Kamloops, Cranbrook, Penticton, Kelowna, Chilliwack, Nelson, Victoria, Nanaimo, Prince George, Terrace, Surrey; a report (printed); and briefs submitted to the Commission.

British Columbia. Inquiry on Mobile Homes in British Columbia

Commission on Vocational, Technical, and Trades Training in British Columbia records

  • GR-0270
  • Series
  • 1976-1977

The series consists of records created by the Commission on Vocational, Technical and Trades Training in British Columbia, created between 1976 and 1977. The records include correspondence, reports, transcripts of hearings and working papers.

British Columbia. Commission on Vocational, Technical and Trades Training in British Columbia [1976]

Commission on Vocational, Technical, and Trades Training in British Columbia records

  • GR-0671
  • Series
  • 1976-1977

The series consists of records of the Commission on Vocational, Technical and Trades Training in British Columbia, created between 1976 and 1977. It includes exhibits, briefs and minutes of meetings. It also includes 49 audio tapes of proceedings at public hearings.

British Columbia. Commission on Vocational, Technical and Trades Training in British Columbia [1976]

Provincial Secretary executive records

  • GR-0285
  • Series
  • 1949-1975

The series consists of correspondence from various members of the Royal family expressing gratitude for arrangements made for them during visits to B.C. (1959 to 1971), certificates, reports of various royal commissions and commissions of inquiry, and minutes of various committees on which Mr. Wallace served in his capacity as Deputy Provincial Secretary.

The series also includes a photograph album of the opening of the Hope-Princeton Highway in 1949 and other photographs.

Office of the Deputy Provincial Secretary

Commission on Redefinition of Electoral Districts (1975)

  • GR-0290
  • Series
  • 1975

The series consists of records created by the Commission of Inquiry into Redefinition of Electoral Districts in 1975.
Records include transcripts of proceedings, exhibits, correspondence and the final report.

The series also includes recorded hearings of the Commission held in Vernon, Kelowna, Revelstoke, Merritt, Cranbrook, Rossland, and Nelson in 1975.

Correspondence and exhibits were filed in no apparent order. Some pieces of correspondence and/or exhibits were numbered, but the numbers had no meaning for filing purposes. Neither an index nor a list of exhibits has been found.

British Columbia. Commission of Inquiry into Redefinition of Electoral Districts (July 21-Nov. 7, 1975)

Commission on Redefinition of Electoral Districts, 1965-1966

  • GR-0295
  • Series
  • 1965-1966

The series consists of records created by the Commission of Inquiry into Redefinition of Electoral Districts (1965), between 1965 and 1966. The records include transcripts of proceedings, exhibits, correspondence, general files and a report. The series also includes a map of the Peace River Reservoir showing the water level at 2200 ft.

British Columbia. Commission of Inquiry into Redefinition of Electoral Districts (1965)

Commission of Inquiry Into Jericho Hill School

  • GR-3043
  • Series
  • 1966-1974

The commission was to inquire into the operation of Jericho Hill School for the deaf and blind; Ben Chud was appointed sole commissioner. Two administrative files and some background reports are available here. The final report is available at the Legislative Library. The Commission of Inquiry into Jericho Hill School was established pursuant to the Public Inquiries Act by Order in council 2018, dated 18 June 1974, with B. Chud appointed as sole Commissioner. The Commission was to examine the operation of the Jericho Hill School to discover any restrictions upon the extension of the operation or programmes to meet more fully the needs of the children. Secondly, the commission was to examine the present management system (A District Superintendent responsible for running the whole complex accountable to the Division of Supportive Services), and if appropriate, suggest alternative systems of management, including an analysis of the impact of the of the Public Service Classification System and salaries upon the ability of Jericho Hill School with respect to the recruitment and retention of staff. The Commission held approximately 120 private interviews with school staff, parents, related organizations, professionals in the fields of sight and hearing impairment as well as other interested persons from the community. Public hearings were held on July 9th and 12th at which time 53 presentations were received. The Commissioner met with the Director of Support and Integrated Services of the Department of Education, Victoria, held group meetings with teachers and administrators of the school, the Greater Vancouver Association for the Deaf, the Courtenay-Comox Pre-School Society, and travelled to Ontario and Quebec visiting several schools for the Deaf and Blind. The Commission submitted a final report on 4 September 1974. Fonds is incomplete except for some reports written on the subject of the school and provincial services for the sight and hearing impaired in years just prior to the commission as well as two commission administrative files. A copy of the Report of Inquiry, Jericho Hill School is available at the Legislative Library, Victoria.

British Columbia. Commission of Inquiry Into Jericho Hill School

Royal Commission on Education (1987-1988)

  • GR-1917
  • Series
  • 1987-1988

The Royal Commission on Education was initiated on 14 March 1987 "to inquire into and report on education in the Province from kindergarten through grade 12." Barry M. Sullivan, Q.C. was appointed commissioner. He worked with an administrative staff of 12 and 17 commissioned researchers to gather information, analyze it and produce several published reports. GR-1917 contains written submissions, taped public hearings, student interviews, clipping scrapbooks, research papers and some administrative files. The Royal Commission on Education was initiated on 14 March 1987 "to inquire into and report on education in the Province from kindergarten through grade 12." Barry M. Sullivan, Q.C. was appointed commissioner. He worked with 12 administrative staff and 17 commissioned researchers to gather information, analyze it and produce several published reports. GR-1917 contains written submissions, taped public hearings, student interviews, clipping scrapbooks, research papers and some administrative files. Table of Contents Chronological list of written submissions Summaries From The Briefs Public Hearings These hearings are on audio tapes 4359i:1-116. The Kaiser Substance Abuse Symposium (file 13) has a slide presentation V1988 59/6. File folders contain lists of speakers, typescripts, written briefs, notes and itineraries Summaries From Hearings Student Interviews Student Interviews - Burt Bowes - Fort St. John Student Interviews - Queen Elizabeth - Surrey Student Interviews - Britannia - Vancouver Student Interviews - Forest Grove - Burnaby Student Interviews - Chase Secondary - Chase Student Interviews - T.M. Roberts - Cranbrook Student Interviews - Fraser Academy - Vancouver Student Interviews - Prince George College - Prince George Student Interviews - Fraser Valley Christian High School - Surrey Student Interviews - St. Michael's University School - Victoria Clipping scrapbooks These scrapbooks contain clippings re: children, schools, education, teaching, Department of Education, literacy, teachers, learning, funding for education, teen parenting, school curricula, day care, legislation (Bills 19 & 20), alcohol and drug abuse, home schooling, gangs, adult education, poverty, AIDS and schooling, school lunch program, youth employment, school boards, teen pregnancy, family life, sports and athletics, child abuse, censorship, universities, teen violence and suicide, native education, ethics, childhood disease and injury, Free Trade deal, and any material deemed relevant to the Commission. The clippings are mainly from the: Vancouver Sun, Victoria Times-Colonist, Vancouver Province, and the Globe and Mail. Also there are clippings from the Vancouver Courier, Vancouver Western News, Smithers paper, Three Rivers Report [Hazelton], Burns Lake paper, Trail Daily Times, Nelson Daily News, Kitimat News, Kitimat N. Sentinel, Northern News Advertiser, Lake Windermere Valley Echo, The Pioneer, The B.C. Catholic, Fort Nelson News, The Daily News [Prince Rupert], The Interior News, Provincial Report, The Leader, North Shore News, and a Kamloops paper. The clippings are arranged chronologically in scrapbooks. Additional Briefs and papers Administrative Files Correspondence files Office Files Commission Secretary's Files (John Walsh) Working Groups Files Files relating to teacher surveys Robin Brayne's Files Reports to the Royal Commission on Education Report & Commissioned Papers

British Columbia. Royal Commission on Education (1987-1988)

Fire Insurance Commission (1910)

  • GR-1220
  • Series
  • 1910

This series contains records related to the Fire Insurance Commission of 1910. The commissioners, R.S. Lennie of Nelson, Day Hort MacDowell of Victoria and A.B. Erskine of Vancouver, were appointed to inquire generally into the business of fire insurance as carried on in the province of British Columbia. The records consist of typescript volumes of evidence taken at the Vancouver sittings (March 1910), Victoria sittings (March 1910), Nelson sittings (April 1910) and the evidence and argument at the final sittings at Victoria (June 1910). Also included is the report of the commissioners in which they stress the need for the provincial government to create an insurance department and to issue proper regulations.

British Columbia. Fire Insurance Commission [1910]

Commission on Agriculture records

  • GR-0324
  • Series
  • 1912-1914

This series consists of records of the Commission on Agriculture from 1912-1914, including, proceedings, record books, transcripts of evidence, tabulated evidence, statistical data, and returns by the assessors of the Province, showing persons assessed as owners of real property amounting to 5,000 acres or more.

British Columbia. Commission on Agriculture

Health and Welfare Accounting Division correspondence

  • GR-0341
  • Series
  • 1945-1969

The series consists of correspondence pertaining to reciprocal agreements with other provinces respecting tuberculosis patients; statements of policy and procedure respecting various health facilities; correspondence and memos regarding accounts for various public inquiries.

British Columbia. Dept. of Health and Welfare. Accounting Division

Commission on Property Assessment and Taxation, 1975

  • GR-0362
  • Series
  • 1975-1976

This series consists of the records of the commission of Inquiry on Property Assessment, 1975-1976, including: exhibits, transcripts of evidence, minutes of meetings, correspondence, reports, memoranda, working papers and statistics. Contains photocopies of files on assessment and taxation created by the Select Standing Committee on Municipal Affairs and Housing of the British Columbia Legislature.

British Columbia. Commission of Inquiry on Property Assessment and Taxation

Parliament Buildings Commission report and commission of Commissioner

  • GR-0375
  • Series
  • 1898

Report and commission of the “Royal Commission of Inquiry appointed under the "Public Inquiries Act," September 15th, 1898” by commissioner Angus John McColl. Also known as the "Commission on Contracts With Frederick Adams and Richard Drake for Work on the Parliament Buildings, 1898". Includes transcripts of evidence and exhibits.

British Columbia. Commission on Contracts With Frederick Adams and Richard Drake for Work on the Parliament Buildings, 1898

Commission on the Incarceration of Female Offenders, 1977

  • GR-0381
  • Series
  • 1977-1978

This series consists of Exhibits, transcripts of evidence, synopsis of evidence, subject files, correspondence and indexes from the Royal Commission on the Incarceration of Female Offenders, 1977.

Boxes 880340-2216 to 880340-2218 (1 to 3) are Exhibits. Boxes 880340-221 to 880340-2222 (4-7) are Synopsis of Evidence and Transcripts of Evidence. Boxes 880340-2223 to 880340-2229 (8 to 14) are Subject Files. Box 880340-2230 (15) contains Indexes and Box 880340-2231 (16) contains Confidential exhibits.

British Columbia. Royal Commission on the Incarceration of Female Offenders (1977)

Commission on Pesticides and Herbicides, 1973

  • GR-0383
  • Series
  • 1973-1975

This series consists of transcripts of evidence, exhibits and correspondence from the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the use of Pesticides and Herbicides.

British Columbia. Royal Commission of Inquiry into the use of Pesticides and Herbicides

Commission on Workmen's Compensation (1949-1952)

  • GR-0384
  • Series
  • 1949-1952

This series consists of records of the Commission of Inquiry relating to the Workmen's Compensation Act and Board, including, transcripts of proceedings, exhibits, list of exhibits, index of witnesses, correspondence, cash book, summary of recommendations in the Sloan Report and a draft report.

British Columbia. Commission of Inquiry relating to the Workmen's Compensation Act and Board [1949]

Various reports from Department of Municipal Affairs

  • GR-0395
  • Series
  • 1936-1954

This series consists of various reports from Department of Municipal Affairs, including, a report of the Board of Arbitration established under the Residence and Responsibility Act (1936), including correspondence of the Board pertaining to cases arbitrated; report of the Commission of Inquiry into Educational Financing (Cameron Report, 1945) and correspondence of the Minister and Deputy Minister of Municipal Affairs relating to educational costs in various municipalities; correspondence, minutes of meetings, and draft legislation respecting airport zoning, correspondence and reports on annual proceedings (1949-1953) of the B.C. Aviation Council.

British Columbia. Dept. of Municipal Affairs. Office of the Minister

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