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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

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

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

Response to the Royal Commission on Health Care records

  • GR-3904
  • Series
  • 1979-1992; predominant 1990-1992

This series consists of responses to the Royal Commission on Health Care from the Royal Commission Response Office of the Ministry of Health, 1979-1992.

The series includes records received from various healthcare related associations and organizations, such as hospitals, nurses, midwives, acupuncturists, podiatrists, optometrists and others. These include their submissions to the Commission, responses to the Commission’s final report or general information about the professions and issues impacting their work.

Records created by the Ministry address specific recommendations from the Commission to improve Ministry of Health policies and practices. Issues were divided into the following working groups:

Working group 1 (W1): better management
Working group 2 (W2): regionalization
Working group 3 (W3): governance of professions & financing

These files include correspondence, reports, planning documents, policy documents, meeting minutes, statistics, maps, journal articles, newspaper clippings, work plans, and agendas. Issues addressed in the file include managing health information, immunization, sexually transmitted diseases, and healthcare regionalization and governance models. Records culminated in responses to the Commission’s recommendations and a series of discussion papers.

Note that some files have been removed by the Ministry for tobacco litigation.

British Columbia. Ministry of Health (1976-2001)

Commission on Health Care and Costs

  • GR-2801
  • Series
  • 1990-1991

This series consists of records of the Royal Commission on Health Care and Costs, 1990-1991. Records include submissions, records of hearings, executive summaries, staff files, administrative files, press clippings, and contract research reports.

British Columbia. Royal Commission on Health Care and Costs [1990-1991]

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)

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)

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]

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)

Commissioner Inquiry into the Coquihalla and related highway projects

  • GR-1736
  • Series
  • 1985-1987

The series consists of the records created by the Commissioner Inquiry into Coquihalla highway construction costs in 1987. Douglas L. MacKay, a professional engineer, was appointed Commissioner through OIC 1546/1987 to compare the estimates and costs of the Coquihalla Highway; to find reasons and justification for differences between estimates and costs; to examine other recent highway projects where costs may have differed from estimates; to investigate the procedures for costing, administering, and reporting highway projects; and to make recommendations. The Commissioner concluded that the Legislature and the public were deliberately misled about the cost of the Coquihalla Highway Project. The true costs were disguised by falsifying documents and expense account transfers.

The series includes interviews with officials; proceedings and exhibits; briefs and submissions from government, opposition, unions and others; research consultants' files, secretary's files, and reports. Other records include printouts from the Commission Secretary's WP discs which may overlap with some of the files. It also includes drafts and gallery proofs of the final report, including appendixes and figures. Some records relate to the proposed Annacis Island crossing of the Fraser River.

British Columbia. Commissioner Inquiry into the Coquihalla and Related Highway Projects [1987]

Social Housing Inquiry records

  • GR-1698
  • Series
  • 1986

This series contains records from the Inquiry into Social Housing for British Columbia. The Commissioners, James C. Cosh (Chair), Shelley Tratch and James Cutt, were appointed on 27 March 1986 to inquire into the provision, management and administration of social housing in British Columbia. This unit consists of the Commissioners' final report entitled "Common ground in meeting core need". 11 August 1986. 2 vols.

British Columbia. Inquiry Into Social Housing for British Columbia

Inquiry into scaling at Shoal Island log sort as requested by The Honourable T.M. Waterland, Minister of Forests on behalf of the Lieutenant Governor-in-Council

  • GR-2050
  • File
  • 17 Jun. 1985

The consists of a photocopy of a report to the Hon. T. M. Waterland, Minister of Forests, from Donald T. Grant, R.P.F., Regional Manager, Vancouver Forest District, regarding charges by forest companies of inaccuracies in log scaling at the Shoal Island Dry Land Sort facility, near Crofton. The report contains a chronological history of the inquiry, a full discussion of the conflict, supporting statistician reports, final submissions, and conclusions and recommendations.

Parties involved included Dougan Logging; G.W. Cox and Sons Logging; John Reid and Associates; Kyoquot Logging; Traer and Mahood Contractors; White and Davidson Logging.

British Columbia. Ministry of Forests (1976-1986)

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)

Records of the Royal Commission on Electoral Representation

  • GR-1322
  • Series
  • 1982

This series contains the records of the Royal Commission on Electoral Reform. The commissioner, Derril T. Warren, was appointed to inquire into the need-if-any for amendment of the Constitution Act to ensure fair representation in the Legislative Assembly for all of the people of British Columbia. The series consists of briefs presented at hearings, commission correspondence, financial records (accounts payable files) and a proof copy of the commissioner's report in which he recommended increased representation and the establishment, by the Legislative Assembly, of a permanent Electoral Commission. Also included in the series are newspaper advertising files and copies of the 1965 and 1975 reports of commissions on redefinition of electoral districts as well as a copy of the report of the 1978 commission on electoral reform.

British Columbia. Royal Commission on Electoral Representation (1982)

Royal Commission of Inquiry, Health and Environmental Protection, uranium mining reference files

  • GR-3990
  • Series
  • 1977-1981

This series consists of records regarding the Royal Commission of Inquiry, Health and Environmental Protection, uranium mining created and used by the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources from 1977-1981. Records include reports, correspondence, and copies of transcripts and submissions from the commission.

These records are under the mineral resources ORCS (Schedule 105086) number 30500-02.

British Columbia. Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources (1978-1996)

Royal Commission of Inquiry, Health and Environment Protection, Uranium Mining

  • GR-0882
  • Series
  • 1978-1980

This series consists of the records of the Royal Commission of Inquiry, Health and Environmental Protection, Uranium Mining, 1978-1980. Records include exhibits, correspondence, questionnaires and miscellaneous research materials relating to the subject matter of the inquiry.

British Columbia. Royal Commission of Inquiry, Health and Environmental Protection, Uranium Mining

Commission of Inquiry Pursuant to Order-In-Council, 1885

  • GR-0708
  • Series
  • 1979

This series consists of records of the Commission of Inquiry Pursuant to Order-in-Council No. 1885, July 5, 1979, also known as the Vogel inquiry. Records consist of transcripts of evidence presented at proceedings, exhibits, and a photocopy of the commissioner's report.

British Columbia. Commission of Inquiry Pursuant to Order-in-Council No.1885, July 5, 1979 [Vogel Inquiry]

Commission on Electoral Reform, 1978

  • GR-0564
  • Series
  • 1978-1979

This series consists of records of the Royal Commission on Electoral reform, 1978-1979. Records include exhibits, transcripts of evidence, correspondence, subject files, abstract of evidence, subject index and master index to exhibits and witnesses, circulars, Opinion poll questionnaires, Interim Report, list of maps, and a preliminary report on "Redefinition of Electoral Districts and Boundaries" to his honour Judge L.S. Eckardt by Inspector J.M.P. Molyneux.

The finding aid consists of a brief file list and two appendices. Appendix 1 is a list of electoral districts, intended as an aid to access to the correspondence files (boxes 6 and 7). Appendix 2 consists of two lists: one for exhibits entitled "Index of letters and briefs: Chronological order of hearing dates, locations, exhibits entered and by whom, volume and page number", and the other for oral submissions and mini panels entitled "Index of persons participating in hearings, either by oral submission or mini panels: chronological order of hearing dates, names of witnesses presenting verbal submissions and/or participating in mini panels, volume and page number."

Note that exhibits presented at Hearing 41 (61A, 65A, 114B, 117B, and 170-180A) and Hearing 44 (186 and 187) were read into the record by the Commission Secretary.

British Columbia. Royal Commission on Electoral Reform [1978]

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 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]

Commission on Forest Resources, 1975

  • GR-0347
  • Series
  • 1975-1977

This series consists of records of the 1975 Royal Commission on Forest Resources led by Commissioner Peter H. Pearse. Records include exhibits, transcripts of evidence, correspondence, subject files, working papers, financial records and newspaper clippings.

The finding aid provides an alphabetical listing of exhibits (volumes 1-9), a file list of correspondence and subject files (volumes 10-13), and a file list of working papers (volumes 14-16). Volumes 17 and 18 contain newspaper clippings about the activities of the Commission, volume 19 is a Ledger of accounts and volumes 20 to 28 contain the transcripts of evidence taken at public hearings of the commission. An alphabetical index of participants providing the transcript volume number and page numbers of testimony given is included at the end of the finding aid.

To find briefs of particular participants, researchers are advised to search the alphabetical listing of briefs for the appropriate box number. References to the original numbering of briefs done by the Commission no longer have meaning for retrieval purposes.

British Columbia. Royal Commission on Forest Resources (1975-76)

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 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

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 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

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 Family and Children's Law, 1973

  • GR-0487
  • Series
  • 1973-1975

This series consists of the records of the Commission on Family and Children's Law, 1973. Records include minutes of meetings, resumes of public hearings, briefs, reports, working papers and correspondence. The records are organized into the following subseries:
I Minutes of meetings
II Public hearing files
III Unified Family Court
IV General Office Commission Files & General Office Commission Files
V Artificial Insemination Files
VI Adoption Working Group
VII Matrimonial Property
VIII Juvenile Justice
IX Maintenance Working Group
X Children's Working Group
XI Protection
XII Preparation for marriage
XIII Legitimacy
XIV Custody
XV Special Needs Of Special Children

British Columbia. Royal Commission on Family and Children's Law

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