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Of mines and men

Industrial film. A comprehensive look at mining in B.C., made to attract employees to the industry. Shows prospecting, core sampling; mine interiors, including the Sullivan mine (with electric trains); train (with steam locomotives) taking ore to smelter; smelter operations (including lead and zinc refining and production of fertilizer from smelter by-products); Bralorne mine; open-pit coal mine at Corbin; discussion of safety and health care for miners; amenities provided for the comfort of miners in mining camps, and for their families at larger camps.

Records of Dr. Richard Gordon Foulkes with regard to health care in BC

  • GR-2662
  • Series
  • 1946-1974

Dr. Richard Gordon Foulkes was appointed as a Special Consultant to the Minister of Health in 1973. His terms of reference were "to present recommendations which could lead to a rationalization of health care services of the Province".

The files include working papers (produced by other researchers), subject files of Dr. Foulkes, and published material gathered by Dr. Foulkes. The published material includes the 1946 Plan of Medical Services in B.C. by the Rockefeller Foundation.

Access to these records will be determined in accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. The working papers and the published material do not contain any restricted material.

Series 1 - Working papers

Series 2 - Subject files

Series 3 - Published material

British Columbia. Dept. of Health

Hospital Consultation and Inspection Division files

  • GR-2665
  • Series
  • 1955-1980

Subject files of the Hospital Consultation and Inspection Division and records relating to the Provincial Adult Care Licensing Board, the Hospital Rate Board, the Radiological Advisory Committee and the Planning Group. The contents of Box 23, file 3-13 were housed in separate labelled binders.

British Columbia. Ministry of Health (1976-2001)

Cancer Control Task Committee records

  • GR-2581
  • Series
  • 1969 1977

Files of two medical consultants, Dr. D.G. Adams and Dr. C.F. Ballam, relating to the Cancer Control Task Committee (later the Cancer Control Agency of B.C.).

British Columbia. Ministry of Health (1976-2001)

A.D. Turnbull personal papers

The series consists of A.D. Turnbull's official papers as M.L.A., material relating to his time as Minister of Health and Welfare, in addition to his personal papers that reflect his association with various professional, national and community organizations.

Turnbull, Alexander Douglas

The Hornby collection : Peniel : the private ground of a cancer patient

CALL NUMBER: T4303:0220 SUMMARY: Another copy of the above.

CALL NUMBER: T4303:0256 SUMMARY: "The Hornby Collection" is an anthology of plays, documentaries, interviews and selected fiction for radio -- all written, prepared and produced in British Columbia. This program won the Peabody award; in 1980. "Peniel, the private ground of a cancer patient" is a radio feature set in the wards of the Cancer Control Agency of BC. This program won the Peabody award in 1980. Tapes T4303:0378 - 0382 comprise field recordings for this program.

CALL NUMBER: T4303:0220 SUMMARY: Another copy of the above.

Cancer clinic : [tape 01-03] : [two ladies]

SUMMARY: This is part of a group of recordings that document the day-to-day experience of various patients who are undergoing cancer treatment at a BC cancer clinic. They appear to be field recordings for the ;Hornby Collection documentary entitled "Peniel, The Private Ground of a Cancer Patient".;

Your doctor, your health : [program 1]

SUMMARY: "Concern" was a CBC radio series about "today's world" and the topics that concerned people. It went on the air on Oct. 2, 1969. "Your Doctor, Your Health" was a three-part series that explored the re;lationship between physician and patient. The program looks at treatments, traditions and alternatives to tradition. In the series, conservative, progressive and avant-garde physicians are heard discu;ssing their practices, morals and ethics. Program 1 of 3.;

The good life : [out-takes]

Out-takes. The economic and other benefits enjoyed by BC residents as a result of political leadership and industrial development in the province. Includes sequences on primary and secondary industries; the damming of the Columbia and Peace Rivers for hydro-electric power and flood control; expansion of highways; BC Ferries; tourism; assistance to homeowners; medical services; educational facilities; etc. Premier W.A.C. Bennett makes some brief prepared remarks at the beginning and end of the film.

A.L. Wright interview

CALL NUMBER: T0512:0001 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1973-07-20 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: A.L. Wright discusses: his personal and family background; early Vancouver; first involvement with Sun Life Insurance Company; re-joined Sun Life after going over seas to fight in WW I; dealings with VGH before he was on the Hospital Board; becoming a member of the Hospital Board; characterization of the Board when he joined; getting appointed the Executive of the Hospital Board; wife's role in Women's Auxiliary. TRACK 2: A.L. Wright discusses his role on the Executive of the Hospital Board: the Centennial Building; Mr. Hickernell; the University Hospital; tour of other hospitals across North America prior to the construction of the Centennial Building.

CALL NUMBER: T0512:0002 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1973-07-20 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Wright discusses: the formation of a Public Relations Department for VGH; Children's Hospital; UBC Faculty of Medicine at VGH, 1946-49; changes on the Board throughout his time on it. TR;ACK 2: More on his period as Chairman of the Board. Contact with the Director of Nursing. His relationship with the union of hospital workers. Concluding thoughts on VGH and the Hospital Board. (End of interview)

George Ruddick interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], 1973-10-17&18 SUMMARY: In an interview with W.J. Langlois, George Ruddick discusses his various roles at VGH, from working in the laundry room to assistant director of VGH under Hickernell to executive director of the hospital. He talks about individuals he worked with over the years including Dr. Haywood, Mr. Hickernell, Dr. Ranta, Miss Palliser, Miss Fairley, Dr. McCreary, Myron Weaver, G.F. Strong, Dick Fladgate. Also discusses: the Hamilton Report; the Board of Trustees; B.C.H.I.S.; beginning of the Medical School; Centennial Pavilion; his relations with the medical staff; growth of the hospital over the years; role of the Women's Auxiliary; controversy around Mr. Hickernell's departure; his role as executive director -- goals, accomplishments, disappointments; the Medical Board; expansion of VGH; public relations and VGH; bed allocation problem; hospital politics; University Health Science Centre; open heart surgery in the Willow Chest Centre; relations with government; issue of whether VGH should be an open or closed hospital; Agnew-Peckham Report; creation of the Greater Regional Hospital District; financial problems; development of Medicare -- impact on VGH; changes in nursing; role of doctors in running the hospital.

Beverly Hopkins interview

SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Mental Hygiene Division : early years, 1948-1954 RECORDED: West Vancouver (B.C.), 1976-03-18 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Personal background; education; psychology graduate from UBC in 1948; joined Mental Hygiene Division in 1948; description of staff; Dr. Gundry; interest in mental health; clinical set up; educational functions; work in well-baby clinics; relationship with Public Health Nurse; counselling; publications and flimsies; training at Toronto Sick Children's Hospital in play therapy and speech therapy; descriptions; various testing guides; work in schools; referrals; PTA; concern for 7-12 year olds; relationship with provincial organisations and other community groups. TRACK 2: Community services; special facilities for the emotionally handicapped; community work in PTA and at UBC, Clinical role of the psychologist: the set-up, tests, counselling, conferences, and public health follow-up. Ideas about mental health in the early years; Vancouver the provincial leader. Growth of Mental Hygiene Division, staff, information, acceptance and awareness of problem. Summary: results of work; publications for reference.

John Cumming interview

SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): A social psychiatric overview of Vancouver RECORDED: Vancouver (B.C.), 1976-02-10 SUMMARY: The first in a series of eight seminars at UBC on the social and human problems in Vancouver, BC, Canada and the world. Chaired by Lila Quastel, a professor at the UBC School of Rehabilitative Medicine. TRACK 1: Introduction by Professor Quastel, giving Dr. John Cumming's background. Overview of child abuse, chronic mental illness, suicide, addiction. Outline of what he wishes to cover in talk. Pathology: what it is, what causes it, where it exists. Sets press release about charge cards into perspective. Definition of pathology comes from the symptoms caused by syphilis, epilepsy, pellagra. Senility or brain changes not included, as they do not fit the facts. Psychoses: diseases based on genetics and bio-chemistry. Evidence of inherited predisposition, though may not manifest in itself. Studies referred to that back up this statement. Small numbers of people involved. Equates his arthritis with psychoses. State of Vancouver services; suicide numbers and facts. TRACK 2: Definition of addiction and why Dr. Cumming believes our society is vulnerable to it. Definition of "neurotic paradox". The advantage taken by power-hungry and money-hungry to place temptation in the way of others, preying on the human condition. Lila Quastel takes over for group discussion.

Jeannette White interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], 1976 SUMMARY: Graduated as a nurse from Protestant General Hospital, Ottawa, in 1907; husband was a doctor, graduated from McGill in 1906; he was in the army and came to Vancouver to be demobilised; she went to England where he was stationed when he had appendicitis and stayed to nurse him; was assistant matron for the Red Cross in a British hospital for a couple of years; her husband stayed on after she came home and took course in heart work at the National Heart Hospital in London; husband's brother, Walter White, was organising medical missionaries at Lanigan, Saskatchewan and her husband went there. Practiced in Watrous, Saskatchewan, married in Lanigan; he came to Vancouver after the war; set up practice here; was first cardiologist at VGH; had his office in the medical/dental building next to the old Birk's building; later he took a public health course at the U of T; treatment then for heart patients; mainly rest; no exercise proscribed; digitalis and nitroglycerin; husband died 23 years ago of heart disease; two of three daughters trained as nurses; Grace worked in North Vancouver in public health; youngest trained at VGH and UBC for six years, degree in Applied Science in Nursing; granddaughter graduates this spring with same degree; brother-in-law was Ted McTaggart, judge of the county court of New Westminster; her father's brother practised in Ladysmith; husband's greatest concern in public health was the annual check up of the whole system; spoke to school groups about the value of eyes and teeth; her own training; three years, nine in the class; worked 7:00 to 7:00 with two hours off daily, plus one half day a week; believes she had very good training; similar to today; graduated with a mark of 98, half mark lower than the top graduate; pay was $7.00 per month plus board; husband director of School Health Services; offices on Hamilton Street; husband persuading public health people of the value of cardiology; only one who could run cardiograph machine or read result.

Alexander Douglas Turnbull interview

CALL NUMBER: T0270:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Member of the Legislative Assembly PERIOD COVERED: 1945-1950 RECORDED: Victoria (B.C.), 1974-04-03 SUMMARY: Background, education and work for Cominco at Trail, B.C. Discussion of work for Cominco. Political discussion group, Liberal Party. Development of Coalition Government. Running for election in 1948, defeat. Election of 1949 and becoming an MLA. Work to improve conditions in riding. Throne speech, Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, 1949. Discussion of British Columbia Hospital Insurance Service, problems of initiating it and administration. Role of George Pearson, Minister of Labour and Minister of Health and Welfare. Discussion of legislation. CALL NUMBER: T0270:0002 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): British Columbia hospital insurance service, early period PERIOD COVERED: 1950-1951 RECORDED: Victoria (B.C.), 1974-04-17 SUMMARY: Discussion of the problem of financing hospital insurance. Reaction of the voters in Trail, B.C. to the Coalition. Affect of road construction in political campaigning. Relationship with C.C.F. Appointment as Minister of Health and Welfare, 1950 and initial approach to the problem of hospital insurance. Role of Herbert Anscomb as Minister of Finance. Problems with: payment of premiums for hospital insurance, setting up program, housing of program's operations, and overall criticisms of program. Expansion of Vancouver General Hospital and the establishment of the Faculty of Medicine at U.B.C. Attempt to put hospital insurance on sound financial basis. Hospital insurance as a political issue. CALL NUMBER: T0270:0003 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Minister of Health and Welfare PERIOD COVERED: 1950-1952 RECORDED: Victoria (B.C.), 1974-04-19 SUMMARY: The British Columbia Hospital Insurance Service, and the reaction of the medical profession to its establishment. Budgetary control of hospitals under BCHIS. Payment of premiums to BCHIS. Involvement of Byron Johnson and Herbert Anscomb with hospital insurance. Budget Speech, Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. Byron Johnson and his automobile accident. W.A.C. Bennett crossing the floor and leaving the Conservative Party. Operation of government in the Coalition period. Description of Health and Welfare Department. Increasing costs of BCHIS. CALL NUMBER: T0270:0004 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): The hospital insurance issue and the breakup of the Coalition government PERIOD COVERED: 1950-1952 RECORDED: Victoria (B.C.), 1974 SUMMARY: Creation of Hospital Insurance Inquiry Board to investigate British Columbia Hospital Insurance Service by Legislative Assembly. Attempt to use it as a political issue. Minister's relationship with inquiry board. Directing of inquiry by Sidney Smith, MLA. Problem of morale at BCHIS during inquiry. Mannix Report, Hamilton Report. Preliminary recommendations of inquiry board. Favourable response of hospital administrators to BCHIS. Criticism of inquiry board. Political pressures against Coalition and problems between Herbert Anscomb and Byron Johnson. CALL NUMBER: T0270:0005 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Minister of the Coalition government PERIOD COVERED: 1950-1952 RECORDED: Victoria (B.C.), 1974 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Turnbull discusses in detail the last year of the Coalition government of Boss Johnson in 1951-52. He focuses on the details of the British Columbia Hospital Insurance Service, which he was responsible for. He discusses the impact of the BCHIS on the electorate. He mentions why Premier Johnson called the election. TRACK 2: In the last half of the tape Mr. Turnbull provides even greater detail on the concept and funding of the BCHIS at the time of the 1952 provincial election. (End of interview)

Bill Bennett : address to the Victoria Medical Society, December 6, 1974

SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Bill Bennett: health care in British Columbia RECORDED: [location unknown], 1974-12-06 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: In an address at the annual dinner of the Victoria Medical Society, December 6, 1974, BC Social Credit Opposition Leader Bill Bennett discusses: health care in British Columbia, criticisms of the NDP government, and the program of the Social Credit Party. Bennett is introduced by Dr. Howard McDiarmid and thanked by Dr. Charles Ireland. [TRACK 2: blank.]

Bob McClelland addresses the Victoria Medical Society

CALL NUMBER: T2689:0004 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Bob McClelland addresses the annual dinner of the Victoria Medical Society : [tape 1] SUMMARY: BC Health Minister Bob McClelland addresses the annual dinner of the Victoria Medical Society, December 3, 1976. Grace, toast to the Queen, introduction of head table, guests, welcome to two new honourary members; introduction of guest speaker, the Honourable Robert McClelland, British Columbia's Minister of Health. McClelland talks about his philosophy of health care, the need for preventative ;medicine and lifestyle change (i.e., personal responsibility for own health care, education about lifestyle change, seat belt legislation). Questions about funding preventative medicine; education; special programs; need for deterrent fees; other incentives; lack of facilities for really sick people; financial constraints.

CALL NUMBER: T2689:0005 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Bob McClelland addresses the annual dinner of the Victoria Medical Society : [tape 2] SUMMARY: Final questions about lack of facilities, finance, cutbacks. Thanks to guest speaker, Robert McClelland.

Webster! : 1980-09-17

Public affairs. Jack Webster's popular weekday morning talk show. Guests and topics for this episode are: Jack is at the Canadian Medical Association conference where they are discussing professional freedom, unionization, and government handling of medical professionals. Further discussion of the issues continues with Dr. Bill Thomas, President of the Canadian Medical Association, then Tony Grabham of the British Medical Association, Dr. Lowell Steen representing the American Medical Association, Dr. Alex Mandeville, President of the BC Medical Association. Psychics Jim Conrad, clairvoyant, and Alfred Ward organizer of the ESP Fair.

Home and Community Care Branch records

  • GR-3971
  • Series
  • 1988-2012

This series consists of committee files, executive records and publications related to home and community care programs conducted by the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Health Services in conjunction with the Provinces Health Authorities from 1988-2012. The Majority of these records were created by the Home and Community Care Branch which was succeeded by the Home, Community and Integrated Care Branch.

These records may have been created or received by several other predecessor bodies with similar functions, but all records were eventually transferred to the custody of and used by the Home and Community Care Branch. The Branch was part of the Health Authorities Division of the Ministry of Health from 2006-2013 and its predecessor, the Performance Management and Improvement Division from 2002-2006. Due to numerous reorganizations within the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Health Services, there is evidence that earlier records changed custody several times and may have been created or received by multiple groups over time.

The Home and Community Care Branch was responsible for the development and implementation of legislation, policy, guidelines and licencing to protect the health and safety of people receiving care in licensed residential care facilities. Files also regard end of life care or palliative care, assisted living, home care, dementia, building codes for care facilities, adult guardianship, and community care. Care may be provided for children, adults with disabilities, and the elderly. Records relate to all of these functions.

Records include committee files containing minutes, reference material, policy documents and correspondence; executive briefing notes; executive correspondence referral replies; executive issues records; completed publications; and approved agreement files.

These records are scheduled under Administrative Records Classification System (ARCS) numbers146-45, 200-20, 280-20, 280-30, 280-40, and 312-05.

British Columbia. Health Authorities division

Health Authorities committee files

  • GR-3974
  • Series
  • 2002-2007

This series consists of committee files from the Health Authorities Division and its precursor, the Performance Management and Improvement Division from 2002-2007, which included the following branches: Evaluation and Strategic Directions Branch, Health Authority Branch, Home and Community Care Branch, Mental Heath and Addictions Branch and Provincial Branch.

The committees in this series are high level province wide committees with representatives from the Ministry of Health, the Provincial Health Services Authority, the regional health authorities, academic institutions, and non-government health service and planning organizations. Ministry of Health representatives may include the deputy minister, assistant deputy ministers, and management level staff.

Many of the committees report to the BC Health Leadership Council, which is chaired by the Ministry of Health Deputy Minister. Most of the committees have a mandate that involves defining strategies and priorities in particular areas of the provincial health care system (e.g., surgical services, critical services, emergency services, eHealth).

Records include minutes, agendas, terms of reference, agreements, correspondence, survey, reports and other reference materials utilized in committee meetings.

Some committees in this series include:
Provincial Critical Services Committee;
Provincial Medical Services Committee;
Provincial Surgical Services Steering Committee;
Provincial Acute Care Committee;
Emergency Health Services Project;
Mental Health and Addictions Planning Council;
And the General Practice Services Committee (GPSC): a joint committee between government and the BC Medical Association to support and encourage family practice medicine in BC. Prevalent issues relate to chronic disease management, obstetrics and providing adequate income to general practitioners.

Other subjects include: Riverview development, electronic health records, waiting times, meetings with individual Health Authorities, conference records, and Health Authority performance reviews and site visits.

Records in this series are covered by Administrative Records Classification System (ARCS) number 200-20.

British Columbia. Health Authorities division

Health supplementary benefits program records

  • GR-3982
  • Series
  • 1991-2010

This series consists of Health supplementary benefits program records created by the Ministry of Health Services and its predecessors from 1991-2010.

These agreements document the formal relationship between the government and the medical community and the changes in that relationship. Records relate to the Medical Services Plan (MSP) or special committees relating to supplementary health care specialties. This includes records relating to negotiations for funding and the provision of services between the provincial government and representative bodies of practitioners including massage therapists, chiropractors, podiatrists, dentists, and occupational therapists. Most records relate to the addition or deletion of specific medical procedures or services from related fee schedules covered by MSP.

Prior to 2003, The provincial government human resources agency (BCPSA, prior to that Public Service Relations Commission (PSERC), and prior to that GPSD) negotiated the agreements with representatives of practitioner groups. As of 2003, the Ministry of Health Services has assumed the role of negotiator between the Medical Service Commission and practitioner governing bodies.

Records types include reports; correspondence; billing guides; committee minutes regarding additional or altered fees for medical services; and final approved agreements which the Medical Service Commission is responsible for under the Medicare Protection Act (RSBC 1996, c. 286).

Records are covered under the Medical Services Plan schedule (142798) ORCS number 43000-00, 43000-20, 43000-35.

British Columbia. Ministry of Health Services (2008-2011)

Wesley Black interview : [Langlois, 1975 : part 1]

CALL NUMBER: T1410:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Personal history and teaching experience PERIOD COVERED: 1925-1953 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1975 SUMMARY: Wesley Drewett Black describes: his early career in the teaching profession; his service in B.C. at Newlands, Giscome, Britannia Beach and Creston. Joined Social Credit party in 1951 and attended early Socred organization meetings in this year. He was a winning candidate for the Socreds in the 1952 provincial election in the Nelson-Creston constituency. Appointed Provincial Secretary in July 1952. Mr. Black reflects upon the first Social Credit cabinet in B.C. CALL NUMBER: T1410:0002 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): W.D. Black's contribution to the first and second W.A.C. Bennett governments PERIOD COVERED: 1952-1953 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1975 SUMMARY: W.D. Black continues to discuss the first Social Credit administration in B.C. in 1952. He reflects upon the defeat of this minority government and their subsequent re-election in 1953. Black recalls in detail the underlying political climate during this era in B.C. history. He discusses in detail the problems he encountered in improving mental health policy in B.C. during the early period of the second W.A.C. Bennett government. CALL NUMBER: T1410:0003 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Administrative problems and policy, 1953-54 PERIOD COVERED: 1952-1954 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1975 SUMMARY: W.D. Black continues his explanation of the reforms that he implemented in the civil service after 1953 when he was Provincial Secretary. Discussion of life as a cabinet minister. Reference to changes in legislative procedures and the electoral process. Discussion of the implementation of Social Credit policies during 1953-54. CALL NUMBER: T1410:0004 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Role of the civil service, 1952-1972 PERIOD COVERED: 1952-1972 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1975 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: W.D. Black discusses the civil service 1952-72. The problem of coming to grips with the civil service upon taking office. The work of the Stevenson Kellogg Co. in studying the civil service. The development of programs and pension plans for the civil service. TRACK 2: Also discusses the growth of the B.C. Government Employees Association. The one day strike of the association is discussed. The implications of the Carruthers Report, and relations between the government and the association. CALL NUMBER: T1410:0005 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Development of medicare PERIOD COVERED: 1952-1972 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1975 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: W.D. Black discusses: relations with the press; workload as a cabinet minister and travel demands; the Columbia River Basin development on his constituency; road building programs. TRACK 2: Black describes the development of a provincial medicare plan, the problems of devising a comprehensive medicare scheme, and relation with the medical profession. CALL NUMBER: T1410:0006 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Implementation of medicare plan PERIOD COVERED: 1952-1972 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1975 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: W.D. Black discusses the final stages in the development of the Medical Services Plan of B.C., and the legislation that brought the plan into being. W.D. Black appointed as Minister of Health to implement plan. Negotiations with Ottawa to bring the plan under the national scheme's framework. TRACK 2: The Sommers scandal and the charges made by Gordon Gibson Sr. regarding payoffs in the granting of forest management licenses. CALL NUMBER: T1410:0007 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): 1958 Centennial PERIOD COVERED: 1952-1972 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1975 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Plans for the 1958 Centennial under the direction of L.J. Wallace and W.D. Black. Discussion of W.A.C. Bennett's concept of Northern Development. TRACK 2: Mr. Black's attention to constituency matters during his period in office. The development of regional districts in B.C. CALL NUMBER: T1410:0008 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): The Woodlands School, Hansard, civil defense, and the B.C. flag PERIOD COVERED: 1952-1972 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1975 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: W.D. Black discusses Woodlands School and problems with the press regarding it. Development of a legislative Hansard for B.C. The 1958 ferry strike and the development of the idea for a B.C. ferry system. The origination of the official B.C. flag. TRACK 2: Discussion of civil defense, the building of fall-out shelters and the problems of getting people involved in civil defense. Discussion of the 1960 provincial election and elections in general.

Lloyd F. Detwiller interview

CALL NUMBER: T2601:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Commissioner of Sales Tax and the Hospital Insurance Service in B.C. PERIOD COVERED: 1917-1952 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1977-03-03 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Lloyd Detwiller discusses his personal and family background, education and entry into the civil service in B.C. Early experiences in the Department of Finance. Appointment as commissioner of sales tax in 1948. The problems of implementing the sales tax in B.C. TRACK 2: Detwiller explains the problems of bringing in electronic equipment into the Department of Finance. Appointment as Commissioner of the British Columbia Hospital Insurance Service, 1949. Problems of implementing British Columbia's hospital insurance system. The centralization of the accounts of the hospital insurance system.

CALL NUMBER: T2601:0002 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Hospital insurance and the decline of the Coalition in B.C. RECORDED: [location unknown], 1977-03-03 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Lloyd Detwiller discusses the development of the British Columbia Hospital Insurance Service (BCHIS). Coalition politics and the establishment of hospital insurance in B.C. Hospital insurance and the 1952 provincial election. TRACK 2: Lloyd Detwiller discusses the effect of the government change in 1952 on his career and on BCHIS. General philosophy of government-administrated health-care systems. (End of interview)

The good life

Promotional film. The economic and other benefits enjoyed by BC residents as a result of political leadership and industrial development in the province. Includes sequences on primary and secondary industries; the damming of the Columbia and Peace Rivers for hydro-electric power and flood control; expansion of highways; BC Ferries; tourism; assistance to homeowners; medical services; educational facilities; etc. Premier W.A.C. Bennett makes some brief prepared remarks at the film's beginning and end.

Dr. Bede Harrison interview

CALL NUMBER: T0522:0001 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1973-09-23 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Dr. Bede Harrison discusses: his background in Australia, his medical practice in London; coming to Canada and starting at VGH in radiology; first impressions of VGH -- cramped buildings, old equipment; Dr. Haywood was administrator when he first arrived. TRACK 2: Dr. Harrison: goals he had when he started at VGH in radiology; Gordon Shrum; the Hamilton Report; effect of war years on his department; experience working with Dr. Haywood; Mr. Hickernell; Mr. Weaver; medical politics at VGH; medical school; Centennial Pavilion.

CALL NUMBER: T0522:0002 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1973-09-23 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Dr. Harrison discusses: characterization of Dr. G.F. Strong; problems with space at VGH; involvement with the superannuation scheme; Hickernell unpopular with doctors; why he left VGH; assessment of quality of doctors at VGH. (End of interview)

Walter McNaughton interview

CALL NUMBER: T0517:0001 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1973-08-14 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Walter McNaughton (of the VGH Board of Trustees) discusses: background -- raised in Scotland, came to Canada with his wife in 1932, trained as a chartered accountant; his work history -- working in accounting firms and photographic businesses; retired in 1972; became involved with VGH in early '50s after election of Social Credit government; getting on to the Board of Trustees; first impression of Mr. Hickernell; committees he was on as Board member; disagreements on the Board; VGH's lack of funds. TRACK 2: Mr. McNaughton discusses: his relationship with Eric Martin, the Socred Health Minister; the Hamilton Report; make-up of the Board; civic politics and VGH; few changes in hospital administration while he was on the Board.

CALL NUMBER: T0517:0002 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1973-08-14 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. McNaughton discusses: the issue of hospital insurance; the change from VGH being a city hospital to a provincial hospital; out-patient department; problems with Mr. Hickernell; salary negotiations; VGH had poor public relations in the 1950s and '60s; Centennial Pavilion; Dr. McCreary story. TRACK 2: Mr. McNaughton: Mr. Weaver becomes Executive Director; Dr. Ranta's role; opinion of Loffmark, the minister of health after Martin; always wanted VGH to be a teaching hospital; nursing was often ignored; minutes at Board meetings. (End of interview)

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