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Winnifred Neen interview

CALL NUMBER: T2002:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Public health nursing ; a practical experience in involvement PERIOD COVERED: 1902-1950 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1976-02-02 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Miss Neen describes her personal and early educational background up to beginning nurses training in 1923; a description of life in the nurses residence, curfew and roommates; the emphasis of the course, lectures, duties, and Ward X; a statement of qualifications for nursing in 1923 and the size of the VGH class; a brief statement of jobs held after graduation; special nurse in Trail, Nanaimo and San Francisco; introduction to the Rotary Clinic, staff, location and an aside on relief. TRACK 2: More on the Rotary Clinic and treatment available for TB patients; isolation techniques, enforcement and placarding; a brief recollection of Dr. Norman Bethune and his visit to Vancouver; changes in the Rotary Clinic; association with VGH; amalgamation with Metropolitan Public Health staff in 1936 and changes in treatment with the introduction of PAS and streptomycin; a discussion of the effects of the Depression on health units; the growth of baby clinics; services, restrictions and time spent at; involvement in social work; referrals to out-patients VGH, Social Services; Children's Health Centres. CALL NUMBER: T2002:0002 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Public health nursing ; a practical experience in involvement PERIOD COVERED: 1940-1965 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1976-02-02 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Involvement in school health programs and an anecdote about Miss Elizabeth Breeze; activities in schools, examinations, iodine tablets, athletics; growth of mental health program and an anecdote about TB derangements and problem of civil rights and forced hospital admissions; public health nurse and changes in VD clinics; anecdotes of follow-up situations; Shanghai Alley at Alexander and Cordova Streets; Stella the prostitute. TRACK 2: A continuation of the story of Stella; the Stafford Hotel and the issue of money; Miss Neen took a supervisory course and McGill in 1947 and returned to coordinate the TB program; a description of the mobile TB units and their locations; the involvement at Oakalla, including the installation of the TB units; staffing and training, the hospital, problems, security, and an anecdote about arriving at the prison gates; anecdote about a Lancashire man as an example of the scope and involvement of a public health nurse; retirement in 1963 after forty years in service.

Webster! : 1985-09-17

Public affairs. Jack Webster's popular weekday morning talk show. Guests and topics for this episode are: Note: Segment 7 interrupted by tape change. Dr. John Blatherwick, Vancouver medical officer, talks about the botulism poisoning crisis sickening people across Canada and the United States. Rob Laurie, Australian High Commissioner in Canada discusses Australia, Canada, and US trade. Jack Milledge of the Shuswap Rotary Club talks about the commemorative coins being sold for the anniversary of the CPR driving the last spike in 1885.

Trenna Hunter interview

CALL NUMBER: T2004:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Public health nurse; response to change PERIOD COVERED: 1925-1955 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1976-01-27 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Miss Hunter sketches her education and decision to enter VGH nursing school in 1936 with a description of the courses, emphasis and class size when she graduated in 1939; in 1940 she was on the staff of the Metropolitan Health Committee of Greater Vancouver and in 1941 spent some time instructing at the Normal School until 1942, when she was assigned to Hastings Park; a lengthy description of conditions, problems, attitudes, numbers, and babies in Japanese relocation camps. In the fall of 1942, Miss Hunter took an administration course at McGill, and in 1943 was student advisor in the health department; in 1944 she became director of nursing and remained so until her retirement in 1966. TRACK 2: A discussion of responding to community needs with examples of pre-natal clinics and the polio epidemic in 1946; the relationship between the health department and social agencies; the role of the public health nurse and how activities were chosen; changes and programs; how the role changed in the control of TB; changes that occurred in the nurses role in VD clinics; time study statistics on the division of a nurse's work; trends in the role of a public health nurse; shift to mental health, nutrition, counseling; introduction of more specialists. CALL NUMBER: T2004:0002 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Public health nurse; response to change PERIOD COVERED: 1940-1976 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1976-01-27 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Miss Hunter provides a day-in-the-life account, describing duties and responsibilities of the Director of Nursing; a description of responses to emergencies; the Fraser Valley flood of 1948; blood clinics; satisfactions of administration; struggles to get transportation; disposal equipment; traveling and activities with the Canadian Public Health Organisation and Canadian Nurses Association; the idea of public health and the issue of whom to serve; Miss Hunter relates the mystery story about the acceptance of the public health nurse. [TRACK 2: blank?]

Ted Bain interview

CALL NUMBER: T1986:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Director of Medical Services; Veteran's Affairs, Ottawa PERIOD COVERED: 1940-1976 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1976-03-01 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Goes to Ottawa as Director of Medical Services for Veteran's Affairs. Christie Street Hospital in Toronto from 1942 to 1943; what this position involved; how Sunnybrook Hospital started and the other administrative problems of the building; in 1950, he came to Vancouver and was Chief Medical Officer of Shaughnessy Hospital. Discussion of Shaughnessy and how he worked there; meeting Princess Margaret, Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip; John Diefenbaker, Louis St. Laurent; Danny Kaye and Bob Hope. TRACK 2: Discussion of the people he met; being awarded the OBE; conclusion of interview -- how medicine has changed, and prevailing attitudes in medicine today. CALL NUMBER: T1986:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Dr. T. Bain, Veteran's Affairs and Shaughnessy Hospital PERIOD COVERED: 1898-1940 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1976-03-01 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Born in 1898 in Huntley, Aberdeenshire, Scotland; schooling in Scotland; came to Toronto at 14; got job at Eaton's; enlisted in 1915; discussion of army life; training and overseas; in 48th Highlanders, 15th Battalion; went overseas in 1916, Vimy Ridge and Ypres; deciding to go to University of Toronto to take medicine in 1920; description of classes and classmates; interest in public health. TRACK 2: Graduated in medicine in 1926; then interned at Toronto General Hospital; lived at Knox College at the university; entered overseas service to examine immigrants to Canada; went to England; went to William Head on Vancouver Island; quarantine station; 30 cases of smallpox; how the Depression affected him and the people he saw; description of William Head and its purpose; stayed until 1939 and went to Vancouver to take over Shaughnessy Hospital; brief history of Shaughnessy Hospital; how he got his next position.


  • GR-2570
  • Series
  • 1937-1956

Scrapbook of the Inspector of Hospitals. Contains articles regarding programs for the care of the chronically ill, care of the aged, child care programs, mental illness and hygiene, home care programs and other subjects. Also contains pamphlets regarding alcoholism and drug addiction.

British Columbia. Office of the Inspector of Hospitals

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

  • GR-2582
  • Series
  • 1979-1980

The Commissioners, David V. Bates, James W. Murray and Vaulter Raudsepp were appointed in 1979 to inquire into the adequacy of existing measures to provide protection in all aspects of uranium mining in British Columbia especially as to worker and public safety and protection of the environment. Early in 1980, the Government of British Columbia declared a moratorium on exploration for and mining of uranium. In the wake of this decision, the Commission was rescinded by order-in-council 442/80 on 27 February 1980.

The records in GR-2582 consist of: verbatim transcripts of public hearings held by the Commission (72 vols.), indexes to transcripts and statements of evidence; a witness list; and an index to the Commission's research library (the Uranium Information Centre). A published three volume Commissioners' Report is held by BC Archives Library, call number: NW 338.274932/B 862. Video tape recordings of hearings are available under accession numbers: V1981:16/122 and V1988:50/162. Additional records of the Commission, transferred in 1980, are held in GR-0882. Most of the commission's records were transferred to the BC Archives in 1980. The library of the Commission was transferred to B.C. Research in Vancouver where it became known as the Uranium Information Centre.

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

Rosamond Sarles interview

CALL NUMBER: T2003:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Nutrition and community education PERIOD COVERED: 1939-1970 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1976-02-03 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: A brief summary of early education; Bachelor of Home Economics in 1939, and teaching experience from 1941 to 1946; joined the Metropolitan Health Department in August of 1946 and remained until May of 1975; description of the early organisation, IODE, Greater Vancouver Health League; direct services; home visits and a definition of nutrition; a discussion of food values; interest and participation, and the effect of the Second World War; relationship between community and nutritionist and a success story; program for education, newspaper, radio booklets and flimsies; work in school system; rat experiments; classroom work; radio program; use of television; Mrs. Random versus Mrs. Cautious. TRACK 2: Involvement in the lunch program; problems, results and measurements; help for the ethnic community, classifications and response, advice; interpretation and a brief anecdote; involvement in child health centres; services of a nutritionist, popularity, problems and old wives tales; response to the 1960s, day care and youth centres; activities with the Social Assistance program; budgeting, standards and problems, SPARK and defining needs and wants; geriatric problems and counseling service; the relationship of the nutritionist and the community and various social service agencies. CALL NUMBER: T2003:0002 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Nutrition and community education PERIOD COVERED: 1940-1976 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1976-02-03 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Cooperation with the BC Nutrition Council on such programs as breast feeding, infant nutrition, vegetarians, and low income; a comparison of federal assistance in the 1940, 1950s and the 1970s; the low cost food plan and a discussion of the proposals and problems; involvement in continuing education at UBC; conferences at Berkley; changes in the goals and priorities of the nutritionist; increased involvement in prenatal and geriatric problems; complexity of problems; additives and enrichment; the changing role of the city; growth of department; special programs and projects; dial-a-dietician; trends in relationship with community; problems and achievements. [TRACK 2: blank.]

Robert Herbison interview

CALL NUMBER: T2365:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Public health inspector, 1943-1973 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1976-03-22 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Personal background; arrival in BC in 1919; early education and effects of the Depression; interest in health inspection; history of provincial organization; course description; examinations,; and certification in 1942; description of city health department in 1943; staff; location and jurisdiction; involvement in the Second World War; tropical medicine studies; health inspection duties; DDT experiments and demobilization in 1946; return to Vancouver, rat and mouse control by-laws, plague survey; education and baiting program and the work in city dumps. TRACK 2: Concluding information; on the city dumps; pest control program; cockroaches, mosquitoes, bats, raccoons, field mice and commercial controllers; communicable disease control; quarantine office; common diseases and placard description; enforcing and involvement in TB and VD control; some information about a health officer's role in the tidy by-law and in swimming pool regulations and problems.;

CALL NUMBER: T2365:0002 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1976-03-22 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Regulation of public swimming pools, tide water pools, restrictions and closing of facilities; food inspection in Vancouver; domestic chickens and pigs; butcher shops, type of control; boarding house by-laws, and experiences in the West End of Vancouver and in the Skid Road areas; the problem of foreshore shacks; their location, description, problem and demolition; the Greater Vancouver Health League and the BC Safety Council; a description of the organization, growth and changes; Herbison's involvement in the Home and Family Safety Section from 1953. TRACK 2: Continued involvement in the Safety Council and work with bicycle and babysitting information and traffic studies; trends in health inspection politics; changes and improvement and developments in health care programs and the problem of duplication; the difference between city and provincial health inspections.;

Records of the Provincial Health Officer

  • GR-3518
  • Series
  • 1984-1988, 1997-2010

The series consists of the records of the Provincial Health Officer from 1984-1988 and 1997-2010. These records are arranged into subseries for each Provincial Health Officer.

Subseries 1 is the records of H.M. Richards, Provincial Health Officer from approximately 1981 to 1993, though records only cover the dates 1984-1988. Richards had previously been the Assistant Deputy Minister, Preventative Services. Records may also be those of Ron de Burger the later, Assistant Deputy Minister, Preventative services and Robert Fisk, Acting Provincial Health Officer.

The majority of records relate to epidemiology, AIDS and tuberculosis. Records include correspondence, including letters from concerned members of the public and interest groups, draft and final copies of educational material and pamphlets, reference material, and reports.

Subseries 2 is the records of Dr. Perry Kendall, who served as the Provincial Health Officer from 1999-2018. The series consists largely of news releases, correspondence, annual reports, presentations, and notes dating from 1997 to 2010. The series includes records that address the health of the province’s aboriginal population, air quality, fall prevention for the elderly, infant mortality, teenage obesity and activity levels, teenagers’ sex education, and a provincial drug strategy. The series also consists of a VHS recording of Dr. Kendall at a December 15, 2004 press event, as well as a DVD and audio dubbing master for the short informative film “Step by Step : preventing falls among the elderly.”

The records in subseries 2 are arranged by project and were originally housed in file folders within expandable project folders. Files have been removed from the expandable folders due to over-stuffing, however, the first half of each file title reflects the title of the expandable file.

British Columbia. Provincial Health Officer

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

Reba Willets interview

SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): General Medicine and Public Health PERIOD COVERED: 1906-1966 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1976-02-04 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Personal background; description of father's early pharmacy in Kelowna; early Kelowna history; interest in medicine; medical training at the University of Toronto; description of a few of the women in class; internship at Vancouver General Hospital in 1932; went to Kelowna for five years; the Depression; Indian doctor; description of practice there; decision to go into public health. TR;ACK 2: Public health course in Toronto; war wound commission in Toronto; unit director of Metropolitan Health; Director of School of Health Services; community health projects; Mary Pack; Jericho Hill School; involvement with Community Chest; polio outbreak in 1952 to 1955; Director of Metropolitan Health.

Public Health Branch newspaper clipping books

  • GR-0144
  • Series
  • 1916-1925

The series consist of five newspaper clipping books created by Public Health Branch between 1916 and 1925.

British Columbia. Provincial Board of Health

Provincial Board of Health glass negatives and slides

  • GR-2192
  • Series
  • 1922-1932; [ca. 1946]

The series consists of glass slides and negatives created by the Provincial Board of Health from 1922 to 1932 and ca. 1946. The photographs were created to document the infectious diseases of leprosy and smallpox, 1922 to 1932, and the slides in particular were used to provide information to health care professionals about infectious diseases. Another set of slides, made ca. 1946, were created to educate people about the steps Civil Defence units would take to provide medical service in the event of an atomic bomb.

British Columbia. Provincial Board of Health

Operational records

  • GR-2875
  • Series
  • 1938-1983

Card series documenting activities of the public health nurses in relation to school inspection, immunization, natal care and co-operation with the Indian Health Services.

British Columbia. Coast-Garibaldi Health Unit

Newspaper clippings and other material

  • GR-0638
  • Series
  • 1906-1908

This series consists of newspaper clippings concerning public health and the campaign to establish an institution for the treatment of tuberculosis. Includes one photograph, "Lepers at D'arcy Island".

British Columbia. Dept. of the Provincial Secretary

Miss M. Upshall interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], 1972-02-04 SUMMARY: Miss M. Upshall was the First Metropolitan health nurse, ca.1936. Looked after schools (Japanese); pre-natal care program. [Very little documentation is available for this tape.];

Minutes and annual reports

  • GR-3494
  • Series
  • 1914-1999

The series consists of the annual reports, publications and minutes of various health units in the Okanagan and Kootenay regions. The records were in the custody of the Interior Health Authority and it appears that the Health Authority received them after 20 smaller health units were merged to create one geographically-based health authority in 2001.

The series consists of the annual reports of the South Okanagan-Similkameen, the Cariboo, the Northern Interior, the North Okanagan, West Kootenay, Central Kootenay, East Kootenay, Skeena and Selkirk health units. Although the records date to between 1914 and 1999, not every health unit is represented by a complete run of annual reports. The Legislative Library of BC also has many of the same annual reports, and it is possible that any gaps in this series can be filled by their holdings. The annual reports provide statistics and overviews of matters of public health and safety.

The series also consists of the minutes of the South Okanagan-Similkameen Board of Health, and the Health Officers’ Council of British Columbia. The minutes document key decisions made by the Board.

The records are covered by ARCS 202-20, 338-20 and 442-20.

British Columbia. Interior Health Authority

May Humphreys interview

CALL NUMBER: T2013:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Health care and social assistance PERIOD COVERED: 1928-1960 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1976-02-20 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Brief personal introduction with a description of UBC in 1928 and the decision to go into nurses training at VGH in 1929; includes a description of courses, hours, and discipline; job shortages of the Depression years and the decision to study public health at McGill from 1931 to 1933; work in Family Services in Montreal; description of service; religious divisions, problems in Griffintown; juveniles and comparison with Vancouver; job offers and the return to Vancouver; out-patients at VGH in 1936, with a description of buildings, patients, dental clinic, staff, volunteers and cup of soup; joined the City Relief Department in 1937 and describes the staff under the direction of Dr. Jack Muscovitch. TRACK 2: Social workers and the medical section with mention of responsibilities and services; effects of the Depression on people, allowances, violent attitudes; reporters; unique service of medical section; doctors services and medical histories; post-war years; employment on the Sea Wall; mental assessments; placement program growth out of VGH overcrowding; problems in regulating; lack of staff; numbers of clients; anecdotes on persuading people to enter boarding homes; atmosphere at placement institutions; night school courses; private homes, problems associated with uprooting and adjustment of elder clients. CALL NUMBER: T2013:0002 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Health care and social assistance PERIOD COVERED: 1935-1976 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1976-02-20 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Conclusion of anecdote; role with alcoholics and Salt Spring Farm; hospital; drunk tank; need for a cleansing station; social life in boarding houses; sitting room regulations; recreation and; the role of volunteer organisations; effects of the Second World War and the reduction in staff; changes in public attitude; rise in young people on relief; increase in professional social workers; involvement in rationing and accompanying anecdote; changes in the services; dental plan; appliances; caseloads; increases in allowances; clothing allowances; nutrition services; referral resources; relationship with the Metropolitan Health Department; consultation, referrals, overlapping interests; geriatrics. TRACK 2: Gradual acceptance of geriatric centres; trends in services; attitudes of staff and public; customer orientation of building and furniture; medical aspects of the social assistance program; 60% of clients; promotes health problems; problems of single men; staff experiment living on an allowance; effects on social assistance and trend to younger people in the 1960s and 1970s; lessons learned about human nature with examples of New York and Sweden and the nature of Canadians; summary of medical program; services; abuse; payments.

Lillian Hiltz interview

SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Development of Red Cross health care RECORDED: [location unknown], 1976-03-19 SUMMARY: Miss L.G. Hiltz, Director of Family health, discusses: personal introduction; arrival in BC in 1954; joined Red Cross in 1964; history of the Red Cross in BC, beginning in 1900 in Victoria; in 1919, became a provincial organization; early programs in public health -- at UBC, at lighthouses, and placing eight nurses between 1920 and 1923; from 1924 to 1927, the home nursing courses were popular; described the growth of the outpost hospital program, beginning in Pouce Coupe in 1921; description of the facilities; services; subsequent additions to program; locations, financing changes; beginning of homemaker service in 1944; sick room equipment loans since 1945; description; number of items; past services; trends in programs and future developments.

Lenore Patterson interview

SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Co-ordinator of Health Care Services, Vancouver Resources Board RECORDED: Vancouver (B.C.), 1976-04-14 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Background; brief career as a dietitian here and in UK; involvement in dental care; came to Vancouver and became a nutritionist with Catholic Child Care; last year, 1975, became the head of dietetics in the Vancouver Resources Board. Health care as it was before integration last year; decentralisation (see Foulkes Report) responsible for reorganisation of social services; mandate of Resources Board; 14 local offices and 5 special offices; Mincome delivered at Dunsmuir Street office; advent of resources boards, and their disbandment; definition of health care according to resource boards, defined by programs: old people's care and children. Staff of specialists in psychiatry department, to help children; work closely with all community resources; public health nurses' duties. Adult; care resource homes: Taylor Manor and Kinna Mair. Nutritionists help recipients and community groups to budget food and balance with goodness; also help baby home. Children in care of the Resources Board present with a variety of health problems. One medical clinic under Resources Board; one full-time physician and a part-time pediatrician. Dental health arranged. Post-partum group handles new mothers with problems; program for counseling these women. Types of problems handled. Men's group started. Child abuse dealt with. TRACK 2: Other programs of Resources board: nutrition program for healthy babies; drug and alcohol abuse an ongoing problem. Taylor Manor, for adults with mental and physical problems who are not able to function in the community, and are not expected to get into the community; 894 new contacts in 1974 under the psychiatric counseling. Taylor Manor has 58 beds and a waiting list; government pays for all. Per diem rate for five levels of care, set by government. Relations with other community health services. More involvement with Attorney-General's Department hoped for. Future of Resources Board.

John Smith interview

SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Provincial Health RECORDED: [location unknown], 1976-03-16 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Born in 1926 in Northern Ireland; early schooling and university at Queen's in Belfast; why he got into medicine; liked orthopaedics; interned at Queen's University Hospital, Royal Victoria, Belfast. Went to aircraft company after a residency, general rotating, worked at Short Brothers for two years in industrial medicine; new field worked with Dr. Smiley; what duties were his as industrial health officer; goes to work with the Slough Industrial Health services outside London, 1953-55; Dr. Eager started this program; comes to BC in 1955 and takes his degree then joins the provincial health department and goes to work in Prince Rupert for a year; changes from England and Ireland in medicine; spends three months at Tranquille, and then back to Toronto for Diploma of Public Health in 1957-58; did Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons certificate in November 1958; goes to provincial health, North Fraser Valley Health Unit; responsible for environmental health, communicable disease control; 1959-61, Director of Public Health/Occupational Health for the City of Vancouver; duties. Worked for American boards in occupational medicine; goes back to provincial health as director of Occupational Health; his definition of occupational medicine; the programs and progress of the bureau: 1962-72, Dr. John Mackenzie was the first assistant director; director of special health services in 1973; study of alcoholism in industry. TRACK 2:Alcoholism in industry, continued; why alcoholism is so prevalent; coming area of drug rehabilitation; assessments concerning asbestosis; silicosis, mercury poisoning, environmental pollution, noise pollution and radiation; unions' reaction to occupational health department. Environmental pollution. Physical fitness programs for government employees. Health hazard appraisals.

Henry Bryson interview

CALL NUMBER: T2014:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Inspection services : public health watchdog PERIOD COVERED: 1937-1965 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1976-02-17 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: A brief personal introduction and a description of the Ontario Veterinary College and courses from 1937 to 1941; the flexibility of the OVC education; practical experience; decision to study public health in 1946; a description of the U of T School of Hygiene; the connection of public health and veterinary medicine and the popularity of the course; experience in the federal government meat control program; tests, standards and diseases; the provincial government of Saskatchewan, milk supply and the issue of pasteurization; joining the city health department in Vancouver, 1948, and duties and services as Director of Environmental Sanitation; involvement in food handling, housing, sewage disposal; rodent control; school inspections; communicable disease control, including some information on placarding and the role of the health inspector; lodging house by-law and aspects of food and safety; the Vancouver water supply. TRACK 2: Sources of water; additives; pollution and cooperation with other agencies; growth in department and response to community growth, housing and industry; urban trends in the 1950s due to sociology, politics and inter-provincial migration; socio-ecological changes; problems of assessment; political input; planning department; issues such as pasteurization and ethnic community adaptation; permits and licences department; joined in 1965 as an agent of enforcement and coordination; decision of the department in licensing, control and morality.; CALL NUMBER: T2014:0002 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Inspection services : public health watchdog PERIOD COVERED: 1965-1975 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1976-02-17 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Discussion of the process in licensing, using plumbing as an example, emphasizing the inter-relationship of all functions including the morality factor; summary of continued involvement in health care in its broadest context. [TRACK 2: blank.]

Health records with regard to disease outbreaks

  • GR-2586
  • Series
  • 1924-1939

The series consists of files kept by Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Henry Esson Young, from 1924 to 1939. The files relate mostly to outbreaks of disease, including smallpox, infantile paralysis (poliomyelitis), plague, trachoma, tick paralysis, psittacosis, and leprosy. The files contain correspondence of the Provincial Health Officer with Medical Health Officers in B.C. and the U.S. Public Health Service about outbreaks of infectious disease, including the 1932 smallpox epidemic in Vancouver and recurring incidents of diphtheria at the Queen Alexandra Solarium. They also include reports relating to lab services.

British Columbia. Provincial Health Officer

Health education newspaper clipping book

  • GR-0145
  • Series
  • 1936-1943

The series consists of a newspaper clipping book and loose clippings concerning venereal diseases created by the Dept. of Health between 1936 and 1943.

British Columbia. Health Education and Information, Dept. of Health

Harry Kennedy interview

SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Involvement in VD control; Director of VD clinic, 1965 to 1976 PERIOD COVERED: 1965-1976 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1976-01-29 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Background, education; situation of VD control in 1965; epidemic of syphilis and gonorrhea; high risk groups were in skid road and a booming BC north; identifying problems and trying to eliminate them; male homosexuality, 1965; economic and social factors affecting VD control; clinic opens 1975; outbreak continues; spreads to students and secretaries; 1975, conference identifying problems and solutions in VD control; development of clinics; treatment changes since 1965, development of new drugs; public attitudes; history of VD; public education; alternate clinics. [TRACK 2: blank?]

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