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City Analyst's Laboratory correspondence and analyses
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8.53 m of textual records
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The Office of the City Analyst was first established in the Health Department in 1892. With few exceptions, the responsibilities and functions of the City Analyst's Lab have remained constant since the establishment of the office. Changes that have occurred include having responsibility for Food Inspectors from 1924 to 1949, and absorbing the functions of the City's Chemical Engineering Laboratory in 1951. The office of the City Analyst has continued to provide consultation, physical and chemical analytical services to the City of Vancouver departments, and to outside agencies. The civic departments which use the services provided by the City Analyst include the Health Department for the testing of food, water, beverages, and environmental contaminants; the Engineering Department for corrosion-related studies of potable water and soil; Permits and Licenses for analyses of waste water effluents; and the Police Department for assistance in homicide, sexual assault, arson, and impaired driving investigations. The Housing and Properties Department, the Fire Department and the Board of Parks and Recreation are occasional users of the City Analyst's services. The laboratory also provides assistance to outside agencies including the office of the Chief Coroner of British Columbia which retains toxicological services on a yearly contract, surrounding municipalities, and crown and defense attorneys.
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Series consists mainly of administrative records, correspondence, quarterly and annual reports, analyses (i.e. laboratory analysis reports) and related records. Series includes sudden death investigation reports (1956-1959); journal of analyses (1949-1950) and certificates of analyses for the City Coroner (1949-1971). Many of the correspondence files contain records pertaining to breathalyzer testing and impaired driving cases.
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Transferred on an annual basis from the records centre.
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Access to some files in this series is restricted. Please consult Archives Manager.
Restriction details: As of October 24, 2008, clear access to this series with Archives Manager.
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No further accruals expected.