Series S73 - City Analyst's Laboratory sudden death investigation reports

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City Analyst's Laboratory sudden death investigation reports

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COV-S73

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0.13 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 of sudden death investigation reports. A one-page report for each investigation identifies the name of the deceased, beginning and ending dates of the analysis, the name of the pathologist, attending physician and detectives involved (if any), the organs submitted for examination, and the results of the analysis. The reports are chronologically arranged.

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Access restricted. Please consult archivist.
Restriction details: As of October 24, 2008 access to this series must be approved by the Archives Manager.
Access form required: Yes

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series 72, 74, and 75.

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