Series S483 - Mayor's Office general correspondence

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Mayor's Office general correspondence

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  • Source of title proper: Title based on records schedule.
  • Variations in title: Previously known as series 1, general correspondence 1901-1958, and 1958-1983, Mayor's Office.

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  • 58.1 m of textual records
  • 47 photographs
  • 1 VHS videotape

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The Office of the Mayor was created by the Act of Incorporation of 1886, which identified the Mayor as "the chief executive officer of the Corporation." The duties of the Mayor have remained essentially the same since 1886; revisions to the Charter in 1921 and 1953 have merely stated the duties of the Mayor in more detail. According to the Charter Act of 1953, the mayor is empowered to enforce the law for the government of the city; recommend to City Council any measures deemed expedient; oversee the conduct of all employees under the jurisdiction of Council; and suspend any employee guilty of negligence or misconduct. In addition to his duties as chief executive officer, the Mayor has, since 1904, served as ex-officio chairman of the Police Commission.

The following individuals have served as mayor:

1886 - 1887 M. A. MacLean
1888 - 1891 David Oppenheimer
1892 - 1893 Fred Cope
1894 R. A. Anderson
1895 - 1896 Henry Collins
1897 William Templeton
1898 - 1900 James F. Garden
1901 Thomas O. Townley
1902 - 1903 Thomas F. Neelands
1904 W. J. McGuigan
1905 - 1906 Frederick Buscombe
1907 - 1908 Alexander Bethune
1909 C.S. Douglas
1910 - 1911 Louis D. Taylor
1912 James Findlay
1913 - 1914 T.S. Baxter
1915 Louis D. Taylor
1916 - 1917 M. McBeth
1918 - 1921 R.H. Gale
1922 - 1923 C. E. Tisdall
1924 W.R. Owen
1925 - 1928 Louis D. Taylor
1929 - 1930 W.G. Malkin
1931 - 1934 Louis D. Taylor
1935 - 1936 G.G. McGeer
1937 - 1938 George C. Miller
1939 - 1940 J. Lyle Telford
1941 - 1946 J.W. Cornett
1947 G.G. McGeer
1948 Charles Jones
1949 - 1950 Charles E. Thompson
1951 - 1958 F.J. Hume
1959 - 1962 A.T. Alsbury
1963 - 1966 W.G. Rathie
1967 - 1972 T.J. Campbell
1973 - 1976 Arthur Phillips
1977 - 1980 Jack Volrich
1981 - 1986 Michael Harcourt
1986 - 1993 Gordon Campbell
1993 - 2002 Philip Owen
2002 - 2005 Larry Campbell
2005 - 2008 Sam Sullivan
2008 - Gregor Robertson

Related Resources:
For more records relating to Mayor G. G. McGeer see the McGeer family fonds (Add.MSS 958).

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Series consists of operational subject files relating to public enquiries and policy matters. Series contains both incoming and outgoing correspondence. Arranged chronologically in annual sets and therein alphabetically by subject.

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Photographic images in this series have been assigned catalogue numbers with the prefix CVA 807 beginning with CVA 807-1.

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Access to certain files is restricted. Please consult the archivist.
Restriction details: Records in this series contain sensitive personal information and are, therefore, restricted under Section 22 (disclosure harmful to personal privacy) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Series also contains records from the police department which are restricted under sections 22 and 15 (disclosure harmful to law enforcement) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Series also contains records which include confidential "In Camera" council matters that are restricted under section 12. This section states that records become available after the information has been in existence for more than 15 years. Therefore, these records will be made available at the end of the year 2010. Access may be granted to researchers under Section 35 for research or statistical purposes and Section 36 for archival or historical purposes; researchers should consult the archivist. Records in this series that pertain to someone who has been dead for 20 or more years, or records that have been in existence for 100 or more years are no longer covered by Section 22 and are, therefore, no longer restricted.
Act reference: FOIPPA sec. 22, 15, and 12
Access form required: Yes
Academic approval required: No

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