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City of Edmonton. Edmonton Municipal Airport

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  • Collectivité
  • 1926-1971

On June 16, 1926 Edmonton's airport become the first licensed municipal airport in Canada. Upon its establishment the airport was the responsibility of the Engineer's Department. A short-lived and ill-fated experiment occurred in 1927 when the City leased the land to farmer Mary Watt, who was expected to clear the brush, graze animals and raise hay on the land while maintaining it as an air field. When this project failed the Engineering Department retook control of the airfield.

In 1929 the newly incorporated Edmonton and Northern Alberta Aero Club was given responsibility for the airport. A Council Report that year recommended that since the airport was owned by the City a municipal official should be placed in charge. As a result, the Finance Committee appointed James "Jimmy" Bell airport manager on February 5, 1930. A former WWI bomber pilot and active member of the Aero Club, Bell would be a fixture at the airport until his retirement in 1962. For the first few years Bell was responsible for maintaining the hangar and field, while the Aero Club continued the field operations. Airport construction was done by staff of the Engineer's Department.

In 1940, as a result of the airfield's important role in the war effort, the Federal Government took over operations of the Edmonton Municipal Airport. This lasted until November 1, 1946, at which point control of the airport was transferred back to the Engineer's Department.

In 1947 James Bell became Superintendent of the Airport, presumably making the airport a separate department. This is confirmed by the functional organizational charts of the 1950s and 1960s. During the 1950s and 1960s the airport superintendent supervised all construction, maintenance and operational activity associated with the airport. He supervised a staff of around twenty, which included clerks, maintenance workers, fieldmen, watchmen, electricians, and janitors.

In 1965 the Edmonton Municipal Airport returned to the control of the Engineer's Department for budgetary reasons, however this was short-lived, and on December 29, 1967 the airport became independent once more when a Bylaw to regulate the operation of the Edmonton Industrial Airport (No. 3092) was passed.

In 1971, as part of a departmental reorganization, the responsibility for the airport was given to the newly formed Engineering and Transportation Department.

On April 1, 1996 the Edmonton Municipal Airport was transferred to the Edmonton Regional Airports Authority under a 56 year lease.

RCMP Centennial Committee

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  • Collectivité
  • 1973-1974

The City's RCMP Centennial Committee was established in February, 1973. The Committee was composed of members of Civic administration, the RCMP, and members of the community. They worked separately from the Provincial RCMP Centennial Committee.

The City's RCMP Centennial Committee was responsible for planning commemorative celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Northwest Mounted Police (later the Royal Canadian Mounted Police) in 1873, and the 100th anniversary of their arrival in what is now Alberta in 1874.

1994 Commonwealth Games Bid Committee

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  • Collectivité
  • [ca. 1986]-1987

The Commonwealth Games are an international athletic competition among British Commonwealth countries. In late 1986 the Commonwealth Games Association of Canada invited Edmonton to bid on the 1994 Games, and the 1994 Commonwealth Games Bid Committee was established. The Committee was likely a function of the City's Corporate Communications office. The Committee was responsible for preparing a bid to be the host City for the games. The bid was presented in November 1987, but ultimately Victoria, British Columbia was selected as the host city.

Civic Centennial Committee

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  • Collectivité
  • 1963-1967

In January of 1962, Edmonton's Finance Committee recommended to City Council that a Centennial Committee be established to look into restoring Fort Edmonton for the Centennial. From this request grew the Edmonton Civic Centennial Council, an arms-length organization dedicated to coordinating Centennial activities in Edmonton.

The Civic Centennial Council, later called the Civic Centennial Committee, was responsible for planning Centennial festivities on behalf of the City. They provided information, promoted and coordinated activities, and made recommendations to the City on Centennial-related issues.

The Committee was managed by an executive directorate of representatives from civic government, business and industry, citizen organizations, and voluntary community groups. They reported to the City Commissioners.

Citizens Action Centre

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  • Collectivité
  • 1980-2008

The Citizens Action Centre was established in 1980 under the Public Relations Department and became an independent entity in 1982 when the Public Relations Department was dissolved and its functions split between the new Corporate Communications Department and the independent Citizens Action Centre. Around 1984 or 1985 the Citizens Action Centre became a unit under the Corporate Communications section of the City Manager's Office. This arrangement lasted until 1997, when the City '97 reorganization moved both functions to the Corporate Services Department. This relationship lasted until at least 2007. In 2008 the Citizens Action Centre was dissolved and its function absorbed by the new 311 Call Centre, operated by Corporate Services.

The Citizens Action Centre provided a place for residents to contact if they could not find the correct department to speak with, or who were unsatisfied with the response they received from City staff. It soon evolved to become the first point of contact for most citizens.

The Chief Officer of the Citizen's Action Centre was Bette Loree, who ensured that a great deal of material pertaining to events in Edmonton was transferred to the City of Edmonton Archives, including an extensive collection of posters which the Citizens Action Centre presumably received as promotional material to display at City Hall.

HMCS Nonsuch

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  • Collectivité
  • 1923-1964, 1974-current

HMCS Nonsuch began as a half company naval reserve unit in 1923 under the guidance of Lt. Commander A.B. McLeod. They were housed in two rooms in the Prince of Wales Armouries. In 1939 the company acquired a permanent barracks at 102 Street and 97 Avenue, formerly the Hudson's Bay Company Stables. During the Second World War the unit went on active service and several thousand naval volunteers passed through basic training. In 1948 it was decommissioned as an active establishment. After the war a full time staff of permanent Royal Canadian Navy reserve officers was established and the base was re-equipped. The unit was decommissioned in 1964 due to federal government cutbacks, but was reopened in 1974 and restaffed by Lt. Commander H.F. Wallace in 1975 to hold an eight week summer training camp for new recruits. Their new base of operations was in the Kingsway Armed Forces Recreation Centre. By the late 1980s and 1990s the unit was winning top honors among Canadian naval reserves.

Buckley, Marjorie W.

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  • Personne
  • 1907-1985

Marjorie Buckley graduated from the University of Alberta with a degree in fine arts. A noted playwright in the Edmonton area, Ms. Buckley was also a teacher at Jasper Place Composite High School. In 1967 students in the Fine Arts Department at the school wrote and performed a play entitled "This Hour Has Ten Decades" as part of Canada's Centennial celebrations. The play was edited and arranged by Marjorie Buckley. The play was performed Thursday, Friday, Saturday February 16, 17, 18, 1967 in the Jasper Place Composite High School auditorium.
Marjorie Buckley died 11 May 1985 in Edmonton at the age of 78 years.

Douglas, James McCrie

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  • Personne
  • 1878-1950

James McCrie Douglas was born 5 Feb 1867 in Middleville, Larnark County, Ontario to Presbyterian minister Rev. James Douglas and Margaret Blyth Douglas, both of Scotland. James McCrie Douglas was educated at Morris, Manitoba and became an early career there as a school teacher. He moved to Strathcona in 1894, where he operated a general store with his brother, R.B. Douglas. The Douglas Brothers’ store was located on the northwest corner of 104th Street and Whyte Avenue and soon became a landmark in the Strathcona area. The same year James married Mary Cameron Brickerton.
He was elected an alderman of Strathcona before 1909. In that year he was elected Liberal Member of Parliament for Strathcona, a seat he held until 1921. In 1911 he was chosen as part of the Canadian delegation which traveled to England for the coronation of King George V.
In 1914 James joined the Canadian Army. He worked in the Supply Division, achieving the rank of Captain. After the war, returning to Edmonton, he was elected a city alderman in 1922 and in 1929 he was elected Mayor of Edmonton, a position he held until 1931. In 1941 he was once again elected as an alderman and he remained in office until his retirement in 1949.
James McCrie Douglas also pursued farming after purchasing land (west half section 26, township 51, range 25, west 4th meridian) from Col. F. C. Jamison in 1922. Mr. Douglas spent a great deal of time over the next 10 years clearing the land and learning farming. In 1931 a nephew, J. Douglas Shaw, was sent to the farm for the summer to help James. Shaw would spend the following two summers on the farm with his uncle, eventually going to the Olds School of Agriculture. J. Douglas Shaw and his wife helped James McCrie Douglas on the farm after the death of Mary Douglas in 1947 and eventually took over the farm after James’s death.
James McCrie Douglas died on 16 Mar 1950 at at the age of 83 yrs.

Public Affairs Committee

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  • Collectivité
  • 1968-[ca. 1990]

Specially appointed committees were struck to meet the needs of the City Council to respond to specific issues arising from the business of the City. Calls for investigation of administrative matters, organization of public meetings, special commemorative events, or fact finding to answer questions raised by aldermen led to the appointment of short-term committees. By 1915, many of these committees such as the Finance Committee and the Negotiating Committee were routinely appointed each year. Other committees had shorter lifespans, or changed name and focus as the needs of the City Council changed.

After the October 1968 election the Public Works standing committee was established, composed of Aldermen Leger (Chair), McCallum, Newman, and Ward (replaced by Alderman Kiniski in 1970). After the election of October, 1971 the committee was renamed the Public Affairs Committee. Between 1971 and 1974 the committee comprised of Aldermen Hayter, McLean, Evans and Tanner, and Commissioner Burrows.

The Public Affairs Committee was active until at least 1990.

Civic Elections and Census Enumeration

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  • Collectivité

The Office of the City Clerk was responsible for overseeing the administration of civic elections. One of the duties was to keep track of eligible voters through voters' lists, which were created for every municipal election until the practice was discontinued in 1995 due to costs. For reasons of efficiency, the civic census and voter enumeration was done at the same time.

Between 1896 and 1968 civic elections were held according to the following schedule. 1896-1929 annually on the 2nd Monday in December 1930-1943 annually on the 2nd Wednesday in November 1944-1951 annually on the 1st Wednesday in November 1952-1963 annually on the 3rd Wednesday in October 1964-1968 every 2nd year on the 3rd Wednesday in October Since 1971 elections have been held every 3rd year on the 3rd Monday in October

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