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Metro Election Records

Series consists of nomination procedures, an electoral division street index, maps for electoral divisions 5 to 10, election information and working papers for Assiniboia (Division no. 10).

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Metro General Government

Metro’s General Government was composed of its Chairman of Council, the Council Administration (the Executive Director and Secretary’s Department), the Law Department (including Claims), and the Information Research Officer. In 1963, the Personnel Department was transferred from the Finance Division to General Government under the supervision of the Executive Director. During the Metro Decade, Council was led by three Chairman: Richard H.G. Bonnycastle (1960-1966), interim Chairman Lawrence E. Ostrander (1966), and Jack Willis (1966-1971). Metro’s first Chairman was appointed by the Provincial Government for a four-year term. As of 1964, Chairmen were elected by Council. The Chairman of Council decided how the Corporation discharged its responsibilities as assigned to them by the Metropolitan Winnipeg Act. The Chairman discharged these responsibilities to the Executive Director: Elswood F. Bole (1960-1965), J.R. McInnes (1965-1969), and D.I. McDonald (1969-1971). The Executive Director, as Metro’s chief administrative officer, was accountable to the Council. Consequently, he ensured that Council’s instructions were carried out. The Executive Director delegated these instructions to Metro’s divisions. In addition to supervising the divisions, Metro’s Solicitor, Secretary and Information Research Officer were also accountable to the Executive Director.

Series consists of reports, correspondence, plans, briefs, petitions, biographical sketches, photographs, statements and speeches, press releases, studies, legal agreements, staff newsletters, pamphlets, union agreements, organizational charts, and Metro Christmas cards. The series documents the functions of individual positions or offices within the General Government structure, as well as the overall organization and administrative functions of the corporation. Records related to personnel activities and Metro events (including its first anniversary) are also documented throughout the series.

Series includes multiple filing systems and maintains the original order of the records based on their creation or collection by General Government offices and staff. Legal agreements were kept in chronological order based on numbers assigned to each agreement. Series includes an incomplete set of agreements from no. 497-1743. Chronological files were kept in the Chairman’s office starting in 1965. These files documented outgoing correspondence and contain related attachments in reverse-chronological order. Reading Files were kept by the Corporation’s secretary and were compiled by month and year, also in reverse-chronological order. The remaining records in the series were compiled into folders based on the office that created or collected them, followed by a sub-heading based on the function to which each folder related (for example, Personnel Department – Biographical Sketches).

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Metro Local Government Boundaries Commission

The Local Government Boundaries Commission was established by the Provincial Government in 1966 and concluded in 1970. It investigated the local governmental structures within the metropolitan area and identified areas that could be improved. Overall, the commission found that the two-tiered government system functioned well enough to continue. However, the government rejected the Commission’s conclusions were rejected a year after they were published, a decision which led to the creation of Unicity in 1971.

Series consists of correspondence, inter-office memos, submissions, statements, and briefs documenting the commission’s proceedings as they relate to the Metro government.

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Metro Manitoba Hospital Commission

Series consists of correspondence, inter-departmental memos, plans, reports, research, proposals, and briefs related to Metro’s regarding Metro’s relationship with the Manitoba Hospital Commission. Records document problems facing Metro area hospitals, such as financial strain and bed shortages, as well as Metro’s provision of grants for hospital projects and capital costs.

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Metro Michener Commission

The Royal Commission on Local Government Organization and Finance, or the Michener Commission, was appointed on February 13, 1963 by Order-in-Council No. 183/63. The Commission was tasked with studying and reporting on the powers, functions and responsibilities of different levels of local government, their organization, financial structure, system of taxation and relationship to the provincial government.

Series consists of briefs, reports, and correspondence produced throughout the Michener Commission, or the Manitoba Royal Commission on Local Government Organization and Finance and created or received by Metro.

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Metro Promotional Materials

Series consists of pamphlets, brochures and booklets promoting the Metropolitan Corporation of Greater Winnipeg. It documents Metro’s establishment, provision of services, organization, electoral system, operations, history, as well as its first and tenth anniversaries.

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Metro Regional Government

Series consists of briefs, plans, organizational charts, reports, statements and correspondence related to the proposal for the reorganization of local government in the Metropolitan area (also referred to as the Greater Winnipeg area), as well as to the Province of Manitoba’s White paper on urban reorganization and the City of Winnipeg Act which led the way to the creation of Unicity in 1972. Files related to Metro Chairman Jack Willis’ mayoral run for the unified City of Winnipeg are also included in the series.

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Metropolitan Corporation of Greater Winnipeg Review Commission

The Metropolitan Corporation of Greater Winnipeg Review Commission (also known as the Cumming Commission) was created on October 2, 1962 through an Order-in-Council (No. 1250/62) to investigate the relationship between Metro and area municipalities in terms of finances, government form and structure, and boundaries, to improve inter-governmental relationships. The Commission held several public hearings in April 1963 where citizens were allowed to present and individuals, associations and representatives from various municipalities were invited to submit briefs. While the Commission believed that the Metro government structure was beneficial for the municipalities, they did make recommendations related to taxes, levies, Metro’s jurisdiction over municipalities, and the additional zone. They also recommended that Metro establish four year terms for its Chairman and council members effective as of 1964.

Series consists of the Commission’s report and recommendations, briefs and rebuttals from individuals and organizations, a submission to the commission by Metro, as well as records created by Metro to prepare for the Commission, including correspondence, inter-office memos, research material and reports.

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Metropolitan Winnipeg Act and Procedure By-law

Series consists of multiple versions of the Metropolitan Winnipeg Act and Procedure By-law of the Metropolitan Corporation of Greater Winnipeg, as well as drafts, revisions, amendments and related reports, correspondence and inter-office memos. The records document Metro’s jurisdiction and boundaries, including the additional zone, and its powers within those boundaries. It also outlines the services Metro provided, its electoral divisions, election processes, organizational structure, terms of office, as well as the powers and responsibilities related to its key functions concerning its financial, assessment, planning, street and transit systems, waterworks and sewage disposal, and parks and civil defence divisions. By-law No. 245 further documents how Metro’s council and committees are to govern their proceedings.

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