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City Hall and courtyard, facing Market Avenue

Photograph of the front side of Winnipeg's second City Hall, facing towards Market Avenue. Also featured in the photograph is the green space in front of City Hall, the Jubilee Fountain, the Volunteer Monument, businesses and store fronts on Market Avenue, and the McLaren and Cornwall Hotels in the distance. Photographed by Henry Kalen.

Metropolitan Corporation of Greater Winnipeg (Man.). Information Officer

Bus drivers of chartered buses in costume for Canadian Bar Association Convention

Photograph of six bus drivers dressed up in suits and top hats standing in front of buses that have been chartered for the Canadian Bar Association Convention. From left to right, the bus drivers are Bill Schade, Frank Ross, Ed Clark, Jack Copeland, Grant Smith, and Ken Granait. The photographer is unknown.

Metropolitan Corporation of Greater Winnipeg (Man.). Information Officer

Metro Blake-Goldenberg Report

Series consists of reports, statements, press summaries, submissions, correspondence and interdepartmental memos. It documents the development of a report on revenues and taxation that aimed to investigate new methods of distributing costs between the municipalities under Metro’s jurisdiction in a fair and equal way. The report was submitted by Dr. Gordon Blake, professor of Economics at the United College in Winnipeg, and Carl Goldenberg, a Montreal lawyer and economist with experience as a consultant in municipal financial matters.

Metropolitan Corporation of Greater Winnipeg (Man.)

Kildonan Park Pavilion

Record shows architect's rendering of the Kildonan Park Pavilion. Caption above the sketch reads 'Architect's sketch shows modern year-round pavilion, under construction at Kildonan Park.'

Metropolitan Corporation of Greater Winnipeg (Man.)

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.

Metropolitan Corporation of Greater Winnipeg (Man.)

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.

Metropolitan Corporation of Greater Winnipeg (Man.)

Old Kildonan Park Pavilion in winter

A photograph of the old Kildonan Park Pavilion in the winter. A description of the photo used for publication is recorded on a separate piece of paper. Photo's reverse is stamped by the Parks and Protection Division of the Metro Government.

Metropolitan Corporation of Greater Winnipeg (Man.). Information Officer

Portage and Main, looking west down Portage Avenue

Photograph of Portage Avenue looking west from the intersection at Main Street. Various shops and business are featured in buildings at Portage and Main that no longer exist, including the towering McArthur/Child's Building on the right. Photograph by Henry Kalen.

Metropolitan Corporation of Greater Winnipeg (Man.). Information Officer

Area of John Blumberg Golf Course prior to construction.

Photograph of abandoned buildings on a rural stretch of land in the area of what is now John Blumberg Golf Course. A description of the photo used for publication is recorded on a separate piece of paper. Photo's reverse is stamped by the Parks and Protection Division of the Metro Government.

Metropolitan Corporation of Greater Winnipeg (Man.). Information Officer

Vermeer Tree Mover in operation

Photograph of a Vermeer brand tree mover being operated by Metro employee pulling a treet out of the ground. The tree mover was acquired by Metro in 1966. A description of the photo used for publication is recorded on a separate piece of paper. Photo's reverse is stamped by the Parks and Protection Division of the Metro Government.

Metropolitan Corporation of Greater Winnipeg (Man.). Information Officer

Cars and bus stuck in snow, likely on William Avenue

Photograph of a bus stuck in a snowbank nearly as tall as it, possibly after the blizzard on March 4, 1966. The bus' route is William - Polo Park and this photograph was likely taken on William Avenue. The photographer is unknown. The reverse of the photo asks that it be returned to Transit Publicity.

Metropolitan Corporation of Greater Winnipeg (Man.). Information Officer

Landscaping of lake in St. Vital Park

Photograph of sunken lawn in St. Vital Park being prepared to become a filled lake. The lake was excavated in 1931, but was not filled until 1966. A description of the photo used for publication is recorded on a separate piece of paper. Photo's reverse is stamped by the Parks and Protection Division of the Metro Government.

Metropolitan Corporation of Greater Winnipeg (Man.). Information Officer

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