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Series s00007 - Better Housing Commission

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Better Housing Commission

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s00007

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  • 1966 - 1971 (Creation)
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    Winnipeg (Man.). Better Housing Commission

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10 cm of textual records.

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The City of Winnipeg was incorporated in 1873 by a charter granted by the legislature of Manitoba. At incorporation, the City established a committee system of government: while Council was the governing body for the City, it was in committee that civic policies were formed and executed. The initial task for the first and all subsequent Councils was to strike standing committees for the Council year. In addition to standing committees, Council established special committees and commissions to investigate and manage various projects, issues and questions placed before the City.

The Better Housing Commission was formed in 1966 as specified in Section 707A of The Winnipeg Charter. The Commission consisted of five persons appointed annually by Winnipeg City Council. The Commission heard appeals related to notices issued under By-law No. 19165 (Minimum Standard of Housing Repair By-law). This by-law established minimum standards for the state of repair of the exteriors of residential buildings and of buildings in residential areas, and enabled enforcement. Members of the Commission in its inaugural year were: Alderman S. Rebchuk, George A. Stewart, E. J. W. Akins, T. A. MacFarlen, and Serge Radchuk. With the exception of Serge Radchuk, who was replaced by Fred James in 1967, membership remained the same until the last year of the Commission. The Better Housing Commission ceased operations in 1971 with the formation of Unicity.

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City Clerk's Department.

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Forms part of Fonds 1. Series documents implementation of The Minimum Standard of Housing By-law through the Better Housing Commission. Records consist of Orders of Non-Conformance to owners of residences, appeals made by building owners, and letters regarding decisions on appeals made by the Commission. The records are generally in chronological order, but not entirely. Some documents with various dates were originally stapled together as cases were heard at specific meetings.

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f0001-0008

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