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Series consists of photographs, some with corresponding film negatives, of the proposed site for the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific. Series includes photographs of conceptual diagrams, as well as aerial photographs of the site and surrounding area.

News clippings

Series consists of news articles relating to politics and to the CCF/NDP in particular, at the national, provincial and local levels. Series includes 2 issues of the NDP newsprint publication The Democrat, 1964-65. An accompanying scrapbook documents the 1972 election campaign by Saanich and the Islands NDP candidate Eric Sherwood.


Series consists of conceptual and site plans for the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific and includes survey maps, soil surveys and plans of the surrounding area (including one showing municipal services). Series includes a plan titled “Provincial Institutional Properties, Saanich Mental Hospital, Colquitz”. All but one of the plans are undated.


Series consists of an NDP Nominating Convention poster featuring a photograph of Tommy Douglas, the keynote speaker, and signed by Mr. Douglas; and a hand-made poster advertising a dance at the Cedar Hill Community Centre hosted by the Esquimalt-Saanich NDP. Series includes a business card for Sunday’s Photos.

Reference reports and publications

Series consists of energy use and garbage reduction books published by Energy, Mines and Resources Canada, 1975-1978; and environmental handbooks published by the Greater Victoria Environmental Center, 1972-1974. Series includes published articles and reports on energy consumption, waste collection and reduction, recycling programs, and sewage composting.


Series consists of New Democratic Party of BC charters issued to the Marigold New Democratic Party Club, 1962, and to the Vancouver Island and Mackenzie Regional Council, 1973, on behalf of the Provincial Executive.


Series consists of newsletters created by the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific and includes an undated “Members’ Newsletter” updating the centre’s membership on project developments; and Vol. 1 No.s 1 & 2 of the society’s newsletter publication, 1983 & 1984. Series includes a membership brochure.

Polling areas

Series consists of 5 folders, each with a different polling area number and corresponding map in the Esquimalt-Saanich district affixed inside. Series includes postage-style stamps of Glen Hamilton, New Party candidate for Esquimalt-Saanich in 1961.


Series consists of documents relating to staffing requirements and resources for the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific and includes an organizational chart, positions list, and job descriptions. Series includes letters of intent from public relations companies and architects.

Research surveys and notes

Series consists of documents relating to a telephone survey conducted by the Citizens’ Task Force on Recycling, including volunteer and participant information, notes, draft questionnaire, and reference material. Series includes hand-written notes relating to the activities of the Citizens’ Task Force on Recycling.


Series consists of general correspondence written to and from the Douglas CCF/NDP Society. Topics include club business; suppliers; hall rentals, including to the Saanich Municipal Employees’ Association; board appointments and resignations; the Esquimalt-Saanich New Party campaign of 1961-2; the provincial CCF/NDP office; and financial and insurance matters. A significant amount of correspondence relates to the sale of the group’s property, 1963. Series includes 2 plans showing a sewer easement on the property, 1960.


Series consists of general correspondence and related documents to and from the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific’s Directors, and Mel Couvelier in particular. Series includes letters to and from government officials, other horticultural societies and organizations, educational institutions, and interested members of the public. Topics include funding, feasibility studies and site surveys, the development of a horticultural school at the centre, membership and public relations.

Publicity campaign - disposable diapers

Series consists of write-ups, correspondence, news clippings and research material relating to a campaign for a ban on disposable diapers and use of cloth diapers. Series includes clippings of the Saanich News feature “Envirotips” written by the Saanich Recycling Committee.


Series consists of scrapbook pages recording the organization's activities at Playfair Park in Saanich, 1948-1956; and scrapbook pages recording the group's activities at Reynolds Park in Saanich, 1956.

Health Committee minutes

Series consists of the minutes of the Health Committee, 1915-1925. The first volume (1915-1920) includes a history of the local branch of the Victorian Order of District Nurse[s] for Saanich, as well as the minutes of their first meeting. Some minutes are taken by Advisory Board Member Mrs. Maude Hall. The second volume (1920-1925) includes statistical and financial reports, as well as minutes of the meetings of the Board of Management, Saanich War Memorial Health Centre.

Financial records

Series consists of club annual financial statements, 1956-1963; ledgers, including some lists of membership dues, 1944-1974; receipts and invoices, 1961-1976; and annual tax notices, 1956-1964.


Series consists of a Saanich refuse collection schedule, burning permit, Fire Department notice, and various environmental brochures. Series includes a Civic Banquet invitation from Mayor Couvelier and Council.


Series consists of the minutes of the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific (initially called the Horticulture Development Committee) outlining all Society business from the conceptual stages of the project onwards. Series includes agendas, meeting notices, and lists of Directors.

Presentation to Council

Series consists of “exhibits” numbered 1 through 25 presented in support of the recycling proposal prepared by the Citizens’ Task Force on Recycling. Material includes correspondence, surveys, reports, ephemera, news clippings, publicity and other material. Series includes a review of the activities of the Citizens’ Task Force on Recycling, as well as draft and final copies of the committee’s report.

Legal documents

Series consists of various legal agreements relating directly to the Douglas CCF Hall Society and its property, and includes insurance policies, indentures, and other similar documents. Series includes agreements to appoint an exclusive agent for the sale of the property, 1962-3.


Series consists of the minutes of the Saanich CCF Club, Local no. 1. Topics include club business, the building of the Douglas Street hall, financial statements, society bylaws and collaboration with the club’s Women’s Committee. Series includes special reports; executive meeting minutes; and the proceedings of the Sixth Annual Convention of the New Democratic Party of British Columbia, 1967. Series also includes minutes from the club’s inaugural meeting, 1933.

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