Fonds paa-6397 - Irrigation Council sous-fonds

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Irrigation Council sous-fonds

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  • Source of title proper: Alberta Statutes

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PAA paa-6397

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  • 1965-1995 (Creation)
    Alberta. Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development

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1.20 m of textual records

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Dates of Founding and/or Dissolution:;The Irrigation Council was established in 1920. It began operation in 1921. Functional Responsibility:;The Irrigation Council's function was first set out in The Irrigation Districts Act, 1920, (S.A. Chapter 14, 1920). The Act was repealed and replaced with The Irrigation Act, 1968, (S.A. Chapter 49, 1968). This legislation once again established the Irrigation Council. In 2000, a new Act, The Irrigation District Act, (S.A. Chapter I-11.7, 2000) the Irrigation Council is continued. The function of the Irrigation Council in 1920 was to advise, monitor and regulate the district b boards. The function of the Irrigation Council evolved to include making recommendation to the Minister in charge concerning irrigation district related matters, administering the Irrigation Rehabilitation Program and monitoring the irrigation district boards activities as outlined in The Irrigation Act, (R.S.A. Chapter I-11, 1980). These duties remained consistent with the new statute in 2000. Administrative Relationship:;In the 1920 statute, the Minister responsible for the administration of the legislation was defined as the Minister of Public Works for the Province of Alberta. By 1955 in the revised statute, (R.S.A. Chapter 162, 1955), the definition had changed to define Minister as the member of the Executive Council being charged with the administration of this Act. When this act was repealed and replaced in 1968, the Irrigation Council began reporting to the Minister of Agriculture. In the 1968 legislation the Lieutenant Governor in Council appointed the Irrigation Council. In the 2000 statute the Irrigation Council reported to and was appointed by the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development. Administrative Structure:;In the initial 1920 legislation the Irrigation Council consisted of not more than three members and remuneration was determined by the Lieutenant Governor in Council. By 2000, the Irrigation Council consisted of not more than seven members, with the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development designating the Chairman and fixing remuneration. The Irrigation Council administrative arm is the Irrigation Secretariat. The Irrigation Secretariat first appears in the 1968 statute. The Irrigation Secretariat is responsible to the Council and carries out its functions and duties under the direction and supervision of Council. In 1968, The Irrigation Secretariat was view in the organizational structure as a branch of the Program Development Division. In 1972 it became a branch of the Irrigation Division. Names of Chief Officers:;H. A. Ruste, 1970, Dr Hugh Horner, [1971-1972?], F. J. Brewin, [1975-1977?], Ed Shimbashi, [1980-1986?], Norm Thomson, [1991?], Vern Hoff, [2000?]

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The Irrigation Council was under the jurisdiction of Public Works from 1920 until 1967. It was transferred to the Department of Agriculture in 1968.

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Consists of the following series: Irrigation Council Correspondence from 1967 to 1970; Irrigation Council Minutes from 1968 to 1974; Legal Records from 1969 to 1983 and administrative Records from 1965 to 1995.

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Records are transferred from the Council as per Government Records Schedules.


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  • The material is in English.

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Subject to The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Subject to the Copyright Act

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