400 Cans of Salmon and Condensed Milk Seized as “Unfit for Human Food” – May 22, 1899

The Medical Health Officer and Health Inspector reported that they had seized about 400 cans of salmon and condensed milk which they had condemned as being unfit for human food and suggesting that a letter be sent to the Secretary of the Canners Association calling attention to the immediate necessity of abolishing the sale of the cheap class of goods known as “turn over salmon”.

This transcript was made in 2023 by Transcribimus volunteer Darlene Ochotta

Source: Vancouver Municipal Archives
COV S31 715-E-02 Volume 9
pages 123 – 133

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Vancouver May 22nd 1899.

The Council met on Monday May 22nd 1899

Present Aldermen Gilmour, Grant, McQueen, Skinner, McGuigan, McPhaiden, Brown, Foreman, Bruce and Wood.

Moved by Alderman Foreman,
Seconded by “ McQueen,
That Alderman Brown be appointed Acting Mayor.
Carried.

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications

From the Departments of Militia and Marine Ottawa agreeing to accept the Light House sites in Stanley Park as agreed on by the Park Commissioners.
The Communications were filed and copies ordered to be forwarded to the Park Commissioners.

From Davis, Marshall and Macneill Solicitors for the Creditors of the B.C. Iron Works asking if the City will accept 25 cts on the dollar for their accounts.
Referred to the Finance Committee.

From J.E. Julian asking for permission to connect the basement of the Catholic Church temporarily with the public sewers.
Referred to the City Engineer & B. of Works.

From the Chief of Police reporting on the Electric Lights.
Filed.

From the City Engineer reporting that a new landing at Brockton Point would cost about $400
Referred to the Board of Works.

From P.J. Langan etal, asking for the grading of Venables Street.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From J.W.F. Johnson asking for the grading…

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…of Davie Street opposite Lot 74, Block 37, D.L.185
Referred to the Board of Works.

From Theo Ludgate, asking for an inspection of the lane in rear of his premises 1178 Pender St.
Referred to the Health Inspector.

From Beaumont Boggs, Secretary of the Queen’s Birthday Celebration Committee, Victoria inviting the Mayor and Aldermen to lunch at the Driard.
Moved by Alderman McQueen,

Seconded by “ Grant,
That the invitation be accepted with thanks.
Carried.

From H. Robinson etal asking for a sidewalk on Raymur Avenue.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From Chas. E. Tisdall, MPP recommending that some member of the Engineering Staff or one of the Ward Foremen be appointed to report on the cost of constructing a road between Hastings and Barnet.
Moved by Alderman Grant,
Seconded by “ Gilmour,
That the suggestion contained in Mr. Tisdall’s communication be carried into effect.
Carried.

From Robert Leighton, Secretary of the B.C. Jockey Club inviting the Mayor and Aldermen to be present at Hastings on the 24th inst. at Matinee.
Moved by Alderman McPhaiden
Seconded by “ Grant,
That the invitation be accepted with thanks.
Carried.

From A.K.H. MacFarlane, Secretary of the Foot Ball Club inviting the Mayor and Aldermen to be present at the opening of the Powell Street Athletic Grounds on the 24th inst.
Moved by Alderman McQueen,
Seconded by “ Gilmour,
That the invitation be accepted with thanks.
Carried.

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From Welsh & Nightingale etal asking for better sidewalks on Westminster Av. Mount Pleasant.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From W.B. Ross asking for permission to carry firearms.
Referred to the Police Committee.

From L.T. Sanskey etal asking for the destruction of a vicous [sic] bitch owned by R. Llewellyn.
Referred to the Pound Keeper for attention.

From S. MacPherson, Merchant Tailor stating that he was not employing American tailors on the City Contract.
Filed.

From Messrs. W. Pellew Harvey, Charles F. Law and W.H. Gallagher, Mining Engineers, stating that a large number of members of the Canadian Mining Institute and their friends purpose visiting British Columbia this season, and requesting that an official invitation be extended them to visit Vancouver.
Moved by Alderman Skinner,
Seconded by “ Wood,
That a cordial invitation be extended to the members of the Canadian Mining Institute to visit Vancouver and other coast points on their contemplated trip to British Columbia and that the matter of arranging for their entertainments be left in the hands of the Mayor and Chairman of the Finance Committee with power to act.
Carried.

From the Board of Works recommending the appointment of three members of the Council as a Committee to confer with the Trades and Labor Council and Board of Trade re the acquisition of Foreshore rights and the securing of False Creek flats.
Moved by Alderman Foreman
Seconded by “ Gilmour,
That the Board of Works be appointed a Committee for the purpose mentioned.
Carried.

From Jackson and McDonald, Proprietors of the Savoy Theatre, Victoria inviting the Mayor and Council to its opening on the 22nd inst.
Filed.

The following Reports were received and read:

Health Committee

The Health Committee met on Wednesday May 17th 1899.
Present Aldermen McGuigan, Grant, McQueen and Bruce.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:–

R. Clarksupplies$3.00
James Carnahanscavengering8.00
McLennan & McFeelysupplies26.80
City Grocery Co.143.15
Clarke & Stuart3.65
Thorpe & Co.3.00
Valley Dairy Co.72.40
Dominion Fish Co.17.96
H.A. Urquhart5.00
Champion & WhiteScavengering4.50
W. PedderDraying.50
M.S. Rosesupplies18.00
McDowell & Co.129.99
Trystall & Son2.25
Mrs. J.A. Clarke13.05
D.M. StewartWashing117.98
Van Transfer Co.Draying5.00
Mrs. Bormansewing4.00
Chas. Hachsupplies35.25

Communications

From Clarkson & Mayne submitting an estimate of the cost of Kalsominning [sic] the Old City Hospital.
Resolved that tenders be called for having the work done.

From the Health Inspector recommending that ventilators be placed in roof of the Crematory building.
Resolved that his request be granted.

From the House Surgeon submitting set of Rules and Regulations for a training school for nurses in connection with the City Hospital.

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Laid over for consideration, a copy in the meantime to be furnished each of the Aldermen.

From the Hon. F.C. Cotton offering a Cemetery site in Hastings Townsite for $3500 an acre.
Referred to Alderman Bruce to examine the ground to test its fitness for cemetery purposes.

From J. Focke 422 Keefer St. complaining about the premises 426 Keefer St. occupied by Mrs. Plews and insisting that they be connected with the public sewers.
Resolved that the Health Inspector be instructed to notify Mrs. Plews that unless she connects the premises she occupies with the public sewers within the time specified by the By-Law governing the matter that she be compelled to vacate.

From A. Gilmour stating that he intended building on Lot 25, Block 8, D.L. 196 and the three adjoining lots and asking that he be not compelled to connect the present premises in the meantime.
Resolved that the Health Inspector be instructed to notify him that he must connect the premises with the public sewers otherwise that he cause the premises to be vacated.

From the House Surgeon reporting that 26 Surgical cases were attended to in the City Hospital in March and 29 in April.
Filed.

From the Medical Health Officer and Health Inspector reporting that they had seized about 400 cans of salmon and condensed milk which they had condemned as being unfit for human food and suggesting that a letter be sent to the Secretary of the Canners Association calling attention to the immediate necessity of abolishing the sale of the cheap class of goods known as “turn over salmon”
Resolved that their suggestions be complied with.

The City Solicitor reported that he had obtained a conviction against the slaughter houses for being nuisances and that a fine of $1000had been imposed…

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…in each case and asking for further instructions.
Matter allowed to rest for the time being.

Resolved that the hours for nurses be changed from 730 to 7P.M.
sgd W.J. McGuigan
Chairman

Moved by Alderman McGuigan
Seconded by “ Foreman,
That the Report be adopted as read.

Moved in amendment by Ald Wood,
Seconded by Alderman Skinner,
That in accordance with the prayer of the petitioners of Ward 5, this Council does hereby give the Health Inspector and City Solicitor instructions to take the necessary proceedings as provided in the City Charter to cause the removal of the Slaughter Houses from the shores of False Creek.

Moved as an amendment to the amendment by Alderman Gilmour,
Seconded by Alderman McPhaiden,
That the clause in the Report in reference to Slaughter Houses be referred back to the Committee for reconsideration.

Amendment to the amendment lost, Amendment lost and motion lost.

Moved by Alderman Gilmour
Seconded by “ Foreman
That the original report be adopted with the exception of the clause relating to Slaughter Houses.
Carried.

Board of Works

The Board of Works met on the 18th of May 1899.
Present the full Board.

Communications

From Sir Charles Hibbert Tupper etal asking that Chilco Street be opened.
Laid over.

From G.W. Phipps asking for a new walk on Homer Street at Methodist Church.
Request granted.

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From E.H. Heaps etal re condition of Dundas St.
Referred to the Chain gang in turn.
Filed.

From P. Fewster re sewage.
Filed.

From the Trades & Labor Council re appointing a Committee to confer as to the best means & conditions for acquiring the foreshore within the City Limits.
Resolved that the Board recommends that the City Council be asked to appoint a Committee of three for this object.

From Chas Wilson Q.C. re boulevard corner of Barclay & Thurlow Streets.
Look into and report.

From the B.C. Pottery Co re sewer pipe.
Ask for quotations.

From a large number of petitioners asking that the rocks etc on Broughton Street be removed and the street fixed up.
Already in the Estimates, will be attended to.

From A. Kitt Ledger re condition of Ninth Av.
Few loads of rock to be put in, in the worst holes.

From the City Clerk re box drain to carry off the water from basement of the Congregational Church Richards St.
Laid over until the City Engineer returns.

Resolved that tenders be called by the City Clerk for the following up to 4 P.M. Thursday June 15th 1899: –

Wood Block Paving on Cordova Street from Westminster Av. to Carrall St. and on Westminster Av from Hastings Street to Powell Street.

Resolved that G.W. Grant, Architect for the Walker Block, Hastings St. be notified that the west brick wall at the opening must be carried up above the roof and the opening covered over with glass.

The following tenders were received for Heatley Avenue wharf: –

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Ironsides & Co.
Tender $8443. Extra piles per lin ft. 71/2 cts.
Cover for piles per L ft. 76 cts. Drawing piles each $3.25
Timber and planking in place $16.75

McLean Brs.
Tender $9987. Extra piles per L ft. 6 cts. Metal casing 92 cts. Timber per B.M. including spikes $16.00. Plank per B.M. including spikes $16.00
Resolved that the tender of Ironsides & Co be recommended for acceptance.

The following accounts were recommended for payment: –

Wm Tytler Lumber Co.supplies$133.37
Bitummous [sic] Rock Co.102.33
Lash & Ensley6.00
Ths VeitchDelivering rock69.10

sgd Alex Bruce
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Grant,
Seconded by “ Bruce,
That the Report be adopted
Carried.

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee met on Friday May 19th 1899.
Present the full Board.

Communications

From Silverthorne & Blaine asking for a lease of a portion of the Recreation Grounds.
Filed.

From J.H. Martin asking that Mrs. Mould be allowed the rebate on her back taxes on Lot 7. Block 87. D.L. 196.
Resolved that the request cannot legally be granted but that the Collector be authorized to remit the interest.

From Mssrs Wilson & Senkler Solicitors for W.C Clark serving a summons on the Corporation re Clark’s Park.
Referred to the City Solicitor to take whatever steps he may deem necessary to protect the City’s interest.

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Resolved that S. Altermat be sent to the Old Man’s Home, Kamloops.

From the City Solicitor submitting an agreement between the City and Geo E. Magee for the leasing of the west end of Keefer St. on False Creek.
Resolved that the Lease be approved provided a clause is inserted therein giving the public free access to the wharf at the end of the street.

From McDonald Brs. substituting the names of Wm. Hickey and J.E. Sulley in place of Wm. Sulley and Ths, Flood formerly approved by the Board as their Bondsman on the Rock Delivery Contract.
Resolved that the change be approved.

From the City Solicitor advising that Mssrs Cambie, Farrell and Alexander Arbitrators on Oppenheimer Award were only entitled to $25.00 each.
Resolved that they be paid the amount recommended by the City Solicitor.

From E.J. Coyle, District Passenger Agent of the C.P.R. Co stating that the Western Press Association, Winnipeg and the Canadian Press Association Toronto were arranging to come west in June and August respectively.
Referred to the Acting Mayor for reply

A deputation from the School Board waited upon the Committee to discuss the question of providing funds for making certain improvements and purchasing extra sites
After hearing the arguments from different members of the Board the deputation withdrew promising to bring the matter up at their next meeting.

sgd Jas McQueen
Chairman

Moved by Alderman McQueen,
Seconded by “ McGuigan
That the Report be adopted

Carried.

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Special Committee

The Special Committee appointed to meet Mr McPherson, Merchant Tailor met him on Tuesday May 14th and beg to report that he informed us that he expected to have the police uniforms furnished by June 1st and the firemen’s by July 1st.
He also claimed that he had not an American Citizen working on the City Contract. He gave us a letter to this effect which we have handed to the City Clerk.
sgd H.B. Gilmour
Alex Bruce
C.F. Foreman.

Moved by Alderman McGuigan
Seconded by “ McPhaiden
That the report be referred to the Police Committee.
Carried.

Mr W.J. Bowser acting as solicitor for certain Journeymen Tailors asked permission to address the Council on the subject of the employment of Alien Labor on the City Contract for making police and firemen’s uniforms.
Moved by Alderman Foreman
Seconded by “ McGuigan
That his request be granted
Carried

After hearing Mr Bowser and Mr Hagel who represented Mr MacPherson, the City Solicitor verbally advised that the Council had no power to compel Mr McPherson to put the Union Label on his goods.

It was then moved by Alderman Wood,
Seconded by Alderman Bruce,
That Mr McPherson be requested to place the Union Label on all uniforms not completed to be supplied under the City Council Contract in accordance with his communication on the subject.
Lost.

Moved by Alderman Wood,
Seconded by “ Foreman,
That the B.C. Elec Ry Co be again requested to move out certain poles now standing in the sidewalk on Mount Pleasant.
Carried.

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Notice of Motion

Alderman Wood gave notice that at the next meeting of Council he would move a resolution re the removal of Slaughter houses on Mount Pleasant.

The Council then adjourned
W Brown
Acting Mayor

Ths McGuigan
City Clerk