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 PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
Civil Service Commission
Fifty-fourth Annual Report
JANUARY 1 TO DECEMBER 31
1972
Printed by K. M. MacDonald, Printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty
in right of the Province of British Columbia.
1973
 To Colonel the Honourable John R. Nicholson, P.C., O.B.E., Q.C., LL.D.,
Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of British Columbia.
May it please Your Honour:
The undersigned respectfully submits the Report of the Civil Service Commission, Province of British Columbia, from January 1 to December 31, 1972.
ERNEST HALL
Provincial Secretary
Victoria, B.C., January 1973.
  The Honourable Ernest Hall,
Provincial Secretary,
Province of British Columbia.
Sir: In conformity with the provisions of section 8 of the Civil Service Act
(chapter 56, Revised Statutes of British Columbia, 1960), I have the honour to submit herewith the Report of the proceedings and work of the Civil Service Commission from January 1 to December 31, 1972.
ARTHUR G. RICHARDSON
Chairman, Civil Service Commission
Victoria, B.C., January 1973
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• A Royal Commission was appointed to report on the introduction of collective
bargaining.
• Pay increases averaging 6V2 per cent of payroll were granted in April, with a
further increase for approximately 25 per cent of employees in October.
• 633 individual position-classification reviews were carried out, resulting in 492
upward revisions.
• 5,704 appointments were made to permanent and temporary positions.
• 25 employees received university diplomas in public administration and 40
employees received in-service certificates in basic public administration.
• There was a 16.3-per-cent turnover of staff in permanent positions.
• A defensive driving programme was initiated and 73 employees qualified as
instructors.
• There were no fatal accidents. It is estimated that 113 lives have been saved
since the accident prevention programme started in 1962. A B.C. Safety Council four million man-hour award was won by the Department of Finance. The
Department of Highways won the Premier's award for safety achievement.
• Eight grievances entailing formal hearings were presented to the Civil Service
Commission.
• The Premier presented certificates to 317 employees who had completed 25 years
of continuous service and gold watches to seven employees who had completed
40 years of continuous service.
• Sick leave averaged 6.71 days per employee.
• Vacation leave after 25 years' service was increased from four weeks to five
weeks.
• Working-hours were reduced for stockmen, institutional culinary and ward
staffs, and building tradesmen.
• All employees are covered from January 1 by the Unemployment Insurance
Act.
• An experiment was conducted with a four-day week.
  CONTENTS
Page
Organization Chart     6
Highlights During 1972     7
Introductory  11
Size and Composition of the Civil Service  12
Separations  13
Chief Personnel Officer  13
Recruiting and Selection Division  14
Victoria Office  14
Vancouver Office  15
Essondale Office (Valleyview)  15
Classification and Wage Division  16
Staff Training and Development Division  17
Sick Leave  20
Accident Prevention Division  20
Acknowledgments  23
Appendix  24
Statistics  28
  REPORT OF THE CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION
Pursuant to Section 8 of the Civil Service Act, From
January 1 to December 31, 1972
This was a year of historic change in the Civil Service Commission with the
election of a new Government in August which immediately confirmed an election
promise to introduce collective bargaining in the Provincial Public Service. To this
end a Royal Commission to inquire into employer-employee relations was sworn
in. The Commissioners were R. D. Higgins, Chief Personnel Officer of the Civil
Service Commission, as Chairman; and N. J. Ruff, Professor of Political Science,
University of Victoria; G. L. Tomalty, Personnel Officer, Mental Health Services;
N. T. Richards, President of the B.C. Government Employees' Union; and J. L.
Fryer, General Secretary of the same union, as members. The Royal Commission
submitted its report entitled Making Bargaining Work in British Columbia's Public
Service at the end of December. It is anticipated that the coming year will see legislation introduced and the first steps taken toward a negotiated collective agreement
between the Government of British Columbia and its employees.
Apart from the foregoing major development, the year was one of review and
numerous changes in personnel policies and staffs. In the Civil Service Commission,
one new position of Staff Training Officer was added to carry out a programme of
supervisory training. Numerous internal and interdepartmental transfers of Personnel Officers took place. The Administrative Officer, C. M. Wightman, and one
Commissioner, J. E. Brown, former Deputy Minister of Municipal Affairs who had
served as a Commissioner from 1961, retired late in the year. Neither were replaced pending consideration of the report of the Commission of Inquiry. The organization chart depicts the staffing and lines of responsibility of the Commission
at the end of the year.
The Commission's major programme change of 1972 was the introduction of
a programme of Defensive Driver Training Courses intended eventually to be given
to all employees throughout the Province who drive on duty. A more extensive
revised safety policy for the Government departments was also approved in the
fall. There were no changes in office facilities except in the Vancouver office where
space was doubled with the acquisition of a testing room and interviewing room.
The Commission held 20 regular meetings during the year. In addition, 25
meetings were held to hear representations and appeals regarding wages and working conditions.
The Commission heard eight individual grievance appeals primarily relating to
dismissals.
General salary revisions approved by the Executive Council in April averaged
6V2 per cent. Subsequently, the Employees' Union held votes to accept or reject
the increases and presented appeals in cases of those groups registering the strongest
protests. This resulted in the Commission recommending further adjustments in
October of from 3 to 7 per cent for entry-level clerical positions, institutional employees, tradesmen and related positions, and department field staffs and foremen.
Some 7,850 employees were affected. There were also reductions in working-hours
for stockmen to 36% hours and for institutional culinary and ward staffs and building tradesmen from a 40-hour to a 37V^-hour week.
Other changes in benefits included a revised scale of meal, private lodging, and
car-mileage allowances while travelling, an increase in living allowances on transfer
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and for field crews on temporary assignments, a new allowance of up to $300 for
incidental expenses on transfer, and provision of a group policy of insurance on
house trailers and contents on transfer. The mobility of professional staff and interest in promotional competitions should improve as a result of these changes, although the major deterrent is an insufficient spread in supervisory salaries. Vacation-leave regulations were revised to provide five weeks' vacation after 25 years'
service. An extensive study was done by a joint committee consisting of the Assistant to the Chairman of the Commission and a Research Officer of the B.C. Government Employees' Union on the existing system of Special Living Allowances which
has been in effect since 1947. The Committee recommended a major revision to a
system of Isolation Allowances. The report was accepted by both parties, but it
was agreed that implementation would be postponed pending negotiation of a collective agreement.
In personnel policy matters the Commission examined the relationship of
temporary-continuous employees to permanent employees. The Commission made
changes in regulations and rulings related to terminations, grievance procedures,
appointment notices, and recruiting authority for temporary-continuous employees,
which had the effect of practically eliminating differences in employment conditions
between these two groups.
Other policy changes related to easing the residence-preference restrictions
on employment of former residents of the Province. Later in the year the residence
preference was reduced from two years to one year. The administration of certain
special-leave regulations was delegated to departments. Following the application
of the Unemployment Insurance Act to Provincial Government employees in January, the interdepartmental sick-leave committee proposed changes in the "borrowing" policy to postpone sick-leave borrowing privileges until after both sick-leave
credits and unemployment insurance sick benefits were exhausted. The Commission adopted this policy and requested a continuing study of sick-leave guidelines.
The Screening Committee, which deals with problems of employees who are
unable to perform their duties due to ill health, dealt with eight cases during the
year. One of these employees was placed back in employment, one resigned for
ill health, one was let go for other reasons of unsatisfactory service, and five cases
were pending at year-end.
The British Columbian Civil Servant newsletter, published by the Commission,
was increased from a four-page to an eight-page publication and reduced from twelve
to six issues. In keeping with an improved communications policy, these issues-
carried a centre section consisting of portions of the personnel regulations of general
interest. Articles covered such topics as leave regulations, grievance procedures,
transfer and field allowances, unemployment insurance matters, employee appraisal
policy, and substitution pay rules.
From May 15 to August 31 an experiment was conducted in co-operation with
the Medical Services Commission of a four-day week. Some 130 employees in
the Enrolment and the Adjudication Divisions participated, working a normal 36%-
hour week in four days of 9 hours, 10 minutes. The experiment was considered
generally successful for this particular operation and time of year.
SIZE AND COMPOSITION OF THE CIVIL SERVICE
On December 31, 1972, there were 30,612 Government employees {see Table
1 of the Appendix). On December 31, 1971, there were 29,141. The increase:
of 1,471 represents a general expansion of 5 per cent.
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T 13
Of the total staff, 16,351 were classed as permanent employees and 14,261 as
temporary employees. In 1971 there were 16,011 permanent employees and
13,130 temporary employees. The majority of the temporary employees are employed on a full-time continuous basis.
SEPARATIONS
During the year, 2,803 employees left permanent positions within the Civil
Service. This represents a turnover of 16.3 per cent. A review of all separations
for all reasons over a six-month period showed the average length of service of persons leaving was 47 months.
Turnover rose from 1971 when it was at a 10-year low rate of 14.3 percent.
The 10-year average has been 17.2 per cent. The following graph shows the percentage of turnover for the past 10 years. During 1972, 64 employees were dismissed and eight were suspended for varying periods. Merit increases were granted
to 7,983 employees.
RATE OF TURNOVER
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CHIEF PERSONNEL OFFICER
In addition to his statutory duties as defined in the Civil Service Act, the Chief
Personnel Officer oversees the activities of the two major divisions of the Civil Service Commission, the Recruitment and Selection Division, and the Classification
and Wage Division. He acts as the Executive Officer of the Civil Service Commission and attends all the meetings of the Commission.
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In connection with his statutory duties during the year 1972, he extended the
probationary appointments of 74 employees and withheld merit increases of 188
employees. He handled 55 grievances filed by individual employees, or by the
B.C. Government Employees' Union or other agents on behalf of employees, of
which five were pursued further at the Commission level. Requisitions for staff
and requests for extensions of limited appointments are reviewed by the Chief Personnel Officer.
The year 1972 was eventful for the Chief Personnel Officer in that, in October,
he was appointed Chairman of the Royal Commission established under the Public
Inquiries Act to inquire into and make recommendations concerning employer-
employee relations in the Public Service of the Province of British Columbia. The
Commission's report was presented to the Lieutenant-Governor in Council at the
end of December.
RECRUITING AND SELECTION DIVISION
The Civil Service Commission, with headquarters in Victoria, also operates
recruiting and selection offices in Vancouver and Essondale.
The prime concern of the Recruitment and Selection Division is that the departments of Government in the Province of British Columbia are staffed by the
best qualified applicants available. The Division is concerned with people and their
placement.
Many vacancies are filled by promotion from within the Civil Service; hence,
the initial recruiting is extremely important. In order to fill vacancies from outside the Service, the Division advertises in newspapers and journals in order to hire
qualified staff from industry, universities, and high schools.
In review, the year 1972 was a very busy one during which, in over-all terms,
5,704 persons were appointed through the facilities of the Division. The activity
in areas such as examinations, recruitment interviews, competitions completed,
and requisitions processed remained relatively the same as in 1971.
As in previous years, the heaviest work load occurred during the period March
to August. New positions being added to the departmental establishments by Order
in Council, unfilled positions carried over from 1971, and salary adjustments taking effect in April all contributed to a very busy year for the Division. The high
rate of unemployment in the Province resulted in a large number of applicants to
be screened by the Division.
The 1,466 competitions completed in 1972 were almost equal to the record
of 1,469 in 1971. Of the 1,466 competitions, only 21 were delegated to Government Agents and other departments, which is a considerable reduction from previous years. Forty-five per cent of the total competitions were filled by internal
promotion, compared to 59 per cent last year.
Victoria Office
As a result of Departmental Personnel Officer competitions, there were several
staff changes in the Victoria office of the Division during the year. Martin Horn
transferred from the Classification Division, replacing M. V. Collins, who transferred to the Department of Public Works. In June, Peter Clark, formerly with
Canada Manpower, joined the Division by open competition. In November, G.
Zirul also joined the staff by open competition, replacing Mrs. B. Bolton, who transferred to the Classification Division as a replacement for J. A. Holmes, who was
promoted to the Departmental Personnel Officer position in the Department of
Education.
 CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION REPORT,  1972
T 15
Of the 1,466 competitions dealt with during the year, 1,077 were handled by
the Victoria office. This, combined with 1,726 recruitment interviews, contributed
to an outstanding year.
The following table shows the number of competitions and appointments
handled by the Victoria office during the past five years:
1968
1969
1970
1971
1972
Competitions	
746
3,225
1,004
3,487
655
2,289
995
3,029
1,077
Total appointments	
2,320
Vancouver Office
During 1972 the Vancouver office continued to be very busy with competitions
remaining steady and the total number of appointments down slightly. One of
the main problems was a lack of applicants for beginning-level positions. There
was a severe shortage of Clerk-Typists and Clerk-Stenographers, both with and
without experience. Efforts were made to increase the facilities for testing and to
advertise more extensively, without marked success.
The following table shows the number of competitions and appointments
handled by the Vancouver office during the past five years.
1968
1969
1970
1971
1972
Competitions 	
Total appointments	
125
524
152
596
94
363
157
961
156
886
Essondale Office (Valleyview)
With the expansion in 1971 of the area of responsibility of the Essondale office
to include the Fraser Valley from New Westminster to Hope, the office was responsible for 100 additional appointments. This, combined with a large volume of
vacation, miscellaneous, and sick-leave relief requisitions, produced the largest
number of appointments to date, 2,558. Of these, 730 were for "on call" positions.
It is worthy of note that, despite an increase in the number of persons seeking employment, a severe shortage of trained technical and professional people still exists.
Recruiting difficulties mainly centre around Nurses and other professional personnel
such as Psychologists, Psychiatrists, and Psychiatric Social Workers. Extensive
advertising has done little to alleviate the problem, although advertising in overseas
journals has produced some results.
The following table shows the number of competitions and appointments
handled by the Essondale office during the past five years:
1968
1969
1970
1971
1972
Competitions.—	
187
1,436
263
1,857
127
1,240
208
1,910
212
2,558
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CLASSIFICATION AND WAGE DIVISION
The Classification and Wage Division is responsible for evaluating and classifying positiongs; denning, revising, and maintaining position specifications; conducting surveys on salaries, wages, and fringe benefits; conducting organizational studies
and staff utilization studies in departments; reviewing need and classification of
new positions; controlling the departmental establishments.
During 1972 the Division reviewed 633 individual positions. Table 2 indicates
the number of reviews, by department. Upward revisions totalled 392 (78 per
cent), downward revisions were 3, and a total of 138 (22 per cent) remained unchanged. In addition, many studies involving complete series were carried out and
65 new or revised position specifications were published. The Division continued
to conduct "on the job" reviews whenever possible, and several field trips to the
Interior of the Province were made by staff members, as well as many visits to the
Greater Vancouver area.
Personnel changes continued in the Division during 1972. J. A. Holmes was
promoted to Departmental Personnel Officer in the Department of Education, and
C. R. Spence to Departmental Personnel Officer in the Department of Rehabilitation
and Social Improvement. R. A. Dean and M. V. Collins transferred to Assistant
Departmental Personnel Officer positions in the Departments of Highways and
Public Works respectively. Replacements were made by the transfer of R. W.
Saunders and Mrs. B. E. Bolton from the Recruiting and Selection Division and
the appointment of H. L. Chamberlain and J. T. Gulliver, by open competitions,
to fill the other two vacant positions. This turnover of staff made it increasingly
difficult for the Division to cope with its heavy work load.
Salary and wage surveys were conducted over an increasing number of classes
during the year. Many organizations were visited to ensure proper matching of
"benchmark" positions. The Pay Research Officer, J. A. Mochrie, attended Civil
Service Commission meetings with employee groups on wage negotiations. The
Division continued to co-operate with other jurisdictions in the conduct of salary
and wage surveys and in the exchange of classification data.
The Classification and Wage Division was host to the Western Provincial
Salary Conference in January 1972. Delegates attended from the Provinces of
Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. The two-day conference discussed items
of classification, pay administration, fringe-benefit plans, and ramifications of collective bargaining in the Public Service.   Much useful information was exchanged.
The Division continued to conduct many group studies, which included:
Group Classification Studies:
Industrial Relations Officers. Gas Inspectors.
Financial Assistance Workers. Electrical Inspectors.
Social Workers. Museum Curators.
Driver Examiners. Mechanics.
Communication Technicians. Machine Operators.
Fire Marshal Inspectors. Cooks.
Factory Inspectors. Terminal Attendants.
Elevator Inspectors. Appraisers.
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Organization and Classification Studies:
Senior positions—Liquor Control Board.
Home-owner Assistance Branch.
Pollution Control Branch.
District Engineers—Water Rights.
General Classification Survey—Greater Victoria Senior Citizens Branch.
Draughting Positions—Department of Mines and Petroleum Resources.
The Division acknowledges the assistance given by the various departmental
administrators in the carrying-out of its functions under the Civil Service Act. Particular acknowledgment is given to F. A. MacLean, Deputy Minister of Commercial
Transport, who assisted in the study of engineering positions in the Department
of Water Resources and Department of Mines and Petroleum Resources.
STAFF TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT DIVISION
The Staff Training Division of the Civil Service Commission is responsible for
the administration of training programmes involving employees in two or more
departments or services of the Provincial Government. The Division also assists
departments in the planning of in-service training programmes, workshops, or seminars.
The Division was expanded with the appointment of a Staff Training Officer,
Kenneth E. Jackson, in September to assist the Director, Miss J. Meryl Campbell,
in carrying out these responsibilities.
Executive Development Training Plan Graduates
Front row: G. A. Dery, K. H. Denecke, W. C. Cheston, C. J. Calder, W. E. Brash, Dr.
A. S. Arneil, G. R. Amy, W. A. Thomson. Second row: C. E. Durksen, D. M. Fligg, W. C.
Fry, A. G. Jones, A. R. Luck, Dr. K. R. MacDonald, T. P. McKinnon, T. McLoughlin, R. G.
White, L. J. Porpaczy.  Back row: E. C. Redmond, A. W. G. Smith, R. E. Spear, T. J. Todd,
B. E. Warburton, K. J. Weir. W. L. Hawker was absent when picture was taken.
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BRITISH COLUMBIA
During the year the Division sent a kit containing the Tips to Supervisors,
Civil Service Regulations and Procedures for Supervisors and the Supervisors Guide
for Appraising Employee Performance to all employees who had been appointed to
positions involving the supervision of staff. Two new Tips to Supervisors were
prepared and released during 1972 to assist the supervisors to recognize and help
the employee with a drinking problem.
Executive Development Training Plan
Twenty-five employees enrolled in Class XIV of the Executive Development
Training Plan received their diplomas in public administration at a special academic
assembly held at the University of Victoria on Friday, October 27, 1972.
Twenty-five employees are enrolled in Class XV, the third and final year of the
programme, and 25 employees are enrolled in the second year. Thirty employees
who were selected for Class XVII commenced their first year of studies in September 1972.
Correspondence Course in Public Administration
Forty employees enrolled in Class 8 of the eight-month correspondence course
in public administration received their certificates on March 30, 1972, at a luncheon
held on the final day of the four-day workshop.
Forty employees enrolled in Class 9 of the course commenced their studies.
Front row: J. Belanger, W. J. Sommerville, R. Fordham, A. E. Wright, T. W. Knight,
Miss M. Campbell (Staff Training Officer), Mrs. U. Locklin, Mrs. E. Mayne, Mrs. M. Mac-
Nutt, R. Pilling, D. A. Harris, S. Minifie, P. Regehr, B. Dodd. Second row: P. Fouquette,
L. Hogg, W. Davis, D. Turner, W. Taylor, A. Bartlett, F. Chamberlain, A. W. Bouchard, D.
Sigler, H. Ronmark, O. Kociuba, A. Sundin, R. Dunsmuir. Back row: J. Ryder, E. Wood,
R. W. Kelley, T. Lean, J. Yates, E. Boldt, D. Piccinin, R. Lussier, E. Hutton, R. Barry, R.
Dunkley, D. Carriere. W. Prior and G. Berarducci were absent when picture was taken.
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Seminars on Grievances and Grievance Procedures
Two seminars on grievances and grievance procedures were given in 1972 to
complete the short series begun last year. These seminars were attended by 42 Personnel and Administrative Officers. John Fryer, General Secretary, B.C. Government Employees' Union, discussed the union's method of handling grievances.
Seminars on Canada Pension Plan and Unemployment Insurance
Two one-day seminars on Canada Pension Plan and Unemployment Insurance
were given to pay and administrative personnel. The speakers were from the Federal
Government departments concerned. The sessions covered regulations, benefits, and
procedures, as well as some problems peculiar to Government operations. Discussion provided an opportunity for Provincial personnel to obtain answers to all of
their questions.
Staff Management Courses
During 1972 the programme of Staff Management Courses continued on an
enlarged basis. With the addition of a second Staff Training Officer, supervisory
training was given at various field locations. Two Staff Management Courses were
conducted for the Department of Rehabilitation and Social Improvement. The
courses consisted of five lessons, with assignments, followed by a 2Vi-day workshop.
These courses were attended by 28 persons.
The short course on staff management composed of five IVi-hour lecture/
discussion sessions was held for 16 groups representing 13 different departments.
A total of 246 supervisors attended. In conducting these courses the Staff Training
Officer was away from Victoria 43 per cent of the time.
The Senior Staff Training Officer conducted a short, three-hour session on
"Government in Canada—The Three Levels" for a group of 11 Political Science
students from the University of Western Washington. Senior students from this
university journey every year to Victoria to meet with representatives of the Federal,
Provincial, and Municipal Governments.
Seminar on Income Tax
A seven-day seminar on the new income tax regulations was organized by the
Staff Training Division for 12 Audit Accountants from Government departments.
Speakers for the seminar were provided by the Government of Canada, Department
of National Revenue, Taxation Division.
Appraisal Courses
Three employees who had been enrolled in the Appraisal Courses offered by
the Civil Service Commission completed their professional accreditation as A.A.C.I.
(Accredited Appraiser Canadian Institute) during 1972.
Seventy-seven employees of the British Columbia Civil Service and municipalities have now received their professional accreditation.
Leave for Educational Purposes
During the year, 80 persons in various departments were granted leave for educational purposes. Nine employees were granted leave to train with Her Majesty's
Reserve Forces.
 T 20 BRITISH COLUMBIA
SICK LEAVE
Sick leave granted during the period October 1, 1971, to September 30, 1972,
averaged 6.71 days, 5.97 of which were with pay and 0.75 without pay {see Table 3
of the Appendix). These figures are exclusive of special sick leave granted in
Workmen's Compensation and Department of Veterans Affairs cases. Neither do
these figures include the Corrections Branch, Liquor Control Board, and British
Columbia Ferries Division.
The average number of days' sick leave per employee (exclusive of the above
groups) for the past 10 years was as follows:
Year Ended
Sept. 30
1963	
Average per
Employee
  5.59
  5.91
Year Ended
Sept. 30
1968	
Average per
Employee
  6.20
1964	
1969	
  5.50
1965	
  5.62
1970	
  6.34
1966	
_ 6.10
  5.91
1971	
  6.17
1967	
1972	
  6.71
The use of sick leave in 1972 was the highest in 20 years. This may reflect a
growing tendency of employees and employee groups to regard the sick-leave credits
as a right to time off or compensation in lieu rather than an insurance against future
illness.
ACCIDENT PREVENTION DIVISION
During 1972 the number of employees covered by the programme was 70 per
cent above the 1965 level, while the staff and main programme budget remained at
the figures set in 1965.
Of the 24 departments embraced by the programme, 12 had the same or lower
frequencies than in 1971, while 12 had higher rates than the previous year. Service
accident frequency fell by 1.5 per cent compared with 1971, and cost rate was up 12
per cent.
Effective April 1, 1972, legislative changes reduced the waiting-time for
payment of time-loss disability from three days to one day. All our compensable
accident frequencies have been restated on the one-day basis for both 1971 and
1972; therefore, the figures are comparable.
Starting in the fiscal year 1972/73, the Division assumed responsibility for
a service-wide Defensive Driver Training Programme. An additional vote was
authorized to cover salary costs of one clerk to administer the programme and the
associated material and course costs.
Initiation of this programme was the major project in 1972. Volunteers were
recruited from various departments to act as instructors on a part-time basis, in
addition to their present departmental duties. No additional salary payments are
being made for these services. The first phase of the programme involved holding
Instructor Development Courses, each taking two days, at Victoria, Vancouver,
Nelson, Kamloops, and Prince George. These were completed and 73 instructors
qualified by the end of September. Since that time 25 classes were held at 13 centres
throughout the Province, with 616 students completing the course by the end of the
year. Now that the initial organizational and instructor training phases have been
completed, we expect to increase greatly the course completion totals in 1973.
Major activities in occupational safety included an intensive effort to assist the
Department of Highways reduce its accident frequency; the Safety Officer was engaged almost exclusively in this work for the four months March to June, inclusive.
 CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION REPORT,  1972
T 21
DEFENSIVE DRIVER TRAINING COURSE
Superintendent of Motor-vehicles, Ray Hadfleld, presents certificates to the first
group of 14 employee instructors.
During this time he completed nine fire surveys and ten depth studies in selected
Highways districts. We believe that this special effort made some contribution to
the 20-per-cent reduction in the department's accident rate in 1972. Other special
projects included a series of information meetings conducted throughout the Province by the Co-ordinator, covering procedures for arranging defensive driving classes.
On September 5, the Safety Officer transferred to a new position in the Training
Division of the Commission. The resulting vacancy was filled after competition by
W. R. C. Leitch, previously with Civil Defence. However, due to commitments in
his previous position, Mr. Leitch did not take up his new duties until November 1.
As the Safety Officer position was vacant for two months, the measure of field activity was significantly curtailed.
The Co-ordinator attended 35 Headquarters Safety Committee meetings, 66
other meetings, and made 21 visits to departmental locations. He chaired an interdepartmental committee setting up the Defensive Driver Training Programme and
conducted 39 information meetings throughout the Province on the mechanics of the
programme.  Twenty-four per cent of his time was spent away from Victoria.
The two successive incumbents of the Safety Officer position participated in 14
safety rallies, 1 workshop, and 37 other meetings. Sixty-seven per cent of the time
in the position was spent away from Victoria.
 T 22
BRITISH COLUMBIA
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Award winners at the 1972 Annual Safety Ceremony.
The Annual Safety Ceremony was held in Victoria on December 8, with the
Honourable W. King, Minister of Labour, officiating on behalf of the Provincial
Secretary, who was away on other Government business. The awards were presented
by the Premier, the Honourable David Barrett. The ceremony was attended by
members of the Cabinet, 25 Deputy Ministers and senior departmental officials, the
Chairman of the Workmen's Compensation Board, and the President and the General Manager of the British Columbia Safety Council.
The Minister of Labour commented on the new Government safety policy
and very strongly indicated the determination of the Government to give effective
support to the Safety Programme. Other main points from the proceedings may be
summarized:
There were no fatal accidents, compared with two in 1971.
In the past three years the seat-belt campaign has resulted in saving
at least eight employees from being killed on duty.
During the year a total of 83 British Columbia Safety Council awards,
representing 22,393,435 accident-free hours worked, were won by
various departments, compared with 75 in 1971.
Nine major awards were presented at the ceremony, including a four
million man-hour award to the Department of Finance, award of
distinction to Hospital Insurance Service, two awards of honour; one
bronze-on-gold, three silver, and one bronze award.
The Premier's award for safety achievement was won by the Department of Highways with a 20-per-cent reduction in accident-frequency
rate.
The Division is indebted to the Workmen's Compensation Board, to the editor
of the British Columbian Civil Servant, and to Deputy Ministers, Headquarters and
local safety committees, and all levels in the Service for their participation in the
Safety Programme.
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
 CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION REPORT,  1972
T 23
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
The Chairman wishes to record his sincere appreciation to his two colleagues
on the Commission, to each member of the Commission's staff, the Government
Agents, the departmental Personnel Officers, the solicitors of the Attorney-General's
Department, to the Civil Service Commissioners of other provinces and the Federal
Government for their able assistance, and to you, Mr. Minister, for your sympathetic appreciation of the Commission's problems.
CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION
A. G. Richardson, Chairman.
J. E. Brown, Member.
E. R. Rickinson, Member.
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J. E. Brown
Retiring Commissioner
E. R. Rickinson
Commissioner
 T 24
BRITISH COLUMBIA
APPENDIX
Twenty-five-year continuous-service certificates were awarded to the following
Government employees in December 1972:
Department of Agriculture
Joseph W. Awmack
Harry Barber
John F. Carmichael
William D. Christie
Dr. A. Kidd
William B. Richardson
Jack K. Saunders
Jean M. Wilkinson
Robert M. Wilson
Department of Attorney-General
Jack A. Belanger
Albert G. Boivin
Malcolm N. Brandon
Glendon A. Dahling
Raymond M. Davis
Robert W. Evans
James D. Heinekey
George K. Herbert
Edgar C. Honey
Vanda G. Hudson
Arthur P. A. Jakeman
Willard G. Martin
William R. K. Matterson
Russell H. A. Merritt
Richard Mosey
Ernest R. New
Kenneth H. Preddice
Arthur H. Price
Laurence P. Quissy
Joyce M. Reed
Selwyn Rocksborough-Smith
William C. Sacho
James Grant Simpson
Raymond R. Smith
Eleanor J. Walton
Liquor Control Board
William L. Addis
David L. Blackhall
John F. Bowron
Department of Commercial Transport
Fraser A. MacLean
Department of Education
William A. Alcombrack
George L. Armitage
Clifford H. Banks
Nathaniel D. Daggett
Samuel E. Espley
John R. Meredith
Thomas Scott
Jessie G. Wardhaugh
Department of Finance
Roy S. Allen
David S. Burt
Eric J. Chipper
Isobel Coutts
Dorothy M. Crawford
Gordon Drinkwater
Arthur E. Hillsden
Clinton E. Holder
Caroline P. Jayne
Ronald W. McClure
Arthur F. MacLean
Edward L. Millington
Michael J. O'Brien
Lyman D. Sands
Trevor E. Schubert
Alan R. Wilson
Glendale Lodge Society
Jack D. Jowett
Department of Health Services and
Hospital Insurance
Health Services
Pamela A. Butcher
Alan H. Cameron
Bernard Brackenbury
Harold B. Catlin
John K. Cameron
Earl Cook
Marjorie E. J. Crampton
William E. Gueho
Thomas Cookson
Edgar W. Curtis
Kenneth R. Davis
Leonard W. Hole
Roy E. Lewis
Stanley H. E. Dickson
Frederick D. Lurkins
Edward L. Edge
Thomas P. McKee
Gwendolyn Elwood
Harry Niedzielski
George R. Fordyce
Janet A. Ross
Sidney Gaunt
Joan M. D. Russell
Edward M. Kushner
Lloyd D. Statt
Robert J. Moffat
Doris I. Vosburgh
John Rogan
Dora E. Wilson
Chester Setter
John Williams
Hospital Insurance Service
Anthony Zerebecki
Sebert A. Clark
 CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION REPORT,  1972                            T 25
Department of Health Services and
Department of  Highways—Continued
Hospital Insurance—Continued
Douglas R. Godfrey
Mental Health Service
Gerald E. Gould
Daniel D. Albertan
Raymond C. S. Gould
James D. Brammer
George W. Harper
Martin B. Brooke
Anthony Joy
Lawrence E. Buxton
Michael Joy
Geoffrey H. Calver
George R. Kent
Harold J. Clark
John F. N. Kinsey
James F. Cormier
John Krastel
David G. Coupar
Alfred R. Limacher
Thomas D. Coxon
Leonard L. K. Lindsay
Cyril A. Curtis
Chester D. Lloyd
Gordon W. Ewles
Alexander K. Lotosky
James Frew
William K. McKay
Bert D. Gibson
Stirling N. McLeod
James H. Gould
David C. Mac Vicar
Sidney P. Hawley
George P. Martin
Karl Hehn
John R. Martin
Gwendolyn J. Horrocks
Henry T. Miard
Allastair A. R. Humphries
Andrew J. Montador
Marie A. Leblanc
Bernard R. Motut
Edward P. Logan
David George Nelson
Bernard Mcllvaney
Joseph Profili
Arthur E. May
Anthony R. Puppin
Alexander Milne
Harold L. Quissy
Earl C. Nelson
William M. Ritchie
Joseph M. O. Poirier
Clarence D. Roberts
William Poole
John A. Ryckman
Elmer W. Pyle
Henry H. Sawatzky
Raymond Quissy
Carl F. Seehuber
Donald B. Ricketts
Carl Shaw
Norton Saunders
Wallace Stewart
Walter H. Schley
James Stirling
Ernest H. Smith
Jack D. Sutherland
Stanley G. Smithman
Robert G. Swanson
Robert M. Speirs
James J. Titus
Robert Springer
William M. Underwood
James W. K. Stevens
Lillian C. Walker
John S. Thorburn
Henry K. Ward
Evelyn I. Turner
Lewis G. Warman
Clarence H. Webb
David C. Westaway
Carl J. Westcott
Lars A. Wetterstrom
Raymond W. Woods
Department of Highways
British Columbia Ferries
George K. Austin
Wilbert J. Austin
William G. Franko
Ernest Babuin
George A. Greig
Leslie A. Bagley
Francis W. Bourdon
Department of Industrial Develop
Charles R. Boyden
ment, Trade, and Commerce
Russell V. Browell
John E. Curtis
Hamilton R. Chester
Norman H. Hamer
John B. Clark
Robert C Henson
William Craft
Donald H. Mollison
James F. Davis
Eric J. Thomas
Louis Devito
George W. Dodge
Department of Lands, Forests, and
Victor A. Drew
Water Resources
Frederick J. Evans
Charles I. Fallowfield
Lands Service
Cyril F. Fitchett
David Borthwick
William R. Fowler
William R. Darlington
 T 26
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Department of Lands, Forests, and
Water Resources—Continued
Lands Service—Continued
Ruth I. Davies
Henry G. Galvin
Donald E. Goodwin
Alan F. G. Gosse
Lloyd G. McBratney
Charles T. V. Morley
Frank R. Morris
Raymond A. Paine
Ray J. Parker
Albert Paulsen
Alexander F. Smith
John D. Southern
Charles R. Vater
Forest Service
George W. Allison
Marshall W. Antonelli
James N. Barnes
Peter A. Bell
Gordon A. Bregoliss
John B. Bruce
Arthur G. Cameron
Frank W. Clutterbuck
Joseph W. Crockett
Robert L. Fielder
Bruce R. Flumerfelt
Raymond G. Gill
George W. Graham
Geoffrey I. R. Holyhead
Chester H. Huffman
Walter G. Hughes
John L. Humphrey
Doris K. Hutchinson
George G. Jones
Karl H. Kast
Olaf J. Kettleson
William E. Manifold
Violet E. Medlar
Kenneth A. Morley
William S. G. Morrison
Donald H. Owen
Kenneth N. G. Petersen
John H. Raven
James A. K. Reid
Donald F. D. Ritson
Maurice H. Shaw
William H. Smith
William J. Stinson
Myron T. Wallace
George C. Warrack
Frederick J. White
Henry J. Whittaker
William C. Wicken
James Will
Donald J. A. Younie
Water Resources Service
John T. Gulliver
Tronson A. J. Leach
Shirley R. Mitchell
Department of Mines and Petroleum
Resources
Robert J. Hibberson
John F. Tomczak
Department of Provincial Secretary
John G. Chope
Edward Lockley
James G. Mitchell
Mary M. Paterson
Albert L. Price
Civil Service Commission
John F. Jauck
Superannuation Branch
William I. N. Higgins
Public Utilities Commission
Allen R. Fitch
William V. Joyce
Department of Public Works
Albert E. Bent
Arthur E. Case
Clarence J. Cardin
Thomas L. Doyle
James Edward
Douglas N. H. Grant
Henry Hall
George A. Kemball
Alfred H. Levy
Ramsay MacKenzie
Joseph F. May
David J. Meridew
William A. Norris
John C. Pilatzke
Walter V. Scales
William J. Tattrie
Joseph A. H. Whipple
Reginald Wilford
John Wilgenhof
Department of Recreation and
Conservation
Coral J. Carter
Leslie J. Cox
Cecil G. Ellis
Allen S. Frisby
Herbert J. Lorance
Jesse A. McCabe
John A. McLellan
Hugh D. P. Mulligan
Raymond A. Rutherglen
George R. Taylor
 CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION REPORT,  1972
T 27
Department of Rehabilitation and
Social Improvement
Jean Bennest
Alfred E. Bingham
George Campbell
Jennie Hehn
Dolly B. M. Johnstone
Joan C. Ross
Iris E. Williams
Department of Travel Industry
Bernard H. B. Atkins
Workmen's Compensation Board
Helena Abbott
Evelyn M. Hodson
Robert G. Johnson
Harry E. MacNutt
Clifford Patenaude
George H. Speckman
Pearl E. Wallin
Gold watches were awarded to the following Government employees with 40
years' service, in December 1972:
Department of Attorney-General
Raymond A. Hadfield
Department of Finance
Edgar B. Offin
Department of Mines and Petroleum
Resources
Jack G. B. Egdell
Department of Provincial Secretary
Ernest E. G. Protheroe
Department of Public Works
Henry H. Roach
Department of Recreation and
Conservation
Percy M. Cliffe
Department of Rehabilitation and
Social Improvement
George P. Willie
 T 28
BRITISH COLUMBIA
STATISTICS
Table 1—Number of Full-time Permanent and Temporary Employees in
Each Department and Agency as at December 31, 1972
Department
Permanent
Temporary
Combined
4
10
360
2,441
129
304
731
1,186
3,918
146
451
140
177
340
887
373
131
38
351
44
55
60
637
261
60
731
3
9
13
10
125
369
485
2,810
129
1,031
80
532
836
2
4,851
29
18
52
1,875
98
30
6
347
5
2
1,335
811
1,718
4,754
148
5,302
169
195
392
2,762
471
161
44
698
49
57
60
Public Works— .	
1,060
439
47
203
1
1,697
700
107
934
4
Totals               -	
13,968
1,182
1,501
12,047
1,138
1,076
26,015
2,320
2,277
16,351
14,261
30,612
Table 2-
-Classification Reviews by Departments in 1972, With
Comparative Figures for Previous Years
Department
Upward
Revision
Downward
Revision
Review
Resulting
in No
Change
Total
Agriculture	
Attorney-General	
Commercial Transport-
Education	
Finance  —
Hospital Insurance Service..
Highways-
Industrial Development, Trade, and Commerce
Labour  	
Lands Service	
Forest Service	
Water Resources Service —	
Mines and Petroleum Resources ____	
Municipal Affairs..
Provincial Secretary—	
Public Utilities Commission .
Public Works 	
Recreation and Conservation	
Travel Industry 	
Rehabilitation and Social Improvement _
Public Health Services  _ _..
Mental Health Services 	
Liquor Control Board-
British Columbia Ferries Division _
17
108
1
20
45
4
32
4
49
26
22
13
5
1
21
4
25
15
5
17
16
32
1
9
6
14
13
14
Totals,
Totals,
Totals,
Totals,
Totals,
Totals,
Totals,
Totals,
1972.
1971..
1970..
1969..
1968.
1967-
1966..
1965.
492
138
23
122
1
28
54
11
38
9
55
32
29
14
9
1
34
4
39
23
8
24
23
37
3
12
633
671
713
789
765
727
711
682
 CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION REPORT,  1972
T 29
Table 3—Annual Sick Leave Report, October 1, 1971, to
September 30, 1972
Department
Number
of Employees
Days With
Pay
Average
per
Employee
Days
Without
Pay
Average
per
Employee
Total
Average
Days per
Employee
511
1,153
128
1,331
784
1,473
983
183
372
4,389
161
38
316
56
1,630
1,313
910
186
1,264
94
345
1,503.0
7,723.0
592.0
5,804.5
372.0
11,353.0
5,958.0
1,113.0
1,944.0
36,048.5
851.0
150.0
2,237.0
261.0
11,978.0
679.0
6,456.5
1,456.0
6,652.0
515.5
1,483.0
2.94
6.80
4.63
4.36
5.08
7.70
6.06
6.08
5.23
8.21
5.29
3.95
7.08
4.66
7.34
0.52
7.09
7.84
5.26
5.52
4.30
85.0
769.5
8.0
388.0
200.5
2,454.0
304.0
75.5
28.0
6,599.5
0.11
0.67
0.06
0.29
0.57
1.67
0.31
0.41
0.08
1.50
0.53
1.09
0.01
0.60
1.08
0.14
0.26
0.01
3.05
Attorney-General	
7.47
4.69
4.65
5.65
Health Services and Hospital Insur-
9.37
6.37
Labour ' 	
6.49
5.31
9.71
5.29
3.95
167.0
7.61
4.66
1,123.0
16.0
550.0
200.5
183.0
24.0
5.0
8 43
0 53
Rehabilitation and Social Improve-
7.66
Industrial Development, Trade, and
8.92
5.40
5.78
Water Resources Service	
4.31
17,620
105,133.0
5.97
13,180.0
0.75
6.71
Does not include Correction Service, whose average was 6.78 days per employee; nor Liquor Control Board,
whose average was 9.03 days per employee; nor British Columbia Ferries, whose average was 9.10 days per employee.   Daily rate staff not available; Health Services and Hospital Insurance are combined.
Printed by K. M. MacDonald, Printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty
in right of the Province of British Columbia.
1973
380-273-481
 

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