1957 - Professional Business Practice
The 1957 Annual
Meeting commended the Council for its energy, but made sure that after these
successful efforts it would not relapse into idleness.
Problems connected with the determination of water boundaries came up for
discussion, and the Council was asked to produce some ideas for their solution.
A resolution proposing an amendment of the by-laws to prohibit land surveyors
from associating themselves in a business capacity with individuals or companies
not engaged primarily in the practice of land surveying or engineering generated
a warm debate, and after being adopted against some fairly strong opposition was
referred to the Council for further consideration. The Council was also asked to
see that copies of all committee reports were distributed to the members at
least two weeks in advance of the annual meeting.
During the year an opportunity arose for the Association to gain some favourable
publicity when a Royal Commission on Northern Development which the provincial
government had appointed invited the submission of briefs on matters within its
terms of reference. The Council put together a brief proposing the execution of
a basic survey program in northern Alberta which was well received by the
Commission and given some prominence by the press. In its report to the
government, the Commission supported this proposal, and government action to
implement it was subsequently taken in
1953, when the Surveys Branch commenced a
program of baseline extension surveys in the northern parts of the province.
The attempt to regulate professional business practice by the by-law amendment
proposed at the annual meeting was not followed up. Tentative approaches to the
government soon after the annual meeting had revealed that there was no longer
any dissatisfaction in that quarter over the supply of qualified surveyors and
that if the Association so requested, consideration would be given to the
restoration of articling requirements and to revisions of the disciplinary
provisions of the Act. The Council in consultation with its legal counsel, Mr.
L.D. Hyndman, therefore drafted amendments of those parts of the Act, and on
Mr. Hyndman's advice, the new disciplinary provisions were framed in general
terms that vested the Council, acting as a disciplinary committee, with power to
determine what did or did not constitute unprofessional conduct. This
obviated any need to spell out the specific character of any actions or
arrangements that might be regarded as improper, and made the proposed by-law
amendment superfluous. The government also suggested during the course of the
negotiations that the bonding of new surveyors meant very little if stronger
disciplinary provisions were enforced, and the requirement for the execution of
bonds prior to registration was accordingly eliminated.
These changes in the Act were made ready in time for submission to the 1957
session of the Legislature, and were passed without opposition to become
effective from July 1st of that year.
The Act having thus been restored to even better condition than it had been in
before 1952, the Council instructed the
Committee on Legislation to review the
by-laws and bring them into line with the new disciplinary provisions of the
statute. The Committee took the opportunity to rearrange the sequence of the
by-laws into logical relationship with one another, and this revised version of
the by-laws was adopted at the 1953 Annual Meeting.
Meanwhile, the Association had continued to grow, and in 1957, the number of
active members registered had reached three figures, with a total of 101, for
the first time in the Association's history.
- Back - 1956 -
New Grist for the Mill
Forward - 1958 -
Water Boundary Struggles