1963 - The
In his address to the membership,
President Walker expressed the opinion that
allowing the “corporate image” to creep into practices, along with this image’s
inherent quest for profit above all else, has been a degrading mistake, and we
should be prepared to rectify the mistake.
President Walker went on to say that “in the practice of land surveying, a
personal knowledge of all work being carried out under a land surveyor’s
direction and a knowledge that through your personal efforts your client has
been served well should supercede a quest for ever growing power and income
through land surveying.”
President Walker urged the members to stop nipping at the heels of the planning
people and make a constructive return to that field. He also predicted that over
the next 50 years, Alberta should see a growth of at least one million family
units, or an average of 20,000 family units per year.
In 1963, a redraft of the Alberta Land Surveyors Act had been prepared with the
object of rearranging the provisions of the existing Act in a more logical order
and adding various new provisions. As a result of an anticipated increase in
cost arising out of the rewrite of the Act, the maximum amount of the annual
levy was increased from $15 to $20.
In other matters, the membership
debated motions that a standard form of surveyors’ certificate for building site
surveys be devised and that all certifications be based upon actual surveys but
the motions were lost on being put to a vote.
At Council meetings, Council learned of improper listings in the Calgary
telephone directory and those firms listed showed a willingness to cooperate and
correct their listings as requested. Council received a complaint that certain
survey firms were operating branch offices without having a qualified surveyor
in charge. Council expressed the opinion that “all field or branch offices
established, advertised and recognized as such, must have a qualified surveyor
in charge who is resident at that location.”
- The terms of reference of the
Historical and Biographical Committee was expanded to include public relations.
Council also recommended that consideration be given to implement more strict
rules controlling articling arrangements as it was apparent that some students
were not receiving satisfactory training under present arrangements. More
specifically, concern was expressed about the level of basic survey knowledge of
students who had served only one year of articles.
Assistant Secretary-Treasurer and Registrar Jack Holloway reported that, in
1963, expenditures exceeded revenue by nearly $3,000. Part of that deficit
consisted of surplus funds in the bank account that was utilized for the
purchase of a $5,000 CNR bond that would be producing interest for the
Association at the rate of $250 per year until
Mr. Holloway viewed this as
a worthwhile expenditure. However, in
1964 the CNR bond which paid interest at
five percent was sold and the Association purchased an Alberta Municipal Finance
Bond at five and a quarter percent.
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Borderline Ethics Are Not Enough