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Till, James E.

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  • Person
  • 1931-

James Edgar Till was born in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan on 25 August 1931. He took his undergraduate (BA 1952) and master’s (MA 1954) degrees at the University of Saskatchewan, specializing in physics. He was awarded scholarships by the University of Saskatchewan, Standard Oil Company of California, and the National Research Council. A fellowship from the National Cancer Institute of Canada enabled him to go to Yale where he received his doctorate in biophysics in 1957. He then went to Toronto for a year as a post-doctoral fellow at the Connaught Medical Research Laboratories. He became one of the original members of the scientific staff of Ontario Cancer Institute when it and its affiliate, the Princess Margaret Hospital, opened in 1958. Initially he was with the Physics Division but in 1967 moved to the Division of Biological Research, of which he was appointed head in 1969. He was appointed to the University of Toronto’s Department of Medical Biophysics in 1958, as associate professor in 1965 and full professor in 1968. In addition to his administrative duties as head of the Division of Biological Research for 1969 to 1982, he was Associate Dean, Life Sciences in the School of Graduate Studies from 1981-1984. For his outstanding contributions to cell biology, as applied to leukemia, he was appointed University Professor in 1984. He was a founding member of the Centre for Bioethics, and from 1989-1991 chaired the Faculty of Medicine’s Decanal Appointments Committee. He was appointed University Professor Emeritus in 1997 and has retired twice, in 1998 and 1999.

Dr. Till’s early research interests encompassed radiation physics, molecular biophysics, radiobiology and cellular biology. The most significant work, usually in conjunction with Dr. Ernest McCulloch, was on the cellular biophysics of mammalian cells, with particular emphasis on stem cells. After 1980, his research focused on cancer control, with an emphasis on the epidemiological, behavioural and ethical aspects of decision-making in oncology. Subsequently, he investigated the factors that influence the quality of life for cancer patients after treatment and issues relating to health-related knowledge transfer. In 1989 he was appointed a senior scientist in the Division of Epidemiology and Statistics. In recent years, one of Dr. Till’s major interests has been the role of the internet in fostering the dissemination and discussion of health-related information. He is the author of over 200 research publications.
Dr. Till has been a member of the Biophysical Society, Canadian Association of Physicists, Canadian Society for Cell Biology, Canadian Society for Immunology, Radiation Research Society, and has served on the editorial boards of a number of scientific journals. In 1969 he was elected to the Royal Society of Canada. He was a founding director of the International Society for Health-Related Quality of Life, formed in recognition of the importance of the impact of disease and treatment on patients’ quality of life and concerned primarily with efforts to improve patient care. From 1993 to 1995 he chaired the Advisory Committee on Research of the National Cancer Institute of Canada. In 1998-1999 he chaired the Management Committee of the Cancer Information Service of the Canadian Cancer Society. Between 1998 and 2001 he was successively president and past president of the National Cancer Institute of Canada. From 2001 to 2004 he was both vice-chair of the Institutional Advisory Board, Institute of Cancer Research, Canadian Institutes of Health Research and chair of the Knowledge Management Committee of the newly formed Stem Cell Network.

Over the years Dr. Till has been the recipient of many honours. His pioneering research with Dr. Ernest A. McCulloch on the multiplication of stem cells in mice earned them the prestigious Gairdner Foundation International Award in 1969, the same year he was elected to the Royal Society of Canada. In 1991 he was a co-recipient with Dr. McCulloch of the Royal Society of Canada’s Thomas W. Eadie Medal for ‘their revolutionary research in experimental hematology’. In 1993 he was the first recipient of the R. L. Noble Prize of the National Cancer Institute of Canada for ‘scientific excellence in cancer research’. The following year he was named an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 2000 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London and in 2001 received the Robert M. Taylor Award and Medal, a joint award of the National Cancer Institute of Canada and the Canadian Cancer Society, for his contributions to medical research and patient care. In 2004 he and Dr. McCulloch were inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. The same year he was awarded an honorary degree (DSc) by the University of Toronto. In 2005 he and Dr. McCulloch went to New York to receive the prestigious Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award. In 2009, both McCulloch and Till were nominated jointly for the Nobel Prize for Medicine and Physiology for their work relating to stem cells. The prize was awarded instead to another group for the discovery of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase.
Dr. Till is married to Joyce Sinclair and they have three children.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Board of Regents Annesley Hall Renovations Sub-Committee

  • Corporate body
  • 1987-1988

In May of 1987, the Residences and Services Committee agreed on membership for a Subcommittee on Annesley Renovations which would meet to take architectural advice, and make recommendations on the future of Annesley Hall. The building had been found to need major repairs and upgrades to meet fire and safety standards. Renovations took place over the summer of 1988. The Bursar looked after the financial arrangements for the project and the Committee looked after the architectural details, security and fire safety arrangements.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Board of Regents Burwash Hall and Men’s Residence Committee

  • Corporate body
  • 1924-1955

The Committee was established 1924. The Committee had responsibility for the general supervision of the residences on behalf of the Board. They looked after financial matters, property and Physical Plant, supervision of Residence personnel, admissions and student life in the residence. In 1955 the Committee merged with the Women’s Residence Committee to form the Committee on Residences and Services

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Board of Regents Campus Life Committee

  • Corporate body
  • 1955-

The Committee was formed in 1955 as the Committee on Residences and Services, merging the Women’s Residence Committee and the Burwash Hall and Men’s Residence Committee; it had the responsibility of operating the staff and students’ residences, providing facilities and services and maintaining the movable property and equipment. The members of the committee included the following: the President of Victoria University (Chairman), 3 student members chosen from the Men's Residence, the Women's Residence and the general student body, as well as the Bursar (Secretary), 3 members of the teaching staff, the Dean of Men and the Dean of Women, and the Bursar, who served as Secretary. In 2005 the Committee was re–named the Campus Life Committee.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Board of Regents Public Relations Committee

  • Corporate body
  • 1950-1978

The Public Relations Committee was formed in 1950 to study means and methods for raising funds for the University and consider the whole question of public relations at the University. In the Board minutes of November 16, 1978, it was noted that the Committee had had difficulty in defining an effective role for itself and as a result a motion was put forward to amend the By-Law and change the name and terms of reference of the Public Relations Committee to the Committee on External Relations and Development.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Board of Regents Revision Committee

  • Corporate body
  • 1974-1975, 1979-1981

The first Committee was established in 1974 to prepare a report on changes necessary to update the Victoria University Act 1951; in 1979 an ad hoc Committee was assigned this responsibility—its report resulted in the 1981 University Act.

Girdwood, Gilbert Prout

  • Person
  • 1832-1917

Gilbert Prout Girdwood was a medical doctor, chemist, and a professor of Chemistry at McGill University in Montreal. Girdwood was born in England and after coming to Canada with the military, decided to settle in Montreal in 1864. He was an expert in the detection of forgeries in criminal cases, and developed the magnesium flare as a lighting source for photography. He was also one of the first to use stereoscopic x-ray photography in the identification of foreign objects, and an expert at the stereoscopic microscopy of crystals. He was also a leader in the introduction of practical chemistry to university instruction.

Griffith, Julius

  • Person
  • 1912-1997

Julius Griffith was a Canadian artist.

Hahn, Sergius

  • Person
  • b. 1899

Sergius Hahn was a writer of Russian short stories.

Halliday, Hugh M.

  • Person
  • b. 1896

Hugh Halliday was a naturalist, journalist, author and photographer, and the author of Wildlife Friends, Adventures Among Birds, Adventures Among Animals and Bird Land.

Klement Family

  • Family
  • 19--

The Klement family was a wealthy Jewish family in pre-World War II Prague. They owned a large fashion house and two clothing stores, and lived in an elegant apartment in the city. Soon after Tomi was born, his parents Egon and Hedvika (Heda) purchased a house outside the city, with a large garden and staff. Within two years, Tomi was diagnosed with a nerve disease known as Sydenham’s chorea (commonly known as St.Vitus Dance), and his fragile health made him even more precious to his family. Beginning at age two, his grandmother created albums for him. In July 1943, the Klement family was deported to Theresienstadt concentration camp and fourteen months later they were shipped to Auschwitz where Anna, Heda and Tomiwere gassed. Egon was taken to a labour camp at Gleiwitz, survived a death march and returned to Prague. He eventually settled in Toronto with his new wife, Františka and her son Miro.

Marbois, Jock de

  • Person
  • [fl. 1904-1948]

Jock de Marbois first enrolled as a naval cadet in 1904 in England, and served with the Royal Navy during the First World War. He emigrated to western Canada after trying his hand at farming in Africa after the war, where he taught at a small rural school in the foothills. He moved to Toronto in the mid-1930s where he had been hired as an instructor of modern languages at Upper Canada College. When the Second World War broke out, he established and ran the Signalling Division at Canadian Naval Headquarters.

Morris, Edmund

  • Person
  • 1871-1913

Edmund Morris was a Canadian artist and descendant of the McLean and Morris families who settled in Elizabethtown (present day Brockville) in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

Miller Family

  • Family
  • [18-?]-

William John Miller (1889-1960) was a Toronto architect active from 1908 until some time after WWII. Son of the prominent architect George Martell Miller (1854-1933), William John Miller trained under his father and was a registered member of the Ontario Association of Architects from 1935 onwards. William assisted his father's firm with several notable commercial and residential projects in and around the city of Toronto, and would eventually take over his father's firm. Architectural plans for buildings completed by the Millers are held in the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library's Miller collection (Manuscript Collection 194).
William Miller married Ruby Adelaide Scott (died 1973). The couple lived for several years at 105 Rochester Avenue in Toronto and had a daughter, Joanne Martell Miller. The family frequented a summer cottage on Lake Simcoe, known as "Martell Villa." In 1949, Joanne married Robert Butt Dunlop, a Toronto area dentist, to become Joanne Martell Miller Dunlop (also known as Mrs. R.B. Dunlop). She died August 5, 1980.

Milne Family

  • Family
  • [fl. 1797-1957]

The Milne family was a Scottish family that settled in Ontario following the initial emigration of Peter Milne to New York in 1797. His brothers David, William and Alexander as well as their mother Helen joined him in New York. Alexander emigrated to Canada in 1817 and started a woolen mill and saw mill in Markham. Alexander and Peter Milne became partners in the operation of the mills in Markham ca. 1824. In 1827, Peter married and the brothers dissolved their partnership. Alexander moved to North York and established a mill at Don Mills and Lawrence (the site of Edwards' Gardens). He acquired the property along Lawrence from this site over to what is now Woodbine, where he moved his milling operations in 1832. Alexander operated it with his son William into the 1860s.
After Alexander's death, William Milne continued to operate the mill with his son Alexander W. Milne. In 1878, a new mill was erected after bad floods had damaged the previous one. After William Milne's death in 1880, Alexander W. Milne took over the operation of the mills. Either he or his son, Charles S. Milne, closed the mills in the early 1900s.
Charles S. Milne (b. 1877) married Edna Shepard Johnson in 1909. Edna (b. 1880) was the daughter of Abram S. Johnson and Saida A. Shepard, of North York.

Mitchell, John

  • Person
  • 1880-1951

John Mitchell was a Canadian lawyer and author, most famous for his book The Yellow Briar. His other works included The Kingdom of America, The Water-Drinker, Robert Harding and the The Settlement of York County.

Morisse, Stanley

  • Person
  • b. 1897

Stanley Morisse was a tailor, activist and member of the Communist Party of Canada.

Niagara Falls International Bridge Company

  • Corporate body
  • fl. 1855-1897

The Niagara Falls International Bridge Company was an American company and one of two companies (the other being the Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge Company) formed to share ownership of the Niagara Falls suspension bridge which was in existence 1855-1897.

O Broin, Padraig

  • Person
  • 1908-1967

Padraig O Broin was born in 1908 in Ireland at Clontarf near Dublin. His family emigrated to Canada when he was five and settled in Toronto. O Broin became interested in poetry after hearing a poem by W.B Yeats read at a meeting of the Scottish Society in Toronto in 1932. In 1933, he attended a meeting of the Canadian Literature Club and met its founder, Donald Graham French, an editor at McClelland and Stewart. With French, he began publishing a magazine, Writer’s Studio, where he also published his own poems. In 1939, O Broin set up his press, the Clontarf Press, and issued broadsides and pamphlets of his own poems. From 1952 to 1954, he edited and produced, with Iain MacKay, a Gaelic magazine called Irisleabhar Ceilteach. In 1955, he began publishing his own Gaelic literary magazine, Teangadoir. In 1957, he legally changed his name from J. Patrick Byrne to Padraig O Broin. He became increasingly interested in Canadian poetry in the early 1960s and in 1961 he began to publish Teangadoir in English and began featuring young Canadian poets like Gwendolyn MacEwen. From 1963 to 1965, O Broin served as editor of Canadian Poetry. He also published two collections of his work: Than any Star (1962) and No Casual Trespass (1967). He died in 1967 before he could complete a planned Gaelic lyric anthology.

Pathy, Alexander C.

  • Person

Through his family-owned shipping company, Alexander Pathy was an executive member of the Shipping Federation Council, which later became the Maritime Emplolyers Associaiton (MEA), of which he became the first chair in 1969. From 1981 to 1991, Pathy was a vice-president of the University of Toronto and professor of management and industrial relations, teaching at the university's Centre for Industrial Relations until his retirement in 1995. He currently resides in Barbados and is the managing director of Fednav (Barbados).

Pidduck, James A.

  • Person
  • fl. 1914-1921

James A. Pidduck was born to John Pidduck and Mrs. J Pidduck, and resided in Mont Royal Park, Montreal, Canada. He enlisted on November 15th, 1915 in Montreal. After training in Toronto, he was sent to New Brunswick on February 2nd, 1916 and sent to England aboard the S.S. Metagama on February 6th. He arrived at Branchatt Camp and was quickly shipped to Shorncliffe camp where he began his work as a chauffeur for superiors, and the wounded. In September of 1916 he is moved to Rouen, France. There he worked as a chauffeur and on fatigue in a tire store, an unserviceable items store and the Quartermaster store. Little is known of the rest of his time in France. He came back to Canada sometime in the 1920s aboard “The Cunard White Star Liner: Queen Elizabeth on War Duty”.

Priest, Robert

  • Person
  • 1951-

Robert Priest is a Canadian poet, playwright, author and musician. Born in Walton-on-Thames, England, Priest immigrated to Canada as a child and began his writing career shortly thereafter. His first published book was a collection of poetry titled The Visible Man (1980). His later book of poetry, The Mad Hand (1980) won the Milton Acorn Memorial ’s Poetry Award. Priest has since published several books of poetry and works of fiction for children (see partial bibliography below). As a musician and poet Priest performed both as a solo artist and as a member of various groups in the 1980s and 90s, including bands ‘The Defayds’ and ‘The Great Big Face.’ He was also part of a band for young audiences called‘The Boinks’, with musicians Eric Rosser and Ross Macdonald, and a performance poetry group called ‘The Three Roberts’ (with Robert Sward and Robert Zend). For many years, Priest lived with his partner Marsha Kirzner in the Bain Apartments Co-Operative on Bain Avenue in Toronto. He has been an active member of The League of Canadian Poets and The Writer’s Union of Canada since the late 1970s. He has led poetry and lyric writing workshops for young students at many Toronto area schools. In recent years, Priest has made several appearances on CBC radio as ‘Dr. Poetry,’ and has been a regular contributor to Toronto’s Now Magazine.

Reed, Thomas Arthur

  • Person
  • 1871-1958

Thomas Arthur Reed was a writer and a musician.

Ryan, Oscar

  • Person
  • b. 1904

Oscar Ryan was born in Montreal in 1904 and grew up in that city. He moved to Toronto in 1926 and became a journalist. He has published several books, among them Soon to be born, 1980.

Salsberg, Joseph

  • Person
  • 1902-1998

Joseph Salsberg was a politician in Ontario. He was a Labor-Progressive member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario 1943-1955, representing the riding of St. Andrew in downtown Toronto. He was a communist and activist in the Jewish community.

Sproatt, Henry

  • Person
  • 1866-1934

Henry Sproatt was a Toronto architect widely recognized as an authority on Gothic architecture. Buildings he designed include Hart House, Burwash Hall and Tritinty College at the University of Torontoa nd the National Research Council Building in Ottawa. From 1926-1929 he was President of the Royal Academy of the Arts.

St-Denis, Guy

  • Person
  • 1960-

Guy St.-Denis of London, Canada, is a descendant of Juliana Norcop, another of Lieutenant Norcop’s half-sisters.

Norcop, Laurence

  • Person
  • 1733-1766

Laurence Norcop’s military career began with an ensign’s commission in the 32ndRegiment of Foot. While the exact date of his appointment is unknown, it probably occurred shortly before 1756 and the formal declaration of the Seven Years’ War. Norcop, who was born in 1733 to a family of landed gentry in Shropshire, no doubt arranged the purchase of his commission with the financial backing of his father. A promotion to the rank of lieutenant followed in the summer of 1756 but, despite the persistent family tradition that Norcop attained the rank of captain, he never succeeded to the command of his own company. He did manage, however, to purchase the quartermaster’s commission in 1764. For most of the decade or more that Lieutenant Norcop served in the army, his regiment was garrisoned at various places in north-eastern Scotland. But rumours of a possible deployment overseas eventually materialized in 1764, when the 32nd Regiment was ordered to the West Indies. In the late summer of 1765, several months after his arrival in St. Vincent, Norcop was stricken with what seems to have been a malarial fever that swept through his regiment. A relapse probably accounts for Norcop’s death early in 1766.

Crowe, Kathleen

  • Person

Kathleen Crowe was an actress living in New York City and a close personal friend of Balabanoff’s.

Keith, W. J.

  • Person
  • 1934-

W.J (William John) Keith was born in 1934 in England. He has degrees in English from Cambridge and the University of Toronto. He taught English at McMaster University (1961-1966) and at the University of Toronto (1966-1995). Since his retirement, he has held the position of Professor Emeritus of English at University College, University of Toronto. Keith edited the University of Toronto Quarterly from 1976-1985, and was elected a Fellow in the Royal Society of Canada in 1979. He is the author of A Sense of Style: Studies in the Art of Fiction in English-Speaking Canada, Epic Fiction: The Art of Rudy Wiebe (1981), and Canadian Literature in English (1985).

Dafoe, Frances Helen

  • Person
  • 1929-2016

Frances Helen Dafoe, born December 17, 1929, Toronto, graduate of Branksome Hall; studied at the Parsons School of Design in New York City; later costume designer with CBC. Has designed costumes for theatre, ballet, skating, variety shows and dramas, including Rich Little and the Wayne and Shuster Show. Recipient of the Order of Canada, 1991; former Olympic figure skating pairs champion (with partner, Norris 'Norrie' Bowden); costume designer. She outfitted the performers for the closing ceremony at the 1988 Calgary Olympics. She died in 2016.

Goodison, Lorna

  • Person
  • 1947-

Lorna Gaye Goodison, born on August 1, 1947 in Kingston, Jamaica, is an internationally acclaimed author known chiefly for her poetry. She was educated at St. Hugh's High School (1958-66) and the Jamaican School of Art (1967-68) in Kingston, and at the School of the Art Student's League (1968-69) in New York. Goodison worked for the Jamaica Library service in the mid-1960s, and in the 1970s took a variety of jobs in advertising, public relations and promotions, and was a teacher of art and creative writing in Jamaica. Her first book of poetry, Tamarind Season, was well-received in Jamaica, but her second collection, I Am Becoming My Mother, brought her the 1986 Commonwealth Poetry Prize (Americas Region) and international recognition. She has subsequently published 12 books of poetry including: Heartease (1988), To Us, All Flowers are Roses (1995), Guinea Woman (2000), Travelling Mercies (2001), Goldengrove (2006) and Oracabessa (2013). She is also a well-known artist and has exhibited her paintings internationally and her work is often featured on the covers of her books. In 2017, Goodison was named the second official poet laureate of Jamaica.

Ormsby, Eric

  • Person
  • 1941-

Eric Ormsby is an American poet, writer and Islamic studies scholar. He was born 16 October 1941 in Atlanta, GA, and received his B.A at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his M.A and Ph.D from Princeton University with a specialization in Islamic theology. He also holds a Masters of Library Science from Rutgers University. He has had a distinguished careers in libraries and education, including Director of Libraries at the Catholic University of American in Washington (1983-1986), director of Libraries at McGill University (1983-1986), Professor and director of the Institute of Islamic Studies at McGill University (1996-2005) and since 2005 has served as the Deputy Head at the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London, England. He has published extensively on Islamic thought and Ormsby is also an accomplished poet. Selected publications include Bavarian Shrine and Other Poems (1990), Coastlines (1992), Araby (2001), Daybreak at the Straits (2004) and Time’s Covenant (2006).

LePan, Douglas

  • Person
  • 1914-1998

Douglas LePan was a Canadian poet, writer, diplomat and teacher. Born in Toronto in 1914, LePan received degrees from the University of Toronto and Merton College, Oxford. He taught English literature at the University of Toronto and Harvard between 1937 and 1941, at Queen’s University from 1959-1964 and again at the University of Toronto from 1964-1979. During the Second World War he served as an artillery man in the Italian campaign. He was in the Canadian diplomatic service from 1946 to 1959 and served as the secretary and director of research for the Royal Commission on Canada’s Economic Prospects. LePan’s time in the military inspired much of his poetry and fiction including The Net and the Sword (1953) and the Deserter (1964), both of which won a Governor General’s Award. Later poetry collections including Something Still to Find (1982) and Far Voyages (1990). In 1989, he penned a book of memoirs, Bright Glass of Memory. LePan died in 1998.

Fielding, Joy

  • Person
  • 1945-

Joy Fielding is a Toronto writer of international acclaim. She began writing at the age of eight, and by the time she finished high school, Fielding was planning a career as a writer. She received a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Toronto. It was during this time that Fielding decided she wanted to be an actress. This new ambition led to her involvement in a number of campus productions, including a student film, Winter Kept Us Warm. After her graduation, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film. Eventually, Fielding returned to Toronto and to her first love, writing. In 1980 her first book, Kiss Mommy Goodbye, was published. Since then, she has written a new book almost every two years: The Other Women (1982), Life Penalty (1984), The Deep End (1986), Good Intentions (1988), See Jane Run (1991), Tell Me No Secrets (1993), Don't Cry Now (1995), Missing Pieces (1997), The First Time (2000), Grand Avenue (2001), Whispers and Lies (2002), Lost (2003), Puppet (2005), Mad River Road (2006), Heartstopper (2007), Charley’s Web (2008), Still Life (2009), The Wild Zone (2010), Now You See Her (2011), Shadow Creek (2012), Someone is Watching (2015) and She’s Not There (2016). At present, Fielding divides her time between Toronto and Palm Beach, Florida.

Tsukornyk, George

  • Person
  • 1891-1968

George J. (Iurii. Ia.) Tsukornyk (b. 18 Apr. 1891, Zhuravna, Zhydachiv county-d. 15 May 1968, Ontario) was a Ukrainian Orthodox priest and teacher, composer and arranger of Ukrainian music, as well as a director of choirs through Canada. He received his musical education from the Lviv State Conservatory, and continued his studies in Vienna. With the outbreak of World War I, he fought on the Austrian front, and from 1919 with the Ukrainian Galician Army. Taken prisoner, Tsukornyk organized choirs for camps at Dombie and Landshut. He immigrated to Fort William, Ontario, Canada in 1927, and held his first concert there on 10 May 1927. His ordination to the Orthodox priesthood took place in 1937. Tsukornyk went on to direct choirs in Edmonton, Alberta (1927-1928, 1937); Daufin, Man. (1929-1930); Kenora, Ont. (1930-1931); Winnipeg, Man. (1931-1934); Toronto, Ont. (1935, 1936, 1938, 1950-1954); Sydney, Nova Scotia (1939-1942); Hamilton, Ont. (1942-1944); Grimsby, Ont. (1943); various cities of Ohio and Wisconsin (1945-1948); Kirkland Lake, Ont. (1949-1950); St. Catherines, Ont. (1955); Grimsby, Ont. (1956-1960); Scarborough, Ont. (1960, 1961); Waterford, Ont. (1961-1963); Niagara Falls, Ont. (1963-1964); St. Catherines, Ont. (1965-1966); Sault Ste Marie, Ont. (1965); and Oshawa, Ont. (1966-1968).

Hambleton, Ronald

  • Person
  • 1917-2015

Born in Preston, Lancashire, England in 1917. His family emigrated to Canada in 1924 and he grew up in Vancouver, B.C. He was a well-known writer, interviewer, freelance writer, music critic and poet. Among his published books are Unit of Five (1944), Object & Event (1953), Every Man is an Island (1959), There Goes McGill (1962), Mazo de la Roche of Jalna (1966), The Secret of Jalna (1972), A Master Killing (1978), the Love & Death of Orpheus (1979), The Branding of America (1987) and Verse of All Sorts, Light Dark & Wry (1995). Hambleton also wrote radio scripts, documentaries and television shows for the CBC and worked as a freelance journalist for newspapers and magazines in Canada and the United Kingdom. Between 1972 and 1977, he wrote a weekly column for Marketing Magazine and contributed to the Toronto Star as a music reviewer for over 30 years. Hambleton died in Toronto in 2015.

York, Thomas

  • Person
  • 1940-1988

Thomas York was born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas. York was ordained minister of the United Church of Canada, and served in parishes in mining and logging camps of the Queen Charlotte Islands, the village of Bella-Bella, B.C., the gold mining town of Yellowknife, N.W.T., and Chapel-in-the-Park in Toronto. His novels are set in the places where he has lived.

Whiteman, Bruce

  • Person
  • 1952-

Librarian and poet Bruce Whiteman was born near Toronto in 1952. After working as a rare book librarian at McMaster and McGill Universities, he moved to Los Angeles in 1996 to become head librarian at the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library at UCLA. Whiteman has published extensively as a poet, scholar, cultural historian and book reviewer. He is the author of numerous books of poetry, including his long poem The Invisible World is in Decline, which has now reached Book VI (published in 2006 by ECW Press). He regularly writes reviews for Canadian and American journals, and his scholarly books include Lasting Impressions: A Short History of English Publishing in Quebec (1994) and J.E.H. Macdonald (1995). He has also written bibliographies of Leonard Cohen and Raymond Souster.

Whittier, John Greenleaf

  • Person
  • 1807-1892

John Greenleaf Whittier, born December 17, 1807 in the southwest Parlor of the Whittier Homestead, was the first son and second child of John and Abigail (Hussey) Whittier. He
grew up on the farm in a household with his parents, a brother and two sisters, aunt and uncle, and a constant flow of visitors and hired hands for the farm. Whittier’s first poem to be seen in print appeared in 1826 in the Newburyport Free Press, where the abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison was editor. Under Garrison’s encouragement Whittier actively joined the abolitionist cause and edited newspapers in Boston and Hartford. He was associated with the Atlantic Monthly Magazine from 1857 until his death. In 1831, he brought a book of prose works, “Legends of New England,” and the next year returned to his native town to run the farm after his father’s death, and later moved to Amesbury. Until the Civil War, he became increasingly involved in the abolitionist cause, serving in numerous capacities on the local, state and national levels. He was also involved in the formation of the Republican Party. With the publication of Snow-Bound in 1866, Whittier finally enjoyed a relatively comfortable life from the profits of his published works. It is Snow-Bound for which he will always be best remembered as a poet. Nearly every volume of his verses published thereafter was truly a best seller. Whittier died on September 7, 1892 at a friend’s home in Hampton Falls, NH, and was buried with the rest of his family in Amesbury.

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