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The Ipperwash Inquiry

In November 2003, the Ipperwash Inquiry was established by the Government of Ontario to investigate and report on the factors surrounding the death of Dudley George. Mr. George was shot and killed during a protest at the Ipperwash Provincial Park in 1995. The Commission responsible for the Inquiry submitted its final report in 2007. Prof. Russell served as a member of the Inquiry’s Research Advisory Committee whose work assisted with Part II of the Inquiry: Policy and Research. Material in this sub-series covers background research, correspondence and documentation of the activities of the Committee, as well as draft typescripts of individual chapters from the final report. Series also includes letters written in response to statements made by then OPP Commissioner, Julian Fantino, following the National Day of Action, 2007.

Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples

In 1992, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, co-chaired by Judge René Dussault and Georges Erasmus, was established by the federal government. Prof. Russell was hired as Chair of the Research Advisory Committee and served from 1992-1995. According to the terms of reference, this Committee was to “devise and recommend a set of ethical principles to guide the conduct of research authorized” by the Royal Commission, “to provide advice on the overall design and methodological approaches of research”, and “to oversee discipline-based peer review in Political Science, Law, Economics, Anthropology/Sociology, Geography and History in addition to …peer review of Applied Studies and studies on the North”. Prof. Russell’s role is documented in correspondence, notes, newsletters, reports and manuscripts of studies. Among the studies included are “Aboriginal peoples and constitutional reform” written by Prof. Russell and Roger Jones, “Canadian governments and aboriginal peoples” governance papers for British Columbia, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador.

Dene Nation Southern Support Group

In 1974, Prof. Russell was appointed Chairman of the Dene Nation Southern Support Group. This informal body led by both Russell and Prof. Don Simpson (University of Western Ontario), was established in September 1974 by the Indian Brotherhood of the Northwest Territories and Metis Association. Their task was to secure support and understanding for the Land Settlement in southern Canada. To accomplish this goal, volunteers were attracted and the group produced an information booklet and coordinated fundraising activities in major cities across Canada. In 1975, a Support Group office was set up in Ottawa and closed two years later (October 1977) following the resolution of a number of Dene Nation concerns. These included the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline and the recognition that the Dene Nation’s political struggle for self-determination had become the primary goal. As a result, Prof. Russell and Prof. Simpson assumed an advisory role. Records include correspondence, notes, copies of newsletters, and copies of Land Claims documents.

Subject files and correspondence

This series contains files of correspondence, notes, reports, minutes of meetings, clippings, manuscripts, and other records relating to various activities, organizations, issues that Prof. Russell has been involved in over the past four decades. Material reflects his academic interests related to constitutional issues, legal topics, as well social justice issues in support of aboriginal rights and human rights. Sub-series includes correspondence, reports and notes relating to the Canadian Bar Association’s Committee for appointment of Judges, the China Democracy project, the Bilingualism & Biculturalism Commission, the Task Force to Review Comprehensive Native Land Claims, the University League for Social Reform, and other issues and bodies.

Retired Academics and Librarians of the University of Toronto (RALUT)

Sub-series consists of records documenting Prof. Russell’s participation in the Retired Academics and Librarians of the University of Toronto (RALUT). At its founding, the organization focused on issues surrounding pensions at the UofT and the continued academic activity of faculty members following retirement. Prof. Russell served as the organization’s Founding President. Material covers activities of the Executive Committee, Benefits Committee, Pension Committee, and the Joint Working Group on Retirement Issues, in addition to an address given by Peter Russell at the organization’s 2006 annual general meeting.

College and Universities Retiree Association of Canada (CURAC)

Sub-series consists of material documenting Prof. Russell’s involvement with the College and Universities Retiree Association of Canada (CURAC). His activity with the organization began at its founding as he participated in initial 2002 meeting of the CURAC Steering Committee and helped draft the organization’s Constitution. Prof. Russell would later become its Founding President (beginning in 2003 for a 2-year term) and continued serving on various committees throughout the decade.

Material documents executive and committee activities predominantly covering the period between 2003 and 2008. Files include Board of Director minutes, documentation of incorporation, planning for annual conferences and general meetings, membership surveys and the activities of various committees, publicity material and correspondence.

Lecture notes and teaching materials

This subseries consists of lecture notes and teaching materials for various courses in physics at the undergraduate and graduate level (1976-1987) and copies of student essays (1969-1978). There is also one file relating to lectures on energy given to Learning Unlimited (1988).

Internal reports

This subseries consists of generally unpublished Internal reports, written alone or with colleagues on various subjects such as asymmetric spectrometers, two-lens spectrometer, magnetic fields near magnetic lenses, and the precision positron comparator. The report entitled "A proposed superconducting-cavity electron accelerator for the University of Toronto" (Nov. 1974) was not funded and according to Prof. Paul "determined many a change in my subsequent career". For correspondence relating with other University of Toronto colleagues see Series I.

B2009-0041/001(04)–(05) consists of notes on the Nilsson Model; and "Atomic Collisions with Positrons", Part III of a report supporting the application of members of the University of Toronto Physics Department for a superconducting electron linear accelerator (Sep. 1974).

Marks and comments on student work

Related and often severed from the course files described above, this sub-series includes evaluations of students filed by course. These files often include the student’s full name and marks as well as detailed comments or criticisms of the work submitted. It can also contain correspondence with students, usually about their course work.

Course files

This series documents the courses taught by Prof. Nelson in the Department of History. Documents include course outlines, seminar topics, essay topics, exam questions, lecture schedules and reading lists. Less common are statistics on course attendance, discussions on curriculum and course development.

The main courses that Prof. Nelson taught were:

Hist 1620 The First World War: Origins, Course, Consequence
Hist 344 International Relations
Hist 443Peacemakers and Peacemaking: The Quest for Peace 1814, 1919, 1945.

Letters of recommendation

This series consists of chronologically arranged letters of recommendation for graduate students and for other students with whom he was involved indirectly. These files are followed by individual files containing correspondence such as letters of recommendation prepared during their years at University of Toronto and after graduation.

Subject files

This subseries consists of files relating to activities of particular interest to Prof. McNaught during his tenure as professor in the Department of History (1965-1984), and his continuing interest in the faculty’s professional association after his retirement. Included among this small group are files relating to the Faculty Committee on Vietnam (1967-1969), University League for Social Reform (1964-1966), applications for an unfilled one year appointment in American History (1969-1972), and two files on the University of Toronto Faculty Association (1995-1997).

Miscellaneous collected research

This sub-series documents the research of individuals and organizations other than NiPERA, but whose work is similar, or of interest to NiPERA. Record types include notes, drafts, papers, reports, and correspondence.

RFPs and commissioned research

This sub-series documents requests for proposals issued by NiPERA to seek out environmental research organizations willing to carry out research projects on the hazards of nickel exposure and related dangers for NiPERA. This sub-series also includes the research itself. Record types include notes, drafts, papers, reports, and correspondence. These records are arranged chronologically.

General and administrative files

This sub-series documents NiPERA’s communications, meetings, participation in conferences, as well as general and specific administration activities. Record types include notes, drafts, papers, correspondence, minutes, reports and memoranda.

These records are arranged with general files at the front, followed by general correspondence, annual meetings, other meetings and conferences, bulletins, chairman’s reports, subject files and assorted documents at the end. Each of these sections is arranged chronologically, except for the subject files, which are arranged alphabetically.

Research and teaching files

Comments on and revisions to manuscripts, book reviews, essay topics and reading lists for courses, subject correspondence files, microfilm copies (3 reels, 35mm.) of manuscripts in the PRO (“Reflections on the Roman Commonwealth) – [manuscript attributed to Locke but identical w. Walter Moyle’s Essay Upon the Roman Clth.], the Bodleian Library (Locke Ms e, “Treatise on the Civil Magistrate [autumn 1660]), and the Library of Union Theological Seminary, New York (McAlpin Collection: 1. Overton: An Arrow; 2. Lilburne: Rash Oaths; 3. To the supreme authority.)

Graduate student files

Graduate Student Files, including correspondence, letters of recommendation, student assessments, graduate research, drafts of dissertations.

Coronary Primary Prevention Trial (CPPT) and other studies

Series consists of five files related to the Coronary Primary Prevention Trial (CPPT). The trial tested whether lowering plasma cholesterol would prevent fatal and non-fatal heart attacks. The clinical trial was conducted at the Toronto McMaster Lipid Research Centre as well as eleven other US centres. Series also includes a proposal for a second analysis for nutrient intake. Records include notes, summaries of results, speaking notes from a 1984 press conference, and commentary of published CPPT findings and data tape documentation.

Population (Prevalence) Studies

Series contains records documenting research performed as part of the Toronto McMaster Lipid Research Clinics Population (Prevalence) Studies. Comprised of a number of individual studies, the project analyzed data from more than 8,200 subjects from both Hamilton and Toronto over two visits. Material within the series includes progress reports from the initial visits in addition to representing specific component studies. Component studies included in the sub-series are morbidity and mortality follow-up studies, high-density lipoproteins triglyceride (HDL-TG) risk factor analysis, and the Toronto Hamilton Comparison Study. Records includes data, notes, correspondence, typescripts and tables.

APO C-II deficiency research

Series contains material documenting specific studies and general research within the Studies of Familial Apolipoprotein CII Deficiency project. Initiated in 1977, the project aimed to study family members with apolipoprotein C-II deficiencies in order to establish the clinical and genetic characteristics of the condition. Lead investigators were Diane Wilson Cox, Carl Breckenridge, and Alick Little. The project also included collaborative studies with external researchers. Included in the material are records related to the APO CII Deficient Pedigree Study and the Apoloprotein CII deficiency: An investigation of abnormalities of Lipids and Lipoproteins and the Anemia of Homozygotes project as well as documentation of field trips to the United States (Texas. Records include proposals, correspondence with patients, fellow researchers and doctors, patient records, data print-outs, family study questionnaires, lab results, and reports.

Other studies

This subseries contains files relating to other studies conducted using data from this project. Between 1953 and 1956, Dr. Little and his team attempted to relate diet and the consumption of animal and vegetable fat. Files include some of the work of Dr. Fraser Mustard on butter and margarine. Other files relating to diet document the effect of coffee on serum lipids in the mid 1960’s. Dr. Little and Dr. Shanoff also studied the relationship of heart size to survival of males between the ages of 30 and 69 with myocardial infarction. They found that heart enlargement significantly reduced survival rates. Other files document diseases such as cirrhosis of the liver, diabetes mellitus, familial hypercholesterolemia, gout, hypertension, hypothyroidism, and obesity. Also included are studies of postmen (1954) and another on rugby players showing how exercise is associated with a high intake of calories without raising serum lipids.

Files may contain patient case information, correspondence, data and test results, and manuscripts of some articles and presentations.

Summarized data

This series contains summarized data for each subject patient (coronary and control), arranged by decade. Includes name of patient, study number, data relating to physical condition at various dates, occupation, social class, etc.

Control and coronary patient case files

This series contains patient case files for male veterans in two groups: the study group of patients with evidence of coronary heart disease and the control group of ‘normal’ patients with no evidence of coronary heart disease. Patients ranged in age from 30 years to approximately 80 years of age and were studied over a period of 10 years. The original folders along with the contents have been retained since important information was noted on the front of the folders by the project team. Case files are in numerical order reflecting the two groups and subdivided by decade (or age of patient, i.e. 4th decade = 30 to 39 years of age, 5th decade = 40-49 years of age, etc.) Case files contain correspondence, autopsy reports, data and test results, vital personal information.

Annual reports, articles, correspondence

This subseries consists of annual reports on the Atherosclerosis study from 1953 to 1962, correspondence with Sunnybrook Hospital and U of T. officials as well as colleagues relating to the project’s operations and manuscripts and off prints of articles describing the results of various studies.

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