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Abella, Irving, 1940-

  • Person
  • 1940-

Irving Martin Abella (b. 1940) is an author, historian and Professor of History at York University in Toronto, Ontario.

Abella has written a number of books dealing with Canadian labour history and the history of Jews in Canada.

Aberdeen Association. Toronto Branch

  • Corporate body

The Aberdeen Association was a women's benevolent organisation affiliated with the National Council of Women. The Toronto Branch was established in 1899.

Aberdeen Women’s Institute

  • Corporate body

The Aberdeen Women’s Institute was a member of the Federated Women’s Institutes of Ontario. It served the hamlet of Aberdeen in Grey County, Ontario, and most of the surrounding township from 1926 to 1972. Miss Reta Rodgers (Mrs. John Fletcher McLean) and Mrs. David Lamb, both with a keen interest in improving rural life, organized a meeting at Aberdeen School to propose the formation of a local branch. With nearly every home in the area represented, it was unanimously decided to organize the Aberdeen Women’s Institute with Mrs. Jas. Haslett offering to host the first meeting on June 22, 1926. In addition to attending and hosting lectures and courses on varied topics, the Aberdeen Women’s Institute provided both material and financial donations to organizations including the Children’s Aid Society, Red Cross, war and disaster relief efforts, as well as local hospitals. In the mid-1930s, the wife of Lord Tweedsmuir, Governor General of Canada from 1935 – 1940, suggested that all Women’s Institutes create local history books, which became known as the Tweedsmuir histories. The Aberdeen Women’s Institute participated in documenting the local history of its area through that project.

Abitibi Power & Paper Company

  • Corporate body

The Abitibi Pulp and Paper Co. Ltd. was incorporated in 1912 to construct and operate a groundwood pulpmill on the Abitibi River at Iroquios Falls, Ontario. In 1914 the Abitibi Power and Paper Co. Ltd. was organized and acquired the assests of the Abitibi Pulp & Paper Co.. Newsprint paper machines were subsequently installed at the plant at Iroquois Falls, and power sites were developed to provide hydro electric power for the mill. A commercial sulphite pulp mill at Smooth Rock Falls, Ontario was also acquired. In 1928 Abitibi acquired five other Canadian newsprint companies including the Spanish River Pulp & Paper Mills Ltd.which owned the mill at Sault Ste. Marie. The unwieldly capital structure from these mergers resulted in Abitibi going into recievership in 1932. A Royal Commission Report was conducted into Abitibi's finances on March 1941. In April of 1946 the receivorship of Abitibi ended.

Aboriginal Strategy Circle in the Kawarthas

  • 14-005
  • Corporate body
  • 2005

The Aboriginal Strategy Circle in the Kawarthas (ASCK) evolved from the Urban Aboriginal Strategy Circle (UASC) which was formed in the spring of 2005. UASC was brought together by the local Aboriginal organization, Whitepath Consulting and Counselling Services, and was comprised of such members as Trent University Native Studies Department, the Ontario Metis Aboriginal Association, Peterborough Social Planning Council, and other organizations. ASCK was focused on identifying the needs of Aboriginal Peoples in the Peterborough and Kawarthas area. The goals of ASCK are listed as follows:
To provide opportunities for Aboriginal people to share their thoughts, ideas, experience and opinions that could affect positive change in the future
To strengthen and support the capacity of current and developing Aboriginal organizations through partnerships and training
To facilitate communication and provide information-sharing among Aboriginal organizations and to advise City and County service providers on how best to support Aboriginal people
To research, prepare and provide educational information on topics related to the issues identified through consultation with Aboriginal people
To develop a fund and criteria for long-term projects and/or needs of Aboriginal people.

Abraham Bowman

  • Person
  • 1768-1860

Abraham Bowman (1768-1860) was born on the Mohawk River NY. He came to Fort Niagara with his mother in 1776 and enlisted in Butler’s Rangers as a fifer in 1777. He must have transferred in 1780 to the Kings Royal Regiment of New York until the end of the war as a musician. After the war, Abraham settled with his father at the Whirlpool, moving later to St. Catharine’s where he died. He served as a captain in the War of 1812 fighting at Lundy’s Lane, Chippewa, and Queenston Heights where he was wounded. He received 300 acres plus 200 for his wife (the daughter of a Loyalist) and a town lot in Newark. He married at least twice, and possibly a third time. With his second wife Mary Jones (1770-1854) he had a son, Joseph.

Abraham Levine family

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Abraham [Avram?] Levine, was Moses Levine’s brother. He died young, possibly in 1908. He married Sarah Freinkelstein (d. 1948) in 1894, and they lived at 100 Elizabeth St., in Toronto. They had two sons Harry (1899-[1966?]) and Philip, both of whom worked in the building industry. Abraham worked as a dry goods merchant.

Abramov, Ayala Zacks, 1912-

  • Person

Sam and Ayala Zacks were prominent Canadian art collectors of international repute active in the mid-20th century whose gifts form the basis of the modern European art collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Ayala Ben Tovim Fleg Zacks Abramov (1912-) was born in Jerusalem and educated in Israel, Paris and London. In 1938 she married Maurice Fleg in Paris, and joined the French Resistance after her husband died in action in1940. Active in Zionist circles after the war, she met Sam Zacks in Switzerland. Samuel J. Zacks (1904-1970) was a financier, Zionist and art collector, born in Kingston Ontario and educated at Queen’s University and Harvard. Following their marriage in 1947 they immediately began to collect art of the School of Paris as well as Canadian and Israeli art and antiquities, amassing an extensive collection by the late 1950’s that was in continual demand by museums around the world. In 1956 a collection of Canadian art was donated to Queen’s University, Mr. Zack’s alma mater, the first of many significant gifts to institutions in Israel and Canada including the Hazor Archaeological Museum, the Royal Ontario Museum and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Mr. and Mrs. Zacks were both involved in international art circles, sitting on the Boards of the International Committee of Museums (ICOM), a branch of UNESCO, the International Committee of the Museum of Modern Art, the Art Gallery of Ontario and others. In 1969 Mr. Zacks received an Honourary Fellowship from St. Peter’s College, Oxford. He died in 1970 in Toronto. After his death, Ayala Zacks was awarded the Order of Canada and an honourary degree from the University of Toronto. She married Zalman Abramov, an Israeli lawyer and politician in 1976 and moved permanently to Israel in 1982.

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