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Holborn, Richard F., d. 1999
Person · d. 1999

Richard Holborn worked as a photo-journalist in the Mississauga area for The Toronto Star from the 1950s to 1970s.

Richard F. Holborn lived in Mississauga, and was a freelance photographer for The Toronto Star for thirteen years before being assigned to report on news from Milton, Ontario. Holborn was later assigned to photographing celebrities and politicians at the Malton (now, Pearson International) Airport. After working for The Star, Holborn worked for the LCBO for twenty-five years.

Person · 1855-1937

Reuben R. Sallows was a commercial photographer specialising in agrarian and pastoral scenes.

Sallows was born and raised on a Huron County farm. He moved to Goderich in 1876, becoming a travelling salesman for local photographer Robert R. Thompson. Two years later, Sallows became Thompson's apprentice, and, in 1881, bought the business.

During the next decade, Sallows developed a reputation as a craftsman in formal portraiture, pastoral photography, and stereoscopic images. Besides building a substantial business, Sallows subscribed to the professional trade journals and was an active member in the Huron Photographers' and Canadian Photographers' Associations.

In 1897, Sallows successfully sold one of his pastoral photographs to several American newspapers. After the subsequent sale of further "pretty domestic scenes" to an American publisher, Sallows quickly specialised in commercial photography. Besides working for the Canadian Pacific Railroad, Grand Trunk Railway, and Department of Agriculture, Sallows specialised in "domestic scenes, pictures of rural life, views of nature in her wildest and loveliest moods, hunting, fishing, boating, camping and outdoor pastimes" (Busy Man's Magazine, May 1909).

Until World War I, Sallows travelled extensively on various assignments, turning his growing operations in Goderich over to his assistants. Besides promoting his own work, Sallows' store expanded into selling photographic supplies, processing the work of amateur photographers, and holding art classes.

By the late-1910s, Sallows began restricting himself to local jobs and to selling only a few images for publication each year. He died in 1937 at the age of 82.

Hutchison, George, 1940-
Person · 1940-

George Hutchison (1940-) was contracted by the Archives of Ontario to conduct oral history interviews regarding Ontario politics from 1960 to the present.

George Hutchison (1940- ) worked as a journalist, author and press secretary for Premier David Peterson. As a journalist, he worked at the Chatham Daily News (1961-1964) and the London Free Press (1964-1982), including as Queen's Park Bureau chief for the London Free Press from 1972 to 1974. In 1982 he became the Director of Communications for the Office of the Leader of the Official Opposition of Ontario (David Peterson). When David Peterson became Premier of Ontario in 1985, he became Press Secretary and Director of the Press Office in the Office of the Premier, serving in that capacity until 1987. In 1988 he became Director of Public Affairs for the Government of Ontario at Ontario House in London, England.

Lowe, J. Norman, 1925-2004
Person · 1925-2004

J. Norman Lowe (1925-2004) was an employee in the Public Affairs department at Canadian National Railways (CN) from 1953 to 1988. From 1978 to 1988, Lowe acted as Manager of History for CN.

As an avid rail enthusiast, J. Norman Lowe collected railway memorabilia and photographs documenting the history of rail in Canada, especially Ontario. As a member of the Public Affairs staff, Lowe was responsible for outreach and communications. Later in his career, he was asked to manage the historical records for CN, and became the Manager of History from 1978 to 1988. Mr. Lowe retired from CN in 1988.

James Norman Lowe died in Quebec City on Firday September 24th, 2004.

Spanos, Norm
Person · fl. 1993

Norm Spanos is a professional photographer in Southwestern Ontario.

Person · 1930-2004

Dr. Edward E. Stewart (1930-2004) held positions in the Executive Council of the Government of Ontario and was Deputy Minister to the Premier from 1974 to 1985.

Dr. Edward Emslie Stewart was born in Montreal, Quebec 11 September 1930.

After teaching in public schools in Windsor and at the Toronto and Lakeshore Teachers' Colleges, he held various positions with the Ontario Department of Education. Stewart served as Deputy Minister in the Department of University Affairs and the Department of Education.

From 1974 to 1985 Stewart was Deputy Minister to the Premier of Ontario. Concurrently, he served as Secretary of Cabinet from 1976 to 1985 and as Clerk of the Executive Council from 1977 to 1985.

Dr. Stewart died in September, 2004.

Corporate body · [ca. 1910] - [ca. 1930]

The Associated Goldfields Mining Company was a firm that operated in Larder Lake, Ontario during the Northeastern Ontario mining boom of the 1910s and 1920s.

Eaton, John Craig, 1876-1922
Person · 1876-1922

John Craig Eaton was a merchant and a well-known philanthropist in Toronto, Ontario, who was knighted in 1915 for his contributions to the war effort.

Sir John Craig Eaton was the youngest son of Eaton department store founder Timothy Eaton and his wife, Margaret Wilson Beattie Eaton.

Born in Toronto, John Craig married Flora McCrea in 1901. The couple had six children: Timothy Craig; John David; Edgar Allison; Gilbert McCrae; Florence Mary; and Evlyn. Upon the death of his father in 1907, John inherited the T. Eaton Company and became its president. John was largely responsible for opening the Eaton store in Winnipeg in 1905. He also opened buying offices in Great Britain, the United States, Europe and Asia.

He was made a Knight Bachelor in 1915 in recognition of his many contributions to the Allied war effort during World War I.

John Craig also worked continually for better working conditions for his employees, introducing shorter work hours, a miniumum wage, early closings, and Saturday half days.

The Eaton family home, a 50 room mansion called Ardwold located on Davenport Road in Toronto was built by John Craig between 1909 and 1911. In 1936, the property was sold, Ardwold was demolished and the Ardwold Gate subdivision was developed at that location.

John Craig died of pneumonia in 1922 and his cousin Robert Young Eaton became president until Sir John's son, John David Eaton, reached an appropriate age to take over the company.

Person · 1792-1857

Samuel Peters Jarvis (1792-1857) was a Tory lawyer and civil servant in Upper Canada and the Province of Canada in the early nineteenth century.

Jarvis was born at Newark, Upper Canada, studied under Dr. Strachan at Cornwall, and was admitted to the bar in 1815. He held various positions in the civil service, including acting as Assistant Secretary and Registrar of the Province, as Clerk of the Crown in Chancery and as Chief Superintendent of Indian Affairs for Upper Canada. Jarvis was involved in the group which damaged William Lyon Mackenzie's printing press in 1826. He also saw service in both the War of 1812 and the Rebellion of 1837. He married the daughter of the Hon. William Dummer Powell, Mary Boyle, in 1818.

Person · 1806-1859

Rev. Dominick Edward Blake (1806-1859) was a minister in the Anglican Church in Upper Canada during the mid-nineteenth century. He was the elder brother of William Hume Blake.

Blake was born in Kiltegan, Ireland in 1806, the son of Reverend Dominick Edward Blake and Anne Margaret Hume Blake. He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, graduating with a BA in 1829, and was ordained as a priest in the Church of England in 1832. He married Louisa Jones and they had two sons, Dominick Edward and John Netterville Blake.

Following their emigration to Canada in 1832, Blake was appointed to the mission of Adelaide, Upper Canada at the newly established St. Ann's Church. Blake contributed a journal of his missionary activities in Upper Canada to the Society for the Propogation of the Gospel, in order to supplement his income after the British government discontinued its grants to the colonial church.

Blake remained in Adelaide until 1844 when he became the rector of Thornhill. Rev. Dominick Edward Blake died suddenly on 30 June 1859 shortly after making an address at Trinity College, Toronto.

Person · 1868-1923

Samuel Verschoyle Blake (1868-1923) was a lawyer and the youngest son of Ontario premier and federal Liberal Party leader Edward Blake (1833-1912).

Samuel Verschoyle Blake was born in Toronto in 1868 to Edward and Margaret Blake. He became a lawyer and joined his father's law firm in Toronto. Blake travelled in Asia and for a time practiced law in England.

Samuel Blake wrote a book of poetry during World War I entitled "Her soldier dead and other verse."

Blake married Florence Cameron; they had no children.

Gaelic Society of Toronto
Corporate body · 1887-

The Gaelic Society of Toronto was formed in 1887 as an organization to connect members of the Scottish community in Toronto, to promote Scottish language and literature, to provide education in the Scottish Gaelic language, and to aid Scottish immigrants to Canada.

An earlier incarnation of the Gaelic Society of Toronto was in existence from 1880 to 1884. In 1902, the name of the society was changed to the Gaelic Society of Canada, although its focus remained in Toronto and the name was changed back to Gaelic Society of Toronto in 1940.

Blenheim (Ont. : Township)
Corporate body · 1850-1975

Blenheim Township, Oxford County, Ontario was incorporated January 1, 1850 under the terms of the Baldwin Act, Chapter 81, Canada Statutes, 1849.

This act provided for the creation of municipal governments at the town, village and township levels and identified those which would automatically be granted municipal status when the act came into effect, January 1, 1850. Communities not named in the original act could petition the county council or legislative assembly for incorporation on reaching specified population levels.

An incorporated township, lower tier municipality, has a council consisting of an elected Reeve, Deputy Reeves, and councillors the number of which depend on the population of the township. Its responsibilities relate largely to the upkeep of the local road system and the delivery of services such as water and sewage. It has wide powers relating to the regulation of land and local administration through by-laws. It has the power to raise money through direct taxation on land and through the use of debentures.

In 1975 Blenheim Township was amalgamated with the neighbouring Township of Blandford to form the Township of Blandford-Blenheim within the Restructured County of Oxford.

Curling, Alvin, 1939-
Person · 1939-

Jamaican-born Alvin F. Curling represented the Ontario riding of Scarborough North from 1985 to 2005 as a Liberal MPP and served as Minister of Housing, Minister of Skills Development, and opposition critic before being elected Speaker of the Legislature. From 2005 to 2006, Curling served as Canada's ambassador to the Dominican Republic.

Alvin Curling was born in Kingston, Jamaica, the son of Alvin Curling and Maud Groves. He grew up in Jamaica and attended the College of Science and Technology in Kingston, Jamaica. Upon immigrating to Canada, Curling attended Seneca College of Arts and Technology and York University near Toronto, Ontario. He graduated from Seneca College's Municipal Administration program and was awarded the Seneca Cup.

While in Jamaica, Curling worked in the management of housing and land settlement. After immigrating to Canada, Curling served as an educational administrator, specifically as Director of Student Services at Seneca College. From 1981 to 1984, he was President of World Literacy of Canada, where he also served as a Board Director.

In 1985, Curling was elected to the provincial riding of Scarborough North, with the highest vote total in Canadian history. He was also the first Afro-Caribbean MPP and the first Liberal member elected in that riding. He was re-elected five times.

In 1985, shortly after first being elected as MPP, Curling was appointed Minister of Housing, becoming the first black member of the cabinet, under the David Peterson government. In 1987, Curling was appointed Minister of Skills Development, a role he fulfilled until 1989.

From 1990 to 2003, Curling served as the Ontario Liberal opposition critic for various departments: solicitor general, human rights, disabilities, youth issues, housing, colleges and universities, urban affairs, as well as skills development and training. In 1995, Curling achieved notoriety for participating in an 18-hour filibuster in which he and his colleagues refused to leave their seats in protest against the Conservatives wanting to rush Bill 26 through Parliament without public hearings.

From 1996 to 1999, Curling served as Deputy House Leader. In 2003, he was elected Speaker of the Legislature. Curling resigned his seat in 2005 to accept the posting of Canada's ambassador to the Dominican Republic, where he served until recalled in 2006. He was honoured by the Government of Jamaica with the Order of Distinction and has an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Technology in Jamaica.

Curling has served on numerous advisory boards and committees including as Chair of the Advisory Board to the Caribana Cultural Committee, Member of the Board of Directors of the World Hunger Project, Member of the Jamaican-Canadian Association, and Member of the Advisory Board to the Chinese Cultural Centre. He has also been Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI).

As of 2009, Curling serves as Co-chairman of the Roots of Youth Violence Secretariat with the Honourable R. Roy McMurtry, Q.C.

Martel, Elie, 1934-
Person · 1934-

Elie Martel was an Ontario Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) representing the riding of Sudbury East for the New Democratic Party (NDP) from 1967 to 1987.

Elie Martel was born in Capreol, Ontario. He grew up in Capreol and was educated at Laurentian University, Sudbury, and North Bay Teacher's College. Before entering political life he worked as a teacher and high school principal. In 1967, Martel was elected to the provincial riding of Sudbury East and was re-elected continuously until his retirement from politics prior to the general election of 1987.

During his political career Martel was strongly involved with labour and health and safety issues. He was a member of the 1977 Select Committee on the INCO/Falconbridge Layoffs, which concerned mining corporations within his riding and the 1980 Select Committee on Plant Shutdowns and Employee Adjustment. He was the NDP opposition critic for Health and Safety from 1982 to 1983, and again from 1985 to 1987 and was the opposition critic for the Workers Compensation Board from 1985 to 1986. In 1985 and 1986 he was the NDP House Leader. In 1984, Martel coordinated hearings held by the NDP caucus on safety and development in youth amateur hockey.

Martel married Gaye Fawcett, the daughter of former federal MP Norman Fawcett, who represented the riding of Nickel Belt for the NDP from 1965 to 1968. Martel is the father of former NDP MPP Shelley Martel, who succeeded her father in the riding of Sudbury East from 1987 to 1999, later representing Nickel Belt from 1999 to 2007.

Wilkes, F. Hilton, 1891-1983
Person · 1891-1983

F. Hilton Wilkes was an architect who practiced in Toronto, Ontario from 1914 until the mid 1960s.

Born in Brantford, Ontario on December 26, 1891, F. (Francis) Hilton Wilkes was educated at McGill University, Montreal, and the University of London, UK, before commencing his professional career in 1914 with the architectural firm Sproatt & Rolph, based in Toronto, Ontario.

Wilkes served in the First World War with the Royal Canadian Dragoons from 1915 until 1919, achieving the rank of Captain. Following the War's end, Wilkes returned to Toronto and began practising with the architectural firm Darling & Pearson (1919-1920) and later moved to New York to work with McKim, Mead & White (1920-1922). In 1922, Wilkes returned to Toronto and began practising on his own.

During the 1920s, Wilkes partnered with noted Toronto architect Mackenzie Waters to form Waters & Wilkes. In the 1930s, Wilkes partnered with Richard Alexander Fisher to form Wilkes & Fisher. Both firms specialized in the design of residential homes. During this period, Wilkes would design and construct his most famous building, the Canada Permanent Building in Toronto, as well as the Canada Permanent Trust Company branches across Canada and Connaught Medical Research Laboratories at the University of Toronto.

After serving in the Second World War with the Governor-General's Horse Guards, Wilkes returned to his architectural practice in Toronto. He formed Wilkes, Wasteneys & Associates with John G. Wasteneys in the mid 1950s and remained active in the firm until the mid 1960s. Notable projects during this period include renovations and alterations to St. James Cathedral in Toronto, Canadian Forces Base Borden, Crescent School in Toronto and Lakefield College School near Peterborough.

Wilkes died in Toronto in June, 1983.

Natural Heritage League
Corporate body · 1982-1993

The Natural Heritage League (NHL) was established in 1982 as an umbrella group of government and non-government agencies with an interest in the protection of natural areas in Ontario. The League ceased to operate circa 1992-1993.

The Natural Heritage League (NHL) was established in 1982 as an umbrella group of government and non-government agencies with an interest in the protection of natural areas in Ontario. The NHL was established as a coalition of agencies with an interest in promoting the protection of natural areas, particularly those which were privately owned and therefore not subject to direct government control. The NHL began operating in 1983 with 15 member organizations but came to include over 30 groups by 1992.

The objective of the NHL was to provide land owners with opportunities to protect sensitive or interesting areas without placing them in financial difficulties through private stewardship programs. The models established by the League have since been widely copied across Canada. The main functions of the NHL were as follows: land protection, natural heritage stewardship, information and education, coordination of financial assistance and coordination of fundraising.

The idea for the NHL was formalized at the Natural Heritage Protection in Ontario conference, hosted by the Ministry of Natural Resources, the Ontario Heritage Foundation (OHF) and the Nature Conservancy of Canada. The conference was a tool for advocating greater cooperation between government and non-government agencies in protecting areas of natural and scientific interest in Ontario. Following the conference, the OHF Board approved and announced the establishment of the NHL with the OHF agreeing to providing it with administrative and operational support.

The NHL operated informally within the Ontario Ministry of Culture and Communications / Ontario Heritage Foundation for its first five years but formally established this relationship through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed in 1988. The MOU laid out the terms for a cooperative natural heritage protection programme through the NHL. It defined the principal activities of the NHL and set out the support roles and services to be provided by the signatories. The MOU expired in December 1992 at which time the NHL ceased to operate.

Person · fl. 1896-1908

W. Wallace Jones (fl. 1896-1908) practiced law in the Brockville-Gananoque area and later in Toronto, Ontario.

W. Wallace Jones was the partner of Clarkson Jones in a law practice in the Brockville-Gananoque area in Ontario before 1900. By 1900 both had moved to Toronto where they joined other law firms. W. Wallace Jones joined Robert Simpson Co., possibly as a legal consultant, while Clarkson Jones joined an unidentified law firm. Many of their early dealings seem to have been in real estate.

Person · fl. 1896-1908

Clarkson Jones (fl. 1896-1908) had a law practice in the Brockville-Gananoque area and later in Toronto, Ontario.

Clarkson Jones was the partner of W. Wallace Jones in a law practice in the Brockville-Gananoque area in Ontario before 1900. By 1900 both had moved to Toronto where they joined other law firms. W. Wallace Jones joined Robert Simpson Co., possibly as a legal consultant, while Clarkson Jones joined an unidentified law firm. Many of their early dealings seem to have been in real estate.

Tench, William
Person · fl. 1802-1840

William Tench was a general merchant, farmer, and mill operator in King Township, Ontario in the 19th century.

William Tench was originally from the town of Ledyard, County of Cayuga in New York State. By about 1830 he moved to King Township.