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Zytaruk, George
NUCCASC-AR0001 · Person · 1927-2013

George Zytaruk was the first president of Nipissing College, a professor of English literature, and a renowned D. H. Lawrence scholar. He was born on May 6, 1927 in rural Alberta. He attended the University of Alberta, receiving a Bachelor of Education degree in 1949, followed by Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Master of Arts degrees in English. He worked as a teacher and principal in Edmonton and other Alberta communities until 1962, when he commenced his doctorate at the University of Washington in Seattle. After graduating in 1965, Zytaruk returned to the University of Alberta and taught in the English department. In 1967, he relocated with his family to North Bay, Ontario after being appointed Principal (later renamed President) of the newly-established Nipissing College. As President of Nipissing College from 1967 to 1983, he was instrumental in the college's early development and played a central role in key events including the college's affiliation agreement with Laurentian University (1967), the construction of the College Education Centre (opened 1973), and the establishment of a Faculty of Education following the merger of North Bay Teachers’ College with Nipissing College (1973).Zytaruk continued researching, writing, and teaching as a professor of English language and literature at Nipissing College both during and after his presidential term. His primary academic interest was the English writer D. H. Lawrence, while other interests included Shakespeare and Renaissance literature. Zytaruk retired in 1992, but remained active in the affairs of Nipissing University, which recognized his contributions by awarding him an Honourary Doctorate of Letters (1992), and naming him its first Professor Emeritus (1997) and President Emeritus (2011). George Zytaruk died in North Bay on April 12, 2013.

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G.A. Zypchen (1939- ) was the Director of Military Occupational Structures and of the Directorate of Structure and Activity Control during 1982-1996. Born in Hafford, Saskatchewan, he enrolled in the Canadian Army with the Royal Canadian Engineers in 1957. He was under the Regular Officer Training Plan and graduated from the University of Saskatchewan, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. Promoted to lieutenant in 1961 and to captain in 1964, he was appointed Second-in-Command of 1 Works Company, Royal Canadian Engineers. He was promoted major in 1968 and was appointed Staff Officer Equipment engineering at Force Mobile Command Headquarters. In 1970, he was appointed Officer Commanding Tactics Platoon at the Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering in Chilliwack, B.C. In 1972 he became Commanding Officer of the 4th Field Squadron, Lahr, Germany, and in 1974 he became Section Head of the Training Section of the Directorate of Military Engineering Operations. Promoted to lieutenant-colonel in 1975, he became a Member of the Directing Staff of the Canadian Land Forces Command and Staff College. In 1978 he was appointed Senior Staff Officer of the Administrative Branch of the 1 Canadian Brigade Group and Signal Squadron Headquarters. In 1981 he was appointed as a supernumery officer to the Personnel Manning Policy Group, and was promoted colonel the next year. He became Director of Military Occupational Structures in 1983 and Director of Infrastructure Planning Coordination (DIPC) in 1987. In 1992, when DIPC was converted into the Directorate of Structure and Activity Control, he maintained the position of Director. Zypchen retired from the Canadian Armed Forces in 1996.

Zurbrigg, Carl, 1919-2002
Person · 1919-2002

Carl Wesley Zurbrigg (1919-2002) was a minister with the United Church of Canada for 56 years. He was born in Listowel, Ontario. From 1937-1940 he worked at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in Listowel and Auburn-Dungannon. He received a B.A. from Victoria College at the University of Toronto in 1943, and a B.D. from Emmanuel College in 1946. He was ordained by London Conference on May 28, 1946. He was a summer Student in Tribune, Saskatchewan (1941-1942), Madawaska (1943), Ker (1943-1946). He worked as an ordained minister at Jarvie, Alberta (1946-1949), Peace River (1949-1952), Drumheller (1952-1956), Olivet United Church in Hamilton (1956-1968), Dominion-Chalmers, Ottawa (1968-1975), St. James-Simcoe in Erie Presbytery (1975-1984). In administrative capacities, he was Presbytery Chair of Peace River in 1951, Hamilton in 1960 and Erie in 1980. He was the Hamilton Conference Pension Convenor from 1984-1988. He was on the Executive of the Board of World Mission/Division of World Outreach from 1960-1966. Zurbrigg died in 2002.

Zuna, Edgar
Person · 1920-

Edgar Zuna was born on 15 November 1920 in Budapest, Hungary. After completing basic training at Horthy Alap, he joined the Hungarian Air Force and commenced advance training in Szombathely and then at Reconnaissance Flight Training School in Szekesfehervar. In June 1942, he departed for Russia with the 3/2 Reconnaissance Squadron. On 29 September 1942 he reported to the Royal Hungarian Air Force Academy in Budapest where he was put in charge of the basic military ground training after receiving the Silver Medal for Bravery and the German Iron Cross for forty-six sorties. On 20 August 1943 he joined the 102/2 Quick Bomber Squadron in Hajduboszormeny. In May 1945, the United States Army took him to Pfarrkirchen where approximately 3500 German and Hungarian military personnel were kept in captivity. He was registered with the United States Army as an ex member of the Hungarian Armed Forces.

In the winter of 1946, after living as a refugee in Tainach and then in Treffling, Edgar Zuna and his family, with substantial assistance from the Red Cross, moved to London, England, to work at the Old Ride School. Zuna then moved to Oxford to work at the Campion Hall, a Jesuit College, as head of the domestic staff. In July 1951, he immigrated to Canada where he found employment as a preflight inspector with Canadair in Montreal. In December 1956 he became a Canadian citizen. In May 1957 he joined the 3001 Technical Training Unit of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), providing practical training at St.Hubert Air station on service aircraft.

Two years later, he became an Aircraft Engineer with the 438 Squadron of Montreal Technical Branch. He served with the RCAF until 1956 when he transferred to one of Canadair's Industrial Engineering Sections. In 1963, he became a Flight Test Coordinator for the Canadian Marconi Company. In 1969 he became Chief Industrial Engineer for the United States Air Force in Goose Bay, Labrador. In 1973, he took on the position of Executive Assistant to the Airport Manager in Goose Bay. In 1975, he became Superintendant of Operations at the Toronto Airport. In 1976, he became Chief of Administration and Executive Services for the Airports and Construction Directorate in Ottawa. In January 1986, Edgar Zuna retired.

Zukerman, Bernard, 1943-
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Bernard Zukerman (1943 - ) is an investigative journalist, documentarian and film maker. A graduate of Osgoode Law School, Bernard Zukerman joined CBC Television in 1973 to develop story ideas for the dramatic series, For the Record. He then joined CBC Winnipeg's Current Affairs Department. He returned to Toronto in 1975 to become producer of the 5th Estate. In 1981, after a year as Executive Assistant to the CBC's Director of Television, Zukerman joined the staff of CBC's Journal as Senior Editor. In this capacity, he was responsible for creating the Journal's documentary unit, the largest in the country and the only unit to produce a documentary five nights a week. Zukerman then left the Journal to join CBC's Drama Department. There, his mandate was to develop Canadian dramas that drew on his experience as an investigative journalist and documentarian. Zukerman's first film, And Then You Die, 1986, a profile of underworld drug dealing, won five Gemini Awards and numerous prizes at international film festivals. His next film, Skate! won the Gemini for best Canadian TV movie. Zukerman's third film, The Squamish Five, 1988, focused on anti-nuclear protestors who were convicted of blowing up Toronto's Litton Systems' plant in 1982. The film won the Gemini for Best Canadian TV movie as well as other numerous prizes at international festivals. Love and Hate: The Story of Colin and JoAnn Thatcher, 1990, won five Gemini Awards and was the most watched entertainment program of the year. Further, it was the first foreign program ever sold to an American network and when NBC broadcasted it in 1991, it finished first for the week. Conspiracy of Silence was first telecast on CBC in 1991. It was then purchased and aired by the American network, CBS, in 1992. Dieppe followed on CBC in 1994. Million Dollar Babies was next, premiering on both CBC and CBS in November 1994. Net Worth aired on CBC in 1995. The Sleep Room is Zukerman's latest mini-series. It aired on CBC in January 1998.

Zuck, Tim, 1947-
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Timothy Melvin Zuck, Canadian artist and educator, was born in 1947 in Erie, Pennsylvania. He attended Wilmington College from 1966-1967 and 1968-1969. There he majored in philosophy and psychology and took a few courses in art history and sculpture. In 1967-1968, Zuck joined his parents on a year-long mission to India, where he studied at Madras Christian College. Zuck received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) in 1971. While at NSCAD, he did performance, film, photographic and other process-oriented and conceptual projects. In Halifax Zuck met and married Robyn Randell. He then earned his Master of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California in 1972. After completing his graduate studies, Zuck returned to NSCAD in late 1972, where he was Assistant Professor until 1979. While teaching at NSCAD, he continued to work on his conceptual projects. In 1975, Zuck began to focus on painting, in which he had no formal training. In 1979, he resigned from NSCAD and began to paint full-time in Purcell’s Cove, near Halifax, Nova Scotia. Zuck became a Canadian citizen in 1983. The Zucks moved from Purcell’s Cove to Kingston, Ontario, where they lived from 1982-1984 and then lived for three years in downtown Toronto, where their daughter, Anna, was born in 1985. They then moved to Midland, Ontario. In addition to taking part in many artist expeditions, Zuck won a poster competition for the XV Olympic Winter Games in 1988 in Calgary, Alberta. He moved to Calgary in 2002 to teach at the Alberta College of Art and Design. Tim Zuck is represented by the Sable-Castelli Gallery in Toronto, Ontario and the Paul Kuhn Gallery in Calgary, Alberta. His work has been included in numerous group and solo exhibitions in Canada, the United States and Europe, and may be found in the collections of numerous Canadian galleries and museums.

Zseliski, Zdzislaw
Person · 1924 - 2018-01-23

Zdzislaw Ludwig Zseliski, known as Dick Szeliski, was born in Poland in 1924. He was a member of the Polish Underground Army and took part in the 1944 Warsaw uprising. After liberation from a prisoner of war camp, he joined the Polish Second Corps in Italy. He moved to London after the war and obtained a Civil Engineering degree before beginning his professional career in 1950 at the Bridge Design Office of British Railways. He moved to Canada in 1951 and joined the Engineering Department of Canadian National Railways (CNR). He was Senior Structural Engineer at CNR in the 1950s when the Victoria Bridge Diversion was under construction. He was promoted to Assistant Chief Engineer – Structures and became responsible for Design, Construction and Maintenance of bridges and buildings across the CN systems. At the time of his retirement in 1986, he held the post of Chief Engineer, Bridges and Structures. After his retirement from CNR, he worked as a consultant for CANAC International on several international projects. Szeliski was an active member of the Canadian Standards Association, chairing its Committee on Concrete Railway Bridges, among other roles. He gave a number of lectures of the Victoria Bridge. He married Jadwiga Mieszkowska in 1954 and they had two children. Szeliski died 23 January 2018.

Zorra Tug-of-War Team
Corporate body · [18- ] - [19- ]

The Zorra Tug of War team, from the Village of Embro, began to attract attention in 1881 for their ability to out pull teams that often outweighed them. Because of this a great rivalry began between the Zorra Team and the Dereham Team, with the Dereham Team outweighing them by 20 pounds apiece. In the four years they competed against each other the Zorra team never lost. As their reputation spread the Zorra Team was challenged by teams from around the province, but none were able to beat the Mighty Men of Zorra.

On August 3rd, 1888 the team went to Buffalo to compete and was able to beat teams from Buffalo and Rochester, for which they received a silver tankard and a purse of money.

In 1890, the team received a challenge from the Highland Association of Chicago to compete against a Chicago team. The challenge was accepted and the match took place on August 23rd, with the Zorra team losing following a misinterpretation of the starting rule. As a result a re-match was requested to be held in Embro on October 10th. With over 4,000 in attendance the Zorra team was able to settle the score by beating the Chicago team in a long drawn out battle. These two teams met again at the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 where teams from Britain, France, Belgium, Germany, as well as the United States would compete. With fierce competition the “Zorras” once again defeated the Chicago team, in the finals, to become the official World Champions. Following their victory the Hon. Oliver Mowat offered his congratulations.

The team consisted of Alex Clark, Robert McLeod, Ira Hummason, William R. Munro, E.L. Sutherland (Captain) and Robert McIntosh and all were well over 40 years of age when they competed.

The three championship trophies the team won during international competitions were kept by Hon. James Sutherland at his home and later at Altadore, before being kept in the home of Bob McIntosh in Winnipeg, Manitoba. They were presented to the Woodstock Museum in 1976.
In 1939, a cairn was erected at the North Embro cemetery gates in their honor, which reads “Men of Might Who Feared the Lord”

Zorra Rebekah Lodge
Corporate body · 1923 - 2005 [?]

The Zorra Rebekah Lodge, Lodge #250, was established on June 12, 1923. Brother R.A. Sharp was serving as the Grand Master of the Great Lodge of the I.O.O.F. in Ontario this year. The Charter members of the Zorra Rebekah Lodge were as follows: H.B. Atkinson, D.R. Halladay, D.I. Rose, R.H. Clark, Burns Sutherland, Annie Atkinson, Anna McKay, Alice Clark, Helen Rose and Viola Sanders.

Zorra Caledonian Society
Corporate body · 1937-2018

Formed on March 18th 1856, the Embro Highland Games was created with the intention of preserving the language, martial spirit, dress, music, literature, antiquities, and games of the ancient Caledonians. This society helped create and celebrate the Highland Games in Embro, Ontario, yet disbanded a decade after forming for reasons unknown in 1888.

It was not until the year 1937 when the society regained a new form as the Zorra Caledonian Society. During that same year, the Highland Games returned to Embro. The games are still being hosted annually to this day, with some of the events taking place including bagpipe music, Highland dancing, and athletic competitions like tug-of-war.

Zonta Club of Burlington
Corporate body · December 1963 - 2019

The Zonta Club was founded in Buffalo, New York in 1919 by a group of businesswomen under the leadership of Marian de Forest. In 1927, the first club established outside the U.S was formed in Toronto and a year later in Hamilton. In 1963, the Zonta Club of Hamilton (now Hamilton I) resolved to organize a sister club in Burlington. Margaret Marshall (Briggs) was appointed to be the organizer. The new club was to honour Mary Smale of Burlington, past president of the Zonta Club of Hamilton and past governor of District IV, Zonta International. By December Margaret had assembled twenty interested women in executive positions and professions; and a charter dinner was held on December 6, 1963 at the Estaminet, with Alice Peck (Slavin), a former member of the Zonta Club of Hamilton, as the first president. Alice served in that office for the remainder of the fiscal year of 1963-64 and the following year 1964-65.

Zonta Club
F36 · Corporate body · 1979 -

The Zonta Club of Guelph filed its charter application in October 1979 and became an official chartered club of Zonta International in the same year.

Zonta International, founded in Buffalo in 1919, is a worldwide service organization of executives in business and the professions working together to advance the status of women. Zonta takes its name from the Lakota Sioux Indian word meaning "honest and trustworthy." Zontians volunteer their time, talents and energy to local and international service projects that are designed to advance the status of women. In addition to fulfilling this mandate, the Zonta Club of Guelph also organizes tours of historic homes in the city and hosts social events for its members.

Zone (Ont.)
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The Township of Zone was incorporated in 1856 under the terms of the Baldwon Act,Chapter 81, Canada Statutes, 1849. As an incorporated township, lower tier municipality, it had a council consisting of an elected Reeve and councillors depending on population. Its responsibilites related largely to the upkeep of the local road system and the delivery of services. It had the power to raise money through direct taxation on land and through the use of debentures. Under the provisions of Bill 26, the Savings and Restructuring Act, 1996, Zone was amalgamated into the new Municipality of Chatham-Kent effective January 1, 1998.

Zolf, Rachel, 1968-
Person

Rachel Sydney Zolf, poet, editor and critic, was born in Toronto. She is the author of several collections of poetry and chapbooks. Her books include: Human resources (2007), winner of the 2008 Trillium Book Award for Poetry and finalist for a Lambda Literary Award; Masque (2004), which was shortlisted for the 2005 Trillium Book Award for Poetry; and Her absence, this wanderer (1999), the title poem of which was a finalist in the CBC Literary Competition. Her chapbooks include: Shoot and weep (2008), from human resources (2005) and the naked & the nude (2004). Her poetry has been published in numerous journals, including Tessera (1992), Fireweed (1994, 1996, 1998), Capilano review (2001) and West coast line (2005), and her essays and reviews have appeared in journals such as Xcp: Cross-cultural poetics (2008) and West coast line (2008). Zolf was the founding poetry editor of The walrus magazine, where she edited poetry from 2004 to 2006, and she has also edited several books by other poets. Between 1987 and 1992, Zolf pursued English and History majors at the University of Toronto. Zolf began writing poetry in 1991. She apprenticed as a documentary filmmaker with Gail Singer Films Inc. (1990-1992). During the 1990s, Zolf worked as a researcher, producer and director on several documentary and experimental videos and films. In 2001, Zolf began working as a copywriter and editor to supplement her artist's income.

Zolf, Larry
F0110 · Person · 1934-2011

Larry Zolf, journalist and writer, was born in 1934. He received a B.A. from the University of Manitoba in 1956, studied Law at Osgoode Law School, Toronto, and has held the position of writer, news and current affairs reporter, producer, and consultant for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Toronto since 1962. He is the author of several books. His novel, 'Scorpions for Sale' (1989) won a nomination for the Leacock Award for Humour.

Zolf, Falek
F0614 · Person · 1898-1961

Joshua Falek Zolf, writer and teacher, was born in 1898 in Poland, where he attended yeshivah from 1909 until the start of World War I. He found work at a leather factory in Yaroslavl, Russia, in 1916 so that he would not be forced into compulsory military service, but the Kerensky revoluntion led Zolf to volunteer for the Russian army. He was captured by the German army on the Galician front, and was a prisoner of war in East Prussia in 1918. He returned to his home village of Zastavia after the war, only to find the area consumed by civil war following the Bolshevik Revolution. He participated in the Jewish reconstruction of Poland starting in 1920, and became a teacher. Zolf emigrated to Canada in 1926 to escape Poland's antisemitism. His wife and children joined him in 1927 and they settled in Winnipeg's North End, where their fourth child, Larry Zolf, was born in 1934. After working as an itinerant teacher, he was appointed teacher and later principal at the Isaac Loeb Peretz Folk School. He was very active in the Yiddish literary community in Winnipeg, and frequently contributed essays to the Yiddish press. The memoirs of Zolf's early years in Europe were published in 1945 under the title, "Oyf fremder erd = On foreign soil," which was translated by Martin Green and re-published in 2000. Zolf also wrote "Di lets·te fun a dor : heymishe gesh·tal·tn = Last of a generation," 1952, and "Undzer ·kul·tur hemshekh : eseyen = Our eternal culture : essays," 1956. Falek Zolf died in 1961.

Zola Research Program
Corporate body · 1971-1995

The Zola Research Program (in French, Le Programme de recherche sur Zola et le Naturalisme, or more commonly known as Programme Zola) began in 1971 when Henri Mitterand was a visiting professor at the University of Toronto. The three key members at this time were Henri Mitterand (University of Paris VIII), John Walker (French Department, University of Toronto), and Bard Bakker (Glendon College, York University). The goal of the project was to collect, organize and eventually publish letters written by Émile Zola. The project ran from 1975 until 1995, when the final volume in the series was published. The Zola Research Program published over 4000 (previously published and unpublished) letters written by Zola over 10 volumes. The volumes were published by the University of Montreal Press in association with the Edition Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS). Each letter is accompanied by contextual annotations provided through examinations of letters written to Zola, chronologies and histories detailing the political and social situation in 19th century France, as well as contextual information on events or figures referred to in the letters. The records in the Zola Research Program fonds likewise reflect these different activities-- photocopies of the letters by Zola, letters to Zola and letters by contemporaries are also accompanied by various documents collecting information about the various figures prominent in Zola’s life and the social/political milieu of 19th century France. These supplementary records form the contextual backbone of the correspondence volumes. The first volume was published in 1978, and consecutive volumes wer published approximately 18 months apart.

The Zola Research Program consisted of a joint effort between two teams, one in Paris and the other in Toronto. The Paris team (titled the Centre de Recherches sur Zola et le Naturalisme) was headed by Mitterand (Literary Advisor), and consisted of a variety of members including Colette Becker (Associate Editor), Danielle Coussot and Colette Morin-Laborde. The Toronto team was headed by Bard Bakker (Director and General Editor) and consisted of John Walker (General Secretary), Dorothy Speirs (Research Associate), Dolores Signori (Research Fellow), Owen Morgan, Hélène Issayevitch (Project Archivist), with various graduate students and research assistants throughout the years. Support and funding of the project derived from a variety of sources. The Paris team worked in collaboration with the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (who generally supplied funding and publication), the Bibliothèque Nationale de Paris, the Archives Nationales France and various other public and private institutions. The Toronto team was based out of the Department of French at the University of Toronto, and was largely funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). These two teams actively included Zola’s descendants in the project. The private collections of Zola’s grandsons (Dr. François Émile-Zola and Jean-Claude Le Blond) provided the primary source of letters, which were then expanded upon through intensive searches for more sources. These sources include various other public institutions (such as the Bibliothèque National de Paris and the Pierpont Morgan Library) and private auction houses (such as Hôtel Drouot), as well as individual private collectors. Donor agreements demonstrate the goal of the project as the one-time publication of the letters, and each photocopy contained in the collection is stamped or identified as deriving from its original collection. The Zola Research Program was dissolved after the publication of the final volume in 1995.