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York University (Toronto, Ont.). Senate. Committee on the Organization and Structure of the Senate and of the University

  • Corporate body
  • 1970-

The Committee on the Organization and Structure of Senate and the University was to advise and recommend to Senate on matters pertaining to the organization and function of Senate and it's committees, academic government in the University, and the Senate's relations with other bodies in the University and with external bodies. Established Oct 22, 1970.

York University (Toronto, Ont.). Senate. Curriculum Committee

  • Corporate body
  • [1971?]-1979

The Curriculum Committee was established to co-ordinate and oversee curriculum development in the University, to review existing curricula and to examine and propose changes to them. It had the power to accept or reject any routine changes to programme proposals. It was charged in 1971 with power to exercise initiative with respect to policy matters involving curricula, including the specific issue of Canadian content. The committee was superseded in 1979 by the Committee on Curriculum Policy and Instruction.

York University (Toronto, Ont.). Senate. Executive Committee

  • Corporate body

The Executive Committee is the senior committee of Senate. It directs the flow of Senate business to appropriate committees, administers the process of nominating members to serve on Senate, and receives the reports of many of the other committees. Along with the Senate proper, the Executive has the power to create committees to deal with matters of general concern that are not the purview of any other Senate committee. The Committee acts as the Senate's liaison with the Board of Governors and must meet with its Executive Committee at least twice a year. The Executive also acts in the name of the Senate during the summer months. The Sub-Committee in Honorary Degrees and Ceremonials is attached to the Executive Committee.

York University (Toronto, Ont.). Senate. Library Committee

  • Corporate body

The Library Committee is concerned with Library policy as it affects academic life. It collaborates with the Library in drafting, reviewing and evaluating rules for use of the libraries at York. It hears appeals from library patrons over fines and sanctions for library offenses. The Committee also offers advise on the composition and disposition of the Library budget, and it will advise Senate on the Library's use, collection development and maintenance.

York University (Toronto, Ont.). Student Counselling Services

  • Corporate body
  • 1960-

The Student Counselling Services originated in 1960 to provide students with personal counselling, both for educational purposes and psychological counselling. It became the Psychological Services Dept. in 1964.

York University (Toronto, Ont.). Student Services Community

  • Corporate body
  • 1973-

The Student Services Community was a voluntary organization established in 1973 by University staff members involved in the provision of student services on campus. Its aim was to improve communications about student services, improve services to students and help integrate new staff into the University. The latter purpose was served by the Staff Development Sub-committee. The Student Services Community was a voluntary organization established in 1973 by University staff members involved in the provision of student services on campus. Its aim was to improve communications about student services, improve services to students and help integrate new staff into the University. The latter purpose was served by the Staff Development Sub-committee.

York University (Toronto, Ont.). Teaching Skills Programme

  • Corporate body
  • 1977-

The Teaching Skills Programme was established in 1977, as a successor to the Counselling and Development Centre' s Development of Teaching Skills Programme (DOTS). In 1980 the Educational Development Office was established with the teaching skills programme as its major activity.

York University (Toronto, Ont.). The Committee on Curriculum and Academic Standards (CCAS)

  • Corporate body
  • 1986-

The Committee on Curriculum and Academic Standards (CCAS) was created in 1986 by bringing together the Committee on Curriculum Policy and Instruction (itself created in 1979 out of the Curriculum Committee), and the Committee on Examinations and Academic Standards (with the exception of the appeals function) The Committee is responsible for formulating policy and making recommendations on all matters concerning the improvement, evaluation and co-ordination of curriculum, teaching and learning in the University. It also co-ordinates and oversees all matters relating to examinations and academic standards and exercises initiative in consideration of the University’s grading practices.

York University (Toronto, Ont.). Theatre Dept

  • Corporate body
  • 1969-

The Theatre Arts programme was initiated in 1969, becoming the Theatre Department within the faculty with its own chair in 1974. The department offers courses designed to lead to careers in performance, direction, playwriting, design and criticism. The Bachelor of Arts was the first degree programme offered and was replaced by a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (1974), and the Master of Fine Arts degree (1979). The following have served as chair of the Department: Joseph Green (1969-1971), Robert Benedetti (1972-1974), Mavor Moore (1974), Malcolm Black (1975-1977), William Lord (1978), Keith Bradley (1979-1983), Ross Stuart (1984), Ron Singer (1986) and Jeff Henry (1988-1990).

York University (Toronto, Ont.). University Librarian

  • Corporate body
  • 1959-

The University Librarian (formerly Director of Libraries to 1990) has responsibility for the administration of the libraries, including the Scott Library, Law Library, the Administrative Studies/Government Documents Library and the Steacie Science Library on the Keele Street campus, and the Leslie Frost Library at Glendon College. The Director represents the libraries to the University, through the Vice President (Academic), and sits as an ex-officio member of Senate and its library committee. In addition, the Director represents the libraries to the external community. The following men and women have served as University Librarian/Director of Libraries since 1959: Douglas G. Lochhead (1959-1962), Thomas O'Connell (1963-1976), William Newman (1977-1978), Anne Woodsworth (1978-1983), and Ellen J. Hoffman (1984-).

York University (Toronto, Ont.). Vice President (Academic Services)

  • Corporate body
  • 1960-

The Vice President (Academic Services) was responsible for administrative functions associated with the academic activity of the University. The Vice President had responsibility for several functions and departments including Data & Systems Analysis, Computer Services, Instructional Aid Resources, the Registrar, and the Admissions Office. These were essentially the same functions that the Assistant Vice President of the University had performed prior to the institution of a Vice President (Academic Services) in 1969, and Arthur C. Johnson filled both positions in turn. With the introduction of an Assistant Vice President (Academic Services) the role of Assistant Vice President of the University became more oriented towards student services.
Arthur C Johnson had come to the University in 1960 as Assistant to the President and was named Director of Campus Planning in 1961, Assistant Vice President in 1966 and Vice President (Academic Services) in 1969.

York University (Toronto, Ont.). Vice President (Administration)

  • Corporate body

The Vice President (Administration) was responsible for the several business and administrative operations of the University. Broadly defined, the Vice President' s duties included campus planning, physical plant, university facilities, business operations, computing services, personnel (non-academic) services and the Comptroller 's Office. The position was abolished in 1976, to be replaced by the Vice President (University Services). Both positions were held by Mr. William Small.

York University (Toronto, Ont.). Vice President (Campus Relations and Student Affairs)

  • Corporate body
  • 1990-

The Vice President (Campus Relations and Student Affairs) was created in 1990, to combine activities that had previously been those of the Provost and other university officers. The Vice President has responsibility for the Status of Women Office, the Sexual Harrassment, Education and Complaint Centre, Race and Ethnic Relations, the Art Gallery of York University, Athletics and Recreation, the Counselling and Development Centre, Office for Persons with Disabilities, and Student Affairs. In addition, the Vice President takes responsibility for relations with the colleges (including Glendon), scholarships and financial aid, and Health and Wellness. Elizabeth Hopkins has served as Vice President since 1990.

York University (Toronto, Ont.). Vice President (Employee and Student Relations)

  • Corporate body
  • 1976-

The position of Vice-President (Employee and Student Relations) was created in 1976 as part of re-organization of the responsibilities of the University 's executive. The job gathered responsibilities of both the former University Vice President and the Vice President (Administration), to create an officer who had responsibility for labor relations, personnel services, student relations including student awards, the counselling and development functions, health services, and student societies including student government. As well, the Vice President had responsibility for administrative liaison with the colleges, and served on committees of the Board of Governors and the Senate. The position was re-named Vice-President (Finance and Employee Relations) in 1983. William Farr served as University Vice President and Vice President (Employee and Student Relations) for the entire time that the positions existed.

York University (Toronto, Ont.). Vice President (External Relations and University Development)

  • Corporate body
  • 1982-

The Vice President (External Relations and University Development) was created in 1983 as part of a re-organization of the executive responsibilities at the University upon the retirement of William Small. It was the successor body to the Vice President (Finance and Development), which itself was a successor to the Executive Vice President' s office. The financial responsibilities of the portfolio were replaced by responsibility for several university services including administrative responsibility for the Department of Communications, Physical Plant, Purchasing, Bookstores, Business Operations, Facilities Planning and Management, Ancillary Services, and Safety and Security. These responsibilities were added to the External Relations portfolio of the job which included Alumni Affairs, relations with governments and other external organizations and fund-raising. The position of Vice President (External Relations and University Development) was dissolved in 1985, with its responsibilities being split between the Vice President (External Relations) and the Vice President (Finance & Administration). George Bell served as Vice President (External Relations and University Development) and as Vice President (Finance and Development) for the duration of both posts.

York University (Toronto, Ont.). Vice President (Finance and Administration)

  • Corporate body
  • 1986-

The position of Vice President (Finance and Administration) was created in 1986 as part of the general redefinition. of University 's executive administration. The Vice President was responsible for the following offices and duties: Employee relations including Academic Labour Relations and employment equity; Finance including purchasing, Comptroller, and the budget; Human Resources including non-academic labour relations, staff development, benefits and pensions, payroll and records; Safety, Security and Parking; Business Operations including housing and food services, bookstores, commercial tenants and vending; and Physical Resources including facilities management and planning, physical plant, construction and administration. Many of these responsibilities had previously been assigned to the Vice President (Finance and Employee Relations) and the Vice President (External Relations and University Development).
The Vice President (Finance and Administration) position was dissolved in 1993, with most of its responsibilities being taken on by the Vice President (Institutional Affairs). William Farr served as Vice President (Finance and Administration) for the entire period, 1985-1993.

York University (Toronto, Ont.). Vice President (Finance)

  • Corporate body
  • 1965-

The position of the Vice President (Finance) was created in 1965 during the first re-organization of executive responsibilities in the University. The Vice President (Finance) was responsible for the financial officers and offices of the University, the Comptroller, the Business Manager and Purchasing. The job was expanded in 1968 to include Information and Development, Financial Planning and Athletics. By 1972 the Vice President was aided by Assistant Vice-Presidents for Business Operations and Comptroller, as well as Directors of Financial Planning and Budgets. The Director of Ancillary Services, manager of the Book Store, and the Residence Manager all reported to the Vice President.
In 1974 the office of Vice President (Finance) was discontinued, with many of its functions and responsibilities being turned over to the the Vice President (Administration) and the University Vice President. Bruce Parkes served as Vice President (Finance) for the entire period of the office's existence.

York University (Toronto, Ont.). Vice President (Institutional Affairs)

  • Corporate body
  • 1986-

The Vice President (Institutional Affairs) was a position created in 1986 when the position of Associate Vice President (Management Information and Planning) was upgraded to a full vice-presidency. The Vice President (Institutional Affairs) was responsible for the University Secretariat, statistical reporting (including the production of the 'York Fact Book'), institutional research, the Office of the Registrar, employee records and government reporting. In a further administrative shuffle in 1993, the Vice President (Institutional) took on responsibility for all human resources, physical resources, financial planning as well as employment equity, the University Counsel, and Safety, Security and Parking, all coming from the disbanded office of the Vice President (Finance and Administration).

York University (Toronto, Ont.). Vice President (University Affairs)

  • Corporate body
  • 1965-

The position of Vice President (University Affairs) was created in 1965 as part of the first organization of executive offices in the University. The responsibilities of the Vice President included student services (Health Services, Psychological Services, Physical Education and Athletics), as well as responsibility for the Keele Street Colleges, and the Office of the Registrar. The responsibilities of the position were assumed by the Director of Student Services and the Executive Vice President in 1966. The position of Vice President (University Affairs) was held by Edward Pattullo, who simultaneously served as Associate Dean of Arts and Science, a position he held from 1963-1966.

York University (Toronto, Ont.). Vice President (University Services)

  • Corporate body
  • 1976-

The Vice President (University Services) was responsible for the several business and administrative operations of the University. The position was created in an administrative re-organization in 1976 at which time the position of Vice President (Administration) was abolished to be replaced by the Vice President (University Services). Both positions were held by Mr. William Small. University Services/Administration were broadly defined to include campus planning, physical plant, university facilities, business operations, and computing services. In the re-organization of 1976 two prominent administrative functions were transferred out of the portfolio: personnel (non-academic) services and the Comptroller 's Office. The position of Vice President (University Services) was dissolved in 1983 with the responsibilities being distributed to the remaining three vice presidents.

York University (Toronto, Ont.). Visual Arts Dept.

  • Corporate body
  • 1974-

The Visual Arts Department was initially called a Programme prior to 1974 when it acquired Department status. It is the largest department within the faculty. The programme of study blends historical, critical and practical courses in two streams: art history and studio art. The latter includes courses in photography, painting, sculpture, drawing, and textiles. It offers both undergraduate and Master 's level degrees.
The Department is administered by a chairperson who has both line and staff responsibilities and is appointed by the Board of Governors on the recommendation of the Dean and the President. The programme chair plays a role in the recruitment and retention of staff, the development of curriculum and in research activities.
The chair handles the departmental budget, is the chief administrative officer, and takes the lead in setting the programme timetable. In addition, the chair acts as a liaison with the external community, and this is especially important with visual arts where outside experts and galleries are employed in the educational experience. Since 1974 the department has been served by Edward Fort Fry (1974-1975), Ken Lochhead (1975-1976), Joyce Zemans (1976-1982), Andrew Tomcik (1982-1985) and T. Whiten (1985-1988) as chair.

York University (Toronto, Ont.). Women 's Studies Programme

  • Corporate body
  • 1983-

The Women 's Studies Programme, begun in 1983-84, is an interdisciplinary programme within the Faculty of Arts that offers students the opportunity to combine programme-related courses on women with courses in one of the Faculty 's departments. The programme consists of a core course, offerings in other departments and a senior research project undertaken in one of the Faculty 's departments that relates to the study of women to their social and cultural context.

York University (Toronto, Ont.). York International

  • Corporate body
  • 1969-

York International began operations in 1969 as the Office of International Services. Until 1972 its limited role was to act as the internal administrative office for the York-Kenya Project. The expenses of the Office were paid out of the the Kenya budget.
In 1972 the Office of International Services received a new mandate from the university. A full-time Director was appointed reporting directly to the President. Its new mandate was to administer the York-Kenya Project, to obtain other international contracts, and to investigate the desirability of student and faculty exchanges with overseas institutions.
In 1984 the Office of International Services became York International. Its responsibilities include representing the University to government and international agencies (CIDA, Department of External Affairs, the International Division of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, the World Bank, the United Nations) as well as lia6on with embassies and consulates of countries in which projects are going on. In addition, it monitors and assesses projects, co-ordinates visits, student and faculty exchanges between York and international institutions, provides central policy advice on international aspects of university life, promotes the use of special skills developed at York for international projects, provides contacts (with the Robarts Centre) with various Centres for Canadian Studies overseas, and encourages the business community to become involved in international educational and skills exchange programmes.
In the period covered by these records the following men have served as Director of the York-Kenya Project/Office of International Services and York International: Tillo Kuhn (1970), James Gillies (1971-1972), Gordon Lowther (1972-1974), John Saywell (1774-1978), William Found (1978-1982), Rodger Schwass (1982-1984) and Ian Macdonald (1984-1993).

York University (Toronto, Ont.). York International

  • Corporate body

York International began operations in 1969 as the Office of International Services. Until 1972 its role was limited to acting as the internal administrative office for the York-Kenya Project. The expenses of the Office were paid out of the Kenya budget. In 1972 the Office of International Services received a new mandate from the university. A full-time Director was appointed reporting directly to the President. Its new mandate was to administer the York-Kenya Project, to obtain other international contracts, and to investigate the desirability of student and faculty exchanges with overseas institutions. In 1984 the Office of International Services became York International. Its responsibilities include representing the University to government and international agencies (CIDA, Department of External Affairs, the International Division of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, the World Bank, the United Nations) as well as liaison with embassies and consulates of countries in which projects are going on. In addition, it monitors and assesses projects, co-ordinates visits, student and faculty exchanges between York and international institutions, provides central policy advice on international aspects of university life, promotes the use of special skills developed at York for international projects, provides contacts (with the Robarts Centre) with various Centres for Canadian Studies overseas, and encourages the business community to become involved in international educational and skills exchange programmes. In the period covered by these records the following individuals have served as Director of the York-Kenya Project/Office of International Services and York International: Tillo Kuhn (1970), James Gillies (1971-1972), Gordon Lowther (1972-1974), John Saywell (1974-1978), William Found (1978-1982), Rodger Schwass (1982-1984) and Ian Macdonald (1984-1993), Maria Cioni (1994-2001).

York University (Toronto, Ont.). York University Staff Association

  • Corporate body
  • 1970-

The York University Staff Association was organized in 1970 as a voluntary organization to represent the interests of the support staff (clerical, technical and related activities) of the University in negotiating working conditions and salaries. In 1975 it became an officially recognized bargaining unit.
YUSA is made of of approximately 1170 members (1993), and is headed by a president, executive committee and several standing committees, including Bargaining, Benefits, Health & Safety, Communications, Constitution & Policy, Grievance, Job Evaluation and Negotiating committees.

York University (Toronto, Ont.). York Variety Show

  • Corporate body
  • 1961-

The York Variety Show was offered after York's first year to portray the events of that year in a satirical and light-hearted manner using songs, skits and artistic representations.

York University (Toronto, Ont.). York Varsity Christian

  • Corporate body
  • [196-]

The York Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship was inaugurated at York University in the late 1960s as a chapter of the Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship of Canada. It is an evangelical Christian organization dedicated to service of God and prosletization.

York University (Toronto, Ont.). York-Kenya Project

  • Corporate body

The York-Kenya Project was initiated by the Government of Kenya and the Government of Canada through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). CIDA arranged for York University to administer the project. The project had three components: the establishment of a Planning and Evaluation Unit in the Kenyan Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning for which York provided a field staff; a Training Programme, through which Kenyans were educated at York to take over the Planning Unit and act as future teachers of economic planning; and a research component on particular topics proposed by the Kenyan Government, the York field staff, or the university.

York University (Toronto, Ont.).Vice President (Academic Affairs)

  • Corporate body
  • 1969-

The post of Vice President (Academic Affairs), first created in 1969, was abandoned as an executive title from 1973 to 1978, when it was again taken up. The Vice President (Academic Affairs) acts as the principal interface between the central administration and the academic community at York, including the Senate, the Faculties, and certain academic support units (Centre for Support of Teaching, Department of Instructional Aid Resources, etc). The Vice President has budgetary, administrative and planning responsibility for the academic operation of the University, and is assisted by Associate Vice Presidents for Research, Faculties and Admissions & Recruitment. The Vice President (Academic Affairs) has Senate responsibilities, both as an ex-officio member and as the officer responsible for seeing that Senate legislation is carried out by faculties.
Within the faculties, the Vice President has responsibility for seeing that budgets reflect planning priorities. S/he approves academic appointments, acts as an administrative link between all Deans and the Senate, and promotes new academic endeavors. In the field of academic development, the Vice President often acts as a catalyst for new academic enterprises, particularly those involving several faculties. S/he may assist the emergence of graduate programmes or Organized Research Units, and sometimes provides of seed money. The following men have served as Vice President (Academic Affairs) :' James Gillies (1966-?) ;Dennis Healy (1969-1970); Walter Tarnopolsky (1972- 1973); William Found (1980-1985); Kenneth Davey( 1986-1990) Steven Fienberg (1991-1993) Micheal Stevenson(1993-).

York University Alumnus Society

  • Corporate body
  • 1964

The Alumnus Society was begun in 1964 as a social and benevolent organization dedicated to the maintenance of relations between graduates, attendees and the University. Its name was later changed to Alumni Association.

York University Co-Operative Daycare Centre

  • Corporate body
  • 1969-

The York University Co-Operative Daycare Centre was established at Winters College in 1969. During its inaugural year the Centre served eighteen children. In 1970 it licensed and in the same year it relocated to the Graduate Residence. Soon after it relocated again to its current home in the Atkinson Residence. By 1976, the roster had reached its maximum compliment of 115 children of students, staff and faculty. The project is co-operative and requires parents to participate as staff and as managers. The Centre is largely funded by child care fees charged to parents as well as by subsidies from Metro Toronto, and the University.

York University Faculty Association

  • Corporate body
  • 1962-

The York University Faculty Association was established in 1962 as the voice of faculty in University affairs, but it was not until 1974 that YUFA became the authorized bargaining agent for York University faculty members and librarians, as designated by the Collective Agreement. The Association elected officials include the Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson for Organization, Vice-Chairperson for External Affairs, Recording Secretary,Information Officer, and Treasurer. They are elected annually. In addition, there are appointed officers, the Grievance Officer, the Organizing Officer, and the Negotiating Officer, and representatives from the several constituencies (all faculties and the Library). Appointed officers serve a two-year term. The Association 's Executive Committee consists of all the officers, the past Chairperson, and the Chairperson of the Contract and Grievance Committee, and has general oversight of the Association between general meetings.

The Association has three standing committees: Contract and Grievance Committee, which reports to the Executive on specific grievances, oversees the election of local stewards and their handling of grievances, monitors the application of the Collective Agreement, hears reports and supervises the work of the Grievance Officer and the Organizing Officer. The Negotiating Committee is responsible for the drafting of the provisions of the Collective Agreement in cooperation with the Executive and Contract and Grievance Committee, presenting this positions to the membership for approval, negotiating the terms of the Collective Agreement, and appraising the membership of the proceedings of negotiations. The Nominating Committee is responsible for securing nominations for all elected positions, and for membership on committees.

Local stewards are elected for each constituency, one steward for every thirty-five members. There must be a minimum of four general meetings yearly, at least one of which is designated the Annual Meeting. The Executive and Contract and Grievance Committee shall meet six times yearly.

York University Faculty Association. Chairperson

  • Corporate body

The Chairperson is the highest elected official in YUFA. The Chair is an ex-officio, non-voting member of the Nominating and Contract and Grievance Committee and the Executive Committee. S/he chairs the general, annual and executive committee meetings of the Association.

York University Faculty Association. Librarians ' Chapter

  • Corporate body
  • 1976-

The Librarians' Chapter of the York University Faculty Association was begun in 197 It was the successor to the Professional Librarians ' Association of York University (PLAYU), the group that worked to establish the professional status of librarians at the University. The Librarians' chapter was accepted into the Faculty Association in 1976, participating in the first contract negotiation of that body.

York University Pollution Probe

  • Corporate body

Pollution Probe is an education and advocacy group that began in Canada in 1969. The York University chapter was organized in 1970. It had a research and advocacy agenda pertaining to the local region in addition to the national agenda of the organization.

York University Pollution Probe

  • Corporate body
  • 1969-

Pollution Probe is an education and advocacy group that began in Canada in 1969. The York chapter, York University Pollution Probe, was organized in 1970. It had a research and advocacy agenda pertaining to the local region in addition to the national agenda of the organization.

York University Senior Common Rooms Inc

  • Corporate body
  • 1963-1976

The York University Senior Common Room was established at Glendon Hall in 1963. This Senior Common Room became the Glendon College Common Room in 1966 when the Founders College Senior Common Room opened on the Keele Street campus in that year. This latter establishment was renamed the York University College Faculty Common Room in 1968 and 1 as new colleges were opened on the campus an umbrella body/ the York University Senior Common Room Inc. 1 was established to serve as a license holder and victuals contractor for the several SCR 1 s. Membership in the Senior Common Room was restricted to academic and senior administrative staff 1 although honourary or special members could be adopted by the membership. The Senior Common Room Inc. was managed by a five-person Board of Directors who were all regular members of the SCR. The Senior Common Room Inc. was disbanded in 1976.

York University Transport Centre

  • Corporate body
  • 1969-

The York University Transport Centre was established in 1969 following recommendations from the Vice President' s Committee on Canadian Transport Studies (1967). Its goal was to foster transportation education and research in the areas of national transportation issues, road transport issues and the natural transport network. The Centre, in cooperation with the University of Toronto Department of Urban Studies, established the Joint Programme in Transportation at the two universities in 1970.

York Varsity Christian Fellowship

  • Corporate body
  • [196-]

The York Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship was inaugurated at York University in the late 1960s as a chapter of the Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship of Canada. It is an evangelical Christian organization dedicated to service of God and prosletization.

York Youth Connection

  • Corporate body
  • 1974-

The York Youth Connection began in 1974 as a summer day camp for under-privileged youth in the York University-Finch neighbourhood. Originally providing English as a Second Language, Heritage Language training and multicultural awareness for children, the summer camp evolved into a fine arts day camp that provides lessons and entertainments in the fields of dance, visual arts, theatre and music. The camp is a part of the York Community Connection.

York, Alissa

Alissa York was born in Athabasca, Alberta and grew up in Victoria, British Columbia. She studied English Literature at McGill University and the University of Victoria, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 1993. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph in 2016. Her thesis, “How Do I look?: In Search of the Female Gaze,” was a work of creative nonfiction blending memoir and interviews.

In 1999, York published a collection of short stories titled, Any Given Power (1999). She is the author of four novels, Mercy (2003), Effigy (2007), Fauna (2010), and The Naturalist (2016).

Her novel, Effigy, was short-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and her short stories have won the Journey Prize and Bronwen Wallace Award.

York’s writing process involves a year of research where she gathers notes, writes character sketches, and arranges her notes. She then writes her novels' scenes in long-form from the perspective of every character. She cuts up the script into pieces and arranges it on her kitchen floor in various orders, then tapes the pieces to create scrolls or "assemblies." She repeats the process until she finds an arrangement which will constitute the order of the final book. The end result is a narrative form in her novels in which the point of view shifts constantly.

York lives in Toronto with her husband, the artist Clive Holden.

York-Kenya Project

  • Corporate body

The York-Kenya Project was initiated by the Government of Kenya and the Government of Canada through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). CIDA arranged for York University to administer the project. The project had three components: the establishment of a Planning and Evaluation Unit in the Kenyan Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning for which York provided a field staff; a Training Programme, through which Kenyans were educated at York to take over the Planning Unit and act as future teachers of economic planning; and a research component on particular topics proposed by the Kenyan Government, the York field staff, or the university.

York-Ryerson Computing Centre

The York-Ryerson Computing Centre was established in 1974 to service the academic and administrative computing needs of both the University and Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in Toronto. The purpose of the Centre was to rationalize computing activity at both schools and also to provide service to other educational institutes in the vicinity of Metropolitan Toronto. By 1979 the Centre was providing computing service to the two institutions valued at two million dollars with a small external service valued at eighty thousand dollars. The York-Ryerson Computing Centre was abandoned in 1984 to be replaced, at York University, by the Department of Computer Services.

Young, Alexander Bell Filson

(From Wikipedia entry)

Alexander Bell Filson Young (1876-1938) was a journalist, who published the first book about the sinking of the RMS Titanic, called Titanic, published in 1912 only 37 days after the sinking. He was also an essayist, war correspondent in the Boer War and World War I, a programmes advisor to the BBC, and the author of two novels. Beside his literary work, he was an organist and composer, and a pioneer of motoring and aviation. Taylah Mcdowell Alexander Bell Filson Young was born in Ireland in 1876, at Ballyeaston, County Antrim. He was the son of the Revd. William Young and Sarah Young (née Filson).

In his youth he was a pupil of the organist, James Kendrick Pyne (who had been a pupil of Samuel Sebastian Wesley). He retained his skill at organ-playing and his interest in music throughout his life, and even wrote a few compositions.

His first publication was A Psychic Vigil (1896), which he issued under the pseudonym, 'X. Ray'.

Securing a job as a war correspondent for The Manchester Guardian, he was in South Africa during the Second Boer War. His accounts of his experiences and observations there formed the basis of his book, The Relief of Mafeking ... With an account of some earlier episodes (1900). This was followed in 1901 by his "A Volunteer Brigade: notes of a week's field training."

Young was an early motoring enthusiast, and in 1902 published The Joys of Motoring and in 1904 The Complete Motorist: being an account of the evolution and construction of the modern motor-car, with notes on the selection, use and maintenance of the same, and on the pleasures of travel upon the public roads; which was followed by The Joy of the Road (1907). To make a career in publishing he would write continually on his many enthusiasms or on subjects which would interest the public. In 1903 appeared his Ireland at the Cross Roads; in 1905 his novel, The Sands of Pleasure (at the time a somewhat scandalous account of prostitution); in 1906 his Venus and Cupid: an impression .. after Velasquez ..., his Christopher Columbus and the New World and his Mastersingers: appreciations; in 1907 his The Wagner Stories and The Lover's Hours (poems); in 1908 a second novel, When the Tide Turns; in 1909 Memory Harbour: essays; in 1911 More Mastersingers; in 1912 Opera Stories, his Letters from Solitude and Other Essays (reprinted from the Saturday Review) and A House in Anglesey (privately printed). Young also edited Outlook, and literary columns in The Saturday Review and the Daily Mail.

In 1911 Young visited Belfast to see the RMS Titanic under construction; when it sank in 1912 his book about the disaster appeared little over a month afterwards.

In 1914 he began contributing to the "Notable Trials" series with an account of the trial of the Frederick Seddon and his wife. That year James Joyce's Dubliners was published by Grant Richards; Young had commended the book earlier when working as a reader for Richards. Joyce suggested that Young should write an introduction to the work.

Before World War I Young briefly spent time on Sir David Beatty's flagship, HMS Lion, and on the outbreak of war in 1914 he was able, through the influence of Admiral Sir John Fisher, First Sea Lord, to enter the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and be assigned to Beatty's flagship again from November that year. He was at the Battle of Dogger Bank (1915), but left the navy in 1915 before the Battle of Jutland (1916). After the War he published in 1921 With Beatty in the North Sea and With the Battlecruisers. He also wrote the article on David Beatty for the 12th edition of Encyclopaedia Britannica (1922).

He also continued his writing on a variety of other subjects - A Christmas Card (1914), New Leaves: essays (1915), Cornwall and a Light Car (1926), and he resumed his contributions to the "Notable Trials" series, with accounts of the trials of H. H. Crippen (1919), Edith Thompson and Frederick Bywaters (1923) and Herbert Rowse Armstrong (1926).

In the early days of broadcasting he became attached to the BBC, and in 1926 became an adviser on programmes. At one time he contributed a weekly essay to the BBC's periodical, Radio Times. In the early 1930s a proposed television play based on Young's book, Titanic (1912), was shelved because of protests by relatives of persons involved in the sinking. It was Young who arranged in the 1930s for Fr Bernard Walke's annual nativity plays at St Hilary Church, Cornwall, to be broadcast by the BBC.

He continued with some writing on miscellaneous subjects. In 1934 his The Lawyer's Last Notebook appeared.

At the age of fifty-eight, in 1936 he learned to fly; and in the same year published Growing Wings.

Young was also an able photographer. A bromide print by him of Max Beerbohm is held by the National Portrait Gallery, London.

He died in 1938 in London. His funeral was held at St Mary's church, Bourne Street. He had married Vera (née Rawnsley) North in 1918 (whose third husband was Clifford Bax), with whom he had two sons, William David Loraine Filson-Young and Richard Filson-Young (b. 1921). Both his sons became enrolled in the British Royal Air Force and were killed in World War II - Richard in 1942 and William in 1945.

For more information, see Wikipedia entry at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Filson_Young .

Young, Fred Matthews, b. 1907

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Fred Matthews Young (b. 1907) politician, was the New Democratic Party member of the Ontario Legislative Assembly for the riding of Yorkview (1963-1980). In 1977 he served as chair of the Select Committee on Highway Safety. Prior to his entry into provincial politics, Young had been a clergyman with the United Church of Canada and a member of the North York Township Council (1956-1962). He was not successful in gaining election to the House of Commons (1953) and also he failed in his initial bid for a seat in the Legislature (1959).

Zaidi family

The Zaidi family identities as Indian and resides in Toronto.

Zerker, Sally Friedberg, 1928-

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Sally Friedberg Zerker (1928- ) was born and educated in Toronto, receiving a PhD from the University of Toronto in 1972. She joined the Division of Social Science at York University in 1970 and also taught for many years in the Department of Economics on a secondment. In 1994, Zerker published a book of articles as editor and contributor, "Change and Impact" and is the author of "The Rise and Fall of the Toronto Typographical Union, 1832-1972" (1982). She has also authored several articles dealing with labour history, the economic thought of Harold Innis, and the political economy of the international oil industry. Zerker was a member of the Ontario Energy Board and has made many contributions to the regulation and restructuring of the electricity and natural gas industries in Ontario.

Zimmerman, Selma

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Selma Zimmerman, scientist and professor, was born in 1930 in New York City. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hunter College and completed graduate school at New York University. She married Arthur M. Zimmerman, a zoologist. The couple and their children moved to Toronto in 1964 and in 1965, Selma Zimmerman joined the Division of Natural Science at Glendon College. In addition to assisting her husband with his research, Zimmerman's research interests include: influence of cannabinoids on cell function and fertilization; influence of hydrostatic pressure on cell strucure and cell function. Zimmerman remained at Glendon College until her retirement from teaching in 1996. Selma Zimmerman has held additional positions, including: Advisor to the University on the Status of Women from 1991-1994, Coordinator of Natural Science (Glendon College), Coordinator of Women's Studies (Glendon College), President of the Canadian Association for Women in Science, and Associate Editor of the Canadian Journal of Biochemistry and Cell Biology.

Zingrone, Frank

Frank Zingrone, writer and professor, was born in Toronto on 16 August 1933. He was a student at St. Michael's College School in Toronto and attended the University of Western Ontario in London, where he received a BA in Philosophy in 1958. He then obtained a MA in English literature from the University of Toronto in 1961 and a PhD from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo in 1966. Zingrone was an instructor in the Department of English at SUNY between 1963 and 1966 before joining the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge as an assistant professor of communication, a position he held from 1966 to 1970. In 1971, Zingrone became an assistant professor of humanities at York University, where he remained for the rest of his academic career, co-founding the university's Communications department. He was appointed a senior scholar emeritus in 1994. In addition, Zingrone was associate editor of the "Canadian journal of communication" between 1980 and 1985.

Zingrone's work as a critic, lecturer and academic writer in the area of communications and media produced numerous conference papers, newspaper and journal articles, as well as books including "Who was Marshall McLuhan?" (co-editor, 1995), "Essential McLuhan" (co-editor, 1996), and "The media symplex: at the edge of meaning the age of chaos" (2001). He was a contributor to "On McLuhan: forward through the rearview mirror" (1996) and "Understanding McLuhan" (CD-ROM, 1996). Zingrone was also a poet, with poems published in "The fiddlehead" and "Audit" in the early 1960s. He published two books of poetry, "Traces" (1980) and "Strange attraction" (2000). Frank Zingrone died in Toronto on 13 December 2009.

Zolf, Falek, 1898-1961

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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.

Zolf, Larry, 1934-2011

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  • 1934-2011

Larry Zolf, journalist and writer, was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on 19 July 1934. He received a B.A. from the University of Manitoba in 1956, and studied for a year at Osgoode Hall Law School before starting work on a graduate degree in history at the University of Toronto, where he wrote a thesis on the liberalism of Premier Mitch Hepburn. He began his career as a writer, news and current affairs reporter, producer and consultant for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in 1962, and was one of the hosts of its current affairs program, "This hour has seven days," during the 1960s. He wrote several books including "Dance of the dialectic" (1973), "Just watch me : remembering Pierre Trudeau" (1984), "Survival of the fattest : an irreverent view of the Senate" (1985), "Scorpions for sale" (1989; shortlisted for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour), "Zolf" (1999), and "The Dialectical dancer : a simple tale" (2010). Zolf's documentary on the role of computers replacing workers in the 1965 strike of the International Typographers Union won the Anik Award in 1965, and was rebroadcast as one of the 100 best documentaries at the National Film Board's 50th birthday celebration. He was a film critic for "Maclean's magazine," a lecturer at Carleton University, a member of the Queen's Park Legislative Press Gallery and won several awards for his writing. He wrote an online column, "Inside Zolf," for the CBC from 1997 until 2007, as well as occasional columns for "The National post." Larry Zolf died in Toronto on 14 March 2011.

Zolf, Rachel, 1968-

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.

Zukerman, Bernard, 1943-

Bernard Zukerman is an investigative journalist, documentary and feature film maker. He was born in 1943, and he is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School. Zukerman joined CBC Television in 1973 to develop story ideas for the dramatic series, "For the Record" before joining CBC Winnipeg's Current Affairs Department. In 1975, he returned to Toronto to become producer of the "5th Estate". In 1981 as Senior Editor of CBC's "Journal", he created the programme's documentary unit. Zukerman left the "Journal" to join CBC's Drama Department where his mandate was to develop Canadian dramas that drew on his experience as an investigative journalist and documentarian. His films have won numerous Gemini Awards including awards for "And Then You Die", "Skate!" and "The Squamish Five". "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 as well as being the first foreign program ever sold to an American network. Other films, such as "Conspiracy of Silence" and "Million Dollars Babies" have similarly appeared on television in both Canada and the United States. His other films included "Dieppe"(1994), "Million Dollar Babies" (1994), "Net Worth" (1995), "The Sleep Room" (1998) and "Heart: The Marilyn Bell Story" (2001).

bissett, bill, 1939-

bill bissett (1939- ), poet, artist and musician, was born in Halifax and educated at the University of British Columbia where he received his B.A. in 1956. He founded Blewointment Press in 1962 as a medium for young poets and published several of his own volumes under its imprint. bissett is the author of several books of poetry including, Fires in the temple (1966), Nobody owns the earth (1972), Medicine my mouths on fire, (1974), Canada gees [sic] mate for life (1985), and Inkorrect thots [sic] (1992). bissett has held several solo art exhibits in Vancouver, Toronto and London (Ont.). In addition, he has recorded several albums with his band The Luddites including Luddites (1988), Shining spirit (1989), and Luddites dreemin uv th nite [sic] (1991).

de Lappe, Phyllis

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  • 1916-2007

"Phyllis (Pele) de Lappe (1916-2007), artist, labor cartoonist and social activist, was born in San Francisco in 1916. Versed by her father, the commercial artist Wes de Lappe, in Marxism and life studies (caricatures), she began her art studies at California School of Fine Arts in 1930 under Arnold Blanch. The following year, at the age of fifteen, de Lappe moved to New York and Woodstock, New York where she lived with Arnold and Lucile Blanch. She enrolled in the Art Students’ League in 1932 where she studied with Edward Lansing, Kenneth Hayes Miller, John Sloan and Charles Locke. She learned the technique of lithography from Adolf Dehn. Pele was naturally full of life and curiosity. While living in the east she went to dance marathons in New Jersey and the nightclubs of Harlem. De Lappe worked with Siqueiros, and modeled for and assisted Diego Rivera on the Rockefeller Center murals." (https://www.annexgalleries.com/artists/biography/543/de%20Lappe/Pele)

van Eeden, Dr. Frederik Willem

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Frederik Willem van Eeden (3 April 1860, Haarlem – 16 June 1932, Bussum) was a late 19th-century and early 20th-century Dutch writer and psychiatrist. He was a leading member of the Tachtigers, and had top billing among the editors of De Nieuwe Gids (The New Guide) during its celebrated first few years of publication, starting in 1885. Van Eeden was the son of the director of the Royal Tropical Institute in Haarlem. In 1880 he studied English at Leiden University where he pursued a bohemian lifestyle and wrote poetry. Whilst living in the city, he coined the term Lucid dream in the sense of mental clarity, a term that nowadays is a classic term in Dream literature and study. In his early writings, he was strongly influenced by Hindu ideas of selfhood, by Boehme's mysticism, and by Fechner's panpsychism.

He went on to become a prolific writer, producing many critically acclaimed novels, poetry, plays, and essays. He was widely admired in the Netherlands in his own time for his writings, as well as his status as the first internationally prominent Dutch psychiatrist.

Van Eeden's psychiatrist practice included treating his fellow Tachtiger Willem Kloos as a patient starting in 1888. His treatment of Kloos was of limited benefit, as Kloos deteriorated into alcoholism and increasing symptoms of mental illness. Van Eeden also incorporated his psychiatric insights into his later writings, such as in a deeply psychological novel called "Van de koele meren des doods" (translated in English as "The Deeps of Deliverance"). Published in 1900, the novel intimately traced the struggle of a woman addicted to morphine as she deteriorated physically and mentally.

His best known written work, "De Kleine Johannes" ("Little Johannes"), which first appeared in the premiere issue of De Nieuwe Gids, was a fantastical adventure of an everyman who grows up to face the harsh realities of the world around him and the emptiness of hopes for a better afterlife, but ultimately finding meaning in serving the good of those around him. This ethic is memorialized in the line "Waar de mensheid is, en haar weedom, daar is mijn weg." ("Where mankind is, and her woe, there is my path.")

Van Eeden sought not only to write about, but also to practice, such an ethic. He established a commune named Walden, taking inspiration from Thoreau's book Walden, in Bussum, North Holland, where the residents tried to produce as much of their needs as they could themselves and to share everything in common, and where he took up a standard of living far below what he was used to. This reflected a trend toward socialism among the Tachtigers; another Tachtiger, Herman Gorter, was a founding member of the world's first Communist political party, the Dutch Social-Democratic Party, in 1909.

Van Eeden visited the U.S. He had contacts with William James and other psychologists. He met Freud in Vienna, whom he practically introduced in the Netherlands. He corresponded with Hermann Hesse and was a friend of the in London (UK) living Russian anarchist Peter Kropotkin.

Van Eeden also had a keen interest in Indian philosophy. He translated Tagore’s Gitanjali.

In late years of his life, Van Eeden became a Roman Catholic.

Victoria Welby in a letter to Prof. Patrick Geddes describes him as "A poet, a scholar, a philosopher, a psychologist: but above all a practical socialist, in a good, even if in somewhat utopian sense. He has turned his Dutch estate into a Labour Colony...His new book is to be called "Happy Humanity", and I said that it was a mean word."

For more information, see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederik_van_Eeden .

van Eeden, Geertruida

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  • 1873-1952

Gerertuida Woutrina Everts (Truida) was a classical singer who went to live on the utopian colony Walden in 1900.
She began a relationship with the colony's founder psychiatrist Dr. Frederick Van Eeden in 1901 but the couple did not marry until 21 August 1907, after he had divorced his first wife Martha Van Volten. The couple had a son Hugo in 1909 and another son Evert in 1910. Truida died in 1952.

van Eeden, Martha

Born 18 February 1856 in Deventer, Netherlands., Martha van Vloten was the daughter of polymath, theologian, scientist, philosopher and free thinker Johannes von Vloten (18 January 1818 - 21 September 1883) and his wife Elisabeth van Gennep.
She had two sisters Betsy and Kitty. and four brothers: William, Frank, Odo and Gerlof.
Betsy married painter Willem Witsen and later ethnomusiologist Johann Sebastian Brandts Buys. Kitty married the poet Albert Verwey.
The Van Vloten daughers were brought up in a free thinking household where women's education was encouraged. All three daughters attended the School for Girls in Haarlem.
Martha was a translator of Hans Christian Andersen's work.
She married the psychiatrist and utopian Frederick van Eeden on 15 April 1886. Together they had two sons, Hans and Paul.
The couple divorced 29 July 1907.
Martha Van Vloten died 10 June 1943.

For more information, see: https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johannes_van_Vloten and https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederik_van_Eeden_(schrijver).

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