Adams, Ellen C., 1925-1982

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Adams, Ellen C., 1925-1982

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Ellen C. Adams (1925-1982), was born in Germany and emigrated to Canada in 1948. Her original name was Cammnitzer, which she changed during an election campaign in 1963. Adams was a member of the administrative staff of the Canadian Co-operative Federation and later served for twenty years as assistant to Ontario New Democratic Party leaders Donald MacDonald and Stephen Lewis. She was twice unsuccessful in provincial elections (1963, 1973) running under the NDP banner. Adams was also influential in Toronto municipal politics as a leader in the Stop Spadina (Expressway) movement, executive of the Avenue-Bay Cottingham Ratepayers’ Association, and as a founding executive member of the Confederation of Residents’ and Ratepayers’ Associations. In 1975 Adams took up a position in the Institutional Branch of the Ontario Ombudsman’s Office.

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