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Clayton Ruby fonds
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Accession 2000-042

Accession consists of correspondence, speeches, and notes and generally pertains to Amnesty International, the Law Society, the Advocates Society, the Law Reform Commission, the police, and race relations.

Accession 2007-048

Accession consists of subject and general correspondence files dealing with Clayton Ruby's work on issues such as advocacy, the death penalty, politics, book reviews, letters to the editor in the Globe & Mail and Toronto Star, policing, Amnesty International, the Writers' Union, the Stephen Leacock home in Orillia, the Meech Lake Accord, free speech, and a reunion of York University graduates.

Advocacy '87

File pertains to Advocacy '87, a conference held by the Continuing Legal Education Society of Nova Scotia, held in Halifax, October 23/24, 1987, where Ruby gave a speech.

Amnesty International 1992

File consists of copies of letters sent by Ruby in response Amnesty International urgent action appeals, including letters regarding the executions of Joseph Faulder and Robert Alton Harris.

Book reviews

File consists of correspondence and draft book reviews of law-related books written by Ruby and sent to the Globe and Mail.

Book reviews 1987

File consists of correspondence, draft book reviews and notes relating to Ruby's role as book review editor for the Criminal Law Quarterly.

Book reviews 1988

File consists of correspondence, book reviews, review proofs pertaining to written reviews of legal texts for the Criminal Law Quarterly, for which Ruby served as book review editor, including many reviews and correspondence sent between Judge Hugh Silverman and Ruby.

Book reviews 1989

File consists of correspondence regarding Ruby's role as book review editor of the Criminal Law Quarterly.

Book reviews 1990

File pertains to the review of law books by Ruby and others when he served as book review editor for Criminal Law Quarterly in 1990.

Book reviews 1991

File consists of correspondence, invoices and newsletter relating to Ruby's role as book review editor for the Criminal Law Quarterly.

CCR : general : Jun. 86-Dec.86

File consists predominantly of correspondence sent and received by Clayton Ruby, including invitations to events and conferences, applications for employment, letters requesting legal representation, Ruby's letters to the editor of the Globe & Mail, recommendation letters written by Ruby, his complaint letters, as well as correspondence regarding legal cases and Ruby's personal expenses and purchases. Also included in this file are newspaper clippings, legal documents, notes, interoffice memoranda, draft papers, photographs, and government bills. Some of these records document Ruby's involvement as a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada's discipline committee, his membership in the Writers' Union of Canada, and his activism regarding abortion rights and access to abortions.

Clay's general : Feb. 1/89 - end of 1989

File consists of correspondence sent and received by Ruby pertaining to his professional and personal activities, including invitations to legal, educational and social events, requests for employment and/or articling positions, legal opinions, and recommendation letters. Also documented in this correspondence is Ruby's involvement with abortion rights and his media appearances on that subject, travel arrangements, his work as a criminal defence lawyer (for the Morgentaler Clinic and Barbara Dodd), his anti-nuclear weapon activism, his position as a bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada and his column in the Toronto Star. The file includes related notes, legal judgments, newspaper clippings, interoffice memoranda, reports and conference materials.

Clay's personal : late 1986 to end of 1989

File consists predominantly of personal correspondence sent or received by Clayton Ruby. Correspondence in this file relates to a variety of topics, including Ruby's cottage, home repairs, medical and financial issues, magazine subscriptions, vacation plans, purchases, reference letters for friends, and fundraising projects. Other records in this file are interoffice memoranda, forms, brochures, magazine articles, invoices and notes.

Clayton Ruby fonds

  • F0208
  • Fonds
  • 1971, 1976-1999

The fonds documents Clayton Ruby's activities as a lawyer and activist. Records consist of professional correspondence, general files, and subject files. General correspondence is mostly with politicians, colleagues, and the Law Society. Records contained in general files include correspondence and resource materials pertaining to legal and social justice issues, as well as miscellaneous records sent to Ruby. Subject file topics include the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Advocates' Society, Amnesty International, conferences, Law Reform Commission, Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice, the Charter of Rights Education Fund, the Criminal Lawyers' Association, the Writers' Union of Canada, Ruby's newspaper columns and letters to the editor, and his role as book review editor for the Criminal Law Quarterly. Also included are various photographic portraits of Clayton Ruby.

Ruby, Clayton, 1942-

Death penalty

File consists of correspondence, news releases, newspaper clippings, reports, a transcript and a newsletter relating to Ruby's efforts against the reintroduction of the death penalty in Canada, including his appearance on a TV Ontario program on this subject.

Death penalty

File consists of correspondence and newspaper clippings relating to Bill C-272 and the death penalty in Canada.

Free speech

File consists of a newspaper article, an editorial on free speech from Liberal Opinion Week.

General : April 1/91 to Dec. 31/91

File consists of correspondence, newspaper clippings, CVs, application forms, government bills, memoranda, reports, papers, and notes, created or accumulated by Ruby. Records in this file pertain to legal decisions, Ruby's entry in "Who's Who in Canada", appointments, information about Ruby and Edwardh's Prince Arthur Avenue building, job applications, Ruby's letters to the editor, fundraising, requests for Ruby's legal help or participation in events/causes, and Ruby's work as defense counsel for the Church of Scientology.

General : Jan. 1, 1997 to Sept. 30, 1997

File consists of a variety of records, including correspondence, legal documents, newspaper articles, journal articles, memoranda, notes, newsletters, draft newspaper columns, press releases and a photograph. The correspondence in this file sent by Clayton Ruby consists of complaint letters, letters to the editor, recommendation letters, and thank you letters. Correspondence sent to Ruby includes invitations to social and legal events, requests for legal representation, applications for employment, requests for charitable donations and letters from Mendelson Joe and June Callwood. Subjects documented in this file include the 1996 City of Toronto municipal election, the activities of the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, legal aid reform, and the legal case of Joseph Stanley Faulder.

General : Jan. 1/90 to Aug. 31/90

File consists records created or accumulated by Clayton Ruby, including correspondence, interoffice memoranda, court documents, newspaper clippings, legal decisions, financial statements, conference materials, reports, notes and a photograph. These records are both personal and professional in nature and document requests for Ruby's attendance at events, his legal cases and advice, responses to his newspaper columns, his letters to the editor, applications for employment at Ruby and Edwardh, his travel arrangements, Ruby's activities as a bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada, his media appearances and political activism, and his consumer complaint letters.

General : Jan. 1/92 to Aug. 31/92

File consists of records created or accumulated by Ruby. Correspondence in this file consists of letters sent and received by Ruby, including letters of recommendation, letters regarding Ruby's column (The Fifth Column) in the Globe & Mail, thank-you letters, his letters to the editor, invitations to events, and personal letters. Other records in this file, including newspaper clippings, reports, newsletters, memoranda, journal articles and speaking notes, pertain to a variety of subjects, such as Ruby's committee work as a bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Ontario Legal Aid Plan, Ruby & Edwardh office administration, and his legal and activist work.

General : January 1, 1987 to June 30/88

File consists predominantly of professional and personal correspondence sent by Clayton Ruby, including his letters to the editor, letters of recommendation, consumer complaint letters, and activist letters for letter-writing campaigns. Other correspondence pertains to firm finances and to police complaints made by Ruby and others. Correspondence received by Ruby includes applications for employment, requests for legal representation, and responses to his newspaper articles in the Globe & Mail. Other records in this file include draft book reviews for Canadian Rights Reporter, newspaper clippings, notes, newsletters, journal articles, CVs, reports, interoffice memoranda and conference materials.

General : July 1, 1988 to Feb. 1, 1989

File consists of a variety of records, including correspondence, legal documents, draft articles, newspaper clippings, journal articles, interoffice memoranda, reports, newsletters, and balance sheets. The correspondence in this file, sent and received by Clayton Ruby, includes requests for legal representation, applications for employment, recommendation letters, invitations to events, letters of congratulations, hate mail, requests for charitable donations, Ruby's letters to newspaper editors and his consumer complaint letters. Other records in this file pertain to insurance policies, the work of the Law Society of Upper Canada discipline committee, legal cases or topics, and firm finances.

General : Oct. 1, 1997 to Aug. 31, 1998

File consists predominantly of correspondence sent and received by Ruby, including personal letters, letters of congratulations, letters to the editor, job applications, requests for legal opinions or referrals, invitation to events, fan letters, and requests for representation. Other records in this file are related CVs, financial agreements, conference materials, memoranda, notes, magazine articles, newspaper clippings, journal articles reports, a draft book review, and legal documents. These records pertain to firm finances, Ruby's appearances on television, his defense of Michael Stadtlander, PEN Canada events, his opposition to the spring bear hunt, the Dionne sisters apology, and the conviction of Yaser Sharif.

General : Sept. 1/98 to June 30/99

File consists predominantly of correspondence sent and received by Ruby, including his letters to the editor of the Law Times and the Globe & Mail, personal correspondence, fan letters, recommendation letters, and job applications. Other records are notes, papers, CVs, newspaper clippings, reports, legal documents, memoranda, student evaluations and government bills. These records pertain to Ruby's involvement with the White Ribbon Campaign and a fundraising barbecue held at his home, former legal cases, his legal and political opinions, and Law Society of Upper Canada bencher elections.

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