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Aberhart, William

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  • 1878-1943

William Aberhart was born on a farm near Kippen, Ontario on December 30, 1878 to William Aberhart Senior and Louisa Pepper. He attended Chatham Business College and received teacher training at the Mitchell Model School and the Ontario Normal School in Hamilton, Ontario. He also obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario in 1911. He taught in several schools in southern Ontario, becoming principal of the Central Public School in Brantford Ontario, before moving to Calgary in 1910. During his time in Brantford, Aberhart also preached in local churches and conducted Bible study classes. Although he grew up in a nominally Presbyterian household, Aberhart and his wife entered the Baptist faith when residing in Calgary. Between 1910 and 1915, Aberhart was principal of three public schools in Calgary: Alexandra, Mount Royal and King Edward. In 1915, he was appointed principal of Crescent Heights High School, a position that he held for twenty years. While in Calgary, he continued to preach in a number of churches and also held Bible study classes. In 1918 he founded the Calgary Prophetic Bible Conference to promote Bible study in Calgary. His sermons and teachings were so popular that the Palace Theatre had to be rented to accommodate all who wished to participate. In 1925, he started broadcasting Sunday afternoon lectures on the radio called the "Back to the Bible Hour". These biblical lectures drew listeners from across the Canadian prairies and the adjacent U.S. states. In 1927 he was appointed Dean of the newly organized Calgary Prophetic Bible Institute. This institute served as a centre of worship and biblical studies, and also produced Aberhart's radio broadcasts. During this time, he was often known as "Bible Bill," in reference to his religious preaching. Aberhart became interested in politics in the 1930s as a result of the Great Depression. He particularly was interested in the 'social credit' theories of Scottish engineer Major C.H. Douglas which addressed the "discrepancy between the costs of production and the purchasing power of individuals." He founded the Social Credit League and began lobbying the Alberta government, held by the United Farmers of Alberta, to adopt some of the social credit policies. When this attempt failed, Aberhart organized Alberta's Social Credit League and the party won the 1935 Alberta provincial election by a landslide. Aberhart himself had not been a candidate in the election, but because he was the leader of the Social Credit League, he was proclaimed Premier of Alberta. He won a by-election in the electoral district of Okotoks-High River two months after being proclaimed Premier. From 1935-1943, Aberhart held the portfolios of Minister of Education and Attorney General. After the general election of 1940, Aberhart represented the multi-member electoral district of Calgary. During his tenure as Premier, Aberhart and the Social Credit government were successful in legislating its "prosperity certificate" program and also in making changes to Alberta's educational system and labour laws. They also established oil and gas conservation practices and provincial marketing boards. However, the Social Credit policies were not fully realized - attempts to change legislation pertaining to the administration of banks or operation of the newspapers in the province were unsuccessful. Although three bills were passed to amend legislation, the Supreme Court of Canada and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council ruled these bills unconstitutional. William Aberhart married Jessie Flatt of Galt, Ontario in 1902 and had two daughters, Ola Janet and Khona Louise. He died suddenly on May 23, 1943 while in Vancouver, British Columbia. A high school in Calgary and a long-term care facility in Edmonton are named in his honour.

Alberta Library Network

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The Alberta Library Network was a networking initiative among university libraries in the early 1980s. Alan MacDonald represented The University of Calgary and was responsible for preparing the document, "Principles and Considerations for Implementing an Alberta Library Network," which was presented to the Alberta Network Assembly in June 1982. Although this initiative was not implemented, the drive to network still exists and continues to reappear under different names.

Alberta Union of Provincial Employees, Local 52

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Alberta Union of Provincial Employees represents a large number of government and board employees throughout the province. For administrative purposes, AUPE designates each department or unit a local number. The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees, Local 52 is the sole bargaining agent for The University of Calgary support staff and was formed by an enactment of the Alberta legislature on June 14, 1976. Previously, The University of Calgary's support staff were served by the Civil Service Association of Alberta. Local 52 is autonomous within the structure of AUPE and bargains independently within AUPE's constitution. The Local consists of over 2000 salaried and casual members and is administered by four chapters which each elect an executive to look after the chapter's interest. Local 52's chapters are Operational/Administrative, General, Specialist/Advisor, and Trades/Technical. These chapters reflect the job families staff are classified under. Representatives to Local 52 Council are elected by the chapters, and the Local executive is elected from among the members of the Council.

Armstrong, Herbert Stoker

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Herbert Stoker Armstrong was the first President of the University of Calgary. After serving as Dean of the Arts and Science Faculty at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, he came to the University of Alberta as Professor of Geology and Dean of the new Faculty of Science in 1962. He was appointed Vice-President (Academic) in 1963, and in 1964 became the first President of the University of Alberta at Calgary. When The University of Calgary received autonomy in 1966, he assumed the dual role of President and Vice-Chancellor, which he held until 1968.

Association of the Academic Staff of the University of Alberta, Calgary (AASUAC)

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In 1936 a Faculty Relations Committee was created by presidential appointment to act as liaison between the administration and the academic staff at the Calgary Branch of the University of Alberta. The appointment of the FRC came into effect in 1939 and annual staff meetings were iniated in 1940. A constitution was not in place until 1945 when it was agreed that the FRC would now act as the executive to the Association of Teaching Staff of the University of Alberta (ATSUA). The mandate, as laid out in the constitution, was to foster academic fraternity and to protect the independence and freedom of teaching, thought and research. Every full time member of the academic staff was a member. In 1949 the administrative procedures were reviewed and a new constitution was in place in 1950 by which the executive regularly elected by ATSUA was recognized as the liason agency and the FRC ceased to exist. The name was changed again twice: in 1959 to Association of Academic Staff of the University of Alberta (AASUA); in 1962 to Association of Academic Staff of the University of Alberta, Calgary (AASUAC).

Bercuson, David J.

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David Jay Bercuson was born in Montreal on 31 August 1945, the son of Joseph Myer and Sylvia (Green) Bercuson. As a teenager he attended Monklands High School in Montreal. After completing high school in 1962, he attended Sir George Williams University, graduating with a B.A. in 1966 where he received the Lieutenant-Governor's Silver Medal for History. He completed his graduate studies in History at the University of Toronto, receiving his Master's in 1967 and his Ph.D. in 1971. His dissertation was entitled "Labour in Winnipeg: The Great War and the General Strike." His first teaching position was as a visiting assistant at the University of Calgary (1970-71). The following year he was hired as an assistant professor at the University of Calgary. He was promoted to associate professor in 1975 and to full professor in 1978. Dr. Bercuson was dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies from 1989-96, and became director of the Strategic Studies Program (now Centre for Military and Strategic Studies) at the University of Calgary in 1997. Dr. Bercuson has written or co-authored more than thirty books and numerous journal articles on the subjects of Canadian Labour, political, diplomatic and military history; the Middle East; Canadian regionalism and constitutional crises; anti-semitism; and higher education in Canada. He has delivered papers at numerous conferences and universities in Canada, the United States, and Central and South America. He has published in numerous newspapers and news magazines, and has done political commentary for CBC radio and television and CTV television. As a consultant, Dr. Bercuson has undertaken legal and historical research on various constitutional and political issues. He also served as a member of the Leader of the Opposition's Advisory Group, Alberta Liberal Party. From January to April 1997, he was a Special Advisor to the Minister of National Defence on the Future of the Canadian Forces. In October 1997, he was appointed to the Minister of National Defence's Monitoring Committee on Change in the Canadian Forces and the Department of National Defence. Dr. Bercuson has been awarded numerous honours, fellowships and research awards. In 1988 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. In 1998, Concordia University conferred on him the honourary degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

Blair, W.R.N.

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William Robert Nelson "Buck" Blair, ?-1990, was Head of the Department of Psychology at The University of Calgary from 1966 to 1974. He was Associate Vice-President (Academic) from 1974 to 1978, and retired in 1980. He received his BA and MA from the University of Alberta, and a PhD from the University of Ottawa in 1956. During World War II, he served as a gunner lieutenant and as an army examiner in the army's Directorate of Personnel Selection. In the 1950s, he was a senior officer in the Canadian Army Personnel System. Blair was an early member of the Canadian Psychological Association and served in various executive positions for the Association. He chaired the Alberta Mental Health Study, which produced the Blair Report, and chaired the Provincial Mental Health Advisory Commission, for which he was awarded the Alberta Achievement Award in 1974. He was also involved in The University of Calgary Status of Women Committee. He received an honorary degree of Doctor of Military Science at a ceremony at Royal Roads [military academy] in 1989.

Buckmaster, H.A.

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Dr. H.A. Buckmaster was a University of Calgary professor in the Physics Department. He served as the U of C representative on the University of Alberta Academic Pension Plan Board and its successor, the Alberta Universities Academic Pension Plan. He also chaired the first review committee struck by Dr. W. Cochrane for the Faculty of Education, and was President of The University of Calgary Faculty Association prior to 1969 and again from 1972-1977.

Cairns, Allan T. J.

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Allan Thomas Johnstone Cairns was born in Edmonton in February 1931. Educated in city schools, he later attended the University of Alberta to study English. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1952 and his Master of Arts degree in 1954. He then studied at Oxford with the assistance of an IODE Postgraduate Fellowship, and travelled extensively in Europe. In 1959 he returned to Canada, accepting a position at Victoria College (now the University of Victoria) to teach English and creative writing. In July 1962 he joined the Department of English at the University of Calgary as a faculty member and was promoted to associate professor in 1975. He remained a faculty member of the Department until his death in January 1988. Professor Cairns sat on many committees of the English Department, chairing several of them and acting as advisor to others. He was a consultant to the Norton Anthology of English Literature (4th edition) and to Prentice Hall publishers regarding new texts for students of English grammar. In addition to writing scholarly articles and reviews, he was a dedicated creative writer for most of his life. His first love was poetry, which he began to write at the age of 15. In his early 30s the impulse (as he described it) to write poetry had ceased in him and he decided that it was "[t]ime to turn to prose now". Apparently he did not return to writing poems until ca. 1984. He wrote a large number of short stories as well as several novels, including one of over 1100 pages in length which he dubbed "The Monster". Despite his need to write creatively which resulted in an impressive volume of work, Cairns enjoyed only very limited success in having his writing published.

Calgary Clinical Resources Co-ordinating Committee

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The Calgary Clinical Resources Co-ordinating Committee promotes the most advantageous use of clinical resources in Calgary and surrounding areas. It maintains a process of facilitating the requests for clinical resources made by nursing education programs, provides clinical experiences for nursing students in the clinical agencies while complying with the agencies' care standards, provides a forum for educational and clinical agencies to discuss issues of mutual concern, and communicates and provides recommendations to appropriate groups on issues regarding clinical resources. The Committee was formed in 1981 and was called The Joint Committee for the Allocation of Clinical Resources. The name was changed to Calgary Clinical Resources Co-ordinating Committee in September 1993. Commmittee membership is comprised of nursing educational program representatives responsible for nursing student clinical placement, and health care agency representatives responsible for clinical practice.

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