Fonds MS-418 - Olive P. Hoyle

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Olive P. Hoyle

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  • 1965-1984 (Creation)
    Hoyle, Olive P.

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12 cm of textual records - 10 photographs : col. prints

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Olive P. Hoyle was a long-time resident in Edmonton AB, living in Edmonton's Crestwood community, south of MacKinnon ravine, from ca. 1942. She was employed as a clerk/stenographer in various Edmonton businesses from 1942 until her retirement in 1982. She was married to Alastair W. Hoyle, ca. 1941.

Olive Hoyle was active in the establishment of the Citizens' Save Our Parks Association in 1965, which opposed the use of Edmonton's river valley ravines for roadways, particularly the Quesnel and Capilano ravines in East Edmonton and the MacKinnon Ravine in the west. As part of its campaigns, the association co-operated with a number of other community organizations, including the Edmonton Civic Rights Association, the Alberta Voters Organization, the United Voters Association, the Local Council of Women, East End Ratepayers and West End Ratepayers, to form a Plebiscite Committee, which organized a successful petition to force a plebiscite on the construction of the 72nd St. Bridge [later Capilano Bridge]. Personally and with a number of opposition groups, she also opposed construction of the MacKinnon Ravine roadway (also known as the Jasper Freeway) until its final abandonment in 1983.

Olive Hoyle was a founding member of the Urban Reform Group Edmonton (URGE), a civic political party, and served on its first Membership Committee, 1973-1974.

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It is uncertain what relationship the donor had to the creator of the fonds, other than that he was a subsequent resident in her home.

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The fonds consists of correspondence, minutes, reports, news clippings, notes and publications relating to the Citizens' Save Our Parks Association, 1965-ca. 1977; the Plebiscite Committee, 1965-1966; the Urban Reform Group Edmonton (URGE), 1973-1982; the Oliver Community Group, 1975; and her opposition to construction of a roadway in MacKinnon Ravine, 1965-1984.

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This fonds was donated to the City of Edmonton Archives by Alastair Hancock in 2006.


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