Item F 404.2.112 - Forum - Canadian Life and Letters 1920–70

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Forum - Canadian Life and Letters 1920–70

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F 404.2.112

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  • 1972 (Creation)
    Chow, Olivia

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1 published book,

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Chow is a former Canadian politician who served as federal New Democratic Party Member of Parliament for Trinity-Spadina from 2006–2014, and Toronto city councillor from 1991 to 2005. Chow is the widow of former NDP and Opposition Leader Jack Layton; they were married from 1988 until his death from cancer in 2011. She was a candidate in the 2014 Toronto mayoral election, where she placed third behind winner John Tory and runner-up Doug Ford.
Chow won the Trinity—Spadina riding for the New Democratic Party on January 23, 2006, becoming a member of the House of Commons of Canada. In 2011, she was re-elected in her riding for her third straight win. She speaks Cantonese, Mandarin and English. In May 2012, Chow was named one of the top 25 Canadian immigrants in Canada by Canadian Immigrant magazine. Chow's personal memoir, titled My Journey, was published January 21, 2014. Chow resigned her seat in parliament on March 12, 2014, to run in the 2014 Toronto mayoral election. Following her mayoral election loss, Chow became a distinguished visiting professor at Ryerson University from 2015 to 2018.

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Jack Lawrence Granatstein was born in Toronto on May 21, 1939. After receiving a B. A. from the Royal Military College in Kingston, J.L. Granatstein completed an MA at the University of Toronto and a PhD at Duke University. While a student, he served in the Canadian Army, including two years in the Army Historical Section. Upon his graduation from Duke in 1966, he began teaching at York University, where he was a full professor from 1976 until his retirement in 1995. In the 1970s and 1980s, Granatstein's study of the Canadian government during the Second World War, his two works on conscription, and his biography of William Lyon Mackenzie King played a key role in rescuing the historical reputation of the former prime minister. In the 1990s, Granatstein began gravitating toward military history. The Generals: The Canadian Army's Senior Commanders in the Second World War (1993) won two national awards. The most influential of Granatstein's polemics was Who Killed Canadian History? (1998), which argued that Canadians knew little of their past. Granatstein was appointed director and CEO of the Canadian War Museum, where from 1998 to 2000 he played a leading role in creating a new building for the institution.

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batch 1 - Toronto

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