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Exhibitions and publicity

This subseries contains records relating to Kujundzic's public life. It includes press clippings, articles featuring Zeljko's artwork, pamphlets and brochures, conference publicity, correspondence with companies regarding exhibitions and his artwork, and photographs of exhibits and galleries that featured himself and his artwork. There are records from various magazines and newspapers, and records relating to the International Academy of Ceramics (IAC), Federation Internationale de la Medaille (FIDEM), the Sculptor's Society, the Northwest Designer Craftsmen Show (NWD), Ceramica, Gardens of Art Gallery, and Who's Who in American Art.

Jacqueline Marcus

Subseries contains textual records pertaining to Jacqueline Marcus' poetry chapbook titled <i>No Excuses</i>. The records include drafts of the chapbook, as well as the published edition, and copies of correspondence between Marcus and Lazara Press.

The Writer’s Union of Canada (TWUC)

Sub-series consists of records related to Miki’s involvement with the Writer’s
Union of Canada. The sub-series contains agendas and minutes of meetings,
correspondence and memoranda, news clippings, reports, invoices, and other

External Communications

Sub-series consists of communication records that appear intended to have been shared with a public audience outside the National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC) at the time of their creation. Records include press releases, pamphlets, articles, books, speeches, handouts, university professor papers, student papers, newspapers, such as published Nikkei Voice newspapers, and other assorted publications.

Bociurkiw (Halfway to the east)

Subseries contains textual records related to Marusya Bociurkiw's work of poetry titled <i>Halfway to the East</i>. These records include drafts of the work, as well as copies of correspondence and the contract between Bociurkiw and Lazara Press. Other records include other copies of correspondence related to the work, reviews and promotions of <i>Halfway</i> and other poems by Bociurkiw, and records related to the production of the work. The subseries also contains a copy of Bociurkiw's poem "Radio Nights," both in English and in German.


Subseries contains maps of various tree farm licenses owned and operated by Western Forest Products and its predecessors.

The majority of the subseries consists of atlases on particular tree farm licenses (TFLs), some of which form part of the working and management plans and are thus closely associated with that subseries. There are also maps of forest areas that are not part of tree farm licenses.

Day Planners

Consist of Rosemary’s day planners, ‘While you are out’ appointment forms and to-do lists.

2000 federal election records

Records in this series relate to the British Columbia NDP's activities in support of the 2000 federal election.

Held on November 27, 2000, the 37th general election was called early by Liberal Party Prime Minister Jean Chretien. The federal NDP, under the leadership of Alexa McDonough, succeeded in securing 13 seats in Parliament, a loss of 8 seats from the previous election in 1997. The BC NDP also did not fare well in the federal election, possibly due to the resignation of Premier Glen Clark in August of 1999 surrounding allegations that he had accepted favours in return for approving a casino application. The next federal election was not held until 2004.

Records in this series have been made by multiple creators. Files 412-01 to 412-04 were created by Ed Lavalle, Provincial Secretary. The creator of files 412-05 to 412-15 is uncertain, but appear to be the Director of Communications. Similarly, the creator of files 412-16 to 412-21 is uncertain, but appears to be Ron Stipp, Director of Organization.

Files include correspondence, memos, public communications, polls, candidate biographies, clippings, draft advertisements and promotional materials, agendas and minutes, and other related materials.


Subseries consists of newspaper clippings, resource files, and correspondence relating to Pro-CAN's legal functions and entanglements. Newspaper clippings follow injunctions that Pro-CAN was involved in, while correspondence is mainly between members of the Network and other organizations sharing useful legal information as well as between Pro-CAN and various law firms representing clients intent on bringing legal action and/or Freedom of Information requests against the organization.


Sub-series consists of two drafts of Surrender, a book of poetry for which Miki
won the Governor General’s Award for Poetry in 2002.

Sharron J. Simpson Photographs

Series consists of photographs taken by, or collected by, Sharron J. Simpson. Subjects documented include sawmill operations, 1999 reunion of former S.M.S. Ltd. employees, and the Okanagan fruit industry, as well as deliberate photographs taken preserving images of S.M.S. memorabilia.

Simpson, Sharron J.

Keith Hoff collection

Subseries contains genealogical records of Keith Hoff, a photo of Hoff, and transcriptions of oral histories made by him and his relatives. The subseries also includes a passenger list of the S.S. St. Patrick of the Montreal Ocean Steam-Ship Company on September 23, 1874.

Marusya Bociurkiw

Subseries contains two copies of Bociurkiw's poem titled <i>Not in my Name</i> and of her poem titled <i>Radio Nights</i>.

Jaqueline Oker

Subseries contains textual records related to Jacqueline Oker's broadside poem titled <i>Remember</i>. The records include drafts of the poem, as well as the published broadside. Other records include Oker's biographical information, correspondence, and copies of other unpublished poems written by Oker.

Nanaimo Commonwealth Holding Society records

Subseries consists of records related to the Nanaimo Commonwealth Holding Society, its related organizations, and the various commissions and investigations into its activities, 1988-2001.

The Nanaimo Commonwealth Holding Society (NCHS) was a non-profit organization created by the CCF in 1954 to hold properties, provide event spaces, and support the organizing efforts of what would become the New Democratic Party. One of its primary methods of fundraising was through bingos. The formation of the NCHS was largely assisted by David Daniel Stupich, a former chicken farmer and accountant, who was later elected as the Nanaimo MLA for the NDP in 1963. Stupich remained heavily involved in Nanaimo politics, acting as a provincial NDP MLA from 1963-1969 and 1972-1988, and then as a federal NDP representative for the Nanaimo-Cowichan district from 1988 until 1993.

Under provincial regulations at the time, at least 25% of a bingo’s gross revenues were to be donated to charity. However, in 1988 the RCMP received a tip from Frank Murphy, one of the directors of the NCHS Charities Society (NCHS C/S) concerning the misdirection of funds. The RCMP proceeded to investigate, but the case failed to proceed due to lack of evidence. In May of 1992, allegations about the NCHS’s redirection of charity funds reached the media, including allegations that some of these funds had been redirected for NDP use, and the event quickly became known among the press as “Bingogate”. This prompted the RCMP to re-open an investigation (dubbed "Project Enigma"), and in 1993 search warrants were obtained. The investigation led to charges against the NCHS and several of its related societies in 1994 but, on the recommendations of Special Prosecutor Ace Henderson, not against any individuals involved. As the details of the case came to light, the NDP faced increasing public pressure to account for its actions, and in 1994, the services of Ron Parks, a forensics accountant with Lindquist Avey Macdonald Baskerville, were engaged to further analyze the collected evidence. The Parks Report, as it became known, was submitted in May of 1995, and among many other allegations, it suggested that in 1983-1984, the NCHS had funneled money ear-marked for charities into the NDP-owned Democrat Publications, which the NDP then attempted to pay back in 1993 as the NCHS allegations reached the media. This led to public accusations of a cover-up on the part of the NDP, and following the submission of the Parks Report, Bill M 207, the “Nanaimo Commonwealth Holding Society Public Inquiry Act” was passed in the legislature in 1995, calling for a public commission to investigate the activities of the NCHS. Headed for the majority of its time by Murray Smith and publicly known as the Smith Commission of Inquiry, the public inquiry began in late 1996, and continued until 2001. In 1999, at the age of 77, David Stupich pleaded guilty to fraud and the illegal operation of a lottery. He died in February of 2006.

Subseries includes court documents (primarily related to the Smith Commission of Inquiry), media clippings and transcripts, correspondence, public communications, reports, drafts, and other related material.

Cameron (Sparks from the fire)

Subseries contains textual records related to Sandy Cameron's volume of poetry titled <i>Sparks from the Fire</i>. These records include drafts of the volume as well as copies of correspondence and the contract between Cameron and Lazara Press. Other records include reviews and promotions of <i>Sparks</i>, as well as records related to the production of the work. The photographs contained in this subseries are images featured in the <i>Sparks</i> publication.

barbara findlay

Subseries contains textual records pertaining to barbara findlay's "With All of Who We Are: A Discussion of Oppression and Dominance" publication in Lazara Press' Discussion Series. The subseries contains drafts of the publication, as well as the final copy. Other records include correspondence, distribution information, Cancopy information, and reviews of the chapbook.

2001 provincial election records

Records in this subseries relate to BC NDP activity surrounding the 37th provincial general election in BC, held on May 16, 2001. Though the Party ran a full slate of 79 candidates in the 2001 election, the BC NDP’s public perception was still suffering as a result of the media-dubbed “Bingogate scandal” which had led to Glen Clark’s resignation as Premier in August of 1999. Under the leadership of Ujjal Dosanjh, the former Attorney General of BC who had successfully won the NDP leadership race in February of 2000, the New Democratic Party succeeded in retaining only 2 of their previous 39 seats in the provincial legislature, those of incumbents Joy McPhail (Vancouver-Hastings) and Jenny Kwan (Vancouver-Mount Pleasant). The BC Liberals, under the leadership of former Vancouver mayor Gordon Campbell, won the remaining 77 seats. The next provincial election was not held until 2005.

The records in this series were received by RBSC in one box; though their contents suggest multiple individual creators, it is difficult to determine at a file-by-file level which files were created by whom. Based on an examination of the contents of the files and notes supplied by the appraising archivist, the likely creators of these files are Ed Lavalle, Provincial Secretary and Acting Campaign Manager for the 2001 election, and either the Director of Communications or David Bieber, Communications Officer for the BC NDP.

Materials in this subseries include correspondence, polls, candidate nomination materials, public communications, campaign literature, media clippings, notes, meeting agendas and minutes, candidate biographies and photographs, financial documents, and other related materials. Certain items not directly related to the election were intermingled with loose materials discovered in the box; they have been left in their received order and can be found in file 415-01.

Across currents: canada—Japan minority forum

Sub-series contains correspondence, minutes of meetings, notes, and other records reflecting Mild’s role on the organizing committee for the conference Culture in struggle: Canada—Japan minority forum. The conference was held in Vancouver in 1995. The sub-series contains photographs of individuals who participated in the conference as speakers, attendees, and performers and of ceremonies and performances in progress as well as audio recordings of the conference proceedings. Finally, the sub-series contains drafts of the manuscript of the conference proceedings which Mild co-edited with Rita Wong. The proceedings were published as Across Currents: Canada—Japan minority forum in 2001. Files related to conference organizing precede the manuscript drafts.

National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC)

Sub-series contains agendas and minutes of meetings, correspondence and memoranda, reports, notes and notebooks, news clippings, published updates and newsletters, research notes, drafts, conference programs, transcripts of conferences and symposia proceedings, the NAJC constitution, and other records related to Miki’s involvement with the NAJC. The sub-series also contains audio recordings of National Redress Committee and National Council meetings and telephone conferences, press conferences, and proceedings of other events. Miki served on the NAJC National Council between 1984 and 1988. He was also officially employed by the NAJC as National redress coordinator for several months in 1985. The sub-series documents Miki’s activities in these and other capacities within the NAJC and the activities of the organization particularly as they relate to the redress movement. General files and National Council records, and Strategy Committee records are arranged chronologically followed by alphabetically arranged subject files.

General literary manuscripts

Sub-series consists of manuscripts, proofs, photographs, artwork, author contracts and some correspondence relating to the publishing of books and broadsheets.

Anti-Choice Mail

Subseries consists mainly of correspondence received by Pro-CAN from anti-choice groups and individuals, along with a few articles and newspaper clippings reporting on terrorism and hit lists. Most letters and postcards could be considered "hate mail" and many are religious in nature. Some files include correspondence from other pro-choice supporters informing Pro-CAN of possible mail threats. Artifact is a lapel pin featuring an "international pro-life symbol" that was mailed to Pro-CAN.

Point Roberts collection

Subseries consists of minutes, correspondence, bylaws, publications, newspaper clippings related to the Point Roberts Historical Society’s administration as well as its community and cultural endeavours. It is notably composed of photographs taken of the Point Roberts Icelandic settlers which were displayed by the Icelandic Archives of British Columbia.

Growth & Yield Reports

Subseries contains reports on growth and yield projects undertaken by Western Forest Products and its predecessors. Material mostly focuses on the permanent sample plots (PSPs) instituted by British Columbia Forest Services in the 1950s and 1960s. Files are often labelled by project name, but sometimes by plot number.

Healthcare provider and physician's education projects (HPEP)

The sub-series contains records related to the Physician’s Education Project and its successor, the Healthcare Providers Education Project (HPEP). The project was launched to facilitate education of healthcare providers and physicians regarding HIV/AIDS in general, particularly women-specific issues and needs for preventive care and treatment. Physicians and health care professionals attended presentations put on by the PWN.

Record types include project proposals, reports, project evaluation records, correspondence, and contracts between funding bodies, AIDS Community Action Program (ACAP) and Ministry of Health (MOH) and the PWN.


Subseries consists of proposals, notes, and correspondence with potential donors discussing upcoming projects and positions within Pro-CAN that will require funding.


Subseries contains Thomas' historical research material. The majority of the subseries contextualizes the folk songs he researched. Material includes handwritten notes, reproductions of photographs, and reproductions of maps of British Columbia. It is arranged alphabetically by subject.

Emil Bjarnason collection

The subseries consists of photocopied records pertaining to parts of the Bjarnason family history, a postcard from Emil and his wife Millie depicting Wynard, Saskatchewan, and a short textual anecdote about Paul Bjarnason’s interaction with Henry Ford. The subseries also includes biographies of the Yorsh family and an English and Icelandic copy of The Beginning of the Universe by Halldor Fridliefson. A notable portion of the subseries consists of photograph albums of the Bjarnason family.


Sub-series predominantly contains material related to the Alcuin Society
Journal Amphora and newsletter Notes from the Alcuin Society, including proofs, manuscript material and reference information. Woodblocks used in the illustration of the Amphora are also included. Material related to proposed and unpublished articles is also included.

Japanese Canadian Citizen’s Association (Greater Vancouver JCCA)

Sub-series consists of agendas and minutes of meetings, correspondence and memoranda, reports, notes, news clippings, transcripts of forum proceedings, published guides, financial reports, proposals, and other records related to Miki’s involvement with the Greater Vancouver JCCA. 7 photographic contact sheets illustrate the unveiling of a commemorative plaque in Kaslo, British Columbia. The sub-series also contains audio recordings of community meetings and forum proceedings, Greater Vancouver JCCA Redress Committee meetings and elections and general JCCA meetings, and broadcast interviews relating the activities of the JCCA. Miki sat on the Greater Vancouver JCCA Board of Directors and served as Chair of the Greater Vancouver JCCA Redress Committee between 1984 and 1988. The sub-series documents Miki’s activities in both these capacities in particular, and the activities and campaigns of the organization in general. Board of Directors records and Redress Committee records are arranged chronologically followed by alphabetically arranged subject files.

Redress research

Sub-series consists of photocopies and original materials gathered by Miki for research purposes. These include minutes of meetings, articles and essays, conference programs and proceedings, copies of American and Canadian legislation, reports, news clippings and serials, bibliographies, monographs. and other material related to Japanese Americans, Japanese Canadians, their internment during WWII, and the redress movement. The sub-series contains audio recordings of broadcast interviews and interviews conducted by Miki and a video recorded program on redress-related topics. These records reflect Miki’s research activities and may also serve other researchers interested in these subjects and issues. Also consists of research materials (including a study conducted by Kundio Hidaka titled “Legal Status of Japanese in Canada”) gathered and annotated by Miki. Subseries also includes photographs from redress related events including the photographs used in the“Japanese Canadian Losses Study” conducted in 1985.


Sub-series consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence related to Miki’s personal, academic, literary, and political activities. The sub-series contains cards, notes, letters, and printed email. The sub-series is arranged alphabetically by correspondent or subject.

Supplementary editorial records

Sub-series consists of manuscript material, some correspondence, author contracts, promotional material, reviews, author biographies, commentary on manuscripts and photographs.

Files related to the David Stockell case

Records included in this subseries relate to a provincial court case, known as Friesen v. Hammell, brought against three NDP MLA’s, Premier Glen Clark, and the NDP itself, in which the respondents were accused of electoral fraud. The case took place from late 1996, moving through various appeals until August 2000, when it was finally overturned and the original respondents were acquitted.

Shortly before the dropping of the writ for the May 28, 1996 provincial election in British Columbia, then Minister of Finance Elizabeth Cull tabled a pre-election balanced budget in the legislature, on which incumbent NDP candidate Glen Clark campaigned, claiming it was an example of the NDP’s sound fiscal management. While the NDP narrowly lost the popular vote with 39.45% to the Liberal’s 41.82%, the party succeeded in securing 39 seats to the Liberal’s 33, and Glen Clark renewed his mandate as Premier. Shortly after the election however, newly appointed Finance Minister Andrew Petter completed a budgetary review, and concluded that in fact, the budget for 1996 would not be balanced, contradicting the projections that Cull had tabled before the election for the 1995/96 and 1996/97 budgets. This sparked public controversy, and the media began referring to the episode as the “Fudge-it Budget” scandal. Following this, David Stockell, a resident of Kelowna, founded a group called HELP BC (an acronym for Help Eradicate Lying Politicians) with the intention of launching a court case against the Clark and the New Democratic Party, claiming the party had defrauded voters. The group received funding for its case from the National Citizen’s Coalition (NCC), a conservative lobby group with a strong base in Alberta, and political support from the BC Liberals and others. David Stockell had in fact voted Liberal in the 1996 election and therefore could not name himself as a petitioner in the court case; instead, HELP BC began an outreach campaign to ask members of the public who had voted for the NDP on the basis of its budgetary promises to step forward as petitioners. Three British Columbians from different ridings were identified: Leonard Friesen of the Surrey Green Timbers riding, Holly Kuzenko of New Westminster, and Mildred Umbarger of Rossland Trail. The initial court case was brought forward as a class proceeding, against not only the MLA’s of each riding (Sue Hammell of Surrey Green Timbers, Graeme Bowbrick of New Westminster, and Ed Conroy of Rossland Trail), but also all electoral district MLA’s, electoral officers, Glen Clark, and the NDP itself. The trial began at the end of 1996, and proceeded through various appeals, with the NDP and other respondents eventually being dismissed from the proceedings except for the three MLA’s initially named – though in January 1999, the BC Court of Appeals ruled that the case could go to full trial in the British Columbia Supreme Court. In August of 2000 however, the case was finally thrown out, and the respondents acquitted.

Records include court documents, drafts and research notes, correspondence, media clippings and transcripts, opinion polls, and other related materials.


Subseries contains microfiche of various records generated by Western Forest Products and their predecessor companies from the 1950s to the 1990s. Themes and records in this subseries include: working agreements, planning, inventories, environmental protection, reforestation plans, silvicultural practices, first nations agreements, tree farm licenses, corporate cooperation reports, committee involvement, and public relations. This subseries significantly overlaps in terms of content with other subseries in the collection.

Helga Howardson collection

The subseries consists largely of photographs from three albums compiled by Howardson depicting events and organizations in the Vancouver Icelandic community. Howardson was very involved in the various community organizations. Resultantly, the textual records in her collection consist of correspondence, minutes, and reports from the Icelandic Canadian Club of British Columbia, the Icelandic National League, the Sólskin Society, the Icelandic Care Home Höfn House and the Icelandic Lutheran Church. The subseries contains eight recordings of Icelandic music and events that were broadcast over Icelandic community radio. The subseries also includes a copy of The Icelandic-Canadian Poet Stephan Gudmundsson Stephansson: A Tribute by Kerry Wood.

Published/printed materials

Sub-series consists of a Pulp Press magazine, calendars, broadsheets, flyers, posters, advertisements and Press catalogues published or printed by Pulp Press.

Frances Hanson collection

The subseries consists mainly of four scrapbooks made by Frances (Olafson) Hanson of the Olafson family in Osland and Prince Rupert. Textual materials in the subseries include diaries of Hanson’s father, Olafur Olafson, correspondence and ephemera of the Olafson family, and some photocopied materials used to write Hanson’s book, Memories of Osland.

Dignitary photographs.

Series contains photographs of Mike Apsey with various dignitaries, including Presidents, Senators, and Prime Ministers. Photographs include: Mike Apsey and former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at the Fraser Institute in Vancouver, B.C., photos of Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, George P. Shultz (American Economist), Max Baucus (Montana Senator), Clayton Yeutter (US Secretary of State for George H.W. Bush, Lloyd Bentsen (Senator for Texas), David Durenberger (senator Minnesota), Bill Frenzel (Representative Minnesota), Rudy Boschwitz (Senator Minnesota), Bob Packwood (Senator), and photos of Mike Aspey with former Prime Ministers Kim Campbell, Brian Mulroney, Jean Chretien, and Joe Clark.

Writing through race

Subseries includes tape recording of all the session for the “Writing through Race” conference Miki coordinated as chair of the Racial Minority Writers’ Committee of the Writers’ Union of Canada as well as photographs taken by photographers at the conference.

Goldsmith (Second thoughts)

Subseries contains textual records related to Elise Goldsmith's volume of poetry titled <i>Second Thoughts</i>, as well as her poem titled <i>My War</i>. These records include drafts of the volume as well as copies of correspondence and the contract between Goldsmith and Lazara Press. Other records include reviews and promotions of <i>Second Thoughts</i> and <i>My War</i>, as well as records related to the production of the works. The photographs contained in this subseries are images featured in the <i>Second</i> publication.

Professional affiliations

Records in this subseries include materials relating to Kujundzic's professional roles with art organizations and societies, including: the Sculptor's Society of British Columbia and the Sculptor's Society of Canada, Federation Internationale de la medaille (FIDEM), the Washington Potters Association (WPA), the Central Washington Artists Association, the Allied Arts Council of Allied Arts Association, the Pioneer Crafts Council, North West Designer’s Craftsmen (NWDC), and Fine Arts Connection.

Also included are records relating to his service on the editorial board of “Earth & You” publication, as a member and coordinator of the IAC, and as president of the Okanagan Contemporary Artists.

Files related to Robin Blencoe

Subseries contains court documents, media clippings, correspondence, and other materials related to the trial of Robin Blencoe.

Blencoe was an NDP MLA who went on to serve in the Cabinet of Mike Harcourt as Minister of Municipal Affairs (1991-1993), Minister of Government Services (1993-1995) and the Minister Responsible for Sport and Commonwealth Games of British Columbia (1993-1995). In 1994, several allegations of sexual assault surfaced against Blencoe and were closely followed by the media, eventually forcing him from office in 1995. During the hearings, one of the plaintiffs submitted an application to the BC Supreme Court to name the New Democratic Party as a party in the case on the basis of vicarious liability, but the application was dismissed. Ultimately a BC Human Rights tribunal ruled against Blencoe in the case, and ordered him to pay $5,000 to the plaintiff.

Due to delays of the tribunal hearings however, the original claims were not resolved within the first 30 months since the original filing, and Blencoe sought to have the case dismissed by the BC Supreme Court as a violation of his Charter rights. The motion for dismissal was denied, but the BC Court of Appeals later ruled in Blencoe's favour and ordered the charges stayed. Blencoe's case became national news when the case went to the Supreme Court of Canada (Blencoe v. British Columbia (Human Rights Commission), [2000] 2 S.C.R. 307 ), where a 5-4 ruling overturned the decision of the Court of Appeal, and held that the 30 month delay did not violate the Charter or administrative law.

S.M. Simpson Ltd. Retrospectives

Subseries consists of various compiled manuscripts and informally published materials either relating directly to the historical narrative of S.M. Simpson Ltd. or to aspects of its operations.
Date range extends beyond the corporate existence of S.M. Simpson Ltd but is included in the series and parent series because of its pertinence to the company.

Working and management plans

Subseries contains records related to the working and management plans of various Tree farm licenses (TFLs) operated by Western Forest Products and its predecessors. This subseries contains mostly textual records. Map portions of the working and management plans are located in the Maps subseries of the TFL series.

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