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Bazar, Beatrice

  • BB1
  • Person
  • October 14, 1914-September 28, 2009

Beatrice Millman Bazar was born on October 14, 1914 in Montreal, Quebec, as the daughter of Aaron and Rose Millman. She was married to Bernard Bazar. They had two sons, Leonard and Ronald. Beatrice Bazar died on September 28, 2009 at the age of 94. Beatrice Bazar was involved in the community at the local and national level. In 1935, she helped open the first pre-kindergarten Montessori school recognized by the Quebec government. Bazar co-founded the Dominion Gallery of Art with her mother, and the Youth Division of The Canadian Jewish Congress. She served on many boards, including the United Nations Association in Canada, where she served as president, was the director of the Canadian Human Rights Foundation, was the president for the Canadian Institute for International Affairs, and the Chair of the Foundation for International Training in Third World Countries.

Bazar received several medals throughout her life including the Order of Canada, which was awarded on October 25, 1990.

Bowden Clipping Service

  • BCS1
  • Corporate body
  • [19--?]-

Bowden Clipping Service, based in Kitchener, Ontario, is part of the Canadian media tracking company MH Media Monitoring Limited, owned by Maclean Hunter Publishing, and since April 1994 part of Rogers Communications.
Bowden Clipping Service was used by Concordia University Libraries to find articles in French and English Canadian newspapers and magazines relating to the poet Irving Layton. The company would send the clippings via first class mail on a weekly basis. The Libraries ceased using the company’s services in May of 1993.

Goldsmith, Bernice

  • BG1
  • Person
  • 1934-2014

Bernice Goldsmith (née Iscovitch) was born on June 15, 1934. She married Carl (Beno) Goldsmith and had one child, Philip. She died in Montreal on March 26, 2014. She attended Sir George Williams University and graduated from Concordia University with a BA (Cum Laude) with Specialization in Science & Human Affairs in 1979.

In 1976, she joined the Social Aspects of Engineering program - which was initiated in the early seventies by Dr. Hugh McQueen - as a part-time lecturer and taught a course on environmental and social impact assessment. The same year, she organized and set-up a Resource Centre, used by students for research on environmental assessment. In 1984, she succeeded Hugh McQueen as the program’s coordinator. Through her strong commitment to the program, it continued to grow and thrive.

In June 1990 she was appointed assistant professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science. As well as teaching undergraduate courses, she developed and taught, in 1991, a graduate course on Environmental Life-Cycle Assessment which examined the environmental burdens associated with a product or a process from conception to disposition by incorporating the principles of green design. In 1992, she was the recipient of the Seagram Fund for Academic Innovation Award for the project Development of Interdisciplinary Case Study Methodology and Materials for Teaching/Training of Engineers, which resulted in a paper she presented in conjunction with the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA), in Shanghai, in June 1993. She had been a member of IAIA since 1982 and was on its international board from 1992 to 1995, and later became the liaison to the francophone secretariat in 1999. In 1998, she received an Outstanding Service Award for her many activities with the organization.

She retired from Concordia in 2000. Following the conclusion of her teaching career, she applied her knowledge of technology, engineering and the environment to the area of environmental impact assessment. She co-chaired IAIA’s Trade Impact Assessment section, collaborating on the Principles of Environmental Impact Assessment Best Practices.

In 2010, Bernice Goldsmith, along with Hugh McQueen, was a winner of Concordia’s inaugural Sustainable Champions prize, recognizing her contributions to analyses of life-cycle endurance. They were both instrumental in establishing Concordia’s recycling program in 1990.

In 2014, the Bernice Goldsmith Bursary in the Social Aspects of Engineering was established in her memory.

Guerin, Bellelle

  • BG3
  • Person
  • 1849-1929

Bellelle Guerin was a Canadian writer and the founder and first president of the Catholic Women's League of Canada. Bellelle Guerin was born as Mary Ellen Guerin on September 24, 1849 in Montreal. She was the eldest child of six and only daughter of civil engineer Thomas Gueren and Mary Maguire, both of Irish descent. Guerin spent several years of her education at the Mont-Sainte-Marie Convent in Montreal. During this time, she became renowned as a writer and poet. It was then that she adopted the name Bellelle Guerin.

Guerin never married, but raised her brother’s two children, Thomas and Mary Carroll, after the death of their mother in 1888. Her brother, James John Edmund Guerin, was a physician and politician. When he was elected mayor of Montreal in 1910, Bellelle served as mayoress. During the following two years, she accompanied him to civic functions and participated in such events as the International Eucharistic Congress, held in Montreal in 1910, and the visit of Earl Grey in Montreal.

In 1917, Guerin became president of the Catholic Women’s Club, formerly the Ladies of Loyola Club. In November 1917, the Montreal branch of the Catholic Women’s League (CWL) was founded, with herself as first president. Under Guerin’s initiative, the Catholic Women’s League of Canada was created in June 1920 to unify the various branches of the CWL, and once again, she was elected first president.

In 1922, Guerin was honored with the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice cross from the Roman Catholic Church. In 1923, she was made honorary president for life of the Catholic Women’s League of Canada. Meanwhile, the national membership of the CWL had grown to 50,000.

Bellelle Guerin died at age 79 on January 28, 1929, in Montreal.

McKenna, Bob and Kevin

  • BKM
  • Family
  • [ca. 1950?]-

Kevin McKenna was born in Sherbrooke, Quebec, in 1952. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Pratt Institute in New York in 1974.
Bob McKenna is an artist and filmmaker working in visual and media arts.
Together, the McKenna brothers participated in the exhibition Corridart dans la rue Sherbrooke, that was sponsored by the Arts and Culture Committee of the 1976 international Olympic Games held in Montreal. They created the large-scale photomontage Rues-miroirs, encompassing a panoramic view of five or six blocks of Sherbrooke Street and St-Laurent Street, where it was installed. The exhibition, and with it McKenna’s installation, was dismantled by the City of Montreal before the Olympic Games opened.

Lee, Ben

  • BL3
  • Person
  • [19-?]

McKenna, Brian

  • BM1
  • Person
  • August 8, 1945-

Brian McKenna was born in Montreal August 8, 1945. McKenna is married to journalist Anne Lagacé Dowson.

Brian McKenna first lived in downtown Montreal and started elementary school at a French school of the Congregation of Notre-Dame. His family moved to the Montreal suburb of Valois, and later to Beaconsfield. While a student at St. Thomas High School in Pointe-Claire, McKenna worked as sports editor of the high school paper, the St. Thomas News. He graduated in 1963, and was accepted in the second year of the Honours English program at Loyola College. He joined both the debating society and the college weekly paper, the Loyola News, first as a reporter, then desk editor and subsequently news editor. McKenna took over as editor-in-chief in autumn 1966. He received his first degree in 1967, a Bachelor of Arts in English literature. He was hired as a summer reporter at the Montreal Star to cover the Expo 67 World's Fair. In autumn 1967 he returned to studies and to work as editor of the Loyola News. He graduated in 1968 with a degree in communication arts.

Brian McKenna worked as journalist, author, film-maker, producer, and contributor to numerous local and national radio and television shows. In 1968, he became a full-time reporter at the Montreal Star. From 1969 to 1971 he was parliamentary correspondent in Ottawa. McKenna resigned from the Montreal Star in 1973, and became story editor for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's Montreal local TV news and current affairs show The City at 6. At that time, he also became the Quebec correspondent for the CBC's national radio current affairs show As It Happens. In 1975 McKenna joined the current affairs program The Fifth Estate as founding producer, and remained there until 1988. In addition, between 1972 and 1995, he independently produced a number of films. In the fall of 1980 McKenna Purcell Productions Inc. was formed and subsequently McKenna's services were contracted through the company. In 1989, he was named the Max Bell Fellowship visiting professor at the University of Regina School of Journalism, where he taught documentary film-making. The production company Wartime Productions Inc. was incorporated in 1989 by Brian McKenna and Susan Purcell. Brian McKenna also worked on various projects with his brother Terence McKenna.

Brian McKenna wrote for Saturday Night, Weekend Magazine, the Literary Review of Canada, Cité libre, and The Last Post and did book reviews for the Montreal Gazette and the Toronto Star. He co-authored a biography of Montreal mayor Jean Drapeau. He contributed the profiles of Montreal mayors Camilien Houde and Jean Drapeau to The Canadian Encyclopedia.

Throughout his career, Brian McKenna received numerous honours, awards, and prizes. In 1968, he was named Grand Old Man of Loyola News, and honoured as Man of the Year at the annual student awards ceremony. In 1973 he won an ACTRA award for television writing and directing The City at 6 film documentary Settling Accounts. He also won the Anik Award for reporting. He won two Gemini awards for And Then You Die. He received five Gemini Awards for The Valour and the Horror, a Canadian military history film series done in both English and French. He also received four ACTRA awards, including one for His Worship Jean Drapeau, three ribbons from the American Film Festival, two Golden Sheaf awards from the Yorkton Film Festival, a medal at the New York Film Festival, a Chris plaque at the Columbus Film Festival, and a Wilderness Award and an Anik award for The Killing Ground which he co-wrote with Terence McKenna.

McCallum, Bernard

  • BM1
  • Person
  • 1921 - November 1, 1975

Bernard “Bernie” McCallum was born in 1921 and died November 1, 1975 in Montreal. He was educated at Mount St. Louis, Loyola High School College, Loyola College and University of Ottawa (MA). He served in the RCAF and the Royal Canadian Regiment from 1941 to 1945. From 1950, he taught mathematics at Loyola High School for 16 years. In 1965, McCallum left teaching to join Loyola College as Director of Alumni Affairs and Assistant Director of Development.

Blue Metropolis Foundation

  • BM3
  • Corporate body
  • 1997-

The Blue Metropolis Foundation was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 1997. Its incorporation was done in conjunction with the creation of Blue Metropolis Inc., owned by Linda Leith. Initially created to help collect funds for projects like a literary magazine, the purpose of the Foundation soon became the organization of an annual literary festival. This festival, named the Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival, was inspired by “Write pour écrire,” an event organized in 1996 by three Montreal writers in partnership with the Union des écrivaines et des écrivains québécois (UNEQ).

The first Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival took place at the Europa Hotel on Drummond Street in Montreal from April 19 to 23, 1999. In addition to readings, on-stage interviews, and panel discussions, events included the first Blue Metropolis Translation Slam, literacy programming, and community writing activities. These events took place in both English and French. Certain events were bilingual.

The second Blue Met festival took place in 2000 at the Hotel des Gouverneurs, Place Dupuis, in Montreal. During this iteration, Spanish became the third “official” language of the Festival. For the first time, the “Grand prix littéraire international Metropolis bleu” was assigned. It was in that year that CBC Radio and Radio-Canada began their involvement with the Festival. Since 2000, the Foundation has expanded its programming beyond the Festival and began organizing a wide range of educational programs for children and adolescents. The first such program was the Student Literary Program, which was first introduced at the Festival in 2000. The Foundation continues to offer year-round literacy activities.

In subsequent years, new languages were added to each iteration of the Festival. Events in non-official languages, including Italian, Dari, Farsi, later Arabic, Russian, and Chinese, were offered without translation. In order to offer programs in various languages, the Festival conducted outreach to various communities and established partnerships with different community organizations.

In 2007, the Blue Metropolis Arab Literary Prize was created, with annual funding from the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage.

Linda Leith was president of the Blue Metropolis Foundation from 2003 to 2011.

McKenna, Bob

  • BM4
  • Person
  • [ca. 1950?]-

Bob McKenna is a Quebec artist and filmmaker working in visual and media arts.
Together with his brother Kevin, Bob McKenna participated in the exhibition "Corridart dans la rue Sherbrooke" that was sponsored by the Arts and Culture Committee of the 1976 international Olympic Games held in Montreal. The exhibition was dismantled by the City of Montreal before the Olympic Games opened. Several of the artists involved in the exhibition initiated legal proceedings against the city, these later known as the Corridart affair. Twenty-five years later, in 2001, Bob McKenna produced a documentary about the Corridart affair, entitled "About the Corridart Affair".

Gallery, John O'Neill

  • BOG1
  • Person

John O'Neill Gallery graduated from Loyola College in 1917.

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