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Who was Albert Campbell? As well as other useful Scarborough history resources

January 31, 2012 | Sara | Comments (0)

If you have spent time living or working in Scarborough you have probably come across the name Albert Campbell. You may have visited the Scarborough Town Centre and walked across Albert Campbell Square. Perhaps you have friends or family that attends Albert Campbell High School. Or, if you are reading this blog then it is likely that you have visited the Albert Campbell branch of the Toronto Public Library. So, you may be asking yourself, just who was Albert Campbell?


Albert (Ab) Campbell was the first Mayor of Scarborough, a former Reeve of the Township of Scarborough, and Chairman of Metropolitan Toronto. He was born in 1910 in Ridgetown, Ontario. 

After graduating from the University of Toronto, Albert Campbell became a teacher. In 1944 he moved to Scarborough to run the farm of his wife's uncle, James Cornell (Cornell was Reeve of the Township of Scarborough from 1913 to 1919) where he was introduced to local politics.

Albert Campbell was first elected as a school trustee for Scarborough Area #2, and was later elected to Council in 1952. He became Deputy Reeve in 1955 and the following year won the position as Reeve, which he held until 1966. In 1967 Scarborough changed its status from a Township to a Borough and Albert Campbell became the municipality‚Äôs first mayor. In 1969 he was elected Chairman of Metropolitan Toronto, and he remained in this position until his retirement in 1973. Albert Campbell died in August of 1973. 

If you are interested in learning more about Scarborough's history, the Toronto Public Library has a number of local history publications that examine the history of Scarborough and its important historical figures. The following resources are available and can be downloaded in PDF format through the Toronto Public Library's Digital Archive.  


People of scarborough
      Memories of scarborough  Bibliography

For those who prefer reading print books, more information can be found at the Albert Campbell branch including:

If you have any questions about these resources, or would like more information on where to find local history materials, please call the branch at 416-396-8890.


Workshop on Youth School Suspension and Expulsion @ Albert Campbell

January 14, 2012 | Winona | Comments (0)

Are you a student, or the parent or caregiver of a student, who has been suspended or expelled from school? Do you want to know more about the causes and consequences of suspension and expulsion? Do you feel confused by the review and appeals process? Do you have questions about your rights and responsibilities? You are not alone!

According to the latest data from the Toronto District School Board, a total of 9,028 suspensions were issued to 6,184 different public school students during the 2010-2011 school year. In that same period, 35 students were expelled from Toronto's public schools.

Please join us at the Albert Campbell branch on Monday January 16, 2012, from 6-8 pm for a free workshop on the topic of suspension, expulsion, and youth. Presented by Parents and Families Raising Safe Youth and Justice for Children and Youth, the workshop will offer information about student suspension and expulsion and also give you the chance to participate in group discussion and a question and answer session. For more information or to register please visit the branch or call 416-396-8890.

Here are some books on youth school suspension and expulsion available at the Toronto Public Library:

Know your rights_Birdsell   Exclusion from school_Blyth and Milner   Teenage troubles_Tanner   The courage to change_Zosky   Schools and delinquency_Gottfredson

Know your rights: a legal guide to your rights and responsibilities for people under 18

Exclusion from school: inter-professional issues for policy and practice

Teenage troubles: youth and deviance in Canada

The courage to change: a teen survival guide

Schools and delinquency  

A new year means new programs to look forward to at Albert Campbell branch!

January 6, 2012 | Sara | Comments (0)

Library Programs pic

These are just some of the interesting new programs being offered at Albert Campbell branch in January. 

Youth School Expulsions & Suspensions

Parents & Families Raising Safe Youth will present a workshop on the topic of Youth Expulsions & Suspensions. Learn about related policies and procedures, and participate in group discussions and question and answer sessions.

Monday January 16, from 6:00 to 8:00pm

Employment Insurance

This information session will teach participants about Employment Insurance (EI) benefits in Canada. Topics of discussion will include the application process, different types of EI, as well as eligibility for benefits.

Tuesday January 17, from 6:00 to 8:00pm

Classic Movies for Older Adults

Join us for screenings of unforgettable classic films!

Wednesday January 18 - The Odd Couple

Stress Management through Restorative Meditation

Relax, renew, and reflect. Learn simple meditation exercises and tension-relieving stretches to reduce your stress and anxiety, and restore your sense of well-being and calm. Participants should bring a yoga mat, towel or blanket and wear comfortable clothing.

Saturday January 17, from 11:00am to 12:30pm

Job Search Techniques

This information session will teach participants about the job market in Toronto, effective job search techniques, as well as the benefits of networking and volunteering.

Tuesday January 24, from 6:00 to 8:00pm

Access 80-90% of Hidden Jobs!

A facilitator from Centennial College Job Connect will show participants how to access jobs that are never advertised.

Wednesday January 25, from 2:00 to 4:00pm

For more information on these or any other programs being offered at the branch, please call 416-396-8890.

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