James Ramsey (politician)
James Merchant Prince Ramsey was a provincial politician and business man from Alberta, Canada. Ramsey was born in 1864 in Imlay City, Michigan and he was raised in Plattsville, Ontario. He began his working as a merchandiser in his home town. He ended up traveling all over eastern North America eventually apprenticing under his father at his store in Guelph. He moved west to Edmonton in 1910 and founded his own department store, Ramsey founded and owned a popular department store in Edmonton titled James Ramsey Ltd. His store specialized in food, prescription drug and stationary, Ramsey remained in business until 1928 when he sold his store and merchandise to the T. In 1929 Ramsey founded an investment company called Ramsey Hunt and Ramsey Limited and he retired a year and moved to the Bahamas. Ramsey began his career on the municipal level. He ran for Alderman in the 1914 Edmonton municipal election and he served his two-year term in office before seeking election on the provincial level. Ramsey was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta in the 1917 Alberta general election and he won the electoral district of Edmonton East.
He won the contested election defeating three other candidates included future Edmonton Mayor Joseph Clarke. Ramsay would become the leader of the Conservative Party after George Hoadley resigned and crossed the floor to the United Farmers of Alberta, Ramsey led the party for a year until 1921 when Albert Ewing took over as leader. He did not run in the 1921 Alberta general election and retired from provincial politics, Ramsey returned to municipal politics with a bid to become mayor of Edmonton in the 1923 Edmonton municipal election. He was handily defeated by Kenny Blatchford and this was his last bid at politics. Ramsey had two wives and fathered two daughters and a son, the Kelly and Ramsey building in downtown Edmonton is named in his honor. Ramsay died in his Bahamas home in December 1939 at the age of 75, Legislative Assembly of Alberta Members Listing Edmonton Public Library Biography of James Ramsey
Ambrose Upton Gledstanes Bury was a politician in Alberta, Canada, a mayor of Edmonton, and a member of the Canadian House of Commons. Ambrose Bury was born in Downings House, County Kildare, Ireland on August 1,1869 and he married Margaret Amy Beatrice Owen on June 16,1897 with whom he would have one son. He was called to the Irish Bar in 1906, and practiced law in Ireland before immigrating to Edmonton in 1912, the following year, he was admitted to the Law Society of Alberta. He practiced law as a partner of Ewing, Harvie & Bury, Burys first attempt at public office was running for the Legislative Assembly of Alberta in the 1921 provincial election as a Conservative in Edmonton. He was defeated, finishing fourteenth of twenty-six candidates and he was re-elected to another two-year term in the 1923 election. Towards the end of his term on council, Bury was elected to the Canadian House of Commons as a Conservative in the riding of Edmonton East in the 1925 election. However, Parliament was dissolved amid the King-Byng Affair the following year, Blatchford had taken his job, and Bury set out to take Blatchfords, running for mayor in the 1926 election.
He defeated Daniel Kennedy Knott, and was re-elected in 1927 and 1928 and he did not seek re-election in 1929, anticipating a rematch against Blatchford in the next federal election. Bury defeated Blatchford by a margin in the 1930 election as R. B. Bennetts Conservative government swept to power and he opted not to seek re-election in the 1935 election. He was appointed as a court judge that year. In 1946, Burys wife died, and Bury moved to England to live with his brother and he died in Ottawa March 29,1951. His funeral was held in Edmonton, and he was buried in the Edmonton Cemetery, Bury had been an active Freemason. Edmonton Public Library Biography of Ambrose Bury City of Edmonton biography of Ambrose Bury
Joseph Woods Adair was a politician in Alberta, Canada, a municipal councillor in Edmonton, and a candidate for election to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. Joseph Adair was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1877 and he apprenticed as a printer in Glasgow and came to Canada in 1899. He worked for newspapers in Toronto and Winnipeg before settling in Edmonton in 1906 to work for Frank Olivers Edmonton Bulletin and he founded his own linotyping business in 1911, which he would operate until his retirement in 1946. He produced a throwaway sheet called Town Topics, in 1914, he ran for mayor but was defeated handily by William Thomas Henry. In 1915 he ran again for city council, this time as an alderman. He would make one more effort at election before being elected in 1920. While serving as an alderman, Adair ran for the Legislative Assembly of Alberta in the 1921 election as an independent in the riding of Edmonton and he was defeated, placing twelfth of twenty-six candidates. He was re-elected as an alderman at the end of his term in 1922.
Instead, he ran for the school board that election. In 1925 Adair made his bid for election as mayor. He finished fifth of six candidates, attempts to return to office as an alderman would follow in 1929,1936, and 1941. All were unsuccessful, as his best showing was in his last election when he finished eleventh of fourteen candidates, Joseph Adair was known as an outstanding speaker, and was nicknamed Edmontons Silver-Tongued Orator. He served on the Library Board and the Exhibition Board for forty years and he and his wife, Dorothy had two sons and two daughters. Joseph Woods Adair died November 1,1960, Edmonton Public Library Biography of Joseph Adair City of Edmonton biography of Joseph Adair Real Estate Weekly biography of Joseph Adair
Edmonton City Council
The Edmonton City Council is the governing body of the City of Edmonton, Canada. Members represent wards throughout the city, and are known as councillors, until 2010, Edmonton was divided in six wards with two councillors representing citizens in each ward. On July 22,2009, City Council voted to change the system of six wards to a system of 12 wards, each represented by a single councillor. City Councils current membership was elected in 2013 and will serve until the 2017 election, amarjeet Sohi was ward 12 councillor until November 2015, when he was elected Member of Parliament for Edmonton Mill Woods in the 2015 Canadian federal election. Mohinder Banga succeeded him for ward 12, in 1980, Edmonton adopted a ward system in which two councillors would be elected from each of six wards. In 1971, Edmonton adopted a system in which three aldermen would be elected from each of four wards. In 1968 Albertas legislation changed to require elections every three years in all of the provinces municipalities, in 1964 Edmonton unstaggered its terms for city officials, meaning that elections were held only every two years.
Additionally, all became elected at-large and two new aldermanic positions were added, bringing the total to twelve. In preparation for this, in 1963 the mayor and all positions up for re-election were elected to one-year terms. In 1947, the mayor began to be elected for a two-year term, the aldermanic positions remained split by the North Saskatchewan River, and in 1961 the number of aldermen on the south side increased from three to four. The council continued to be elected on staggered two-year terms, in 1933, a number of aldermanic positions were reserved for the south side of the North Saskatchewan River. It was one until 1935, two until 1936, and three thereafter, aldermen continued to be elected on staggered two-year terms, but the mayor was elected for a one-year term. In 1924, city council returned to a system whereby all aldermen were elected at-large and they continued to be elected on staggered two-year terms, and there continued to be ten of them. The mayor continued to be elected annually, and aldermen continued to be elected to staggered two-year terms, Edmonton was incorporated as a city in 1904.
The size of council was set at eight alderman plus the mayor, with the mayor being elected annually and the aldermen being elected on staggered two-year terms. The Edmonton Town Council was the body of Edmonton, Northwest Territories, from 1892 until 1904, when Edmonton was incorporated as a city. Throughout its history it included a mayor and six aldermen, the mayor was elected annually throughout the towns history, but beginning in 1898 they were elected to staggered two-year terms, with half of them elected each year. The mayor and aldermen were elected annually from 1892 to 1898, City of Edmonton official site Listing of city ward election maps, and bylaw 15142
Rice Sheppard was a politician and farmers activist in Alberta, Canada. He served on Edmonton City Council for many years, ran for mayoral and federal office, Sheppard was born April 2,1861 in Lambourn, Berkshire and was educated at the Wesleyan School. His father was James Sheppard, who was married to Louisa Sheppard and Louisa moved to Essex, England. Rice took his first job when he was ten years old, at the age of twenty-one, he opened a bakery in Clapham, this business expanded to four shops by the time that he sold it in 1897. In 1883, he married Elizabeth Mary Major and he emigrated to Canada in 1897, and took up farming near South Edmonton. They ultimately had 14 children, some in Britain and more in Alberta, Sheppards first bid for elected office took place in the 1909 provincial election, when he sought election to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta as a Conservative candidate in Strathcona. He was soundly defeated in the two person race by the incumbent, Liberal Premier Alexander Rutherford, around the same time, Sheppard was active with the Temperance and Moral Reform League of Alberta, which advocated for prohibition in Alberta.
Their efforts would be successful in 1916, in 1905, Sheppard helped found the Alberta Farmers Association which held meetings in the Ross Block, still standing in Old Strathcona, Edmonton. Sheppard was a member of a responsible for setting up Albertas first municipal hospitals. Although he ran for nomination as candidate for the UFA he was not successful and he sought provincial office in a 1937 by-election in Edmonton. As the UFA had effectively disbanded its political arm after its defeat in the 1935 election. Sheppard, who by had transferred his allegiance to the new Social Credit government and he finished last of five candidates with under one percent of the vote, as Edward Leslie Gray held the riding for the Liberals. Rice Sheppard served a total of twelve years on Edmonton City Council. The first of these was the 1913 election, when he was elected to a term as an alderman. He ran for re-election at the conclusion of this term, in the 1915 election and he stayed out of municipal politics for four years.
With the advent of political parties at the level in Edmonton, he aligned himself with the Labour faction. In the 1919 election, Sheppard made a return to office, finishing third of twelve candidates, as Labour retained the mayoralty. Rather than seek re-election as an alderman in the 1924 election and he was defeated in the two person race, taking just under forty percent of the vote
North Saskatchewan River
The North Saskatchewan River is a glacier-fed river that flows east from the Canadian Rockies to central Saskatchewan. It is one of two rivers that join to make up the Saskatchewan River. The Saskatchewan River system is the largest shared between the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan and it includes most of southern Alberta and southern Saskatchewan, before crossing into central Manitoba. North Saskatchewan River has a length of 1,287 kilometres, at its end point at Saskatchewan River Forks it has a mean discharge of 245 cubic metres per second. The yearly discharge at the Alberta–Saskatchewan border is more than 7 cubic kilometres, the river begins above 1,800 metres at the toe of the Saskatchewan Glacier in the Columbia Icefield, and flows southeast through Banff National Park alongside the Icefields Parkway. At the junction of the David Thompson Highway, it turns northeast for 10 kilometres before switching to a more direct eastern flow for about 30 kilometres. At this point, it turns north where it arrives at Abraham Lake.
Bighorn Dam constricts the north end of Abraham Lake, where the North Saskatchewan emerges to track eastward to Rocky Mountain House, at Rocky Mountain House, the river abruptly turns north again for 100 kilometres where it switches east towards Edmonton, Alberta. From the border, the river flows southeast between North Battleford and Battleford and on in the direction of Saskatoon, about 40 kilometres northwest of Saskatoon, near Langham, the river veers to the northeast where it passes through the City of Prince Albert. About 30 kilometres downstream of Prince Albert, the North Saskatchewan River joins the South Saskatchewan River at Saskatchewan River Forks to become the Saskatchewan River, from there, the river flows east to Tobin Lake and into Manitoba, eventually emptying into Lake Winnipeg. The river course can be divided into five distinct sections, the first, the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains, is the smallest area geographically, although the largest in terms of run-off and contributed water flow.
The glaciers and perpetual snows of the mountain feed the river year-round. Mountains, with vegetation, experience fast-melting snow cover. The second section of the river comprises the foothills region, the terrain is hilly and rough, with a deeper and more defined valley. This area is covered with forest and muskeg, and run-off into the river is much more constant. From Edmonton to the mouth of the Vermilion River, the North Saskatchewan flows through the plains-parkland divide, the North Saskatchewan River valley parks system, the largest expanses of urban parkland in Canada. Cutting across Edmonton and the Capital Region, the valley of the river is much wider, and the river itself spreads out across shallow water and flows over many shifting sand bars. Low-lying, flat areas, border the river for much of this section, the final section of the river, from Prince Albert to the Saskatchewan River Forks, has many rapids
James Thomas Joseph Collisson was a politician in Alberta, Canada, a long-time municipal councillor in Edmonton, and a candidate for election to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. Collisson was born in Lucan, Ontario in 1875 and he was educated there and in London and moved to Edmonton to teach in 1898. He remained there until 1903, when he moved to Dawson, Yukon and he taught there for two years, and returned to Edmonton in 1905. He joined the law form Short and Bigger as a student at law and he was admitted to the Law Society of Alberta in 1908. He served on Edmontons public school board from 1908 until 1913, Collisson first sought municipal office in the 1916 municipal election, when he ran for alderman on Edmonton City Council. He finished eighth of eleven, which wasnt high enough to be elected and he was more successful in 1920, when he finished fourth of sixteen candidates and was elected to a two-year term. He was re-elected in 1922 and 1924 and he cut short his third term in order to run for mayor in the 1925 election, but finished second in a six candidate race as incumbent Kenny Blatchford took more than fifty-five percent of the vote.
He returned to politics in the 1928 election, when he returned to his old position on the strength of a finish in a fourteen candidate field. He was re-elected in the 1930 election, when he finished third of nine candidates, on council, he chaired the finance committee. Collisson ran for the Legislative Assembly of Alberta as a Liberal candidate in the 1930 provincial election and he finished eighth of seventeen candidates in the riding of Edmonton, and was eliminated on subsequent counts. After leaving politics, Collisson served as the president of Edmontons community chest from 1941 until 1948, James Collisson died July 30,1962. He was survived by his wife, one son, Edmonton Public Library biography of James Collisson City of Edmonton biography of James Collisson
James McCrie Douglas
James McCrie Douglas was a politician in Alberta, Canada, a mayor of Edmonton, and a member of the Canadian House of Commons. Douglas was born February 5,1867 in Middleville, Lanark County, the son of Rev James Douglas and he was educated in Winnipeg, and came to Strathcona, Alberta in 1894, where he opened a mercantile business with his brother R. B. Douglas. On November 1,1894 he married Mary Cameron Bickerton, James Douglas was elected as an alderman to the Strathcona city council. He entered federal politics in 1909 when Wilbert McIntyre, the recently elected Liberal Member of Parliament for Strathcona, running as a Liberal, was the only candidate in the ensuing by-election, and was acclaimed to the Canadian House of Commons. He was re-elected as a Liberal in the 1911 election, Douglas was one of many MPs to leave Wilfrid Lauriers Liberal caucus and join this new alliance party, and was re-elected as a government candidate in the 1917 election. Once the war ended, he was one of a handful of former Liberals to join Arthur Meighens new National Liberal and he was defeated running under this banner in the 1921 election by Progressive candidate Daniel Webster Warner.
Douglas returned to politics, running for Edmonton City Council as an alderman in the 1923 election. He was elected to a term, finishing fourth of fourteen candidates. Towards the end of this term he made a foray into federal politics. He was defeated by Liberal Charles Stewart, defeated again federally, this time for good, Douglas sought and won re-election as an alderman in Edmontons 1925 election, finishing first of eleven candidates. However, he resigned less than a year into his term to run for mayor in the 1926 election, thereafter, he stayed out of politics until 1929, when he was elected mayor. He was acclaimed in 1930 to a term, but was unseated in the 1931 election by Daniel Kennedy Knott. Douglas took a hiatus from politics to serve as a stipendary magistrate in the Northwest Territories. Douglas returned to Edmonton to run for mayor in the 1936 election and he left politics once again after this defeat, but returned to the position of alderman in the 1941 election, finishing second of fourteen candidates.
He was re-elected in 1943,1945, and 1947 before retiring for good in 1949, James Douglas was a director of the Edmonton Exhibition Association, a member of the Kiwanis Club, a member of the Zoning Appeals Board, and a Presbyterian. He died of a seizure March 16,1950 and he endowed two academic scholarships at the University of Alberta, one in his own name for science students and one in his wifes name for arts students