Ross Dowson archives - correspondence - Year 1985

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January 3 Minutes of the Forward Group, Toronto (RD rec. sec`ty.), re: Metro Toronto NDP convention preparations; federal convention preparations; Left Caucus
January 23 Letter to the Editor, Socialist Action (USA), re: Canadian unions` desire for autonomy vs. international unity
Febuary 00 (R.D.'s handwritten notes) "Fact sheet on NDP evolution" on it's anti-NATO position
March 25 Letter to Socialist Action, San Francisco, re: separate Canadian unions not a matter of principle with us, but this is the direction of the mainstream CLC; a response from Nat Weinstein, S.A. (US)
March 14 Minutes of meeting of Forward Group: Gord D. as NDP candidate will centre on issue opposing public funding for Catholic schools
March 30 notes to Self Left Caucus conference
April 9 Minutes of meeting of Forward Group: Gord D. as NDP candidate will centre on issue opposing public funding for Catholic schools
May 7 Minutes of Forward Group (RD rec. sec`ty.) re: entry on report by Gord (D.) on York Mills NDP campaign (opposed to public funding of Catholic schools); on the federal election and beyond
May 15 Minutes of Forward Group (RD rec. sec`ty.) re: Metro Toronto NDP and ''New Democrats for Preserving Public Education'' (NDPPE) against public funding of Catholic schools; Left Caucus preparations for federal convention
May 28 Minutes of Forward Group (RD rec. sec`ty.) re: entry on report by Gord (D.) on NDP facing minority government; entry on Socialist Rights Defence Fund (SRDF) report by Harry (K.)
May 98 (R.D. handwritten drafts, undated & found in May 1985): resolutions against public funding for RC schools
May 99 Undated report, re: ''Dowson draft of election report to York Mills;'' on impact of NDPPE campaign on the election results
June 11 Minutes of Forward Group (RD rec. sec`ty.) re: discussion on Left Caucus` links across country, NDPPE campaign organizing
June 18 Notes of ONDP Left Caucus Steering Cttee (by RD): need for a meeting to discuss preparations for two NDP conventions
July 10 Minutes of Forward Group (RD rec. sec`ty.) re: entry re report by Dave (T.) on federal NDP convention
July 31 Minutes of Ward 6 NDP meeting (handwritten by R.D.): RD unsuccessfully challenges riding to open nominations for candidates; opposes endorsation of quasi-NDP candidates; motion for NDP label candidates for Board of Education
July 16 Minutes of Forward Group (RD rec. sec`ty.) re: report by RD on the Left Caucus and the need for LC Newsletter
see Left Caucus Newsletter
August 9 Minutes of Forward Group (RD rec. sec`ty.) re: tense atmosphere within Left Caucus; planning for a November conference
August 12 Letter to Laura Cole, F.I.T, New York, re: our activities 1) Left Caucus Newsletter has appeared; FI recognizes Canadian section; 3) anti-war brief presented to parliament 4) our counter-policy brief to 50th anniversary of CCF-NDP
Letter to Abie (W.), re: RD laments Abie`s departure from Marxism into individualistic, symbolic acts of defiance
August 13 Letter to Dick (P.), Vancouver, re: Left Caucus at federal convention fight to preserve anti-NATO stance of NDP; the defeats and rightward movement of the leadership
August 14 Letter to Ruth Bullock, North Vancouver, re: success of the Left Caucus at convention, waging the struggle of the NDPPE; West Coast interest in F.I.T. (New York) and crisis in the SWP
August 22 Minutes of Forward Group (RD rec. sec`ty.) re: membership & contacts; ONDP Left Caucus fund drive; LC Steering Cttee discussions on NDPPE and other issues
August 26 Notes to John G. of Sask. Commonwealth re weak convention reportage; and a Sept. 6 note to Tom B. re his RWL analysis
September 13 Letter to Fred Callaghan, , re: why not draw up a resolution on unemployment and the shorter work week for his upcoming Steelworkers` convention
Minutes of Forward Group (RD rec. sec`ty.) re: misc. business of the group and working contacts
September 24 Minutes of Forward Group (RD rec. sec`ty.) re: report of Left Caucus Steering Cttee. Meeting; NDPPE; NDP Anti-war Cttee
October 4 Minutes of Forward Group (RD rec. sec`ty.) re: discussion of LC position on the NDP-Liberal Accord; Judy (R.) on NDPPE and slate; municipal elections; NDPPE; NDP anti-war committee
October 18 Minutes of Forward Group (RD rec. sec`ty.) re: group educational program; NDPPE meets re its name with Michael Lewis; MTAC
November 04 Letter to Anne (D.), Ottawa, re: discussion on the new Solski book on Mine-Mill (Stalinist controlled union-ed.); Toronto Left Caucus
November 06 Minutes of Forward Group (RD rec. sec`ty.) re: Left Caucus discussion re Judy R. slate candidacy around Catholic school funding and support for Morgentaler abortion clinics
November 13 Letter to Transformation, Saskatoon, re: report on Socialist Rights Defence Fund and the status of actions against the RCMP
November 29 Minutes of Forward Group (RD rec. sec`ty.) re: discussion on membership & contacts; Left Caucus report on the conference; slate preparations for upcoming NDP convention
December 4 Letter to Serge (D.), Ottawa, re: history of Ukrainian Canadians` opposition and figures from early days of the CPC; Mandel and Hansen`s rejection of the Canadian orientation to the CCF-NDP; our polemic against the subversion of this policy within the LSA
December 11 Letter to the Editor of the (Toronto) Star, re: on the statue of Sun Yat-sen recently erected in Toronto
December 17 Minutes of Forward Group: brief reports on ongoing campaigns and political developments

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