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Svend Robinson fonds
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Personal files

The series includes correspondence, pamphlets, materials for speeches, notes, research materials, newspaper and periodical clippings, and contacts. Several articles have been transferred to the monograph collection.


This series primarily contains correspondence supporting the inclusion of sexual orientation in the Canadian Human Rights Act, responses to Robinson’s “Ottawa Update” publication, letters regarding Robinson’s public coming out, and constituent concerns on Bill C-250 (hate propaganda). The series includes correspondence, notes, memoranda, newspaper clippings, lists, and issues of “Ottawa Inside Out” and “Ottawa Update”, and photographs.

Subject files

The series includes correspondence, reports, memoranda, newspaper clippings, periodical articles, pamphlets, information kits, minutes, speeches, copies of legal documents, notes, newsletters, copies of Hansard debates, and flyers. It also includes resources and working records related to Robinson's LGBTQ rights work. Several reports have been transferred to the monograph collection.

Bills (proposed legislations)

Series consists of records regarding Bill C-108 and C-33, an Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act to protect individuals from discrimination based on sexual orientation, Bill C-23, the Modernization of Benefits and Obligations Act, Bill C-250, an Act to amend the Criminal Code to add sexual orientation to the list of prohibited types of hate propaganda included in hate crime legislation, and same-sex marriage bills. The records in this series reflect Robinson’s work toward the passage of these bills. The views of several organizations and members of the public are also documented within the records. The series includes correspondence, press releases, reports, newspaper clippings, notes, charts, agendas, Hansard debates, and submissions to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.

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