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Local and Provincial Government in Northern Canada

Subseries primarily consists of material involved in Weller’s academic research projects titled “Local Government in the Canadian Provincial North,” "The Evolution of Local Government in Northern Ontario,” "Provincial Ministries of Northern Affairs: A Comparative Analysis," and “Local Government Development in the Yukon and Northwest Territories.” The subseries also comprises material related to Weller’s academic research on the Nunavut Proposal and transferring the responsibility for health care to northern territories, including research a Lakehead University course “Political Studies 4203: Politics in the Canadian North” seminar titled "How likely is it the Nunavut will be created?" in 1982 and later academic research projects. The records include drafts, notes, and correspondence to and from Weller regarding his requests for research material and arranging interviews with government officials. The subseries also contains copies of articles by other authors, the text of legislation, material released by government bodies such as documents from annual conferences of Ministers with Responsibilities for Northern Development, and documents from organizations concerned with development in northern Canada including First Nations and local government groups. There appear to be additions to the files made in the 1990s suggesting their involvement in later research (see subseries 11). Two empty files were titled: “Organisation in Northern Saskatchewan, Memorandum from A.W. Johnson, Saskatchewan” and “Report on the Organisation for a Single Agency to Provide Government Services in the North, Budget Bureau, Saskatchewan.”

Water Politics and Environmental Issues in the Great Lakes Region

Subseries consists of material related to a project titled “Water Politics and Policy in the Lake Superior Basin” and to an unpublished paper titled "The Politics of Environmental Pollution: The Case of Northwestern Ontario.” The research for that latter project was incorporated into other projects at the time such as Weller’s collaborative project with Douglas Nord "Environmental Policy and Political Support in Canada and the United States: A Comparative Analysis.” During this time Weller and Nord also completed two research reports funded by the state of Minnesota and the Canadian Consulate-General in Minneapolis titled “Transborder Politics and Paradiplomacy: The Ontario- Minnesota Fishing Dispute” and “Canada and the United States: An Introduction to a Complex Relationship.” The material includes Weller’s contract with the state of Minnesota along with the text of legislation pertaining to water quality on the Great Lakes and material created by other authors, government bodies in Canada and the United States, and organizations concerned with the state of the great lakes. The research projects identified in the records range the dates 1982-1988. However, some of the items have later dates, suggesting some of the files were used again for research in the 1990s.Some of the later material also pertains to environmental issues in British Columbia instead of the Great Lakes.

Health Policy in South Africa

Subseries consists of material related to a 1983 project titled "The Politics of Health in South Africa" conducted in conjunction with Pranlal Manga and Weller’s travel to South Africa to conduct research for this project. This paper was never published. Material includes notes regarding contacting and interviewing persons involved with health polity in South Africa, publications by other scholars, documents released by government bodies of African countries, and newspaper clippings. The files are generally one of two types: files of newspaper clippings on a particular topic or individually filed publications alphabetized by author. Many files have dates past Weller’s work on his project with Manga suggesting continued research on politics in South Africa into the 1990s.

Health Care in Ontario and the Circumpolar North

Subseries consists of material related to Weller’s roles on the Advisory Committee for the Health Promotion and Prevention Project of the Ontario Council of Health (1983-1984), the Thunder Bay District Health Council (1983-1988), focus group of The Premier's Council on Health Strategy (1987-1988), board of the Victorian Order of Nurses (1987-1988), the study advisory group on the Study on Health and Social Service Professionals in Northern Ontario (1989-1990). The subseries also contains material involved in Weller’s academic research on healthcare in northern regions, specifically the projects titled "The Politics of Health in the Circumpolar North,” "The Delivery of Health Care to Underserviced Areas,” and "Health Care Delivery in Northern Hinterlands.” It also contains research pertaining to the Canada Health Act of 1984. Material includes documents produced for meetings of the advisory committees and Thunder Bay District Health Council, such as minutes and reports, correspondence, and other material produced by these groups as well as government bodies and scholars in the areas of health policy and circumpolar health.

Circumpolar Universities and Development in Circumpolar Regions

Subseries consists of material involved in Weller’s research on higher education in the north, including projects titled “Universities, Politics and Development: The Case of Northern Ontario” and "Universities in the Circumpolar North: A Comparative Analysis." The subseries also comprises material related to conferences and collaborations among universities interested in circumpolar studies, including agreements for student exchanges and records related to research collaborations. The records include publications and other material created by organizations and government bodies responsible for higher education as well as scholarly works by other authors in the areas of higher education and northern studies along with correspondence and notes related to the Weller’s research projects.

Ontario Politics

Subseries consists of research material pertaining to Ontario politics, primarily comprising newspaper clippings, and notes for Weller’s 1988 paper titled “The North in the Ontario Election of 1987.”

Circumpolar Foreign Policy

Subseries consists of material pertaining to foreign policy and security concerns in the circumpolar north, primarily comprising photocopied academic papers by other authors. The subseries also contains material related to intelligence from the same time period.

Intelligence

Subseries consists of notes, academic and government publications, and correspondence pertaining to intelligence and security. Material may be related to Weller’s academic research or preparations for teaching a course on this subject. The nature of the project in which this material was used is unclear.

Publications

Subseries consists of journals or books containing articles or chapters authored or coauthored by Weller as well as a bound copy of Weller’s thesis from his master degree at McMaster University.

Other Publications

Subseries consists of publications written or coauthored by Weller not encompassed by the other subseries, including reviews of articles, letters to the editor, and a research report.

Comparative Politics

Subseries consists of lecture notes and other course material from courses Weller taught early in his career as well as material from Weller’s own education in the area of comparative politics. More specifically, some files contain material from a courses taught by Weller at Bishop’s University “Politics in Britain and France” and “The Theory and Practice of Communism.” The dates of the material suggest that the files were also used for courses at Lakehead University.

Public Administration

Subseries primarily consists of lecture notes and related material filed by lecture as well as reading lists, seminar topics, and exam questions for courses taught by Weller at Lakehead University “The Bureaucracy and Politics” and “Public Administration” during the years 1972-1982. A lecture file titled “The Bureaucracy in Third World Nations, No. 23” was empty. Some files contain items with later dates, suggesting their use in a later course.

Local Government

Subseries consists of lecture notes, reading lists, and other material related to the courses taught by Weller at Lakehead University “Local Government” and “Urban Government and Politics.” Four lecture files were empty. The empty files were titled: “Mayors, No.10,” “Councils, No. 11,” “The Media and Local Politics, No. 14,” and “Local Government in the Yukon and Northwest Territories, No. 22.”

The European Union

Subseries consists of lecture notes, course outlines, exam questions and other material for UNBC courses taught by Weller “The European Union” and “The European Community.”

Health Policy

Subseries consists of material involved in Weller’s research on health policy, some of which pertains to comparing health policy in different countries. The material consists of primarily newspaper clippings and photocopied academic papers. There may be connections between the files and subseries 2, as some of the files in the earlier subseries appear to have been used again in later research.

Government and Economic Development in the Circumpolar North

Subseries consists of material involved in Weller’s academic research on the circumpolar north. His research at this time relates primarily to economic development in northern regions. The material comprises primarily photocopied academic papers and newspaper clippings. The subseries also contains publications, text of speeches and other material created by government officials. The subseries also contains files for chapters of a manuscript; however many files are empty. The empty files are titled: “Definitions and Theories, Chp 1,” “The Land and the Climate, Chp 2,” “Peoples and Patterns of Settlement, Chp 3,” “The Settlement of the Provincial North, Chp 4,” “The Decline of the Resource Economy, Chp 6,” “Race, Ethnicity and the Canadian Provincial North, Chp 10,” and “Conclusions, Chp 14.” There may be connections between this subseries and subseries 3, as the files for earlier projects appear to have been used in later research.

Canadian Public Administration

Subseries consists of lecture notes and related material filed by lecture as well as exam questions and other course material for the course “Canadian Public Administration” taught by Weller at Lakehead University during the years 1974-1982. Two files appear to have been reused in the 1990s.

Ontario Politics and Canadian Provincial Politics

Subseries consists of lecture notes and related material filed by lecture, reading lists and exam questions for the Lakehead University courses “Ontario Politics” and “Canadian Provincial Politics” taught by Weller along with notes outlining a textbook on Ontario politics and information on a student internship program at the Ontario legislature. A lecture file titled “Ontario Ombudsman, No. 26 Ontario Politics” was empty. Weller taught these courses during the years 1974-1982, and one file appears to have been used again at a later date.

Modern Political Theory

Subseries primarily consists of lecture notes and other material from the course “Modern Political Theory” taught by Weller at Lakehead University from 1975-1977. The material also includes published lecture notes from a similar course taught at another institution and other items which appear to be Weller’s background research for the course.

Canadian Government and Politics

Subseries consists of lecture notes and related material filed by lecture as well as exam questions, reading list and other course material primarily from the Lakehead University course “Canadian Government and Politics.” The subseries also contains material from similar Canadian Politics courses taught by Weller in the 1970s and 1980s. Seven lecture files were empty, and the empty files were titled: “Agencies, Boards and Commissions, No. 23,” “Patriation and Constitutional Reform, No. 29,” “Northern Discontent, No. 34,” “Political Corruption in Canada, No. 38,” “Politics and the Police, No. 39,” “Health Policy, No. 47,” and “Education Policy, No. 48.”

Canadian Labor Relations

Series consists of primarily records related to Weller’s involvement on a Federal Task Force on Labor Relations in 1967 and a research project titled "Trade Unions and Political Change in the Province of Quebec 1921-1972.” The material includes drafts, notes, correspondence, publications by other authors, various documents produced for the Task Force, the memorandum of agreement for Weller’s work on the Task Force, and other items related to researching and obtaining research material.

Health Policy in Canada and Other Countries

Subseries primarily consists of articles by other authors, some with related correspondence between Weller and the author. A large amount of the material is related to health policy specifically in Canada; however, the records also range to health policy in the United States and other countries. The subseries also includes the text of speeches by government officials, publications created by government bodies, newspaper clippings, and other material collected over the course of Weller’s research on health policy. The series contains drafts by Weller with titles which correspond to early papers and chapters of his dissertation: "The Public Interest in Professional Politics: The Case of the Canadian Medical Association,” "Chapter 4: Health Care and Medicare Policy in Ontario," "Health Policy in Ontario," and "The Executive, the Legislature and the Health Policy Process: The Case of Ontario." The first 243 files are primarily scholarly works and government documents individually filed by Weller and generally arranged alphabetically by author. The other 72 files contain notes, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and other material in files created by Weller in broader files by topic. The bulk of the material was gather around the dates 1975 to 1980, though some files contain items from dates in the mid-1980s and four files with dates into the 1990s suggesting the material was also involved in later research (see subseries 10).

Articles and Chapters

Subseries consists of copies of all the articles and chapters Weller authored or coauthored arranged chronologically. Files include related material such as drafts and correspondence regarding the publication of the article or chapter. The files in this subseries were originally numbered to correspond with the articles listed in Weller's CV.

Conference Papers

Subseries consists of copies of all the conference papers Weller authored or coauthored arranged chronologically. Some files also include related material such as conference programs or correspondence regarding revising a paper for publication. The files in this subseries were originally numbered to correspond with the conference papers listed in Weller's CV.

History of Political Ideas

Subseries consists of lecture notes and other material from the course “History of Political Ideas” as well as items from a course of the same title which Weller attended during his undergraduate degree at the University of Hull. Weller taught “History of Political Ideas” during the 1968-1969 academic year at Bishop’s University. One file appears to have been used at a later date (1998).

Politics in the Canadian North

Subseries consists of lecture notes and other material filed by lecture, course outlines, reading lists, and other material for the course “Politics in the Canadian North” taught by Weller at Lakehead University and UNBC.

Social and Health Policy and Administration

Subseries consists of lecture notes, photocopied readings, course outlines and other material for the UNBC course taught by Weller “Social and Health Policy and Administration.” The subseries includes VHS tapes of Weller’s lectures and originally contained a set of duplicate course reading files with a note indicating they were sent to was sent to Margie Mills at the UNBC Regional campus at Williams Lake. A lecture file titled “Plagues and Politics, Lecture 23” was empty. The files also contain material that appears to predate the course.

Redefining Security

Subseries consists of lecture notes and related material filed by lecture as well as exam questions for the UNBC course “Redefining Security” taught by Weller.

Appointments and Reviews

Subseries consists of material involved in Weller’s activity applying for, obtaining, and fulfilling the responsibilities of academic appointments (professorships, tenure, and university administrative positions), including correspondence, application materials, and annual reviews.

International Collaborations

Subseries consists of material related to Weller’s collaborations with universities around the globe during his appointments at Lakehead University and UNBC. It primarily comprises items related to forming relationship between the universities, such as exchange programs, and also includes some material involved in Weller’s research on higher education.

Book Reviews

Subseries consists primarily of copies of Weller's reviews of books or articles. Files include correspondence over the course of the review process and notes or annotations with Weller's comments. An earlier file contains letters to the editor written by Weller. The files in this subseries were originally numbered to correspond with thebook reviews listed in Weller's CV.

Talks and Lectures

Subseries consists of the text of talks and lectures given by Weller as well as related material such as notes.

Dissertation

Subseries consists of material related to Weller's doctoral dissertation at McGill University, including versions of his proposal, chapters, outtakes, correspondence with his committee and notes pertaining to interview contacts and creating a questionnaire.

Contemporary Australia and New Zealand

Subseries consists of lecture notes filed by lecture, reading lists, handouts, and other course material from UNBC course taught by Weller “Contemporary Australia and New Zealand.” The files consist of numbered files of lecture material and parallel files with background research.

Canada and the World

Subseries consists of lecture notes and related material for the UNBC course taught by Weller “Canada and the World.”

Courses General

Subseries consists of lecture notes and related material for the UNBC course taught by Weller “Canada and the World.”

University of Lapland

Series consists of material related to Weller's travel to Finland and award of an honorary doctorate from the University of Lapland.