File 5 - Correspondence with government officials : petition on acid rain.

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Correspondence with government officials : petition on acid rain.

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Judy Godfrey (1940-) is a researcher and writer from Toronto, Ontario. In the late 1970s, Judy became actively involved in raising awareness of the issue of acid rain, particularly in the Muskoka area of Ontario, and lobbying the governments of Ontario and Canada for action on the issue of acid-rain causing emissions. As a member of the Muskoka Acid Rain Petition Committee, she played a key role in raising support for a petition for action on acid rain. Judy and her husband, lawyer Sheldon Godfrey, have been inovlved in several charitable, environmental, and civic initatives over the years, including the preservation of Ontario's architectural heritage, and have co-authored books and articles about the history of Canadian Jews. (Source:, and content of the fonds.)

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File consists of correspondence from politicians in response to letters and petitions from the Muskoka Acid Rain Petition Committee. Letters are addressed to the committee, Ruth Miller, or Judy Godfrey. Includes letters from:

  • Ontario Premier William Davis, Ontario Minister of Natural Resources (James A.C. Auld),
  • Ontario Provincial Secretary for Resources Development (Rene Brunelle),
  • Ontario Minister of Energy (Robert Welch),
  • Ontario Minister of the Environment (Harry Parrott),
  • Parry Sound-Muskoka MP Stan Darling, Office of the Prime Minister,
  • Minister of Environment Canada (John Fraser),
  • Minister of National Health and Welfare (Monique Begin) and the
  • Office of the Leader of the NDP (Canada and Ontario).

File also includes copies of speeches by Harry Parrott and John Fraser, news releases from the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and the Ontario NDP, a copy of a House of Commons debate on acid rain, a copy of a draft order to Inco Limited from the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, and other photocopied documents.

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