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#1 Conflict, Violence and War

The material in this series is comprised of a wide variety of types of records, especially news media sources. Most of the records included in this series were collected, rather than originated, by Carl Ridd. The series contains records that pertain to conflict, violence and war with a strong focus on Canadian and – especially – American involvement. Prominent topics covered in the series include ongoing conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, wars in Vietnam and Yugoslavia, Canadian foreign policy and involvement in international conflicts, Ridd’s anti-war stance (brought on more by the nature of the conflicts than pacifist theology), violence in society, the Cold War and the role of the United States as an imperialist nation or rogue state in international affairs.

John Carl Ridd

#14 Disparate Records

A wide variety of types of records make up the series. Many of the records have been collected, rather than originated, by Carl Ridd. The series gathers together a group of records that do not appear to have any topical or chronological cohesiveness. It is unclear how Ridd had used, or intended to use, the records as they appear in the folders. The records pertain to a wide variety of topics that include Ridd’s intellectual, ministerial and social justice interests.

John Carl Ridd

#2 Canadian Politics (Federal and Provincial)

The material in this series is comprised of a wide variety of types of records. Many of the records in this series have been collected, rather than originated, by Carl Ridd. The series contains records that pertain to issues arising from both the Canadian federal government and Manitoba provincial government. Prominent topics in the series include changes to healthcare and social services, Canadian foreign policy (especially in a violent world), the state of democracy in Canada (often from a concerned perspective), scandals and decadence amongst politicians, Canada’s New Democratic Party and the nature of Canada’s constitution (especially regarding challenges to Canada’s unity). See also series #3 (“Economic Issues”) and # 9 (“National and Civic Social Justice Issues in Canada”).

John Carl Ridd

#3 Economic Issues

The material in this series is comprised of a wide variety of types of records. Many of the records in this series were collected, rather than originated, by Carl Ridd. The series contains records that pertain to economic and financial issues affecting Canadians. Prominent topics in the series include unemployment in Canada, economic crises or turbulence in the Canadian economy, discrepancies between the poor and the wealthy, social security and benefits and United Church inquiries into economic difficulties in Canadian society.

John Carl Ridd

#4 Energy and Environmental Issues

The series is comprised of a wide variety of types of records, including a sizeable number of records originating in direct relation to the Canadian government. Many of the records have been collected, rather than originated, by Carl Ridd. The series contains records that pertain to Ridd’s position as chairman of the Manitoba Energy Council (records primarily from the 1980s), environmental degradation in Canada (particular water) and Ridd’s membership in the Lake of the Woods District Property Owners Association (records from 1995 – 2003).

John Carl Ridd

#5 Miscellaneous Material

A wide variety of types of records make up the series. The majority of the records have been collected, rather than originated, by Carl Ridd. The series acts as a repository for two groups of records. The first group of records are materials pertaining to subjects or topics that could not be appropriately placed in any other series. These topics include personal correspondence, Ridd’s attendance at fine arts productions and culture in the United States. The second group - a collection of reference documents of Ridd's - comprises subseries #5A.

John Carl Ridd

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