AES / MSC "Mugs" from Zephyr - 1980s

NOTE: The collage below comprises various photos, published in Zephyr during the 1980s, using mostly clear original prints which were saved.  Where possible, explanations from Zephyr are included below each photo.  They will be inserted by date, top row being the oldest.  Zephyr's Future Forum contains quotations and predictions from many.  A section, found at this link, has been started for "mugs" from the 1970s.

Please scroll down for the 1980s mugs

Bob Jones
Archivist
August 2023


 Addressing a crowded seminar in the Downsview auditorium January 13, 1981, assistant deputy minister Jim Bruce gave some impressions of his six months re-acquaintance with AES after a 13-year absence. He praised the service for its fine pool of scientific and managerial talent, its enthusiastic staff, its excellent research, its progress in computer development, its valuable ice, climate and applied meteorology programs, its vigorous international activities, its ability to provide increased information to the public and its dynamic air quality, ozone layer and long range transport of air pollutant programs. "Person for person, and dollar for dollar" said Mr. Bruce, "I suspect that we're the best atmospheric service in the world." (1981)


Shirley F Smith was recently promoted to directorate administrative officer of the Central Services Directorate. Ms. Smith, who was born in France, came to Canada with her parents in 1956 and attended McMaster University in Hamilton. She joined the Department of Supply and Services in 1971 where she worked a a junior buyer in close co-operation with AES, eventually moving from Stores to Field Services.  Ms. Smith attributes her latest career achievement to the Special Officer Development Program to which she was introduced by Herb Kruger in 1974 when he was Chief of Observational Systems Division.  (1981)


The tradition of arranging tours of the Downsview Headquarters building has been maintained. The reputation of Canada's number one weather building has spread far and wide, and it's considered a landmark, not only in Toronto, but right across the country.

Tour leader Jean Schlenkrich reports that the wind tunnel and the satellite lab are still the most popular attractions but that there is considerable interest in the instrument calibration shop, the computer centre, the instrument displays in the large entrance lobby and, during fine weather, in the big white satellite tracking dish and the instrument compound immediately south of the building. (1981)

Gerry E Berlinguette is appointed Chief of the Dorval Computing Centre. Mr. Berlinguette is a graduate of the University of Ottawa with honors in mathematics and physics. Mr. Berlinguette spent six years with the Defence Research Board in Ottawa. Between 1966 and 1968 he was with the National Research Council and, until he joined Environment Canada in 1981, he was with the National Capital Commission. When computers were still in their infancy in the early 1960s, Mr. Berlinguette got involved with programming and development of management systems. He also took part in the training program for meteorological officers.  (1981)

Evelyn Wilson has been appointed convenor of AES Equal Opportunities for Women ( EOW) for a two-year term, effective February 2, 1981. Mrs. Wilson has worked in the Air Quality and Inter-Environmental Research Branch at AES Downsview for the past two years, and was formerly an operational meteorologist with experience at the Alberta, Arctic and Ontario weather centres. She looks forward to a challenging and innovative term co-ordinating EOW's Action Plan.  (1981)


 Bernie Yorke (and Don Gullett) handles a large volume of public telephone calls at the Climatological Information Unit at AES Downsview. Any queries which cannot be answered are quickly referred to orher government offices. (1981)

Don Gullett (and Bernie Yorke) handles a large volume of public telephone calls at the Climatological Information Unit at AES Downsview. Any queries which cannot be answered are quickly referred to orher government offices.  (1981)

AES Western Region has a new regional director. Bev Burns who has worked with government meteorological services since 1963 and has acquired an enormous knowledge of Western Canadian weather and climatic conditions was appointed to the position on May 19. (1981)

Chnis Stuart of the General Administration Division, is AES headquarters building waste paper recycling coordinator. She stands by the display set up to explain the difference between collectables and contaminants. (1981)


Karen Fraser, speaker at sessions of the Equal Opportunities for Women (EAP) - Opportunities in the Eighties seminars, is seen (left) with Chris Upton (right), organizer of this event. (1981)


Doris Siemieniuk of Prairie Weather Centre arrived at the Canadian Forces base at Baden Soellingen, West Germany last summer to take up duties as a Met. Officer wih the commissioned rank of Captain. She is the second woman to be posted to DND (1981)


Mary Regan is first woman to participate in the Department of National Defence (DND) program under an overseas service plan that guarantees return to AES civilian work without loss of rank or pay.  She has relinquished her captain's rank, left West Germany after a 4 1 /2 year tour of duty, and returned to work as civilian forecaster at the Canadian Forces Forecast Centre at North Bay, ON (1981)


George McPherson, advisor under the new Employee Assistance Program (EAP) (1981)

Jean-Guy Coté, advisor under the new Employee Assistance Program (EAP) (1981)



For professional translator Daniel Pokorn, working at AES Downview. a good, meaty translation goes beyond technicalities and becomes a work of art.  Daniel also happens to be a professional sculptor so he views his texts as raw material waiting to be carved into forms and textures of another language.  He has exhibited widely in Ontario and has contributed to the permanent collection of the Sculptor's Society of Canada.  None of his oeuvres are directly influenced by meteorology, but he has produced a series, Suns and Mountains, inspired by Canadian landscapes. (1983)


Linda Stirling, manager of operations of the big Downsview Computing Centre. Overseeing the work of about 35 people, she directs a huge variety of data processing operations including the facilities for archiving Canadian Climate Centre records dating back 100 years.  Mrs. Stirling says she is one of the few women in either public or private sectors to manage a major computing operation (AES ranks third or fourth among government data processors).  (1982)

Ron Fordyce, AES port meteorological officer at St. Catharine's Ontario, demonstrates meteorological uses of Telidon at the Toronto International Boat Show. (1982)

Jim Percy, for almost ten years an instructor with Training Branch, died in Toronto on August 25, 1982, after a brief illness. In 1979 Mr. Percy joined Training Branch as an instructor with the Professional Training Division and  Development Division.

Later in 1982, an award for excellence in synoptic meteorology was established by AES Training Branch to honor the memory of the late Jim Percy.  For almost a decade he worked as an instructor with the training program for operational meteorologists. (1982)

Francis Bowkett, I do not foresee any substantial change in the environment, but by 1990, as we learn more about problems related to these topics, there should be some gradual improvement in the area of acid rain and toxic chemicals. I think there is always a conflict between environmental and economic concerns, but I feel these can be balanced off against the different needs we have in our society. The same situation will still exist in 1990 and further down the road. (Future Forum, 1982)

Dave Dockendorff:  We must gain a better understanding of the whole eco-system and this takes time, maybe 10 or 20 years. AES has many plans for improved monitoring of the environment, for example the versatile new READAC automatic weather stations. Unfortunately, budgetary restrictions prevent AES playing its full part. Without the money, many long range programs will be cancelled and the environment will suffer. AES should implement more public awareness programs and start lobbying to achieve its environmental objectives.  (Future Forum, 1982)


Brian Taylor:  It is no use considering environmental problems in 1990 or tackling pollution globally until AES  cleans up its act in its own backyard. For example, why is there so much salt on the (Downsiew) parking lot in winter?  Salt threatens to end our romance with the car faster than rising gasoline prices. By 1990 I see our roadsides devoid of trees, having been felled by the salt menace. Right now most companies refuse to take acid rain seriously. Despite federal and provincial regulations requiring them to curb acidic emissions, companies like INCO have managed to delay implementing the law. Instances like these make me pessimistic about our environmental future.  (Future Forum, 1982)


Joan Masterton: The environment won't be that different in 1990 from the way it is today. It would be nice, or perhaps naive, to think that changes for the worse will be gradual and will be outweighed by more rapid changes for the better. AES will have to fight hard to maintain a high public profile and keep the financial support needed to continue research. It won't be easy and many of today's problems will still be around in 1990.  (Future Forum, 1982)

Yves Durocher: Right now it is unlikely that industries will want to put voluntary curbs on their toxic chemical emissions. Hopefully by 1990, the economy will have improved enough to allow companies to contribute to air quality again. As I see it the greatest source of future pollution will be combustion. AES should release up to date information on it findings concerning the different atmospheric components and the likely scope and range of their impacts. (Future Forum, 1982)

AES safety officer John Keefe, right, demonstrates how to put out a gasoline fire in the Downsview instrument compound. (1983)

John Keefe inspects equipment at Resolute Bay High Arctic station.  He is  the only full-time occupational safety person in  AES.  Zephyr guest editor Jack Gubbins.conducted an interview with Mr. Keefe.  The full interview is published in the September / October issue of Zephyr. (1984)


Bill Markham has spent the past year doing research for Ice Branch. From 1977-1983 he served as Director of Ice Branch. Before that he spent 16 years in Halifax and six years in Ottawa as OIC of Ice Forecasting Central. He spent several years with the RCN as meteorological and ice officer. This experience helped Mr. Markham to develop the Canadian Ice Program. He is the author of the Canadian Ice Atlas and has worked closely with WMO to develop international ice terminology and codes. (1984)


Roy Lee on the occasion of his retirement, 3 January 1985.  Roy was serving as Director of Human Resources when he retired.  Before that he was Director of Finance and Administration.  (1985)

Gordon Shimizu has been appointed director general, Central Services Directorate, AES, Downsview. Since 1982 he has occupied the position of Director General, Policy, Planning and Assessment Directorate, AES, Hull, Quebec and before that he held the post of Director, Program Development and Evaluation Branch since 1977.   Mr. Shimizu spent the first 12 years of his career in Montreal in a variety of positions in operational meteorology - in forecast offices and the Canadian Meteorological Centre.  (1986)

Mike Laws is an AES volunteer severe weather watcher. He has developed into an advanced amateur meteorologist with his own weather station on the roof of his apartment building in Dollard des Ormeaux, near Montreal. His equipment includes teletype, barograph, anemometer, windvane and temperature sensor.  His observing site was set up with a clear view of 80 km in all directions. Connections to teletype and weatherfax circuits from Environment Canada and the U.S. Weather Bureau are included in the set-up.  (1985)


Tsoi-Ching Yip has been at work on the TIROS-N Operational Vertical Sounder (TOVS ) processor at the Aerospace Meteorology Section, AES Downsview. She is responsible for software programs used for obtaining special upper air weather data from six daily orbits of the polar orbiting satellite 870 km above.  (1985)


TIROS-N equipment used by Tsoi Yip

Walter Wiliiams, Central Registry Clerk, AES Atlantic Regional office, is with his "Sneaker Cake". The cake was presented by staff to Walter before he departed to run in the Boston Marathon. Walter has been running marathons for the past four years, and Boston will be his tenth complete marathon. He trains by running 70 rniles (115 km) per week, weightlifting and some track work. Beverley, Walter's wife, will also compete in the Boston Marathon. They are members of the East Coast Athletic Club and the NS Track & Field Association. Walter has the distinction of being the first AES employee to run in the Boston Marathon. (1985)


Zephyr sent an interviewer to learn something about the work of an instrument calibration technician. Here's how Nellie Rochacewich of AES Downsview answered the questions.

Read the complete interview here.

During the interview, Nellie revealed that she has also written or co-authored detailed test reports such as the Evaluation of the Aero Mechanism Altimeter Setting Indicator and The Evaluation of the OTA Tokyo Aneroid Barometer. The drawings were all done by Nellie herself who, before assurning her present occupation, was a blueprint draughts-person. (1985)




John McBride, always a strong swimmer, a keen sailor and a skilled diver, for the past dozen years has been an avid underwater hockey player. Starting with a Toronto team, he rose to become organizer of an Ontario association; took part in national and international tournaments as player, organizer, referee, rule maker and games commissioner. In 1986, as manager of the men's team in Adelaide, Australia, he shared the victory when Canada won the world cup in underwater hockey.

For the complete Zephyr article on Underwater Hockey and other exploits of John McBride please click here.  (1986)


Tony Hilton checks out the Vaisala radiosonde system at AES Downsview Headquarters.  Two new systems are being tested - one produced by the Vaisala Company of Finland and the other by Beukers, now being produced in Philadelphia.  (1986)

High above the trees, Dr. Harold Neumann checks a monitoring instrument, recording levels of ozone and sulphur dioxide, at Camp Borden, Ontario.  (1986)



Doug Russell has been appointed special advisor, Private Sector Meteorology. Mr. Russell was previously head of the AES Policy and Planning Section of Weather Services Directorate (Downsview). In 1982 Mr Russell began a three-year assignment in Ottawa in the AES Policy, Planning and Assessment Directorate. Joining Weather Services Directorate in 1985. Doug's recent work has been connected with the AES level of service, strategic planning and initiatives for the development of a plan to stimulate the growth of private sector meteorology in Canada. (1987)


Terry Forget of Human Resources Planning, Downsview is first to sign for Cooks travellers' cheques prior to making a trip to Ottawa as Lesa Springer of AES Finance looks on. Says Terry, "It's good to know I can get instant replacements if I lose my cheques". (1987)


Dr. Ian Rutherford, director general Weather Services, has been elected a councilor of the American Meteorological Society (AMS). Dr. Rutherford's election to the Society serving atmospheric and related oceanic and Hydrological sciences in the United States since 1919, is for a three-year term. The 14-person council which is open to candidates from North America, is the governing body of AMS. (1987)

Starting January 1, 1987, the town of Frobisher Bay, NWT was renamed Iqaluit and this has been adopted as the official name of the weather office.  Wayne Davidson, former OIC at Resolute says the name Iqaluit Is very old. It Is an Inuit word meaning "many fishes" - so designated because this part of Baffin Island has been a native fishing ground for possibly a thousand years. (1987)

Phil Aber photographed during an interview by Zephyr editor Gordon Black.  An article titled A Day in the life of a Regional Director appeared in the February / March 1988 Zephyr. (1988)


The career of Brenda Smith proves that there is more than one way to reach the atmosphere. Her "formal" training in meteorology was a one-week course for non-meteorologists which she took after joining AES in 1985. She learned about weather the hard way, photographing fog, ice pellets or severe thunderstorms with a video camera, while flying through them in a light plane.  It was all part of the job she held for a decade in the Television Services Unit of  DOT.  During 1987 she coordinated AES's successful new training on-the-job project for native recruits across Canada.  (1988)

Mark Donaghue, AES Meteorological Technician, raises the black "heat" flag at the Sudbury Junior Games in July 1988.  The heat stress factor was communicated to athletes, coaches, spectators and medical staff by means of flags with colors identifying the current stress factor.  The black flag meant a very difficult day on the track with humidex or heat stress values well into the forties. (1988)


Question:  Why is this employee smiling?  Answer: she has recently lost 40 pounds during a 10-week Weight Watchers course held at AES Downsview headquarters.

Secretary Cathy Hayes was just one of 22 Weight Watchers attending the course and, according to the organizer, public health nurse Olga Leskiw, the entire class lost a total of 298 pounds.  Cathy says she feels great and has the incentive to continue losing weight at group sessions. (1988)

Dr. Alex Chisholm, has been appointed to the position of director general, Atmospheric Research Directorate, AES, announced by Dr. G.A. Sainte-Marie, deputy minister of Environment Canada.  Dr. Chisholm was previously director of Atmospheric Processes Research Branch since January 1979. (1988)


Long-time OIC Ken Styles is seen working at the weather briefing desk, Suffield, Alberta. (1989)


Earl Zilke and much-travelled teddy bear Ralph, both going into retirement. Officer in Charge of the Prince George BC weather office, Earl retired after 35 years of service. (1989)

Jean Degaust, who works in the AES Intergovernmental Affairs Office, Downsview, displays a WMO World Weather Watch. A watch that commemorates the 25th anniversary of the World Meteorological Organization's World Weather Watch - a program that coordinates vital meteorological observations from around the globe. Naturally, this Swiss-made timepiece is called a World Weather Watch!  It was specially designed for WMO. (1989)

Dr. Neil Trivett, atmospheric research scientist, based at AES Downsview, has been working for the past nine months in West Germany, carrying out greenhouse gas research in collaboration with German environmental and university authorities. (1989)


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