Jim Treliving | The ‘Dragon’

Jim Treliving | The ‘Dragon’

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From Virden, Manitoba Walter Jim Treliving is the Chairman and Owner of one of Boston Pizza, a successful entrepreneur and investor for over 40 years. He is well-known for his role as the encouraging, savvy, entrepreneurial spirit on CBC’s Dragons' Den. Born in 1941 in Virden, Manitoba Jim Treliving began his career as an Royal Canadian Mounted Police Officer at the age of 18 right out of high school. He served proudly for eight years in both British Columbia and Alberta. Jim’s father was a barber. Jim Treliving Interview | By Strombo, 2012 In 1966 Jim walked into "Boston Pizza and Spaghetti House" in Edmonton, AB, and saw big dough in his future. He started from a single restaurant franchise in 1968 in Penticton, British Columbia. Jim bought the entire…
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Alan Barillaro | Animator, Oscar Laureate

Alan Barillaro | Animator, Oscar Laureate

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From Chippawa, Ontario Nicolas Alan Barillaro is an animator, director and writer at Pixar Studio. Best known for his work on short-film Piper (2016), that earned the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. Alan shared this award with producer Marc Sondheimer. Piper | Cute Bird From Pixar Grew up in Chippawa, Ontario and Markham, Ontario Barillaro is from community Chippawa near Niagara Falls, Ontario. Barillaro made the decision to enter the animation industry during his high school years in Markham, Ontario, when he worked cleaning 2-D cells at The Animation House. He graduated Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario in 1996. Barillaro has worked at Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, Calif., for nearly two decades. He previously contributed to some of Pixar's biggest hits, including A Bug's Life, Monsters, Inc.,…
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Izaak Walton Killam | 1950s’ Richest Canadian

Izaak Walton Killam | 1950s’ Richest Canadian

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From: Yarmouth, Nova Scotia Izaak Walton Killam was one of Canada's most eminent financiers. He was known as “the mystery man” of Canadian finance because of the low public profile he maintained. Born in 1885 in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia Died in 1955 in Grand-Cascapedia, Quebec Killam was born in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, where he had his first experience in business selling newspapers. At the age of 18, he started his career as a junior clerk in the Yarmouth branch of the Union Bank of Halifax and was soon transferred to the Halifax. In 1904 Max Aitken (Lord Beaverbrook) noticed Killam's talents and took him to work for his Royal Securities Corporation where Killam spent the remainder of his working life. As President of Royal Securities Corporation (from 1915) and Montreal…
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Dutch Mason | ‘Prime Minister of the Blues’

Dutch Mason | ‘Prime Minister of the Blues’

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From: Lunenburg, Nova Scotia Kentville, Nova Scotia Truro, Nova Scotia Dutch (b Norman) Mason was a blues singer from Nova Scotia. Mason was appointed the title "Prime Minister of the Blues" at a BB King concert in Toronto by King himself. Born in 1938 in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia Raised in Kentville, Nova Scotia Died in 2006 in Truro, Nova Scotia The Lunenburg native, Mason was born into a musical family -- his father played stand-up bass and drums while his mother was a pianist. He raised in Kentville. At the age of 14 he played drums in his parents' Dixieland band. By the age of 16 he was hanging out with coloured musicians in the community of Gibson Woods and started to learn how to play guitar. By the age…
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John Dunsworth | Actor

John Dunsworth | Actor

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From: Bridgewater, Nova Scotia John Francis Dunsworth was one of Halifax's most venerable and revered actors, best known for playing the rope of a frequently drunk supervisor Mr. Lahey on the comedy series Trailer Park Boys and revered as a brilliant actor with a warm heart. A Tribute To John Dunsworth Rest In Peace, Mr. Lahey   Born in 1946 in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia Died in 2017 in Halifax, Nova Scotia Dunsworth studied acting at the University of Guelph, but dropped out in his fourth year when he was forced to take philosophy in a summer semester. Dunsworth went on to act in numerous CBC radio dramas. He has held leading roles in over 25 Neptune Theatre productions in Halifax. In 1970 Dunsworth leased an abandoned building on Halifax's waterfront,…
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Rick Lewchuk | Head of CNN Creative Team

Rick Lewchuk | Head of CNN Creative Team

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From: North Battleford, Saskatchewan Rick Lewchuk leads one of the best creative and marketing team in television. CNN’s Creative Marketing have proven it by winning the PromaxBDA Global Marketing Team of the year for three years running and by winning the only Emmy Award for marketing for the past two years. Born and raised in North Battleford, Saskatchewan Lewchuk attended North Battleford Comprehensive High School. He played for the Vikings football team that won a provincial title. His father who was a school principal and his mother were supportive of his career plans to go into television. Lewchuk remains proud of his North Battleford and Saskatchewan roots. His Twitter handle is @drummondcreek, a reference to the creek that flows through the Prongua area, where he lived for three years while…
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Valérie Plante | Mayor of Montreal

Valérie Plante | Mayor of Montreal

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From: Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec Valérie Plante is the first-ever woman to be elected mayor of Montreal (November 2017), a leader of the Projet Montréal. On the campaign trail with Valérie Plante | 2017 | By Montreal Gazette   Born in 1974 in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec Plante spent a year in North Bay, Ontario as a teenager to learn English. In 1994 Valérie Plante moved to Montreal to attend university, receiving degrees in anthropology (1997) and museology (2001). She worked in non-profit organizations. Plante was elected to Montreal City Council in the 2013 municipal election. She has served as leader of the opposition Projet Montréal since December 2016. She is the mother of two boys.   Rouyn-Noranda is a city on Osisko Lake in southwestern Quebec. Drone footage of Rouyn-Noranda | 2016 | By…
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Jeff Hammond | Cinematographer

Jeff Hammond | Cinematographer

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From Leamington, Ontario Jeffrey Robert Hammond is an award-winning film director, writer, producer. He has also spent many hours in front of the camera as an actor and TV host. Born in 1980 in Leamington, Ontario Having appeared in over 20 Canadian National TV commercials, Jeff brings that on-set experience to is Directing projects for a unique "hybrid filmmaker" experience. For the past 12 years, Jeff Hammond has been creating cutting edge films that are both thought-provoking and visually captivating. His viral video efforts have garnered attention from the biggest media outlets in the world including ABC Night Line News (America), Canal+ (Europe), CTV National News and Global National News (Canada). Hammond is known for Bobbing for Apples (2007) Running on Empty (2008) Black Friday (2009) The Girls on Film…
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Marie Dressler | Hollywood’s Star

Marie Dressler | Hollywood’s Star

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From: Cobourg, Ontario Marie Dressler is one of the greatest comediennes of her generation and one of Hollywood's best loved stars. Born in 1868 in Cobourg, Ontario Played at Lindsay, Ontario. Died in 1934 in Santa Barbara, California Marie Dressler was born as Leila Marie Koerber in Cobourg. Her father was a music teacher and the organist at St. Peter's Anglican Church. As a child Marie would sing and assist in operating the organ in the church. By 14 she played with an amateur company at Lindsay, Ontario. The family moved to the United States in the late 1870s. Dressler was 14 when she joined a theater group and she went on to work on stage and in light opera. By 1892, she was on Broadway. In 1914 at the…
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Johnny Wilson | NHL Ironman

Johnny Wilson | NHL Ironman

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From: Kincardine, Ontario Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec John Edward Wilson set a NHL record by appearing in 580 consecutive games between 1951 and 1960 earned the nickname "Ironman." He played on four Stanley Cup championship teams with the Detroit Red Wings in the 1950s. Born in 1929 in Kincardine, Ontario Grew up in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec Died in 2011 in Livonia, Michigan Although born in Kincardine, Johnny Wilson grew up in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec where his father took on a job as a miner. Johnny joined the Windsor Spitfires of the OHA in 1947. He finally caught on as a full-time Red Wing in 1952. As a young player, I remember Ted Lindsay telling me to play through hurts, because there's another guy sitting out there, waiting to take your job. Johnny Wilson Scored…
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Carroll Baker | Singer

Carroll Baker | Singer

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From: Bridgewater, Nova Scotia Liverpool, Nova Scotia Carroll Anne Baker is a country music singer and songwriter. Known as Canada's First Lady Of Country Music, she released many chart-topping single country hits in the 1970s-80s. Born in 1949 in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia Grew up in Port Medway, Nova Scotia Studied at High School in Liverpool, Nova Scotia Carroll was born in Bridgewater and grew up in Port Medway, a small picturesque fishing village on Nova Scotia's South West Shore. Carroll attended elementary school in Port Medway and Mill Village; and high school in Liverpool. Caroll moved to Oakville, Ontario, with her family when she was 16. She started singing casually with a bar band at 19. Her first single in 1970, "Memories of Home", was written by songwriter George Petralia…
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Eric Nagler | Children’s Entertainer

Eric Nagler | Children’s Entertainer

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From: Shelburne, Ontario Eric Nagler is a musician and television entertainer known primarily for his work on Canadian children's television series The Elephant Show and Eric’s World. Born in 1942 in Brooklyn, New York Resides in Mulmur, near Shelburne, Ontario In the late 60’s Nagler got started exploring the folk music scene of Greenwich Village, New York. In 1966 he marched through Mississippi with Martin Luther King Jr. He married fellow musician Martha Beers in 1966 and due to their opposition to the Vietnam War they moved to Toronto in 1968. Nagler joined Mariposa in the Schools, a groundbreaking cooperative venture to bring children's music to Canadian public schools. In 1970 he opened a guitar/folk-music store in Toronto. In 1972 Nagler returned to the United States to stand trial for…
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Jack Miner | Conservationist

Jack Miner | Conservationist

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From: Kingsville, Ontario John Thomas Miner, "Wild Goose Jack," was a conservationist called by some the "father" of North American conservationism. He was one of the first to determine the migratory paths of birds, especially Canada geese. Born in 1865 in Dover Center, Ohio Died in 1944 in Kingsville, Ontario Jack spent most of his spare time in childhood in the creeks and woods studying habits of wildlife and waterfowl. The outdoors became his classroom. He did not receive a formal education, he was illiterate until the age of 33. In 1878 Jack moved with family to Gosfield South Township, near Kingsville, Ontario at age 13. In 1904 Jack Miner founded the Jack Miner Migratory Bird Sanctuary for the conservation of migrating Canada geese and wild ducks in Kingsville. Firstly,…
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Jody Raffoul | Rock Singer

Jody Raffoul | Rock Singer

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From: Leamington, Ontario Jody Raffoul is a rock singer and songwriter. Born in Leamington, Ontario Jody Raffoul is from a small town in Southern Ontario. He lives and works in the Detroit–Windsor metro area. Leamington-born Raffoul comes from working-class Lebanese stock. “They expressed their joy and pain in music. Music was their medicine.” Jody Raffoul He released his first collection, Simple Life, in 2000. For his next work, Raffoul assembled a full band, and recorded the 2004 release, Like a Star. In 2006 he won the Bon Jovi "Have a Nice Gig" competition, which led to an opening slot at Giants Stadium in New Jersey for the aforementioned Bon Jovi (and his band, obviously). Raffoul beat out over 17,500 bands nationwide. Jody’s career jumped leaps in this year. Jody Raffoul…
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William Dillon Otter | Chief of the General Staff

William Dillon Otter | Chief of the General Staff

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From: Clinton, Ontario General Sir William Dillon Otter became the first Canadian-born Chief of the General Staff, the head of the Canadian Militia. Born in 1843 in The Corners, Canada West (Clinton, Ontario) Died in 1929 in Toronto, Ontario While working as a clerk in the 1860s Otter joined the militia with the Queen's Own Rifles. In 1866 Otter served as a Captain and Adjutant of The Queen’s Own at the Battle of Ridgeway. He joined the Permanent Force infantry when it was established in 1883. He was able to secure appointment in the tiny permanent army by becoming commander of the infantry school at Toronto. In 1890, Otter founded the Royal Canadian Military Institute as a body for "the promotion and fostering of military art, science and literature in…
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Rudy Wiebe | Writer

Rudy Wiebe | Writer

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From: Coaldale, Alberta Rudy Henry Wiebe is an author best known for his novels set in the Canadian prairies and his representations of First Nations people. Born in 1934 in Fairholme, Saskatchewan Grew up in Coaldale, Alberta Lives in Edmonton, Alberta Rudy Wiebe’s parents had escaped Soviet Russia with five children in 1930. Rudy grew up in a small Mennonite community of about 250 people where he attended school. He read as much as possible from an early age. In 1947 Rudy and his family moved to the town of Coaldale in Southern Alberta. In 1956 Wiebe completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Alberta. He won his first prize for fiction while studying at the university. His winning story was published in the magazine Liberty in 1956. In…
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Jessica Stam | Model

Jessica Stam | Model

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From: Kincardine, Ontario Jessica Elizabeth Stam is considered to be part of the crop of models described as "doll faces". In 2007 Forbes named her fifteenth in the list of the World's 15 Top-Earning Supermodels.   Born in 1986 in Kincardine, Ontario Studied in Walkerton, Ontario Jessica Stam was raised on the family farm, the only girl in a family of seven children. She attended Sacred Heart High School in Walkerton, Ontario. In 2001 in a local Tim Hortons coffee shop, a talent scout noticed something special and unique about Jessica’s “look”. Jessica was immediately signed by a local modeling agency. In 2002 she won Los Angeles Model Look contest. Vogue, 2002 It was Steven Meisel who gave Jessica her big break when he shot her for two Italian Vogue…
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Bill Barilko | Leafs Defenceman

Bill Barilko | Leafs Defenceman

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Died: Cochrane, Ontario The short, remarkable life of Leafs defenceman William "Bashin' Bill" Barilko ended in tragedy just weeks after he became a team's hero. Born in 1927 in Timmins, Ontario Died in 1951 in Cochrane, Ontario Barilko was of Ukrainian descent. In 1947 Bill Barilko was called up to the Toronto Maple Leafs. In his just five NHL seasons, he won four Stanley Cups (1947, 1948, 1949, 1951), scoring, arguably the most dramatic Stanley Cup winning goal. In 1951, the Toronto-Montreal finals were the closest ever, with all five games going into overtime. It was Barilko who scored the winner in that deciding game, hero for a city and country. Bill Barilko's Goal Revisited   It would be Barilko’s last goal. On August 24-year-old’s Barilko was visiting his family…
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James Cockburn | Father of Confederation

James Cockburn | Father of Confederation

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From: Cobourg, Ontario James Cockburn was serving as Canada’s first Speaker in the House of Commons. He participated in the Founding of Canada Conference in Quebec in 1864. Born in 1819 in Berwick-upon-Tweed, United Kingdom Worked in Cobourg, Ontario Died in 1883 in Ottawa, Ontario Cockburn was born in northern England. When he was 12, his father, a merchant, decided to emigrate to Upper Canada. On the Atlantic crossing his father died. The family proceeded to York (now Toronto). James attended Upper Canada College and Osgoode Hall. In 1845 he came to Cobourg to practice law. Cockburn was elected to the Cobourg town council in 1856, 1858 and 1859. In 1861 he was elected as an independent candidate to represent Northumberland West in the Legislative Assembly. Cockburn empathized with John…
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Elijah McCoy | Railroad Engineer

Elijah McCoy | Railroad Engineer

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From: Colchester, Ontario Elijah J. McCoy was an inventor and engineer whose 57 patents and the invention of the locomotive lubrication cup led to the slogan "The real McCoy", denoting quality. Born in 1844 in Colchester, Ontario Died in 1929 in Detroit, Michigan, United States Elijah McCoy was born free in Canada. At the age of fifteen, he Canada for Edinburgh, Scotland, where he apprenticed for five years as a mechanical engineer. After his training, he chose to live in Detroit, Michigan. Despite his qualifications, McCoy was unable to find work as an engineer in the United States due to racial barriers. He accepted a position as a fireman and oiler for the Michigan Central Railroad. He became concerned about the injuries and deaths caused when workers attempted to lubricate moving machinery. In…
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George Fox | Country Singer

George Fox | Country Singer

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From: Cochrane, Alberta William George Fox is a country/western music singer/songwriter. He was a leading figure in Canadian country music in the late 1980s and 1990s. Born in 1960 in Calgary, Alberta Raised in Cochrane, Alberta Lives in Ancaster, Ontario Fox raised in Cochrane in the family of cattle ranchers. He lived, breathed and worked the farm and played in a rock band in his teens. In 1981, when he was 21 years old, George went to Sweden on a farm exchange program. The host farmer asked Fox to bring along some country albums. Fox began listening to them and was hooked. Upon his return, he began playing music in public on weekends. He sold some of his cows to invest $30,000 in the self-produced cassette recordings. In 1988, one…
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Alan Bradley | Flavia de Luce Author

Alan Bradley | Flavia de Luce Author

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From: Cobourg, Ontario Alan Bradley is the New York Times bestselling author of many short stories, children’s stories, newspaper columns. His the Flavia de Luce mystery series has become one of Canada’s most successful cultural exports. Born in 1938 in Toronto, Ontario Grew up in Cobourg, Ontario Lives on the Isle of Man Bradley worked in Cobourg as a radio and television engineer, moved to Toronto, then to Saskatoon. There he worked at the University of Saskatchewan as Director of Television Engineering for 25 years. Also he joined several writing groups and began spending time with local writers. He took early retirement at age 55 and decided to write full-time. He has published many children’s stories as well as lifestyle and arts columns in Canadian newspapers. Bradley’s success as a…
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Theo Tams | Canadian Idol Winner

Theo Tams | Canadian Idol Winner

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From: Coaldale, Alberta Theo Tams is a singer and the winner 2008 Canadian Idol (sixth season of the CTV).   Born in 1985 in Lethbridge, Alberta Grew up in Coaldale, Alberta Tams lived in the Lethbridge suburb of Coaldale, a small town whose population of 7493 is supplanted by tourists who visit the Alberta Birds of Prey Centre, the Land o' Lakes Golf Course, and the Gem of the West Museum. “The piano was the easiest thing for me to write with." Tams played trumpet in high school and is self-taught on piano. He studied classical music and psychology at the University of Lethbridge. Coaldale, Alberta - Theo Tams. August 22, 2008   Theo Tams Performs in Coaldale, Alberta    Theo’s obligatory Idol-winner album, Give It All Away, came out…
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William Thornton Mustard | Innovative Surgeon

William Thornton Mustard | Innovative Surgeon

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From: Clinton, Ontario William Thornton Mustard developed two operations named for him: the "Mustard operation" in orthopedics used to help hip use in people with polio the "Mustard cardiovascular procedure" used to help correct heart problems in "blue babies," which has saved thousands of children worldwide   Born in 1914 in Clinton, Ontario Died in 1987 in Florida During his childhood, Mustard collected butterflies and identified birds. In 1930, at the age of fifteen, Mustard graduated from high school at the University of Toronto. Though he was too young to begin the application process for university, so he stayed another year before beginning university. Dr. Mustard graduated in medicine from the University of Toronto in 1937. He joined the surgical staff of The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in 1947.…
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Bob Hooper | Pitcher

Bob Hooper | Pitcher

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From: Leamington, Ontario Robert Nelson Hooper was a pitcher in Major League Baseball from 1950 to 1955. Born in 1922 in Leamington, Ontario Died in 1980 in New Brunswick, New Jersey A native of Leamington, Ontario, Hooper grew up in New Jersey with his uncle and aunt. He was signed by the New York Giants out of high school. Hooper attended Montclair State University in New Jersey and served in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II from 1942 to 1945, training as a pilot. 1949-52 – pitcher for the Philadelphia Athletics 1952-55 – pitcher for the Cleveland Indians Hooper’s baseball achievements: 40 victories 25 saves average of 4.80 In the 1960s, he became a physical education teacher in the New Brunswick, New Jersey, public schools, retiring…
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Laura Secord | Heroine of the War of 1812

Laura Secord | Heroine of the War of 1812

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From: Ingersoll, Ontario Chippawa, Ontario Laura Secord (née Ingersoll) was a heroine of the War of 1812. She is known for having walked 20 miles out of American-occupied territory in 1813 to warn British forces of an impending American attack. The story of her trek has become legendary, and Secord herself mythologized in Canadian history. Born in 1775 in Great Barrington, Province of Massachusetts Bay Lived in Ingersoll, Ontario Died in 1868 in Chippawa, Ontario Laura’s father moved his family to the Niagara Peninsula in 1795 and ran a tavern at Queenston. The site of his farm is today the town of Ingersoll. In 1797, Laura married James Secord, a Queenston merchant. In June 1813, with Queenston occupied by American troops, Laura listened the conversation of some American officers dining…
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Margaret Laurence | Writer

Margaret Laurence | Writer

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From: Neepawa, Manitoba Lakefield, Ontario Jean Margaret Laurence (born as Jean Margaret Wemys) was one of Canada's most beloved writers. She is best known for her Manawaka novels -- The Stone Angel (1964), A Jest of God (1966), The Fire-dwellers (1969) and The Diviners (1974). Born in 1926 in Neepawa, Manitoba Died in 1987 in Lakefield, Ontario Margaret Laurence was born in the town of Neepawa, Manitoba, the inspiration for the town of Manawaka in her novels. She lived in Neepawa until she was 18. In 1947 she graduated in Honours English from United College, Winnipeg and began to work for the Winnipeg Citizen. She lived and worked in England and Africa for 20 years. Margaret Laurence Interview 1966   In 1974 Laurence moved back to Canada and made her home in Lakefield, Ontario. She also bought a…
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Robertson Davies | Writer

Robertson Davies | Writer

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From: Renfrew, Ontario Orangeville, Ontario William Robertson Davies is one of Canada’s most influential essayists and novelists. Davies was the founding Master of Massey College, a graduate college at the University of Toronto. Born in 1913 in Thamesville, Ontario Grew up in Renfrew, Ontario Died in 1995 in Orangeville, Ontario William Robertson Davies was born in 1913 in Thamesville, Ontario. His father was a newspaper owner, his two brothers were reporters. He spent his formative years in Renfrew, Ontario. Many of his novel's characters are named after families he knew there. He boarded at Upper Canada College in Toronto, then studied at Queen's University in Kingston before attending Balliol College in Oxford, U.K. Davies returned to Canada in 1940. He spent time working as a journalist for The Peterborough Ontario…
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Charles Tupper | Father of Confederation

Charles Tupper | Father of Confederation

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From: Amherst, Nova Scotia Wolfville, Nova Scotia Sir Charles Tupper was the longest-surviving Father of Confederation. He led Nova Scotia into Confederation in 1867. He went on to serve as the sixth Prime Minister of Canada in 1896. Born in 1821 in Amherst, Nova Scotia Studied in Wolfville, Nova Scotia Died in 1915 in Bexleyheath, England Charles Tupper studied at Horton Academy, Wolfville, Nova Scotia (now Acadia University) before going on to study medicine at the University of Edinburgh, becoming a doctor in 1843. Upon returning to Nova Scotia, he established his medical practice at Amherst. He was the first president of the Canadian Medical Association from 1867 to 1870. Tupper first ran for office as a Conservative in Nova Scotia in 1855. In 1864 Tupper took over the office…
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Jack McClelland | Publisher

Jack McClelland | Publisher

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From: Kleinburg, Ontario John Gordon "Jack" McClelland was known for promoting Canadian writers as president of the McClelland and Stewart publishing house. Born in 1922 in Toronto, Ontario Resided in Kleinburg, Ontario Died in 2004 in Toronto, Ontario McClelland was known to place his authors’ careers ahead of his own profit. McClelland brought attention to the works of Margaret Atwood, Pierre Berton, Leonard Cohen, Farley Mowat, Margaret Laurence, and Alice Munro (all are Humans of Small Towns). From McMaster University Archives - Jack McClelland   McClelland began working for McClelland and Stewart, his father's company, in 1946, becoming president in 1961. He introduced a popular series of Canadian authors in paperback, making Canadian writing more accessible to the general public. In 1952 M&S moved from their central Toronto location to…
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Andrew Malcolm | Furniture Manufacturer

Andrew Malcolm | Furniture Manufacturer

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From: Kincardine, Ontario Listowel, Ontario Andrew Malcolm was the founder of Andrew Malcolm Furniture Company. The beautiful, Canadian made furniture was used in many Canadian Hotels. Born in 1840 in Killearn, Scotland Resided in Kincardine, Ontario The Andrew Malcolm furniture factory was based in Listowel, Ontario Died in 1915 in Kincardine, Ontario At the age of 22, in 1862, Malcolm travelled to Jamaica, working as a bookkeeper on a sugar plantation. The climate was too hot and he sailed north to Canada. In 1867 he took up a position with a general store in Monkton, Ontario. In 1874 Malcolm moved to Lake Huron and formed a partnership with a young Scotsman John Watson who owned a furniture shop at Kincardine, Ontario. The company named Watson and Malcolm began producing furniture…
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Frank McKenna | Premier of New Brunswick

Frank McKenna | Premier of New Brunswick

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From: Sussex, New Brunswick Chatham, New Brunswick For a decade (1987–1997) Francis Joseph "Frank" McKenna was Premier of New Brunswick, having earned three consecutive majority governments. In 1987 Frank McKenna led the New Brunswick Liberal Party to an extraordinary victory, by winning all 58 seats in the legislature. It was only the second time in Canada that a party had swept all the seats in a provincial election (the first being in Prince Edward Island in 1935). Born in 1948 in Apohaqui, New Brunswick Completed high school in Sussex, New Brunswick Lived and worked in Chatham, New Brunswick Frank McKenna was born in the rural community of Apohaqui, New Brunswick, one of eight children of farmers family. After graduating of law school at the University of New Brunswick, McKenna joined…
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Floyd Curry | Hockey Right Winger

Floyd Curry | Hockey Right Winger

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From: Chapleau, Ontario Floyd “Busher” Curry won four Stanley Cups with Montreal Canadiens. Born in 1925 in Chapleau, Ontario Died in 2006 in Montreal, Quebec On October 29, 1951 Curry recorded his only career hat trick. He scored three goals in a 6-1 Habs' victory over the New York Rangers in front of the Princess. It was a night when Princess Elizabeth, soon to become Queen Elizabeth II, and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh were in attendance at the Montreal Forum. The Princess left the Forum under the impression Busher Curry was the best hockey player in the world. It was Curry's greatest moment. Curry was born in Chapleau, Ontario and raised in Montreal, Quebec. Shortly after his release from the Canadian military in the fall of 1945, Floyd Curry…
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Lights | Singer

Lights | Singer

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From: Chesley, Ontario Lights (born Valerie Anne Poxleitner) is a Juno Award-winning singer and songwriter. Born in 1987 in Timmins, Ontario Grew up in Chesley, Ontario Lives in Mission, British Columbia Lights is known for her gold-certified album The Listening (2009), as well as singles "Drive My Soul", "February Air", "Ice", "Second Go", "Toes", and "Up We Go". Lights – Up We Go, 2014 Valerie Anne Poxleitner spent her childhood in many parts of the world. She lived in the Philippines and Jamaica during her elementary school years. In 1997 the family moved back to Canada and almost immediately, nine year-old Lights got her hands on a guitar. She studied in Chelsey High School. Lights reflects on her time at Chelsey District High School, 2011   She moved to Toronto…
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Yann Martel | Life of Pi Author

Yann Martel | Life of Pi Author

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Lived in Port Hope, Ontario Yann Martel is a Spanish-born Canadian author best known for his award-winning Life of Pi. Born in 1963 in Salamanca, Spain Studied for two years at a boarding school in Port Hope, Ontario Lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Yann Martel, the son of diplomats, was born in Spain in 1963. He grew up in Costa Rica, France, Mexico, Alaska, and Canada and as an adult has spent time in Iran, Turkey, and India. The Man Booker Prize-winning novel Life of Pi (2001) is a #1 international bestseller published in more than 50 territories. It has sold more than 12 million copies worldwide and spent more than a year on the Bestseller Lists of the New York Times and The Globe and Mail, among many other bestseller lists.…
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Lester B. Pearson | 14th Prime Minister of Canada

Lester B. Pearson | 14th Prime Minister of Canada

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From: Kleinburg, Ontario Lester Bowles "Mike" Pearson was a scholar, statesman, soldier and diplomat, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1957 for organizing the United Nations Emergency Force to resolve the Suez Canal Crisis. He was the 14th Prime Minister of Canada from 1963 to 1968. Born in 1897 in Newtonbrook, Toronto, Ontario Resided in Kleinburg, Ontario Died in 1972 in Ottawa, Ontario Born in Toronto of Irish stock on both sides of his family, Lester B. Pearson received a balanced education in politics, learning the conservative position from his father, a Methodist minister, and the liberal from his mother. Lester Pearson’s family roots in Kleinburg date back to 1894 when Lester’s father, a Methodist minister, moved his family to Kleinburg to preach at the local Methodist church.  During…
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Samuel Andreyev | Composer

Samuel Andreyev | Composer

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From: Kincardine, Ontario Samuel Andreyev (born Samuel Curnoe Andreeff) is a composer, poet, teacher and performer. Born in 1981 in Kincardine, Ontario Andreyev grew up in the town of Kincardine and studied violin privately in Kincardine as a child. He moved with his family to Toronto in 1988. He enrolled in The Royal Conservatory of Music, studying cello and oboe, as well as composition. In 2003 Samuel Andreyev settled in Paris in 2003 to study composition , initially with Allain Gaussin. Then he studied at the Conservatoire de Paris, where he obtained a masters degree in composition. In 2011-12 he also studied electroacoustics. In 2012 his composition Night Division was awarded the grand prix of the Concours Henri Dutilleux. Andreyev has also published two collection of poems: Evidence (2009) The…
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Grant Strate | Dancer

Grant Strate | Dancer

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From: Cardston, Alberta Grant Strate was one of Canada’s most accomplished dance artists and Charter Member of the National Ballet. Born in 1927 in Cardston, Alberta Died in 2015 in Vancouver, British Columbia Strate came to dance late as a law student at the University of Alberta. In 1951Strate’s early choreographic efforts came to the attention of the artistic director of the National Ballet of Canada Celia Franca. His first work for the National Ballet was Jeune Pas de Deux in 1956. During his tenure, he choreographed more than a dozen ballets including The Fisherman and His Soul House of Atreus Triptych Grant Strate's choreography brought an original Canadian perspective and a modern dance aesthetic to the repertoire of the National Ballet. 1951 – 1962 - danced with the National…
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Philip Henry Gosse | Aquarium Inventor

Philip Henry Gosse | Aquarium Inventor

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From: Carbonear, Newfoundland and Labrador Philip Henry Gosse was a naturalist, virtually the inventor of the seawater aquarium, and a innovator in the study of marine biology. Born in 1810 in Worcester, Worcestershire, England, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Resided and worked in Carbonear, Newfoundland and Labrador Died in 1888 in Torquay, Torbay, England in 1827 Gosse sailed from England to Newfoundland to serve as a clerk in the Carbonear, Newfoundland, in the counting-house of Slade, Elson and Co. Gosse became a dedicated, self-taught student of Newfoundland entomology, "the first person systematically to investigate and to record the entomology" of the island. From Actinologia Britannica by Philip Henry Gosse In 1835 he left Newfoundland for Compton, Sherbrooke County Lower Canada (now Quebec) where he farmed unsuccessfully for three years.…
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Mickey MacKay | Hockey Rover/Centre

Mickey MacKay | Hockey Rover/Centre

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From: Chesley, Ontario Grand Forks, British Columbia Duncan McMillan "Mickey" MacKay played primarily in the Pacific Coast Hockey Association and Western Canada Hockey League for the Vancouver Millionaires. Born in 1894 in Chesley, Ontario Resided in Grand Forks, British Columbia Died in 1940 in Ymir, British Columbia The PCHA/WCHL, which at the time was an equal league to the NHL, folded in 1926, paving MacKay's route to the National Hockey League. He finished his career playing with the Chicago Black Hawks, Pittsburgh Pirates and Boston Bruins. Duncan "Mickey" MacKay was born in Chesley and grew up on the family farm in Bruce County, near Chesley. He joined the Canadian Army at the age of 14. MacKay learned to skate at the age of 15 and spent two seasons playing senior…
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Raymond Fraser | Author

Raymond Fraser | Author

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From: Chatham, New Brunswick Raymond Fraser is a novelist, poet, editor from New Brunswick. Born in 1941 in Chatham, New Brunswick Resides in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Raymond Fraser is the author of 13 books of fiction, three of non-fiction, and six collections of poetry. Born in Chatham, Fraser attended St Thomas University where he played in hockey and football. He was co-editor with John Brebner of the student literary magazine Tom-Tom. During the sixties Fraser worked as a lab technician, a high school teacher, and as editor and freelance writer for a number of tabloid newspapers. With Leo Ferrari and Alden Nowlan Fraser organized The Flat Earth Society in 1970. Tea with Raymond Fraser, 2010   His novel The Bannonbridge Musicians was runner-up for the Governor General’s Award in 1978.…
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Travis Green | Hockey Coach

Travis Green | Hockey Coach

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From: Castlegar, British Columbia Travis Vernon Green is the head coach of the Vancouver Canucks, NHL. Born in 1970 in Castlegar, British Columbia Travis Green hired as Canucks Head Coach   Green previously coached the American Hockey League's Utica Comets, Vancouver's top affiliate. Drafted 23rd overall in 1989, Green played for 5 different NHL teams in his 14-year career. He started out with the Spokane Chiefs in the Western Hockey League in 1986. Green was a member of Team Canada at the 2007 Spengler Cup. Green also has won over $345,000 in poker tournaments.   Castlegar is a community in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia. Nestled between the Rocky Mountains to the east and the Monashee Mountains to the west, Castlegar sits on the beautiful Columbia River. The city…
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Jack Carson | Actor

Jack Carson | Actor

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From: Carman, Manitoba John Elmer "Jack" Carson was one of the most popular character actors during the "golden age of Hollywood". His comic talent was featured in such memorable films as "The Strawberry Blonde" (1941) and "Arsenic and Old Lace" (1944). Born in 1910 in Carman, Manitoba Died in 1963 in Los Angeles, California Carson was born in Carmen, Manitoba. His father was an executive with an insurance company. At an early age the family moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he was raised. Carson arrived in Hollywood in 1937. Because of his size — 6 ft 2 in (1.9 m) and 220 lb (100 kg), his first stage appearance (in a collegiate production) was as Hercules. He worked at the RKO studio as an extra. Between 1937 and his untimely…
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Jordan McIntosh | Songwriter

Jordan McIntosh | Songwriter

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From: Carleton Place, Ontario Jordan James McIntosh is a country and pop singer-songwriter from Ottawa. Born in 1995 in Ottawa Based in Carleton Place, Ontario Jordan McIntosh was born in Ottawa. He is presently based in Carleton Place. In 2012 McIntosh's first single Walk Away was released. In 2016 McIntosh released Steal Your Heart, his long-awaited debut album. Grew Up In A Country   McIntosh won the 2014 Country Music Association of Ontario award for Rising Star. Interview with Jordan McIntosh     Carleton Place is a town on the serene Mississippi River, Ontario. Carleton Place Rapids CPCC   Read and watch about Carleton Place in the posts Arthur Roy Brown | Fighter Pilot Leslie McFarlane | Hardy Boys Author
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George Woolf | Jockey

George Woolf | Jockey

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From: Cardston, Alberta George Monroe Woolf, nicknamed "The Iceman", was a thoroughbred race horse jockey. Born in 1910 in Cardston, Alberta Died in 1946 in Arcadia, California Woolf was born on a ranch in Cardston, Alberta in a riding family. His mother was a trick rider in a circus and his father was a rodeo rider. Woolf learned to ride horses as a child and as a teenager he rode in horse races and competed in rodeo events in Alberta and Montana. He rode his first race in 1928 and within four years became a regular at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. He became known for riding the people's champion Seabiscuit to victories in 1938.   Woolf died at age thirty-five as a result of a racing accident. Since…
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Helen Maksagak | Commissioner of Nunavut

Helen Maksagak | Commissioner of Nunavut

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From: Cambridge Bay, Nunavut Helen Mamayaok Maksagak served as the Commissioner of the Northwest Territories (Canada) from 1995 until 1999 and as the Commissioner of Nunavut in 1999-2000. She is a notable Copper Inuk. Born in 1931 in Bernard Harbour, Northwest Territories (now Nunavut) Died in 2009 in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut Born on the land near Bernard Harbour in the Canadian Western Arctic, Maksagak was raised in Tuktoyaktuk, Aklavik and the Bathurst Inlet area. In 1961 she eventually settled in Cambridge Bay to raise a family of six children with her husband John. She worked as a civilian employee of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, as a community worker, as the manager of a transient center. She also worked with the N.W.T. Round Table on the Environment, the Canada Committee…
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Frances Ford Seymour | Jane Fonda’s Mother

Frances Ford Seymour | Jane Fonda’s Mother

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From: Brockville, Ontario Frances Ford Seymour was a socialite, the second wife of actor Henry Fonda, and the mother of actors Jane Fonda and Peter Fonda. Born in 1908 in Brockville, Ontario Died in 1950 in Beacon, New York In 1931 Frances Ford Seymour married George Tuttle Brokaw, a millionaire lawyer and sportsman. They had one child, Frances de Villers Brokaw, known as "Pan", who became a painter. In 1936, a year after George Tuttle Brokaw died, she married actor Henry Fonda. She had met Fonda at Denham Studios in England on the set of the film Wings of the Morning. The couple had two children, actress Jane (born 1937) and actor Peter (born 1940). But their marriage was troubled. Frances Ford Fonda committed suicide on her 42nd birthday, days after…
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Duane Andrews | Guitarist

Duane Andrews | Guitarist

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From: Carbonear, Newfoundland and Labrador Duane Andrews is a guitarist combined Newfoundland folk music with the swing jazz of the legendary Django Reinhardt. Born in 1972 in Carbonear, Newfoundland and Labrador Duane Andrews - Conception Bay (Beneath the Surface), 2015   Born in Carbonear, Newfoundland and Labrador, Andrews grew up exposed to the island’s mélange of cultural influences – a mix of English, French, Irish, Scottish, Spanish and Portuguese. After graduating from the Jazz Studies program at St. FXU with honours, Duane spent several years studying contemporary music composition at the Conservatoire International de Paris and at the Conservatoire National de Region in Marseille, France. 2004 - debut solo CD Duane Andrews 2006 - the multiple award-winning Crocus 2008 – Raindrops, a collaboration with the Atlantic String Quartet 2010: Dwayne…
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Tommy Burns | Boxer

Tommy Burns | Boxer

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From: Chesley, Ontario Hanover, Ontario Tommy Burns, born Noah Brusso, nickname "The Little Giant of Hanover", is the only Canadian-born World Heavyweight Boxing Champion. UNIQUE VIDEO. Heavyweight Championship - Squires vs Burns -1907   Born in 1881 in Chesley, Ontario Grew up in Hanover, Ontario Died in 1955 in Vancouver, British Columbia Noah Brusso was born near Hanover, Ontario, in German-Canadian family. His family lived in several locations around Ontario's Grey and Bruce counties. Five of Noah’s siblings died before reaching adulthood. In 1900 Brusso began his prizefighting career in Detroit, Michigan. He took up professional boxing under the name of Tommy Burns, and although standing only 170 cm and rarely heavier than 77 kg, was a leading heavyweight. In 1906 by defeating Marvin Hart, he became the first Canadian…
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R. B. Bennett | 11th Prime Minister of Canada

R. B. Bennett | 11th Prime Minister of Canada

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From: Chatham, New Brunswick Richard Bedford Bennett, 1st Viscount Bennett was a lawyer, businessperson, politician, and philanthropist. He served as the 11th Prime Minister of Canada in 1930 - 1935, during the worst of the Great Depression years. Canadian Prime Minister R. B. Bennett Introducing Members of his Cabinet in 1930    Born in Hopewell Hill, New Brunswick Resided in Chatham, New Brunswick Died in Mickleham, England The Bennett family came from England. Richard Bedford Bennett was born in Hopewell Hill, New Brunswick in 1870, the son of a shipbuilder. After finishing Grade 8, he went to Normal School and trained as a teacher. By the age of 18 he became school principal in Douglastown. At the same time, he began articling part-time in a law office. His first foray…
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Robert Deluce | Porter Boss

Robert Deluce | Porter Boss

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From: Chapleau, Ontario White River, Ontario Robert J. Deluce is one of Canada’s most knowledgeable airline owners and operators. He is the president and CEO of Porter Airlines. Born in 1950 in Chapleau, Ontario Raised in White River, Ontario Flying High: Man behind Porter Airlines   Robert’s father served as a pilot with the Royal Canadian Air Force in the Second World War. In 1951 his parents started White River Air Services Limited to fly summer tourists to Lake Superior. Robert was a pilot with White River. Robert’s involvement in the aviation industry includes norOntair, Austin Airways, Air Creebec, Air Ontario, Air Manitoba, Air Alliance and Canada 3000 Airlines. In 2001 Deluce with partners formed REGCO Holdings to set up a competing regional airline at Toronto's Island Airport. Deluce proposed setting…
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Helen Kinnear | Judge

Helen Kinnear | Judge

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From: Cayuga, Ontario Helen Alice Kinnear had several firsts in her legal career. She was the first woman in the British Commonwealth to be made a King's Counsel, the first female lawyer to argue before the Supreme Court of Canada, and the first woman appointed as a judge by the Government of Canada. Born in 1894 in Cayuga, Ontario Died in 1970 in Port Colborne, Ontario Helen Alice Kinnear was born in Cayuga and received her early education in Port Colborne, where her father practiced law. She later attended high school in Welland. After graduating University of Toronto with honours in 1920, Kinnear joined her father’s law firm. At the time that Helen Kinnear Kinnear made her legal debut, the profession was dominated by men. She ignored most of the…
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Earle Connor | Paralympic Champion

Earle Connor | Paralympic Champion

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From: Castlegar, British Columbia Earle Connor is a Paralympic sprinter. Connor holds several athletics world records. Born in 1976 in Castlegar, British Columbia Grew up in rural Saskatchewan Resides in Calgary, Alberta Connor lost his left leg from the knee down when he was three months old after being born without a fibula. At the age of 9 months Earle was fitted with his first prosthetic leg. Growing up in rural Saskatchewan, Connor played all available sports, excelling at hockey, tennis and baseball. Connor was the first amputee ever drafted into the Canadian Junior Hockey system as a goaltender. Men's 100m T42 - Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games Connor: won gold in the men's T42 (above-knee amputee) 100-metre event at the 2000 Paralympics repeated this record at the 2008 Games set…
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Ed Belfour | Hockey Goalie

Ed Belfour | Hockey Goalie

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From: Carman, Manitoba Edward John Belfour is a one of the premier goaltenders ever to play in the NHL. His characteristic face mask earned him the sobriquet "Eddie the Eagle". Others earned him the nickname "Crazy Eddie". Born in 1965 in Carman, Manitoba Belfour was born in Carman, Manitoba and grew up playing hockey. He played junior hockey for the Winkler Flyers before going to the University of North Dakota where he helped the school win the NCAA championship in the 1986–87 season.   Belfour is regarded as an elite goaltender and one of the best of all-time. Won 484 Lost 320 Tied 125 Had 14 overtime losses Compiled 76 shutoutsIn Belfour have won an Olympic Gold medal and a Stanley Cup. After wearing #30 for his tenure with the…
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Leslie McFarlane | Hardy Boys Author

Leslie McFarlane | Hardy Boys Author

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From: Carleton Place, Ontario Haileybury, Ontario Charles Leslie McFarlane was a journalist, novelist, screenwriter, and filmmaker. He is mostly famous for the very successful Hardy Boys mystery series for children and teens, using the pseudonym Franklin W. Dixon. Born in 1902 in Carleton Place, Ontario Raised in Haileybury, Ontario Died in 1977 in Whitby, Ontario Leslie McFarlane was well known as one of the most prolific, productive writers of television dramas and documentary films in Canada. But The son of a school principal, he was raised in the town of Haileybury, Ontario. McFarlane considered this small community his "hometown." When he left high school at the age of 17, he knew that he wanted to be a writer. He worked in Sudbury, Ontario, as a newspaper reporter, then for a…
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Fay Wray | King Kong’s Lady

Fay Wray | King Kong’s Lady

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From: Cardston, Alberta Vina Fay Wray was an actress most noted for playing the female lead in the 1933 film King Kong as Ann Darrow.   Born in 1907 in Cardston, Alberta Died in 2004 in New York City, U.S. Through an acting career that spanned 57 years, Wray attained international renown as an actress in horror movie roles. She was one of the first "scream queens". Fay Wray grew up in the shadow of a booming new motion picture industry when her family moved to Los Angeles. At the age of 16, Fay played a small role in Gasoline Love. After appearing in minor movie roles, Wray gained media attention being selected as one of the "WAMPAS Baby Stars". She was cast in her first horror film roles among…
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Rusty Crawford | Hockey Legend

Rusty Crawford | Hockey Legend

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From: Cardinal, Ontario Samuel Russell Crawford was a professional hockey forward and a two-time Stanley Cup champion, winning the trophy with the Bulldogs in 1913 and the Arenas in 1918. Born in 1885 in Cardinal, Ontario Died in 1971 in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan Rusty Crawford was one of the sport's early stars and appeared in 258 games in the three major leagues, scoring 110 goals. The native of Cardinal, Ontario, Crawford began playing hockey as an amateur in Verdun, Quebec, winning the Shaver Cup with the team in 1910. Crawford played for the Quebec Bulldogs of the National Hockey Association (NHA), Ottawa Senators and Toronto Arenas of the National Hockey League (NHL) and Saskatoon Crescents, Calgary Tigers and Vancouver Maroons of the Western Canada Hockey League (WCHL). In 1963 he was…
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Robert William Boyle | Sonar Inventor

Robert William Boyle | Sonar Inventor

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From: Carbonear, Newfoundland and Labrador Robert William Boyle was a physicist and one of the most important early pioneers in the development of sonar. Born in 1883 in Carbonear, Newfoundland Died in 1955 in London, England Boyle was born in 1883 at Carbonear in the Dominion of Newfoundland. Boyle left Newfoundland for Montreal, Quebec where he trained at McGill University under Nobel Prize winner Sir Ernest Rutherford, in the then fledgling field of radioactivity. In collaboration with Lord Rutherford, Boyle’s work on the development of ultrasound methods for submarine detection. In 1912 Boyle became head of the physics department at the University of Alberta. During the First World War Boyle volunteered his expertise to the British Admiralty. In 1929 he joined the National Research Council of Canada as the director…
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Ernest Thompson Seton | Pioneer of Boy Scouts

Ernest Thompson Seton | Pioneer of Boy Scouts

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From: Carberry, Manitoba Lindsay, Ontario Ernest Thompson Seton was an author, wildlife artist, founder of the Woodcraft Indians in 1902 (renamed Woodcraft League of America) and one of the founding pioneers of the Boy Scouts of America in 1910. Born in 1860 in South Shields, England, United Kingdom Grew up in Lindsay, Ontario Resided in Carberry, Manitoba Died in 1946 in Seton Village, New Mexico, United States Ernest Thompson Seton in Prague 1936   Seton was a spell-binding storyteller and lecturer, a best-selling author of animal stories, expert with Native American Sign language and early supporter of the political, cultural and spiritual rights of First Peoples. The family went from England to Lindsay, Ontario, Canada in 1866, after his father had lost his fortune as a ship-owner. On the farm…
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Walter William LaChance | Architect

Walter William LaChance | Architect

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From: Brockville, Ontario Walter William LaChance was an architect best known for his designs of rural schools. Born in 1870 in Brockville, Ontario Died in 1951 in Fonthill, Ontario In 1884 he graduated from the Case School of Applied Science (now Case Western Reserve University) in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1897 he moved to Hamilton, Ontario, in 1905 he moved to Regina, Saskatchewan, and later that same year he moved to Saskatoon. His commissions were concentrated in Cleveland, Ohio, Hamilton, Ontario, Welland, Ontario, and various communities in Saskatchewan. He was among the first architects in Western Canada to make extensive use of reinforced concrete in multi-storey construction. Chubb Block, Saskatoon, 1907 LaChance designed at least 16 schools for various Saskatchewan communities from 1906 to 1914. Beamsville High School, Beamsville, Ontario, 1917…
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Doug Mohns | Hockey Player

Doug Mohns | Hockey Player

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From: Capreol, Ontario Douglas Allen "Diesel" Mohns played 22 seasons in the National Hockey League from 1953–54 until 1974–75. Mohns twice won the most coveted prize in junior hockey, the Memorial Cup. Born in 1933 in Capreol, Ontario Died in 2014 in Reading, Massachusetts, U.S. Doug Mohns grew up in Capreol, Ontario where railway culture and hockey were the kings of time well spent. He would earn the nickname "Diesel" out of respect for the manner in which his piston-like legs could dig into the ice and propel him forward like a locomotive. Doug Mohns vs Kent Douglas, March 19, 1966   Played 1390 career NHL games 248 goals 462 assists 1,250 penalty minutes Mohns played both forward and defence. Mohns joined the Boston Bruins in 1953, where he played…
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Joshua Kutryk | Astronaut

Joshua Kutryk | Astronaut

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From: Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta Joshua Kutryk was named Canada's newest astronaut as the country marked its 150th birthday. Born in 1982 in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta Served in Bagotville, Quebec Prime Minister Justin Trudeau used the Canada Day 150 celebrations in Ottawa to name Jennifer Sidey of Calgary and Joshua Kutryk of Fort Saskatchewan.   Kutryk was raised on a cattle farm in eastern Alberta. He enjoys backcountry skiing, cycling, mountaineering and paragliding. In 2004 he holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario. In 2009 he earned a master's degree in space studies from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida. From 2007 to 2011, Lieutenant-Colonel Kutryk served as a CF-18 fighter pilot in Bagotville, Quebec. Kutryk was one of two recruits selected…
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Timothy Findley | Novelist

Timothy Findley | Novelist

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From: Cannington, Ontario Stratford, Ontario Timothy Irving Frederick Findley was a novelist and playwright. He rote a memoir, From Stone Orchard, about his experiences living at a farm on the outskirts of Cannington. Born in 1930 in Toronto, Ontario Resided at Stone Orchard, a farm near Cannington, Ontario Resided in Stratford, Ontario Died in 2002 in Brignoles, France Timothy Findley was informally known by the nickname Tiff or Tiffy, an acronym of his initials. Timothy Findley on Music at The Word On The Street 1994 (Raw Footage)   Timothy was born in Toronto, in the upper class Rosedale district. Findley’s health was poor throughout his childhood; he did not finish grade ten. He joined the original acting ensemble of the Stratford Festival in 1953, acting alongside Alec Guinness, He appeared…
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Patsy Gallant | Singer

Patsy Gallant | Singer

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From: Campbellton, New Brunswick Patsy Gallant is a pop singer and musical theatre actress. Of Acadian ancestry, she has recorded and performed in both English and French. Born in 1948 in Campbellton, New Brunswick Patsy Gallant was born in New Brunswick and first performed with her sisters - The Gallant Sisters - at local fairs, on radio and TV. In 1967 Patsy left The Gallant Sisters for a solo career. Patsy Gallant - Les cornichons, 1967   Gallant contracted with Columbia Records in 1970. She sang in English and French. Gallant became one of the few Canadian artists to become a star during the disco era of the mid-1970s. 1972's Upon My Own was her debut album. She finally hit in 1977 with "Are You Ready for Love." Patsy Gallant…
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Eddie Hayward | Kentucky Derby Winner

Eddie Hayward | Kentucky Derby Winner

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From: Brighton, Ontario Edward "Eddie" C. Hayward was a trainer in American Thoroughbred horse racing best known for winning the 1953 Kentucky Derby in which his colt Dark Star defeated Native Dancer.    Born in 1903 in Brighton, Ontario Died in 1983 in Franklin Square, New York A native of Brighton, Ontario, Eddie Hayward began his career as a jockey. In 1918 he was galloping horses at a racetrack in Saskatchewan. Then he left to Spokane, Washington. He rode until 1923. After learning the art of horse conditioning for racing, he embarked on a training career. His first client was James Norris, owner of the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League, for whom he would win the 1938 Metropolitan Handicap with Danger Point. Hayward's win with Dark Star…
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Stephen Angulalik | Trader

Stephen Angulalik | Trader

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From: Cambridge Bay, Nunavut Stephen Angulalik was an internationally known Ahiarmiut Inuit from northern Canada notable as a Kitikmeot fur trader and trading post operator at Kuugjuaq (Perry River), Northwest Territories. Photo: Stephen Angulalik and Family 1950 (S.J. Bailey/National Archives of Canada/PA 175729) Born in 1898 in the vicinity of Kuunnuaq (Ellice River), Nunavut Died in 1980 in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut Angulalik was the owner of a successful fur trade post at Perry River (Kuukyuak), and his influence and reputation were known far and wide. Images and stories of Angulalik were published in magazines and periodicals around the world. In 1923, Angulalik lived on the Kent Peninsula near a Hudson's Bay Company post. The post had opened three years earlier; it was the most remote HBC post of the Canadian Arctic. Angulalik…
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Byron Edmund Walker | Banker, Patron of the Arts

Byron Edmund Walker | Banker, Patron of the Arts

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From: Caledonia, Ontario Sir Byron Edmund Walker was a banker , philanthropist, and patron of the arts. He was the president of the Canadian Bank of Commerce from 1907 to 1924. Born in 1848, Caledonia, Upper Canada (Ontario) Died in 1924 in Toronto, Ontario Byron Edmund Walker was born on the outskirts of Caledonia in Seneca Township, Haldimand County After leaving school at the age of 13, Walker entered his uncle's private banking business in Hamilton as a discount clerk. In 1868 he joined the Canadian Bank of Commerce, becoming general manager in 1886 and president in 1907. He wrote the History of Canadian Banking (1896) along with numerous other pamphlets and articles. Byron Edmund Walker was a generous patron of the arts, helping to found and nurture many of…
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Beckie Scott | Olympic Champion

Beckie Scott | Olympic Champion

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From: Vegreville, Alberta Vermilon, Alberta Canmore, Alberta Rebecca "Beckie" Scott was a cross-country skiing athlete as Canada’s most successful cross-country skier and one of the world’s best all-around cross-country racers.  Born in 1974 in Vegreville, Alberta Grew up in Vermilon, Alberta Resides in Canmore, Alberta Beckie Scott began cross-country skiing at the age of five. She entered her first competition at age seven, and attended the Junior National Championships in 1988. Scott is a three-time Olympian, participating at: the 1998 Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan, the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah, the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy. Beckie Scott - "A little bit magical" | Words of Olympians   Scott won a gold medal in cross-country skiing at the Salt Lake City games.…
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Nathan Phillips | Mayor of Toronto

Nathan Phillips | Mayor of Toronto

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From: Brockville, Ontario Nathan Phillips was a popular Mayor of Toronto from 1955 to 1962. Born in 1892 in Brockville, Ontario Died in 1976 in Toronto, Ontario Born in Brockville, Ontario, Phillips was educated in public and high schools in Cornwall, Ontario. He graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1913 and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1914. He practised law in Toronto and was appointed a King's Counsel in 1929. Phillips served as mayor from 1955 until he lost to Donald Summerville in 1962. He was dubbed "Mayor of All the People." He ended an unbroken string of Protestant mayors, starting with the appointment of Thomas David Morrison in 1836. He is remembered for being the first Toronto mayor of the Jewish faith. Ett and Nathan Phillips…
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Toshiko MacAdam | Textile Artist

Toshiko MacAdam | Textile Artist

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From: Bridgetown, Nova Scotia Toshiko MacAdam (born Toshiko Horiuchi) is known for her massive, colorful architectural sculptures/playgrounds. Born in 1940 in Japan Lives in Bridgetown, Nova Scotia   Toshiko MacAdam is a Japanese textile artist based in Bridgetown, Nova Scotia. She is best known for her work with large-scale textile structures, especially "textile playgrounds" for children, brightly-colored net-like structures of crocheted and knotted nylon. The most famous example of her work is the expansive net-structure inside the "Woods of Net" Pavilion at the Hakone Open Air Museum in Japan - which Horiuchi MacAdam knitted, entirely by hand, over the span of a year. Her first public project was for a national park in southern Japan in 1979. This was followed by a commission from an art museum in Japan for…
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Claude Julien | Hockey Coach

Claude Julien | Hockey Coach

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From: Blind River, Ontario Claude Julien is a professional NHL hockey coach and former player. He is currently the head coach of the Montreal Canadiens Born in 1960 in Blind River, Ontario Claude Julien First practice with the Montreal Canadiens, February 2017.'   Claude Julien has coached about 1000 regular season games in the NHL (Montreal, New Jersey and Boston), including the last 10 season as the Bruins bench boss (2007 to 2017). In 2003 Julien became head coach of the Montreal Canadiens. Julien was head coach of the New Jersey Devils from 2006. In 2011 he coached the Boston Bruins to the Stanley Cup Finals, against the Vancouver Canucks, winning in 7 games, guiding Boston to their 6th franchise Stanley Cup title. In 2013, he brought Boston to another…
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Nicolas Fontaine | Freestyle Skier

Nicolas Fontaine | Freestyle Skier

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From: Magog, Quebec By claiming the World Cup Freestyle Aerials title for four consecutive seasons, 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2000, Nicolas 'Nico' Fontaine was the world's most accomplished aerialist of his time.    Born in 1970 in Magog, Quebec Nicolas Fontaine competed at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, where he placed sixth in aerials. He also competed at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano and at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. At the 2000 Canadian National Freestyle Championships held at Mont Gabriel, Quebec, Fontaine was the first man to ever perform two quadruple somersault manoeuvres in competition. He retired in 2003. In 2007 he was inducted into the Canadian Ski Hall of Fame. In 2009 he entered the Quebec Sports Hall of Fame. He was instrumental…
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Clyfford Still | Artist

Clyfford Still | Artist

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From: Bow Island, Alberta Clyfford Still was a painter, and one of the leading figures in the first generation of Abstract Expressionists. Born in 1904 in Grandin, North Dakota Grew up in Bow Island, Alberta Died in 1980 in Baltimore, Maryland Clyfford Still developed a new, powerful approach to painting in the years immediately following World War II. Still has been credited with laying the groundwork for the movement, as his shift from representational to abstract painting occurred between 1938 and 1942, earlier than his colleagues. What is Clyfford Still’s Work “About?”   Still’s family maintained a wheat ranch in Alberta where he spent his childhood. Though he later denied its significance, the vast, flat landscape and harsh lifestyle of the Canadian prairie would exert a lasting influence on his…
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Antonine Maillet | Novelist, Playwright

Antonine Maillet | Novelist, Playwright

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From: Bouctouche, New Brunswick Antonine Maillet is the foremost voice in literature from the French-speaking Acadian East Coast of Canada. Born in 1929 in Bouctouche, New Brunswick Lives in Montreal, Quebec   Maillet’s hometown of Bouctouche boasts "Le Pays de La Sagouine," a tourist theme park based on her award-winning La Sagouine (1971). La Sagouine, by Antonine Maillet, is a series of dramatic monologues that broke new ground in Canadian theatre and was performed internationally. Upon publication, it sold over 100 000 copies. The title character, an old Acadian washerwoman, embodies Acadian language and culture. The theme park, which celebrates the uniqueness of the Acadian dialect, culture and history, brings tens of thousands of visitors annually to a tiny town of less than 3000. Antonine Maillet taught literature and folklore…
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Alex Faulkner | Hockey Player

Alex Faulkner | Hockey Player

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From: Bishop's Falls, Newfoundland Selm Alexander (Alex) Faulkner was the first Newfoundlander to play in the National Hockey League. Born in 1936 in Bishop's Falls, Newfoundland Alex first learned to play hockey with his brothers on the Exploits River in Bishop's Falls. His brother George was the first Newfoundlander to play professional hockey. Alex’s provincial hockey career started with the Grand Falls junior club and continued with the Grand Falls Andcos where he won three Herder Memorial Trophies. Drafted by the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League in 1960, Faulkner was the Most Valuable Player for that season. In 1961 he played a game with the Toronto Maple Leafs to become the first Newfoundland-born player to play in the National Hockey League. Alex Faulkner remembers Gordie Howe   Drafted…
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Robert Tait McKenzie | Fitness Pioneer, Sculptor

Robert Tait McKenzie | Fitness Pioneer, Sculptor

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From: Almonte, Ontario Robert Tait McKenzie was an educator, sculptor, orthopedic surgeon, and author. Born in 1867 in Almonte, Canada West (Ontario) Died in 1938 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Tait McKenzie was born in Lanark County, Ontario, where his father, emigrated to Canada from Kelso, Scotland, in 1858 and became minister of the Free Church of Scotland in Almonte. A childhood friend was James Naismith, the inventor of basketball (also Human of Small Town), with whom he attended McGill University. McKenzie was a student at McGill 1885-92. He pioneered physical fitness programs in Canada. In 1894, he became the personal family physician of the Governor General of Canada. McKenzie became well known for rehabilitative methods he developed as a medical officer during World War I. He later joined McGill as a…
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Allan Roy Dafoe | Obstetrician

Allan Roy Dafoe | Obstetrician

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From: Madoc, Ontario Doctor Allan Roy Dafoe OBE was an obstetrician, best known for delivering and caring for the Dionne quintuplets (Humans of Small Towns), the first quintuplets known to survive early infancy. Born in 1883 in Madoc, Ontario Resided in Callander, Ontario Died in 1943 in North Bay, Ontario Dafoe was born in Madoc, Ontario, the son of a physician. He trained in the same profession and, in early 1909, he went into practice in Callander, Ontario, where he resided for the rest of his life. On May 28, 1934 he assisted in the multiple births of the Dionne family, that saw the survival of the mother and all the children. This got international press notice.     He continued to help care for the children for years, and…
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Todd Brooker | Ski Racer

Todd Brooker | Ski Racer

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From: Paris, Ontario Collinwood, Ontario Blue Mountain, Ontario Todd Brooker is an alpine ski racer and a ski commentator on television. Born in 1959 in Paris, Ontario Learned to ski and race at Blue Mountain, Ontario Lives in Collinwood, Ontario Todd Brooker began skiing at 4 and by 12 was racing throughout Ontario and Québec. An extremely aggressive skier, he has experienced both spectacular wins and devastating injuries. Brooker was a member of the National Alpine ski team for 10-years from 1977 to 1987. In 1982-83 he won 2 World Cup events. Todd Brooker's 1983 World Cup Downhill Victory in Kitzbuehel | CBC Sports   He remained one of the world's finest racers through 1986, competing at the 1984 Olympic Games at Sarajevo, winning a world cup in Japan (1985). In…
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Duncan McEachran | Veterinarian

Duncan McEachran | Veterinarian

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From: Ormstown, Québec Duncan McNab McEachran was a veterinarian and academic. Born in 1841 in Campbeltown, Scotland Died in 1924 in Ormstown, Québec Duncan McEachran graduated from Edinburgh Veterinary College in 1861 and came to Canada in 1862 to practise in Woodstock, Canada West. In 1863, he helped set up, along with primary founder Andrew Smith, the Upper Canada Veterinary School (later the Ontario Veterinary College). In 1867, Smith and McEachran again joined forces to publish the first veterinary textbook in Canada for farmers, The Canadian horse and his diseases. In 1866, McEachran assisted in the founding of the Montreal Veterinary College, which became linked with McGill College. McEachran established contagious-disease-control programs for Canada in 1875 and was chief veterinary inspector 1884-1902. McEachran established the first animal-disease quarantine station at…
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Seth | Cartoonist

Seth | Cartoonist

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From: Clinton, Ontario Seth is the pen name of Gregory Gallant, one of the foremost cartoonists in North America best known for his series Palookaville and his mock-autobiographical graphic novel It's a Good Life, If You Don't Weaken (1996). Born in 1962 in Clinton, Ontario Seth is known for his realistic, elegant graphic novels, where he invents slightly askew histories of Canada. His work is highly nostalgic, especially for the early-to-mid-20th Century period, and of Southern Ontario. Seth draws in a style influenced by the classic cartoonists of The New Yorker. Seth was born Gregory Gallant in a working class family in Clinton, Ontario. He attended the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto. In 1991, he launched a comic book, Palookaville, with Montreal publisher Drawn and Quarterly. He…
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Denis Côté | Filmmaker

Denis Côté | Filmmaker

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From: Grand Falls, New Brunswick Denis Côté is an independent filmmaker and producer living in Quebec, of Brayon origin. His experimental films have been shown at major film festivals around the world. Born in 1973 in Grand Falls, New Brunswick Denis Côté is an uncompromising and prolific maverick who prefers to challenge audiences rather than offer crystal clear, classically structured narratives. He has won awards in Canada and internationally for his independent features and documentaries. Born in an agricultural region of New Brunswick, Côté grew up in suburban Longeuil watching horror movies in his parents’ basement before broadening his understanding of film at Collège Ahuntsic in Montreal. In 1994, Côté founded a production company, nihilproductions. In 2005, his first feature film, Les états nordiques (Drifting States), won the Golden Leopard,…
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Chandra Crawford | Olympic Champion

Chandra Crawford | Olympic Champion

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From: Canmore, Alberta Chandra Crawford is a cross-country skier. She surprised everyone when she won the gold medal in the free sprint at the Turin 2006 Olympic Winter Games.    Born in 1983 in Canmore, Alberta Video of her circulated on the Internet as she sang O Canada, the Canadian national anthem, from the medals podium.   Crawford would become the leader of the Canadian women’s cross-country ski team, earning her first World Cup victory at her home venue in Canmore in January 2008. On 2014 she retired from competitive skiing. She focuses on running “Fast and Female”, her organization dedicated to the empowerment of girls through sport. Chandra Crawford Interview on The BackStage Pass - Recorded live in Canmore, AB in 2010.     Canmore is a town in…
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Daniel Petrie | Film Director

Daniel Petrie | Film Director

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From: Glace Bay, Nova Scotia Daniel Petrie was a television and film director. His signature film A Raisin in the Sun (1961), was nominated for the Palme d'Or award at the Cannes Film Festival. Born in 1920 in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia Died in 2004 in Los Angeles, California Petrie was educated at St Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia. After serving with the Canadian Army in the Second World War, he moved to New York in 1945. He made his Broadway début as an actor with a small role in the military comedy Kiss Them for Me (1945) Daniel Petrie began his career teaching at Northwestern University and Creighton University, where he was head of the theatre department until 1950. Petrie was recognized for dealing openly and compassionately with…
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Graham Fraser | Industrialist

Graham Fraser | Industrialist

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From: New Glasgow, Nova Scotia Graham Fraser was an industrialist and community leader from Nova Scotia. Born in 1846 in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia Died in 1915 in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia After leaving school Graham Fraser went to Providence, Rhode Island, where he learned the blacksmithing trade. Fraser returned to New Glasgow in 1867 and started business on his own account, ironing wooden vessels for his father and Carmichael & Company; later he formed a partnership with G. Forrest MacKay. In 1882 Fraser organized the Nova Scotia Steel Company at Trenton. In 1890 Mr. Fraser organised the New Glasgow Iron, Coal and Railway Company with a capital of $1,000,000 for the purpose of mining ore and the manufacture of pig iron and coke. Fraser led Scotia's development of iron-ore…
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Brian Jungen | Artist

Brian Jungen | Artist

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From: Fort St. John, British Columbia Brian Jungen is one of the most highly regarded Canadian artists of his generation. Born in 1970 in Fort St. John, British Columbia Brian Jungen has received international attention for his elaborate assemblages and installations that draw inspiration from his experience of post-industrial consumerism and his own First Nations heritage.   Sculptor and multidisciplinary artist, Brian Jungen employs repurposed materials and a combination of contemporary and traditional techniques. In 1992, he graduated the Emily Carr University of Art and Design. In 1998, he continued his education with a self-directed residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Banff, Alberta. It was here that he began a group of artworks that he titled Prototypes for New Understanding that would bring him his first art-world…
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Grant Fuhr | Hockey Goalie

Grant Fuhr | Hockey Goalie

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From: Spruce Grove, Alberta Grant Fuhr was one of the National Hockey League's best-ever goalies and a member of the outstanding Edmonton Oilers lineup of the 1980s. Born in 1962 in Spruce Grove, Alberta Born in Spruce Grove, Alberta, Grant Fuhr would become one of National Hockey League’s greatest goaltenders of all time, playing on five Stanley Cup champion teams over twenty seasons (1981-2000) and earning induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003. Grant Fuhr was first black player in Hall of Fame   At the young age of 4, he received his first pair of skates from his adoptive parents. His father encouraged him in sports and allowed him to make a makeshift arena in the basement of their home. Growing up he idolized NHL Player Glenn…
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Bernard Lord | Youngest Premier of New Brunswick

Bernard Lord | Youngest Premier of New Brunswick

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From: Roberval, Quebec Bernard Lord became New Brunswick's youngest elected premier at age 33. Born in 1965 in Roberval, Quebec Raised in Moncton, New Brunswick Lord was born in Roberval, Quebec, and was raised in a bilingual household in Moncton, New Brunswick. He served as president of the Université de Moncton student union for three terms. In 1997, Lord was elected leader of the PC Party of New Brunswick. In 1999, at just 33 years of age, Lord became one of the youngest Premiers in Canadian history. Lord served as the 30th Premier of New Brunswick from 1999 to 2006. After becoming premier, Lord successfully revised the province's Official Languages Act and introduced widely-praised measures to improve bilingual services. Lord was appointed chair of Ontario Power Generation in 2014. In…
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Abraham Groves | Physician, Surgeon

Abraham Groves | Physician, Surgeon

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From: Fergus, Ontario Dr. Abraham Groves was well known as a medical innovator and surgeon. He was known for his pioneered work in the uses of sterilization and antiseptics. Born in 1847 in Peterborough, Canada West Died in 1935 in Fergus, Ontario Dr. Abraham Groves was born at Peterborough, The Groves family moved to a farm in Garafraxa Township in the 1850s. Groves attended the Grammar School in Fergus, Ontario. In 1871, after graduating from the Toronto School of Medicine, Groves practised in Fergus for 60 years. He was the first physician to perform an appendectomy in North America in 1883. This was a very innovative process at the time, because people with known appendicitis would usually not survive. Groves sterilized his instruments before it became standard practice in hospitals.…
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Antoine Turmel | Provigo Founder

Antoine Turmel | Provigo Founder

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From: Thetford Mines, Quebec Antoine Turmel was a visionary and remarkable entrepreneur throughout his career. Born in 1918 in Thetford Mines, Quebec Died in 2012 in Montreal, Quebec In 1945, Antoine Turmel joined Compagnie Denault Ltée of Sherbrooke as sales manager. He transformed the company into a regional force that consolidated some sixty retailers and later took over control of the company. In 1969, he negotiated the merger of three independent food companies (Denault Ltée, Couvrette et Provost and Lamontagne Ltée) and formed Provigo Inc., one of the largest food chains in Canada. Antoine’s business credo included unhurried research, planning, testing and re-checking. He retired from Provigo in 1985. Antoine Turmel was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1982, became Companion of the Canadian Business Hall of…
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William Dodge Lovitt | Shipowner

William Dodge Lovitt | Shipowner

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From: Yarmouth, Nova Scotia In the late 1800's William D. Lovitt was one of Yarmouth's most prominent shipowners. Born in 1834 Died in 1894 William Dodge Lovitt owned his own shipyard in Belliveau's Cove, Digby County (some fifty miles from Yarmouth) where the majority of his vessels were built. As an entrepreneur, William D. Lovitt was at the centre of a family connection. These vessels ranged the world taking the name of Yarmouth with them and bringing home profits for Lovitt and the other owners of his ships. Ship St. Bernard's was principally owned by W.D. Lovitt, Esq Beginning as a vessel owner in the late 1850s, Lovitt was a director of the Exchange Bank 1874-86 and of insurance companies by the 1870s. As the Canadian sailing-ship industry settled into…
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John Stanton | Running Room Founder

John Stanton | Running Room Founder

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From: Tofield, Alberta John Stanton is a best-known expert on recreational running, and through his business, Running Room, he has advocated for improved health and fitness through simple changes in lifestyle. Born in 1948 in Tofield, Alberta   In young adulthood Stanton was a heavy smoker and self-proclaimed "couch potato." He had been working in the food service industry as an executive when, in his 30s, he was encouraged to enter a 3 km run with his young sons. John went on to run over 60 marathons, hundreds of road races and numerous triathlons, including the Canadian Ironman and the Hawaiian World Championship Ironman competition. The first store was a meeting place for runners. It opened in 1984 in an 8 x 10 foot room of an old house shared…
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Richard Desjardins | Singer

Richard Desjardins | Singer

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From: Rouyn, Quebec Richard Desjardins is a Québécois folk singer and film director. Born in 1948 in Rouyn, Quebec Richard Desjardins is a self-taught musician whose musical influences range from blues to Johann Sebastian Bach.   Richard and his friends formed the country rock ensemble Abbitibbi in the 1970s. Desjardins played piano, guitar, and sang. When the group disbanded in 1982, Desjardins pursued a solo career. He also found work scoring films, especially documentaries. This involvement in the Quebec film industry even led him to co-direct a number of feature-length documentaries. Richard Desjardins is well known for his environmental activism, especially with regards to protecting forests from over-exploitation. Richard Desjardins has also written two historical fiction novels, La mer intérieure (2000) and Aliénor (2008).   Rouyn-Noranda is a city on…
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Sir Donald Mann | Railway Baron

Sir Donald Mann | Railway Baron

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From: Acton, Canada West (Ontario) Sir Donald Mann was a self-made Canadian railway baron, builder and entrepreneur. Born in 1853 in Acton, Canada West (Ontario) Died in 1934 in Toronto, Ontario In 1879 Donald Mann moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba.  During the 1880s he worked as a contractor for the Canadian Pacific Railway. With James Ross, William Mackenzie and Herbert Holt, he built a number of branch lines in western Canada, Maine, and in South America and China. In 1895 he joined Mackenzie to purchase and complete the Lake Manitoba Railway and Canal Co, which later became the Canadian Northern Ry. Rapid expansion and numerous amalgamations transformed the Canadian Northern Railway into a transcontinental system by 1915. After 1918 Mann devoted himself to mining and other smaller business ventures. Mann died…
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Mossom Boyd | Lumber King of the Trent

Mossom Boyd | Lumber King of the Trent

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From: Bobcaygeon, Ontario Mossom Boyd was a member of the Anglo-Irish gentry, who, upon moving to Canada, quickly became the lumber king of the Trent. Born in 1814 in India Died in 1883 in Bobcaygeon, Ontario In 1834, 19-year-old Mossom Boyd arrived in the backwoods of Upper Canada, Sturgeon Lk area. Within a decade he’d taken over a small sawmill at nearby Bobcaygeon, in the Kawartha Lakes district. Gradually he expanded operations until he was shipping millions of feet of lumber each year to the U.S., and his logging operations extended north to the farthest reaches of the Trent River headwaters in Haliburton County. Boyd also engaged in the risky but exciting and often financially lucrative square timber trade, annually floating rafts of pine all the way down the Trent…
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Gilles Carle | Director, Screenwriter

Gilles Carle | Director, Screenwriter

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From: Maniwaki, Québec Gilles Carle was a key figure in the development of Québec cinema, one of the most prolific and important talents in the Canadian film industry. Born in 1928 in Maniwaki, Québec Died in 2009 in Granby, Québec Gilles Carle’s documentary The Big Swim (1964)   Gilles Carle started the book edition company 'Les Editions de l'hexagone' with the poet Gaston Miron in 1953 where he wrote literature and cinema's reviews. In 1955, he began working in graphic arts at Radio-Canada still writing reviews in some newspaper. Carle began working as a researcher at the National Film Board in 1960. He was part of a group of young Québécois filmmakers. He created his first fiction film in 1964 with a short film Solange dans nos campagnes. An anti-elitist…
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Maud Lewis | Folk Artist

Maud Lewis | Folk Artist

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From: Marshalltown, near Digby, Nova Scotia Maud Lewis was a folk artist from Nova Scotia. She remains one of Canada's best known folk artists. Born in 1903 in South Ohio, near Yarmouth, Nova Scotia Lived in Marshalltown, Nova Scotia Died in 1970 in Digby, Nova Scotia One of Canada's great artists Maud Lewis, 1965: CBC Archives   Born on the Yarmouth and Acadian Shore of Nova Scotia in 1903, Maud spent most of her time alone, mostly because she felt uncomfortable about her differences around the other children. She suffered from a series of birth defects that left her fingers painfully deformed, her shoulders hunched and her chin pressed into her chest. She spent most of her adult life in a one-room house that had no running water or electricity.…
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William John Wintember | Father of Canadian Archaeology

William John Wintember | Father of Canadian Archaeology

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From: New Dundee, Ontario William John Wintemberg was an outstanding Canadian archaeologist. Born in 1876 in New Dundee, Ontario Died in 1941 in Ottawa Wintemberg was born in New Dundee and, as a youth, developed an avid interest in this region's folklore and prehistory. After 1901, he pursued various trades in Toronto but, encouraged by David Boyle of the Provincial Archaeological Museum there, he devoted himself increasingly to archaeological field-work and study. Wintember gained international recognition as an authority on Iroquoian prehistory. One of his first major achievements was the excavation, in 1912 and 1915, of the old Indian village at Roebuck, forty miles south of Ottawa. His careful description and analysis of the Roebuck remains have been a basis for all later investigations into Ontario archaeology.   New Dundee…
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Pierre Berton | Journalist

Pierre Berton | Journalist

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From: Whitehorse, Yukon Kleinburg, Ontario Pierre Francis de Marigny Berton was a noted author of non-fiction, especially a serious popularizer of Canadian history, and was a well-known television personality and journalist. Born in 1920 in Whitehorse, Yukon Resided in Kleinburg, Ontario Died in 2004 in Toronto, Ontario 2004: Goodbye, Pierre Berton, CBC Archives:   Berton was born in Whitehorse, Yukon, where his father had moved for the 1898 Klondike Gold Rush.[2] His family moved to Dawson City, Yukon in 1921. Like his father, Pierre Berton worked in Klondike mining camps during his years as a history major at the University of British Columbia. He spent his early newspaper career in Vancouver, where at 21 he was the youngest city editor on any Canadian daily. Berton moved to Toronto in 1947. At…
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Alice Wilson | Palaeontologist

Alice Wilson | Palaeontologist

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From: Cobourg, Ontario Alice Evelyn Wilson was the first female geologist in Canada and first woman to become a member of the Royal Society of Canada. Born in 1881 in Cobourg, Ontario Died in 1964 in Ottawa, Ontario Her life growing up in Cobourg, Ontario, family where scholarship, and the sciences in particular, were highly valued. was filled with canoeing and camping trips with her father and brothers, during which her interest in fossils sparked. Wilson spent all her professional career, 1909-46, with the Geological Survey of Canada, from museum assistant to geologist. She faced many barriers as a woman. She could not participate in fieldwork that required living in camps with men in remote regions. This was unthinkable for the times. Instead, Wilson created her own niche, and did…
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Félix Leclerc | Chansonnier

Félix Leclerc | Chansonnier

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From: La Tuque, Québec Félix Eugène Leclerc, writer, poet, playwright and songwriter, is an icon in Quebec, known to many as the originator of the “chansonnier” tradition. Born in 1914 in La Tuque, Québec Died in 1988 in Saint-Pierre-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, Québec   Félix Leclerc was a revolutionary artist whose work in several fields marked a turning point in Québec culture. As a poet and playwright, he was one of Québec's literary giants. As a singer, he was a superstar in Canada and Europe, particularly in France. He greatly influenced the course of the Québec chanson and paved the way for the popular chansonnier movement in Québec and France. A vocal proponent of Québec nationalism, he helped galvanize the collective identity of the people of Québec. At 18, he began his academic…
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Kim Campbell | First and Only Female Prime Minister

Kim Campbell | First and Only Female Prime Minister

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From: Port Alberni, British Columbia Avril Kim Campbell, née Avril Phaedra Douglas Campbell, is a politician, diplomat, lawyer and writer who served as the 19th Prime Minister of Canada, from June 1993 to November 1993. Born in 1947 in Port Alberni, British Columbia Campbell was the first, and to date, only female prime minister of Canada, the first baby boomer to hold that office, and the only prime minister born in British Columbia. While in her pre-teens, Campbell was a host and reporter on the CBC children's program Junior Television Club. From the age of 16, when she became the first female student body president of her high school, until 30 years later, as the 19th Prime Minister of Canada at the age of 46, Ms. Campbell has spent much…
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Arthur Roy Brown | Fighter Pilot

Arthur Roy Brown | Fighter Pilot

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From: Carleton Place, Ontario Captain Arthur Roy Brown was a First World War flying ace credited with 11 aerial victories. Born in 1893 in Carleton Place, Ontario Died in 1944 in Stouffville, Ontario A flight commander with 209 Squadron, Brown has often been credited with killing Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen, the "Red Baron" on April 21, 1918. (t is as likely, however, that von Richthofen was killed by ground fire from Australian machine gunners.) Brown never lost a pilot in his flight during combat, a rare distinction for an air unit commander of that war. This was due largely to his demands for a "breaking in" period in which new pilots flew over the fights just to see how they worked.   Brown was born to upper-middle class parents in…
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James Campbell | Clarinetist

James Campbell | Clarinetist

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From: Leduc, Alberta James Campbell is a clarinetist. He has more than 40 recordings, a Juno Award, a Roy Thomson Hall Award, Canada's Artist of the Year, the Order of Canada, and The Queen's Golden Jubilee. Born in 1949 in Leduc, Alberta Glenn Gould and James Campbell play Debussy's First Rhapsody for Clarinet and Orchestra    Campbell won the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) Talent Festival and the JM International Clarinet Competition in Belgrade, Yugoslavia in 1971. In 1972, he represented Canada at the 26th Congress of the International Federation of JM at Augsburg. Called by the Toronto Star "Canada's pre-eminent clarinetist and wind soloist", Campbell has performed widely throughout Canada and the USA and has played in major centres in Europe, South America, and China. He has given master classes…
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Andrew McNaughton | Minister of Defence

Andrew McNaughton | Minister of Defence

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From: Moosomin, Saskatchewan General Andrew George Latta McNaughton served as the Chief of the General Staff of the Canadian Army. Born in 1887 in Moosomin, (then North-West Territories, now in Saskatchewan) Died in 1966 in Montebello, Québec Andrew McNaughton graduated in physics and engineering from McGill University in Montreal. He enlists in the Militia in 1909. Applying his scientific knowledge to artillery, he is rapidly promoted. After WWI, he remains with the Canadian Permanent Forces as Chief of the General Staff. General’s services during WWII: General Officer Commanding First Canadian Infantry Division from 1939 to 1940, First Canadian Corps from 1940 to 1942, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief First Canadian Army from 1942 to 1943, Minister of Defence from 1944 to 1945. Canadian Army Newsreel   After WWII, Andrew McNaughton is Canada’s…
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Earl Heywood | No. 1 Cowboy Singer

Earl Heywood | No. 1 Cowboy Singer

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From: Exeter, Ontario Wingham, Ontario Earl (Carlyle) Heywood was a country singer-songwriter, guitarist, broadcaster, known as 'Canada's No. 1 Cowboy Singer.'   Earl Heywood & His Serenade Ranch Gang 78 RPM Record - Picking Flowers & I'll Tell The World I Love   Born in 1917 in Exeter, Ontario Lived and worked in Wingham, Ontario Died in 2006 in Brussels, Ontario Born on a farm outside of Exeter, Ontario, Heywood learned guitar at age 10. He began his career playing tenor euphonium with the Exeter Brass Band. He served in the army during World War II, and in 1941 became well known for singing his own 'Living in the Army' as the theme of a radio show on CFCO, Chatham, Ontario. In 1942, he joined CKNX in Wingham, Ontario and…
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Robert William Stewart | Ocean Physicist

Robert William Stewart | Ocean Physicist

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From: Smoky Lake, Alberta Scientist Robert William Stewart was known internationally for original work in turbulence, oceanography and meteorology, and was a recognized authority on exchange processes between ocean and atmosphere. Born in 1923 in Smoky Lake, Alberta Died in 2005 in Victoria, British Columbia Robert W. Stewart was affectionately known as "Big Bob". He was one of the first to study the oceans and the atmosphere as a combined system. His career included establishment of the Institute of Oceanographic Sciences at Sidney, B.C. He was the Deputy Minister of Universities, Science and Communications in British Columbia, 1979-1984 and served as the founding Director of the Centre for Earth and Ocean Research at the University of Victoria (1987-1989). In 1988 Stewart studied the conditions around the world that influence changes…
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Milton Acorn | The People’s Poet

Milton Acorn | The People’s Poet

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From: Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island Milton James Rhode Acorn, nicknamed The People's Poet by his peers, was a poet, writer, and playwright.   Milton Acorn reads "In the Sky"   Born in 1923 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island Died in 1986 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island Acorn was a World War II veteran. in 1952, Milton Acorn began to publish in Montreal, in the political magazine, New Frontiers. He also self-published a mimeographed chapbook, In Love and Anger (1956), his first collection of poems. He moved to Vancouver in the middle 1960s where he became well known as a passionate and argumentative member of the literary and journalistic underground. Acorn was honoured by fellow poets with a specially created People's Poet Award which recognized his ability as a writer as…
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Joe Clark | Youngest Prime Minister

Joe Clark | Youngest Prime Minister

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From: High River, Alberta Charles Joseph "Joe" Clark is a statesman, businessman, writer, and politician who served as the 16th Prime Minister of Canada (1979-1980). Born in 1939 in High River, Alberta Joe Clark was Canada's youngest prime minister when he took office one day before his 40th birthday. Joe Clark's opening statement in the leaders' debate for the 1979 election:   Clark rose quickly in federal politics, entering the House of Commons in the 1972 election and winning the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party in 1976. He came to power in the 1979 election, defeating the Liberal government of Pierre Trudeau and ending sixteen years of continuous Liberal rule. Clark's Progressive Conservative Party lost the 1980 election and Clark lost the leadership of the party in 1983. Beyond…
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Frère Marie-Victorin | Botanical Garden of Montreal Father

Frère Marie-Victorin | Botanical Garden of Montreal Father

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From: Kingsey Falls, Quebec Frère Marie-Victorin (born Conrad Kirouac) was a member of Brothers of the Christian Schools and a noted botanist. He is known as the father of the Botanical Garden of Montreal. Born in 1885 in Kingsey Falls, Quebec Died in 1944 in Montreal, Quebec Son of a prosperous merchant, he was born Joseph-Louis-Conrad Kirouac. He was also a relative of the noted American writer, Jack Kerouac. A self-taught botanist, Frère Marie-Victorin was the first chair of botany at Université de Montréal, founder of the Institut de Botanique and the Montréal Botanical Garden. The garden was founded in 1931. Established during the Great Depression, the garden developed sporadically until 1936, when it received an injection of funding. In 1939, Marie-Victorin succeeded in moving his Botanical Institute (formerly the…
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Donald H. Oliver | Senator

Donald H. Oliver | Senator

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From: Wolfville, Nova Scotia In 1990, lawyer Donald H. Oliver became Canada's first African-Canadian senator. Born in 1938 in Wolfville, Nova Scotia Donald H. Oliver is descended from slave refugees who came to Canada during the War of 1812. Growing up in a devout Baptist family of five children, Oliver was instilled with a strong sense of community and a desire to assist those around him. In 1965, he began practising law in Nova Scotia. He was particularly interested in promoting equality for Blacks, First Nations and other minorities in Canadian society. Oliver was appointed to the Senate of Canada by then Prime Minister, Brian Mulroney. He served from 1990 until 2013. A lawyer and developer, Oliver is a member of Nova Scotia's Black minority. He is the nephew of…
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Myrtle Cook | First Lady of Sports

Myrtle Cook | First Lady of Sports

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From: Elora, Ontario Myrtle Alice Cook-McGowan, known as the first Lady of Sports in Canada, was an athlete and journalist who competed mainly in the 100 metres. Born in 1902 in Toronto, Ontario Died in 1985 in Elora, Ontario Myrtle Cook was a shy, quiet child who began playing virtually every sport she could from an early age. She practised tennis, hockey, cycling and canoeing. At Riverdale High School she won the Toronto Interscholastic 100 yards championship. She would eventually win six Canadian Championships in the 60 yards and 100 yards between 1927 and 1930, and set several Canadian records. Myrtle competed for Canada at the 1928 Summer Olympics held in Amsterdam, Netherlands where she won the gold medal in the women's 4 x 100 metres with her team mates…
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Kenneth Winters | Encyclopedia of Music in Canada Creator

Kenneth Winters | Encyclopedia of Music in Canada Creator

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From: Dauphin, Manitoba Kenneth Lyle Winters was an eminent musician, broadcaster and music critic, and an editor of The Encyclopedia of Music in Canada. Born in 1929 in Dauphin, Manitoba Died in 2011 in Toronto, Ontario Winters grew up in Dauphin, Manitoba, where his mother was a pianist, teacher, and the organist at the local United Church. In 1942, Kenneth won the boy soprano classes in the Manitoba Music Competition Festival. As a baritone in 1946, he was awarded the highest mark at that year’s Manitoba Music Competition Festival. In 1956, Winters began writing live music and dance reviews for the Winnipeg Free Press, and contributing music reviews to CBC Radio. Kenneth Winters was host of CBC Radio’s daily concert program “Mostly Music” from 1989 to 1996. He was music…
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Susanna Moodie | Author

Susanna Moodie | Author

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From: Lakefield, Ontario Susanna Moodie, née Strickland, sister of Catharine Parr Traill, was an author who wrote about her experiences as a settler in Canada, which was a British colony at the time. Born in 1803 in Bungay, River Waveney, Suffolk, England Died in 1885 in Toronto, Ontario Susanna was the youngest in a literary family of whom Catharine Parr Traill and Samuel Strickland are best known in Canada. In 1832, with her husband and daughter, Moodie immigrated to Upper Canada. The family settled on a farm in Douro township, near Lakefield, north of Peterborough, where her brother Samuel worked as a surveyor Her increasingly highly regarded book, Roughing it in the Bush (1852), detailing her experiences on the farm in the 1830s, have made her a legendary figure in…
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Catharine Parr Traill | Writer

Catharine Parr Traill | Writer

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From: Lakefield, Ontario Catharine Parr Traill, née Strickland, was a pioneer writer and naturalist who wrote about life as a settler in Canada. Born in 1802 in London, England Died in 1899 in Lakefield, Ontario Catharine Parr Traill began writing children's books in 1818. In 1832 Traill immigrated to Canada with her husband, half-pay Lieutenant Thomas Traill, and settled on the Otonabee River near Peterborough, Ontario. There Traill wrote her most famous book, The Backwoods of Canada (1836), a factual and scientific account of her first 3 years in the bush. Her published works include juvenile fiction, a housekeeping manual, The Female Emigrant's Guide (1854), and treatises on Canadian botany, Canadian Wildflowers (1868) and Studies of Plant Life in Canada (1885). She died at her residence, "Westove," in Lakefield, Ontario…
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Matthew Henry Halton | Journalist

Matthew Henry Halton | Journalist

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From: Pincher Creek, Alberta Matthew Henry Halton was a foreign correspondent for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation during World War II. Born in 1904 in Pincher Creek, Alberta Died in 1956 in London, England Covering the major milestones of his generation - from the war trenches to the coronation of the Queen, Halton became Canada's most famous foreign correspondent. Matthew Halton received his high school education in Pincher Creek, Alberta, where Matthew Halton High School now is named after him. Halton attended King's College London and at the London School of Economics, writing extensively on European affairs for Canadian newspapers. In 1932 he became the Toronto Star's European correspondent. He covered such issues as the rise of Nazism in Germany, the Spanish Civil War (1936), the Russo-Finnish War (1939-40) and in the…
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Josiah Henson | The Real Uncle Tom

Josiah Henson | The Real Uncle Tom

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From: Dresden, Ontario Josiah Henson was an author, abolitionist, founder of the Black community settlement at Dawn, near Dresden. Born in 1789 in Charles County, Maryland, United States Died in 1883 in Dresden, Ontario Born enslaved in Port Tobacco, Henson escaped to Upper Canada (now Ontario) in 1830. He founded a settlement and laborer's school for other fugitive slaves at Dawn, near Dresden, in Kent County, Upper Canada, of British Canada. Henson also served in the Canadian Army, as a military officer, having led a Black militia unit, in the Canadian Rebellion of 1837.   Henson's autobiography, The Life of Josiah Henson, Formerly a Slave, Now an Inhabitant of Canada, as Narrated by Himself (1849), is believed to have inspired the title character of Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin…
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Sandra Schmirler | Curler

Sandra Schmirler | Curler

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From: Biggar, Saskatchewan Sandra Marie Schmirler, dubbed "Schmirler the Curler," led her foursome to the first ever Olympic gold medal in the sport (1998). Born in 1963 in Biggar, Saskatchewan Died in 2000 in Regina, Saskatchewan Schmirler captured three Canadian Curling Championships (Scott Tournament of Hearts) and three World Curling Championships. Schmirler also captained her Canadian team to a gold medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics, the first year women's curling was a medal sport. Canadian Olympic Curling Trials: Sandra Schmirler's Amazing Shot!   Schmirler sometimes worked as a commentator for CBC Sports, which popularized her nickname "Schmirler the Curler" and claimed she was the only person who had a name that rhymed with the sport she played. She died in 2000 at 36 of cancer. Schmirler was honoured posthumously…
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Donald O. Hebb | Father of Neuropsychology

Donald O. Hebb | Father of Neuropsychology

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From: Chester, Nova Scotia Donald Hebb is often considered the “father of neuropsychology” because of the way he was able to merge the psychological world with the world of neuroscience. His theory of Hebbian learning was introduced in his classic work The Organization of Behavior: A Neuropsychological Theory (1949).   Born in 1904 in Chester, Nova Scotia Died in 1985 in Chester, Nova Scotia Donald Hebb lived in Chester until the age of 16, when his parents moved to Dartmouth, also in Nova Scotia. Donald’s parents were physicians, but science was not Hebb's initial interest. As a youth he wanted to become a novelist. A book by Freud stimulated Hebb to earn an MA in psychology from McGill and a PhD from Harvard. The difference between the way a young…
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Elsie Reford | Les Jardins de Métis Founder

Elsie Reford | Les Jardins de Métis Founder

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Born: Perth, Ontario Elsie Reford was a pioneer of Canadian horticulture, creating one of the largest private gardens in Canada on her estate, Estevan Lodge in eastern Québec. Born in 1872 in Perth, Ontario Died in 1967 in Montréal, Quebec Located in Grand-Métis on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River, the gardens have been open to the public since 1962 and operate under the name Les Jardins de Métis and Reford Gardens. Elsie (Meighen) Reford was born in Perth, Ontario, but in the early 1880s, the family moved to Montréal, at the time the financial and industrial centre of Canada. Like many bourgeois families at that time, Reford left Montréal’s suffocating climate during the summer months. She used the Estevan Lodge as her summer refuge. In the summer…
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Deborah Ellis | Writer

Deborah Ellis | Writer

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From: Cochrane, Ontario Deborah Ellis is an award-winning, feminist, peace activist and philanthropist. Born in 1960 in Cochrane, Ontario   Deborah Ellis began writing at the age of 11 and released her first book after she entered a contest for unpublished novelists in 2000. Deborah penned the international bestseller The Breadwinner. Her novels for young adults often explore children in international crises, revealing the extraordinary lives that endure behind the global headlines of war and want. “We create the world we want to see.” In 2006, Deborah has been named to the Order of Ontario. In 2016, Ellis was named a Member of the Order of Canada. Her most recent book is The Cat At The Wall, the story of a little cat who sneaks into a small Palestinian house…
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Thomas Chandler Haliburton | Author

Thomas Chandler Haliburton | Author

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From: Windsor, Nova Scotia Thomas Chandler Haliburton is a writer best known as the creator of Sam Slick, a resourceful Yankee clock peddler and cracker-barrel philosopher.  Born in 1796 in Windsor, Nova Scotia Died in 1865 in Isleworth, England Haliburton was a politician, judge, and author. Politically, he played a significant role in the history of Nova Scotia prior to its entry into Confederation. Literarily, Haliburton was the first international best-selling author from what is now Canada. Haliburton's reputation lies in the many substantial works in provincial history, political pamphlets and fiction that he wrote from 1823 to 1860. His first book was published in 1823 when he was 27. The escapades of Sam Slick were first revealed serially in the newspaper Nova Scotian (1835).   There can be no…
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Adelaide Hoodless | Women’s Institute Founder

Adelaide Hoodless | Women’s Institute Founder

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From: St. George, Ontario Adelaide Hoodless, née Addie Hunter, was an educational reformer who founded the Women's Institute. Born in 1857 in St. George, Canada West (now Ontario) Died in 1910 in Toronto, Ontario Adelaide Hoodless was jolted out of a comfortable middle-class life when an infant son died in 1889 after drinking impure milk. After son’s death Adelaide’s public life began. She wanted to ensure that women had the knowledge to prevent deaths like those. Adelaide campaigned for Domestic Science (home economics) in the schools. In 1897, the Minister of Education asked Adelaide to write a textbook for Domestic Science courses. This became known as the ‘Little Red Book’. In 1897, she founded the first Women's Institute (Stoney Creek, Ontario); within a few years this movement spread across Canada…
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James B. Harkin | Father of National Parks

James B. Harkin | Father of National Parks

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From: Vankleek Hill, Ontario James Bernard Harkin (‘Bunny’ Harkin) was the first commissioner of the National Parks of Canada. He established the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada. Born in 1875 in Vankleek Hill, Ontario Died in 1955 in Ottawa, Ontario James B. Harkin was a Canadian-born journalist turned bureaucrat with a passion for conservation of the Canadian landscape. Harkin began his career as a journalist of the Ottawa Daily and Montreal Herald during his mid-twenties (1893-1901). He was able to acquire an appointment to be the first commissioner of the Dominion Parks Branch in 1911. During his career, Harkin oversaw the establishment of national parks that include Elk Island, Mount Revelstoke, Point Pelee, Kootenay, Wood Buffalo, Prince Albert, Riding Mountain, Georgian Bay Islands and Cape Breton Highlands. The…
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Liisa Savijarvi | Alpine Skier

Liisa Savijarvi | Alpine Skier

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From: Bracebridge, Ontario Liisa Savijarvi was one of the best Canadian alpine skier. Born in 1963 in Bracebridge, Ontario Off to an early start at age 14 months, Liisa Savijarvi began racing at 8 and was competing nationally by 14. She made many appearances at the Canadian Alpine Championships and the FIS World Cup. Liisa Savijarvi was part of Canada's team at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo. She was the only Canadian female racer to train in Downhill, Giant Slalom and Super G. 1985 Canadian Alpine Skiing Championships Recap:   Sadly, Liisa’s promising career ended prematurely on March 17, 1987, when she suffered severe leg injuries and crushed vertebra in a horrendous training run accident at Vail, Colorado. She has been instrumental in the development of ski programs across…
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Alison Redford | Politician

Alison Redford | Politician

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From: Kitimat, British Columbia Alison Redford was the first female premier of Alberta. Born in 1965 in Kitimat, British Columbia Alison Redford is a lawyer, politician, 14th premier of Alberta (2011-14). In her childhood, Alison Redford lived in Nova Scotia and Borneo before her parents chose to settle in Calgary when she was 12.   Redford has been active in provincial and Canadian politics since the 1980s. Redford was the first female premier of Alberta and the eighth woman to serve as a premier in the history of Canada.     Kitimat is a district municipality in the North Coast region of British Columbia. The Kitimat Valley is part of the most populous urban district in Northwest British Columbia. "Kitimat" in the Tsimshian language refers to the Haisla First Nation…
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Mary Percy Jackson | Pioneer Physician

Mary Percy Jackson | Pioneer Physician

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Lived: Manning, Alberta Dr. Mary Evangeline Percy, known as Mary Percy Jackson, was a pioneering doctor in the Peace River district, at that time an isolated and sparsely settled area of northern Alberta. She served the people of the Peace River country as a physician for over 45 years. Born in 1904 in Dudley, England Died in 2000 in Manning, Alberta Dr. Percy came to Canada in 1929 from Britain. She applied for a position that the Alberta Government was advertising in the British Medical Journal. They wanted English women doctors to to serve settlers, Métis and First Nations living in northern Alberta. Dr. Mary Percy was accepted to be the doctor for the Battle River district, where Manning, Alberta, is now. Her salary was $2,400 per year plus a…
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Anne Murray | Singer

Anne Murray | Singer

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From: Springhill, Nova Scotia Morna Anne Murray is a singer in pop, country, and adult contemporary music whose albums have sold over 55 million copies worldwide.   Born in 1945 in Springhill, Nova Scotia Murray led the way for a generation of Canadian divas, who have also conquered the world - Celine Dion (Humans of Small Towns person), Shania Twain, k.d. lang, Alanis Morissette and Sarah McLachlan. Morna Anne Murray was born in the small coal-mining town of Springhill. Her father was the town doctor. Anne studied piano for six years. At age 15, she began taking classical voice lessons. Anne Murray at home, 1971: CBC Archives   Anne Murray's debut album was on the Canadian Arc label, titled What About Me (1968). The lead single was a sizable Canadian…
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Alistair MacLeod | Writer

Alistair MacLeod | Writer

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Born: North Battleford, Saskatchewan Alistair MacLeod was a novelist, short story writer, chronicler of the landscape and people of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and academic. Born in 1936 in North Battleford, Saskatchewan Grew up in Dunvegan, Nova Scotia Died in 2014 in Windsor, Ontario After living on the prairies, Saskatchewan, his family moved back to Inverness County, Nova Scotia, when he was 10. MacLeod's Scottish ancestors emigrated to Nova Scotia in the 1790s. MacLeod’s writing career began in 1968 with the publication of his short story “The Boat,” which was included in the 1969 anthology The Best American Short Stories. MacLeod's 1999 novel No Great Mischief was voted Atlantic Canada's greatest book of all time. In 2000, MacLeod's two books of short stories, The Lost Salt Gift of Blood (1976)…
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George Lyon | Golfer

George Lyon | Golfer

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From: Richmond, Ontario George Seymour Lyon is an Olympic gold medallist, an eight-time Canadian Amateur Championship winner, and a member of Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. Born in 1858 in Richmond, Canada West Died in 1938 in Toronto, Ontario   George Lyon was born in a small town, named Richmond, just outside of Ottawa, Ontario. His father was Mayor of Ottawa in 1867, the year of Canada’s Confederation. George Lyon had a successful life in the insurance business. When he reached the age of 38, he was persuaded to put down his cricket bat and try golf. In a few years he won the gold medal in golf in the 1904 Summer Olympics in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1955, Lyon was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. Lyon reigned…
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Heather Moyse | Multi-Sport Champion

Heather Moyse | Multi-Sport Champion

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From: Summerside, Prince Edward Island Heather Moyse is two-time Olympic gold medalist, representing Canada in international competition as a bobsledder, rugby union player, and track cyclist. Born in 1978 in Summerside, Prince Edward Island From the small Prince Edward Island town of Summerside to the top of the Olympic podium, Heather has been described as Canada’s best ever all-round female athlete. She is a 3-time Olympian and 2-time Olympic gold medalist.   Heather lives by her personal motto, “Believe in the possibilities”. She didn’t start taking sport seriously and lifting weights until she was 27 years old, when she was suddenly faced with the challenge of learning a new sport and competing in the Olympics five months later. Heather has received the Order of PEI – the highest honour to…
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Dean Brody | Singer

Dean Brody | Singer

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Born in Smithers, British Columbia Dean Brody has approached country-music-superstar status. He is now an arena touring act, with thirteen Canadian Country Music Awards and two Junos.    Born in 1975 in Smithers, British Columbia Grew up in Jaffray, British Columbia Lives in Blandford, Nova Scotia Brody released his debut single, "Brothers", in 2008. He was 33. This song, a Top 40 country hit in the US, was the first single from his self-titled debut album, released in 2009.   2010 - second album, Trail in Life 2012 - album Dirt, earning the 2012 CCMA Album of the Year award and a 2013 Juno nomination for Country Album of the Year 2013 - Crop Circles 2015 - Gypsy Road 2016 - Beautiful Freakshow Brody’s ability to tell stories with genuine…
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Brent Butt | Comedian

Brent Butt | Comedian

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From: Tisdale, Saskatchewan Brent Butt is one of Canada's most successful and recognizable comedians. Born in 1966 in Tisdale, Saskatchewan Comedian, actor, screenwriter, producer Brent Butt began doing stand-up comedy professionally in 1988, progressing from five-minute routines at amateur nights in Saskatoon to touring the Yuk Yuk's chain of comedy clubs across Western Canada. Brent Butt Stand Up – 1992:   Brent Butt is best known for his role as Brent Leroy on the CTV sitcom Corner Gas, which he also created. Corner Gas was an instant hit when it debuted in early 2004, drew an average of 1 million viewers. Butt drew on his hometown experiences to create story about small fictional community of Dog River, Saskatchewan. Corner Gas went on to become Canada’s #1 comedy, broadcast in over…
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Billy Barker | Flying Ace

Billy Barker | Flying Ace

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From: Dauphin, Manitoba William George (Billy) Barker was a First World War fighter ace and Victoria Cross recipient. He is the most highly decorated serviceman in the history of Canada. Born in 1894 in Dauphin, Manitoba Died in 1930 (aged 35) in Ottawa, Ontario Billy Barker was born on a farm near Dauphin, Manitoba. He was a skilled marksman with a rifle, particularly adept at shooting from horseback. Barker fell in love with aviation after watching pioneer aviators flying Curtiss and Wright Flyer aircraft at farm exhibitions. Billy Barker volunteered for the First Canadian Mounted Rifles in November 1914. On February 1917, Billy became a flying officer. During his career with the Royal Flying Corps, Barker was credited with fifty-three aerial victories. Barker returned to Canada in May 1919 as…
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Geoff Ward | Hockey Coach

Geoff Ward | Hockey Coach

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From: Manitouwadge, Ontario Geoff Ward is an assistant coach for the New Jersey Devils, and a former assistant coach for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League. His name was engraved on the Stanley Cup with the Boston Bruins in 2011. Born in 1962 in Waterloo, Ontario Lived in Manitouwadge, Ontario for 9 years and considered it his childhood home. Jeoff’s parents were both phys-ed teachers. In 1967 they moved to Northern Ontario to a little place north of Lake Superior called Manitouwadge. Geoff was five when they got there. They stayed there for about nine years. Jeoff started his coaching career as an assistant at the University of Waterloo in 1989. Ward was named the American Hockey League's Coach of Year, winning the Louis A. R. Pieri Memorial…
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Gordon Lightfoot | Singer-Songwriter

Gordon Lightfoot | Singer-Songwriter

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From: Orillia, Ontario Gordon Meredith Lightfoot is perhaps the most accomplished and well-known singer/songwriter to ever come out of Canada. Born in 1938 in Orillia, Ontario   Gordon Lightfoot achieved international success in folk, folk-rock, and country music, and has been credited for helping define the folk-pop sound of the 1960s and 1970s. He is internationally known for monumental folk/pop/rock hits: "For Lovin' Me", "Sundown", "If You Could Read My Mind", "Early Mornin' Rain", "Wreck of The Edmund Fitzgerald". His songs have been covered by such music giants as Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Barbra Streisand, Glen Campbell and Don Williams. Gordon Lightfoot on how he writes a song, 1967, CBC Archives:   In 1943, at age five, he makes his performing debut, singing I'm A Little Teapot at St. Paul's…
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James Gladstone | Senator

James Gladstone | Senator

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Died in Fernie, British Columbia James Gladstone (or Akay-na-muka, meaning "Many guns") was the first Status Indian to be appointed to the Canadian Senate. Born in 1887 in Mountain Hill, Northwest Territories Died in 1971 in Fernie, British Columbia Gladstone was a Cree by birth but was adopted by the Blood Reserve, Alberta, on which he was born. Gladstone and his two sons built up a prosperous 720 acre ranch-farm with 400 hereford cattle. Early in the 1920's, he introduced the first tractor to the Blood Indian reserve and encouraged his fellow Indians to accept modern farming methods. In 1949, Gladstone was elected president of the Indian Association of Alberta and was sent to Ottawa three times to discuss proposed changes in the Indian Act. He was appointed to the…
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George Orton | Canada’s 1st Olympic Champion

George Orton | Canada’s 1st Olympic Champion

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From: Strathroy, Ontario George Washington Orton was a middle-distance runner. In 1900, he became Canada's first Olympic gold medal winner. Born in 1873 in Strathroy, Ontario Died in 1958 in Laconia, New Hampshire, United States George Orton won gold in the 2500m steeplechase and bronze in the 400m hurdles at the 1900 Olympic Games in Paris. London Sports Hall about George Orton:   At the time, Canada did not send an official Olympic team to Paris, but the Canadian-born Orton competed on behalf of the University of Pennsylvania. Born in Strathroy, Ontario, Orton was paralysed when he fell out of a tree when a child. He regained his mobility at age twelve only. Orton’s total number of wins was reported to be 121. He was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of…
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Gilles Ste-Croix | Cirque du Soleil Co-creator

Gilles Ste-Croix | Cirque du Soleil Co-creator

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From: La Sarre, Québec Gilles Ste-Croix is an entrepreneur and the vice president and co-creator of Cirque du Soleil. He started Cirque du Soleil with co-founder, Guy Laliberté. Born in 1950 in La Sarre, Québec First performances in Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec In the early 1980s, a troupe of performers founded by Gilles Ste-Croix took to the streets of Baie-Saint-Paul, a charming village on the shores of the St. Lawrence River near Quebec City. Les Échassiers de Baie-Saint-Paul (The Stiltwalkers of Baie-Saint-Paul) – including one Guy Laliberté – juggled, danced, breathed fire and played music, to the delight of locals and visitors. It would eventually lead to the founding of Cirque du Soleil with Guy Laliberté in 1984. Guy Laliberte about Cirque du Soleil foundation and Gilles Ste-Croix:   In 1988, Gilles…
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Agnes Macphail | Politician

Agnes Macphail | Politician

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From: Proton Township, Grey County, Ontario (now Dundalk, Ontario) The face from the new $10 bank note Agnes Campbell Macphail was the first Canadian woman elected to the parliament. Born in 1890 in Proton Township, Grey County, Ontario (now Dundalk, Ontario) Died in 1954 in Toronto, Ontario Agnes Macphail was born in a farming family of Scottish descent in Proton Township, one of the wettest areas in South Grey County. After graduation, she taught at a number of schools in Ontario and Alberta. She became increasingly active in the Ontario agricultural co-operative movement. Family farm In 1921, Macphail was nominated to represent South-East Grey County in the Canadian House of Commons. She was elected to the House of Commons from 1921 to 1940. From 1943 to 1945 and again from…
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Dionne Quintuplets

Dionne Quintuplets

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The world-famous Dionne quintuplets in 1939. From left, Emilie, Annette, Cécile, Marie and Yvonne. North Bay, Ontario It is great that with approaching Canada's 150th anniversary, the final decision on the Dionne Museum in North Bay came out to be positive. The Dionne Quintuplets are the first quintuplets known to have survived their infancy. Born May 28, 1934 just outside Callander, Ontario, near the village of Corbeil Silent film that looks at a day in the life of the Dionne Quintuplets   The story of Dionne Quintuplets is as astounding as heartbreaking. It's a story of a marvellous survival and a very sad child exploitation, perhaps with no precedents in Canadian history. The Dionne girls were born two months premature. All five survived to adulthood. The babies were made Wards…
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Léopold L. Foulem | Ceramist

Léopold L. Foulem | Ceramist

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From: Caraquet, New Brunswick Léopold L. Foulem is one of the leading conceptual ceramists in the world. His work has been featured in over 40 solo exhibitions. Born in 1945 in Caraquet, New Brunswick Lives and works in Montréal, Québec   Foulem was awarded: the Jean A. Chalmers National Crafts Award in 1999, the Saidye Bronfman Award for excellence in the fine crafts in 2001, the 2003 Prix Éloizes as Artist of the Year in the Visual Arts, Honorary Member of the National Council on Education for the Ceramics Arts, 2015. His work is collected by many museums including the Gardiner Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, and…
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David W. Friesen | Printing Company’s Founder

David W. Friesen | Printing Company’s Founder

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From: Altona, Manitoba David W. (D.W.) Friesen is a founder of one of Canada’s largest printing companies, Friesens. Born in 1879 in Schoensee, Manitoba, Died in 1951   In 1905 he moved to Altona, bought a confectionery store and was made postmaster in 1907.  D.W. Friesen's store From 1910 to 1946, he was also an agent for Manitoba Government Telephones. Retail book sales were added in 1923, and a print shop and wholesale stationery supply in 1930. This business expanded to become one of Canada’s largest printing companies, D.W. Friesen & Sons (now Friesens). Now Friesens Corporation is Canada's largest printer of hardcover books. It is the primary printer of yearbooks in North America, as well as printing in commercial consumer books, specializing in full colour art and educational books.  …
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Alexander Knox | Actor

Alexander Knox | Actor

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From: Strathroy, Ontario Alexander Knox was an actor and author of adventure novels set in the Great Lakes area during the 19th century. Born in 1907 in Strathroy, Ontario Died in 1995 in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, England Alexander Knox was educated at the University of Western Ontario, and first appeared on the American stage with the Boston Repertory Theatre in 1929. In 1930s he moved to London, England where he appeared in several films. Alexander Knox, 1947 Knox appeared in plays with actors such as Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh and Ralph Richardson. He starred opposite Jessica Tandy in the 1940 Broadway production of Jupiter Laughs and, in 1944, he was chosen by Darryl F. Zanuck to star in Wilson, the biographical film about American President Woodrow Wilson. He was nominated for…
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James William Carmichael | Shipbuilder

James William Carmichael | Shipbuilder

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From: New Glasgow, Nova Scotia James William Carmichael was a shipbuilder-owner, merchant, politician. Born in 1819 in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia Died in 1903 in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia Carmichael, son of New Glasgow's founder, James Carmichael, became its most prominent merchant, shipbuilder and ship-owner. James began work in his father's shipping and retail business and became owner during the 1850s. He built ships and transported goods by ship. Although Carmichael originally built wooden sailing ships, he later built steamers and pioneered the use and building of iron and steel ships in Nova Scotia. He constructed his largest vessel, the 1,174-ton Thiorva, in 1876. Carmichael was also a lieutenant-colonel in the local militia. He was elected to the House of Commons in 1867 as an opponent of Confederation, but joined…
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Jacques Poulin | Novelist

Jacques Poulin | Novelist

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From: Saint-Gédéon, Quebec Jacques Poulin is a novelist with a quiet and intimate style of writing. He is among the most widely read Québécois novelists of his generation and the most respected by critics. Born in 1937 in Saint-Gédéon, Quebec Jacques Poulin is the author of novels and winner of several literary awards including the Prix David in 1995. Jacques Poulin is often considered to be the most North American of Quebec's francophone writers. He is fluently bilingual, and his work appeals to anglophone Canadians and to Americans as much as to his Québécois readers. Only after the success of his second novel, Jimmy (1969), was he able to devote himself completely to his writing. Poulin has written eleven novels, most of which have been translated into English by Sheila…
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Kaetlyn Osmond | Figure Skater

Kaetlyn Osmond | Figure Skater

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From: Marystown, Newfoundland Kaetlyn Osmond, Canadian figure skater, is the 2017 World silver medalist.   Born in 1995 in Marystown, Newfoundland Residence: Sherwood Park, Alberta   Kaetlyn Osmond is also: the 2014 Olympic silver medalist in figure skating team event, the 2012 Skate Canada International champion, a two-time Nebelhorn Trophy champion, a three-time Canadian national champion (2013, 2014, 2017). Kaetlyn boasts intricate footwork, solid jumps and challenging spins. Osmond began skating at age three, following her elder sister. Due to a lack of ice during the summer in Marystown, they often traveled to Montreal. Osmond currently resides in Sherwood Park, Alberta, and trains at the Ice Palace FSC where she is coached by Ravi Walia with choreography by Lance Vipond. In April 2014, Marystown renamed their home rink to Kaetlyn…
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Johnny Bucyk | Hockey Left Winger

Johnny Bucyk | Hockey Left Winger

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Lived: Creston, British Columbia John Paul "Chief" Bucyk was an ice hockey left winger. He is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. Born in 1935 in Edmonton, Alberta Lived in Creston, British Columbia Bobby Orr's Incredible Pass To Johnny Bucyk   Having played most of his career with the Boston Bruins, Johnny Bucyk has been associated in one capacity or another with the Bruins' organization since the late 1950s. The Bruins captain for five seasons, Bucyk had many great games during his 23-season NHL career, 21 of them for Boston.   He was nicknamed "the Chief" after a Boston sports cartoonist mistook him for a native Canadian because of his dark features. On January 1, 2017, in a ceremony prior to the Centennial Classic, Bucyk was part of…
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White Bird | Native American Leader

White Bird | Native American Leader

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Died: Pincher Creek, Alberta White Bird was a leader, War Chief and tooat (Shaman) of the Lamátta band of the Nez Percé lived along White Bird Creek in Idaho. Died in 1892 in Pincher Creek, Alberta The name White Bird (Peopeo Kiskiok Hihih - “White Goose”) is also referred to as White Pelican. In 1855, the U.S. government gained more than 6.4 million acres of American Indian land and created a reservation for the Nez Percé people in Idaho.   When the army threatened military action to force people onto the reservation, they began, under the leadership of the War Chief White Bird and Chief Joseph, a legendary 1,700-mile trek to Canada, the Nez Percé War (1877).   In October 1877, about ninety adults and a great number of children…
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Pamela Anderson | Model, Actress

Pamela Anderson | Model, Actress

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From: Ladysmith, British Columbia Pamela Denise Anderson is an actress and model known for her roles on the TV series Home Improvement, Baywatch and V.I.P.. Born in 1967 in Ladysmith, British Columbia   Pamela Anderson was Playmate of the Month for Playboy magazine in February 1990. With the success from Playboy, Pamela Anderson moved to Los Angeles, California to further pursue a modeling career. Anderson's Playboy career spans 22 years, and she has appeared on more Playboy covers than any other model. In 1994, she was cast in her first starring film role, in Raw Justice, also known as Good Cop, Bad Cop. Anderson is an activist for the animal rights movement and has conducted campaigns condemning the commercial fur industry and promoting veganism through the animal rights organization People…
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Stompin’ Tom Connors | Iconic Singer

Stompin’ Tom Connors | Iconic Singer

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From: Timmins, Ontario Ballinafad, Ontario (part of the town Erin, Ontario) One of the iconic figures in Canadian music, Charles Thomas "Stompin' Tom" Connors was a country and folk singer-songwriter.    Born in 1936 in Saint John, New Brunswick Origin: Timmins, Ontario The birthplace of Tom’s nickname: Peterborough, Ontario Died in 2013 in Ballinafad, Ontario (part of the town Erin, Ontario) Tom Connors had as hard a childhood as one could have, experiencing poverty, homelessness, and the rigours of the child welfare system. Connors wrote his first song, “Reversing Falls Darling,” at age 11. At 15 he began playing the guitar. He left his adopted home at age 15 and hitchhiked his way across Canada. Connors began singing professionally in 1964 at the Maple Leaf Hotel in Timmins, Ontario. He…
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W. A. Hewitt | Hockey Innovator

W. A. Hewitt | Hockey Innovator

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From: Cobourg, Ontario William Abraham Hewitt was a leading sports journalist, administrator and innovator. Born in 1875 in Cobourg, Ontario Died in 1966 Born in Cobourg, Ontario, Hewitt moved with his family an hour east to Toronto when he was four years old. At age 15 Hewitt was made a reporter. He remained in the role of Toronto Star sports editor for 31 years Hewitt's true passion rested with hockey. In 1903 he got involved with the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA). For 58 years, he served as secretary of the OHA. Nine years later he and associate Claude Robinson organized the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA). He was referee of the first Olympic hockey game, Sweden's 8-0 victory over Belgium at the 1920 Olympic Games. Hewitt was inducted into the…
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Mario Bernardi | Conductor, Pianist

Mario Bernardi | Conductor, Pianist

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From: Kirkland Lake, Ontario Mario Bernardi is one of Canada’s premier conductors and a renowned builder of cultural institutions in Canada. Born in 1930 in Kirkland Lake, Ontario Died in 2013 in Toronto, Ontario Mario Bernandi conducted 75 operas and over 450 other works with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa.   Bernardi spent his first six years in Canada. After his family moved to Italy, he took his examinations at Italy's Venice Conservatory. Returning to Canada in 1947, he finished his studies at The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. In 1957 he conducted the Canadian Opera Company. In 1968 Bernardi became the first conductor of the newly formed National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, and also became the music director in 1971.  “Mario Bernardi was a national…
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Peter Mansbridge | CBC Journalist

Peter Mansbridge | CBC Journalist

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Worked in Churchill, Manitoba Peter Mansbridge is chief correspondent for CBC News and anchor of The National, CBC Television's flagship nightly newscast.   Born in 1948 in London, England Residence in Stratford, Ontario Peter Mansbridge, aged 21 or 22, at his first job with the CBC in Churchill, Manitoba. (thestar.com)   Mansbridge worked as a ticket agent for Transair at Churchill Airport in Churchill, Manitoba. His broadcast career began in singular fashion in 1968. His duties included announcing arrivals and departures over the airport's PA system. The station manager at the local CBC radio station heard his baritone over the intercom and offered him a job as a disc jockey.   Mansbridge went on to host CBC Churchill's first local radio newscast. From Churchill, he joined CBC Radio and TV…
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David Alward | 32nd Premier of New Brunswick

David Alward | 32nd Premier of New Brunswick

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From: Nackawic, New Brunswick David Nathan Alward is a Canada's Consul General in Boston. He served as the 32nd Premier of New Brunswick, 2010 to 2014. Born in 1959 in Beverly, Massachusetts Graduated from high school in Nackawic, New Brunswick Elected to the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick in 1999 as the member for Woodstock Although Alward was born in the US, his family returned to Canada when he was just six months old. The Alwards lived in communities throughout the Maritimes. David graduated from Nackawic Senior High School. David Alward was first elected in 1999 as the member for Woodstock. He become the 32nd Premier of New Brunswick in 2010. "That is an important part of the work that goes on, but also very importantly whether it is Twitter…
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Randy Ragan | Soccer Player

Randy Ragan | Soccer Player

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From: High Prairie, Alberta Randolph "Randy" Lee Ragan was an elite professional soccer player, who was considered one of the top midfield players in Canada in the 1980s. Born in 1959 in High Prairie, Alberta Ragan went on to play 40 times for the Canadian national team. He played all three games for Canada during the 1986 FIFA World Cup. Ragan also played nine games with the Canadian Olympic team and was a member of the 1984 Olympic Canadian soccer team. He served as captain in 1986-87. In April 2002, Ragan was inducted into the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame.   High Prairie is a town in northern Alberta, Big Lakes County. High Prairie's first post office opened in 1910. It was incorporated as a village in 1945 and subsequently…
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David Suzuki | Scientist, TV Host

David Suzuki | Scientist, TV Host

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Grew up: Leamington, Ontario David Takayoshi Suzuki is an award-winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster. Born in 1936 in Vancouver, British Columbia Since the mid-1970s, Suzuki has been known for his television and radio series, documentaries and books about nature and the environment. He is best known as host of the popular and long-running CBC Television science program The Nature of Things. David Suzuki and author Farley Mowat speak at a news conference in on Toronto, October 12, 1988, to push for a debate by the three federal party leaders on environmental issues. (Bill Becker/CP) He is also well known for criticizing governments for their lack of action to protect the environment. Suzuki co-founded the David Suzuki Foundation in 1990, to work "to find ways for society to live in balance…
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Eric Peterson | Actor

Eric Peterson | Actor

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From: Indian Head, Saskatchewan Eric Neal Peterson is a stage/television actor, known for his roles in three major Canadian series – Street Legal, Corner Gas and This is Wonderland. Born in 1946 in Indian Head, Saskatchewan. In 1974 Eric moved to Toronto, where he joined Theatre Passe Muraille. He appeared in collective documentary productions, including The Farm Show (1972) and most notably 1837: The Farmers' Revolt (1973). In 1976 Eric Peterson began working with John Gray, a playwright/director, to create his most critically successful work, Billy Bishop Goes to War. He played more than a dozen characters.   2009. Eric Peterson details the story behind the story of the Soulpepper Theatre Companys Presentation of Billy Bishop Goes to War:   Peterson’s most prominent television characters: left-wing lawyer Leon Robinovitch in…
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C. J. Mackenzie | National Research Council President

C. J. Mackenzie | National Research Council President

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From: St. Stephen, New Brunswick Chalmers Jack "C. J." Mackenzie was the single most important figure in the postwar growth of Canadian science. Born in 1888 in St. Stephen, New Brunswick Died in 1984 in Ottawa, Ontario In the postwar years, he and E.W.R. Steacie laid the foundations of the Canadian scientific system as it is today. Jack Mackenzie was a civil engineer, chancellor of Carleton University (1954-68), president of the National Research Council (1944-52), first president of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (1953-54), president of the Atomic Energy Control Board (1948-61). Mackenzie was appointed to the Order of Canada in 1967. He was inducted to the Canadian Science and Engineering Hall of Fame in 2007.   St. Stephen is a town in Charlotte County, New Brunswick. St. Stephen was…
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Jean Claude Roy | Artist

Jean Claude Roy | Artist

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From: St. Philip's, Newfoundland Jean Claude Roy is "expressionist-colourist"; he is passionately drawn to landscape, both physical and human.   Born in 1948 in Rochefore-sur-Mer, France, in 1948 Jean Claude was aware from the age of seven that he would be an artist. His interest turned to landscape on visiting Newfoundland for the first time. He sold his first paintings in 1973, had his first group exhibition in 1974, and his first solo show in 1975. Having spent his twenties in Newfoundland and the following decade in France, he now divides each year between the two countries. In 1994, he decided to maintain two studios: one in St. Philip's, Newfoundland and the other in the village of La Clisse, on the west coast of France. His works form part of…
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Glen Sharpley | Hockey Center

Glen Sharpley | Hockey Center

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From: Huntsville, Ontario Glen Stuart Sharpley was an ice hockey player who played only 286 games in NHL with the Minnesota North Stars and Chicago Black Hawks. Born in 1956 in York, Ontario Lives in Huntsville, Ontario As a highly touted junior player, Glen Sharpley was known for his speed and his ability to win faceoffs. He had his six-year NHL tenure all but end after a stick slammed into his left eye during a game against the Washington Capitals on December 19, 1981. Glen was just 25 years old. Glen now lives in Huntsville, Ontario. He established Sharpley Source for Sports, located in the iconic 100 year old Huntsville Trading Co building built in 1917. It sells from expertly selected hockey equipment and canoes to snow/surf apparell and high…
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Joe O’Brien | Harness Horseman

Joe O’Brien | Harness Horseman

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From: Alberton, Prince Edward Island Joseph Cyril "Joe" O'Brien was perhaps the greatest driver and trainer of harness horses the world has ever seen. Born in 1917 in Alberton, Prince Edward Island Died in 1984 in Shafter, California   Joe O’Brien won the U.S. Trotting Triple Crown in 1955. He would be inducted into both the U.S. Harness Racing Hall of Fame and the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, as well as Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. He is considered one of the greatest harness horsemen in history. Joe won his first race at the Summerside track in 1933, at age 16, with a horse called "Mickey Mouse".   Alberton is a town in the western part of Prince County, Prince Edward Island. Alberton is a service centre for…
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pj johnson | Yukon Poet Laureate

pj johnson | Yukon Poet Laureate

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From: Whitehorse, Yukon On Canada Day, July 1st 1994, pj johnson was honoured to be invested as the first official Yukon Poet Laureate in Canada. She considers herself foremost a storyteller upholding what it means to be a Canadian writer. As an annual performer at the Yukon International Storytelling Festival, in 1992 she composed and produced the play "Dance of the Northern Lights" and was invited to perform it at the National Gallery of Canada and the Astrolabe Theatre in Ottawa.  discovery  somewhere deep within the forests of an old and northern nation a lone warrior spent with tracking pauses in the wind to kneel among ferns and cast an eye upon the print of one so foreign that the wisdom of millennia and even the bones of his ancestors…
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Mike Babcock | Hockey Coach

Mike Babcock | Hockey Coach

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From: Manitouwadge, Ontario Michael "Mike" Babcock Jr. is a Stanley Cup and Olympic Gold Medal Winning Hockey Coach. Born in 1963 in Manitouwadge, Ontario Mike Babcock serves as head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs of the NHL. He previously spent 10 seasons as head coach of the Detroit Red Wings, with whom he won the Stanley Cup in 2008. Mike Babcock led Team Canada to gold: at the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships in 2004, the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Lessons in Leadership with Mike Babcock   Babcock was born in Manitouwadge, Ontario and grew up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.   Manitouwadge (“Cave of the Great Spirit”) was founded in 1953 by three Geraldton men, William Dawidowich, Roy Barker and Jack Forster, to…
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Susan Aglukark | Inuk Singer

Susan Aglukark | Inuk Singer

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From: Churchill, Manitoba Susan Aglukark is an Inuk musician whose blend of Inuit folk music traditions with country and pop songwriting has made her a major recording star in Canada. Born in 1967 in Churchill, Manitoba Susan’s most successful single is "O Siem", which reached No. 1 on the Canadian country and adult contemporary charts in 1995. Red River Relief Concert, Winnipeg, MB, 1997   With eight albums to her credit, Susan is Arctic Canada’s first ever Juno Award winning Inuk singer/songwriter. Susan has won 3 Juno awards and received The Order of Canada in 2005. Susan has preformed for HRH Queen Elizabeth, Jean Chrétien, Brian Mulroney, Nelson Mandela, Billy Graham and The Countess of Wessex.   Churchill is a town in northern Manitoba on the west shore of Hudson…
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David Yates | School Teacher

David Yates | School Teacher

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From: Clinton, Ontario David Yates is the author of Explore Huron TV series. David Yates is a history teacher at Central Huron Secondary School, Clinton ON. ‘Explore Huron with David Yates' on Huron County TV, Ontario is a series in which local history buff, David Yates, describes communities in Huron and their rich heritage. David’s articles on local history appear regularly in local publications. Watch 'Explore Huron with David Yates' about Clinton ON:   Watch all stories from David Yates here.   Clinton is a community in Ontario, located in the municipality of Central Huron. Established in 1831.
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Guy Lafleur | Five-Time Stanley Cup Winner

Guy Lafleur | Five-Time Stanley Cup Winner

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From: Thurso, Quebec Guy Damien "The Flower" / "Le Démon Blond" Lafleur was the first NHL player to score 50 goals and 100 points in six straight seasons. 1979. Guy Lafleur goal on Boston - Game 7, Semi Final:   Born in 1951 in Thurso, Quebec The native of Thurso, Quebec, arrived in Montreal with unthinkable pressure bearing down on him. His two brilliant junior seasons had set impossibly high expectations, and fans viewed him as the next great, can't-miss French-Canadian star. Between 1971 and 1991, Guy Lafleur played for the Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers and Quebec Nordiques in an NHL career spanning 17 seasons.   Lafleur won five Stanley Cup championships with the Canadiens. Thurso, Quebec, September 2013 In 2017, in a ceremony during the All-Star Weekend in…
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Brianne Theisen-Eaton | Heptathlete

Brianne Theisen-Eaton | Heptathlete

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From: Humboldt, Saskatchewan Brianne Theisen-Eaton is a track and field athlete who competed in the heptathlon and women's pentathlon.  Born in 1988 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Raised in Humboldt, Saskatchewan While in high school, Theisen-Eaton took part in track and field, volleyball, and soccer. She found her niche in the track and field combined events and represented Canada at the 2005 World Youth Championships in Athletics. Finally, Brianne won the bronze medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics. Canadian record for the heptathlon with 6,808 points. Heptathlon silver medallist from the 2013 World Championships and 2015 World Championships. The first and only Canadian woman to podium in the multi-events at the World Championships. “Why do I do this? This isn’t fun. I’m scared and stressed out. I can’t do this anymore. I’m…
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Arthur Currie | Canadian Corps Commander

Arthur Currie | Canadian Corps Commander

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From: Strathroy, Ontario General Sir Arthur William Currie was one of the finest commanders in Canadian military history. He commanded the Canadian Corps during World War I, from June 1917 until its disbandment in late 1919. Born in 1875 at farm near Strathroy, Ontario Died in 1933 in Montreal, Quebec Canada Pays Tribute To Sir Arthur Currie:   Sir Arthur Currie become the first Canadian commander of the Canadian Corps. Currie's success was based on his ability to rapidly adapt brigade tactics to the exigencies of trench warfare, using set piece operations and bite-and-hold tactics. Currie led the Canadian Corps to several important victories, particularly the Battle of Vimy Ridge (April 1917). This Battle is Canada's most celebrated military victory. Canadian historians have described Currie as Canada's greatest military commander.…
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Willa Cather | Writer

Willa Cather | Writer

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Lived: Grand Manan, New Brunswick Willa Sibert Cather was a writer who was awarded in 1923 the Pulitzer Prize for One of Ours, a novel set during World War I. Born in 1873 in Gore, Virginia, United States Died in 1947 in Manhattan, New York, United States  Willa Cather established a reputation for giving breath to the landscape of her fiction. She achieved recognition for her novels of frontier life on the Great Plains: O Pioneers! (1913), The Song of the Lark (1915), My Ántonia (1918). At the age of 33 she moved to New York City, her primary home for the rest of her life, though she also traveled widely and spent considerable time at her summer residence in New Brunswick. Beginning in 1922, Cather spent summers on Grand…
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Glenn Howard | Curler

Glenn Howard | Curler

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From: Tiny, Ontario Glenn William Howard is Four-time Canadian and World Curling Champion. 2019. Best Curling Shot by Glenn Howard:   Born in 1962 in Midland, Ontario Resident of Tiny Township, Ontario Howard is one of the most decorated curlers of all time. He has won: Four world championships, Four Briers, 15 Ontario provincial championships. Through 2014, he has played in 196 games at the Brier, more than any other curler in history. In 2013 he was inducted into the Penetanguishene Sports Hall of Fame. Howard works as a manager at The Beer Store. Watch interview with Glenn Howard:   Tiny is a township in Simcoe County, south-central Ontario. The Township of Tiny can be found in the southern Georgian Bay region. The township was named in 1822 after a…
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Jason Arnott | NHL All-Rookie Team

Jason Arnott | NHL All-Rookie Team

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From: Wasaga Beach, Ontario Jason William Arnott is a veteran of 18 NHL seasons, a Stanley Cup champion, a 12-time 20-goal scorer – including three seasons when he scored over 30 goals. Born in 1974 in Collingwood, Ontario Raised in Wasaga Beach, Ontario Jason Arnott was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team in 1993. He began his NHL career with the Edmonton Oilers in 1993–94. Arnott won the Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils in 2000.   In the summer of 2000, Jason Arnott Day was declared in Wasaga Beach to celebrate his Stanley-Cup-winning goal scored in double overtime.   Internationally, Arnott helped Canada win the gold medal at the 1994 World Championship. In 2013 he retired from NHL after 18 seasons.   Wasaga Beach is a town in…
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Hiram Capron | Paris Founder

Hiram Capron | Paris Founder

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From: Paris, Ontario Hiram Capron was the founder of the town of Paris in Ontario. An immigrant from the United States, he purchased large plots of land by the Grand River and Nith River.  Born in 1796 in Leicester, Vermont Died in 1872 in Paris, Ontario Hiram Capron immigrated to Norfolk County in 1822 and helped establish one of Upper Canada's earliest iron foundries. He settled in the Forks of the Grand in 1829 and divided a tract of this land into town lots and established a grist mill in 1830. In 1831 Capron renamed the community of Forks of the Grand to Paris due to the large amounts of gypsum (used to make plaster of paris) that was being mined close by. He served as both a Reeve and…
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Henry Wolsey Bayfield | Great Lakes Surveyor

Henry Wolsey Bayfield | Great Lakes Surveyor

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From: Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island Admiral Henry Wolsey Bayfield was a British naval officer and surveyor of lakes Ontario, Superior, Erie and Huron. Born in 1795 in Kingston-upon-Hull, England Died in 1885 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island At age 11, Bayfield joined the Royal Navy. In the 1816 Henry Bayfield assisted Captain William Fitzwilliam Owen in surveying various Canadian rivers and lakes. In June 1817, Bayfield was made the admiralty surveyor for North America. He surveyed Lake Superior, Lake Erie and Lake Huron, among many others. in 1827 he travelled to Quebec to complete surveys of the St Lawrence River. In 1841 his headquarters were moved to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Chart of the Hillsborough Bay by Admiral Henry Wolsey Bayfield, 1845 The town of Bayfield, Ontario, the cities of…
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Joni Mitchell | Songwriter

Joni Mitchell | Songwriter

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From: Fort Macleod, Alberta Roberta Joan "Joni" Mitchell is a singer-songwriter and painter. Rolling Stone called her "one of the greatest songwriters ever". Born in 1943 in Fort Macleod, Alberta Joni Mitchell, responsible for hits such as Both Sides Now and Big Yellow Taxi, is widely considered 1960s and '70s folk royalty. 1970. Both Sides Now   In 1968, she recorded her first, self-titled album.   Mitchell won her first Grammy Award (best folk performance) for her 1969 album, Clouds. She has won seven more Grammy Awards since then, in several different categories, including traditional pop, pop music and lifetime achievement. Drawing from folk, pop, rock and jazz, Mitchell's songs often reflect social and environmental ideals as well as her feelings about romance, confusion, disillusionment and joy.   Fort Macleod,…
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Peter Wintonick | Documentary Filmmaker

Peter Wintonick | Documentary Filmmaker

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From: Trenton, Ontario Peter Wintonick is one of Canada's best known documentarians.   Born in 1953 in Trenton, Ontario Died in 2013 in Montreal, Quebec Involved in more than 100 films and media projects, Peter Wintonick was best known for Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media (1992). 2013. Noam Chomsky about Peter Wintonick:   Wintonick edited advertisements for Pierre Trudeau’s election campaign. Won the Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts in 2006; Founded Necessary Illusions Productions with Mark Achbar; Co-founded digital media development forum DocAgora; Co-directed, with his daughter, filmmaker Mira Burt-Wintonick, the 2009 documentary PilgrIMAGE, a film about documentary filmmaking.   Trenton is a community in Southern Ontario in the municipality of Quinte West. Trenton is the starting point for the Trent-Severn Waterway, which continues northwest…
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Myriam Bédard | Olympic Champion

Myriam Bédard | Olympic Champion

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From: L'Ancienne-Lorette, Quebec Myriam Bédard is a biathlete. She represented Canada at two Winter Olympics winning gold medals, and a bronze medal. Born in 1969 in L'Ancienne-Lorette, Quebec 1994. Myriam Bedard Returns Home Triumphant   Bédard took up biathlon at the age of 15 and entered her first competition the next year using rented skis. Three years later she was a member of the national team. As of 2014, Bédard is the only Canadian biathlete, male or female, ever to win an Olympic medal, and the only North American biathlete ever to win Olympic gold.   L'Ancienne-Lorette is a town in central Quebec. The history dates back to 1674 when a group of Hurons fleeing war with the Iroquois settled there under the protection of the French. Histoire de la…
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Alan Doyle | Great Big Sea Frontman

Alan Doyle | Great Big Sea Frontman

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From: Petty Harbour, Newfoundland and Labrador Alan Thomas Doyle is a musician and actor, the lead singers of the iconic folk-rock band Great Big Sea. Born in 1969 in Petty Harbour, Newfoundland and Labrador  Alan Doyle in his home town Petty Harbour: When Alan Doyle studied at Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John's, he met Séan McCann, Bob Hallett and Darrell Power with whom he helped to form Great Big Sea. He primarily plays electric and acoustic guitars, and the bouzouki for live performances, but he's been known to play mandolin and banjo. As a child, Alan appeared as an extra in the movie A Whale for the Killing, based on Farley Mowat's book of the same name, which was filmed in his hometown. Doyle has guest starred on the…
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Andrew Ford | Zootopia Animator

Andrew Ford | Zootopia Animator

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From: Humboldt, Saskatchewan Andrew Ford started working for Disney in 2015 when he was hired to do character animation for Zootopia, the Oscar winner for the best animated feature. Born in Humboldt, Saskatchewan Ford started his career by working for Electronic Arts with the Need For Speed video games but decided he wanted to go into key frame animation. Ford was influenced by Cordell Barker, the Winnipeg animator responsible for National Film Board films like The Cat Came Back and Strange Invaders. Ford’s first project with Disney was Zootopia. Another movie Ford worked on, Moana, was nominated for two Oscars. Andrew is now working on Wreck-It Ralph 2, which is scheduled to come out 2018. According to Saskatoon StarPhoenix, Ford eventually plans to come back to Canada. His “faraway retirement…
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Gordon Pinsent | Icon Actor

Gordon Pinsent | Icon Actor

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From: Grand Falls, Newfoundland and Labrador Gordon Edward Pinsent is star of stage, screen, television, and radio.  Born in 1930 in Grand Falls, Newfoundland and Labrador Gordon Pinsent is an icon to audiences across Canada. Newfoundland settings and characters are important in Gordon Pinsent's writings. Responsible for many of his own best roles, Pinsent wrote the screenplay and the musical version of The Rowdyman (1972). Gordon is known for his roles in Away from Her, John and the Missus, A Gift to Last, Due South, The Red Green Show and Quentin Durgens. Gordon Pinsent published his first memoir, By the Way, in 1992 and a second, Next, in 2012. Gordon Pinsent on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight:   Grand Falls-Windsor is a town on the island of Newfoundland. In 1768, Lieutenant John…
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Rosie MacLennan | Trampoline Champion

Rosie MacLennan | Trampoline Champion

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From: King, Ontario Rosannagh "Rosie" MacLennan is a World and Olympic Trampoline champion. Born in 1988 in King, Ontario At age 11, Rosie began competing internationally and was the Canadian National Women’s Champion three times. MacLennan was Canada's flagbearer in the opening ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympics. Achievements: 2013 World Trampoline champion, 2012 and 2016 Olympic champion, 2011 and 2015 Pan American Games champion in the individual trampoline event, Canadian National Women's champion in 2005, 2009 and 2011. MacLennan trains at Skyrider's Trampoline Place in Richmond Hill, Ontario, with coach David Ross, who has coached all of Canada's Olympic trampolinists. 2012: MacLennan’s grandfather was selected as a gymnast for the 1940 Summer Olympics in Tokyo but was unable to compete as the games were cancelled due to the outbreak…
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Allan Hawco | ‘Jake Doyle’

Allan Hawco | ‘Jake Doyle’

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From: Goulds, Newfoundland and Labrador Allan Hawco is an actor and producer, best known for his roles in the series Republic of Doyle, ZOS: Zone of Separation and The Book of Negroes, and the television films H2O and The Trojan Horse. Born in 1977 in Bell Island, Newfoundland Grew up in Goulds, Newfoundland and Labrador Hawco was born on Bell Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, as the youngest of four children but moved to at an early age. He is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal. Allan Hawco in Newfoundland's majestic Gros Morne National Park   Most recognized from his lead role as ‘Jake Doyle’ on the CBC hit TV series, “Republic of Doyle”, Allan also served as the Co-Creator, Showrunner, Executive Producer, and Head Writer for…
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Farley Mowat | Writer, Environmentalist

Farley Mowat | Writer, Environmentalist

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From: Port Hope, Ontario Farley McGill Mowat is one of Canada's most widely read authors. His works were translated into 52 languages, and he sold more than 17 million books. Born in 1921 in Belleville, Ontario Resting place - Port Hope, Ontario Lived in Burgeo, Newfoundland and Labrador Died in 2014 in Cobourg, Ontario Farley Mowat achieved fame with the publication of his books on the Canadian north, such as People of the Deer (1952) and Never Cry Wolf (1963). His subject is frequently the defense of the natural world: his Never Cry Wolf is credited with changing the stereotypically negative perception of wolves as vicious killers. Farley Mowat: "Never let the facts get in the way of the truth" Farley Mowat lived in Burgeo, Newfoundland and Labrador, for 5 years during his…
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Wallace McCain | McCain Foods Limited Founder

Wallace McCain | McCain Foods Limited Founder

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From: Florenceville, New Brunswick G. Wallace F. McCain was a co-founder of the frozen foods empire McCain Foods Limited with his brother Harrison McCain. Born in 1930 in Florenceville, New Brunswick Died in 2011 in Toronto, Ontario In 2015, with an estimated net worth of $US 3.55 billion, McCain was ranked by Forbes as the 13th wealthiest Canadian and 512th in the world. CBC. My First Million: Wallace McCain:   The company was founded in 1956 and has quickly become the world's largest supplier of frozen foods, satisfying more than a third of the international demand for French fries. National French Fry Day in Florenceville:     Florenceville-Bristol is a town in the northwest part of New Brunswick. Canada. The town is located on the banks of the Saint John…
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Hayley Wickenheiser | Five-time Olympic medalist

Hayley Wickenheiser | Five-time Olympic medalist

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From: Shaunavon, Saskatchewan Hayley Wickenheiser is regarded as one of the best female hockey players in the world. Born in 1978 in Shaunavon, Saskatchewan Hayley Wickenheiser was the first woman to play full-time professional hockey in a position other than goalie. Wickenheiser was a member of Canada women's national ice hockey team for 23 years, from 1994 until announcing her retirement on January 13, 2017.  As an Olympian, she earned: a silver medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics four Olympic gold medals in 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics. She is the team's career points leader with 168 goals and 211 assists in 276 games. 2010. Hayley Wickenheiser in her small town:   In 2014, Wickenheiser was elected to the International Olympic Committee's Athletes' Commission 2014. Shaunavon Public School…
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Leonard Cohen | Iconic Singer

Leonard Cohen | Iconic Singer

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From: Westmount, Quebec Leonard Norman Cohen is a legendary singer, poet, songwriter and artist.    Born in 1934 in a suburb of Montreal, Westmount, Quebec Died in 2016 in Los Angeles, California Singer, songwriter, musician, poet, novelist, painter... Leonard Cohen was known for his poetic lyrics, iconic songs and baritone voice. An early writer and guitarist, Cohen began to compose and release folk-rock and pop songs by the mid-1960s. CBC, 1966. Leonard Cohen talks about the poetic mind:   One of his most famous compositions is "Hallelujah," a song released on 1984's Various Positions.  Cohen was inducted into both the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame as well as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was a Companion of the Order of…
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Bobby Orr | Hockey Defenseman

Bobby Orr | Hockey Defenseman

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From: Parry Sound, Ontario Robert Gordon "Bobby" Orr is one of the greatest hockey players of all time. Orr used his ice skating speed, scoring, and play-making abilities to revolutionize the position of defenseman. Born in 1948 in Parry Sound, Ontario In his first NHL game, against the Detroit Red Wings and Gordie Howe, 18-year-old Bobby Orr impressed the home crowd with his defensive abilities. He blocked shots, made checks and moved opposing players away from the net. He also recorded his first point - an assist. Orr played in the NHL for 12 seasons, starting with 10 with the Boston Bruins followed by two with the Chicago Black Hawks. The only defenseman to have won the league scoring title with two Art Ross Trophies. The record for most points…
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Alexander Graham Bell | Telephone Inventor

Alexander Graham Bell | Telephone Inventor

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First town in Canada: Paris, Ontario Alexander Graham Bell was a scientist, inventor, engineer, and innovator who is credited with patenting the first practical telephone. Bell’s voice:   Born in 1847 in Edinburgh, Scotland Lived in: Paris, Ontario Brantford, Ontario Died in 1922 in Beinn Bhreagh, Baddeck, Nova Scotia On August 10, 1876, the world’s first long distance phone call was made from the a shop in the village of Paris to the Alexander Graham Bell Homestead near Brantford. Bell to Mr. Watson: "Mr. Watson—Come here—I want to see you"   In 1870, aged 23, Bell travelled to Canada. After landing at Quebec City, the Bells boarded a train to Paris, Ontario, to stay with the Reverend Thomas Henderson, a family friend. After a brief stay with the Hendersons, the…
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Robert-Ralph Carmichael | Loonie Creator

Robert-Ralph Carmichael | Loonie Creator

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From: Echo Bay, Ontario Robert-Ralph Carmichael was an artist who designed the image of the common loon on the reverse side of the Canadian one-dollar coin. Born in 1937 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Lived near Echo Bay, Ontario Died in 2016 in Sault Ste. Marie The one-dollar coin takes its name, loonie, from the image of the bird on the reverse. The artwork depicts a loon swimming in a lake, with coniferous trees visible on a point of land on the horizon. Carmichael's initials, RRC, are visible directly under the loon's beak, between the ripples on the surface of the water. Since June 30, 1987, when Carmichael’s loonie design went into circulation, it has been reproduced more than a billion times. Robert-Ralph lived near the northern town of Echo Bay,…
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Paul Triquet | Victoria Cross Recipient

Paul Triquet | Victoria Cross Recipient

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From: Cabano, Quebec Brigadier-General Paul Triquet was a Canadian recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest award for valour "in the face of the enemy".   Born in 1910 in Cabano, Quebec Died in 1980 in Quebec City, Quebec Paul Triquet was 33 years old, and a captain in the Royal 22e Régiment, Canadian Army, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps during the Second World War. On December 14, 1943, Captain Triquet’s company, augmented by an Ontario Tank Regiment squadron, fiercely assaulted the fortified Casa Berardi. Enemy resistance cut them off from the rest of the regiment. Triquet rallied his men by saying, "The enemy is before us, behind us, and on our flanks; the only safe place is the target." With only fifteen men and three tanks remaining, he continued to…
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Tanya Tagaq | Throat Singer

Tanya Tagaq | Throat Singer

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From: Cambridge Bay, Nunavut Inuit throat singer and artist Tanya Tagaq won the Polaris Prize for best Canadian album in 2014, for Animism. Born in 1975 in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut Tanya Tagaq explains the sounds of throat singing:   Tagaq studied visual arts at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and while there developed her own solo form of Inuit throat singing, which is normally done by two women. Tagaq first became widely known both in Canada and internationally for her collaborations with Björk, including concert tours and the 2004 album Medúlla. In December 2016, Tagaq was named a Member of the Order of Canada. Song "Uja" from the Polaris Music Prize winning album Animism, by Tanya Tagaq:   Cambridge Bay is a hamlet located on Victoria Island…
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Sidney Crosby | Hockey Player

Sidney Crosby | Hockey Player

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From: Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia Sidney Patrick Crosby is one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players in history. Born in 1987 in Halifax hospital, Nova Scotia Grew up in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia   'Sid the Kid' has won Stanley Cup twice with Penguins, two Olympic gold medals, World Cup with Canada. August 7, 2009. Sidney Crosby brings Stanley Cup to Cole Harbour, his home town   Sidney Crosby serves as captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League. Crosby continues to be active in the community in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia: In 2009, he created the Sidney Crosby Foundation, an organization committed to providing support to charities benefiting children. In 2015, he launched an inaugural Hockey School in Cole Harbour. Watch There's No Place Like Home With…
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Jonny Harris | Comedian

Jonny Harris | Comedian

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From: Pouch Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador Jonathan "Jonny" Harris is an actor and comedian, best known for Murdoch Mysteries and Still Standing on CBC.    Born in 1975 in Pouch Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador Jonny Harris has appeared regularly at The Halifax Comedy Festival, The Winnipeg Comedy Festival, CBC Radio’s Madly Off in All Directions and The Debaters, and has appeared as both a stand-up and sketch comic at Montreal’s Just for Laughs Festival. Harris currently plays Constable George Crabtree on CBC’s crime-drama Murdoch Mysteries, for which he has garnered two Gemini nominations for Best Supporting-Lead in a Dramatic Series.   Jonny Harris about Small Towns of Canada:   Jonny Harris is a Still Standing’s host (CBC). Still Standing follows Jonny as he sets off across the country once more,…
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Roman Kroitor | IMAX Founder

Roman Kroitor | IMAX Founder

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From: Yorkton, Saskatchewan Roman Kroitor was a filmmaker known as a co-founder of IMAX, and as creator of the Sandde hand-drawn stereoscopic animation system. Born in 1926 in Yorkton, Saskatchewan Died in 2012 in Quebec Roman Kroitor was a brilliant technical innovator who pioneered new cinematographic approaches for decades. Roman studied philosophy and psychology at the University of Manitoba and then worked for the National Film Board of Canada. He directed his first film, Rescue Party in 1949. Kroitor made enormous contributions to filmmaking during his tenure at the NFB in the 1950s and 1960s, developing the IMAX giant-screen format at the NFB’s Montreal studio. Watch documentary of Roman Kroitor & Wolf Koenig (1959) about other famous Canadian Glenn Gould: Watch other fantastic films of Roman Kroitor   Yorkton is…
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James Cameron | Avatar Director

James Cameron | Avatar Director

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From: Kapuskasing, Ontario Chippawa, Ontario James Francis "Jim" Cameron is a filmmaker, director, producer, screenwriter, inventor, engineer, philanthropist, and deep-sea explorer. Born in 1954 in Kapuskasing, Ontario Grew up in Chippawa, Ontario Cameron moved to California when he was 17. Working as a truck driver for a bit, Cameron decided to quit that job to get into the film industry. His first film was Xenogenesis, which he scripted and shot with his friends. He first found major success with the science fiction action film The Terminator (1984). Cameron’s movies: Aliens (1986) The Abyss (1989) Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) Titanic (1997) Avatar (2009) Avatar was in particular a landmark for 3D technology. In the time between making Titanic and Avatar, Cameron spent several years creating many documentary films (specifically underwater…
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Norman Bethune | Hero of China

Norman Bethune | Hero of China

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From: Gravenhurst, OntarioDr. Norman Bethune’s statues and photo-graphs of him can be found everywhere in China. More than 250 schools, hospitals and museums have been dedicated to him. Elementary school children read about him in their textbooks. In fact, his name is known more in China than in Canada.Born in 1890 in Gravenhurst, OntarioGrew up in Owen Sound, OntarioDied in 1939 in Tang County, Hebei, ChinaHenry Norman Bethune was a physician and medical innovator.Dr. Bethune effectively brought modern medicine to rural China and often treated sick villagers as much as wounded soldiers.His selfless commitment made a profound impression on the Chinese people, especially CPC's leader, Mao Zedong. The chairman wrote a famous eulogy to him, which was memorized by generations of Chinese people.Painting representing Bethune's only meeting with MaoWatch about…
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Red Kelly | Greatest Hockey Player

Red Kelly | Greatest Hockey Player

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From: Simcoe, Ontario Leonard Patrick "Red" Kelly is one of the '100 Greatest NHL Players' in history. Born in 1927 in Simcoe, Ontario Attended Doan's Hollow Public School in Port Dover, Ontario   Kelly attended St. Michael's College School, all-boys Roman Catholic day school in Toronto. "They only had natural ice and open-air ponds so you'd play hockey out on the ponds. You'd go out a few miles to the cedar swamp to play by the tracks." Red Kelly about his earliest hockey memories In 1947 19-year-old Kelly joined the Detroit Red Wings directly from St. Michael's. Red Kelly become one of the National Hockey League's best-ever defensemen early in his career and a high-scoring center at the end. He won Stanley Cup eight times, four as defenseman with Red Wings, four as center with Maple Leafs. On January…
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Avril Lavigne | Singer

Avril Lavigne | Singer

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From: Napanee, Ontario Since her sensational debut in 2002, Avril Ramona Lavigne has remained one of the world’s top pop icons. Avril Lavigne. O Canada   Born in 1984 in Belleville, Ontario Grew up in Napanee, Ontario By the age of 15, Avril had appeared on stage with Shania Twain. By 16, she had signed a two-album recording contract worth more than $2 million. In 2002, Lavigne shot to international pop stardom with the 6x-platinum Let Go. Lavigne has scored a string of international hit singles earned eight Grammy Award nominations, won eight Canadian Juno Awards, sold more than 35 million albums, 20 million tracks worldwide.   When Lavigne was five years old, the family moved to Greater Napanee, Ontario where she spent most of her childhood. Watch Avril Lavigne…
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W. Brett Wilson | Dragons’ Den Panelist

W. Brett Wilson | Dragons’ Den Panelist

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From: North Battleford, Saskatchewan William Brett Wilson is one of Canada’s most successful businessmen and respected philanthropists. He was a season 3 panelist on CBC Dragons' Den. Born in 1957 in North Battleford, Saskatchewan W. Brett Wilson was born in small town North Battleford. His mother was a social worker and father sold cars. "My roots are capitalism with a heart." W. Brett Wilson The Calgary-based entrepreneur, Wilson began work as an investment banker with McLeod Young Weir Limited (now Scotia Capital). He is co-founder of FirstEnergy Capital Corp (1993) — one of the energy industry's leading investment banks.   He is Chairman of Prairie Merchant Corporation. Brett Wilson received the order of Canada in 2012 from Gov. Gen. David Johnston.   North Battleford is a city in west-central Saskatchewan. It is…
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Billy Bishop | Flying Ace

Billy Bishop | Flying Ace

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From: Owen Sound, Ontario Air Marshal William Avery "Billy" Bishop was the top-scoring Canadian and Imperial ace of the World War 1, credited with 72 victories Born in 1894 in Owen Sound, Ontario Died in 1956 in West Palm Beach, Florida 72 victories made Billy the top Canadian ace of the war. During the World War 2, Bishop was instrumental in setting up and promoting the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. Billy Bishop and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill Bishop had his first experience with aviation at 15 in the town of Owen Sound. He built an aircraft out of cardboard, wood crates and string, and "flew" off the roof of his three-story house. He was dug, unharmed, out of the wreckage by his sister. Billy Bishop's legacy | 2010…
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Jim Balsillie | RIM CEO

Jim Balsillie | RIM CEO

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From: Seaforth, Ontario James Laurence "Jim" Balsillie is a businessman, philanthropist and former co-CEO of the Research In Motion (RIM, 'BlackBerry'). Born in 1961 in Seaforth, Ontario Residense in Guelph, Ontario In 1992 James became Chairman and co-CEO of Research In Motion, the wireless technology firm that revolutionized the communications industry with the development of the BlackBerry. Under his leadership, the company grew from an idea into a company with over $20 billion in global sales. Interview with Jim Balsillie | CBC | 2008 : James is also the founder of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), Canadian International Council (CIC), Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA) and the Arctic Research Foundation (ARF).   Seaforth is a quintessential small town in southern Ontario in the municipality of Huron East,…
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John Patch | Screw Propeller Inventor

John Patch | Screw Propeller Inventor

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From: Yarmouth, Nova Scotia John Patch was a sailor and fisherman who invented one of the first versions of the screw propeller. Born in 1781 in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia Died in 1861 in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia One day, while watching a small boat being manoeuvered with a single oar, John Patch came up with the idea for a device which would allow steamships to travel without need of inefficient paddlewheels or wind-dependent sails. Thirty years later he had seen his idea become reality. During the winter of 1832-33, Patch developed and built the screw propeller, a wooden shaft with two "fans" at the end. In 1833 Patch tested his invention in Yarmouth Harbour. In 1834 Captain Robert Kelley agreed to put it on his 25-ton ship, the Royal George. The…
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Jim Carrey | Comedian

Jim Carrey | Comedian

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From: Newmarket, Ontario Aldershot, Ontario James Eugene "Jim" Carrey is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, impressionist, screenwriter, and producer. He is known for his highly energetic slapstick performances. Born in 1962 in Newmarket, Ontario Lived in Aldershot, Ontario   As the guy who gave life to talking asses (in the Ace Ventura films), skirt-chasing crazies in green masks (in The Mask) and made sayings like "Alrighty then" and "Smokin'" part of our every day movie-quoting culture lingo, Jim Carrey has been the de facto comedy king since the early '90s. According to his own testimony, at age ten, Carrey wrote a letter to Carol Burnett of the Carol Burnett Show pointing out that he was already a master of impressions and should be considered for a role on the show; he…
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Rita MacNeil | Singer

Rita MacNeil | Singer

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From: Big Pond, Nova Scotia Rita MacNeil was one of Canada’s most beloved country and folk singers from the community of Big Pond on Nova Scotia's Cape Breton Island. Born in 1944 in Big Pond, Nova Scotia Died in 2013 in Sydney, Nova Scotia At the age of 42, Rita MacNeil was invited to sing at Expo 86 in Vancouver and she became an overnight success. Rita’s biggest hit, "Flying On Your Own", was a crossover Top 40 hit in 1987. 1989. CBC about Rita MacNeil:   She found inspiration in the women’s movement in Canada in the 1970s and wrote many songs about women having a voice. Rita MacNeil went on to record 24 albums and sell millions of records. In 1982, Rita bought an old school house in…
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Sir William Osler | Father of Modern Medicine

Sir William Osler | Father of Modern Medicine

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From: Bond Head, Ontario Sir William Osler was a physician and one of the four founding professors of Johns Hopkins Hospital. Born in 1849 in Bond Head, Canada West Died in 1919 in Oxford, England, UK "To study medicine without books is to sail an uncharted sea; while to study medicine only from books is not to go to sea at all." William Osler     Osler created the first residency program for specialty training of physicians, and he was the first to bring medical students out of the lecture hall for bedside clinical training. He has frequently been described as the "Father of Modern Medicine". In 1892, he published his most famous work, Principles and Practice of Medicine. Osler was a person of many interests, who in addition to…
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Tim Horton | Tim Hortons Founder

Tim Horton | Tim Hortons Founder

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From: Cochrane, Ontario Miles Gilbert "Tim" Horton was a professional hockey player, a defenceman for 24 seasons in the National Hockey League. Born in 1930 in Cochrane, Ontario Died in 1974 in St. Catharines, Ontario Horton was one of the best defenseman from the National Hockey League’s Original Six Era and spent the majority of his career with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Also a successful businessman, Horton was a co-founder of the Tim Hortons restaurant chain. In 1964 Horton established a little coffee and donut shop in Hamilton, Ontario, selling coffee for a quarter and featuring his own personal creations, the apple fritter and the Dutchie.   The shop was an enormous success. In 1967 Horton entered a franchise partnership with Ron Joyce. Tim Horton and Ron Joyce After Horton’s death…
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Margaret Atwood | Iconic Author

Margaret Atwood | Iconic Author

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Resided: Alliston, Ontario Margaret Eleanor Atwood is a poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, and environmental activist. Born in 1939 in Ottawa. Lived in Alliston, Ontario in 1973-1980 Margaret Atwood is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. She is a winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award and Prince of Asturias Award for Literature, has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize five times, winning once, and has been a finalist for the Governor General's Award several times, winning twice.   Margaret Atwood grew up in northern Ontario and Quebec, and in Toronto. She received her undergraduate degree from Victoria College at the University of Toronto and her master’s degree from Radcliffe College. In 1973 she formed a relationship with fellow novelist Graeme Gibson and moved…
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Joey Smallwood | 1st Premier of Newfoundland

Joey Smallwood | 1st Premier of Newfoundland

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From: Gambo, Newfoundland Joseph Roberts "Joey" Smallwood was the main force that brought the Dominion of Newfoundland into the Canadian confederation in 1949. Born in 1900 in Gambo, Newfoundland In office 1949 – 1972 Died in 1991 in St. John's, Newfoundland Joey Smallwood: To be Canadian   Joey Smallwood became the first Premier of Newfoundland and served until 1972. As premier, he vigorously promoted economic development, championed the welfare state, and emphasized modernization of education and transportation. From CBC Newfoundland archives: when Fidel Castro gave his first interview outside of Cuba in 1973, it happened at the request of Joey Smallwood. The late CBC reporter Ken Meeker was there; he tells the story about the two men chatting at Gander International Airport.   Gambo is a town in northeastern Newfoundland…
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Justin Bieber | Singer

Justin Bieber | Singer

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From: Stratford, Ontario Justin Drew Bieber was discovered by a talent manager through his YouTube video covering songs in 2008. Born in 1994 in London, Ontario Grew up in Stratford, Ontario 2007, Stratford, outside the Avon Theatre:  The same place, five years later:   In 2007, aged 12, Bieber sang Ne-Yo's "So Sick" for a local singing competition in Stratford and was placed second. His mother Pattie Mallette posted a video of the performance on YouTube. She continued to upload videos of Bieber singing covers of various R&B songs. Year later, Bieber was discovered by Scooter Braun, a former marketing executive of So So Def Recordings. Bieber released his debut EP, My World, in late 2009. It was certified Platinum in the U.S. He became the first artist to have…
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Calixa Lavallée | O Canada Author

Calixa Lavallée | O Canada Author

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From: Verchères, Quebec Calixa Lavallée is best known for composing the music for O Canada. It officially became the national anthem of Canada in 1967. The modern version became official with an Act of Parliament in 1980.   Born in 1842 in Verchères, Quebec Died in 1891 in Boston, Massachusetts Lavallée began his musical education with his father, who taught him organ by age 11. At age 13, he performed a piano concert at the Théâtre royal de Montréal. In 1857 Lavallée moved to the U.S. and lived in Rhode Island. Calixa Lavallée was Union Army band musician during the American Civil War. In the 1870s Lavallée returned to Montreal. In 1880, to celebrate St. Jean-Baptiste Day the Lieutenant Governor of Québec commissioned Lavallée to write a musical setting for a patriotic poem.  The result was O Canada,…
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Donald Hings | Walkie-Talkie Inventor

Donald Hings | Walkie-Talkie Inventor

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Worked in Trail, British Columbia Donald L. Hings, an engineer and inventor, equipped the Canadian and British military with an early version of the portable two-way wireless radio (walkie-talkie) during the Second World War. Born in 1907 in Leicester, England Resided and worked in Trail, British Columbia  Died in 2004 in Burnaby, British Columbia Born in Leicester, England, he moved to Canada with his mother and father when he was three. In 1937 Donald Hings created a portable radio signaling system for his employer CM&S, which he called a "packset", but which later became known as the "Walkie-Talkie". He was working at Cominco in Trail, British Columbia. In 1939 CM&S sent Hings to Ottawa to redevelop his new invention for military use, and he worked there from 1940 to 1945.…
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Bruce Ridpath | 1911 Stanley Cup Champion

Bruce Ridpath | 1911 Stanley Cup Champion

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From: Lakefield (Selwyn now), Ontario David Bruce Ridpath was a professional ice hockey player and general manager. Born in 1884 in Lakefield, Ontario Died in 1925 in Toronto David Ridpath was a member of the 1911 Stanley Cup champion Ottawa Senators. Ridpath was on his way to a glorious hockey legacy before tragedy struck. On Toronto's busy Yonge Street an automobile ran into him, fracturing his skull. Though he attempted a comeback, the accident cut his career short in 1912. Ridpath died in 1925 at the age of 40 at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. 1898 Oldest Ice Hockey Film Footage:     Selwyn (Formerly known as Smith-Ennismore-Lakefield) is a township in central-eastern Ontario, Canada, located in Peterborough County.   Winter 2014. Canoe race in Lakefield, Ontario Read and watch more about…
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Ryan Gosling | Oscar Nominee

Ryan Gosling | Oscar Nominee

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From: London, Ontario Cornwall, Ontario Burlington, Ontario Ryan Gosling was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor for his work in La La Land. Born in 1980 in London, Ontario Because of his father's work, the family moved around a lot. Gosling lived in Cornwall, Ontario, and Burlington, Ontario. Young Ryan Gosling gives a tour of his hometown of Cornwall, Ontario:    Ryan, 1998:    Ryan began his career as a child star on the Disney Channel's Mickey Mouse Club (1993–95). His first starring role was as a Jewish neo-Nazi in The Believer (2001). Latest Ryan’s tweet, October 2016:   Cornwall is a city in Eastern Ontario, and the seat of the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry. Cornwall is Ontario's easternmost city, located on the Saint Lawrence River.
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Tom Thomson | Artist

Tom Thomson | Artist

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From: Claremont, Ontario Thomas John "Tom" Thomson was an influential artist of the early 20th century. Born in 1877 in Claremont, Ontario Died in 1917 in Canoe Lake, Algonquin Park, Ontario The West Wind, winter 1916-1917 "It may interest you to know that the "West Wind' was done at Lake Cauchon. Thomson, myself, Lorne (sic) Harris… were up there. It was blowing very hard and Lorne Harris was painting further up shore. The wind blew down the tree of the picture and Harris at first thought Thomson was killed but he soon sprang up, waved his hand to him and went on painting." MacCallum to Mrs. A.C. Beatty, also in Reid, The Jack Pine, 18-19 Tom Thomson was encouraged to paint by his colleagues, J.E.H. MacDonald, Arthur Lismer and Fred…
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Emily Stowe | 1st Female Doctor

Emily Stowe | 1st Female Doctor

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From: Norwich, Ontario Dr. Emily Howard Stowe was the first female doctor to practice in Canada and an activist for women's rights and suffrage. Born in 1831 in Norwich Township, Oxford County, Ontario Died in 1903 in Muskoka, Ontario No Canadian college would accept a woman student, so she enrolled at the New York Medical College for Women and on her graduation in 1867 set up a practice in Toronto. She organized the Woman's Medical College, Toronto, in 1883. Stowe helped found the women's suffrage movement in Canada. In 1876 she had founded the Toronto Women's Literary Club, Canada's first suffrage group. She was principal founder and first president of the Dominion Women's Enfranchisement Assn (1889).   The Township of Norwich is a municipality located in Oxford County in Southwestern Ontario.…
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George-Étienne Cartier | Father of Confederation

George-Étienne Cartier | Father of Confederation

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From: Saint-Antoine-sur-Richelieu, Quebec Sir George-Étienne Cartier, 1st Baronet, was a lawyer, rebel, railway promoter, statesman and one of the Fathers of Confederation. Born in 1814 in Saint-Antoine-sur-Richelieu, Lower Canada Died in 1873 in London, England “[Cartier] was as bold as a lion. He was just the man I wanted. But for him, Confederation could not have been carried.” Sir John A. Macdonald There were 36 original Fathers of Confederation.  Fathers of Confederation; Charlottetown Conference, September 1864. At centre sitting is John A. Macdonald. Standing to his right, top hat in hand, is George Etienne Cartier. Cartier was responsible for bringing French Canada, Manitoba and British Columbia into the Dominion. His alliance with Sir John A. Macdonald began as a key political manoeuvre to force a political coalition. During his long…
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Alice Munro | Nobel Laureate

Alice Munro | Nobel Laureate

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From:  Wingham, Ontario Clinton, Ontario Alice Ann Munro is a short story writer and Nobel Prize winner. Born in 1931 in Wingham, Ontario Lives in Clinton, Ontario Alice attended the University of Western Ontario where she studied English and published her first short story in the university's literary magazine. Her first book of short stories was published in 1968 and since then she has published fifteen more. Her work frequently appears in magazines including The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, and the Paris Review.   In 1976, she married Gerald Fremlin, a cartographer and geographer. The couple moved to and moved to his hometown of Clinton, Ontario, not far from Wingham. Gerald died in April, 2013. On December 10, 2013, Alice Munro was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. The…
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James Naismith | Basketball Inventor

James Naismith | Basketball Inventor

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From: Almonte, Ontario James Naismith was a physical educator, physician, chaplain, sports coach and innovator. He invented the game of basketball at age 30 in 1891. Born in 1861 in Almonte, Ontario Died in 1939 in Lawrence, Kansas, USA Naismith studied physical education at McGill University in Montreal. He wrote the original basketball rule book and founded the University of Kansas basketball program. Radio Interview, 1939   Naismith lived to see basketball adopted as an Olympic demonstration sport in 1904. He saw basketball make its Olympic Games debut in 1936 at Berlin.     Almonte is a town in the eastern portion of Ontario. Formerly a separate municipality, Almonte is now a ward of the town of Mississippi Mills. Almonte offers museums and several historical spots, such as the home…
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Donald Sutherland | Actor

Donald Sutherland | Actor

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Grew up: Bridgewater, Nova Scotia Donald McNichol Sutherland is one of the most respected, prolific and versatile character actors of Canada. Born in 1935 in Saint John, New Brunswick Teenage years spent in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. Residence - Georgeville, Quebec. Sutherland grew up in the town of Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, where he also graduated from high school. As a teenage, at age 14 Sutherland started in CKBW radio station in Bridgewateras as a news correspondent and disc jockey. CBC Archive, 1970: Donald Sutherland reflects on his Canadian roots   Sutherland’s film career spans six decades. He has appeared in almost 200 different shows and films. A Dry White Season (1989), JFK (1991), A Time to Kill (1996), Without Limits (1998), The Italian Job (2003), Cold Mountain (2003), Pride & Prejudice (2005),…
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Ace Bailey | Hockey Player

Ace Bailey | Hockey Player

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From: Bracebridge, Ontario Irvine Wallace "Ace" Bailey was a professional hockey player. He played for the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1926-1933.   Born in 1903 in Bracebridge, Ontario. Died in 1992 in Toronto, Ontario. Bailey's career came to an abrupt end on December 12, 1933, when he was hit from behind by Eddie Shore of the Boston Bruins. It was feared that Bailey would not survive after severely injuring his head. Bailey did recover, but never played hockey again. The Ace Bailey Benefit Game was the first all-star game in National Hockey League (NHL) history. It was played on February 14, 1934 at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto to raise money to support Ace Bailey. Watch:   Bailey (left) shakes the hand of Eddie Shore at the benefit All-Star Game held in honour of…
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Diana Krall | Jazz Singer

Diana Krall | Jazz Singer

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From: Nanaimo, British Columbia Diana Jean Krall is a jazz pianist and singer, known for her contralto vocals. Born in 1964 in Nanaimo, British Columbia Diana Krall has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide. Krall is the only jazz singer to have eight albums debuting at the top of the Billboard Jazz Albums. She has won five Grammy Awards and eight Juno Awards.   "Dream a Little Dream of Me", Live Concert, Montreal Jazz Festival, 1996. Diana Krall’s interview, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, 1999:       Nanaimo is a city on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. It is known as "The Harbour City." The City was previously known as the "Hub City" which has been attributed to its original layout design where the streets radiated…
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Frederick Banting | Insulin Co-discoverer

Frederick Banting | Insulin Co-discoverer

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From: Alliston, Ontario Sir Frederick Grant Banting is a Nobel Laureate noted as co-discoverer of insulin and its therapeutic potential. Born in 1891 in Alliston, Ontario. Died in 1941 near Musgrave Harbour, Dominion of Newfoundland. In 1920 Frederick Banting wrote down an idea for research aimed at isolating an internal secretion of the pancreas that might prove to be a cure for diabetes. In 1921, Banting began work in University of Toronto under the direction of Professor J.J.R. Macleod and assisted by C.H. Best. The Toronto experiments culminated in the winter of 1921–22 in the discovery of insulin.   As a keen painter, Banting once took part of a painting expedition above the Arctic Circle. When the Second World War broke out, he served as a liaison officer between the British and…
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Ron Joyce | Tim Hortons Co-Founder

Ron Joyce | Tim Hortons Co-Founder

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From: Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia Ronald V. Joyce is best known as the entrepreneur who, in 1964, invested in the first Tim Hortons donut shop in Hamilton, Ontario and then grew the business into one of the most successful food service chains in the world. Born in 1930 in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia Died in 2019 in Burlington, Ontario Joyce established a Dairy Queen franchise in Hamilton, Ontario, and got to know the hockey player Tim Horton by frequenting his doughnut shop. Joyce entered a franchise partnership with Horton in 1967. After Horton's death in an auto accident in 1974, Joyce purchased Horton's share for about $1 million. Tim Horton and Ron Joyce Read more about Ron Joyce in the post "Tim Horton | Tim Hortons Co-founder" Tatamagouche is a town in Colchester…
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Wilfrid Laurier | 7th Prime Minister of Canada | Saint-Lin–Laurentides QC

Wilfrid Laurier | 7th Prime Minister of Canada | Saint-Lin–Laurentides QC

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Sir Henri Charles Wilfrid Laurier, lawyer, journalist, politician, was the 7th Prime Minister of Canada, in office from July 1896, to October 1911. Born in 1841 in Saint-Lin, Canada East (now Saint-Lin–Laurentides, Quebec) Died in 1919 in Ottawa. As a leader of the Liberal Party 1887–1919 and prime minister 1896–1911, Laurier was the dominant political figure of his era. Canada's first francophone prime minister, Laurier is well known for his policies of conciliation, expanding Confederation, and compromise between French and English Canada. [embed]https://youtu.be/DPIqlu7NwZ4[/embed] Saint-Lin–Laurentides is a small town in the Montcalm Regional County Municipality of Quebec. Its population is 17,463 (2011). Wilfrid Laurier’s paternal home is now a National Historic Site of Canada. Parade du Père Noël sera à St-Lin-Laurentides cette année, le 26 nov. 2016 [embed]https://youtu.be/puEjmd_mUBg[/embed]
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Margaret Marshall Saunders | Children’s Writer | From Milton & Berwick NS

Margaret Marshall Saunders | Children’s Writer | From Milton & Berwick NS

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Margaret Marshall Saunders was a prolific writer of children's stories and romance novels, a lecturer, and an animal rights advocate. She is known throughout the world for her novel Beautiful Joe, the story of an abused dog. Beautiful Joe was published in 1894. It has been translated into many languages. It is said to be the first Canadian book to sell more than one million copies worldwide. Born in the village of Milton, Nova Scotia in 1861. Spent most of her childhood in Berwick, Nova Scotia. Died in 1947 in Toronto. Beautiful Joe was a dog from the town of Meaford, Ontario Watch about Margaret Saunders [embed]https://youtu.be/cDGWjbKjSNg[/embed] Margaret Saunders spent the first few years of her life in Berwick, a charming village in the Annapolis Valley. Her parents, Edward Manning…
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K. C. Irving | Industrialist | From Bouctouche NB

K. C. Irving | Industrialist | From Bouctouche NB

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Kenneth Colin Irving, also known as K. C. Irving was one of Canada’s foremost entrepreneurs of the 20th century. He ranked as one of the world's leading industrialists. Born in 1899 in Bouctouche, New Brunswick. Died in 1992 in Saint John, New Brunswick K.C. Irving's business began with a family sawmill in Bouctouche, New Brunswick, in 1882. He founded an empire that ranges from pulp and paper and oil refining to publishing and broadcasting. According to Fortune Magazine (September 1989), at the age of 90, K.C. Irving was the 11th wealthiest man in the world with an estimated fortune of $10 billion. Bouctouche is a town in Kent County, New Brunswick. Irving’s family is dedicated to protecting the area's natural resources with the Irving Eco Centre and helping to revitalize…
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Marie-Philip Poulin | Olympic Champion | From Beauceville, Quebec

Marie-Philip Poulin | Olympic Champion | From Beauceville, Quebec

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Marie-Philip Poulin-Nadeau is an ice hockey forward. Poulin as a member of the Canada women’s national ice hockey team won the gold medal at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, 2014 Winter Olympic in Sochi. Team Canada's golden goal in overtime - Sochi 2014 Olympics [embed]https://youtu.be/wg3Pjk8G5-U[/embed] Born in 1991 in Beauceville, Quebec. In 2010 she had been the youngest member of the team (18 years old) that won gold in Vancouver. Marie-Philip had started figure skating when she was four but didn’t like it. She started playing hockey at age five. Beauceville is a city in the Municipalité régionale de comté Robert-Cliché in Quebec. It is part of the Chaudière-Appalaches region. The population was 6,354 (2011). Beauceville - Début du siècle [embed]https://youtu.be/KVgFuBUddP4[/embed]
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Evangeline Lilly | Actress | From Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta

Evangeline Lilly | Actress | From Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta

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Nicole Evangeline Lilly is an actress and author. She received a Golden Globe nomination for her role as Kate Austen in the ABC series Lost (2004–10). Born in 1979 in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta. Evangeline Lilly won a Screen Actors Guild Award. She is also best known for her roles: Tauriel in The Hobbit, Hope van Dyne in Ant-Man Connie James in The Hurt Locker. [embed]https://youtu.be/fuySiI3ot8A[/embed] Fort Saskatchewan is located 25 kilometres northeast of Edmonton, along the North Saskatchewan River. It was established in 1875 as a fort on the North Saskatchewan River. The community was later incorporated as a village in 1899, a town in 1904, and a city in 1985. Discover Fort Saskatchewan [embed]https://youtu.be/iahlbvzguEU[/embed] Read and watch more about Fort Saskatchewan in the post “Joshua Kutryk | Astronaut”
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Joseph-Armand Bombardier | Snowmobile Inventor | From Valcourt QC

Joseph-Armand Bombardier | Snowmobile Inventor | From Valcourt QC

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Joseph-Armand Bombardier was a French-Canadian inventor and businessman, the founder of Bombardier manufacturer of regional airliners, business jets, and equipment for public transport. His most famous invention was the snowmobile. Born in 1907 in Valcourt, Quebec. Died in 1964 in Sherbrooke, Quebec. Joseph-Armand Bombardier built his first “snow vehicle” at the ripe age of 15. He wanted to help people travel across the snow-covered roads of rural Québec. In 1937, J.-Armand achieved his first major commercial success with the launch of the seven-passenger B7 snowmobile. A plant able to produce more than 200 vehicles a year was built in 1940. Watch CBC report, June 1967 For more detailed information about Joseph-Armand Bombardier, visit J. Armand Bombardier Foundation. Heritage Minutes: Joseph-Armand Bombardier: [embed]https://youtu.be/2ekdUtmtUXo[/embed] Valcourt is a town in Quebec in Le…
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Stephen Leacock | Humorist | From Sutton, Orillia ON

Stephen Leacock | Humorist | From Sutton, Orillia ON

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Stephen P. H Butler Leacock was the best-known English-speaking humorist in the world between the years 1915 and 1925. Born in 1869 in Swanmoow, Isle of Wight, England Grew up in Sutton, Ontario Summer estate in Orillia, Ontario Died in 1944 in Toronto Margaret MacMillan on Stephen Leacock, clip from Extraordinary Canadians [embed]https://youtu.be/7375bVxOHYw[/embed] Leacock’s two masterpieces are Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town (1912) and Arcadian Adventures with the Idle Rich (1914), both of which explore themes of politics, religion and society in two very different settings. “Of course, Pupkin would never have thought of considering himself on an intellectual par with Mallory Tompkins. That would have been ridiculous. Mallory Tompkins had read all sorts of things and had half a mind to write a novel himself—either that or a…
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Joseph Boyd Martin | Dean of Harvard Medical School | From Bassano AB

Joseph Boyd Martin | Dean of Harvard Medical School | From Bassano AB

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An interview with retired former dean of medicine at Harvard, Dr. Joseph Martin, at the University of Alberta for a speaking engagement in Edmonton Thursday, September 8, 2016. Ed Kaiser/Postmedia (Edmonton Journal story) Joseph Boyd Martin is the Edward R. and Anne G. Lefler Professor Emeritus of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School. He served as Dean of the Harvard Faculty of Medicine from 1997 to 2007. Born in 1938 in Bassano, Alberta Dr. Martin received his premedical and medical education at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, earning the M.D. degree in 1962. Dr. Martin began his career in academic medicine at McGill University in Montreal, where he eventually became Chair of the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery in 1977. In 1978, he joined the faculty of Harvard Medical School in…
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Bobby Clarke | Hockey Player | From Flin Flon MB

Bobby Clarke | Hockey Player | From Flin Flon MB

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Robert Earle Clarke is one of the greatest hockey players and captains of all time. He had a famous, captivating smile - with about a dozen missing teeth. Born in 1949 in Flin Flon, Manitoba Played 15 NHL seasons from 1969 to 1984 Bobby Clarke vs Valeri Kharlamov. 1972 Summit Series Game 6 Bobby Clarke began to play for his home team, the Flin Flon Bombers when he was eight. In 1972 the head coach of Team Canada, Harry Sinden, named Bobby Clarke as one of the first candidates for the Summit Series against the USSR. Clarke had two wingers from the Toronto Maple Leafs, Ron Ellis and Paul Henderson, and this threesome made a strong impression on observers during exhibition play. After these games, Bobby Clarke could have become a…
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William Wallace Gibson | Airplane Inventor | From Balgonie SK

William Wallace Gibson | Airplane Inventor | From Balgonie SK

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William Wallace Gibson created the first Canadian-built airplane. Born in 1876 at Dalmellington, Scotland. Resided in Balgonie, Saskatchewan Died in 1965 in San Francisco, California. William Wallace Gibson successfully flew his airplane in September 1910 near Victoria, BC. Before that, the first aeroplane engine was built in Balgonie, Saskatchewan, in 1905. The engine from this historic plane is located in the National Aviation Museum in Ottawa. A replica of the airplane is located in the Smithsonian Museum in New York, and the BC Aviation Museum in Victoria. A full-scale replica of the Gibson Twin-plane at the BC Aviation Museum. A second aircraft, the Multi-Plane (with 4 narrow sprucewood wings), is reported to have flown successfully the following year near Calgary before being wrecked in a crash. Gibson was the subject…
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Franklin Carmichael | The Group of Seven | From Orillia ON

Franklin Carmichael | The Group of Seven | From Orillia ON

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Franklin Carmichael was a Canadian artist, the youngest original member of the Group of Seven. Born in 1890 in Orillia, Ontario Died in 1945 in Toronto, Ontario Franklin Carmichael was born to Scottish-Canadian parents in Orillia. He grew up here until his 20th birthday. Then his love of art led him into the Ontario College of Art, Toronto. Despite being the youngest in the group, Franklin was president of The Group of Seven from 1932 to 1934. [embed]https://youtu.be/etzVjXfW9-A[/embed] In 1925 Franklin founded the Ontario Society for Painters in Watercolour, along with two other painters: A.J. Casson and F. H. Brigden. Then in 1933, he joined the Canadian Group of Painters. Franklin Carmichael. Mirror Lake, 1929 "We have everything out of which to build ideas and traditions, to fail to make…
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Celine Dion | Singer | From Charlemagne QC

Celine Dion | Singer | From Charlemagne QC

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Hailing from the small town of Charlemagne, Québec, Céline Dion has become one of the all-time greatest singers.    Eurovision 1998 Born in 1968 in Charlemagne, Quebec Resides in Henderson, Nevada Céline Marie Claudette Dion was the 14th child of Thérèse Tanguay and Adhémar Dion. Dion first gained international recognition in the 1980s by winning both the 1982 Yamaha World Popular Song Festival and the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest.       Charlemagne is an off-island suburb of Montreal. It is located on the north shore of the Riviere des Prairies, 24 kilometres northeast of Montreal's downtown. As of 2011, the population was 5,853. Interwiew, où Celine Dion, retourne à Charlemagne, en 1989:    
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Earl Thomson | Olympic Champion | From Birch Hill SK

Earl Thomson | Olympic Champion | From Birch Hill SK

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Earl John "Tommy" Thomson was an athlete, a specialist in the high hurdles; the first Olympic gold medalist in 110 m hurdles from outside the USA. Watch unique video Earl Thomson Breaks 110m Hurdles World Record For Gold - Antwerp 1920 Olympics Born in 1895 in Birch Hill, Saskatchewan. Died in 1971 in Annapolis. As the first Olympic Games after World War I, the 1920 Games were awarded to Antwerp to honour the suffering that had been inflicted on the Belgian people during the War. Earl Thompson was one of three Canadian Gold Medalists at the 1920 Summer Olympic Games, winning a gold medal in the 110-metre hurdles. Records Held World Record: 120 yds. hurdles - 14.40 World Record: 110 m hurdles - 14.80 (August 18, 1920) Championships 1920 Olympics:…
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Willard Boyle | Nobel Laureate | From Amherst, Truro NS

Willard Boyle | Nobel Laureate | From Amherst, Truro NS

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An "electronic eye” co-inventor, Nobel laureate (2009) Willard Boyle was a Canadian physicist. Born in 1927 in Amherst, Nova Scotia. Died in 2011 in Truro, Nova Scotia. In 1969 Willard Boyle and George Smith, while working in Bell Laboratories, designed the first Charge Coupled Device (CCD). The CCD has become the bedrock of the digital imaging revolution including digital photography and video. Image: 1969, W. Boyle, G Smith and their CCD "Know how to judge when to persevere and when to quit. If you're going to do something, do it well. You don't have to be better than everyone else, but you ought to do your personal best." Willard Boyle     Read more   Amherst is an amazing town in northwestern Cumberland County, Nova Scotia. The original Town of Amherst was…
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Canada 150

Canada 150

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  In the first day of New 2017 Year, the year of Canada’s 150th Anniversary, 1000 Towns of Canada presents Humans of Small Towns project. Every town is proud of notable citizens. We are proud to bring local communities together in our new project. During the year-long celebration, we will tell you about the most notable persons who were born in Canadian small towns. One person - in each day. Get’s start! We will be happy to hear your advice :)
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