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Naval officer Margaret Brooke was hailed as a hero after wartime attack

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Naval officer Margaret Brooke was hailed as a hero after wartime attack

Margaret Brooke’s heroism in the frigid waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence is the stuff movies are made of. In the early morning of Oct. 14, 1942, the 27-year-old Royal Canadian Navy officer was aboard the SS Caribou, a ferry travelling between Sydney, N.S., and Port aux Basques, Nfld., when the vessel was hit […]

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Desmond Smith: Charming documentarian became a TV guru

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Desmond Smith: Charming documentarian became a TV guru

Desmond Smith was a television producer and writer who worked on the first CBC television programs in 1952 and went off to produce documentaries and news programs in Vietnam, Russia and across the United States for American TV networks. He later returned to Canada, eventually becoming a guru to top TV executives, including the man […]

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Stan Jacobson: TV producer changed Johnny Cash’s life

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Stan Jacobson: TV producer changed Johnny Cash’s life

Stan Jacobson produced dozens of Canadian and American television shows over five decades, including several seasons of The Wayne and Shuster Show. He also produced live spectacles, such as the opening ceremony of the 1988 Calgary Olympics and the opening of the SkyDome, in Toronto, in June, 1989. But it was a CBC television special […]

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N.L. native broke news from around the world

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N.L. native broke news from around the world

McNeill died this past summer at the age of 80. But back in those days, twice a day for the in-house syndication service that fed the evening newscasts and then for “The National,” he would file stories on the growing scandal and the Senate hearings into the possible impeachment of United States President Richard Nixon. […]

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Anthony Griffin: From navy officer to finance star

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Anthony Griffin: From navy officer to finance star

Tony Griffin played many parts in his long life: civil servant, naval commander, diplomat, banker, philanthropist, nature lover and sailor. He needed a long life to pack in all those things. Tony Griffin died last month at the age of 104. Anthony George Scott Griffin was born on Aug. 15, 1911, in Buckinghamshire, England, to […]

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CBC journalist Marguerite McDonald broke gender barriers

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CBC journalist Marguerite McDonald broke gender barriers

Marguerite McDonald, who has died at the age of 73, was a teaching nun for 12 years before switching to journalism, rising quickly to become the first female national reporter at CBC Television’s parliamentary bureau in Ottawa. Her transition from teaching nun to top-level broadcast journalist was gradual at first. She was still a nun, […]

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Harry Yates: The man with the brand

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Harry Yates: The man with the brand

Harry Yates wrote advertising copy for 60 years, turning in his last job shortly before he died. In a business that values youth, he always kept working. “He was the oldest living copywriter; most people are washed up after 40,” said Steve Catlin, a friend who worked with Mr. Yates for many years, from his […]

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