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Revered TV journalist Michael Maclear achieved historic scoops

By on January 5, 2019 in Articles with 0 Comments
Revered TV journalist Michael Maclear achieved historic scoops

Michael Maclear, who died in Toronto on Christmas Day at the age of 89, was a pioneering foreign correspondent for CBC Television. His work took him to more than 80 countries, but his greatest achievement came in Vietnam. There he attained what no other TV news reporter dared to hope for: access to North Vietnam, […]

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Lyman Potts was a founding father of Canada’s music industry

By on December 11, 2018 in Articles with 0 Comments
Lyman Potts was a founding father of Canada’s music industry

Lyman Potts compiled a huge catalogue of Canadian content for radio stations. He did it not because some government edict told him to, but because he wanted to. Mr. Potts, who has died at 102, built the foundations for the Canadian music industry by creating domestic content for radio stations, recording bands and singers in […]

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Activist Harry Leslie Smith gained fame in his 90s with passionate advocacy for public health care

By on November 29, 2018 in Articles with 0 Comments
Activist Harry Leslie Smith gained fame in his 90s with passionate advocacy for public health care

Although he had little formal education, Harry Leslie Smith, who died on Wednesday at the age of 95, became famous for writing and speaking eloquently about Britain’s National Health Service and the human toll of poverty. His own impoverished childhood in Yorkshire and the death of his sister Marion from tuberculosis at the age of […]

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Eric Murray, 89, was Canada’s greatest bridge player of the 20th century

By on July 15, 2018 in Articles with 0 Comments
Eric Murray, 89, was Canada’s greatest bridge player of the 20th century

Eric Murray was the greatest Canadian bridge player of the 20th century, according to his bridge partner, many of his opponents and the Canadian Bridge Federation, which describes him as ”the greatest Canadian bridge player ever.” Mr. Murray, who died last month at the age of 89, dominated bridge tournaments in this country for four […]

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Fighter pilot shot down 15 enemy planes in Second World War

By on July 15, 2018 in Articles with 0 Comments
Fighter pilot shot down 15 enemy planes in Second World War

Don Laubman, who died in Red Deer, Alta., on June 20 at the age of 96, was one of the top air aces of the Second World War. Remarkably, he shot down 15 German aircraft, even though he only arrived in England in 1942, three years after the start of the war. He was the […]

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Philanthropist Jacqueline Desmarais nurtured the opera world

By on March 21, 2018 in Articles with 0 Comments
Philanthropist Jacqueline Desmarais nurtured the opera world

When her husband’s first big deal was hanging in the balance, Jacqueline Desmarais, who died this month at the age of 89, said to him: “Don’t worry, Paul, if it doesn’t work out, I can go back to nursing.” Her husband told the story at her 80th birthday party. “They were the original power couple, […]

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Francess Halpenny, 98, was an undisputed star of the editing world

By on January 22, 2018 in Articles with 0 Comments
Francess Halpenny, 98, was an undisputed star of the editing world

Francess Halpenny, who died on Christmas Day at the age of 98, was a powerhouse in the world of letters in Canada. She was a top editor with the University of Toronto Press at a time when the esteemed publishing house was expanding its international reputation; she was editor of the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, […]

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Animation legend Grant Munro left a mark on global industry

By on December 29, 2017 in Articles with 0 Comments
Animation legend Grant Munro left a mark on global industry

Grant Munro, who has died at the age of 94, both starred in and did animation for Neighbours, a National Film Board short that won the Academy Award for best documentary in 1953. Neighbours is a Cold War parody that opens with two men sitting in lawn chairs. They are smoking pipes and share a […]

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Cruel October

By on October 26, 2017 in Articles with 0 Comments

October is the cruellest of months for stock markets. Thirty years ago, there was the stock market crash of 1987, a one-day drop of 22.6 per cent on October 19. That was somewhat unique, since a recession did not accompany it; the cause was program trading – computers tricked into selling all at once. Stock […]

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The Slow Road to Riches

By on October 26, 2017 in Articles with 0 Comments
The Slow Road to Riches

We’re not talking about Bill Gates type riches, just a comfortable cushion to live on if you fall on hard times or stop working. There is a two-word solution: Compound interest. Compound interest is when you earn interest on your interest. Say you have $500 in a bond or stock and it pays you 5 […]

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