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Brilliant economist Sylvia Ostry was one of Ottawa’s top mandarins

By on May 23, 2020 in Articles with 0 Comments
Brilliant economist Sylvia Ostry was one of Ottawa’s top mandarins

Sylvia Ostry, who died Thursday at the age of 92 after a long illness, was one of the most accomplished civil servants of her generation. The head of Statistics Canada, she was the country’s first female federal deputy minister – a post she held in several government departments – before becoming the chief economist at […]

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Donald Moore ex CEO of Imperial Oil

By on April 17, 2020 in Articles with 0 Comments
Donald Moore ex CEO of Imperial Oil

Donald McIvor, who has died of COVID-19 at the age of 91, was chairman and chief executive officer of Imperial Oil at a time when the Cana- dian subsidiary of Exxon clashed with Pierre Trudeau’s Liberal government over the National Energy Program, introduced in 1980. As the head of Canada’s largest integrated oil company, Mr. […]

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Philanthropist Marvelle Koffler was a champion of women’s health

By on February 15, 2020 in Articles with 0 Comments
Philanthropist Marvelle Koffler was a champion of women’s health

Marvelle Koffler, who died on Jan. 14 at age 90, was a prominent patron of the arts in Toronto as well as being an active supporter of medical research. Along with her husband, Shoppers Drug Mart founder Murray Koffler, she helped establish the Toronto Outdoor Art Festival and the Koffler Centre of the Arts. A […]

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Reitmans CEO Jeremy Reitman led the fashion chain with his brother for half a century

By on February 15, 2020 in Articles with 0 Comments
Reitmans CEO Jeremy Reitman led the fashion chain with his brother for half a century

Jeremy Reitman, who has died at the age of 74, was the chairman and CEO of Reitmans, the Canada-wide retail chain his grandparents started in 1926. He and his brother, Stephen Reitman, ran the company together for almost 50 years. Reitmans was one of the survivors of the “retail apocalypse” brought on by online competition. […]

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Banker Jacques Ménard strove to improve many aspects of life in Quebec

By on February 15, 2020 in Articles with 0 Comments
Banker Jacques Ménard strove to improve many aspects of life in Quebec

Jacques Ménard was a dynamic force in many different slices of public life in Quebec, from banking to ballet and baseball to electricity. Early in his finance career he decided to devote 20 per cent of his time to social and cultural causes outside his primary occupation. Mr. Ménard, who died on on Feb. 4, […]

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Dr William Barakett

By on September 25, 2019 in Articles with 0 Comments
Dr William Barakett

Dr. William Barakett, who died of cancer last month at the age of 74, practised medicine in the Eastern Townships of Quebec for almost 50 years. He was a country doctor with a difference. Along with running a private practice, he was an expert in alcohol and drug addiction; he also devoted time to running […]

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The Commander – The Life and Times of Harry Steele

By on July 25, 2019 in Books with 0 Comments
The Commander – The Life and Times of Harry Steele

William Wilder

By on July 25, 2019 in Articles with 0 Comments
William Wilder

William Wilder, who has died at 96, was one of the most powerful men on Bay Street from the 1950s to the 70s, helping build Wood Gundy into what was then the largest brokerage and corporate-finance firm in Canada. Bill Wilder, as everyone knew him, was a super salesman who could run numbers in his […]

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Will You Outlive Your RRIF?

By on February 9, 2019 in Articles with 0 Comments
Will You Outlive Your RRIF?

Canadians are living longer.
 Is 85 really the new 70? Or to be more precise, the new 71, the year you can’t put it off and have to convert your RRSP into a registered retirement income fund (RRIF) and start taking payments from the money you’ve saved. There are three-quarters of a million Canadians over […]

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CANADIAN AIRMAN TOOK PART IN HISTORIC WARTIME DAM BUSTERS RAID

By on February 9, 2019 in Articles with 0 Comments
CANADIAN AIRMAN TOOK PART IN HISTORIC WARTIME DAM BUSTERS RAID

(Mr. Sutherland is on the far left in this photo of his wartime Dam Busters crew, which demolished the Eder Dam in Germany’s Ruhr Valley in 1943) Fred Sutherland, who died on Jan. 21 at the age of 95, was the last survivor of the 30 Royal Canadian Air Force airmen who took part in […]

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