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Canadian entertainer Gordie Tapp of Hee Haw and CBC fame dies at 94

By on December 31, 2016 in Articles with 0 Comments
Canadian entertainer Gordie Tapp of Hee Haw and CBC fame dies at 94

Canadian entertainer Gordie Tapp, a comedian, musician, script writer and pitchman, died Sunday from complications of pneumonia at age 94. Born in London, Ont., the member of the Order of Canada and Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame inductee kicked off his career in radio before moving into TV. During the 1950s, he was a […]

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Reginald Stackhouse was a passionate advocate from many pulpits

By on December 31, 2016 in Articles with 0 Comments
Reginald Stackhouse was a passionate advocate from many pulpits

Rev. Reginald Stackhouse, who died in Toronto on Dec. 14, was a man of strong convictions whose first pulpits were at the Anglican churches where he served as rector. His next two pulpits were the House of Commons, where he sat as a member of Parliament for nearly six years, and the editorial pages of […]

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John Saksun was the genius behind Accuform golf clubs

By on November 21, 2016 in Articles with 0 Comments
John Saksun was the genius behind Accuform golf clubs

Like many successful middle-aged businessmen, John Saksun spent too much time at work and didn’t get enough exercise. Consequently, in the mid-1970s his doctor told him to take up a sport, perhaps golf, which would provide exercise and relieve some of the pressures of work. Mr. Saksun, who died on Nov. 1 at the age […]

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Adam Zimmerman: Noranda executive was a fervent nationalist

By on November 18, 2016 in Articles with 0 Comments
Adam Zimmerman: Noranda executive was a fervent nationalist

Adam Zimmerman, who died on Oct. 19 at the age of 89, ran Noranda, one of the largest natural resource companies in Canada. Under his management it shifted its focus from rocks to trees, especially after it bought MacMillan Bloedel in 1981. At the time it was Canada’s largest corporate takeover. He was the ultimate […]

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Raymonde Chevalier Bowen advocated for peace and women’s rights

By on October 18, 2016 in Articles with 0 Comments
Raymonde Chevalier Bowen advocated for peace and women’s rights

Raymonde Chevalier Bowen was born into a life of privilege and became a strong supporter of many social causes, including women’s rights, nuclear disarmament and anti-war efforts. In 1960, along with her cousin, the political reformer and late senator Thérèse Casgrain, she was one of the founders of the Quebec branch of the Voice of […]

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Tudor Johnston, a brilliant Canadian physicist, studied plasma

By on September 19, 2016 in Articles with 0 Comments
Tudor Johnston, a brilliant Canadian physicist, studied plasma

Plasma physics is such an arcane subject that someone once said a particular Tudor Johnston book on the subject could be understood by maybe 50 people in the world. But the brilliant Canadian scientist, who has died at the age of 84, could explain his big ideas to the layman in just a few minutes. […]

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Bill Rodgers: Hard-working broadcaster learned on the job

By on September 5, 2016 in Articles with 0 Comments
Bill Rodgers: Hard-working broadcaster learned on the job

Bill Rodgers, who died of a heart attack in Ottawa on Aug. 12 at the age of 64, was a hard-working daily news reporter for CFTO, CTV’s top-rated Toronto station, as well as co-host of its current affairs programs such as Hour Long, and eventually became the station’s Ottawa-based political reporter. Though he was a […]

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Entrepreneur Fred Kaneb invented the Dilbert Dunker

By on August 29, 2016 in Articles with 0 Comments
Entrepreneur Fred Kaneb invented the Dilbert Dunker

During his long life, Fred Kaneb, who has died at the age of 96, ran a series of successful businesses in Canada, including an oil company. His biggest claim to fame, however, is his wartime invention of the Dilbert Dunker, a gizmo designed to save the lives of U.S. air crews. During the Second World […]

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Robert Gannicott had an adventurous and brilliant mining career

By on August 27, 2016 in Articles with 0 Comments
Robert Gannicott had an adventurous and brilliant mining career

Bob Gannicott left England for Yellowknife nearly penniless when he was 19 because of a thwarted romance. He had been studying mining engineering at the University of Nottingham, but dropped out to work at the Giant Mine in Yellowknife. From that start Mr. Gannicott, who died this month at the age of 69, went on […]

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Hungarian chess master living in Toronto tells tales from his 110 years

By on August 13, 2016 in Articles with 0 Comments
Hungarian chess master living in Toronto tells tales from his 110 years

Zoltan Sarosy was just two months shy of his eighth birthday when Archduke Franz Ferdinand of the Austro-Hungarian Empire was assassinated in Sarajevo, setting in motion the crisis that led to the First World War. The young Hungarian boy was living on a military base on the Adriatic, where his father was a doctor in […]

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