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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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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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CBC newscaster Stanley Burke took up cause of peace

By on June 7, 2016 in Articles with 0 Comments
CBC newscaster Stanley Burke took up cause of peace

Stanley Burke, who died on Saturday of a heart attack at the age of 93, was the first non-announcer to read the CBC’s nightly television newscast. On the night he started, Dec. 11, 1966, the name of the broadcast was changed to The National News. He was a newscaster who had been a reporter and […]

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William Code: Lawyer won victory for police disclosure

By on June 7, 2016 in Articles with 0 Comments
William Code: Lawyer won victory for police disclosure

Over the course of his distinguished 50-year career, William Code’s greatest legal victory was a landmark ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada that forced police and prosecutors to share all information with the defence, not just the evidence the Crown was going to use in court. Mr. Code, who died in Calgary this month […]

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Former Liberal MP Hugh Faulkner was a hero of Canadian culture

By on May 7, 2016 in Articles with 0 Comments
Former Liberal MP Hugh Faulkner was a hero of Canadian culture

Hugh Faulkner after his 1974 re-election in Peterborough riding. (The Canadian Press) Hugh Faulkner, who died recently in Switzerland at the age of 83, was Canada’s culture czar for four years during Pierre Trudeau’s first government, which ushered in a wave of nationalist cultural policies. During this time, the young secretary of state became the […]

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Prisoner of war Zbigniew Gutowski helped dig a Great Escape tunnel

By on May 4, 2016 in Articles with 0 Comments
Prisoner of war Zbigniew Gutowski helped dig a Great Escape tunnel

            Zbigniew Gutowski cheated death from the day he was born. The weaker of a pair of fraternal twins born in Warsaw on Dec. 3, 1916, he wasn’t expected to last the night. His aunt quickly sprinkled him with water to baptise him. Mr. Gutowski, who has died at the […]

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Master jeweller Walter Schluep created wearable works of art

By on April 23, 2016 in Articles with 0 Comments
Master jeweller Walter Schluep created wearable works of art

  Walter Schluep, who trained as a jeweller in Switzerland, liked to think of his work as art and of himself as an artist. Most of what he made and sold in his Montreal shop was small and whimsical, including brooches, rings and bracelets that were crafted like miniature sculptures, but he also produced larger […]

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Patricia Barry: WWII decoder cracked spy messages called ‘indecipherables’

By on April 15, 2016 in Articles with 0 Comments
Patricia Barry: WWII decoder cracked spy messages called ‘indecipherables’

As part of an elite unit of decoders, Patricia Barry spent most of the Second World War deciphering messages from spies operating in France, Belgium, Norway, Poland and other parts of Nazi-occupied Europe. Mrs. Barry, who has died in Port Credit, Ont., at the age of 94, belonged to a group nicknamed “the indecipherables,” which […]

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George McLean: CBC newscaster was a familiar voice to Canada

By on April 15, 2016 in Articles with 0 Comments
George McLean: CBC newscaster was a familiar voice to Canada

George McLean was a CBC announcer with one of the most distinctive voices of his generation. Apart from Peter Mansbridge, who has done the job on The National for nearly 28 years, Mr. McLean had the longest tenure as the reader of CBC Television’s flagship newscast, though he was passed over four times for the […]

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

By on February 26, 2016 in Articles with 0 Comments
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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