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Arnold Amber was CBC TV’s behind-the-scenes mastermind

By on September 11, 2017 in Articles with 0 Comments
Arnold Amber was CBC TV’s behind-the-scenes mastermind

Most viewers never knew his name, but Arnold Amber, who died in Toronto on Labour Day at the age of 77, was the brains behind TV programs that millions of Canadians watched. For a decade and a half, he was the man in charge of special news broadcasts at the CBC, covering elections, leadership conventions, […]

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J. Pearce Bunting embraced technology at the Toronto Stock Exchange

By on June 19, 2017 in Articles with 0 Comments
J. Pearce Bunting embraced technology at the Toronto Stock Exchange

J. Pearce Bunting, who died last month at the age of 87, was president of the Toronto Stock Exchange for 17 years, from 1977 to 1994. He was from central casting: handsome, well dressed, with impeccable manners and a fine pedigree; he was the public ideal of what a stock exchange president should be. He […]

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Adventurer Jack MacKenzie was the oldest man to ski to the North Pole

By on June 19, 2017 in Articles with 0 Comments
Adventurer Jack MacKenzie was the oldest man to ski to the North Pole

Jack MacKenzie, who died last month at the age of 95, had a remarkable string of accomplishments in his long life: He was the oldest man ever to ski to the North Pole; made 30 trips across the North Atlantic during the Second World War, ferrying aircraft to Britain; was the first federal taxman in […]

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J. Pearce Bunting embraced technology at the Toronto Stock Exchange

By on May 11, 2017 in Articles with 0 Comments
J. Pearce Bunting embraced technology at the Toronto Stock Exchange

J. Pearce Bunting, who died last month at the age of 87, was president of the Toronto Stock Exchange for 17 years, from 1977 to 1994. He was from central casting: handsome, well dressed, with impeccable manners and a fine pedigree; he was the public ideal of what a stock exchange president should be. He […]

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Anglican priest, author Tom Harpur argued that Jesus was an allegory

By on February 9, 2017 in Articles with 0 Comments
Anglican priest, author Tom Harpur argued that Jesus was an allegory

Tom Harpur was a devout Christian who was not certain that Jesus existed, but did believe in the principles that were taught in his name. He knew before he wrote his most powerful book, The Pagan Christ, that his views would be controversial and unsettling. “My goal is not to summarily dismiss the deep beliefs […]

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Jean Portugal chronicled stories of Canadian veterans

By on January 12, 2017 in Articles with 0 Comments
Jean Portugal chronicled stories of Canadian veterans

Jean Portugal, who has died at the age of 95, spent years chronicling the accounts of Canadian veterans of the Second World War, and published their stories as We Were There, in seven volumes. Ms. Portugal, who worked for The Globe and Mail for many years, was named to the Order of Canada in recognition […]

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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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