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Journalist Larry Stout was ‘the master of clarity in news’

By on July 27, 2020 in Articles with 0 Comments
Journalist Larry Stout was ‘the master of clarity in news’

Larry Stout always loved ABBA. On a family road trip, his son John asked him why he listened to their music so much. “He told me when he got out of Beirut at a pretty hairy time during the civil war, the first music he heard when he was safe was ABBA. And he said […]

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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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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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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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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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Onetime Jewish refugee Alfred Bader gave a castle to Queen’s University

By on January 19, 2019 in Articles with 0 Comments
Onetime Jewish refugee Alfred Bader gave a castle to Queen’s University

Alfred Bader, who died in Milwaukee on Dec. 23 at the age of 94, came to Canada as a Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany at the age of 16, deported from Britain as an “enemy alien.” After almost two years in a detention camp in Quebec, he enrolled at Queen’s University and excelled in his […]

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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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