The University of Alberta opened a new 130 ha campus on the outskirts of Calgary - later to become the University of Calgary.
1839Albion Mines Railway
A celebration marked the opening of the first 4 kilometers of the Albion Mines Railway in Pictou County, NS. It was the second steam railway in Canada, and the first to use standard gauge.
2014Canadian Museum for Human Rights Declared Open
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights was declared open by General Governor David Johnston. The first national museum to be built outside of Ottawa — it is situated in Winnipeg — the CMHR is designed to examine the universal issue of human rights, with special focus on human rights within a Canadian context.
1924Birth of Donald Harron
Actor Donald Harron, who was popular in his roles as Charlie Farquharson and Valerie Rosedale, who hosted CBC Radio's Morningside and CTV's Don Harron Show and wrote best selling books, was born at Toronto.
1889Rockslide in Québec
A massive rockslide smashed much of Champlain Street in Québec City, killing 45.
2014Fort York Visitor Centre Opens
The Fort York Visitor Centre, a museum dedicated to the National Historic Site, opened in Toronto.
Federal Fisheries Minister John Fraser announced the recall of a million cans of tuna. The scandal, known as “Tunagate,” erupted when The Fifth Estate, a CBC news program, revealed Fraser had ignored reports declaring the odoriferous tuna unfit for human consumption. Fraser resigned on 23 September.
1893Death of Sir Alexander Tilloch Galt
Sir Alexander Tilloch Galt, railway promoter and Liberal politician, died in Montréal. In 1858, as a member of the legislature of the Province of Canada, he introduced a resolution calling for a federal union of the British colonies in North America. A member of the Great Coalition Cabinet, he attended the Québec Conference in 1864.
1955General Motors Strike Begins
Some 17 000 General Motors auto workers in Ontario began a lengthy strike that did not end until 14 February 1956.
1943Birth of Mireille Dansereau
Filmmaker Mireille Dansereau, who directed the first dramatic feature film made by a woman in Québec, was born at Montréal.
1995Adams Launches GM Place
Rock star Bryan Adams staged the first show at Vancouver's GM Place in front of 18 000.
Days after her death, Ottawa police officer Chris Hrnchiar wrote remarks widely condemned as racist in the comments section of an article on Pootoogook’s death in the Ottawa Citizen. The incident resulted in an internal investigation and, ultimately, a three-month demotion for Hrnchiar, who pleaded guilty to two charges under the Police Services Act.
Ottawa police were still investigating suspicious elements of the case several months after Pootoogook’s death.
2015Canadian Team Sets Record Speed for Human-Powered Vehicle
A team of Canadian engineers set a new world record for the fastest human-powered vehicle at an annual competition in Battle Mountain, Nevada, attaining a speed of 139.45 kilometres per hour. The vehicle, Eta — a high-efficiency recumbent bicycle enclosed in a carbon-fibre shell — is the work of Aerovelo, a company founded by University of Toronto alumni Todd Reichert and Cameron Robertson. Reichert pedalled the bike to a world record on 17 September 2015 and subsequently broke his own record twice to achieve the final speed.
1914Margaret MacDonald Volunteers for Service
Nova Scotian nurse Margaret MacDonald volunteered for overseas service in the First World War. She began to enlist others to serve in Europe. MacDonald was the first woman in the British Empire to achieve the rank of major.
1931Birth of Don Owen
Filmmaker Don Owen was born in Toronto, Ontario. Owen is widely recognized for having created two of the most significant narrative films in Canadian history: Nobody Waved Good-bye (1964) and The Ernie Game (1967). An award-winning director, producer, editor and writer, Owen was also an acclaimed documentarian.