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Formal Apology for the Komagata Maru Incident

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau formally apologized for the Komagata Maru incident before the House of Commons. In 1914, a chartered ship carrying Punjabis who sought a better life in Canada was denied entry at the Port of Vancouver. A dramatic ...


Liberals Table Transgender Rights Bill

On the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, Liberal justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould introduced legislation to protect the rights of transgender Canadians. If passed, the bill would make it illegal to deny someone a job or discriminate against them ...


Ghomeshi Signs Peace Bond, Avoids Second Trial

Weeks after the end of his first sexual-assault trial, former CBC host Jian Ghomeshi avoided a second trial by signing a peace bond in which he committed to be of good behaviour and avoid contact with former CBC co-worker Kathryn ...


Canada Supports UN Declaration on Indigenous Rights

Indigenous Affairs minister Carolyn Bennett announced Canada’s full support of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The Conservative government under Stephen Harper had endorsed the declaration in 2010, but with qualifications that gave Canada “objector” status ...


Pierre Karl Péladeau Steps Down

Citing family reasons, Pierre Karl Péladeau announced his resignation as leader of the Parti Québécois, leader of the official opposition and Member of Québec’s National Assembly for the riding of Saint-Jérôme.


Death of Philip Kives

Entrepreneur and TV pitchman Philip Kives died in Winnipeg, Manitoba, at age 87. Born in 1929 on a farm near Oungre, Saskatchewan, Kives showed a natural talent for sales in his youth. He worked for several years as a travelling ...


Death of Madeleine Sherwood

Montréal-born actor Madeleine Sherwood died in Saint-Hippolyte, Québec, at age 93. Sherwood had a long career in the United States, performing in Broadway shows, plays by Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams, and the 1960s TV series The Flying Nun. A ...


Progressive Conservatives Win Manitoba Election

Manitobans elected Progressive Conservative leader Brian Pallister to a majority government, ending nearly 17 years of NDP rule.


Supreme Court Ruling Changes Legal Definition of “Indian”

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled unanimously that the legal definition of “Indian” — as laid out in the Constitution — includes the Métis and non-status Indians. This ruling will facilitate possible negotiations over traditional land rights, access to education ...


Death of Marcel Dubé

Québec playwright Marcel Dubé, who also wrote for TV and radio, died in Montréal. In addition to his literary career, Dubé held several distinguished positions related to the promotion of the French language, serving as the first secretary of the ...


Saskatchewan Party Re-elected

The Saskatchewan Party won a third majority in the 2016 provincial election, giving Brad Wall a third consecutive term as premier. The election was a harsh defeat for Saskatchewan’s NDP Opposition, whose leader, Cam Broten, lost his own seat.


Death of Don Francks

Jazz singer, actor and environmentalist Don Francks died in Toronto, Ontario, at age 84. Over the course of a long and prolific career, the Burnaby, British Columbia native performed on Broadway, released albums and accumulated more than 150 credits in ...


The Weeknd Wins Five Juno Awards

R&B artist The Weeknd won five Junos at the 45th annual edition of Canada’s premier music awards show in Calgary, Alberta: Songwriter of the Year, R&B/Soul Recording of the Year, Single of the Year, Album of the Year and Artist ...


Burton Cummings Inducted into Canadian Music Hall of Fame

Rock ‘n’ Roll artist Burton Cummings was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at the 45th edition of the Juno Awards, Canada’s premier music awards show, in Calgary, Alberta. Cummings is best known as the lead singer and ...


Death of Ellen Seligman

Ellen Seligman, one of Canada's best literary editors and publisher of McClelland & Stewart, died in Toronto. Born and raised in New York City, Seligman moved to Canada in 1976. Over the next four decades, she played a crucial role ...


Death of Claire Kirkland-Casgrain

Claire Kirkland-Casgrain, the first woman elected to Québec’s National Assembly, died at age 91. Kirkland-Casgrain left her mark on the province’s political history in 1964 by spearheading the passage of Bill 16, which improved the legal status of married women. ...


Ghomeshi Acquitted in First Sexual Assault Trial

A verdict of not guilty on all charges was delivered at the end of former CBC host Jian Ghomeshi’s first trial on charges of sexual assault. In his decision, Justice William Horkins questioned the credibility of the three complainants. The ...


Death of Rob Ford

Rob Ford, the municipal politician who became an international celebrity during his scandal-plagued term as the mayor of Toronto from 2010 to 2014, died after a battle with cancer. A staunch conservative, Ford campaigned against tax hikes and fought to ...


François Dompierre Wins Prix Hommage at the Gala du cinéma québécois

Musician, composer and conductor François Dompierre was honoured with the Prix Hommage at the Gala du cinéma québécois (formerly the Jutra Awards) for his distinguished career composing music for Québec films.


Léa Pool Wins Big at the Gala du cinéma québécois

Québec director Léa Pool's film La passion d'Augustine won six awards at the Gala du cinéma québécois (formerly the Jutra Awards), including Best Film, Best Director, Best Lead Actress and Best Supporting Actress. Pool was the first woman to win ...


The Book of Negroes Wins 10 Canadian Screen Awards

The CBC miniseries adaptation of Lawrence Hill's novel The Book of Negroes won 10 Canadian Screen Awards, including Best TV Movie or Limited Series, Best Writing in a Dramatic Program or Limited Series, Best Direction in a Dramatic Program or ...


Death of D.G. Jones

Poet and translator Douglas Gordon (D.G.) Jones died in North Hatley, Québec, at age 87. A native of Bancroft, Ontario, Jones published influential volumes of poetry, translations and literary criticism from the 1950s into the 21st century, and spent many ...


Death of Father Benoît Lacroix

Father Benoît Lacroix, a leading religious and intellectual figure in Québec whose career spanned nearly 75 years, died in Montréal at age 100. "Père Lacroix" was a theologian, philosopher, medievalist, journalist and teacher who published some 50 books on science ...


Death of Don Getty

Former Alberta premier and professional football player Don Getty died in Edmonton, Alberta, at age 82. Getty played quarterback for the Edmonton Eskimos for 10 seasons, leading the team to Grey Cup championships in his first two seasons, 1955 and ...


Death of Colin Low

Documentary filmmaker Colin Low, whose pioneering work at the National Film Board broke new ground in Canadian film, died in Montréal, Québec. A native of Cardston, Alberta, Low was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1996, and ...