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Death of Mel Hurtig

Publisher and nationalist Mel Hurtig, who first published The Canadian Encyclopedia (1985 and 1988), died in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Edmonton native also co-founded the Council of Canadians and wrote a number of books on Canadian society and politics.


Ottawa Launches Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

The federal government launched the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, naming five commissioners and outlining its terms of reference. It committed $53.86 million over two years to the initiative, with the goal of producing recommendations ...


Death of Archbishop James Hayes

James Hayes, an influential former archbishop of Halifax, died at age 92 in Halifax. During his career in the clergy, Hayes worked to modernize the Catholic Church in Canada by bridging ideological barriers that separated Catholics from Protestants and other ...


Death of Penny Lang

Folk singer Penny Lang died in British Columbia at age 74. A native of Montréal, Lang emerged as an influential presence on the city’s folk scene of the 1960s and went on to play the Canadian and international circuit for ...


Death of Ursula Franklin

Physicist Ursula Franklin, who pioneered the development of archaeometry (the application of modern techniques of materials analysis to archaeology), died in Toronto, Ontario, at age 94.


Mistaken Point Named World Heritage Site

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization announced that Mistaken Point, located on Newfoundland's east coast, had been designated a World Heritage site. Cliffs at the site contain some of the oldest known fossils on Earth. The fossils date ...


Creator of the Loonie Design Dies

Robert-Ralph Carmichael, the artist who created the design for the loonie, Canada’s famous one-dollar coin, died in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, aged 78. His proposal featuring a solitary loon on water was accepted by the Royal Canadian Mint for the ...


Overwhelming Turnout for Pride March in Steinbach

The first Pride march in Steinbach, Manitoba, brought an estimated 3,000 to 5,000 people to the city of about 13,000 residents. Many travelled from other parts of the country to support the local LGBTQ community in its first public celebration. ...


Milos Raonic Makes History at Wimbledon

Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ontario, became the first Canadian to reach the Grand Slam men’s singles final at the Wimbledon tennis championships. Adding to the significance of the occasion was his defeat of Roger Federer, one of the greatest players ...


Toronto Pride Parade 2016

An eventful Pride Parade in Toronto marked the culmination of the first-ever Pride Month in Canada. Justin Trudeau became the first sitting prime minister to march in the parade. Activist group Black Lives Matter staged a blockade that stalled the ...


Death of Austin Clarke

Novelist, short-story writer and journalist Austin Clarke died in Toronto at age 81. Clarke grew up in Barbados and moved to Canada in 1955 to study at the University of Toronto. While his varied career ranged beyond literature to positions ...


Toronto Police Express Regret for Bathhouse Raids

Toronto police chief Mark Saunders publicly expressed "regret" on behalf of his force for the 1981 bathhouse raids. On 5 February of that year, Toronto police officers arrested about 300 gay men on charges of being found in a common ...


Death of Pierre Lalonde

Beloved Québec crooner and television personality Pierre Lalonde died in Montréal at age 75. Lalonde began his singing career at age four and started releasing music in the early 1960s. Having mastered English during his studies in the United States ...


Assisted Dying Bill Passed

The Senate passed a new law allowing physician-assisted dying for terminally ill patients who are suffering and whose death is “reasonably foreseeable.” The creation of the law, which spurred intense debate among Canada’s parliamentarians and senators, was prompted by a ...


Death of Gilles Lamontagne

Former Québec City mayor and federal Member of Parliament Gilles Lamontagne died in Montréal at age 97. Lamontagne served with the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War and survived two years as a prisoner of war after ...


Death of Gordie Howe

Twenty-one-time National Hockey League all-star Gordie Howe — known to generations of fans as “Mr. Hockey” — died in Sylvania, Ohio, at age 88. The Floral, Saskatchewan native played for 32 seasons in the major leagues, including 26 years in ...


Death of Bobby Curtola

Singer-songwriter Bobby Curtola, who emerged as a teen idol and dominated the Canadian pop chart in the 1960s, died in Edmonton, Alberta, at age 73. Originally from Port Arthur, Ontario (now Thunder Bay), Curtola was appointed a Member of the ...


Longest Jury Trial in Canadian History

Ronald Weinberg, the founder of Cinar, a once-successful children’s television production company based in Montréal, was found guilty of defrauding the company of $120 million along with associates Lino Matteo and John Xanthoudakis. The trial ran for over two years ...


Premier Wynne Issues Residential Schools Apology

In response to the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne formally apologized for the abuses committed against Indigenous peoples in the residential school system, as well as for the oppressive policies and practices supported by ...


Conservative Party Ends Opposition to Gay Marriage

At the federal Conservative Party convention in Vancouver, members voted to end the party’s opposition to same-sex marriage by deleting the definition of marriage from its official policy. Many Conservatives spoke out in support of the values of equality and ...


Death of John Brophy

Hockey coach John Brophy, who led the Toronto Maple Leafs for two and a half seasons in the late 1980s, died in his hometown of Antigonish, Nova Scotia. He was 83. Though the Leafs’ performance during Brophy’s tenure was not ...


Xavier Dolan Wins Grand Prix at Cannes

Montréal-born filmmaker Xavier Dolan received the Cannes Film Festival’s Grand Prix and its Prize of the Ecumenical Jury for his sixth feature film, Juste la fin du monde (It’s Only the End of the World, 2016). It was the first ...


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 ...


New Species of Dinosaur Identified

Paleontologists at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa announced that bones discovered a decade earlier in Montana are those of previously unknown species of dinosaur related to the triceratops. Nicknamed Judith, the Spiclypeus shipporum specimen now belongs to the ...


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 ...