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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 ...


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 ...


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.


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 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 ...


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 ...


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 ...