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19/10/2016

Death of Adam Zimmerman

Businessman Adam Hartley Zimmerman died in Toronto, Ontario, at the age of 89. Zimmerman was a long-time executive at Noranda Mines, serving first as assistant comptroller in 1958 then rising through the ranks to become president and CEO in 1982. ...

15/09/2016

Rivard Wins Fourth Medal at Rio, Sets World Record

Swimmer Aurélie Rivard of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec, won her third gold — and fourth medal — of the 2016 Paralympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Her 400-metre freestyle swim broke the world record with a time of 4:29.96.

12/09/2016

Discovery of HMS Terror

A team from the Arctic Research Foundation (founded by Jim Balsillie) announced that they had found the second lost ship of the Franklin expedition, HMS Terror, in Nunavut’s Terror Bay, north of where the Erebus was found in 2014. The ...

03/09/2016

Death of Norman Kwong

Norman Kwong, who made history as the first Chinese Canadian to play in the Canadian Football League, the youngest player to win the Grey Cup, and the first Chinese Canadian lieutenant-governor of Alberta, died in Calgary at age 86.

24/08/2016

RCMP Permits Hijab in Uniform

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police announced that Muslim women on its force would be allowed to wear a type of hijab that it had tested for use in the field as part of the RCMP uniform. The Toronto and Edmonton ...

23/08/2016

Death of André Melançon

Director and actor André Melançon died in Montréal, Québec, at age 74, after a battle with leukemia. A native of Rouyn-Noranda, Melançon worked with children as a psychoeducator before making a career move into directing. But the core of his ...

19/08/2016

De Grasse Finishes Olympics with Three Medals

At the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, sprinter Andre De Grasse won three medals. The Markham, Ontario native took home silver in the 200 m, finishing behind the great Jamaican runner Usain Bolt, and bronze in ...

18/08/2016

Erica Wiebe Wins Gold at Rio Olympics

First-time Olympian Erica Wiebe of Stittsville, Ontario, won gold in women’s 75 kg freestyle wrestling at the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was Canada’s third ever Olympic gold medal in the sport.

17/08/2016

​Death of Arthur Hiller

Edmonton-born director and producer Arthur Hiller died in Los Angeles, California, at age 92. As a young man, Hiller served as a navigator in the air force during the Second World War, flying bombing raids over Germany. He began his ...

16/08/2016

Derek Drouin Wins Gold at Rio Olympics

High jumper Derek Drouin of Sarnia, Ontario won gold at the Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He had previously taken home bronze from the 2012 Games in London, England.

15/08/2016

Death of Mauril Bélanger

Longtime Liberal member of Parliament Mauril Bélanger died at age 61 in Ottawa, Ontario, after a battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Greatly respected by colleagues across the political spectrum, Bélanger was a frontrunner for the position of Speaker of ...

12/08/2016

Rosie MacLennan Wins Gold at Rio Olympics

Trampolinist Rosie MacLennan of Toronto, Ontario, won the gold medal at the Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was her second Olympic gold in trampoline, having taken the top spot at the 2012 Games in London, England.

11/08/2016

Peggy Oleksiak’s Olympic Medal Record

In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 16-year-old swimmer Peggy Oleksiak became the first Canadian to win four medals at a Summer Games. The first-time Olympian from Toronto skyrocketed to fame in the space of two weeks, stepping onto the podium again ...

03/08/2016

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.

03/08/2016

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 ...

02/08/2016

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 ...

31/07/2016

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 ...

29/07/2016

Death of Lucille Dumont

Singer Lucille Dumont died at age 97 in Montréal. Dumont was known in Québec as the grande dame de la chanson for her great contribution to the development of the chanson genre in the province. She rose to popularity during ...

22/07/2016

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.

17/07/2016

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 ...