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29/01/2017

Québec City Mosque Shooting

Six Muslim men were killed and five others critically injured in a shooting rampage at a mosque of the Centre Culturel Islamique in Québec City. Alexandre Bissonnette, 27, was charged with six counts of first-degree murder and five counts of ...

21/12/2016

Québec Announces Inquiry into Treatment of Indigenous People

After months of public pressure led by Indigenous leaders, Québec premier Philippe Couillard announced that the province would undertake a public inquiry into systemic discrimination toward Indigenous people. Calls for the inquiry grew in the wake of an October 2015 ...

13/12/2016

Penny Oleksiak Wins Lou Marsh Trophy

Swimmer Penny Oleksiak of Toronto, Ontario won the Lou Marsh Trophy for Canada’s best athlete of 2016, the year of her triumphant four-medal record at the Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The award is given out annually ...

10/12/2016

First Canadian Team to Play MLS Cup Final

Toronto FC became the first Canadian club to reach the Major League Soccer Cup final, facing off against Seattle Sounders FC at BMO Field in Toronto, Ontario. They lost the match 5–4 in penalty shootout. (See also: Soccer.)

29/11/2016

Ontario’s All Families Are Equal Act Passed

Ontario passed Bill 28, the All Families are Equal Act, giving all parents equal rights under the law, “whether they are LGBTQ2+ or straight, and whether their children were conceived with or without assistance.”

23/11/2016

Lawren Harris Painting Sells for Record Amount

Mountain Forms by Group of Seven painter Lawren Harris set a record for the most expensive piece of Canadian art ever sold at an auction, fetching $11.21 million at a sale in Toronto, Ontario.

17/11/2016

Election of the Youngest MPP in Ontario History

Nineteen-year-old Sam Oosterhoff became the youngest member of Provincial Parliament in the history of Ontario, winning the riding of Niagara West–Glanbrook in a by-election. The Progressive Conservative candidate beat out the NDP’s Mike Thomas and Liberal Vicky Ringuette.

16/11/2016

Grey Jay Named Canada’s National Bird

The grey jay has been named Canada’s national bird by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society at the outcome of a three-phase search. Found in every province and territory, the grey jay is especially hardy, weathering the winter here instead of ...

14/11/2016

Death of Janet Wright

Actor and director Janet Wright died in Vancouver, British Columbia, at age 71. Born in England and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Wright built a successful career in theatre, film and TV, with notable roles at The Stratford Festival, in feature ...

08/11/2016

Donald Trump Wins US Presidential Election

Republican Party candidate Donald Trump won the United States presidential election, beating Democrat Hillary Clinton in a historic upset. Clinton, vying to be the first woman president, was favoured to win over the controversial billionaire businessman Trump, who divided Republicans ...

07/11/2016

Death of Leonard Cohen

Poet, novelist, singer and songwriter Leonard Cohen died in Los Angeles, California, at age 82. Born in Westmount, Québec, Cohen was one of the most iconic Canadian artists of the 20th century. A sage, mystic, bohemian and romantic, he built ...

07/11/2016

Yukon Elects New Premier

The Yukon Liberals ended the Yukon Party’s 14-year reign, vaulting from third-party status to form a majority government. Sandy Silver, previously the only Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly, was elected premier, while Yukon Party leader Darrell Pasloski lost his ...

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. ...

13/10/2016

Death of Jim Prentice

Jim Prentice, former Alberta premier and leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta from 2014 to 2015, died in a plane crash near Kelowna, British Columbia.

04/10/2016

Death of Bing Thom

Architect Bing Thom died on a trip to Hong Kong, the city of his birth, at age 75. As a child, Thom immigrated to Canada and went on to study architecture at the University of British Columbia and the University ...

01/10/2016

​Death of Daphne Odjig

Visual artist Daphne Odjig died in Kelowna, British Columbia. A member of the Wikwemikong First Nation of Manitoulin Island, Odjig was one of the founders of the 1970s artists’ alliance Professional Native Indian Artists Inc., also known as the “Indian ...

19/09/2016

Death of Annie Pootoogook

The body of artist Annie Pootoogook, 47, was found in the Rideau River in Ottawa, Ontario. An internationally exhibited winner of the Sobey Art Award, Pootoogook came from a family of accomplished Inuit artists. She moved from Cape Dorset, Nunavut, ...

17/09/2016

Stillwell Finishes Rio Paralympics with Two Gold Medals

At the 2016 Paralympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, wheelchair racer Michelle Stillwell completed the 100 m race in a world record–setting time of 19:42. It was her second gold medal of the Games after winning the 400 ...

16/09/2016

Death of W.P. Kinsella

Writer W.P. Kinsella died in Hope, British Columbia, at age 81. Kinsella was known for his baseball stories — particularly the 1982 novel Shoeless Joe — and humorous fiction set on the Ermineskin Reserve. His collection Dance Me Outside was ...

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.