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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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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.


​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 ...


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.


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 ...


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.


Peggy Oleksiak’s Olympic Medal Record

In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, sixteen-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 ...


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 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.


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 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 ...


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 ...