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William Waterhouse

William (James) Waterhouse. Violinist, teacher, born Winnipeg 15 Aug 1917, died Saint-Boniface, Man. 22 Nov 2003; LAB (London) 1933, B MUS (Boston) 1950, M MUS (Boston) 1950, honorary RAM 1976. He began his musical training at four with his father, John, and Bernard Naylor.

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Wilfred Watson

Wilfred Watson, poet, playwright, professor emeritus of English literature at the University of Alberta (b at Rochester, Eng 1 May 1911; d at Nanaimo 25 Mar 1998).

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William Watson

William Watson, "Whipper Billy," professional wrestler (b at Toronto 25 June 1915; d at Orlando, Fla 4 Feb 1990). It is claimed that he won 99% of his 6300 matches during a 30-year career. He was popular in the Toronto area and frequently drew capacity crowds.

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Zoe Whittall

Zoe Whittall, novelist, poet, journalist (b at South Durham, Que 16 Feb 1976). After growing up on a sheep farm in the rural Eastern Townships of Québec, Zoe Whittall moved to Montréal at age 18 to attend Dawson College and begin her writing career.

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Wickananish

Wickananish, or Wikinanish, meaning "having no one in front of him in the canoe," Nuu-chah-nulth (Nootka) chief (fl 1788-93). Wickananish was the leading chief at Clayoquot Sound, on the West coast of Vancouver Island, during the period of initial European contact.

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William Wilkie

William Wilkie, merchant, radical (b at Halifax c 1795; d unknown). The son of a sea captain, Wilkie went into business just as the War of 1812 ended. Peacetime Halifax experienced acute economic dislocation and, provoked by slumping trade and rising taxes, Wilkie turned to protest.

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Willi Zwozdesky

Willi Zwozdesky. Conductor, arranger, teacher, baritone, b Bonnyville, Alta, 1 Sep 1955; B MUS (Alberta) 1977, MA and M MUS (U of Washington) 1981. Willi Zwozdesky studied music theory and conducting, and in 1987 studied arts administration on scholarship at the Banff Centre School of Management.

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William Yellowhead

William Yellowhead, or Musquakie, Ojibwa chief (d at the Rama Reserve, Lk Simcoe, Canada W 11 Jan 1864). During the WAR OF 1812 Yellowhead, then in his thirties or forties, fought for the British. He had his jaw shattered by a musket ball.

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Édouard Woolley

Édouard (Joseph) Woolley. Tenor, teacher, actor, composer, b Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 31 Mar 1916, naturalized Canadian 1958, d Miami, Fla, 22 Dec 1991; D MUS (Montreal) 1947.

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Zouaves

Between February 1868 and September 1870, 7 contingents totalling 507 Canadians enrolled in the papal army (whose soldiers were known as Papal Zouaves) to help defend Rome from the Italian troops who wanted to bring about Italian unification.