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Marlene Stewart Streit

Marlene Stewart Streit, golfer (b at Cereal, Alta 9 Mar 1934). Streit played junior golf in Fonthill, Ont. She was a powerful competitor, her game marked by fierce pride and will to win, and she became Canada's greatest women's amateur golfer.

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Angus McAskill

Angus McAskill, the Cape Breton giant (b at Harris, Scot 1825; d at Englishtown, NS 8 Aug 1863). The tallest nonpathological giant on record, at maturity he was 236 cm (7´9´) tall, weighed 193 kg (425 lbs) and had a shoulder width of 112 cm and palms measuring 20 cm by 30 cm.

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Vincent Massey

Charles Vincent Massey, PC, CC, governor general 1952-59, historian, business executive, politician, diplomat, royal commissioner, patron of the arts (born 20 February 1887 in Toronto; died 30 December 1967 in London, England). Massey was the country’s first Canadian-born governor general. He helped create the Order of Canada in 1967, and as a champion of the arts in Canada laid the groundwork for the Canada Council, the National Library of Canada and the National Arts Centre.

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Alexander Knox

Alexander Knox, actor, novelist, playwright (b at Strathroy, Ont 16 Jan 1907; d at Berwick-upon-Tweed, UK 25 Apr 1995). Alexander Knox was educated at the University of Western Ontario, and first appeared on the American stage with the Boston Repertory Theatre in 1929.

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Paul Mascarene

Paul Mascarene, born Jean-Paul, military officer, colonial administrator (b in Languedoc, France 1684/85; d at Boston, Mass 22 Jan 1760). A Huguenot émigré, Mascarene served throughout New England and Atlantic Canada 1710-40 as a military engineer and fluent negotiator with the Acadians and Indians.

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Michael Schade

Michael Schade. Tenor, b Geneva, Switzerland 23 Jan 1965; B MUS (Western Ontario) 1988. Michael Schade was born into a musical family; his parents sang in the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and he was given voice lessons from an early age. Schade attended the St. Michael's Choir School.

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Thomas Ahearn

Rich by 1900, Ahearn became a director of the Bank of Canada and other leading institutions and a prominent local philanthropist.

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Eric Albert Donkin

Eric Albert Donkin, actor (b at Liverpool, Eng 9 April 1929; d at Stratford, Ont 17 March 1998). His acting career began as a radio-performer at the age of 11 in Montréal, prior to formal training at the Montréal Repertory School of the Theatre and the National Theatre School in the 1950s.

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Akeeaktashuk

Akeeaktashuk, sea hunter, sculptor, storyteller (b at Hudson Bay, near Inukjuak River, Qué 1898; d at Craig Harbour, NWT 1954). Akeeaktashuk was a jolly, robust and outgoing man with an astonishing talent for observing and keenly portraying humans, animals and birds in stone and ivory.

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Alikomiak and Tatimagana

Alikomiak (also spelled Alekámiaq) and Tatimagana, Inuit hunters from the central Arctic, were the first Inuit to be condemned and executed for murder under Canadian law on 1 February 1924. The trials of Alikomiak and Tatimagana have been described as demonstrations of federal authority over the Inuit as well as of Canadian sovereignty in the Arctic.

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Sir Hugh Allan

By the 1870s, Allan's company, the Montreal Ocean Steamship Co (popularly known as the ALLAN LINE), also obtained government contracts to carry passage-assisted immigrants. Taking advantage of the Québec government's subsidies for colonization railways, Allan expanded into railway building.

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Sybil Andrews

Sybil Andrews, printmaker (b at Bury St Edmunds, Eng 1891; d at BC 1992). Before her arrival at Campbell R, BC, in 1947, Andrews studied in England with Claude Flight, a proponent of futurism, a radical art form of the early 1900s.

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Basques

Basques were expert fishermen and sailors from the southeast corner of the Bay of Biscay. With the Portuguese, they were early arrivals to Newfoundland's Grand Banks.

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Micheline Beauchemin

Micheline Beauchemin, tapestry weaver (b at Longueuil, Qué 24 Oct 1930; d at Québec 29 Sept 2009). Beauchemin began her career making stained-glass windows but early on turned to the vibrant colours found in skeins of wool to hook, weave and embroider spectacular wall hangings.