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House Leader

House Leader, nonofficial title of MP nominated by each party to serve as head strategist and tactician in the House of Commons. The government House leader, a Cabinet member with the honorific title of president of the Privy Council, negotiates among parties about the Commons timetable.

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Sir Herbert Samuel Holt

Sir Herbert Samuel Holt, capitalist (b at Geashill, King's County, Ire 12 Feb 1856; d at Montréal 28 Sept 1941). Holt immigrated to Canada in 1873 and worked as an engineer and contractor on railway construction projects, including the mountain section of the main line of the CPR.

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Monica Hughes

Monica Hughes, née Ince, author (b at Liverpool, Eng 3 November 1925, d at Edmonton 7 March 2003). Monica Hughes spent her childhood in Cairo, London, and Edinburgh. Her Math studies at the University of Edinburgh were interrupted by World War II, when she joined the Women's Royal Naval Service.

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John Castell Hopkins

John Castell Hopkins, journalist, encyclopedist (b at Dyersville, Iowa 1 Apr 1864; d at Toronto 5 Nov 1923). He became assistant editor of the Toronto Mail and Empire in 1890 and wrote a number of pamphlets, biographies and histories, including the deferential Life and Work of the Right Hon.

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Homosexuality

Homosexuality can be characterized as sexual attraction or "sexual orientation" towards others of one's own sex. Homosexuals may be male ("gay") or female ("lesbian"). Like heterosexual behaviour, homosexual behaviour ranges from anonymous sex, promiscuity and prostitution to romantic affairs and lifelong faithful relationships.

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Lenny Breau

Leonard Harold Breau, guitarist, singer, composer (born 5 August 1941 in Auburn, ME; died 12 August 1984 in Los Angeles, CA).

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Henry John Boulton

Henry John Boulton, lawyer, politician, judge (b at Kensington, Eng 1790; d at Toronto 18 June 1870). Although Boulton was an officeholder in the 1830s, he is remembered chiefly for his controversial role in both Upper Canada and Newfoundland.

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Sir Frederick William Borden

Sir Frederick William Borden, physician, merchant, politician (b at Upper Canard, NS 14 May 1847; d at Canning, NS 6 Jan 1917). As minister of militia and defence 1896-1911, he reorganized the Canadian Militia. Borden represented King's County as a Liberal 1874-1911, except for 1882-87.

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Elizabeth Ann Cleaver

She received major awards for The Wind Has Wings: Poems from Canada (1968), The Miraculous Hind: A Hungarian Legend (1973), The Loon's Necklace (1977), an Indian myth and Petrouchka (1980), a retelling of Stravinsky's ballet.

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Clark Blaise

Clark Blaise, novelist, short-story writer (b at Fargo, N Dak 10 Apr 1940). Clark Blaise spent his childhood moving around the United States, where his Canadian parents were living and working.

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David Lloyd Blackwood

Blackwood studied PRINTMAKING, and today he is considered one of Canada's important etchers. Since graduating in 1963 from Toronto's Ontario College of Art, he has taught drawing and painting at Trinity College School in Port Hope.

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bill bissett

bill bissett, poet, artist, performer, publisher (b at Halifax, NS 23 Nov 1939). The son of a judge, bill bissett ran away from home several times as a child, once to join a circus, looking to escape conventional middle-class life.

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Edward Blake

Edward Blake, second premier of Ontario and leader of the federal Liberals, served in politics for nearly a quarter-century from Confederation onward.

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Claude Bissell

Claude Thomas Bissell, cultural administrator and author (b at Meaford, Ont 10 Feb 1916; d at Toronto 21 June 2000.). He was educated at Toronto public schools, University of Toronto (BA 1936, MA 1937) and Cornell (PhD 1940).

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Jóhann Magnús Bjarnason

Jóhann Magnús Bjarnason, author, poet, teacher (b at Medalnes, Nordur-Mulasysla, Iceland 24 May 1866; d at Elfros, Sask 8 Sept 1945). The greatest and most prolific of Icelandic Canadian novelists, Bjarnason immigrated to Canada in 1875.

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Bjarni Herjolfsson

Bjarni Herjolfsson, Norse explorer (dates of birth and death unknown; lived in the 10th century). Herjolfsson was likely the first European to sight the east coast of North America. While sailing from Iceland to Greenland in 986 CE, Herjolfsson sighted lands that were later determined to be Baffin Island, Labrador and Newfoundland. Although Herjolfsson never set foot in North America, Leif Ericsson later retraced his voyage, establishing a settlement at what he called Vinland.

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George Black

George Black, lawyer, politician, commissioner of the Yukon Territory, MP (b at Woodstock, NB 10 Apr 1873; d at Vancouver, BC 23 Aug 1965).

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John Reginald Birchall

John Reginald Birchall, murderer (b at Accrington, Eng 25 May 1866; d at Woodstock, Ont 14 Nov 1890). Birchall, a confidence man, gambler and wastrel, lured 2 young Englishmen, Douglas Pelly and Frederick C. Benwell, into a partnership with him to purchase a farm near Woodstock, Ont.

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Peter Biyiasas

Peter Biyiasas, chess grandmaster (b at Athens, Greece 19 Nov 1950). He moved to Canada as a child, began to play seriously in Vancouver in the late 1960s, and won the British Columbia championship 1968-71.