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Toller Cranston

Toller Cranston, CM, figure skater, painter, author (born 20 April 1949 in Hamilton, ON; died 23 January 2015  in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico). A creative and controversial skater and artist, Cranston was widely known for his unique free-skating style. Although never a world champion, he gained more attention in the early 1970s than many who did win gold medals. With his highly individualistic approach, he is credited with opening men’s figure skating to a more artistic style of bodily movement.

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Budge Crawley

Frank Radford Crawley, "Budge," film producer (b at Ottawa 14 Nov 1911; d at Toronto 13 May 1987). Through his company Crawley Films, he produced hundreds of films over his 40-year career. His vitality and enthusiasm and his enterprising nature enabled him to turn his filmmaking hobby into a career.

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Judith Crawley

Judith Crawley, "Judy," film producer, director, scriptwriter (b at Ottawa 21 Apr 1914; d there 15 Sept 1986). She was close collaborator and wife of Frank "Budge"CRAWLEY, and her contribution to their company was extensive throughout its history.

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Thomas Neill Cream

Thomas Neill Cream, doctor, murderer (b at Glasgow, Scot 1850; d at London, Eng 15 Nov 1892). Educated in medicine at McGill, Cream was responsible for a string of murders in Canada, the US and Britain. He was also a thief, arsonist, blackmailer and illegal abortionist.

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George Dunning

George Dunning, animator (b at Toronto 17 Nov 1920; d at London, UK 15 Feb 1979). George Dunning studied at the Ontario Art College and in 1943 went to work for the NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA (NFB). During his short time with the NFB - he left in 1947 - he displayed a strong, individual talent.

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Alfred Ernest Ames

Alfred Ernest Ames, investment dealer (b at Lambeth, CW 3 Sept 1866; d at Toronto 20 Sept 1934). He worked as a bank clerk, then moved to Toronto and established A.E. Ames Co, investment dealers, 1889, the same year he married Mary Cox, daughter of financier and senator George Cox.

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Harold Foster

Harold Foster, artist, author (b at Halifax 16 Aug 1892; d at Spring Hill, Fla 28 July 1982). Father of the adventure comic strip, Foster crossed Halifax harbour on a 12-foot (3.

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Coureurs des bois

Coureurs des bois were itinerant, unlicenced fur traders from New France. They were known as “wood-runners” to the English on Hudson Bay and “bush-lopers” to the Anglo-Dutch of New York. Unlike voyageurs, who were licensed to transport goods to trading posts, coureurs des bois were considered outlaws of sorts because they did not have permits from colonial authorities. The independent coureurs des bois played an important role in the European exploration of the continent. They were also vital in establishing trading contacts with Indigenous peoples.

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Constance Lindsay Skinner

Constance Lindsay Skinner, writer, editor, journalist (born at Quesnel, British Columbia 7 Dec 1877; died at New York, NY 27 Mar 1939). Born in rural British Columbia, Constance Lindsay Skinner moved to Vancouver in 1891.

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Sylvia Burka

Sylvia Burka, speed skater, cyclist, coach (b at Winnipeg 4 May 1954). Through hard work and determination, she overcame a visual handicap to become a world-class athlete in 2 sports. Despite losing an eye in a childhood accident, Burka was Canada's national junior SPEED-SKATING champion by age 15.

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Robert Palmer Howard

Robert Palmer Howard, physician, educator, medical administrator (b at Montréal 12 Jan 1823; d there 28 Mar 1889). Best remembered as a superb teacher, Howard combined enthusiasm with sincerity and dignity, inspiring his pupils with his own zeal and love for medicine.

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John M Whyte

John M. (Marchant) Whyte. Evangelist, hymn writer, singer, b Paris, Canada West (Ontario), 8 Jun 1850, d Toronto 17 Mar 1927. He studied at the University of Toronto and devoted himself to evangelistic and temperance work.

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Albert Greer

Albert Greer. Tenor, choir conductor, teacher, b Toronto 23 Feb 1937; BA (Toronto) 1960, ARCT Gold Medal 1964. He studied with Aksel Schiøtz at the University of Toronto and was a member 1956-60 and 1964-7 of the Festival Singers.

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W. Ray Stephens

W. (William) Ray (Raymond) Stephens. Music publisher, tubist, bassist, b Caerphilly, England, 12 Jan 1916. He studied music at the TCM (now RCMT) and for tenor years served as a military band musician.

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Toronto Oratorio Society

The Toronto Oratorio Society. One of several large choirs in early 20th-century Toronto. It was founded in 1910 and survived 15 years despite a period of inactivity 1912-14. It was an outgrowth of the choir at the Jarvis St Baptist Church, where its conductor, Edward Broome, was organist.

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Paul-Émile Talbot

Paul-Émile Talbot. Organist, teacher, b Quebec City 1 Sep 1934, d there 27 Apr 1986; lauréat piano (Laval) 1951, BA (Laval) 1955, Diplôme d'études supérieures in Gregorian chant (Laval) 1958, premier prix organ (CMQ) 1960.