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John Stuart Foster

John Stuart Foster, physicist (b at Clarence, NS 30 May 1890; d at Berkeley, Calif 9 Sept 1964). After receiving a doctorate from Yale, he was appointed assistant professor of physics at McGill in 1924 and did postdoctoral work with Niels Bohr in 1926.

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Camillien Houde

As Duplessis cast a giant shadow over Québec, Houde did the same in Montréal, serving as mayor 1928-32 and 1934-36; he was then re-elected in 1938.

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Sidney Furie

Sidney Furie, film director (b at Toronto 28 Feb 1933). After training at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, Pa, he worked at the CBC as a television writer and director from 1954 before striking off as an

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Allan Bell

Allan (Gordon) Bell. Composer, teacher, conductor, b Calgary 24 May 1953; BA (Alberta) 1974, M MUS (Alberta) 1980. He grew up in Edmonton, with no formal training in music, and did undergraduate work in philosophy 1970-4 at the University of Alberta.

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Florence Davidson

Florence Edenshaw Davidson, Haida elder, artist (b at Masset, Queen Charlotte Is [Haida Gwaii], BC 1895; d there Dec 1993), daughter of famous Haida chief and artist Charlie Edenshaw.

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Remittance Man

Remittance Man, a term once widely used, especially in the West before WWI, for an immigrant living in Canada on funds remitted by his family in England, usually to ensure that he would not return home and become a source of embarrassment.

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John Wycliffe Lowes Forster

John Wycliffe Lowes Forster, portrait and landscape painter, writer (b at Norval, Canada W 31 Dec 1850; d at Toronto 24 Apr 1938). In 1869 he began studying portraiture in Toronto. He travelled to England and Europe in 1875 and 1879 and studied painting in Paris.

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Karen Cockburn

Cockburn became involved in sports as a diver when she was a child; she used the trampoline as a training tool for her diving practice. After trying artistic gymnastics, she switched to competitive trampolining at age 11.

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Elizabeth Dolin

Elizabeth Dolin. Cellist, b Toronto 14 Jan 1959; B MUS (Toronto) 1981. She studied with Vladimir Orloff at the University of Toronto, with Janos Starker 1981-4 at the Indiana University School of Music, and at the Banff CA in 1985. Her New York debut was at Carnegie Recital Hall in April 1985.

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John Gellner

John Gellner, author, journalist (born at Trieste, Italy 18 May 1907; deceased 27 April 2001). A graduate of Masaryk U in Brno, Czech, where he practised law until 1939, Gellner served in the RCAF.

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Michael Ironside

Michael Ironside, born Frederick Reginald Ironside, actor, director, writer (born at Toronto 12 Feb 1950). Michael Ironside is a hardworking, steely-eyed character actor specializing in villainous roles.

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Louis-Joseph Forget

Louis-Joseph Forget, stockbroker, politician (b at Terrebonne, Canada E 11 Mar 1853; d at Nice, France 7 Apr 1911). Forget established his own brokerage firm in Montréal in 1873, dealing mainly in transportation and utility company securities.

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Maureen Forrester

Maureen Kathleen Stewart Forrester, CC, O.ON, OQ, opera and recital singer, teacher, arts administrator (born 25 July 1930 in Montreal, QC; died 16 June 2010 in Toronto, ON). Maureen Forrester was one of Canada’s greatest and best-known classical singers. She was renowned for her remarkable trumpet-like contralto and her deeply emotive musical interpretations. The only classical performer other than Glenn Gould to be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, she was admired greatly at home and abroad for her recitals, recordings and opera performances. She also served as chair of the Canada Council for the Arts, director of du Maurier Arts and chancellor of Wilfrid Laurier University. She received the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, the Molson Prize, the Diplôme d’honneur from the Canadian Conference of the Arts and the Canadian Music Council Medal, as well as numerous other honours.

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Edward Foster

Edward Foster, policeman, fingerprint pioneer (b near Stittsville, Ont 14 Nov 1863; d at Ottawa 21 Jan 1956). Foster joined the DOMINION POLICE as a constable in 1890. While at the St Louis World's Fair in 1904, his interest was awakened in the controversial science of fingerprint identification.

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Eugene Forsey

After his father died, Forsey's mother moved with him to Canada (Newfoundland had not yet joined Confederation). Forsey was raised in Ottawa in the home of his Quebec-born maternal grandfather, William Cochrane Bowles, a high official in the House of Commons.

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Simon Girty

Simon Girty, frontiersman, British Indian agent, Loyalist settler in Upper Canada (Ontario), (born 14 November 1741 near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; died 18 February 1818 in Malden, Upper Canada).