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Jean Boyle (Profile)

Jean Boyle is used to being the best. An athlete as a youth in Ottawa's largely francophone east end, he won a black belt in judo by the age of 20. As an officer cadet at the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ont.


Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir

The Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir (MJGC), founded and directed by Trevor W. Payne, gave its first performance in 1982 at St James United Church, in Montreal. The choir's first members were drawn primarily from the Montreal Black Community Youth Choir (1974-81).


Finger Eleven

Finger Eleven is a rock band that formed in Burlington, Ont, in 1989 under the name Rainbow Butt Monkeys with Scott Anderson (vocals), James Black (guitar), Rick Jackett (guitar), Sean Anderson (bass) and Rob Gobberman (drums). Rich Beddoe replaced Gobberman in 1998.


Lorne Michaels

Lorne Michaels, né Lorne Michael Lipowitz, producer (b at Toronto 17 Nov 1944). Lorne Lipowitz earned a BA from the University of Toronto in 1966, and became involved with the underground film scene, running the New Cinema Club at Cinecity, an independent theatre.


People on the Margins of the Halifax Explosion

In the early 20th Century, most North End residents of Halifax perceived themselves as being collectively disadvantaged, compared to wealthier South End residents. However, within the North End certain groups — notably racial minorities, the elderly, non-British immigrants, members of the military, and unmarried women with children — stood out as being particularly vulnerable. They were among the hardest-hit in the aftermath of the Halifax Explosion of 1917.


Celebrating Asian Heritage in Canada

Many Canadians today see our diverse population as a source of pride and strength — for good reason. More than one in five Canadians were born elsewhere. That is the highest percentage of immigrants in the G7 group of large industrialized nations. Asia (including people born in the Middle East) has provided the greatest number of newcomers in recent years. Since the 1990s, Canadians — who once thought primarily of Europe when they considered events abroad — now define themselves, and the world, differently. As former prime minister Jean Chrétien said: “The Pacific is getting smaller and the Atlantic is becoming wider.”


David Thompson

David Thompson, explorer, cartographer (born 30 April 1770 in London, England; died 10 February 1857 in Longueuil, Canada East). David Thomson was called “the greatest land geographer who ever lived.” He walked or paddled 80,000 km or more in his life, mapping most of western Canada, parts of the east and the northwestern United States. And like so many geniuses, his achievements were only recognized after his death.


Joshua Mauger

Joshua Mauger, colonial entrepreneur, sea captain, politician (baptized 25 April 1725 in the parish of St. John, Jersey; died 18 October 1788 at Warborne, near Lymington, England). Mauger was one of Nova Scotia’s wealthiest and most influential merchants in the 18th century. Although he only spent 11 years in the colony, he exerted significant power in its business and politics for two decades after. His complex involvement with Nova Scotia underscores the bonds of subservience and influence that hindered the colony’s early development. Mauger also enslaved Black people and built a significant portion of his business empire on the labour of enslaved people.


Marie-Lynn Hammond

Marie-Lynn Hammond. Singer-songwriter, guitarist, playwright, b Montreal 31 Aug 1948; BA English (Carleton) 1968. Marie-Lynn Hammond studied violin as a child, taught herself to play the guitar in her teens and began her career as a folksinger in Ottawa coffeehouses.


Hazel Wylie (Primary Source)

"I looked after everything that was ever used in the RAF, from clothing right down to the smallest part of a nut or bolt of a plane, to the bigger part that would make a wing."

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James McGill

James McGill, fur trader, merchant, politician, philanthropist (born 6 October 1744 in Glasgow, Scotland; died 19 December 1813 in Montreal, Lower Canada). James McGill was one of Montreal’s most prominent citizens in the 18th and early 19th centuries. He grew a successful career as a fur trader into a business empire. McGill also held various positions in public office, including three terms in Lower Canada’s legislature. His will contained the endowment for McGill University. James McGill’s achievements cannot be separated from the fact that he enslaved Black and Indigenous people and profited from this practice.


Ruth Cansfield

Ruth Cansfield, dancer, choreographer, artistic director, company founder, administrator, educator (born in England 1960). Ruth Cansfield came with her family to Amherst, Massachusetts, before arriving in Winnipeg.


Cathy Jones

Catherine (Cathy) Jones, actor, writer (born at St John's 6 April 1955). Cathy Jones attended Holy Heart of Mary High School and by the age of 17 had joined the Newfoundland Travelling Theatre Company with her brother Andy for a summer of touring the province.


William Taylor (Primary Source)

"The Battle of the Atlantic was the longest naval battle in the history of the world, and we did our job"

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