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Yashin Cancels $1 Million NAC Gift

Hockey fans have long since become accustomed to the mercenary nature of modern professional sports: players whose seven-figure salaries are not enough to anchor them to a team or a town, and even teams themselves that abandon those towns for newer arenas and sweet tax concessions elsewhere.

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Ted Byfield (Profile)

In his heyday as founder and editor-in-chief of the feisty, ultra-conservative Alberta Report newsmagazine, Ted Byfield was famous for his newsroom rants and rages. As deadlines approached, he would pace the floor, railing at editors to get their copy in on time.

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Jack Webster (Obituary)

His voice bellowed like the lowest register of a Highland bagpipe, either engaging or irritating, depending on your point of view. His manner was gruff with anyone who dithered when answering his tough questions, yet gracious with ordinary people who sought his help.

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Gretzky Retires

Hollywood will no doubt make a movie about Wayne Gretzky some day, and it will have to include the scene where he plays his last game in Canada, in Ottawa against the Senators.

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Gerhard Herzberg (Obituary)

In his life and work, Gerhard Herzberg defied easy categorization. Herzberg, who died last week at 94 after a long career at Ottawa's National Research Council, won the 1971 Nobel Prize for chemistry even though he was a physicist.

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Bronfman Versus Hollywood

Montreal's Bronfman family is no stranger to controversy. After arriving in Canada from Russia in the 1890s, they made a fortune outrunning federal tax collectors and selling whisky to American mobsters. The next generation made headlines tussling over control of the family firm, Seagram Co. Ltd.

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Jim Carrey (Profile)

For a while, it was easy to dismiss Jim Carrey. Sure, he became the first actor to crash the $20-million (U.S.) bracket for a single movie. And, yes, his work racked up more than half a billion dollars at the box office in just three years.

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Phyllis Gotlieb (Profile)

Phyllis GOTLIEB is the first to agree she fits the classic profile of the SCIENCE FICTION writer. "Like quite a few of us - Robert Silverberg, Frederik Pohl, my friend Judy Merril," she rhymes off, "I was an only child.

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Rodney Graham (Profile)

Rodney GRAHAM hunches over the desk in his modish Robson Street studio and taps compulsively on a calculator as if it were a musical keyboard. "I'm sorry I don't have any new work to show you," the Vancouver artist says politely. Graham, one of Canadian art's international stars, is playing hooky.

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J. Kerr Wilson

J. (James) Kerr Wilson. Baritone, choir director, born Winnipeg, of Irish parents, 9 May 1917; died there 11 Jun 2006. He studied voice with Stanley Hoban and Winona Lightcap in Winnipeg and later with Ernesto Vinci in Toronto.

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Margaret MacLeod

Margaret MacLeod (b Arnett). Historian, collector, b Kerwood, west of London, Ont, 1877, d Winnipeg 17 Feb 1966. Educated in Brandon, Man, and Winnipeg, she devoted herself to researching the social history of Manitoba and especially of the Red River Valley.

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Stanley Solomon

Stanley Solomon. Violist, artists' manager, b Toronto 3 Apr 1917. After violin studies 1927-39 at the TCM (RCMT) with Luigi von Kunits, Vino Harisay, and Elie Spivak, he attended the Curtis Institute on scholarship, training (1939-42) as a violist with Max Aronoff, Louis Bailly, and Oscar Shumsky.

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Zeyda Suzuki

Zeyda Suzuki (b Ruga). Pianist, teacher, b Havana, Cuba, 29 May l943. She gave her first concert at 5 for the JM in Cuba and then performed on radio and TV. She studied at the Havana Cons.

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George Sawa

George (Dimitri) Sawa. Ethnomusicologist, b Alexandria, Egypt, 18 Jan 1947; B SC (Alexandria) 1969, Diploma performance and theory (RSM) 1970, Licentiate music education (RSM) 1970, MA musicology (Toronto) 1971, PH D Middle East and Islamic studies (Toronto) 1983.