And in Today's Canadian Birthdays...
George Parkin Grant 1918-1988
philosopher, was born on this day at Toronto in 1918; died in Halifax Sept 27, 1988. Grant was educated at Queen’s and Oxford universities; 1947-60 taught philosophy at Dalhousie; 1960-80 Chairman of the Department of Religion at McMaster; 1980 returned to Dalhousie to teach political science and classics; works include 1959 Philosophy in the Mass Age, a discussion of religion and technology; 1965 Lament for a Nation, in which, as a pessimistic Red Tory, he mourns what he sees as Canada’s slide into the maw of the American liberal empire; 1974 English Speaking Justice, where he says technological progress has replaced freedom and justice as our main social foundation; 1979 Technology and Empire, a critique of Vietnam and modern ideology; 1986 Technology and Justice.Also Pierre Bédard 1762-1829
lawyer, politician, was born on this day at Charlesbourg, Quebec, in 1762; died at Trois-Rivières, Apr. 26, 1829. Bédard was called to the Quebec bar in 1790; 1792 first elected to the Assembly of Lower Canada for Northumberland; a leader of the growing Parti canadien, in opposition to the Chateau Clique; 1806 helped found the Le Canadien newspaper; 1810 arrested and jailed with other staff of Le Canadien by Governor Sir James Craig, after writing critical commentary; released without being brought to trial; 1812 appointed to the bench.
Also Charles Constantine 1849-1912
soldier, police officer, was born on this day at Bradford, Yorkshire, England, in 1849; died at Long Beach, California, May 05, 1912, while on leave. Constantine came to Canada as a young man; 1870 member of the Red River Expedition; stayed in Manitoba and became chief of the Manitoba Provincial Police; 1885 served in the North West Rebellion; Inspector in the North-West Mounted Police; 1894 sent to the Yukon to control abuses by the miners; 1895 commanded 20 man NWMP detachment in the Yukon, and helped maintain the law and Canadian sovereignty when gold was discovered in 1896; 1903 he led first NWMP expedition to western Arctic; set up detachments at Fort McPherson and Herschel Island.
Also John MacIntosh Lyle 1872-1945
architect, urban planner, teacher, was born on this day at Connor, Ireland, in 1872; died at Toronto Dec. 19, 1945. Lyle came to Canada as a boy, attended Hamilton School of Art, trained as an architect at the Yale School of the Arts; 1894 attended l’École des beaux-arts in Paris; 1894-1906 architect in New York; 1906 designed Toronto’s Royal Alexandra Theatre; 1913-27 Toronto’s Union Station; 1923 Memorial Arch, Royal Military College in Kingston; 1923-24 Bank of Nova Scotia in Ottawa; 1930 Runnymede Library, Toronto; 1936 Dominion Coin Competition (animal and leaf motifs).
Also Thomas Raddall 1903-1994
writer, was born on this day at Hythe, England, in 1903; died at Liverpool, Nova Scotia Apr. 01, 1994. Raddall came to Nova Scotia as a boy. Short story collections: The Pied Piper of Dipper Creek and Other Tales (1939, Governor General’s Award, 1943); The Dreamers (1986). Historical novels: His Majesty’s Yankees (1942); The Governor’s Lady (1960). Non-fiction: The Nymph and the Lamp (1950, about his time as a Sable Island radio operator after World War I); Halifax, Warden of the North (1948, Governor General’s Award); In My Time (1976, autobiography).
Also Madeleine Sherwood 1922-
actor, was born on this day in 1922. Sherwood played the Mother Superior in The Flying Nun.
Also Gérald Godin 1938-1994
poet, Parti québécois politician, was born on this day at Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, in 1938; died Oct. 12, 1994 after a 10 year battle with a brain tumor. Godin published his first collection Chansons très naïves in 1960, followed by Poèmes et Cantos (1962), Nouveaux poèmes (1963), Les Cantouques (1967), Libertés surveillées (1975), Sarzènes (1983), Soirs sans atout (1986), Ils ne demandaient qu’à brûler (1987). In 1975 he became head of the St-Jean Baptiste Society; worked as a researcher, then head of news at Radio-Canada from 1963-69; journalist at Québec-Presse de 1969-74; taught journalism at l’Universit&eaute; de Montréal and UQAM 1975-76; writer in residence at l’Université d’Ottawa 1976-1977; wrote for Macleans, La Presse, Le Journal de Montréal, Canadian Forum, Montreal Star; 1977 elected for the PQ in Mercier, beating Robert Bourassa; minister in Levesque and Pierre-Marc Johnson cabinets 1980-89.
Also Wayne Parker 1960-
rock bass guitarist, was born on this day in 1960. Parker played with the group Glass Tiger.
Also Mark Fitzpatrick 1968-
NHL goaltender, was born on this day at Toronto in 1968; selected as underage junior by Los Angeles Kings in second round (27th pick overall) of 1987 NHL Entry Draft; selected by Florida Panthers in the 1993 NHL Expansion Draft; now plays for Chicago Blackhawks.