And in Today's Canadian Birthdays...
Sheila Copps 1952-
politician, born at Hamilton in 1952, the daughter of perennial Hamilton Mayor Vic Copps. After working for the Ottawa Citizen and Hamilton Spectator, Copps ran for a seat in Queen’s Park in 1977. She was defeated, but after a stint working for Liberal leader Stuart Smith, she won a seat in 1981. In 1982, after coming second to David Peterson in the leadership race, she switched to federal politics, and was elected for the Liberal Party in Hamilton East during the Mulroney sweep. With Brian Tobin and John Nunziata, a trio called the Rat Pack, she harried the PC government with disruptive tactics. She ran for the leadership against Jean Chrétien in 1990, was appointed to Cabinet as Minister of the Environment after the 1993 election; currently Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Canadian Heritage.Also Yves Thériault 1915-1983
writer, born on this day at Quebec City in 1915; died at Joliette, Quebec, Oct. 20, 1983. Thériault is famous for his novel Agaguk, published in 1958 and translated into 7 languages.
Also Jacques Godbout 1933-
novelist, filmmaker, poet, born on this day at Montreal. Godbout worked for the National Film Board; 1959 co-founder of Liberté; 1962 helped found the Mouvement laique de la langue française; 1977 helped found the Union des écrivains québecois. His films include Yul 871, Kid Sentiment, Ixe 13, La Gammik, and over 16 documentaries; novels include: L’Aquarium (1962), Le Couteau sur la table (1965), Salut Galarneau! (1967), D’amour, P.Q. (1972), L’Isle au dragon (1976), Les Têtes à Papineau (1981) and Une Histoire américaine (1986).
Also Nicole Brossard 1943-
writer, publisher, feminist, was born on this day at Montreal in 1943. Brossard founded the literary magazine La Barre du jour in 1965; poetry collections include Le Centre blanc (1970), Suite logique (1970), Mécanique jongleuse suivi de masculin grammaticale (1974, Governor General’s Award), Double impression (1984, Governor General’s Award).
Also Garry Valk 1967-
NHL left winger, born on this day at Edmonton, Alberta, in 1976; selected by the Vancouver Canucks in the sixth round (108th pick overall) of the 1987 NHL Entry Draft; selected by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in the 1993 NHL Waiver Draft; traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for J.J. Daigneault, Feb. 21, 1997.
Also Chad Kilger 1976-
NHL centre, born on this day at Cornwall, Ontario, in 1976; selected by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in the first round (fourth pick overall) of the 1995 NHL Entry Draft’ traded by the Anaheim Mighty Ducks with Oleg Tverdovsky, and a 1996 third-round pick to the Winnipeg Jets for Teemu Selanne, the rights to Marc Chouinard, and a 1996 fourth round draft pick on Feb. 8, 1996; now with Chicago Blackhawks; son of Bob Kilger, a former NHL referee (1970-80) Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons.