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Christine Sinclair Wins Rosenfeld Award
December 27, 2012
It was no surpise to many sports fans when The Canadian Press named soccer star Christine Sinclair as the top female athlete in Canada for 2012, and recipient of the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award. A native of Burnaby, British Columbia, Christine Sinclair led her team to win a bronze medal at the summer Olympics in London. The win was Canada's first medal in a traditional team sport since 1936. The 29-year-old athlete in an incredible leader as well as an amazing athlete. Earlier in December she won the Lou Marsh Award, as Canada's top athlete for 2012.
"She's always been one of the best in the world, she's always been fantastic, and what's great about this year is that the world got to see her at the highest stage — Olympics," said goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc.
More from The Star.
Dr. Victoria Chung Day
December 8, 2012
The city of Victoria, British Columbia, has declared December 8 to be Dr.Victoria Chung (also known as Cheung) Day. Born in Victoria in 1897, Victoria Cheung graduated as a medical doctor at the University of Toronto. Dr. Chung/Cheung served as a medical missionary in China, where she served until her death in 1966.
On December 8, Dr. Cheung's accomplishments were also recognized in southern China on the occassion of the 100th anniversary of the Jiangmen Central Hospital. The City of Victoria was represented by Councillor Charlayne Thornton-Joe, whose family came from the same area of China. She was able to participate thanks to the support of the hospital. The celebrations were also attended by Professor John Price, who teaches at the University of Victoria and plans to write a book about Dr. Cheung.
You can read a biography of Dr. Victoria Cheung (pages 102-105) in 100 More Canadian Heroines: Famous and Forgotten Faces by historian Merna Forster. Dr. Cheung's picture is on the cover of the book, at top left.
Grammy Nominations for Carly Rae Jepson
December 5, 2012
Carly Rae Jepson website
Mehta and Polley Films in Top 10
December 5, 2012
The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) announced its top ten picks for Canadian films this week. The list includes Stories We Tell, a moving documentary directed by Canadian Sarah Polley. The film explores a very personal story, including the discovery of the secret of her own conception. The documentary was recently honoured by being selected to be shown at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah
The Oscar-nominated Canadian director Deepa Mehta made the highly acclaimed film Midnight's Children, adapted from a novel by Salman Rushdie. The film follows two children who were born as India gained independence from Britian. Born in India, Deepa Mehta began creating documentaries there before moving to Canada.
Polley, Cronenberg, Mehta make TIFF’s list of Canada’s Top 10 films, Montreal Gazette, Dec. 5, 2012
Sarah Polley's Stories We Tell to screen at Sundance, CBC.ca, Nov. 29, 2012
Midnight's Children website
Shania Twain Rides Into Vegas
December 1, 2012
Shania Twain returned to the stage for the first time in eight years, riding a black stallion for her splashy new show at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The Canadian superstar, now 47, entertained a sold-out crowd in the first performance of her show Shania: Still the one. The popular country singer and songwriter has signed a deal for a two-year stint in Vegas.
Shania Twain gets standing ovations in Las Vegas return, CBC.ca, Dec. 3, 2012.
Shania Twain brings hits and horses to Las Vegas, Ottawa Citizen, Dec. 3, 2012. Shania Twain website
Shania Twain/Cesears Palace Photo
Persons Awards 2012
October 18, 2012
The Honourable Rona Ambrose, who serves as Minister for Status of Women as well as Minister of Public Works and Government Services, announced the 2012 recipients of the Governor General's Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case. Governor General David Johnston presented the awards to the following recipients at Rideau Hall on Persons Day:
Caroline Andrew. An Ottawa resident who is a professor emeritus and Director of the Centre on Governance.
Saara Bhanji. A resident of Vancouver who advocates for improvements in the lives of girls and young women. Youth recipient.
Joanne Cave. A youth recipient who lives in Edmonton, she promotes equal rights for women and girls.
Corinne Gallant. This resident of Dieppe, New Brunswick as a professor emeritus at the University of Moncton. She is a key figure in the women's movement in Canada.
Sainthood for Kateri
October 21, 2012
A native woman who lived in Kahnawake in the 17th century became a saint in Rome, during a canonization ceremony which was conducted by Pope Benedict XVI. Kateri Tekakwitha (1656-1680) is North America's first aboriginal saint. Known as the Lily of the Mohawks, she survived persecution for her religious beliefs and continues to inspire others. Kateri Tekakwith is included in the book 100 Canadian Heroines and many biographies.
Watch videos about Kateri and the ceremony on CBC News.
Order of BC for Campbell
September 6, 2012
Former Prime Minister Kim Campbell, Canada's first and only female PM, received the Order of British Columbia in a ceremony at Government House in Victoria. Lt. Gov. Steven Point presented awards to Kim Campbell and thirteen other notable leaders from the province.
Kim Campbell Biography on heroines.ca.
Teen Conquers Lake Ontario
August 19, 2012
Annaleise Carr, an incredible 14-year-old, became the youngest person to swim across Lake Ontario. The determined teenager completed a 52.5-kilometre swim, from the mouth of the Niagara River to Marilyn Bell Park in Toronto. By completing her goal she also raised $90,000 to enable young children to attend Camp Trillium.
Read more in an article from thestar.com.
Views: Open Letter to Mark Carney re Banknotes
August 22, 2012
Mr. Mark Carney
Governor of the Bank of Canada
234 Wellington Street
Dear Mr. Carney,
The recent uproar about the $100 banknotes raises important concerns about the inclusion of visible minorities, but doesn't address another significant problem with the new series. It does not depict any real women in Canadian history. The controversy could perhaps have been avoided if the Bank of Canada produced banknotes that were more reflective of a wide variety of Canadians who've made important contributions to the country – specific individuals – and not just male prime ministers, the Queen and a generic female scientist.
Your press release this week indicated that "Our banknotes belong to all Canadians, and the work we do at the Bank is for all Canadians." As a Canadian who happens to be a woman, I would like banknotes that belong to me to include at least one image of an actual woman - and preferably more. Many Canadians celebrated the addition of the Famous Five and renowned activist Thérèse Casgrain to the $50 note back in 2004, which marked the first time that actual Canadian women were featured. How unfortunate that the new series did not go one step further and feature women on more that one bill. If future banknotes are to indeed belong to all Canadians, I expect that the female half of the population would like to have some that depict real women in Canadian history.
As outlined in my op-ed piece for the Times Colonist last year (Banknotes hard to forge, but women missing), countries such as Australia exemplify the incorporation of notable women and men in the history of the nation. I am not familiar with the Bank of Canada process for development of banknotes, but would like to suggest that you consider consulting historians for input on the next series. The Canadian Committee on Women's History is one example of an organization that you could contact.
Please help ensure that a wider range of Canadians, of both sexes and various ethnic origins, are represented on our banknotes. While I appreciate that the Bank of Canada cannot depict everyone and every group, it would be a good start to include notable women as well as men in Canadian history.Sincerely yours,
Author and historian
Stamp Honours Viola Desmond
February 1, 2012
Viola Desmond was recognized as a Canadian heroine in 2011 by inclusion in the new book 100 More Canadian Heroines.
Theme Song for Titantic 100
January 28, 2012
Rosalee Peppard, official website.
Tragic Death of Sarah Burke
January 19, 2012
Sarah Burke: Too young, too smart, to go that way, National Post
Freestyle ski icon Sarah Burke ‘lived life to the fullest,’ dies nine days after crash, Vancouver Sun
Bomb Girls Debuts
A new six-part series about Canadian women in World War Two premiered on Global TV on January 4, 2012. Bomb Girls depicts a group of women working in a munitions factory in Toronto during the war. The series features actress Meg Tilly, playing the shop matron who oversees women working on the assembly line. Other cast members include Charlotte Hegele, Ali Liebert, Jodi Balfour and Anastasia Phillips. Bomb Girls was created by Adrienne Mitchell and Janis Lundman.
Global created a cool interactive website related to the series. Be sure to check it out! A wide variety of fascinating videos, such as Life in a Boarding House (interview with Louise Johnson, a woman who lived in one during the war), Fashion File (featuring 48 archival photos), Easy Listening with the Gramophone (explanations from curator Samantha George),The Wardrobe (interview with the costume designer for the series), These Walls Have Ears (interview with the art director, chatting about the rooming house), Signs of the Time, etc. And there is also an opportunity for actual Bomb Girls to share their experiences and WWII stories.Bomb Girls, from GlobalTV.
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