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Ferry Named for Canadian Heroine
November 12, 2016

A ferry in Digby County Nova Scotia was named to honour a notable woman called Margaret Davis. She and her husband settled in the area after the American Revolution, and had a family of nine children. After she was widowed and the claim to her land was disputed, the fesity pioneer made a 300-kilometre trek to Halifax to fight for her property. She won.

In a ceremony attended by Premier Stephen McNeil and some of the descendants of Margaret Davis, the ferry was christened in her honour: Margaret's Justice.

Margaret Davis ferry

Another Award for Alanis Obomsawin
November 10, 2016

Alanis Obomsawin, acclaimed documentary film maker, has won another award: the 2016 Prix Albert-Tessier. Obomsawin, a member of the Abenaki Nation, has produced about fifty films during her long career. Her latest documentary is We Canít Make the Same Mistake Twice, which was shown at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2016.

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Alanis Obomsawin (National Film Board).

New Film on Maud Lewis
October 21, 2016

Sony Pictures Classics has picked up the rights to distribute a new film about Maud Lewis, a renowned Nova Scotia folk artist. The film Maudie tells the story of this interesting woman who was born in 1903 with deformed fingers and hunched shoulders. Despite living in poverty with her husband in a shack that lacked running water and electricity, she earned money by doing brightly-coloured oil paintings on anything she could find.

The stars of the film, an Irish-Canadian production, are Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke. The film has received great reviews on the film festival circuit, including a screening at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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Maud Lewis with some of her paintings.

Historian Wins 2016 Pierre Berton Award
October 20, 2016

Author and historian Merna Forster, who led the successful national campaign calling for Canadian women on bank notes, has won the 2016 Pierre Berton Award for popularizing Canadian history. This Governor General's History Award for Popular Media will be presented to her by Governor General David Johnston at Rideau Hall on November 28, 2016.

Merna Forster has worked for many years to encourage greater awareness of women in Canadian history, through her public presentations and media commentary, writing, and creation of the heroines.ca website. She is the author of the popular books 100 Canadian Heroines and 100 More Canadians Heroines, and also helped raise funds for a statue of artist Emily Carr in Victoria.

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Merna Forster and Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz.
(Justin Tang photo)


Death of Canadian Physicist
July 22, 2016

Dr. Ursula Franklin, an ccomplished Canadian scientist, died in Toronto at the age of 94. A pioneer in her field, Franklin was a metallurgist, research physicist, feminist, peace activist, and educator. Her discovery of radioactive substances in the baby teeth of Canadian children led to the end of atmospheric nuclear testing during the Cold War.

More in the CBC article Ursula Franklin, renowed Canadian scientist, dead at 94.

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Dr. Ursula Franklin (University of Toronto).

   

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