Politicians more than half of Canadian Press newsmakers through the years

first_imgThe Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team has been chosen as the 2018 Canadian Press Newsmaker of the Year. Here is a list of past  newsmakers as chosen in an annual poll of newsrooms across the country:2017: Gord Downie, musician2016: Gord Downie, musician2015: Justin Trudeau, politician2014: Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, slain soldiers2013: Rob Ford, politician2012: Luka Rocco Magnotta, killer2011: Jack Layton, politician2010: Russell Williams, sex killer2009: Stephen Harper, politician2008: Stephen Harper, politician2007: The Mounties2006: The Canadian Soldier2005: John Gomery, Quebec judge2004: Paul Martin, politician2003: Paul Martin, politician2002: Jean Chretien, politician2001: Stockwell Day, politician2000: Pierre Trudeau, politician1999: Pierre Trudeau, politician (named Canadian Newsmaker of the 20th Century)1998: Jean Chretien, politician1997: Sheldon Kennedy, hockey player1996: Donovan Bailey, sprinter1995: Lucien Bouchard, politician1994: Jacques Parizeau, politician1993: Kim Campbell, politician1992: The Constitution1991: Brian Mulroney, politician1990: Elijah Harper, politician1989: Michael Wilson, politician1988: Ben Johnson, sprinter1987: Rick Hansen, cross-country wheelchair athlete1986: Rick Hansen, cross-country wheelchair athlete1985: Steve Fonyo, cross-country runner1984: Brian Mulroney, politician1983: Brian Mulroney, politician1982: Wayne Gretzky, hockey player1981: Terry Fox, cross-country runner1980: Terry Fox, cross-country runner1979: Joe Clark, politician1978: Pierre Trudeau, politician1977: Rene Levesque, politician1976: Rene Levesque, politician1975: Pierre Trudeau, politician1974: Pierre Trudeau, politician1973: Pierre Trudeau, politician1972: Pierre Trudeau, politician1971: Pierre Trudeau, politician1970: Pierre Trudeau, politician1969: Pierre Trudeau, politician1968: Pierre Trudeau, politician1967: Lester Pearson, politician1966: John Diefenbaker, politician1965: Lucien Rivard, drug smuggler1964: Lester Pearson, politician1963: Lester Pearson, politician1962: Real Caouette, politician1961: James Coyne, Bank of Canada governor1960: John Diefenbaker, politician1959: John Diefenbaker, Joey Smallwood; politicians1958: John Diefenbaker, politician1957: John Diefenbaker, politician1956: Lester Pearson, diplomat1955: Lester Pearson, diplomat1954: Marilyn Bell, marathon swimmer1953: Lester Pearson, diplomat1952: Lester Pearson, diplomat1951: Lester Pearson, diplomat1950: Lester Pearson, diplomat1949: Louis St. Laurent, politician1948: Mackenzie King, politician1947: Barbara Ann Scott, figure skater1946: Igor Gouzenko, Soviet embassy cipher clerkThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

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How a Toronto writing group opened the doors for queer and trans

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement I recently watched the first two episodes of the new FX series called Atlanta, produced by actor, writer and musician Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino). I was immediately struck by casual nuances in the writing and, though I’ve never lived in the city of Atlanta, there was an undeniable feeling of authenticity. And I later learned that Atlanta is one of the few shows in television network history to boast an all-black writing staff. When questioned about his motivations for curating an all-black writing team, Donald Glover responded: “I wanted to show white people, you don’t know everything about Black culture.”What possibilities emerge when you provide access and space to diverse writers? It was this question and desire for access and space that led Toronto based writer Dianah Smith to create ‘A’ is for Orange (pronounced “A is for Ah-range”), a creative incubator and reading series for emerging queer and trans writers of Caribbean descent. The group is no longer active, and there is very little digital documentation of it’s existence, but the legacy of ‘A’ is for Orange can be felt throughout the city.The story of ‘A’ is For Orange begins in 2005, when Smith took a leave of absence from full-time teaching to develop her writing. She enrolled in several classes at Ryerson University, including one on autobiographical writing. However her initial enthusiasm was quickly replaced by a growing unease and discomfort as she realized the realities and limitations of the university classroom.  “I would present my stories and there would just be flat or very uncomfortable questions,” she tells me over the phone. “Typical questions focusing on the food or the music or whatever ethnic parts of the story and not really the content and the craft. It was really frustrating.” Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Twitter Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

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