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Steven Truscott Case 1959 Canada's most famous criminal case of the 20th century revolved around the rape and murder of 12-year-old Lynne Harper near Clinton, Ontario in 1959. A schoolmate, 14-year-old Steven Truscott, stood trial, was convicted of murder, and sentenced to hang. The sentence was eventually reduced to life imprisonment. With some doubts lingering over the accuracy of Truscott's conviction, and sympathy because of his age, Truscott was eventually paroled from prison in 1969. He lived for many years in Guelph, Ontario under an assumed name. In 2000 he shed his alias and began to publicly clamor for a new trial. Truscott's conviction was eventually overturned in 2007 because of what the Ontario Court of Appeals perceived as "a miscarriage of justice," though the court did not formally declare him innocent. Truscott was also awarded a $6.5 million settlement by the Province of Ontario. Is Truscott a murderer? Polls generally show Canadians think he is innocent by a 3:1 ratio. However the Harper family, usually forgotten by the media and the Truscott advocates, is convinced of Truscott's guilt. The victim's older brother has publicly called the payment to Truscott a travesty. The news of it seriously affected the health of Lynne's aged father. And little Lynne Harper remains 12 years old forever...
Tags: Lynne  Harper  murder  Steven  Truscott   
Added: 9th December 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Canadian Two-Dollar Bill The Bank of Canada stopped printing these in 1997. They were replaced by two-tone two-dollar coins commonly called 'toonies.'
Tags: Canadian  two-dollar  bill 
Added: 17th December 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Identify This Starlet This movie star appeared on the cover of this Yank magazine in 1945. Do you know who she is? Hint: She was born in Canada.
Tags: who  is  she 
Added: 19th December 2008
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Terry Fox Marathon of Hope 1980 Terry Fox was arguably the most heroic figure in Canadian history. On April 12, 1980, the 21-year-old Fox, who had lost his right leg to cancer three years earlier, began a mind-boggling cross-Canada run from Newfoundland to British Columbia with the aid of a prosthesis to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society. For the next four months Fox averaged 25 miles per day as Canada became captivated by his exploits. Unfortunately, Fox had to abandon his 'Marathon of Hope' near Thunder Bay, Ontario on September 1 because the cancer had resurfaced in his lungs. Fox had run 3,339 miles! He died nine months later. This nine-minute feature was produced by ESPN in 2005.
Tags: Terry  Fox  cancer  Marathon  of  Hope  Canada 
Added: 16th January 2009
Views: 1280
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Posted By: Lava1964
2002 Olympic Hockey Gold Medal Game Here are the highlights of the men's Olympic hockey final between Canada and the United States from the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. The commentator is Bob Cole of CBC.
Tags: Olympics  hockey 
Added: 25th April 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Jacques Plante Wears a Mask This Heritage Canada minute recreates the events in Madison Square Garden on the night of November 1, 1959 when Jacques Plante of the Montreal Canadiens became the first modern goaltender to regularly wear a mask in the National Hockey League.
Tags: hockey  Jacques  Plante  goalie  mask 
Added: 13th April 2009
Views: 1255
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Posted By: Lava1964
Dieppe Raid 1942 Canada's darkest day in the Second World War was August 19, 1942. That day a large amphibious force, comprised mostly of Canadian troops, corssed the English Channel to test the German defenses in occupied France at the coast city of Dieppe. The raid was a fiasco. The beaches were horribly unsuited for landing craft and amphibious vehicles. The Germans were well entreched on high ground. In nine hours more than 800 Canadians died and another 2100 were wounded or captured. The raid is still controversial today. Some see it as a total waste of human life. Others say the lessons learned from the Dieppe debacle were put to good use on D-Day two years later.
Tags: Dieppe  Raid  Second  World  War 
Added: 13th April 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Pierre Trudeau - Fuddle Duddle Love him or hate him, when Pierre Trudeau was Canada's prime minister there were few dull moments. In 1971, he was accused by political opponents of mouthing a common obscenity in parliament. Trudeau claimed he muttered 'fuddle duddle.'
Tags: Pierre  Trudeau  fuddle  duddle 
Added: 20th June 2009
Views: 2196
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Posted By: Lava1964
Canadas Most Famous Photo Here's a good question for this website's regulars: What's the most famous photograph in American history? Is it the flag-raising at Iwo Jima? Is it the VJ Day kiss in New York City. Is it Lee Harvey Oswald getting shot? How about the grieving girl at Kent State? There are probably a dozen photos that merit consideration. In Canada we have no such debate. This is it: Frank Orr's photo of Paul Henderson celebrating his series wining goal in Moscow in 1972. Orr got rich from its countless reprints.
Tags: Frank  Orr  photo  Paul  Henderson 
Added: 10th June 2009
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Last Canadian WWI Soldier Turns 109 John Babcock, believed to be Canada's last surviving First World War veteran, turned 109 years old today. Since 1924 he has been living in Spokane, WA. Because there were no dual citizenship laws at the time, when Babcock obtained American citizenship, he had to forfeit his Canadian citizenship. After Canada's prime minister Stephen Harper learned about this, Mr. Babcock had his Canadian citizenship restored in a special ceremony in 2008. Babcock is pictured here with his 80-year-old wife. (Cradle robber!)
Tags: First  World  War  veteran  Canada  John  Babcock 
Added: 23rd July 2009
Views: 1315
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Posted By: Lava1964

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