There are a series of pictures and paragraphs which are sorely missed on this page, but because of the uncertainty about copyright, I've foregone this valuable information. Some of the great names which should be mentioned are:
• Louis Riel: activist for the Metis and a founder of Manitoba, unjustly hanged for the North-West Rebellion of 1885
• Nellie Letitia McClung: vote for women, member of the Valiant Five in Manitoba in the early 1900s, contending that women could be "qualified persons" eligible to sit in the Senate. The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the current law did not recognize women as such.
• Billy Bishop: a Canadian flying ace and Victoria Cross recipient of the First World War. He was officially credited with 72 victories
• Canadians who fought at Vimy Ridge: April 1917..."In those few minutes I witnessed the birth of a nation." -- BGen A.E. Ross
• Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae: Canadian poet, physician, author, artist and soldier during World War I, and a surgeon during the Second Battle of Ypres, in Belgium. He is best known for writing the famous war memorial poem "In Flanders Fields". McCrae died of pneumonia near the end of the war.
• Elizabeth Catherine Bagshaw (October 1881 - January 5, 1982) was one of Canada's first female doctors and the medical director of the first birth control clinic in Canada.
• J Cambell Clouston, the Canadian World War II hero, that Dunkirk the film - and history - has forgotten.
• Roberta Lynn Bondar a neurologist, astronaut, physician, educator, photographer. She was the first Canadian woman to fly into space in 1992.
• Chris Austin Hadfield (born 29 August 1959) is a retired Canadian astronaut who was the first Canadian to walk in space. a neurologist, astronaut, physician, educator, photographer
During his free time on Expedition 35, Hadfield recorded music for an album, using the Larrivee Parlor guitar previously brought to the ISS. The first song recorded in space, Jewel in the Night, was released via YouTube on Christmas Eve 2012. His collaboration with Ed Robertson of the Barenaked Ladies and the Wexford Gleeks, Is Somebody Singing? (sometimes shortened I.S.S.), was aired on the CBC Radio program Q and released by CBC Music online on 8 February 2013. Hadfield sang Is Somebody Singing along with singers across Canada for the national Music Monday program.
On 12 May 2013, after handing over command of the ISS, but before returning home, Hadfield released a music video recorded on the ISS of a modified rendition of "Space Oddity" by David Bowie. As of January 2016 (shortly after Bowie's death), the video has over 28 million views on YouTube.
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Terry Fox: Canadian athlete, humanitarian, and cancer research activist. He's always been a hero of mine. Regretfully, I never met him.. I remember sitting in the trailer just outside of Grande Prairie, Alberta, in 1980 when I heard the news on TV that Terry Fox had passed away. It was a sad day. I was already feeling low living in my claustrophobic domicile. I sold that trailer for $14,000 when I moved out of Grande Prairie and it burned down wtihin two weeks right to the flatbed with the other people collecting big insurance money. This was in the transition when I quit my newspaper job and became a high-school teacher. Years later, when I moved back to Ontario, I drove passed Thunder Bay in the evening. I stopped to take a photograph of the Terry Fox statue, with the moon fortunately high above the statue's head. I angled my camera just right. I've got that picture somewhere in www.niagarascenery.com > Creative > My Travels > 3rd picture in my travels slideshow. How time flies! Eventually we all go the way of Terry Fox, and he was just a young guy, 22 years old!
But at my back I always hear
Time's winged chariot hurrying near,
And yonder all before us lie
Deserts of vast eternity
-- Andrew Marvell d.1678
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And Waiting in the Wings:
Waiting in the wings? Nobody. Heroes come to the fore only when needed.