Wednesday, May 22, 2013


From the big scrapbook of time, here’s a look at Canada in 1976-

Lincoln introduces its Designer Series for 1976 with specially trimmed models by Cartier, Pucci, Bill Blass and Givinchy. Sales for the calendar year added up to 5,045 units delivered across the nation.

January 5: The Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals opens a blood bank for dogs in Montreal.

January 7: Eric Serge Gagne is born in Montreal. He will teach himself English by watching TV sitcoms and grow up to be a pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Gagne will win the Cy Young Award in 2003.

January 12: General Vehicles, Incorporated is declared bankrupt by a judge in Phoenix, Arizona. Among its subsidiaries is Bricklin Canada, Limited, a sports car manufacturer with factories in Minto and Saint John, New Brunswick.

January 14: For the first time since 1884, there will be no future editions of Eaton’s Catalogue. Once the nation’s largest retailer, the T. Eaton Company Limited will file for bankruptcy in 1997.

January 20: The Quebec Court of Appeals upholds the acquittal of Dr. Henry Morgentaler from a lower court. He was charged with performing an illegal abortion.

January 25: Mia Kirshner is born in Toronto. She will grow up to be a Hollywood star, seen in such movies as Love and Human Remains, the popular Global TV series, The L Word and the CTV fantasy series, The Vampire Diaries.

January 28: The government of Saskatchewan nationalizes the province’s potash industry.

February 3: Prime Minister Trudeau and wife Margaret are in Havana to strengthen ties Canada’s ties with Cuba. Margaret tells the Cuban leader that Pierre has taught her about love. The PM tells Premier Castro to get his troops out of Angola.

February 4: The Supreme Court rules that provinces can no longer censor movies.

February 7: Toronto Maple Leaf Darryl Sittler scores six goals and four assists in a game against the Boston Bruins.

February 22: The Tories have a new leader. On the fourth ballot they have elected Joe Clark, an Albertan. Claude Wagner is second and third is a lawyer by the name of Brian Mulroney.

Oil rigs pump around the clock in Alberta.
March 1: Alberta establishes the Alberta Heritage Savings Trust fund with money from the province’s oil-rich economy.

March 2: Time magazine ceases publication in Canada when tax advantages for US magazines offering Canadian content are dropped. Such publications are viewed as being a threat to Canadian culture.

March 9: It’s a boy for Brian and Mila Mulroney. Benedict (Ben) will grow up to earn degrees from Laval University and Duke University and will be best known to millions of viewers as the host of Canadian Idol on CTV.

Queen's Park has been home to the Ontario Provincial Parliament in Toronto since 1860.
March 10: The proceedings at Queen’s Park in Toronto are now broadcast throughout Ontario on radio and TV for the first time.

March 12: The oil refinery at Come By Chance, Newfoundland is bankrupt to the tune of  $500 million. It opened three years ago to great fanfare by industrial tycoon John Shaheen. The refinery will reopen in 1987 and be profitable, serving the needs of Newfoundland and Labrador while exporting more than $2 billion worth of gasoline-based products annually by 2007.

The Homecoming was a surprise hit, based on a TV commercial that Hagood Hardy wrote for Salada Tea.
March 15: John Allen Cameron hosts the Juno Awards, held at the Ryerson Polytechnic Institute. Joni Mitchell wins a Juno as female vocalist of the year. Gino Vannelli wins a Juno as male vocalist of the year. Bachman-Turner Overdrive get the group of the year Juno, another for best album Juno for Four-Wheel Drive and a third for best single, You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet. Haygood Hardy wins a Juno as composer of the year for The Homecoming.

March 29: The Man Who Skied Down Everest is the first Canadian feature-length documentary film to win an Oscar. The movie was made by Crawley Films.

April 1: Ottawa places broadcasting and telecommunications under the jurisdiction of the Canadian Radio and Telecommunications Commission. Now, the agency has the authority to regulate telephone companies, too.

April 1: The federal government hikes the minimum wage to $2.90 an hour.

April 5: Wilder Penfield is dead at the age of 85. The father of neurosurgery made the first maps of the sensory and motor cortices of the brain. He was a pioneer in understanding and treating epilepsy. The street that passes in front of the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital he founded will be renamed in his honour on October 5, 1978.

April 14: Some 90,000 angry teachers stage a 24-hour wildcat strike across Quebec.

April 15: The Federal Cabinet lifts the moratorium on oil exploration in the Beaufort Sea. Dome Petroleum will buy $50 million in insurance against any possible environmental damage.

April 18: Somebody has goofed. It is revealed that the new Olympic Stadium in Montreal has 15,000 seats with no view of the field.

May 2 – The Canadian edition of Time magazine is discontinued.

May 10: It is the birth date of Kristen French. The vivacious teen will be kidnapped, tortured and murdered by Karla Homolka and her husband Paul Bernardo in 1992.

May 16: The Habs trounce the Philadelphia Flyers four games to zip to take home the Stanley Cup.

Unemployed men line up for work in Quebec in 1932.

May 20: The ranks of folks on pogey swells. StatsCan announces that unemployment has hit 7.4 percent, the highest level since 1961.

The Honourable Eugene Whelan wore a green Stetson hat when he was Minister of Agriculture.
June 3: Angry about cuts to production and lower subsidies, 5,000 Quebec dairy farmers storm Parliament Hill. Parking their tractors on the lawn, they throw milk at Eugene Whelan, Minister of Agriculture.

A Canadian natural gas plant.
June 10: The National Energy Board hikes the price of natural gas being exported to the United States by a whopping 21 percent.

June 11: The National Energy Board announces the amount of natural gas being shipped to the United States will be cut by twelve percent.

Between Friends/Entre Amis depicts life on the Canadian and US border.
June 16: Prime Minister Trudeau is in Washington to present President Ford with Canada’s gift to the United States as it marks its 200th birthday. The gift to our neighbours and friends is the lavishly illustrated coffee table book, Between Friends/Entre Amis.
Canadian Pacific is but one airline that won't be taking anyone anywhere until the strike is settled.

June 20: Tens of thousands of travellers are grounded as the 2,800 members of the Canadian Air Line Pilots Association go on strike. The issue is whether or not French is acceptable in the air. The walkout is resolved in nine days.

June 25: The CN Tower is officially open. At 533.33 metres, it is the tallest freestanding structure in the world. The proud owner is Canadian National. More than 2 million people will visit annually. In 2003, the Ostankino Tower in Moscow will open and it will eclipse the CN Tower with its taller antenna.

July 1: It is the birth date of Leslie Ernin Mahaffey. She will be kidnapped, tortured and slain by serial killers Karla Homolka and her husband Paul Bernardo in 1991.

July 10: James Moore is born in Vancouver. He will grow up to host a conservative radio talk show before be elected to Parliament as a Tory for the British Columbia riding of Port Moody-Westwood-Port Coquitlam.

July 14: Members of Parliament vote to abolish the death penalty. It has been 14 years since the last hanging took place in this country.  Of the 1,481 people sentenced to death since Confederation, 710 have been executed—697 men and 13 women.

July 17: Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, is in Montreal to open the 21st Olympic Games. Tickets are $30 for the opening ceremonies.

August 1: The Olympic Games are over and the torch will pass to Moscow which will host the 1980 Summer Olympic Games. Our athletes earn eleven silver and bronze medals.

August 4: Newspaper baron and billionaire Roy Herbert Thomson is dead at the age of 82. The Toronto born native, Lord Thomson of Fleet owned a media empire made up of more than 200 newspapers. Toronto’s prestigious Roy Thomson Hall will be named in his honour,.

September 15: Team Canada wins the first Canada Cup beating Czechoslovakia 5 to 4.

August 27: Sara Chalke is born in Ottawa. Her family will move to Vancouver. When she grows up she will star in the TV series Roseanne, in the role of Becky,  and appear in the TV sitcom Scrubs as Dr. Elliot Reid.

September 29: The courts rule that the use of French is acceptable in the skies. Air Canada will lift its ban. Some pilots are still convinced that use of another language may lead to an air tragedy.

October 7: Rachel McAdams is born in London, Ontario. She will grow up to study acting and graduate with honours from York University. Rachel will appear in movies such as The Hot Chick, Mean Girls and The Wedding Crashers.

November 15: It is election night in Quebec. The Liberals are defeated roundly by a political newcomer, the Parti Quebecois. Under the leadership of former CBC/SRC reporter Rene Levesque, the PQ wants to lead la belle province out of Confederation and make Quebec a sovereign nation.

November 24: The PQ government is sworn in. Though the platform calls for Quebec to be an independent nation, democratically elected officials dutifully pledge their allegiance to the Queen.

November 28: Playing before 53,467 fans at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto, the Ottawa Rough Riders squeak past the Saskatchewan Roughriders 23 to 20 for the Grey Cup. The match will be considered to be the most thrilling Grey Cup games of all times.

St. Paul's Anglican church in Halifax was founded in 1749.
November 30: The Anglican Church of Canada ordains its first female priests.

Built by Chrysler Canada workers in Windsor, Ontario, the 1976 Chrysler Cordoba, with seats of rich Corinthian leather, garnered 19,378 domestic sales during the calendar year.

December 31: The Top Ten selling cars this year are the full-size Chevrolet, Plymouth Volare, Chevrolet Malibu, full-size Ford, Dodge Aspen, Oldsmobile Cutlass, Honda, Toyota, Chevrolet Nova and the Chevrolet Monte Carlo.

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