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Sara Mayo
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posted 20 October 2004 12:55 PM      Profile for Sara Mayo     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Martha's Monthly in this thread asked for suggestions for a list of 50 great women as Greatest Canadian.

It's a great idea, and I thought I'd get the ball rolling with a new thread.

Here are some women that come to my mind:
Rosemary Brown
Agnes McPhail
June Callwood
Francoise David
Madeline Parent
La Roback
Judy Rebick

[ 20 October 2004: Message edited by: Sara Mayo ]


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posted 20 October 2004 12:59 PM      Profile for pebbles     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Jane Jacobs
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posted 20 October 2004 01:04 PM      Profile for Reality. Bites.        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Barbara Frum
Louise Arbour
Charlotte Whitton
Flora MacDonald

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Contrarian
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posted 20 October 2004 01:48 PM      Profile for Contrarian     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The Famous Five of course, all active in areas such as votes for women, social issues, politics, as well as the Persons case:
Emily Murphy [the main force behind the Persons case, who asked the rest to sign on because of their activities and fame]
Nellie McClung
Henrietta Muir Edwards
Irene Parlby
Louise McKinney

Shawnadithit, last Beothuk

Marie Campbell, Metis author from Saskatchewan

Calf Old Woman, Blackfoot, wife of Chief Old Sun; she killed a man who tried to capture her, and was treated as a warrior; sat in council with the men

Tantoo Cardinal, actor, now an author, I hear

Ruth Gorman; lawyer worked on important native rights case in Alberta 1957; the uproar may have contributed to Diefenbaker win over Liberals

The list could go on. it is hard to judge national importance as opposed to local importance


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skdadl
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posted 20 October 2004 01:54 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I feel I should focus on some literary names.

Two of the greatest modern short-story writers anywhere are Canadians:

Mavis Gallant
Alice Munro

Classic myth-makers:

Gabrielle Roy
Anne Hebert
Margaret Laurence
Elizabeth Smart

Poets:

P.K. Page
Phyllis Webb

and I'll be back with more.


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scooter
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posted 20 October 2004 02:18 PM      Profile for scooter     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
My mom.
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posted 20 October 2004 02:26 PM      Profile for pebbles     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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posted 20 October 2004 02:26 PM      Profile for Contrarian     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Let's include the mom of everyone here unless they post otherwise.
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posted 20 October 2004 03:00 PM      Profile for runner     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
My mum is not Canadian, otherwise she wins
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posted 20 October 2004 04:11 PM      Profile for pebbles     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Contrarian:
The Famous Five of course, all active in areas such as votes for women

and sterilization for gimps and keepin' the damn furriners out.

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Shawnadithit, last Beothuk

Apart from being the last (known) Beothuk, what's her qualification?


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Gentlebreeze
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posted 20 October 2004 04:42 PM      Profile for Gentlebreeze     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Some more:

Susanna Moodie
Robertine Barry
Miriam Ellis
Anahareo (sp)
Margaret Atwood (who I can't beleive didn't make the CBC list, just by name recognition alone!)


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skdadl
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posted 20 October 2004 04:46 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
and sterilization for gimps and keepin' the damn furriners out.

Just like Mr Aberhart and Mr Manning and all the other gentlemen of their day -- and not only in Alberta.


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posted 20 October 2004 07:12 PM      Profile for remind     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Rosemary Brown
Nellie McClung
Emily Carr
Dr. Emily Stowe
Lucy Maud Montgomery
Molly Brant
Georgina Pope
Elsie MacGill
Armine Gosling
Margaret Laurence
Thanadelthur
Carrie Derik
Sandra Lovelace
Portia White
Joni Mitchell
Ann Murray
Nancy Green
Shawnadithit

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miss nomer
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posted 20 October 2004 07:34 PM      Profile for miss nomer     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Ursula Franklin
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shaolin
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Shadd Cary
Linda McQuaig

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bittersweet
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posted 20 October 2004 09:17 PM      Profile for bittersweet     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Judith Marcuse.
Karin Kain.
Veronica Tennant.
Maureen Forrester.

[ 20 October 2004: Message edited by: bittersweet ]


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posted 20 October 2004 10:51 PM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Mary Pickford.
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remind
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Margo Kidder
Shirley Douglas
Diana Krall (should have been before Avril for sure)
Pauline Johnson
Mary Walsh

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Scott Piatkowski
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posted 21 October 2004 02:53 AM      Profile for Scott Piatkowski   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Judge Bertha Wilson
L.M. Montgomery
Laura Secord
Jann Arden
Sarah McLachlan
Audrey McLaughlin (no relation )
Monique Simard
Frances Lankin
Marion Boyd
Rosemary Brown

[ 21 October 2004: Message edited by: Scott Piatkowski ]


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posted 21 October 2004 10:52 AM      Profile for bittersweet     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
This incredible woman established (highly profitable!) Canadian cinema, and several of its characteristic themes. Her work is astonishing. Check it out: Nell Shipman b. October, 25, 1892, Victoria, British Columbia; d. January 23, 1970, Los Angeles, California (director, producer, screenwriter, actor)

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Canadian-born independent filmmaker Nell Shipman was a pioneering director, writer, producer and actress one of very few Canadians making feature films in the silent era and certainly one of the first Canadian women to direct and produce a feature film. Although the prevailing notions of silent film starlets are of simpering woman-child, helpless waif or sultry vixen, Shipman was one of many stars whose persona was that of a courageous, energetic heroine, a modern woman who drove automobiles, traversed great expanses to defeat the villain, openly expressed sexual desire and even rescued the hapless hero.

Shipman began acting at age fourteen and wrote her first script in 1912, the year she went to Hollywood with her husband Ernest, who promoted her films. In 1916, when she starred as the robust heroine in Gods Country and the Woman, she became known as "the girl from Gods country." As a contract Vitagraph star, she achieved her greatest success in Back to Gods Country (1919). Scripted by Shipman (from a short story by James Oliver Curwood), this film showcased her voluptuous beauty, wilderness skills, rapport with animals and intrepid heroism and featured the first nude scene in Canadian cinema. Her only Canadian film, it was shot near Lesser Slave Lake, Alberta, under conditions so extreme the male lead had to be replaced. It became the most successful Canadian feature of the silent era, reaping profits of three hundred per cent, and cemented Shipmans reputation as a star.



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Geneva
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posted 21 October 2004 11:23 AM      Profile for Geneva     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
what a country, eh?
we had a female Prime Minister and no one noticed ....

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Scott Piatkowski
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posted 21 October 2004 11:33 AM      Profile for Scott Piatkowski   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Au contraire. We noticed that there was nothing great about her.
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posted 22 October 2004 01:00 AM      Profile for mary123     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Michelle Landsburg.

Naomi Klein.

Shirley Douglas.

Mary Walsh.

For starters.


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Scott Piatkowski
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posted 22 October 2004 04:17 AM      Profile for Scott Piatkowski   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
How could I forget Maude Barlow?
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Wilf Day
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posted 22 October 2004 04:52 AM      Profile for Wilf Day     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
A few omissions:

Louise Frechette
Kay Macpherson
Rosalie Abella
Doris Anderson
Florence Bird
Therese Casgrain
Jeanne Sauve
Adrienne Clarkson
Ellen Fairclough
Marion Dewar
Phyllis Grosskurth
Marie Claire Blais
Roberta Bondar
Marilou McPhedran
Laura Sabia
Lotta Hitschmanova
Roberta Jamieson
Frances Halpenny
Pauline Jewett
Judy LaMarsh
Shirley Carr
Claire Kirkland
Helen Hogg
Mary Jo Leddy
Joy Kogawa
Ofra Harnoy
Monique Begin
Solange Chaput-Rolland
Claire Culhane
Marian Engel
Nancy Riche
Anna Porter

and one could go on

[ 22 October 2004: Message edited by: Wilfred Day ]


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Sharon
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posted 22 October 2004 11:50 AM      Profile for Sharon     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Muriel Duckworth
Alexa McDonough
Dr. Carrie Best

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posted 23 October 2004 10:35 PM      Profile for asterix     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Sook-Yin Lee
Ellen Fairclough
Pat Lowther
Pam Barrett
Alexa McDonough
Jane Bunnett
Jane Siberry
Sylvia Tyson
Sarah Harmer
Rosalie Abella

And I hate to say it, but even Deborah Grey could qualify, as one of the few Reform/Alliance/Conservative MPs who I could actually grudgingly respect even if I usually disagreed with her politically...

[ 23 October 2004: Message edited by: asterix ]


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posted 25 October 2004 04:27 PM      Profile for Barry_Rueger   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
To the lengthy list of writers: Stevie Cameron - took on the power structure and has taken a beating for doing so. If you're being attacked by the Globe and Mail AND the RCMP you must be doing something right.
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posted 25 October 2004 04:35 PM      Profile for Gir Draxon     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
What about Audra T. Williams?
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skdadl
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posted 25 October 2004 04:36 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Gir? Isn't Heywood supposed to post that?
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Could you polish these too, when you're done there?


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Screaming Lord Byron
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Joni Mitchell, one of the finest ever songwriters.
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quote:
Originally posted by Gir Draxon:
What about Audra T. Williams?

Gir got a new job, working for


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posted 25 October 2004 05:54 PM      Profile for HeywoodFloyd     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by skdadl:
Gir? Isn't Heywood supposed to post that?

Right! That's it.

Screw you guys. I'm going home.

[ 25 October 2004: Message edited by: HeywoodFloyd ]


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posted 25 October 2004 06:10 PM      Profile for Reality. Bites.        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Who here is surprised Heywood wants to screw guys?

Yeah, that's pretty much what I thought.


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I guess that explains my penchant for cigars. Oh well, off to tell Mrs Floyd.

edited to add

I'm nominating Mrs Floyd for the greatest canadian woman. Anyone who can stay married to me for a decade deserves some kind of reward.

She'd probably be happy with parole or a day pass though.

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Biger Willy
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posted 25 October 2004 07:02 PM      Profile for Biger Willy     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Deborah Gray
Sandra Schmirler
Kim Campbell
Carol Shields
Jeanne Sauve

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Kanada Dry
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quote:
Originally posted by Biger Willy:
Sandra Schmirler

Nice choice.

Another good one from Saskatchewan...

... Hayley Wickenheiser.


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Well, if we're nominating athletes, here's one I think is a shining example to everyone.

Lori-Ann Muenzer

I saw her interviewed shortly after the gold medal win, and the story of how she got to the Olympics was unbelievable.

One of the items in the interview was that her coach could not afford to go, so she was phoning him in Edmonton between races. Meanwhile, he would watch the races on tv, and provide his advice based on that.

Another item was that her best friend, a person who supported her throughout, was killed in an automobile accident before the Olympics. Ms. Muenzer was devastated and reconsidered even going.

However, she had a special pair of lucky boots she wore from time to time, and when putting them on, felt something in the toe.

Upon putting her hand in, she found it was a check for several thousand dollars given to her by her friend with a note that said something like, "this is the start of your travel fund."

Add to it all the fact that Lori-Ann was almost twice as old as the rest of the competition and you have a person who is very special.

From the CBC:

Edmonton's Lori-Ann Muenzer won Canada's first gold medal in track cycling in the Olympic sprint event on Tuesday.

The 38-year-old overpowered 21-year-old Tamilla Abassova of Russia 2-0 in the best-of-three series at the Athens Olympic Velodrome to win Canada's first-ever gold medal in cycling.

Muenzer celebrated her title with a victory lap holding the Canadian flag.

It's been a long road to the Olympic podium for Muenzer, the oldest competitor on the women's track cycling circuit and Canada's lone track cyclist in Athens.

A member of Canada's national cycling team since 1994, Muenzer has recovered from a mountains of injuries broken collarbone, tendonitis in her knees, lung infection, broken hip, ruptured appendix yet has been able to stay among the top riders on the international cycling scene.

In a 10-year career, Muenzer has four world championship medals and three Commonwealth Games medals, along with several podium-finishes at the Pan American Games and the World Cup circuit.

She credited her longtime coach Steen Madsen and longtime friends for keeping her motivated and focused in preparation for the Olympics.

[B]"Nothing's impossible. It's what you decide your limits are," said an emotional Muenzer. "I've never wanted to say, 'I wish I would have.'"

Here's to Lori-Ann Muenzer, a great Canadian!


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Sook-yin Lee - she's groovy.
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in no particular order
jeanne sauve
ellen fairclough
sheila copps
kim campbell
lynn mcleod
anne cools
flora macdonald
mayor hazel
beverly mclaughlin
anne murray

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