Passages

Passages

December 22 1997
Passages

Passages

December 22 1997

Passages

HIRED: U S

Nazi hunter Neal Sher, 50; by Justice Minister Anne McLellan,

in Ottawa. Sher, a Washington lawyer highly critical of Ottawa’s efforts in pursuing suspected Nazi war criminals, will

serve as an adviser to the department of justice’s War Crimes Unit. From 1983 to 1994, he was director of the U.S. justice department’s Office of Special Investigations, which stripped dozens of suspected Nazi criminals of their citizenship. In Canada, previous governments deported only one suspected Nazi war criminal, and no one has been convicted of war crimes.

DIED: Wilfred Kesterton, 83, one of

the founders of the school of journalism at Ottawa’s Carleton University; in an Ottawa hospital, after a fall. Two books he wrote, 1967’s History of Journalism in Canada and 1976’s The Law and the Press in Canada, became texts at Carleton and elsewhere.

SIGNED: Pitcher Pedro Martinez, 26,

the 1997 National League Cy Young Award winner, to a record-setting $ 109-mi 11 ion, six-year contract; by the Boston Red Sox, which obtained the right-hander in a trade with the Montreal Expos.

SIGNED: Left-winger Paul Kariya, 23,

to a two-year, $20-million deal with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, ending the free agent’s 32-game holdout.

DIED: Giovanni Agnelli, 33, the popular heir to the Fiat empire, Italy’s largest private industrial complex; of stomach cancer, in Turin.

DONATED: By singer Elton John, 50,

a cheque for $47 million, the first instalment of royalties from his worldwide hit Candle in the Wind, to a fund benefiting the favorite charities of Diana,

Princess of Wales, who died in a Paris car crash on Aug. 31.

PLEADED GUILTY: To 10 counts of indecently assaulting boys aged 16 to 18 from 1971 to 1981, prominent equestrian Norman Elder, 58, who will be sentenced on Jan. 30; in a Toronto court.