Passages

Passages

November 7 2005
Passages

Passages

November 7 2005

Passages

D1 ED Rosa Parks, 92, was a seamstress whose refusal in 1955 to give her seat on a Montgomery, Ala., bus to a white man ignited the civil rights movement.

For her crime in a segregated state, Parks was arrested and fined US$10 plus court costs. But the fallout was huge: the so-called Jim Crow law was overturned by the Supreme Court after the young Martin Luther King Jr. stepped up to lead the city’s civil rights struggle and the U.S. was changed forever. Parks died of natural causes in Detroit.

WON The Chicago White Sox, supposedly cursed for throwing the 1919 World Series against Cincinnati, cinched their first title in 88 years against the Houston Astros in a fourth-game 1-0 squeaker, in Houston. The only run was singled in by Jermaine Dye, the series MVP, in the eighth inning.

RETIRING Amid continued speculation of a takeover or sale, EnCana Corp. president and CEO Gwyn Morgan, 59, announced his retirement in Calgary. The sudden move comes just three years after Morgan shepherded the merger of Alberta Energy Co. and PanCanadian Energy Co. that made EnCana the biggest natural gas company in Canada. Chief operating officer Randy Eresman will take over the reins.

SENTENCED Former Toronto-based RBC Dominion Securities managing director Andrew Rankin, 40, received six months in jail for 10 counts of illegally handing off stock tips to a friend. The sentence for tipping is the first of its kind in Canada.

NOMINATED Former U.S. Federal Reserve governor and Princeton University economist Ben Bernanke, 51, was named by George W. Bush to succeed Fed chairman Alan Greenspan, 79, who is retiring after 18 years. He promised “to maintain continuity” with Greenspan’s inflation-fighting practices.