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April 26 2004
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Passages

April 26 2004

Passages

DIED Norman Campbell, the CBC broadcasting pioneer who wrote the music for Anne of Green Gables, the country’s most enduring stage show, died in Toronto of complications from a massive stroke. He was 80. In a career that spanned TV’s golden years, he brought Stratford shows to the small screen, directed episodes of All in the Family and The Mary Tyler Moore Show in the U.S., and loaned his trademark wool sweater to comedian Don Harron for his bumpkin character Charlie Farquharson.

DONATED Kroum and Eva Pindoff, the husband and wife team who immigrated to Canada from post-war Germany and started the now 90-store Music World empire from the back of a station wagon, are giving $20 million to the Canadian arm of War Child, the charity that helps children in war-ravaged countries. It is run by another husband and wife team: Dr. Eric Hoskins and Samantha Nutt, who often write for Maclean’s.

CHARGED Momin Khawaja, the 24-yearold Ottawa computer specialist arrested last month under Canada’s new anti-terrorism law, was named in a London court as a coconspirator in a terror plot involving at least five British men and huge amounts of explosive fertilizer. It is not clear whether Britain will seek to extradite Khawaja or allow him to be tried in Canada.

U.S. rap diva Lil’ Kim, 28, one of the voices behind the hit Lady Marmalade remake, was charged with lying to a grand jury about a shootout between her entourage and rivals Capone-N-Noreaga in front of a Manhattan hip hop radio station three years ago. She pleaded not guilty.

DIED Micheline Charest, a marathonrunning executive, died of a suspected heart attack, at 51, while undergoing plastic surgery (page 40). Charest and husband Ron Weinberg had built the Montreal-based animation empire Cinar Corp., but had been fighting allegations of a financial scandal and tax fraud that have dogged the company for four years.