DIED Robert Bonner, a savvy lawyer who became B.C.’s longest-serving attorney general (1952-1968) and premier W.A.C. Bennett’s right-hand man, died of lung cancer in Vancouver at 84. Bonner probably could have succeeded Bennett as Socred premier. Instead he went on to head timber giant MacMillan Bloedel and later B.C. Hydro.
HONOURED He is Canada’s premier jazz musician, retired now and suffering the after-effects of a stroke.
But as Oscar Peterson turned 80, he was feted at a music store in downtown Toronto —diva Diana Krall flew in to play Happy Birthday. Canada Post marked the occasion with a stamp, making Peterson the only living Canadian to be so honoured.
APOLOGIZED The first person convicted in the sponsorship scandal, Quebec ad exec Paul Coffin, 63, took out a mortgage on his home, borrowed money from friends and family and repaid Ottawa $1 million to settle its civil suit against him. Saying he was ashamed, Coffin asked the court not to send him to jail for fraud. He is to be sentenced on Sept. 19.
AILING Anti-smoking symbol Heather Crowe, the first Canadian awarded workers’ compensation for lung cancer caused by second-hand smoke, appears to be losing her battle with the disease. Crowe, 60, a non-smoker and former waitress, was in an Ottawa hospital. The cancer had spread to her liver.
MURDERED After 10 years in Canada, he returned to his native Iraq earlier this year to find a wife and start a business. Zaid Meerwali, 33, was shot dead and dumped in a Baghdad street by kidnappers who snatched him from his new home on July 31. His Toronto-area family said they had been prepared to pay a $250,000 ransom.
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