APPOINTED Francis Fox, 65, a long-serving former cabinet minister in the Trudeau years and, for a time, principal secretary to Paul Martin right after he became Prime Minister, was named to the Senate, one of the more obvious partisan selections among a recent spate. Appointed at the same time: Yoine Goldstein, 71, a well-known Montreal bankruptcy lawyer.
DIED For watchers of the parliamentary channel, he was the calm and deliberate man who carried the ceremonial mace. For those who worked in the legislature, he was simply a comforting presence. Canada’s longest-serving sergeantat-arms, a job he took on after a distinguished military career, Maj.-Gen. Maurice Gaston (Gus) Cloutier died of cancer in Ottawa. He was 70.
HONOURED If there was ever any doubt this country is held together by duct tape, one of the new inductees to the Order in Canada should put that to rest. Prominent among the 82 appointments announced by Gov. Gen. Adrienne Clarkson: Hamilton comedian Steve Smith, 59 (above), better known as Red Green to the denizens of Possum Lodge. The starstudded list also included journalists Trina McQueen, the late Peter Jennings, Roy MacGregor and Hugh Winsor, as well as Olympic speed skater Catriona Le May Doan and jazz singer Diana Krall.
DIED He had a calm demeanour and sharp mind, just the combination for all the really tough cases. Among them: the death of 36 babies under suspicious circumstances at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children in the early ’80s. Ontario Supreme Court judge Samuel Grange was brought in to head the royal commission inquiry in 1983 after the police investigation went awry. Grange died on Aug. 26 in Toronto, at 85.
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