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Irwin Barker (June 12, 1956 – June 21, 2010)
2008 Writers’ Guild of Canada Screenwriter’s awards winner, Irwin Barker will be remembered for his writing contributions to “This Hour Has 22 Minutes” and “The Rick Mercer Report,” as well as his work as a comedian. In June 2007, he was diagnosed with a rare type of terminal cancer and started speaking on how he used humour as a vital coping mechanism. He died in Toronto, at age 54.
Jim Clench (May 1, 1949 – November 3, 2010)
Jim Clench was a bassist and vocalist who played with Canadian rock bands April Wine and Bachman Turner Overdrive in the 1970’s. He joined April Wine again in 1992, recording four albums with them until he finally called it quits in late 2006. He lost his fight against Stage 4 lung cancer in Montreal.
Maureen Forester (July 25, 1930 – June 16, 2010)
Québec-born contralto, Maureen Forester was famous for supporting Canadian composers. She became a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1967 and was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame 13 years later. In the 1980’s, she served as Chair of the Canada Council. Forester died in Toronto at age 79.
Doris McCarthy (July 7, 1910 – November 25, 2010)
Artist Doris McCarthy was born in Calgary, Alberta. She is famous for her landscape paintings and depictions of Arctic icebergs, as well as her three autobiographies. She was awarded the orders of Ontario and Canada, as well as honorary degrees from several Canadian universities.
Kananginak Pootoogook (January 1, 1935 – November 23, 2010)
Kananginak Pootoogook was a prominent Cape Dorset, Nunavut, sculptor and printmaker. Elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1980, he built a six-foot tall inukshuk for former Governor General of Canada, Roméo LeBlanc. The sculpture was then unveiled at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, on June 21, 1997, during National Aboriginal Day. He is the recipient of the 2010 National Aboriginal Achievement Award in the Arts.
Pootoogook died in Ottawa, at age 65.
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Cendrine Marrouat is a freelance writer/reviewer, published author and translator living in Canada. Official Website: http://www.cendrinemarrouat.com