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laine lowe laine lowe's picture

Way too young :-(  I'm not a hockey fan but it seems Hawerchuk had a meaningful impact on Manitobans when he was here with the jets. And as always, f8ck cancer.

Ken Burch

Chadwick Boseman, who played Jackie Robinson AND James Brown in addition to his memorable turn in BLACK PANTHER, dies at 43 after a struggle with colon cancer:

https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/black-panther-actor-chadwick-boseman-dies-43-year-72695058

laine lowe laine lowe's picture

Such shocking and tragic news. It seems he was first diagnosed 4 years ago, stage 3 then which progressed despite chemo and surgeries to stage 4 - and he never stopped working throughout his illness. I heard a clip from an interview Boseman did just before the release of "The Black Panther" where he was so moved and emotional about two young boys who both had cancer and were big fans, excited about the film, but died before it was released.

FU cancer.

Ken Burch

laine lowe wrote:

Such shocking and tragic news. It seems he was first diagnosed 4 years ago, stage 3 then which progressed despite chemo and surgeries to stage 4 - and he never stopped working throughout his illness. I heard a clip from an interview Boseman did just before the release of "The Black Panther" where he was so moved and emotional about two young boys who both had cancer and were big fans, excited about the film, but died before it was released.

FU cancer.

Agreed.  And it adds a whole new level of pathos to know that, when he was writing to those kids and while he was filming BLACK PANTHER, Boseman had already been diagnosed with Stage III cancer himself and knew that he would probably not have that many more years to live.

The best tribute we can pay to this remarkable young man is to fight for the kind of human liberation he lived for and, in the roles he played, the plays he directed and the plays he wrote, fought for, "by any means necessary"

Aristotleded24

Aline Chretien, wife of former Prime Minister Jean Chretien, 84

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By all accounts, Aline Chrétien was the quiet strength behind her husband, Jean.

An astute political partner — the former prime minister called her his most trusted adviser and his "rock of Gibraltar"— Aline Chrétien died peacefully Saturday morning at the age of 84. 

"She was surrounded by family as the sun rose at her Lac des Piles residence, near Shawinigan," said Bruce Hartley, a former executive assistant and long-time adviser to Jean Chrétien.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Saturday that Canadians "owe a great debt" to Aline Chrétien for her honesty, perseverance and work championing multiculturalism and bilingualism.

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Ken Burch
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laine lowe laine lowe's picture

Oh no! This is tragic news - obvously each bout of something made so many nervous but I kept thinking that she could defy the odds.

NDPP

Prof Stephen Cohen, 81 of lung cancer. A fearless and knowledgeable American scholar of Russia who battled the know-nothings of  Russiagate pushing Neo-McCarthyism and a new Cold War with everything he had and was reviled by them for doing so. Much respect and many thanks for all the wisdom transmitted and left behind. His last interview...

https://youtu.be/E8T6qlXu7bU

Aristotleded24
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Andre Vltchek 57, novelist, filmmaker, independent journalist, revolutionary, destroyer of bourgeois liberal illusions and delusions. Dead under 'mysterious circumstances' in Turkey. Rest in resistance brother.

Ken Burch

There are few phrases that could sound dodgier and more suspicious than "dead under 'mysterious circumstances' in Turkey".

Rise in resistance, indeed.

josh
Ken Burch

Helen Reddy...who sang the definitive feminist anthem of the Seventies, but who own career was entirely under the misogynistic control her husband, dead at 78.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/i-am-woman-singer-helen-reddy-dead-at-78/ar-BB19yfqI?ocid=msedgntp

Ken Burch
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Eddie Van Halen, Hall of Fame Guitarist Who Revolutionized Instrument, Dead at 65

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Eddie Van Halen, the legendary guitar innovator and virtuoso who led Van Halen through five decades and three lead singers, establishing himself as one of the all-time great players in rock history, died Tuesday after a long battle with cancer. He was 65.

“I can’t believe I’m having to write this, but my father, Edward Lodewijk Van Halen, lost his long and arduous battle with cancer this morning,” his son Wolfgang Van Halen wrote. “He was the best father I could ever ask for. Every moment I’ve shared with him on and off stage was a gift. My heart is broken and I don’t think I’ll ever fully recover from this loss.”

“Heartbroken and speechless,” added Sammy Hagar. “My love to the family.”

Were it not for his titanic influence, hard rock after the late 1970s would have evolved in unimaginably different ways. He may not have invented two-handed tapping, but he perfected the practice and introduced it to a mass audience. Yet despite his complete mastery of the electric guitar, he never learned to read music.

laine lowe laine lowe's picture

More sad news on the music front with the passing of Johnny Nash. He wasn't a huge hit maker (although I LOVE his song "I Can See Clearly Now the Rain is Gone"), he was instrumental to introducing reggae to North America and promoting Bob Marley:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/johnny-nash-death-obit-1.5753124

 

Ken Burch

Damn.  BTW, Bob and the Wailers were the backup band on "I Can See Clearly Now".

lagatta4

Wonderful. Didn't know that.

laine lowe laine lowe's picture

Wow, I didn't know that either. Thanks for that, Ken.

Ken Burch

Robert Murray, villainously anti-union, anti-environmental regulation mine magnate, who killed his workers by forcing them to mine the pillars of coal left in place to support the mine shaft, causing his mine to collapse, dead and deservedly so:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/robert-murray-coal-magnate-dies-age-80/

Badriya

Ken Burch wrote:

Robert Murray, villainously anti-union, anti-environmental regulation mine magnate, who killed his workers by forcing them to mine the pillars of coal left in place to support the mine shaft, causing his mine to collapse, dead and deservedly so:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/robert-murray-coal-magnate-dies-age-80/

I won't shed any tears for him. 

Aristotleded24
Ken Burch

Badriya wrote:

Ken Burch wrote:

Robert Murray, villainously anti-union, anti-environmental regulation mine magnate, who killed his workers by forcing them to mine the pillars of coal left in place to support the mine shaft, causing his mine to collapse, dead and deservedly so:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/robert-murray-coal-magnate-dies-age-80/

I won't shed any tears for him. 

Any tears would soon vaporize in the heat of where he's going.

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Mobo2000

Oh that's sad.    RIP Robert Fisk, he will be sorely missed.

laine lowe laine lowe's picture

I just heard the news on CBC's "The Current". Damn, way too young to lose such a brilliant and just person. Some more tributes from the Irish Times (Dublin became his home away from his Beirut home):

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/tributes-paid-to-fearless-journali...

Ken Burch

An independent voice in a time when we desperately need independent voices.

Aristotleded24

How did we miss Percy Schmeiser?

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Schmeiser was a Saskatchewan farmer from Bruno who stood tall in the face of a lawsuit from Monsanto. He also contributed to his community in a number of other ways -- he was a family farmer, a small business operator, a Liberal member of the Saskatchewan legislature, and the mayor of Bruno for many years.

In the late 1990s, Schmeiser was accused of using Monsanto's patented "Roundup Ready" canola seed without paying royalties. Monsanto sued for patent infringement.

Throughout the years and court proceedings, Schmeiser maintained that Monsanto's patented canola seed had swept onto his land with the wind, and that he had not planted it deliberately. Nor did he use the Roundup pesticide to grow the crop.

He also maintained that as a farmer he had the right to save seed grown in his fields and replant that seed from year to year as generations of farmers before him had done. Schmeiser called himself a seed developer and a seed saver, as well as a farmer, but he did not sell seed. He simply saved and developed seed for use on his farm.

Monsanto on the other hand maintained that it held a patent on the genetically engineered seed, and so royalties had to be paid every time it was planted. In other words, you could not save the seed and use it the following year. Monsanto also maintained that royalties had to be paid no matter whether the seed was sown intentionally or not.

Throughout the seven-year legal battle, Schmeiser emphasized that he did not deliberately plant the Roundup Ready canola seed, but that it was volunteer canola (volunteer grain is not deliberately planted but usually blows onto a prairie field from another farm or a passing vehicle, etc.), and that he had the right to save his seed even though it had been contaminated with Monsanto's product.

At the root of this story is not only the corporate control of seed through patents, but also how easily genetically modified seed can contaminate fields of traditional seed crops. Today, Canada's canola crops are difficult to sell outside the country, particularly in Europe, because of concerns over GM-contaminated canola seed.

Aristotleded24

Jeapordy! host Alex Trebek, 80

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Alex Trebek, the former CBC broadcaster who ended up hosting the popular U.S. quiz show Jeopardy! for more than three decades, has died at age 80, the show announced on Sunday.

In March 2019, Trebek announced in a video message that he had been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer, vowing to "beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease."

Trebek's run on Jeopardy! began on Sept. 10, 1984. The show became a hit with viewers and critics alike, winning six consecutive Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Game Show in the 1990s.

The Emmys has honoured the show with 16 awards overall, and Trebek won the Emmy for outstanding game show host six times.

Aristotleded24

Country musician Doug Supernaw, 60:

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Country music singer Doug Supernaw, known for his hit 1993 single "I Don't Call Him Daddy," died of cancer on Friday at his home in Texas, his record label B&G Records confirmed in a statement. He was 60.

"Diagnosed in February 2019 with advanced stage four lung and bladder cancer, Doug began an aggressive treatment schedule with the hopes of shrinking his numerous cancer cells," the statement reads. "Fighting the good fight for almost two years, Doug's cancer had spread to his brain and spine, and he was placed in hospice care in October 2020."

In 1993, Supernaw was nominated by the Academy of Country Music Awards for top male vocalist and song of the year for his single "I Don't Call Him Daddy." His other notable tracks, "Reno" and "Not Enough Hours In The Night," also topped the country music charts during the '90s.

Aristotleded24

Country music artist Hal Ketchum, 67

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Country music singer Hal Ketchum passed away at the age of 67 on Monday night due to complications from dementia, his wife said.

"With great sadness and grief we announce that Hal passed away peacefully last night at home due to complications of dementia," Ketchum's wife, Andrea, confirmed in a post on the late singer's Facebook page and website.

"May his music live on forever in your hearts and bring you peace."

Ketchum, who was known for country music hits such as "Small Town Saturday Night" and "Long Haired Country Boy," released his first album in 1988. He would go on to release 10 more albums, according to his website.

I used to hear Ketchum and Supernaw on the radio all the time in the '90s. Where did the time go?

laine lowe laine lowe's picture

Soccer legend Diego Maradona dead at 60 - way too young. He had a troubled life off the field but what an incredible player who never lost sight of his impoverished beginnings in Buenos Aires. And despite his antics and bigger than life personality, he had lots of heart and knew who the enemy of the poor were. RIP El Pibe de Oro.

https://www.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/diego-maradona-soccer-legend-dead-at-60...

NDPP

Rest in Power, Legend

https://twitter.com/sahouraxo/status/1331651093265190912

Maradona: "You don't need to go to University to know that the USA wants to wipe Syria out of existence."

Ken Burch

Charley Pride, the first black country star, whose first records had to be sent to radio stations without his picture on them because that was the only way racist country DJs could be induced to play them, dead at age 86:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/charley-pride-died-country-music-star-dead-...

laine lowe laine lowe's picture

It's even sadder because he died of complications from COVID-19. Without this pandemic, he might have had some 10 maybe even 20 years ahead.

Ken Burch

That is so very, very true.

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Leo Panitch, May 3 1945-Dec 19, 2020.

Oof, this one hurts. Leo Panitch was a giant of the Canadian left and of the Canadian and international socialist movements. His close friend and comrade Sam Gindin wrote the following comments in the wake of Leo's passing.

Sam Gindin wrote:

Dearest friends/comrades,

Leo passed away this evening. Some five weeks ago he was hospitalized and diagnosed with multiple myeloma. While in the hospital he contracted Covid-19 and this developed into viral pneumonia.  The pneumonia made it near impossible for him to breathe and he spent his last hours in palliative care resting peaceably. 

The shock of Leo no longer being with us is impossible to fathom. He was a life force, a ubiquitous presence in private life, social life, intellectually and in socialist politics. In this moment, his absence just can't be  processed. Later  the time will come to organize a celebration of his life. 

Less than a week ago, before his health began its accelerated decline, Leo read Red Plenty referring to it as ‘one of best intellectual as well as literary experiences of my life’. In the last email I received from him he sent this passage from the book: 

‘What has come over me? Thought Sasha. He remembered a joke. What is a question mark? An exclamation mark in middle age. Maybe that was all this was, just his arrival at a time of life when the muscles of certainty begin to go slack and doubt naturally replaces vigour. Just the first delivery of the universal skepticism of old men. But then why did he find himself so much angrier than before?’   

Identifying with these sentiments was vintage Leo.  His ‘muscles of certainty’ were never in fact especially taut but as he grew older, there were more reasons for skepticism about our collective future. Yet Leo was constitutionally incapable of giving up. If he perpetually raised doubts to us about our ability to transform the world – as he did to the very end - it was because he was looking to us to convince him, and ourselves, otherwise. And whatever those doubts he found himself ‘so much angrier than before’ about the state of the world and so much more determined to carry on the struggle. 

Leo will remain a presence in our lives; as one friend said, the intensity of the pain is the flip side of the depth and intensity of what he brought to us. But his absence is at the same time a painful loss of friendship and creative energy. 

Leo’s death is of course most difficult for Melanie and their children Maxim and Vida.  Melanie has deeply appreciated the many moving and loving notes she has received, though it is obviously difficult to respond to each of them right now or to deal with phone calls. 

Best to all of you. We will be in touch again soon.

-

sam gindin

 

laine lowe laine lowe's picture

I heard of Leo Panitch's passing earlier today. I didn't realize he was still relatively young. Such a sad loss for the true left.

Aristotleded24

North of 60 actor Wilma Pelly, age 83:

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Canadian Indigenous actor Wilma Pelly, who was best known for her role as Elsie Tsa Che on the CBC series North of 60, died in Calgary on Dec. 28. Her family says the 83-year-old leaves a legacy of hard work and perseverance.

Pelly's daughters, Leeanna Rhodes and Stella Pelley, said their mother worked at a gardening centre and in factories before finding work as an extra in the early 1990s.

It led to 25 years of TV, film and theatre roles for Pelly — a consistent source of pride for her children.

"She had no training in being an actress or anything like that, but she nailed it," Pelley said.

"Nobody in our family had ever done anything like that, so we were really proud of her ... and she loved what she did."

Born Wilma Episkenew in Fort Qu'Appelle, Sask., on March 5, 1937, Pelly was a member of the Muscowpetung Saulteaux First Nation.

When she was four years old, Pelly was taken to a residential school in Lebret, Sask. She lived there for 12 years and experienced cruelty, her daughters said.

"They grabbed her young, very young," Rhodes said. "You know, she had a tough life ... but she persevered."

laine lowe laine lowe's picture

I enjoyed hearing interviews with this very humble and gifted athletes and activist. RIP Hammerin Hank.

Hank Aaron, Home Run King Who Defied Racism, Dies at 86

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/22/sports/baseball/hank-aaron-dead.html

laine lowe laine lowe's picture

COVID-19 claimed another celebrity victim today with the death of Larry King at 87 years old.

A very good overview of his career from CBC:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/larry-king-obituary-1.5885208

 

laine lowe laine lowe's picture

Former Maple Leafs captain George Armstrong dead at 90 and first professional hockey player of Indigenous descent (Iroquois mother). He came through the ranks at a time when it seemed totally acceptable to nickname someone "Chief" because of their heritage.

https://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/nhl/nhl-maple-leafs-george-armstrong-ob...

laine lowe laine lowe's picture

This story is tragic. RIP Yassin Dabeh and deepest condolences to parents and siblings and the Syrian refugee community in London, Ontario.

Ontario teen who died of COVID-19 was refugee who worked as long-term care home cleaner

Yassin Dabeh, 19, worked as a cleaner at a long-term care home in the London, Ont., area. The Syrian refugee came to Canada with his family in 2016, one of five siblings, says Lebanese-Canadian businessman Mohamad Fakih. (Submitted by Mohamad Fakih)

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/london/ontario-teen-staff-covid-death-1.5...

laine lowe laine lowe's picture

Wow, I feel like the crypt keeper.

laine lowe laine lowe's picture

This beautiful and brilliant actress passed away yesterday and I thought it important to remember her.

Cloris Leachman, Oscar Winner and TV Comedy Star, Is Dead at 94

“The Last Picture Show” made her a star, but she may be best remembered for drawing laughs on “Mary Tyler Moore,” “Phyllis” and “Malcolm in the Middle.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/27/arts/television/cloris-leachman-dead....

laine lowe laine lowe's picture

The bad news just keeps rolling in. It was only on Tuesday that I heard the great and beautiful Cicely Tyson interviewed on CBC Radio's Q with Tom Power.

Cicely Tyson, an Actress Who Shattered Stereotypes, Dies at 96

In a remarkable career of many decades, she refused to take parts that demeaned Black people and won a Tony, Emmys and an honorary Oscar.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/28/obituaries/cicely-tyson-dead.html

NorthReport

She done good- so sad!

An 18-year-old woman drowned near a Minnesota dam after carrying several children to safety, police say

By Christina Maxouris, CNN

 

Updated 4:55 PM ET, Sat August 22, 2020 

Raina Lynn Neeland

Raina Lynn Neeland

https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/22/us/minnesota-girl-drowns-child-rescue-trnd/

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