Jane Vance Rule, CM, OBC, writer, teacher and activist (born 28 March 1931 in Plainfield, NJ; died 27 November 2007 in Galiano Island, BC). Rule was a ground-breaking novelist and essayist whose work explored the lives of lesbians, beginning at a time when homosexuality was still a crime in Canada (see LGBT Rights in Canada). Her first novel, Desert of the Heart, is perhaps her best known. It was adapted into the film Desert Hearts in 1986. Rule is the author of seven novels and several collections of essays and short stories. She was awarded the Order of British Columbia in 1998 and the Order of Canada in 2007.
John Leo Kennedy, poet, critic (b at Liverpool, Eng 22 Aug 1907; d 2000). After immigrating to Montréal in 1912, Kennedy helped change the direction of Canadian poetry in the 1920s and, through critical manifestos and literary journals, shared in avant-garde literary movements (1925-38).
Gerald Arthur Pratley (b at London, Eng 3 Sep 1923, d at Belleville, Ont 14 Mar 2011). A noted film critic and commentator, he was the founder-director of the Ontario Film Institute, established in 1968, an organization with a mandate to preserve, catalogue, publish and exhibit world cinema.
Stephen Scobie, poet, critic, professor, publisher (b at Carnoustie, Scot 31 Dec 1943). Typical of his 20 volumes of poetry are The Birken Tree (1973), The Rooms We Are (1974), A Grand Memory for Forgetting (1981) and Expecting Rain (1984), Remains (1990) and Slowly into Autumn (1995).
André Major, writer, literary critic, journalist (b at Montréal 22 Apr 1942). Since 1973 Major has been a producer of cultural programs for the Radio-Canada network. He first became known in 1961, with the appearance of 2 collections of poetry: Le Froid se meurt and Holocauste à deux voix.
Audrey St Denys Johnson (born Wood). Music and drama critic and columnist, poet, director, born Toronto 21 Dec 1915, died Victoria 12 Aug 1993; piano teachers' LRSM 1932. Her family moved to Victoria, BC, in 1920, and there she studied piano (with Stanley Shale), singing, and violin.