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The Handmaid’s Tale TV adaptation wins awards at the Golden Globes

The TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale won two awards at the Golden Globes: best television series (drama) and best performance by an actress in a television series (drama). Elisabeth Moss, who won the best actress award, dedicated ...


Toronto's oldest artifact trusted to the care of the city over 80 years after its discovery

An Indigenous arrowhead, estimated to be between 4,000 and 6,000 years old, has been trusted to the care of the city of Toronto by the woman who discovered it during a class trip to Fort York in 1935. Jeanne Carter ...


Richard Wagner sworn in as new Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

Richard Wagner was sworn in as the new Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. He was called to the Québec Bar in 1980 and worked at the law firm Lavery, de Billy in Montréal until his appointment to ...


Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin retires

The Right Honorable Beverley McLachlin retires from her position as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada after 28 years on the bench, 17 of which were spent as Chief Justice. Born into a rural Alberta farming family of ...


Mary Coyle and Mary Jane McCallum appointed as independent senators

Mary Coyle and Mary Jane McCallum were appointed as independent senators on 4 December 2017 by the Governor General Julie Payette on recommendation by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Mary Coyle is from Nova Scotia and focused her career on post-secondary ...


Sheilah Martin appointed new justice to the Supreme Court of Canada

Sheilah Martin was appointed new justice to the Supreme Court of Canada. The Montreal-born and Alberta-based judge takes over the seat left by the retirement of Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin (Richard Wagner took over the position of Chief Justice on ...


Justin Trudeau apologizes for LGBTQ2S discrimination

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized for discrimination done or condoned by the Federal government and its agencies against LGBTQ2S Canadians. The apology came with a $145 million compensation package.


Prince Harry announced engagement with Meghan Markle

Prince Harry, grandson of Queen Elizabeth II and son of Prince Charles, announced his engagement to actress Meghan Markle, best known for her role in the Toronto-shot TV series Suits.


The Toronto Argonauts win the Grey Cup

The Toronto Argonauts win their 17th Grey Cup, defeating the Calgary Stampeders 27–24 at TD Place Stadium in Ottawa.


The Western University Mustangs win the Vanier Cup

The Western University Mustangs defeat the Laval University Rouge et Or 39–17 in Hamilton, Ontario, to win the Vanier Cup. It is only the second time Laval University has lost in the final of the Vanier Cup.


Trudeau issues Newfoundland and Labrador residential schools apology

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized to survivors of residential schools in Newfoundland and Labrador. They were excluded from Stephen Harper’s 2008 apology because residential schools there were not run by the federal government and were established before Newfoundland joined Confederation ...


Michael Redhill wins the Giller Prize for his book Bellevue Square

Michael Redhill, an author born in the United States and raised in Toronto, wins the Giller Prize for his book Bellevue Square. A $100,000 prize comes with the honour.


2017 Canada's Walk of Fame inductees

The 2017 inductees of Canada's Walk of Fame are Donovan Bailey, Stompin' Tom Connors, Viola Desmond, Anna Paquin, Ted Rogers and David Suzuki.


Canada’s first transgender mayor is elected

Julie Lemieux became the first transgender person elected to the head of a municipality in Québec and in Canada. During local elections in Québec, she was elected mayor of Très-Saint-Rédempteur in Montérégie. She was previously elected city councillor in 2013.


Valérie Plante, 1st woman mayor of Montreal

Voters elected community organizer and city councillor Valérie Plante as Montréal’s first woman mayor.


Paradise Papers leaked

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) released the “Paradise Papers,” millions of confidential records that revealed the names of individuals, trusts, foundations and companies that placed money in offshore tax havens. More than 3,000 Canadians were implicated in the ...


Bill 62 adopted in Quebec

Bill 62 (or An Act to foster adherence to State religious neutrality and, in particular, to provide a framework for requests for accommodations on religious grounds in certain bodies) was adopted in Quebec at l'Assemblée Nationale on 18 October 2017. ...


Death of Gord Downie

Gord Downie, the Tragically Hip frontman whose music and lyrics captivated fans across the country during a career that spanned more than 30 years, died at age 53. In May 2016, the band announced that Downie had been diagnosed with ...


Hostage Ordeal Ends for Boyle-Coleman Family

Paskistani forces freed Canadian Joshua Boyle, his American wife Caitlan Coleman and their three children from their five-year ordeal as hostages of the Haqqani network, an Afghan rebel group allied with the Taliban. Boyle and Coleman were kidnapped while backpacking ...


Sixties Scoop Survivors Receive Settlement

The federal government announced a settlement of $800 million with Sixties Scoop survivors. The Sixties Scoop refers to the forced removal of Indigenous children from their homes and their subsequent adoption into predominantly non-Indigenous, middle-class families across Canada and the ...