Time Machine Vol. 64
21 September 2013: Death of Michel Brault
Cinematographer and director Michel Brault died in Toronto, Ontario. A pioneering documentary filmmaker, and the only Canadian to win the Best Director prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Brault was one of Canada’s most acclaimed and revered filmmakers.
22 September 1868: Birth of Louise McKinney
Women’s rights activist Louise McKinney, who achieved national renown as one of the 5 appellants, the “Famous Five,” in the Persons Case, was born at Frankville, Ont.
23 September 1873: Canadian Labor Union
The first national convention of organized labour met at Toronto, forming the Canadian Labor Union, representing 31 unions.
24 September 1991: Dobbie-Castonguay Report
The Dobbie-Castonguay Committee proposed recognizing Québec as a distinct society, Native self-government and an elected Senate.
25 September 1975: Creation of Franco-Ontarian Flag
The Franco-Ontarian flag is the third francophone flag in North America to be designed outside Québec, after the Acadian- and Franco-American flags. Its birth occurred in the context of cultural revitalization in Northern Ontario francophone communities and galvanized several generations to celebrate their identity.
26 September 1826: Bytown Founded
Bytown (the future Ottawa) grew from a campsite established by John By as a base for the construction of the Rideau Canal.
27 September 1990: Mulroney Adds Senators
Prime Minister Brian Mulroney invoked a never-before-used section of the Constitution to appoint 8 extra senators, so that the Liberal majority in the Senate could no longer block passage of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) legislation.