Maurice Ruddick



An Afro-Canadian collier describes how he and his fellow workers survived eight days trapped underground during the 1958 Springhill, Nova Scotia mining disaster.

A hero is someone who is willing to put himself on the line to help others. Heroes are often ordinary people who make extraordinary decisions in times of crisis.


Maurice Ruddick, one of the few black men employed at the Springhill mine in Nova Scotia, saved the lives of six other miners when they became trapped.


Today's comic books owe a great deal to the “man of steel” we know as Superman. The first great superhero, created by Toronto-born Joe Shuster and his high school buddy Jerry Siegel, became the first comic book best-seller, creating generations of imitators and spawning an entire industry.


These Minutes recognize some of Canada's heroes.