For Black History Month:
1. Viola Desmond, the Canadian Rosa Parks who challenged racial segregation in Nova Scotia -- 9 years before Rosa Parks. 1914-1965.
2. Josiah Henson, escaped slave, author, abolitionist active in Underground Railroad, minister. 1789-1883.
3. John Candy, 1950-1994. Best known for many hilarious movies (my personal favourites: Cool Runnings and Only the Lonely, in which he got to be the romantic lead) and TV: SCTV).
4. Brent Butt, 1966- Writer and star of a shining example of understated Canadian humour, Corner Gas.
5. Paul Gross, 1959- Master of comedy (TV show Due South and movies Gunless and Men with Brooms) and drama (Passchendaele).
6. Dorothy Stratten, 1960-1980. A short career and tragically short life. Dorothy Hoogstraten went to school in my hometown, posed for Playboy and made a few movies, and was murdered by a jealous ex-boyfriend.
7. Leslie Nielsen, 1926-2010. Another master of comedy, Nielsen appeared with Paul Gross in both Due South and Men with Brooms.
8-12 Henrietta Muir Edwards, Nellie McClung, Louise McKinney, Emily Murphy and Irene Parlby - the "Famous Five" suffragists, petitioners in the Persons Case in 1929. This groundbreaking case asked the Supreme Court of Canada to determine whether the word "persons" in the British North America Act of 1867 included women.
13 Dr. Maude Abbott, 1869-1940. One of Canada's earliest medical school graduates and a world-famous expert on congenital heart disease.
14. Agnes Mcphail, 1890-1954. First woman to be elected to Canadian Parliament, member of the House of Commons from 1921-1940.
15-16. Johnny Wayne and Frank Shuster
17. Neil Young
18. Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell
19. Oscar Peterson
20. Diana Krall
21. Pierre Berton
22. Stephen Leacock
23. Margaret Atwood
24. L.M. Montgomery
25. Anne of Green Gables (because, although not flesh and blood, she is part of Canada)
26. Farley Mowat
27. Michael Ondaatje