1969 in Canada


1969 in Canada

"See also:"
1968 in Canada,
other events of 1969,
1970 in Canada and the
Timeline of Canadian history.

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Incumbents

*Monarch - Queen Elizabeth II
*Governor General - Roland Michener
*Prime Minister - Pierre Trudeau
*Premier of Alberta - Harry Strom
*Premier of British Columbia - W.A.C. Bennett
*Premier of Manitoba - Walter Weir then Edward Schreyer
*Premier of New Brunswick - Louis Robichaud
*Premier of Newfoundland - Joey Smallwood
*Premier of Nova Scotia - George Smith
*Premier of Ontario - John Robarts
*Premier of Prince Edward Island - Alexander B. Campbell
*Premier of Quebec - Jean-Jacques Bertrand
*Premier of Saskatchewan - W. Ross Thatcher

Events

*January 29 – February 11 - The Sir George Williams Computer Riot occurs as students occupy the computer centre of Sir George Williams University to protest alleged racism on campus
*February 13 - FLQ terrorists bomb the Montreal Stock Exchange
*February 19 - An 18 month long strike by Quebec teachers comes to an end
*March 7 - Pierre-Paul Geoffroy pleads guilty to charges connected to 31 FLQ bombings
*April 14 - The Montreal Expos baseball team plays their first home game
*May 2 - Telesat Canada formed
*June 2 - The National Arts Centre in Ottawa opens
*July 7 - The Official Languages Act makes French and English equal throughout the Canadian government
*July 15 - Edward Schreyer becomes premier of Manitoba, replacing Walter Weir
*August 24 - The oil tanker "Manhattan" becomes the first such ship to travel through the Northwest Passage
*Homosexuality is decriminalized

Arts and literature

:New works
*Margaret Atwood - "The Edible Woman"
*Timothy Findley - "The Butterfly Plague"
*Robert Kroetsch - "The Studhorse Man"
*Mordecai Richler - "The Street"
*Milton Acorn - "I've Tasted My Blood"
*Farley Mowat - "The Boat Who Wouldn't Float"
*Gilles Archambault - "Le tendre matin"
*Marshall McLuhan - "Counterblast":Awards
* See 1969 Governor General's Awards for a complete list of winners and finalists for those awards.
*Stephen Leacock Award: Stuart Trueman, "You're Only as Old as You Act"
*Vicky Metcalf Award: Audrey McKim:Music
*Karel Ančerl replaces Seiji Ozawa as music director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Births

* January 10 — Guylaine Cloutier, breaststroke swimmer
* January 11 — Andrew Griffiths, field hockey player
* January 29 — Brendan Shanahan, ice hockey player
* February 16 — Claude Lambert, boxer
* February 22 — Kathy Tough, volleyball player
* April 3 — Lance Evers, wrestler
* April 7 — Gary Anderson, medley swimmer
* May 6 — Raymond Brown, backstroke swimmer
* May 15 — Mark Jackson, hurdler
* May 19 — Rochelle Low, field hockey player
* June 12 — Kelvin Goertzen, politician
* July 7 — Joe Sakic, ice hockey player
* July 7 — Cree Summer, actor
* July 13 — Ewan Beaton, judoka
* July 16 — Turlough O'Hare, freestyle swimmer
* July 17 — Laurelee Kopeck, field hockey defender
* July 23 — Andrew Cassels, ice hockey player
* July 24 — Rick Fox, basketball player
* August 15 — Mark Heese, beach volleyball player
* August 19 — Matthew Perry, actor
* August 23 — Hari Kant, field hockey goalkeeper
* August 28 — Pierre Turgeon, ice hockey player
* September 23 — Donald Audette, ice hockey player
* October 6 — Jeffrey Lay, rower
* October 8 — Dylan Neal, actor
* October 17 — Rick Mercer, comedian
* November 1 — Tie Domi, ice hockey player
* November 7 — Tanya Dubnicoff, track cyclist
* November 15 — Helen Kelesi, tennis player
* December 4 — Jacques Landry, cyclist
* December 10 — Rob Blake, ice hockey player
* December 12 — Debra Wurzburger, freestyle swimmer
*December 12 — Iain Sydie, badminton player
* December 15 — Chantal Petitclerc, wheelchair athlete
* December 22 — Myriam Bédard, biathlete

Deaths

* March 18 - John Bracken, Premier of Manitoba, Tory leader
* November 14 - Fanny "Bobbie" Rosenfeld, track-and-field athlete


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