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DORAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-07-31 published
Peg ROBERTS
By Pat ROBERTS Thursday, July 31, 2003 - Page A24
Wife, mother, theatre director and founder. Born May 27, 1919, in Brandon, Manitoba Died April 2 in Toronto, of cancer, aged Peggy DORAN grew up in Brandon, Manitoba, and graduated from Brandon College before training as a nurse at Montreal's Royal Victoria Hospital during the Second World War. She did not like being a nurse, however. She had wanted to purse a career in the theatre and to study it at university. Her parents would not allow that; acting and theatre were seen as beneath the dignity of the only child of a well-to-do dentist from United Empire Loyalist stock. Nonetheless, her first theatrical success came at age 20, when she directed the Brandon Little Theatre production of Send Her Victorious, winning top honours in the Manitoba Drama Festival.
Peg worked as a nurse for just over a year. In 1945, she married Dennis ROBERTS, whom she had met in high school. They then moved to a tiny apartment in Toronto while he completed his psychology degree at the University of Toronto. In 1950, they moved to Sudbury, Ontario where Dennis became the city's first psychologist. As a couple, they played an active role in the city's educational and cultural life until Dennis' death in 1985.
The Sudbury Little Theatre Guild, founded in 1948, gave Peg the opportunity to "do theatre," and she made the most of it. Between 1950 and 1956, she gave birth to two children, directed four plays, acted in a fifth, and was twice president of the guild. Plays she directed include Blithe Spirit, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Glass Menagerie, and Antigone, which won the Edgar Stone Trophy for Direction at the Dominion Drama Festival in Toronto in 1955. That play coincided with her final pregnancy. The cast reportedly encouraged her to name the baby Antigone, if it was a girl.
Her production of The Importance of Being Earnest also made it to the national Dominion Drama Festival finals. Although it did not win, the adjudicators reviewed it quite favourably, noting that the colours for the production -- white, black and yellow were playwright Oscar Wilde's favourites. Peg's production of that play might have been the world (or at least Canadian) premiere of a recently discovered scene, cut from the final text of the play, which Peg obtained after reading of its discovery.
A frequent leading man in those early days, Al HEMREND, recalls that Peg was "ahead of her time. She took risks and chose plays that were very difficult."
As president of the Sudbury Little Theatre Guild in the 1956-57 season, Peg successfully petitioned the Dominion Drama Festival to create a new region. Thus, in 1957, the Quebec-Ontario Theatre Association region was formed, with Peg as its first regional chair.
As Sudbury grew, Peg was one of those who saw a need for a professional theatre company in the city. She was instrumental in the founding of the Sudbury Theatre Centre as a member of the planning study group and of the first board of directors (known as "the Five Fools").
Peg was also enthusiastic about bringing theatre to young people, and was a drama consultant for the Sudbury Secondary School Board in the 1970s.
She loved to entertain, and our house was often filled with guests. Each party was "staged," complete with costumes and sets (furniture arranged and rearranged, flowers, candles, crystal, linen or lace table cloths). She often served dishes she had never made before, with sometimes dubious, sometimes wonderful results.
Diagnosed with breast cancer in 1997, Peg moved back to Toronto in 1998. Cancer was something she could not stage-manage, direct, or control. Her motto until her death became: "rage, rage against the dying of the light."
She is survived by her three children: Judy, Steve, and Pat, and granddaughter, Charlotte.
Pat (not Antigone) ROBERTS is Peg's daughter.

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DORCOG o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-02-25 published
STOBIE, Alexander Malcolm, M.A., M.D. (Oxon,) DORCOG, born 21 February, 1922 in Oxford, England, died peacefully on 23 February, 2003 at Cobourg, Ontario. Malcolm led a colourful, exciting and fulfilling life. A graduate of Clifton College, Bristol; St. Andrew's University, Scotland; and University of Oxford where he gained a Rugby blue as Captain, and M.A. and M.D. degrees before and after serving in the Royal Navy, which included command of a minesweeper in the North Sea, Malcolm and Stephanie emigrated to Canada in 1957 with their young family, settling in Brantford where they were involved in amateur theatre and Malcolm played on the local cricket and rugby teams, inculcating his young sons in the process. After a short sojourn back in England, in 1962, Malcolm and his family returned to Canada, settling in the Colborne/Cobourg area. While in Colborne, Malcolm helped found the village rugby team, cleared a barren field for a pitch, and proceeded to welcome rugby teams from around the province, who all enjoyed great games and great times at the family house. Malcolm's change of medical practice to Cobourg brought him a new set of Friends and patients while retaining his Colborne connections. In Cobourg, Malcolm co-founded the Cobourg Yacht Club and regularly raced his 16 foot Albacore against all comers, with both willing and unwilling family members as crew. Malcolm was a dynamic, intelligent, and energizing person; no one felt untouched by his presence. His family and Friends shall miss him most dearly. His declining years were spent peacefully at Streamway Villa, Cobourg where every attention and care was received. Malcolm leaves his children Anthony, Jonathan, Jane and David, and their partners; grandchildren Christopher, Patrick, Rebecca, Emily, Elizabeth, Matthew, David and Margaret; his ex-wife Stephanie and his previously-deceased wife, Janet. Visitation with Malcom's family will be held on Friday, February 28, 2003, 2-4 p.m. at the MacCoubrey Funeral Home, 30 King St. East, Cobourg, Ontario with a private family service to follow in Aurora. If desired, donations in Malcolm's memory may be directed to the Northumberland Health Care Foundation. Condolences to maccoubrey@sympatico.ca

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DORE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-05-16 published
Brian Melville DORE, University of Toronto Schools 1980, B.A. Hons. University of Toronto Victoria College 1985, LL.B. University of British Columbia Law 1990, Called To The Bar In 1991, Crown Counsel, Quesnel, British Columbia 1992-1995, Abbotsford, British Columbia, 1995 - 2003. Born January 26th, 1962, died May 13th, 2003 at Trillium Health Centre Mississauga Site, as the result of a battle with cancer. Only son of Donna Melville Dore PATTERSON. Grandson of Emma MELVILLE and the late Temple A. MELVILLE. Nephew of Doug and Suzie MELVILLE. Brian will be sadly missed by his many Friends and colleagues. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held in the Chapel of the Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Ave. W. (2 stoplights west of Yonge St.) on Saturday, May 24th, 2003 at 3: 00pm. In lieu of flowers, donations to the charity of one's choice would be appreciated.

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DORNAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-10-08 published
Observers hail ASPER contribution
But views on Israel and direction of news coverage also provoked controversy
By Richard BLOOM and Paul WALDIE Wednesday, October 8, 2003 - Page B7
In its early days, CanWest Global Communications Corp. may have had the dubious moniker of The Love Boat network, but there is no doubt Izzy ASPER made "very significant" contributions to Canadian media, industry observers said yesterday.
At the same time, his actions as head of the media empire weren't without controversy.
Mr. ASPER died yesterday at 71. A tax lawyer by training, he is more commonly known as the founder of Winnipeg-based CanWest the parent of the Global network of television stations, and which, in 2000, engineered a multibillion-dollar purchase of Southam Newspaper Group, National Post and other assets from Conrad BLACK's Hollinger Inc.
Glenn O'FARRELL, president and chief executive officer of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters, said Mr. ASPER left a huge broadcasting legacy.
"The Canadian broadcasting system has been built over the last number of decades through the efforts of some fairly significant entrepreneurs, and Izzy ASPER was clearly one of those," Mr. O'FARRELL said. "He brought an incredibly astute vision of what could be done and what should be done in the name of strengthening Canada's place both domestically and internationally."
Mr. O'FARRELL worked at CanWest for 12 years and said working for Mr. ASPER was stimulating. "It was absolutely a privilege to work with somebody who possessed the depth and the breadth of his intellectual curiosity and interests."
Mr. ASPER also provoked controversy over the years with his views on Israel and his drive to converge news coverage at CanWest's newspapers.
In 2002, he fired Russell MILLS, publisher of the Ottawa Citizen, after an apparent conflict over editorial independence. At the time, CanWest forced papers across the chain to carry editorials written by officials in the company's head office. The policy sparked a barrage of complaints about a lack of editorial freedom at the papers. The removal of Mr. MILLS prompted a wave of protests against CanWest from Parliament to media organizations around the world. Mr. MILLS sued and reached a settlement with the company a few months later.
Mr. ASPER's staunch defence of Israel also left him open to charges that CanWest's papers do not fairly cover events in the Middle East. In a speech last year, he attacked media coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and accused several media outlets of having an anti-Israel bias. He singled out coverage by CNN, The New York Times, British Broadcasting Corp. and Canadian Broadcasting Corp. and said anti-Israel bias was a "cancer" destroying media credibility.
He has often criticized the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. in particular for what he has called the broadcaster's anti-Israel coverage. Yesterday, a Canadian Broadcasting Corp. official declined to comment on Mr. ASPER's views.
Still, amid the controversy, Christopher DORNAN, director of Carleton University's School of Journalism and Communication, praised Mr. ASPER's role in Canadian journalism.
"We're still, in the entertainment area, overshadowed by the exports of the juggernaut to the south. What's really ours is non-fiction, it's journalism... in as much as Israel ASPER built CanWest into a major, major player in that sector, his contribution is clearly significant."
Added Mr. DORNAN: " There are uncharitable souls that would argue that CanWest's contribution to the Canadian cultural landscape was negligible.
"Because when CanWest built itself as a network, in the early days, it was known as The Love Boat Network -- all they did was buy cheap, populist American programming, got ratings and contributed very little to Canadian cultural production. They made very little programming of their own and what they did make was in grudging compliance with Canadian content regulations," he said.
Mr. DORNAN argued that the Canadian media industry is not about keeping the Americans at bay, but instead about funnelling in highly desired American content in the most advantageous way possible.
Mr. ASPER built a television network that now employs "people from network executives to janitors. Those jobs would not have existed had he not done that. And now, of course, they do actually make some programming," Mr. DORNAN said.
Vince CARLIN, chairman of the School of Journalism at Ryerson University in Toronto, agreed, noting that history books won't likely describe him as a great endorser of Canadian culture.
"That's not what he was about. He was a businessman," said Mr. CARLIN, the former head of Canadian Broadcasting Corp. Newsworld, who had met with Mr. ASPER on numerous occasions.
"He learned how to use those [business] skills to create very dynamic business enterprises, but [CanWest] would never put cultural considerations ahead of business considerations," Mr. CARLIN said.
He explained how in his company's early days, Mr. ASPER insisted to government officials that his chain of television stations was not a "network" but instead a "system," because being dubbed a network was less advantageous from a business perspective. When regulations shifted, Mr. ASPER changed gears, calling the stations a network, Mr. CARLIN said.
Mr. ASPER was also involved in a bitter legal battle with Robert LANTOS, a prominent Toronto-based filmmaker. Mr. ASPER sued Mr. LANTOS for libel over comments he made during a speech in 1998. In the speech, Mr. LANTOS described Mr. ASPER as "the forces of darkness, whose greed is surpassed only by their hypocrisy." Mr. ASPER said the comments left the impression he was dishonest and disloyal.

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