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CACANINDIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-23 published
Born March 10, 1911 at Brittannia Bay (Ottawa), Ontario. Passed away June 22, 2008 at the Guelph General Hospital surrounded by the love of her family. Much loved and loving wife of the late Alfred Dryden HALES (1998.) Adored and loving mother of Beverly STAGER and her husband David of Toronto; David and his wife Hildegard of Waterloo; Donald and his wife Becky of Pekin, Illinois and the late Alfred (1993). Mother-in-law of Isabel HALES of Crystal Falls. Proud and always loving grandmother of Andrea STAGER, Martha VESEY, Jeffrey HALES, Nicola ROBERTS, Heather CACANINDIN, Robert HALES, Deborah MIOTTO, Kim CARON and Kathy-Lee HALES. Great-grandmother of 13 great-grandchildren who gave her much delight. Sister of the late Clifford GRAHAM, Lillian CROSKERY and Frank GRAHAM. Mary was a graduate of Macdonald Institute 1932; a devoted partner and contributor to her husband's political career and an enthusiastic volunteer with the Guelph General Hospital for 60 years. Mary was loved and respected by all. Friends may call at the Gilchrist Chapel - McIntyre and Wilkie Funeral Home, One Delhi Street, Guelph (from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday). A private family service will be held at the Gilchrist Chapel on Thursday, June 26, 2008. Interment Woodlawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Foundation of Guelph General Hospital, 115 Delhi Street, Guelph, N1E 4J4 or the charity of your choice would be appreciated. We invite you to leave your memories and donations online at:

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CACCIA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-05-05 published
CACCIA, Charles L.
Peacefully in Ottawa, Ontario surrounded by family and Friends on May 3, 2008. Mr. CACCIA is survived by his wife, Ivana; his mother Emanuela and brother Stefano; his children Nicolette and John; and grand children Jessica and David. Born May 28, 1930 at Milan, Italy, Mr. CACCIA graduated from the University of Vienna in Vienna, Austria in 1954 prior to a career of more than forty years serving Canada as a parliamentarian and advocate for environmental causes. Mr. CACCIA was first elected to public office as a member of the City of Toronto and Metro councils in 1964. He was elected to the House of Commons for the riding of Davenport in Toronto in 1968 and ser ved as Minister of Labour and Minister of the Environment for Canada in the Liberal government of Prime Minister Trudeau. Following thirty six years as a parliamentarian, he continued his work in the environmental arena at the Institute of the Environment, University of Ottawa. Friends are invited to visit at the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair and McGarry, 315 McLeod Street, Ottawa, on Wednesday, May 7th from 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A celebration of Charles' life will be held in the Chapel on Friday at 11: 30 a.m. with a reception to follow in the McGarry Family Reception Centre. Condolences/Donations/Tributes 613-233-1143

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CACCIA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-05-12 published
Former cabinet minister left the world a little greener
By Hugh WINSOR, Page A8
A squad of volunteers will fan out around Ottawa today delivering oak saplings to Friends and admirers of Carletto (Charles) CACCIA, one of the most compelling and persistent politicians to have landed on Parliament Hill in many decades.
Indeed, former prime minister Jean Chrétien told an eclectic group of politicians, former politicians, environmental advocates, and others who gathered on the weekend to pay tribute to Mr. CACCIA, who died just over a week ago, that Mr. CACCIA had more influence on his government than most of his cabinet ministers.
The sapling delivery is symbolic, and like the man it commemorates, extremely practical. Mr. CACCIA knew that oaks take 100 years to reach maturity, Mr. Chrétien said, "so Charles was always planning into the future."
On the practical side, Mr. CACCIA's annual order of hundreds of oak saplings had already arrived when he was felled by a stroke while working on his silviculture project in the Gatineau Hills. What better way to deal with the cache than to have the mini-legacy planted around the country by Friends and colleagues?
The news stories and obituaries after his death captured the broad strokes of the CACCIA career.
He was born in Milan, immigrated to Canada after the Second World War, began his political career as a Toronto alderman and was elected as the first Italian-born member of Parliament in Parliament in Pierre Trudeau's 1968 sweep.
He was appointed to the Trudeau cabinet, eventually became dean of the Commons as the longest-serving member of Parliament, including an extended and fruitful stint as chairman of the Commons environment and sustainable development committee.
But obituaries didn't fully reflect his profound impact as a catalyst for the broader environmental movement, in Canada and internationally. Nor did they capture the essence of his personality or explain how he engendered fierce loyalty from people who worked with and for him (even though many would admit his energy and persistence could also try their patience). He was the only cabinet minister in Ottawa to refuse a government car and chauffeur, for instance, preferring to walk to work.
He was one of the earliest advocates for sustainable development, and a prophet about the "ecological footprint" of economic development, concepts that are now in the mainstream. Internationally, he was one of the early negotiators of the United Nations Climate Convention and Kyoto Protocol, a member of the Canadian Association for the Club of Rome, and an advocate for the World Commission on Environment and Development that became known as the Bruntland commission.
Jim MacNeill, a friend and another environmental pioneer, read a letter of condolence to the CACCIA family from Green Cross International, a Geneva based non-governmental organization concerned about nuclear waste and other toxic contaminants. It was a personal message from Green Cross president Mikhail Gorbachev and indicates how wide the CACCIA net was cast.
The memorial gathering was a cross-section of an earlier era, a time when there was more respect between political opponents, and for civil society represented by non-governmental organizations and advocacy groups. Not present at the gathering, for instance, was any representative of former Liberal leader Paul Martin's team, which in 2004 had blocked Mr. CACCIA's renomination in Davenport, a riding he had represented in Parliament for 36 years, to make way for one of their own.
Mr. Chrétien admitted privately that he had always felt badly he didn't put Mr. CACCIA into his cabinet. His explanation: When first elected prime minister in 1993, he had been ridiculed as "yesterday's man," so he had to go with younger ministers.
But Mr. Cacccia never held it against him, they remained Friends and he always valued Mr. CACCIA's advice, he added. An example of the CACCIA influence Mr. Chrétien talked about at the memorial service, was how as chairman of the environment committee, Mr. CACCIA stick-handled amendments to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act into law over the resistance of his own party's cabinet.
When he had to vacate his Parliament Hill offices in 2004, the Sierra Club offered him a place to put his many boxes of papers and documents.
As Elizabeth May, then president of the Sierra Club and now the Green Party Leader, told the story, "Charles came with his boxes."
One day when the organization was hosting an international delegation, Mr. CACCIA was helping Sierra staff stuff envelopes with promotional material. One of the visitors noted that it said a lot about how egalitarian a country Canada is, when a former minister of the Crown would be stuffing envelopes.
"I don't know what it says about Canada," she added, "but it says an awful lot about Charles."

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CACHIA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-02 published
CACHIA, Edmund Francis Magee, C.A.
Born in Toronto in 1926. Passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 31, 2008 at the age of 82. Beloved husband of Patricia (nee O'NEIL.) Loving father of Kevin (Elise,) Barbara (Jean,) Mary Catherine, Michael (Angela), Patricia (Richard) and Margaret-Anne (Lee). Dear grandfather of nine, great-grandfather of one. Survived by brother Eugene and sister Theresa. Predeceased by seven brothers and sisters. A Knight of The Order of Malta and the founder of the Canadian Gold Cross Association. He lived a life of dedication to numerous charitable causes and, in his business life, to the public accounting profession. His past activities included a term as a public accounting partner with a Lord Mayor of London. He will be sadly missed. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Funeral Home, 436 Roncesvalles Ave. (at Howard Park) on Monday from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m., with evening prayers at 8 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church, 1372 King St. W., Toronto, on Tuesday, June 3, 2008 at 10 o'clock. Interment Mount Hope Cemetery. Thank you to the staff at Princess Margaret Hospital. If desired, donations to the Oratory of St. Philip Neri or the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation.

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