Maclean’s Magazine

Shiyloh Isobelle Hill—Giving and artistic, she wouldn’t pass a busker without offering a donation

hiyloh Isobelle Hill was born on Oct. 21, 2002, at 3:36 a.m. in the living room of her parents’ apartment in Peterborough, Ont., surrounded by friends and family. With the aid of three midwives, her mother, Patrice, an artist and musician, spent 10 hours in excruciating labour. Her father, Daniel, an art instructor, cut the umbilical cord. “It was a very sweet time in our life,” he says. “You know that concept of love at first sight? I really experienced that with her.”

Deborah Marie Blais—A talented musician and golfer who loved the outdoors, she was a people person who beat cancer

Deborah Marie Blais was born on Oct. 25, 1957, and grew up on a farm in Gilbert Plains, Man., to Ukrainian-Canadian parents, John, a farmer, and Stella, a nurse’s aide. The youngest of three sisters, Deborah sported Coke-bottle glasses that magnified her eyes. The thick rims were the only way she could see past her nose, but she wore them proudly and without complaint. As she grew up, she used contact lenses and eventually had laser surgery to correct her vision. Besides her smile, her eyes became her most recognizable feature.

Two more Rob Ford staff members resign

The total number of Rob Ford staffers who have left their jobs since crack allegations against the Toronto mayor emerged has increased to five.

Two more of the mayor’s employees resigned today, according to multiple media reports.

Policy adviser Brian Johnston was seen walking down the stairwell at City Hall escorted by security this afternoon.

“I chose to leave on my own terms . . . The timing was right for me,” he told the Toronto Star as he made his way to the parking lot.

Quebec Soccer Federation schedules emergency meeting on turban ban

The Quebec Soccer Federation was set to hold an emergency meeting Tuesday evening to discuss its ban on turbans, a controversial ruling that has drawn international attention and led to the organization’s suspension from the Canadian Soccer Association.

Sydney Herbert Neville—He survived an explosion that left him badly burned. After a painful recovery, he married the love of his life.

Sydney Herbert Neville was born in Burns Lake, B.C., on Aug. 16, 1977. His parents, Herb and Nettie, owned a farm, and he and his three older sisters spent their days chasing cows and riding their bikes. When he was nine, Sydney joined the agricultural youth group 4-H, and enjoyed the responsibility of raising steers.

 Sky Go wants audio advertising through bus and train windows

The British online broadcaster Sky Go wants to turn bus and train windows into talking advertisements.

Along with the German ad agency BBDO Düsseldorf, the company is using technology that beams high-frequency oscillations, or vibrations, through glass. When a commuter rests their head against a train window, the oscillations are converted into sound through a process called bone conduction—they will hear the message while other passengers remain oblivious.

Toronto team wins human-powered helicopter competition

Three meters above the ground Todd Reichert was pedalling for his life. His goal was to go fast enough to keep his aircraft above ground, while still controlling the 55 kilograms of equipment surrounding him.

Reichart is part of a University of Toronto alumni team called AeroVelo, and on June 13th he piloted the world’s first human-powered helicopter during a test flight at the Ontario Soccer Centre in Vaughan.

The new barbershop revival

The simplicity of a cappella— singing without instrumental accompaniment—is in the midst of a revival, spurred on in part by reality shows that celebrate unadorned vocals. And the added attention has helped inject energy into an unlikely candidate: the traditional unaccompanied harmonies of barbershop.

“With shows like Glee and The Voice, the focus is that singing is cool,” said Steve Armstrong, musical director of Toronto Northern Lights chorus. “Shows like the Sing Off, which is a cappella, has been great to develop interest in barbershop.”

Anne vs. Anne

In a province that takes its red-headed orphans seriously, the nearly half-century run of Anne of Green Gables: The Musical at Charlottetown’s Confederation Centre of the Arts is an institution unto itself. Billed as the longest-running musical production in Canada, the show attracts up to 30,000 visitors a year, many of them from Japan. The musical has toured the world, hitting Broadway in the 1970s (one grumpy New York Times critic called it “the kind of show that will appeal most to the unsophisticated in heart”), as well as London and Osaka, Japan, during Expo ’70. As for the Confederation Centre, which relies on federal and provincial grants for roughly one-third of its $12-million operating budget, the flagship Anne musical is its single most important production.

Explorer finds new waterfalls during accidental canoe trip

An explorer’s unexpected tumble down a set of waterfalls in Northern Ontario is being labelled a discovery that will “change the map of Canada.” Or, he might just be remapping already charted territory. It all depends on who you ask.

DC Comics launches Justice League of Canada

DC Comics announced today that the Justice League of America series will soon be bringing its team of superheroes across the border. The Justice League of Canada, a new comic to be released in the spring of 2014, will be written by Jeff Lemire, an award-winning Toronto cartoonist best known for his Essex County Trilogy. The comic will include a number of  DC Comics’ A-list characters, according to the Toronto Star – the exact superhero roster hasn’t yet been revealed – as well as a new Canadian hero.

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