Terry Fox

Running for a Cause

If there’s a competitive foot race nearby, or a fun run for charity, Tom Ullyett will almost certainly be there. The 58-year-old deputy minister of Justice has been an avid runner since his teen years, with at least 40 half-marathons under his belt, not to mention too many shorter-distance events to count. In 1991, he …

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Awesome Canadian Films

For years Canadian cinema was referred to as invisible cinema for its lack of global impact and struggle to compete with Hollywood’s massive export of blockbuster films. Each year film festivals around Canada aim to disprove this notion and push the potential and visibility of Canadian cinema to other parts of the world – and …

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Honouring a hero

George Maratos was just three years old when Terry Fox was becoming a household name across Canada and elsewhere. Still, he claims to have a “kind of” memory of the young B.C. runner’s heroic 1980 odyssey known as the Marathon of Hope. “My parents were gripped by it, and I have a feeling that kind …

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Terry Fox was a heck of a man

“It’s like the Yukon scenery — I never get tired of reading about Terry Fox.” George Maratos has never had cancer, and nobody in his immediate family has suffered from the disease. Terry Fox is still his hero. He can’t stop talking about the man. About how awesome he is. Because of what he did …

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We can be heroes

I almost met Terry Fox once. I was working on the Napanee Beaver, in 1980, when the editor came into the newsroom and asked who wanted to cover a service group’s lunch that was organized on behalf “of a kid who is running across Canada on one leg”. Napanee is 200 kilometres east of Toronto …

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Goal for Terry Fox Run: lots of participants

This is one event that doesn’t spend a lot of time looking for volunteers. George Maratos, Whitehorse organizer of the Terry Fox Run, says most of the crew from last year is returning because it was so much fun. “We all get along; we all understand the reason for the event,” says Maratos. “[Cancer] touches …

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