1982 in Canada


1982 in Canada

"See also:"
1981 in Canada,
other events of 1982,
1983 in Canada and the
list of 'years in Canada'.

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Incumbents

* Monarch: Queen Elizabeth II
* Governor General: Edward Schreyer
* Prime Minister: Pierre Trudeau
* Premier of Alberta: Peter Lougheed
* Premier of British Columbia: Bill Bennett
* Premier of Manitoba: Howard Pawley
* Premier of New Brunswick: Richard Hatfield
* Premier of Newfoundland: Brian Peckford
* Premier of Nova Scotia: John Buchanan
* Premier of Ontario: Bill Davis
* Premier of Prince Edward Island: James Lee
* Premier of Quebec: René Lévesque
* Premier of Saskatchewan: Allan Blakeney then Grant Devine

See: 1982 Canadian incumbents for more

Events

* The year sees a severe recession in the economy
* January 11: CBC's "The National" moves to 10 p.m. and "The Journal" debuts at 10:22 p.m.
* January 15: Striking Quebec transit workers are forced back to work
* February: First reported cases of AIDS in Canada
* February 14: 84 are killed when the "Ocean Ranger" oil platform capsizes
* March 8: The Canada Act is passed by the British House of Commons
* April 17: Queen Elizabeth II signs Canada's newly patriated constitution in Ottawa and the new Constitution and Charter of Rights and Freedoms comes into effect.
* April 26: Saskatchewan election: Grant Devine's PCs win a landslide majority, defeating Allan Blakeney's NDP
* May 8: Grant Devine becomes Premier of Saskatchewan after defeating Allan Blakeney's NDP
* May 9: Gilles Villeneuve killed at the Belgian Grand Prix
* May 23: André Besette beatified by the Pope
* June 12: The first drawing of Lotto 6/49 occurs with a jackpot of $500,000. Winning numbers are 03, 11, 12, 14, 41, 43, bonus 13
* June 28: Access to Information Act passed
* July 15: Anik 1, Canada's first communications satellite, is retired after ten years' service.
* August 16: Communications satellite Anik D launched
* August 23: Turkish military attaché to Canada, Colonel Atilla Altıkat, is assassinated by Armenian terrorists in Ottawa.
* October 5: Laurie Skreslet becomes the first Canadian to climb Mount Everest
* October 27: Dominion Day renamed Canada Day
* October 31: Marguerite Bourgeoys becomes Canada's first female saint
* November 2: Alberta election: Peter Lougheed's PCs win a fourth consecutive majority
* December 10: Canada's 200 nautical mile (370 km) limit is officially recognized
* In a case concerning the development of the Hibernia Oil Field the Supreme Court rules that the continental shelf falls under federal jurisdiction
* Ed Mirvish purchases London's Old Vic theatre
* Colin Thatcher is elected to his third term in the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly, where he is appointed Minister of Energy and Mines.

Arts and literature

: New books
* "Dig up My Heart": Milton Acorn: Awards
* See 1982 Governor General's Awards for a complete list of winners and finalists for those awards.
* Books in Canada First Novel Award: Joy Kogawa, "Obasan"
* Gerald Lampert Award: Abraham Boyarsky, "Schielber" and Edna Alford, "A Sleep Full of Dreams"
* Pat Lowther Award: Rona Murray, "Journey"
* Stephen Leacock Award: Mervyn J. Huston, "Gophers Don't Pay Taxes Tree"
* Vicky Metcalf Award: Janet Lunn: Film
* " E" released: Dance
* Arnold Spohr wins the Dancemagazine Award

Births

* March 15: Kathleen Stoody, breaststroke swimmer
* March 18: Matthew Lombardi, ice hockey player
* May 6: Kyle Shewfelt, Olympic gold winning gymnast
* June 9: Rachel Schill, Olympic softballer
* July 9: Viola Yanik, Olympic wrestler
* September 1: Jeffrey Buttle, Olympic figure skater
* September 21: Cindy Eadie, Olympic softballer
* December 30: Kristin Kreuk, actor

Deaths

* May 9: Gilles Villeneuve, race car driver
* June 10: Elizabeth Goudie, writer
* June 28: Igor Gouzenko, Soviet spy
* October 4: Glenn Gould, pianist
* October 18: John Robarts, former Premier of Ontario
* November 29: Percy Williams, athlete


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