Famous Canadian Media Personalities

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Canadian media would not have been what it is today had it not been for its media personalities who have constantly struggled to keep the infotainment quotient of their viewers high. Their passion for work and strong work ethics, have made them a popular name in Canadian media. Be it Mandy Ross the host of Fashion TV who is living her dream of hosting, filming and travelling with her shows and projects or Kevin O’Leary, the co-founder and chairman of O’Leary Funds who is popular for his financial shows, Canadian media has seen a plethora of men and women who have been exemplary in their work. And then there is children’s entertainer Suzanne Pinel who is popular as Marie Soleil, Trish Stratus WWE Wrestler and star of TV show Armed and Famous, Patrick Watson journalist and documentarian, Mark McKinney comedian, Rita MacNeil variety show host, Rod Black sportscaster and others. These are some of the biggest media personalities who command the most respect, evoke the most trust or provide the highest level of entertainment for Canadian viewers. Check out this segment to find out in details about the life and works of famous Canadian media personalities.
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Howie Mandel
(Host of The Popular NBC Game Show 'Deal or No Deal')
Howie Mandel
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Birthdate: November 29, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Willowdale, Toronto, Canada

Howie Mandel is a Canadian comedian, actor, screenwriter, entrepreneur, and television personality. He is known for hosting popular TV shows, such as Deal or No Deal. In 2008, Comedy Central named him on its 100 greatest stand-up comedians of all-time list. Mandel serves as an inspiration to those suffering from ADHD and OCD as he himself suffers from these conditions.

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Malcolm Gladwell
(Author of 'The Tipping Point', 'Blink', and 'Outliers')
Malcolm Gladwell
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Birthdate: September 3, 1963
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fareham, United Kingdom
Malcolm Gladwell is best known for his bestselling books The Tipping Point, Blink, and Outliers. He has also written for The New Yorker and The Washington Post. His writings encompass subjects such as psychology, economics, and sociology. Gladwell has also co-founded a podcast company and hosts the podcast Revisionist History.
 3 
Peter Jennings
(One of the Most Prominent Television Journalists and the Anchor of 'ABC World News Tonight’)
Peter Jennings
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Birthdate: July 29, 1938
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Died: August 7, 2005

Canadian-American journalist Peter Jennings is best remembered for his stint on ABC World News Tonight, as its sole anchor. A high-school drop-out, Jennings became one of the U.S.’s Big Three news anchors, along with Tom Brokaw and Dan Rather. He was known for his meticulous coverage of breaking news stories.

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Steven Crowder
(Known for His 'YouTube' show, 'Louder with Crowder')
Steven Crowder
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Birthdate: July 7, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Grosse Pointe, Michigan, United States

Steven Crowder is an American-Canadian comedian, media host, and conservative political commentator. His YouTube channel, which has more than five million subscribers, was demonetized following repeated use of homophobic and racist slurs to describe Carlos Maza. Crowder contributed to the origin of the popular Internet meme, Change My Mind.

 5 
Gavin McInnes
(Canadian Writer, Podcaster, Political Commentator and Co-Founder of ‘Vice Media’)
Gavin McInnes
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Birthdate: July 17, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hitchin, England, United Kingdom

Described as a far-right, writer and political commentator Gavin McInnes is said to be anti-Islam, anti-Semitism and a racist. He has also been accused of inciting violence. He is the founder of ‘Proud Boys’, dubbed an extremist group with links to white nationalism. In 2018, he was banned from Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for promoting hate speech.

 6 
Renee Paquette
(Canadian-American Television Personality Who Was a Sports Broadcaster for ‘The Score’ Network)
Renee Paquette
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Birthdate: September 19, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Renee Paquette is a Canadian television personality and host. She is best known for appearing in WWE, where she worked as an interviewer, presenter, and commentator from 2012 to 2020. In 2013, Renee Paquette received the Slammy Award for her work in The JBL and Cole Show. In 2020, she started hosting Oral Sessions, her own podcast.

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Todd McFarlane
(Comic book artist best known as the creator of the popular Spawn comics.)
Todd McFarlane
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Birthdate: March 16, 1961
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Calgary, Canada

Todd McFarlane is a Canadian writer, artist, comic book creator, filmmaker, and entrepreneur. Renowned for his artistic work on The Amazing Spider-Man, Todd became a comic book superstar during the 1980s and 1990s for his work on the Spider-Man franchise. As an entrepreneur, Todd McFarlane is credited with founding Todd McFarlane Productions and its subsidiary McFarlane Toys.

 8 
Colin Mochrie
(Best Known as a Cast Member on the Hit Improvisational Comedy Show ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?')
Colin Mochrie
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Birthdate: November 30, 1957
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland

Colin Mochrie is a Scottish-born Canadian actor, comedian, and producer. He is best known for his appearances on the improvisational TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway? He has appeared in numerous TV shows and films and is also active in theatrical productions. He co-wrote and co-produced the sitcom Getting Along Famously with his wife. 

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Lauren Southern
(Canadian Alt-Right YouTuber, Political Activist and Commentator)
Lauren Southern
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Birthdate: June 16, 1995
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Surrey, British Columbia, Canada

Political activist and YouTuber Lauren Southern is also a prominent white nationalist. Initially an employee of The Rebel Media, she later also worked for Sky News Australia. She and two of her fellow anti-Muslim activists were refused entry at the Luton airport in the UK and even detained in 2018.

 10 
Nate Burleson
(Football Commentator)
Nate Burleson
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Birthdate: August 19, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Calgary, Canada
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Chrystia Freeland
(10th Deputy Prime Minister of Canada )
Chrystia Freeland
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Birthdate: August 2, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Peace River, Canada
Known as the Minister of Everything, Christina Freeland is Canada’s 10th deputy prime minister. She is also Canada’s finance minister and the first woman to hold the office. She has previously worked with the Financial Times, Thomson Reuters, and The Globe and Mail. She has also authored a bestselling book. 
 12 
Jesse Palmer
(American football player, TV personality)
Jesse Palmer
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Birthdate: October 5, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
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Monty Hall
(Canadian Television Host Best Known as the Game Show Host and Producer of 'Let’s Make a Deal')
Monty Hall
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Birthdate: August 25, 1921
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Canada
Died: September 30, 2017

Although best remembered as the cheerful and friendly host of Let's Make a Deal, Molly Hall was also the co-creator and producer of this popular show. Born in Canada, he eventually moved to the USA, where he began producing and hosting number of television and radio shows, eventually being associated with a synonymous brain teaser called the Monty Hall Problem.

 14 
David Brooks
(Journalist)
David Brooks
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Birthdate: August 11, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Toronto

David Brooks is a Canadian-born American conservative political commentator. Having worked with popular publications like The Washington Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, and Newsweek, Brooks is currently contributing as a writer for The New York Times. Also an educator, David Brooks has taught at prestigious institutions like the Sanford School of Public Policy and Yale University.

 15 
Don Cherry
(Former Ice Hockey Player and Co-Host of the NHL Broadcast 'Coach's Corner')
Don Cherry
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Birthdate: February 5, 1934
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kingston, Canada
If you’re an NHL fan, you must be knowing the name Don Cherry. He had a long hockey career, but he played only one NHL game -the majority of his games came at the AHL. He later gained fame as a co-host of CBS' Coach's Corner. Don Cherry is known for his outspoken opinions, and the knack for inviting controversies.
 16 
Nardwuar the Human Serviette
(Singer, Radio personality, Journalist)
Nardwuar the Human Serviette
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Birthdate: July 5, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Vancouver

Nardwuar the Human Serviette is a Canadian musician and interviewer. He was a founding member of the popular garage rock band The Evaporators where he currently serves as the keyboardist and lead singer. As an interviewer Nardwuar is renowned for his unorthodox approach and bizarre questions. In 2019, he was inducted into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame.

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Ali Velshi
(Host of the Show Real Money With Ali Velshi on Al Jazeera America)
Ali Velshi
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Birthdate: October 29, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nairobi, Kenya
Ali Velshi, a Kenyan-born Canadian broadcast journalist, is a familiar name in the business shows of NBC with which he has been associated after a long stint with CNN. Apart from being a business correspondent, he also reported extensively on hurricanes and the assassination of former Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto. He worked for Al Jazeera America till its closure.
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Jane Jacobs
(Journalist and Author Best Known for Her Book ‘The Death and Life of Great American Cities’)
Jane Jacobs
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Birthdate: May 4, 1916
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: April 25, 2006

American-Canadian journalist Jane Jacobs is best known for her book The Death and Life of Great American Cities. A specialist in urban culture and its issues, she was one of the few women who excelled in a male-dominated field. The Vincent Scully Prize winner was initially scorned at as a housewife.

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Joe Clark
(Former Prime Minister of Canada)
Joe Clark
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Birthdate: June 5, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: High River, Canada

Joe Clark is a Canadian statesman, businessman, and politician. In 1979, he became the youngest person to be elected as the prime minister of Canada and served in this position until 1980. He lost the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada in 1983 before gaining prominence once again in 1984 when he served as a senior cabinet minister. 

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Margaret Trudeau
(Author, Actress)
Margaret Trudeau
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Birthdate: September 10, 1948
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada
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Mark Steyn
(Canadian Author and a Radio and Television Presenter)
Mark Steyn
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Birthdate: December 8, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Canadian author Mark Steyn is best known for his bestselling books such as America Alone and After America. A political commentator and critic, too, he has been in the news for his controversial comments on the LGBT community. He has also hosted Fox shows such as Tucker Carlson Tonight.

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Morley Safer
(Journalist Best Known for His Long Tenure on the News Magazine '60 Minutes')
Morley Safer
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Birthdate: November 8, 1931
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died: May 19, 2016

Morley Safer was a Canadian-American journalist and correspondent for CBS News. He is best remembered for his tenure on the popular television news broadcast 60 Minutes. Safer is credited with contributing to the success of 60 Minutes, which is the most profitable and most-watched program in television history. During his 60-year career, Morley Safer received several awards including 12 Emmys.

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David Frum
(Journalist)
David Frum
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Birthdate: June 30, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Shane Smith
(Canadian Journalist and Executive Chairman of 'Vice Media')
Shane Smith
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Birthdate: September 28, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ottawa, Canada

Vice co-founder and CEO Shane Smith is a renowned journalist and entrepreneur whose work has taken him to remote and war-torn places such as North Korea and Liberia. Listed as one of Canada's Richest People in 2015, he is a self-made millionaire with riches such as an 8-bedroom California mansion.

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Lyse Doucet
(Canadian Journalist, BBC’s Chief International Correspondent and Senior Presenter)
Lyse Doucet
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Birthdate: December 24, 1958
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bathurst, Canada

Lyse Doucet is a Canadian journalist who works with the popular broadcaster British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). She is BBC's current Chief International correspondent. One of the most respected and decorated Canadian journalists of all time Lyse Doucet has received several prestigious awards, such as the Royal Television Society Award, Peabody Award, David Bloom Award, and a Silver Sony Award. 

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Stefan Molyneux
(Podcaster)
Stefan Molyneux
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Birthdate: September 24, 1966
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Athlone, Ireland

Stefan Molyneux is a Canadian white supremacist, far-right white nationalist, and podcaster. Best known for advocating conspiracy theories, racist views, eugenics, and scientific racism, Molyneux has been banned or suspended from social media platforms like SoundCloud, YouTube, and Twitter for violating the platforms' hate speech policies. Several publications have described him as an important figure of the alt-right movement.

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Ashleigh Banfield
(Journalist, former host of Legal View with Ashleigh Banfield and Early Start on CNN)
Ashleigh Banfield
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Birthdate: December 29, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Canada

Ashleigh Banfield is a Canadian-American journalist best known for hosting the popular television news program Banfield. A well-known journalist, Banfield has also hosted shows like Early Start and Legal View with Ashleigh Banfield on CNN. In 1994, she was honored at the NATPE Iris Awards with two awards under the Best of Festival and Best News Documentary categories.

Stephanie Beard
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Birthdate: August 27, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cochrane
 29 
Joe Weider
(Functionary, Editor)
Joe Weider
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Birthdate: November 29, 1920
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Montreal
Died: March 23, 2013

Joe Weider was a Canadian entrepreneur and bodybuilder. He is credited with co-founding the International Federation of BodyBuilding and Fitness which oversees several of the sport's international events, such as the Continental and World Championships. Weider is also credited with creating prominent bodybuilding contests like Mr. Olympia, Masters Olympia, and Ms. Olympia.

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John Saunders
(ice hockey player)
John Saunders
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Birthdate: February 2, 1955
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ajax

John Saunders was a sports journalist who worked for the popular cable sports channel ESPN from 1986 to 2016. During his career, Saunders anchored important events, such as the 1995 World Series of Major League Baseball (MLB). His book Playing Hurt: My Journey from Despair to Hope was published posthumously.

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Vampiro
(Professional wrestler, Singer, Journalist)
Vampiro
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Birthdate: May 31, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Thunder Bay

Vampiro is a Canadian professional wrestler best known for his association with the popular Mexican promotion Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide (AAA). He has also wrestled for several other promotions, such as World Championship Wrestling (WCW). Also a musician, Vampiro is credited with forming a band called Droch Fhoula, in 2006.

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Tarek Fatah
(Journalist Known for His Fiery Stance on Pakistan)
Tarek Fatah
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Birthdate: November 20, 1949
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Karachi, Pakistan

Tarek Fatah is a Canadian liberal journalist, author, commentator, and Islamic reformer. Fatah, who was born in Pakistan, is renowned for his criticism of Islamism and Pakistan. Thanks to his views, Fatah remains a controversial figure in several Islamic countries. He is also known for his activism and has been active in advocacy groups that support causes like LGBT rights.

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Alexandre Trudeau
(Canadian Journalist, Author and Second Son of Canada's Former Prime Minister, Pierre Trudeau)
Alexandre Trudeau
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Birthdate: December 25, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: The Ottawa Hospital, Ottawa

The brother of former Canadian PM Pierre Trudeau and the brother of the current PM Justin Trudeau, Alexandre Trudeau is a documentary filmmaker and journalist who has covered events from Baghdad to the Balkans. He is also the author of Barbarian Lost, his reflection on his experiences in China.

 34 
Rick Martel
(Professional wrestler)
Rick Martel
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Birthdate: March 18, 1956
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Quebec City, Canada

Former Canadian wrestler Rick Martel, popularly known as The Model, was notorious in the wrestling circuit for using his fictional brand of cologne named Arrogance, which he would carry around and spray in his opponents’ eyes. His good looks also got him deals with designers in New York and Paris.

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Jian Ghomeshi
(Singer and Radio Personality Who Was a Member of the Satirical Band Moxy Früvous)
Jian Ghomeshi
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Birthdate: June 9, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England

Multi-dimensional Persian-Canadian musical artist and broadcaster Jian Ghomeshi is best known for his CBC show Q. Part of the folk-rock group Moxy Früvous, he has also launched a few podcasts. He was dragged into a sexual assault controversy, involving multiple charges, but was later acquitted of all charges.

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Bryan Baeumler
(Television host)
Bryan Baeumler
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Birthdate: April 18, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Oakville, Canada

Gemini Award-winning Canadian TV host Bryan Baeumler soared to fame with shows such as HGTV’s Renovation Island and House of Bryan, which he was part of, along with his wife, Sarah Baeumler. Initially a construction business owner, he now also runs a website that connects homeowners with service providers.

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Amanda Walsh
(Actress, Former VJ)
Amanda Walsh
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Birthdate: October 3, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rigaud, Canada
 38 
Lionel Blair
(Actor and comedian became known for his captain role on the comedic game show Give Us a Clue.)
Lionel Blair
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Birthdate: December 12, 1928
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Died: November 4, 2021
 39 
Mauro Ranallo
(A Canadian Sports Announcer, Commentator and Mental Health Advocate)
Mauro Ranallo
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Birthdate: December 21, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Abbotsford, Canada

Mauro Ranallo is a Canadian sports commentator who is currently signed with the popular MMA organization Bellator as a play-by-play announcer. In 2015, Mauro Ranallo became the first person in U.S. national television history to call MMA, kickboxing, boxing, and professional wrestling. In 2018 and 2019, he was named Commentator of the Year by CBS Sports.

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Suroosh Alvi
(Canadian Journalist, Filmmaker and Co-Founder of the Media Brand 'Vice Media')
Suroosh Alvi
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Birthdate: March 26, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Suroosh Alvi is a Canadian filmmaker and journalist of Pakistani origin. He is credited with co-founding a digital media and broadcasting company called Vice Media which is currently operating in over 50 countries. As a filmmaker, Suroosh Alvi has produced documentaries that deal with controversial issues, such as the Iraq War and the rise of global terrorism.

 41 
Lisa LaFlamme
(News presenter, Journalist)
Lisa LaFlamme
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Birthdate: July 25, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kitchener
 42 
Serge Monast
(Journalist)
Serge Monast
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Birthdate: 1945 AD
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
Died: December 5, 1996

Serge Monast was a Québécois investigative journalist, poet, and essayist. He was also known as a conspiracy theorist. He wrote extensively on the theme of the New World Order in the 1990s and was particularly inspired by the works of fellow conspiracy theorist William Guy Carr. Project Blue Beam (NASA) is one of his most popular works. 

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Peter Mansbridge
(Journalist, News presenter)
Peter Mansbridge
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Birthdate: July 6, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London

Peter Mansbridge is a British-born Canadian former news anchor. During his 49 years long career, Mansbridge served as the anchor for CBC Television's The National as well as the chief correspondent for CBC News. He also hosted his own show Mansbridge One on One which was aired on CBC News Network. Peter Mansbridge has won many prestigious awards, including 13 Gemini Awards.

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Amanda Lindhout
(Journalist, Autobiographer)
Amanda Lindhout
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Birthdate: June 12, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Red Deer
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Cory Doctorow
(Blogger, Journalist, and Science Fiction Author Who Served as Co-editor of the Blog Boing Boing)
Cory Doctorow
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Birthdate: July 17, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
 46 
Ariel Helwani
(Canadian journalist who primarily covers mixed martial arts)
Ariel Helwani
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Birthdate: July 8, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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Ron MacLean
(Sportscaster)
Ron MacLean
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Birthdate: April 12, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Zweibrucken, West Germany
 48 
Neil Macdonald
(journalist)
Neil Macdonald
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Birthdate: 1957 AD
Birthplace: Quebec City

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation journalist Neil Macdonald was born to an army man. He is known for his exceptional reporting of the Haitian political violence and the American economic crisis, which won him 2 Gemini Awards. He has also been a correspondent for the Canadian parliament and the Middle East.

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Aaron Maté
(Canadian journalist and a reporter for The Grayzone)
Aaron Maté
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Birthplace: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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Ben Mulroney
(Former Host of 'ETalk', 'Canadian Idol' & Son of Former Prime Minister of Canada 'Brian Mulroney')
Ben Mulroney
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Birthdate: March 9, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The son of former Canadian PM Brian Mulroney, Ben Mulroney has hosted shows such as Canadian Idol and Your Morning. He quit CTV after a 20-year career with them, declaring he wished to focus on a new career. He was also part of the broadcast team of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.