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Encyclopedia > Bernard Ostry

Bernard A. Ostry (born June 10, 1927) is a Canadian author, philanthropist, and former civil servant, who is best known for being chair and CEO of TV Ontario. June 10 is the 161st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (162nd in leap years), with 204 days remaining. ... 1927 (MCMXXVII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... TVOntario (TVO) is an educational public television station in the Canadian province of Ontario. ...

Born in Wadena, Saskatchewan, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Manitoba in 1948. From 1948 to 1952, he did post-graduate work in the field of international history at the London School of Economics under Charles Webster. From 1951 to 1955, he was a research associate for the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Birmingham. As well, from 1951 to 1952, he was a Special Assistant and Advisor to the Leader of the Indian delegation to the United Nations. From 1956 to 1958, he was the David Davies Fellow in International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Motto: Multis E Gentibus Vires (Latin: From many peoples, strength) Official languages English Capital Regina Largest city Saskatoon Lieutenant-Governor Lynda M. Haverstock Premier Lorne Calvert (NDP) Parliamentary representation  - House seat  - Senate seats 14 6 Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 7th 651,036 km² 9. ... A Bachelor of Arts (B.A. or A.B., from the Latin Artium Baccalaureus) is an undergraduate academic degree awarded for a course or program in the arts and/or sciences. ... The University of Manitoba (established in 1877) is one of four universities in Winnipeg, Manitoba and was the first university ever established in Western Canada. ... The London School of Economics and Political Science, often referred to as the London School of Economics or simply the LSE, is a specialist university and a constituent college of the federal University of London, located on Houghton Street in Central London, off the Aldwych and next to the Royal... Sir Charles Kingsley Webster (1886-04-25 – 1961) was a British historian and diplomat. ... The University of Birmingham is an English university in the city of Birmingham. ...

Leaving academics, he served as the Secretary-Treasurer for the Commonwealth Institute of Social Research from 1959 to 1961. He returned to Canada in 1961 to become Secretary-Treasurer for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), a position which he held until 1963.

Changing careers again, he became a moderator for the CBC program Nightline from 1960 to 1963. From 1963 to 1968, he was a supervisor in the Department of Public Affairs (Radio & T.V.) at the CBC. From 1968 to 1969, he served as the Chief Consultant to the Canadian Radio Television Commission. Next, from 1968 to 1970, he was the Commissioner for the Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau's Task Force on Government Information. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Cipher-block chaining ... The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC, in French Conseil de la radiodiffusion et des télécommunications canadiennes) was established in 1968 by the Canadian Parliament to replace the Board of Broadcast Governors. ... The Right Honourable Joseph Philippe Pierre Yves Elliott Trudeau PC, CC, CH, QC, MA, LL.D, FRSC (October 18, 1919 – September 28, 2000) was the fifteenth Prime Minister of Canada from April 20, 1968 to June 3, 1979, and from March 3, 1980 to June 30, 1984. ...

From 1970 to 1973, he was the Assistant Under Secretary of State (Citizenship). From 1974 to 1985, he was the Deputy Minister for various provincial and federal ministries including National Museums of Canada, Communications, Industry & Tourism, Industry & Trade, and Citizenship & Culture.

From 1985 to 1992, he was the chairman and CEO of TVOntario.

In 1955, he published a book, The Age of Mackenzie King: The Rise of the Leader.

In 1988, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada for being "an outspoken advocate of cultural sovereignty, ethics in the public service and the preservation of public broadcasting". [1] He was promoted to Companion in 2006. He has received honorary degrees from University of Manitoba, University of Waterloo, and York University. The Order of Canada is Canadas highest civilian honour, with membership awarded to those who exemplify the Orders Latin motto Desiderantes meliorem patriam, which means, Desiring a better country. ... The University of Waterloo, also known as UW or simply Waterloo, is a medium-sized research-intensive public university in the city of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. ... York University (YorkU) is a large comprehensive university, located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ...

He is married to Sylvia Ostry. Sylvia Ostry (née Knelman) (born June 3, 1927) is a Canadian economist and public servant. ...


  • University of Manitoba: Distinguished Graduates. URL accessed on February 7, 2006.
  • Canadian Who's Who 1997. URL accessed on February 7, 2006.



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