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Israel Harold "Izzy" Asper, OC , OM , QC , LL.M , Ph.D (August 11, 1932 - October 7, 2003), Canadian tax lawyer and media magnate, was the founder of CanWest Global Communications Corp. Membership in the Order of Canada is Canadas highest civilian honour, awarded to those who adhere to the Orders motto Desiderantes meliorem patriam which means they desire a better country. ... The Order of Manitoba, established in 1999, is the highest honour of the Province of Manitoba. ... Queens Counsel (postnominal QC), during the reign of a male Sovereign known as Kings Counsel (KC), are barristers or, in Scotland, advocates appointed by Letters patent to be one of Her Majestys Counsel learned in the law. They do not constitute a separate order or degree of... The Master of Laws is an advanced law degree that allows someone to specialize in a particular area of law. ... Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. ... August 11 is the 223rd day of the year (224th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1932 is a leap year starting on a Friday. ... October 7 is the 280th day of the year (281st in leap years). ... 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For information on the type of fish called Lawyer, see the article on Burbot. ... In 2004, the Reuters news agency protested after CanWest altered newswire stories about the Iraq war and the Israeli_Palestinian conflict, such that Reuters felt it had inserted CanWests own bias under Reuters bylines. ...


Asper was born in Minnedosa, Manitoba, the son of musicians who had emigrated from Ukraine. In 1957 he received his Bachelor of law degree from the University of Manitoba, and was called to the bar shortly thereafter. He founded the firm of Asper, Freedman & Co. in 1959. In 1970 he wrote The Benson Iceberg: A critical analysis of the White Paper on Tax Reform in Canada. The Minnedosa Dam on the Little Saskatchewan River Minnedosa is a town in the Canadian province of Manitoba. ... 1957 was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The University of Manitoba (established in 1877) is one of two universities in Winnipeg, Manitoba and was the first university ever established in Western Canada. ... 1959 was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1970 was a common year starting on Thursday. ...


Also in 1970, Asper was elected leader of the Manitoba Liberal Party (defeating university professor John Nesbitt). Asper represented a right-libertarian strain within the party. In the Manitoba election of 1973, he promoted a laissez-faire economy, and advocated the elimination of the welfare state. He also advocated the public financing of election campaigns, to ensure that politics would not be dominated entirely by monied interests. His Liberals won only five seats, and Asper was elected in Wolseley by only four votes. He resigned as party leader and MLA in 1975, though he continued to support the Manitoba Liberal Party in later years. 1970 was a common year starting on Thursday. ... The Manitoba Liberal Party is a political party in Manitoba, Canada. ... John Nesbitt (1925-1988) was a Manitoba agrologist. ... The Manitoba General Election of June 28, 1973 was won by the social-democratic New Democratic Party, which took 31 of 57 seats. ... Wolseley is a provincial electoral division in the Canadian province of Manitoba. ... 1975 was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1975 calendar). ... The Manitoba Liberal Party is a political party in Manitoba, Canada. ...


His media empire started with the Winnipeg television station CKND in 1975. CanWest grew to encompass the Global Television Network, the daily newspaper National Post and over 60 other Canadian newspapers. An empire (also known technically, abstractly or disparagingly as an imperium, and with powers known among Romans as imperium) comprises a set of regions locally ruled by governors, viceroys or client kings in the name of an emperor. ... {{Canadian City/Disable Field={{{Disable Motto Link}}}}} Motto: Unum Cum Virtute Multorum (One With the Strength of Many) City of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada location. ... A television station is a type of broadcast station that broadcasts both audio and video to television receivers in a particular area. ... CKND is a television station which broadcasts out of Winnipeg, Manitoba. ... 1975 was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1975 calendar). ... . The Global Television Network (more commonly called Global) is a major English-language television network in Canada, owned by CanWest Global Communications. ... The National Post is a large Canadian English language national newspaper based in Toronto. ...


Asper was noted for his fierce loyalty to Manitoba, refusing enticements to move east to Toronto. The faculty of management at the University of Manitoba renamed itself the Asper School of Business in 2000. He was also a noted philanthropist, making major donations to the arts and education; in 2001 he donated $5 million (Can) to the St. Boniface Hospital & Research Foundation in Winnipeg. Asper became an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1995. Motto: Gloriosus et Liber (Glorious and free) Other Canadian provinces and territories Capital Winnipeg Largest city Winnipeg Lieutenant Governor John Harvard Premier Gary Doer (NDP) Area 647,797 km² (8th) Land 553,556 km² Water 64,241 km² (14. ... }|135px|City of Toronto, Ontario Official Flag]]|Coat Image=[[Image:{{{Coat Image}}}|135px|City of Toronto, Ontario Coat of Arms]]}} {{Canadian City/Disable Field={{{Disable Motto Link}}}}} Motto: Diversity Our Strength {{Canadian City/Location Image is:{{{Location Image Type}}}|[[Image:{{{Location Image}}}|thumbnail|center|250px|City of Toronto, Ontario, Canada... The University of Manitoba (established in 1877) is one of two universities in Winnipeg, Manitoba and was the first university ever established in Western Canada. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... Philanthropy involves the donation or granting of money to various worthy charitable causes. ... Resources ArtLex. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... Membership in the Order of Canada is Canadas highest civilian honour, awarded to those who adhere to the Orders motto Desiderantes meliorem patriam which means they desire a better country. ... 1995 was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


He was a prominent member of Canada's Jewish community, and was well-known for his strong faith and support for Israel. While a Liberal in domestic Canadian politics his views in regards to Zionism coincided with the right wing Likud - he was an admirer of Vladimir Jabotinsky. The word Jew (Hebrew: יהודי) is used in a wide number of ways, but generally refers to a follower of the Jewish faith, a child of a Jewish mother, or someone of Jewish descent with a connection to Jewish culture or ethnicity; and often a combination of these attributes. ... For other meanings, please see Zionism (disambiguation) Zionism is a Jewish political movement, developed in response to 19th century anti-Semitism. ... Likud party logo Likud or ליכוד literally means consolidation. The Likud is a right-wing Israeli political party. ... Zeev Jabotinsky in military uniform Zeev Vladimir (Evgenevich) Jabotinsky (or Zhabotinski) (October 18, 1880 - August 4, 1940) was a Zionist leader, author, orator, and founder of the Jewish Legion in World War I. During World War II a similar and larger unit known as the Jewish Brigade would follow. ...


Asper would occasionally pen editorials defending the nation in his various papers and was accused by a number of media observers of censoring opinions critical of Zionism or which he deemed sympathetic to the Palestinians. He was also a critic of public broadcasting media, especially the CBC both for competing with the private sector as well as alleging that CBC News had a pro-Palestinian bias. Critics have accused Asper of simply attempting to eliminate competition to his business and political opinions. It is ironic that his last television interview before his death was to CBC journalist Evan Solomon. Public broadcasting (also known as public service broadcasting or PSB) is the dominant form of broadcasting around the world, where radio, television, and potentially other electronic media outlets receive funding from the public. ... The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, commonly known by the abbreviation CBC, is Canadas government-owned radio and television broadcaster. ... For other uses of the word Solomon, see Solomon (Disambiguation) Evan Solomon (born 1968 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian writer, magazine publisher and television host. ...


Asper was also a close friend of many of Canada's prominent political and business elite, including Jean Chr├ętien and Paul Martin. He had three children, David, Leonard and Gail, all of whom became lawyers. Leonard is also currently the President and CEO of CanWest Global. The Right Honourable Joseph Jacques Jean Chrétien, PC , LL.D (born January 11, 1934) was the twentieth Prime Minister of Canada, serving from November 4, 1993, to December 12, 2003. ... The Right Honourable Paul Edgar Philippe Martin, (born August 28, 1938 in Windsor, Ontario) is the 21st Prime Minister of Canada, succeeding Jean Chrétien on December 12, 2003. ... Leonard Asper (born May 31, 1964, in Winnipeg, Manitoba), is a Canadian businessman. ...


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CanWest Media Founder Izzy Asper Dies (418 words)
Asper retired form his post as executive chairman with CanWest in January, 2003, to devote his time to philanthropic pursuits, which including the establishment in Winnipeg of the Canadian Human Rights Museum.
Asper was the son of Ukrainian migrants fleeing anti-Jewish pogroms.
Asper, a self-made man, began his empire with the purchase of the television station, CKND, which he and others had acquired in 1975 for $500,000.
Izzy Asper - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (539 words)
Israel Asper was born in Minnedosa, Manitoba, the son of musicians who had emigrated from Ukraine.
Asper attended the University of Manitoba where he became an active brother of Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity.
Asper was noted for his fierce loyalty to Manitoba, refusing enticements to move east to Toronto.
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