Newspaper article The Canadian Press

NewsAlert: Gord Downie Chosen as the Canadian Press Newsmaker of the Year

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

NewsAlert: Gord Downie Chosen as the Canadian Press Newsmaker of the Year

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NewsAlert: Gord Downie the CP Newsmaker of the Year

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TORONTO - Gord Downie's spirited fight with terminal brain cancer struck a chord with Canadians in 2016.

His widespread impact on Canadian culture, and advocacy for aboriginals, has inspired news editors and directors across the country to name him the Canadian Press Newsmaker of the Year.

Downie pulled in 39 per cent of the votes in the annual survey, marking the first time in the Newsmaker's 70-year history that an entertainer has been selected for the title.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau came in second, garnering 27 per cent of the votes.

Fort McMurray fire Chief Darby Allen and four-time Olympic medallist Penny Oleksiak tied with 12 per cent each.

It was in May that Downie shocked the country by revealing he had incurable cancer but still wanted to go on tour with his band, the Tragically Hip. …

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