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Five notable Canadians are profiled in this compilation. For You, Mr. Bell: This profile of Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone and pioneer in many other fields of technology, including heavier-than-air flight, is a warmly human story. Full of anecdotes, it tells the story of a man whose main concern was finding a way to alleviate the problems of the deaf. It is told largely through photographs of Bell, of his wife who was deaf, of their spacious retreat at Baddeck, Nova Scotia, and of people who shared in his work and experiments (15 min. 50 sec.). Canada's First Woman MP: In the federal election of 1921, Agnes Campbell Macphail, an Independent, became Canada's first female Member of Parliament. Honest, plain-spoken and determined, Macphail was at the forefront of many political and social changes in a turbulent period of Canadian history. She successfully fought for old-age pensions, prison reform, and farmers' cooperatives. As well, she was the first woman ever to sit on the League of Nations' International Disarmament Committee. Using newsclips, archival stills and old family photos, this black-and-white film weaves a dynamic story of this courageous woman and her times (12 min. 10 sec.). Canada Vignettes: The Novelist: A vignette featuring Canadian novelist Margaret Laurence (5 min.). Canada Vignettes: Wop May: A film on Wop May, one of Canada's leading bush pilots in the 1920s (5 min.). Canada Vignettes: McIntosh: A vignette based on the story of John McIntosh, the Ontario developer of the McIntosh apple (1 min. 30 sec.).

1996, 39 min 53 s

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