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Remembering June Callwood, 1924-2007

Since 1995, CBC Radio's Andy Barrie has been waking up Torontonians with his warm, friendly voice and thoughtful interviews. As Barrie retires as host of CBC Radio's Toronto morning show, Metro Morning, CBC Digital Archives celebrates his career. We've got excerpts from his first day on the job at Metro Morning and the day he announced his retirement, as well as select interviews. Just for fun, we even have a 1982 CBC-TV clip in which Barrie performs card tricks.

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June Callwood passes away on April 14, 2007 at 82. In this clip, aired the Monday after her death, Toronto radio host Andy Barrie pays tribute to the inimitable writer and activist. He begins by playing an excerpt from an interview he conducted with her three years earlier, in which they drive together through "Callwood's Toronto." Barrie then shares his own memories of Callwood, clearly in awe of the woman that she was. "There was in her, at all times, a centeredness," he says.
• Callwood's last television interview was broadcast on CBC's The Hour on April 2, 2007, just 12 days before her death. In that interview, Callwood candidly shared her thoughts on life, death, God, love and marriage with interviewer George Stroumboulopoulos. She told Stroumboulopoulos that she was ready to die -- "Dust to dust is the way it ought to be" -- but said she was quite worried about leaving behind her ailing husband of 63 years, Trent Frayne.

• Callwood did not want a funeral and her wishes were respected. Instead, there was a 2.5-kilometre candlelight procession through the streets of Toronto held in her honour on April 17, 2007. More than 2,000 people took part in the event celebrating her memory, including Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, Toronto Mayor David Miller and federal NDP leader Jack Layton.
Medium: Radio
Program: Metro Morning
Broadcast Date: April 16, 2007
Guest(s): June Callwood
Host: Andy Barrie
Duration: 10:50

Last updated: May 29, 2012

Page consulted on April 29, 2014

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