Michael Garrett Shanks was born December 15, 1970 in Vancouver and grew up in Kamloops. After graduating from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre in 1994, he appeared in several stage productions, serving a two-year apprenticeship with the prestigious Stratford Festival in Ontario. He made guest appearances on TV series like Highlander and University Hospital, appeared in the TV movie A Family Divided and had a small role in The Call of the Wild, before winning the role of Daniel Jackson on the Canadian-American military science fiction television series Stargate SG-1.
Shanks lives in Vancouver with his wife Lexa Doig and two children. He enjoys playing hockey, and once considered playing professionally. He played the part of a school hockey coach in the 2006 TV movie Under the Mistletoe (Wikipedia).
Kanao Inouye (born 1916, died 1947). At his family’s urging, Inouye left Kamloops to attend Vancouver Technical College and in 1938 traveled to Japan to further his education. However, it was not the kind of education his family would not have hoped for. Inouye was conscripted into the Imperial Japanese Army in 1942 and, due to his flawless English, became an interpreter. As a sergeant, he was posted at a Hong Kong prison that housed Canadian soldiers. It was there that Inouye gained notoriety as the Kamloops Kid; a reputation for brutality against his fellow countrymen. Prisoners feared his unusual cruelty. He randomly beat them, claiming it was in retaliation for abuse in Kamloops.
After the war, the Kamloops Kid was charged with war crimes and sentenced to death. His dying words were the unrepentant military cheer “banzai.” (Canada’s History magazine)
Mark was born and raised in Kamloops and attended NorKam Secondary. He was a student at Cariboo College and later the University of B.C. where he graduated with a Degree in Meteorology in 1986. In 1987, Mark was hired by Environment Canada and was posted to the Pacific Weather Center in Vancouver. Mark has a passion for weather. He admits to being obsessed with weather since the age of 9 or 10, when he started tape-recording his own forecasts. Mark takes pride in his ability to inform the public of approaching severe weather conditions. Mark resides in White Rock with his wife Laureen, their two kids, Matthew and Tessa, and their two cats, Ralphie and Rachel. Mark began working at BCTV in May 1994 as the noon news weather forecaster. He moved to the Weekend Weather post in the fall of 1997, and is now Senior Meteorologist.
Edmund Davie Fulton was born on Mar 10, 1916 in Kamloops and died on May 22, 2000 in Vancouver. As a UBC student he won a Rhodes scholarship (1937) to study at Oxford.
During WWII he served overseas with the Seaforth Highlanders, then returned to Kamloops to practice law.
Fulton was first elected to Parliament as a Conservative in 1945 when he was only 30 years old. When the Tories formed a minority government the next year, he served in the cabinet as minister of justice from 1957 to 1962. During this period he was the chief federal negotiator for the Columbia River Treaty. In 1962 he also served briefly as minister of public works.
Fulton briefly headed the BC Conservative Party. He became the first chair of the BC Law Reform Commission. From 1973 he served as a judge on the BC Supreme Court and was inducted into the Order of Canada in 1992. (from B.C. Encyclopedia)
Rafe was a lawyer, politician, broadcaster (b 31 Dec 1931, Vancouver). After graduating from UBC law school he was called to the bar in 1961 and practised law in Vancouver and Kamloops from 1961 to 1975. He entered politics as a Kamloops alderman in 1973 and in 1975 won election to the provincial legislature as a Social Credit Party member for that city. He held 3 posts in Premier Bill Bennett’s Cabinet. During much of this period he also handled the constitutional portfolio for the province. In 1981 he retired from politics to become host of his own radio talk show on CJOR in Vancouver. In 1984 he switched to CKNW, where he emerged as one of the liveliest, most outspoken broadcasters in Canada. His show became the highest rated single-market talk show in the country, and he was credited with influencing opinion on major public issues. (from B.C. Encyclopedia)
Philip Arthur was an evangelist, politician (b 13 Jan 1913, Silverdale; d 23 Sept 1995, Vancouver). Through the influence of Jennie Sandin, whom he later married, he converted to Pentecostalism. In 1944 he became pastor at Calvary Temple in Kamloops, a position he held until 1972. His work at the Temple, and his daily radio ministry, made him a local celebrity and in 1952 he was elected to the provincial legislature for the fledgling Social Credit Party. For the next 20 years he was a leading member of Cabinet as minister of highways. His aggressive energy and flamboyant style seemed to personify this expansive period of economic prosperity. As he rushed about the province checking on highway projects, he earned the nickname “Flyin’ Phil” for his frequent use of government aircraft and his many speeding tickets. Gaglardi retired to private business and resumed public life briefly as mayor of Kamloops from 1988 to 1990. (from B.C. Encyclopedia)