2004 in Canada

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Events from the year 2004 in Canada.



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  • April 1 - RCMP confirms arrest of Mohammad Momin Khawaja is related to arrests in United Kingdom.
  • April 1 - United States Department of Homeland Security exempts Canadians from being fingerprinted and photographed when entering the United States.
  • April 1 - Federal riding redistribution comes into effect: number of seats rises from 301 to 308.
Michael Hendricks and René Leboeuf marry




  • July 2 - Nine-year-old Djamshid Djan Popal arrives in Toronto. Early diagnoses suggest Popal suffers from patent ductus arteriosus, a condition he cannot get treatment for in his native Afghanistan, but will be able to in Canada thanks to fundraising efforts by the Muslim Association of Hamilton and volunteering doctors.
  • July 6 - Five-year-old Tamra Keepness, of Regina, is declared missing; massive police search ensues.
  • July 11 - Hail and torrential rain causes flooding in Edmonton; damage to the West Edmonton Mall is estimated in the millions of dollars.
  • July 13 - The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) does not renew the broadcasting license of the Quebec City FM radio station CHOI, citing obscene and offensive content; it is the first time a Canadian station has been forced off the air as a result of crude material.
  • July 14 - Same-sex marriage in Yukon: Yukon territory becomes the fourth province or territory to legalize same-sex marriage.
  • July 14 - Foreign affairs minister Bill Graham orders the withdrawal of Canada's ambassador to Iran after Canada is denied attendance at the trial of Mohammed Reza Aghdam Ahmadi, alleged murderer of Canadian-Iranian citizen Zahra Kazemi.
  • July 15 - Peterborough is hit with 235 mm of rain, backlogging the city's sewer system and flooding streets.
  • July 16 - Iran announces it will allow some diplomatic observers at the trial of Zahra Kazemi's alleged murderer; Canada suspends the withdrawal of its ambassador to Iran.
  • July 18 - Trial of Zahra Kazemi's alleged killer abruptly ends; Canadian ambassador to Iran is recalled.
  • July 19 - Stepfather of missing Regina girl Tamra Keepness is charged with assault causing bodily harm; the alleged altercation occurred at 3 a.m. the morning of July 6, four hours after Tamra was last seen by the family.
  • July 20 - Prime minister Paul Martin announces his new cabinet, which includes new faces such as ice hockey great Ken Dryden, former BC premier Ujjal Dosanjh, and former Progressive Conservative and the openly gay Scott Brison.
  • July 22 - An arrest is made in the Cecilia Zhang murder case, 9 months after she was abducted.
  • July 24 - An Iranian court acquits the accused killer of Iranian-Canadian journalist Zahra Kazemi of charges of "semi-intentional murder".
  • July 30 - Two audits claim that suspended Canada Post president Andre Ouellet overlooked contract-tendering and hiring protocols and ran a massive expense budget; he is given a week to explain his actions.


  • August 5 - Bill Clinton signs his autobiography My Life at a Toronto bookstore and draws huge lineups.




Protests against U.S. President George W. Bush in Ottawa on the day of his visit


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Fay Wray - Publicity photo, c. 1930

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