Christopher “Kit” Hood

Christopher “Kit” Hood, 76, suddenly at his home in West Lawrencetown, NS, on Jan. 20. Hood emigrated to Canada from England in his mid-20s in 1969 after working as a film editor with Walt Disney Productions in London. He went on to a career as a writer, producer, and director, best known for co-creating The Kids of Degrassi Street (1979-86), Degrassi Junior High (1987-89), and Degrassi High (1989-91) with Linda Schulyer, his partner in prodco Playing With Time Inc. The Kids of Degrassi Street won an International Emmy Award, with he and Schulyer also claiming five Gemini Awards for Degrassi Junior High.

James Deacon

James Deacon, 65, on Jan. 20, following a battle with cancer. After earning his journalism degree from Langara College in Vancouver, Deacon embarked on a career as a reporter, features writer and editor, establishing himself as a sportswriter and editor for special projects at Maclean’s magazine. Deacon was a regular contributor to the Fan 590’s PrimeTime Sports with Bob McCown, in addition to appearances on TVO. Deacon left Maclean’s in 2005, before joining The Globe and Mail in 2006. He was also a long-serving board member of the Michener Foundation, which annually recognizes public service journalism.

Hank Imes

Hank Imes, 71, suddenly of a heart attack on Jan. 20. Following his graduation from SAIT, Imes started his career as a cameraman with CKRD Red Deer in 1975. From there, he did a two-year stint with CKCK-TV Regina (CTV), before landing at ITV (now Global) Edmonton in 1979. He went on to work for the station for 27 years, up until his retirement in Oct. 2006. Among the awards Imes was recognized with over the years, was an AMPIA (Alberta Motion Picture Industry Association) honour for Best News Video in 1982 for his footage of Eva Pocklington escaping from her home during the hostage taking of her husband, former Edmonton Oilers owner Peter Pocklington. Imes, along with reporter Tim Spelliscy, was the first and only camera on the scene when she made her escape.

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