Beverley (Bev) Oda

Beverley (Bev) Oda, a sansei, was born in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Her mother was interned at Bay Farm in 1942 and her father went to southwestern Ontario to work on a sugar beet farm. He moved to Fort William to do millwork where he met his wife. After 25 years in Canadian broadcasting, mainly television, Bev retired in 1999. In 1987, she was appointed as a full-time Commissioner of Canadian Radio, Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) that regulate not only television and radio but also the long distance communications. She was appointed senior vice president, Industry Affairs for CTV in 1999, and was inducted into the Canadian Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2003. In June 2004, Bev Oda became the first Japanese Canadian ever elected to Canadian Parliament. As a member of the Conservative Party, she was named heritage critic by Stephen Harper. She resides in Orono, a town in her riding of Clarington-Scugog-Uxbridge.

Bev Oda, MP, with a daruma. (photo: Yusuke Tanaka)

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