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  1. Norman Jacob S. Penner: Birth: 1921 in Winnipeg, MB. Death: 16 Apr 2009 in Toronto, ON

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Sources
1. Title:   Wilson, Daniel; 13 Aug 2004
Text:   <wilsonfamily3@comcast.net>; E-mail to Tim Janzen (b. 3 Dec 1960).

Notes
a. Note:   Jacob Penner, a Mennonite, came to Winnipeg from Latvia in 1904. Rose, Jewish by birth, arrived from Russia about three years later He was an alderman in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He was a founding member of the Communist Party of Canada in 1921. He later lived in or near Los Angeles, California.
  In 1921, Jacob Penner was one of the founders of the Communist Party of Canada. He ran repeatedly for alderman and mayor in Winnipeg civic elections, and in provincial general elections, and finally was elected alderman in 1933. His son writes that Jacob had �an inner calm that came from his steadfast conviction in the justice of the struggle for that better world that, he was sure, communism would bring.� Jacob Penner was interned from June 1940 until July 1942 under the Defence of Canada Regulations. Sixty years later, the City of Winnipeg named a park after this �dangerous person.�


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