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Errol Black dies after lengthy battle with ALS

Errol Black (middle) and his wife Margaret Black accept the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal and certificate from Brandon East MLA Drew Caldwell.

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Errol Black (middle) and his wife Margaret Black accept the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal and certificate from Brandon East MLA Drew Caldwell.

One of the city's biggest advocates has passed in his Brandon home after a lengthy battle with ALS.

Errol Black, who was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in the city yesterday, has died. 

In recognition of a life devoted to advancing social justice in Manitoba and Canada, Black was awarded the medal.

"Errol Black has distinguished himself as a man of absolute integrity in all of his work to advance social justice issues in our country," Brandon East MLA Drew Caldwell said yesterday while presenting the medal to Black. "His work in Brandon, in Manitoba, and throughout Canada is widely recognized as uncompromising in taking principled, thoughtful and consistent stands to advance the cause of social justice."

Prior to being elected to city council, Black had a long and distinguished career as an Economics professor at Brandon University. He's a widely published author of books, articles, commentaries and collected essays. 

Black also played a central role in the establishment of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and served a number of terms on the provincial executive of the Manitoba New Democratic Party over a span covering several decades. 

Black was a lifelong resident of Brandon and a community steward of East End Community Centre.

A memorial with flowers and cards has begun at the park named in Black's honour.

For the complete story, check the Brandon Sun tomorrow.

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