November 4, 2023
Lorna Christine Jackson, aged 77, passed away on November 4th, 2023, from a Klatskin tumor near her liver. Born in Winnipeg and raised in Edmonton, Lorna initially pursued a career in the oil industry after graduating from the University of Alberta. She eventually transitioned to broadcasting, working with notable figures such as Peter Reynolds and John Rae at CBC. Lorna’s career took her to Regina, where she distinguished herself as a morning host and later moved to Toronto, where she married Allan Bonner, and found success as a prominent broadcaster and media personality. She left an indelible mark on the CBC, contributing to numerous programs and even pioneering the CBC’s website for kids. Lorna was known for her wit, professionalism, and love for classical and early music.
Lorna and Allan moved to Toronto, where they were married at Upper Canada College. Lorna transitioned seamlessly from one high-profile position to the next, becoming the first female co-anchor of The World at Eight with Rex Loring, reading listeners’ letters on Peter Gzowski’s Morningside, and hosting several prominent CBC shows. Lorna’s career saw her cover significant events, such as a Royal tour, a Papal assassination attempt, and multiple hours of live coverage of political events. She was also known for her ability to connect with listeners and fans, who often reached out to her with their admiration and feedback.
In her retirement, Lorna continued to immerse herself in news and cultural content, staying engaged and active in conversation with her husband and two sons, Michael and Christian, who, along with their wives and children, were the source of her greatest joys and pride.
Lorna’s legacy endures through her family and the impact she made in the broadcasting industry, leaving behind a powerful and lasting contribution to Canadian media.