Celebrity birthdays for the week of Dec. 18-24

Dec. 18: Actor Roger Smith is 84. Blues guitarist Lonnie Brooks is 83. Guitarist Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones is 73. Director Steven Spielberg is 70. Movie critic Leonard Maltin is 66. Guitarist Elliot Easton of The Cars is 63. Actor Ray Liotta is 61. Singer Angie Stone is 55. Actor Brad Pitt is 53. Wrestler-actor Stone Cold Steve Austin is 52. Actor Shawn Christian ("Days of Our Lives") is 51. Actress Rachel Griffiths ("Brothers and Sisters," ''Six Feet Under") is 48. Country singer Cowboy Troy is 46. Rapper DMX is 46. DJ Lethal of Limp Bizkit is 44. Singer Sia is 41. Country singer Randy Houser is 40. Actor Josh Dallas ("Once Upon a Time") is 38. Actress Katie Holmes is 38. Singer Christina Aguilera is 36. Actress Ashley Benson ("Pretty Little Liars") is 27.

Dec. 19: Actress Cicely Tyson is 92. Actress Elaine Joyce is 73. Actor Tim Reid is 72. Musician John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is 71. Country singer Janie Fricke is 69. Actor Mike Lookinland ("The Brady Bunch") is 56. Actress Jennifer Beals is 53. Actor Scott Cohen ("Gilmore Girls") is 52. Magician Criss Angel is 49. Actress Kristy Swanson is 47. Model Tyson Beckford is 46. Actress Alyssa Milano is 44. Actor Jake Gyllenhaal is 36. Actress Marla Sokoloff ("The Practice") is 36.

Dec. 20: Actor John Hillerman ("Magnum P.I.") is 84. Actor Tommy Cole ("The Mickey Mouse Club") is 75. Drummer Bobby Colomby of Blood, Sweat and Tears is 72. Former Kiss drummer Peter Criss is 71. Musician Alan Parsons is 68. Actress Jenny Agutter is 64. Actor Michael Badalucco ("The Practice") is 62. Actress Blanche Baker ("Shakedown," ''Holocaust") is 60. Singer Billy Bragg is 59. Singer-bassist Mike Watt (The Minutemen, fIREHOSE) is 59. Actor Joel Gretsch ("V'') is 53. Country singer Kris Tyler is 52. Singer Chris Robinson (The Black Crowes) is 50. Singer David Cook ("American Idol") is 34. Actor Jonah Hill is 33. Singer JoJo is 26.

Dec. 21: Country singer Freddie Hart is 90. Talk-show host Phil Donahue is 81. Actress Jane Fonda is 79. Actor Samuel L. Jackson is 68. Actor Dennis Boutsikaris ("Better Call Saul") is 64. Singer Betty Wright is 63. Actress Jane Kaczmarek ("Malcolm in the Middle") is 61. Country singer Lee Roy Parnell is 60. Entertainer Jim Rose of The Jim Rose Circus Sideshow is 60. Actor-comedian Ray Romano is 59. Country singer Christy Forester of the Forester Sisters is 54. Drummer Murph of Dinosaur Jr. is 52. Guitarist Gabrielle Glaser (Luscious Jackson) is 51. Actor-comedian Andy Dick is 51. Actor Kiefer Sutherland is 50. Actress Karri Turner ("JAG") is 50. Actress Khrystyne Haje ("Head of the Class") is 48. Country singer Brad Warren of The Warren Brothers is 48. Actress Julie Delpy is 47. Contemporary Christian singer Natalie Grant is 45. Singer-guitarist Brett Scallions (Fuel) is 45. Singer Lukas Rossi of Rock Star Supernova (TV: "Rock Star: Supernova") is 40. Actress Rutina Wesley ("True Blood") is 38. Keyboardist Anna Bulbrook of Airborne Toxic Event is 34. Actor Steven Yeun ("The Walking Dead") is 33.

Dec. 22: Actor Hector Elizondo is 80. TV anchor Diane Sawyer is 71. Guitarist Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick is 68. Actress BernNadette Stanis ("Good Times") is 63. Rapper Luther Campbell (2 Live Crew) is 56. Guitarist Chuck Mead (BR549) is 56. Actor Ralph Fiennes is 54. Actress Lauralee Bell ("The Young and the Restless") is 48. Country singer Lori McKenna is 48. Actress Heather Donahue ("The Blair Witch Project") is 43. Actor Chris Carmack ("The O.C.") is 36. Singer Jordin Sparks ("American Idol") is 27. Singer Meghan Trainor is 23.

Dec. 23: Actor Frederic Forrest ("Lonesome Dove") is 80. Guitarist Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna) is 76. Drummer Ron Bushy of Iron Butterfly is 75. Actor-comedian Harry Shearer ("The Simpsons") is 73. Actress Susan Lucci ("All My Children") is 70. Guitarist Dave Murray of Iron Maiden is 60. Singer Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam is 52. Jazz trumpeter Irvin Mayfield is 39. Actress Anna Maria Perez de Tagle ("Hannah Montana," ''Camp Rock") is 26. Actor Spencer Daniels ("Mom") is 14.

Dec. 24: Actor Clarence Gilyard ("Walker, Texas Ranger") is 61. Actress Stephanie Hodge ("Unhappily Ever After") is 60. Bassist-synthesizer player Ian Burden of Human League is 59. Actor Anil Kapoor ("Slumdog Millionaire") is 57. Singer Mary Ramsey of 10,000 Maniacs is 53. Actor Mark Valley ("Boston Legal") is 52. Actor Diedrich Bader ("The Drew Carey Show") is 50. Singer Ricky Martin is 45. "Twilight" series author Stephenie Meyer is 43. "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest is 42. Actor Michael Raymond-James ("Once Upon a Time," ''True Blood") is 39. Singer Louis Tomlinson of One Direction is 25.


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  OPINION As a Member of Parliament I am often contacted by citizens requesting assistance with applications they have to submit to the Federal Government. Whether it's their application for Old Age Security (OAS) a

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