Internationally renowned judge, playwright and novelist among locals honored by the Order of Canada


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Local people who have made their mark in fields ranging from cyber mapping to folk music are among new Order of Canada appointments announced Tuesday by Governor General Mary Simon.


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Appointed by the Governor General on the recommendation of an advisory council, they will be presented with their badges at ceremonies that will take place at later dates.

“Canada is defined by the people who make up this great country,” Simon said in a Rideau Hall statement.

“These most recent candidates for the Order of Canada are shining examples of the commitment and exceptional contributions of Canadians to the well-being of communities in this country, be it social, environmental, scientific, economic, cultural or related. to mental and physical health. “

Honored local and regional residents include:


The Honorable Justice Hugh L. Fraser, OC, Ottawa – “For his transformative contributions to Canadian sport as an internationally recognized expert in sports law and as a former Olympian.


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Tomson Highway OC, Gatineau – “For his sustained and distinguished contribution to Canadian theater and culture as one of our greatest playwrights and novelists. This is a promotion within the order.

Edward J. Ratushny, OC, O.Ont., QC, Ottawa – “For his contributions to the field of administrative law and for his leadership in arbitration and sports law.

Graham David Sher, OC, Ottawa – “For his contribution to public health and for being instrumental in the development of the largest blood system operator in Canada.

Ian Tamblyn, OC, Chelsea, Que. – “For his enduring contributions as an icon of folk music, adventurer and cultural ambassador of Canada. “

DR Fraser Taylor, OC, Ottawa – “For his pioneering contributions to cartography and for leading the theoretical and practical development of cybermapping.


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Lawson AW Hunter, CM, QC, Ottawa – “For his distinguished career in government, business and private practice as one of the country’s leading antitrust and competition lawyers.

Gregory Marchildon, CM, Gatineau – “For his contributions to health care policy in Canada and for mentoring the next generation of policy-oriented researchers.

Robert Duff McKeown, CM, Chelsea, Que. – “For his excellence in investigative journalism for television.”

Pradeep Merchant, CM, Greely, Ont. – “For his long-standing contributions to his community, including his philanthropy and leadership in promoting bilateral relations between Canada and India.

George M. Thomson, CM, Kingston, Ont. – “For his contribution to family law in Canada and for his innovative leadership as a legal educator and mentor.

Visit the website of the Governor General of Canada to a full list of the 135 people honored.



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