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Globe and Mail: Rideau Hall announces 2018 Order of Canada appointments

July 3, 2018 — 

The Globe and Mail reports on new Order of Canada appointments to the Order, including three with ties to the University of Manitoba, Beverley McLachlin [LL.D./2004], Cindy Blackstock [LL.D./2018] and Francis R. Cook [Ph.D/1978]:

As stars in separate fields, they have discovered new genes, engineered robot arms for space, draped gold medals around their necks and cracked us up on Saturday nights. Together, they are receiving one of the highest honors that the country can bestow.

Rideau Hall announced 105 new appointments to the Order of Canada on Friday, a list stocked with leaders in research, community activists, authors, politicians and athletes. Nearly two-thirds of the appointees are men. Half are from Ontario.

Among the health-related appointees are Peter Henry St George-Hyslop, who discovered genes responsible for the early onset of Alzheimer’s disease; Sharon Sholzberg-Gray, who fought to make publicly funded health care more accessible for marginalized people; and Gabor Maté, who brought to light how childhood trauma can lead to addiction later in life…

Three Canadians are named Companions, the highest honour within the Order: Astronaut Roberta Lynn Bondar, for her educational outreach on the environment; Beverley McLachlin, for her tenure as the first female and longest-serving Canadian Chief Justice; and Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels, for his legendary contributions to comedy.

Read the full story and list here.

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