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Is The Order of Canada a Consolation Prize?

What makes the traditional New Year's announcement of fresh inductees to the Order of Canada so consistently galling is how damn many there always are -- this year, 90 in all. For a nation of such supposedly modest people, Canadians give themselves an awful lot of prizes. All this blind awarding can only wind up achieving the exact opposite of what it's supposed to. Just as printing more money doesn't make everyone richer, simply handing out lots of awards for being great won't actually make more great people -- it'll just devalue the privilege.
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Request Denied

TORONTO - The Federal Court of Appeal has dismissed an application by Conrad Black to personally address an advisory council weighing whether he should be stripped of the Order of Canada.In a decision...
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The 2012 Order Of Canada Inductees Are..

OTTAWA - Forty years after they skated their way into history, two members of Canada's Summit Series hockey team have now scored an Order of Canada.Ken Dryden has been named an officer of the order an...
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Officer Of The Order Of Canada

OTTAWA - Former Alberta premier Ralph Klein will be made an Officer of the Order of Canada today at Calgary city hall.Klein is battling a form of dementia and no longer makes public appearances, so Go...

How the Duke of Edinburgh Award Changed My Life

The Duke of Edinburgh Awards Canada celebrates a great milestone today. For the last five decades, it has enriched the lives of Canadian youth from walks of life. It changed mine. It also took away my shyness and gave me the confidence to explore many initiatives and goals in my life.
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Getting The Order Of Canada

Rideau Hall has released the latest list of appointees to the Order of Canada. The newest recipients are being honoured for their achievements in politics, sports, journalism, the arts and a host of...

Order of Canada Celebration was (Sadly) Lacking Order

Six hundred Order of Canada medallists gathered at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto on June 18 to celebrate Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee. The medalists, or a goodly portion of them, had 60 years of achievements under their belts. There was a profusion of canes in attendance, as well as walkers and wheelchairs. But the organizers of this event seem not to have expected it.
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Part 4: Queen Elizabeth, Canada's Chief Watchdog

At the 2010 Canada Day festivities on Parliament Hill, Elizabeth started her speech by addressing the 100,000-strong audience as "fellow Canadians..." She's custodian of the Canadian Crown's democratic powers and represents the "power of the people above government and political parties." Which makes her our chief watchdog -- if mostly absent and toothless.
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Michael J. Fox Joins Order of Canada

(CBC) - Rock legend Robbie Robertson and actor Michael J. Fox were among 43 people invested with the Order of Canada in a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on Friday. Robertson began his rise to stard...