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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...