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Justice News
Wednesday, 28 January 2004 06:44

A Waterloo peace and disarmament activist is among the newest members of the Order of Canada. Ernie Regehr, co-founder and director of the peace organization Project Ploughshares, has been named an officer in the order.

The Record (Kitchener, Cambridge and Waterloo)
Wed 28 Jan 2004
Page: B6
Section: LOCAL
Byline: LIANNE ELLIOTT
Source: RECORD STAFF; With files from Canadian Press

His appointment was announced by Gov. Gen. Adrienne Clarkson, who released
the list of new inductees yesterday. Included were Toronto Star publisher
John Honderich and former Saskatchewan premier Roy Romanow.

"It's a surprise and a pleasure," said Regehr, who was not aware he had been
nominated for the award.

"It's a personal pleasure but it's also a recognition of the field we work
in. It's nice to see our field of work acknowledged as being part of what
contributes to public good."

Regehr's Waterloo-based organization, which was founded in 1976, works
towards peace and disarmament around the world. o­ne of its current projects
is to research the impact of small arms in East Africa and develop policies
that aim to control them.

The group has also recently released a report in conjunction with the
University of British Columbia that examines ballistic missile defence.

Honderich's appointment as a member of the Order of Canada comes two days
after he announced he's resigning after almost 10 years as publisher of the
Star. Since 1988, when Honderich took over as editor and assumed
responsibility for the newspaper's content, the Star has won 34 National
Newspaper Awards, three Michener Awards for meritorious public service and a
Pulitzer Prize, awarded in 1994 for spot news photography.

Romanow, a New Democrat who capped a political career of more than 30 years
with a royal commission study of the health care system, was named an
officer.

Similar honours went to former federal finance minister Michael Wilson, who
served nine years in the cabinet of Conservative prime minister Brian
Mulroney. Writer Guy Vanderhaeghe, a two-time winner of the Governor
General's Award for Literature, was also named an officer.

Sportscaster Johnny Esaw, best known for his commentary o­n international
figure skating and the Canadian Football League, was named a member, as was
George W. Holbrook of Waterloo and Halifax.

Five people who had already been named to the order were promoted to
companion, the highest rank. The five were: philanthropist and York
University chancellor Avie Bennett, University of Toronto law professor
emeritus Martin Friedland, astrophysicist Hubert Reeves of the University of
Montreal and the National Centre for Scientific Research in Paris, former
Royal Winnipeg Ballet artistic director Arnold Spohr and former National
Ballet of Canada prima ballerina Veronica Tennant.


Illustration:
? Photo: Ernie Regehr is co-founder and director of Project Ploughshares.
Yesterday, Gov. Gen. Adrienne Clarkson announced Regehr will be among the
newest members of the Order of Canada.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 January 2004 06:44
 

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