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Judges, lawyers named to Order of Canada

Wednesday, January 03, 2018 @ 12:08 PM | By Carolyn Gruske

Two former justices of the Supreme Court of Canada will soon be sporting pins signifying their membership in the Order of Canada, as will some lawyers.

Both Justice Thomas Cromwell (who is a regular contributor to The Lawyer’s Daily) and Justice Louis LeBel have been named as companions of the Order of Canada, which is the highest ranking of the order.

Justice Cromwell earned his honour for “his illustrious service as a Supreme Court justice, and for his leadership in improving access to justice for all Canadians.”

Justice LeBel was named due to his “distinguished contributions as a Supreme Court justice, his innovative contribution to the practice of law and his dedication to knowledge transfer.”

Other members of the legal community who were also added to the order are:

  • François Crépeau, a full professor at McGill University and director of McGill’s Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism. Crépeau’s current research is looking at migration control mechanisms, the rights of foreigners, the interface between security and migration, and the interface between the rule of law and globalization. He was named as an officer of the order for his “research and contributions to international law and for his efforts to promote civil rights, particularly with respect to refugees.”
  • Jocelyn Downie, a professor of law and Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation fellow at Dalhousie University’s Schulich School of Law where she teaches health care ethics and law in the law school and health law in the medical school. She was named as a member of the order for “contributions to Canadian health law and policy, notably through her efforts to promote high quality end of life care.”
  • Dale H. Lastman, chair of Goodmans LLP. Lastman was named as a member of the order for his “contributions to the growth of the Canadian sports industry and for his volunteer work in support of health initiatives and LGBTQ2 communities.”

Although not a lawyer, Harry Bone, an elder and member of the Keeseekoowenin Ojibway Nation, was named as a member of the order for “his contributions to advancing Indigenous education and preserving traditional laws and for creating bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and communities.” He has expertise in First Nations governance and is co-author of Untuwe Pi Kin He — Who We Are: Treaty Elders’ Teachings Volume, a book that documents the traditional laws and customs of Indigenous peoples in Manitoba.

The Order of Canada recipients will be given their awards at a ceremony held later this year.