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Lawyer, former judges among Order of Canada nominees

Thursday, June 27, 2019 @ 4:16 PM | By John Chunn


Governor General Julie Payette on June 27 announced 83 new appointments to the Order of Canada, including Montreal lawyer James A. O’Reilly who was named an officer of the Order of Canada.

Former justices Joseph Robert Nuss, Allan H. Wachowich and Karen Merle Weiler were named members of the Order of Canada.

Recipients will be invited to accept their insignia at a ceremony to be held at a later date.

According to the Governor General’s press release, O’Reilly was recognized for his contributions as a jurist, for his advancement and protection of Indigenous rights and self-governance and for his profound effect on the practice of Aboriginal law in Canada.

Nuss, a former justice of the Quebec Court of Appeal, is honoured for his lifelong commitment to justice and for supporting Montreal’s Jewish community.

Wachowich, former chief justice of the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, is awarded for his lifelong commitment to the law and for his dedicated service to his community as an engaged citizen and volunteer with multiple charitable initiatives.

Weilera former justice with the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Court Martial Appeal Court, is honoured for her lifelong service to family law as a lawyer and federal judge.

Singer and song writer Buffy Sainte-Marie and actor Donald Sutherland were named companions of the Order of Canada while actor Martin Short was named an officer of the Order of Canada.