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Writers Robert Kroetsch and John Robert Colombo, jazz clarinetist Jane Bunnett, harpist Loreena McKennitt, and educators Annie Manning and Bruce Kidd were among 79 new appointments to the Order of Canada, announced yesterday.

The list of honorees includes two companions (the highest of the three categories) -- University of Toronto philosopher Ian Hacking and McGill University neuroscientist Brenda Milner, both internationally renowned, as well as 22 officers and 55 members.

Among other high-profile Canadians due to be admitted as officers are former Toronto mayor David Crombie, Montreal playwright René-Daniel Dubois, and CBC broadcaster Mark Starowicz.

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The list of those appointed members includes Winnipeg lawyer Jack London, Toronto health consultant Michael Decter, Vancouver architects John and Patricia Patkau and professional golfer Lorie Kane, from Stratford, Prince Edward Island.

Dr. Kidd, dean of the faculty of physical education and health at the University of Toronto, said he is very proud of the award. "This is a terrific honour for me. I'm told the citation refers to my role in advocacy, but I've never had a job I've enjoyed more, because it's given me a chance to put some of my ideas into practice."

Mr. Starowicz, an architect of some of the CBC's most successful radio and television programming for the past three decades, said he was "over the moon" with news of the honour. "I wish my parents were alive. It would have meant so much to them. It means so much to me . . . an immigrant boy and all that. But in a way, I'm taking the bow for the CBC and all the other people who helped me."

Mr. Decter, a former Ontario deputy minister of health and now chair of the newly created Health Council of Canada, said "there is no greater honour than to be recognized by your country and I am deeply and enormously honoured."

Mr. London acted for Elijah Harper when he refused to allow the Meech Lake constitutional accord to be ratified in the Manitoba Legislature in 1990, in effect, killing it. Reached at his summer cottage, Mr. London said: "I've never been overwhelmed, but I'm overwhelmed. I feel inadequate. I will wear the pin very proudly."

Mr. London said he never would have believed then that he could be honoured for the role he had played in defeating the accord.

"The first person I called was my wife, Belva, who really deserves it," he said.

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The actual insignia will be presented in a ceremony at a later date.

COMPANIONS

Ian Hacking, Toronto, social sciences

Brenda Milner, Montreal, health care. (Promotion)

OFFICERS

David Adams, Stony Plain, Alta., arts, dance.

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Jane Bunnett, Toronto, arts and music.

Margaret Conrad, Fredericton, education.

David Crombie, Toronto, public service.

René-Daniel Dubois, Montreal, playwriting.

Robert G. Evans, Vancouver, social sciences.

Delwyn George Fredlund, Saskatoon, engineering.

Edward W. (Ted) Godwin, Calgary, arts and visual.

Robert Grenier, Cantley, Que., heritage.

Philip Francis Halloran, Edmonton, health care.

Richard Colebrook Harris, Vancouver, social sciences.

Bruce Kidd, Toronto, education.

Robert P. Kroetsch, Winnipeg, arts and writing.

Robert Lalonde, Montreal, performing arts.

Carol Elaine Ashfield Loughrey, Fredericton, industry.

Patrick S. Parfrey, St. John's, health care.

Cranford Pratt, Toronto, education.

Martha Eva Salcudean, Vancouver, engineering.

Matthew M. Spence, Edmonton, health care.

Richard Beverley Splane, Vancouver, social service. (Promotion)

Mark Starowicz, Toronto, communications.

Sydney Francis Wise, Ottawa, heritage. (Promotion)

MEMBERS

Norman Z. Alcock, Utterson, Ont., social service.

Jack Armstrong, Winnipeg, voluntary service.

Parvathi K. Basrur, Guelph, Ont., science.

Larry Beasley, Vancouver, architecture.

Patricia Beatty, Toronto, arts and dance.

Claude Benoit, Montreal, heritage.

Morton Brownstein, Westmount, Que., voluntary service.

Michael Thomas Casey, Halifax, social service.

François Chevalier, Gatineau, Que., law.

John Robert Colombo, Toronto, arts and writing.

Thomas J. Condon, Saint John, voluntary service.

Robert Daudelin, Montreal, arts and film.

Elizabeth M. Davis, Toronto and St. John's, health care.

Michael B. Decter, Toronto, public service.

Jerzy A. Dobrowolski, Ottawa, science.

Roger A. Dorton, Toronto, engineering.

Shirley Dysart, Saint John, voluntary service.

Wing Cdr. (ret'd) James F. (Stocky) Edwards, Comox, B.C., protective service.

Tibor Feheregyhazi, Saskatoon, arts and stage.

Kenneth Fyke, Victoria, health care.

June Goldsmith, Vancouver, arts and music.

Peter Harcourt, Ottawa, education.

Claudette Hould, Outremont, Que., social sciences.

William James, Toronto, industry.

Lorie Kane, Stratford, PEI, sports.

Thomas King, Guelph, Ont., arts and writing.

Dorothy E. Knowles, Saskatoon, arts and visual.

Vern Krishna, Ottawa, education.

Robert G.H. Lee, Calgary, engineering.

Victor (Vic) Letendre, Edmonton, industry.

Jack R. London, Winnipeg, law.

John A. MacNaughton, Toronto, industry.

Teresa MacNeil, Johnstown, N.S., education.

Annie E. Manning, Cape Dorset, Nunavut, education.

Loreena McKennitt, Stratford, Ont., arts and music.

John Metcalf, Ottawa, arts and writing.

J. William E. Mingo, Halifax, law.

Douglas Mitchell, Calgary, voluntary service.

Audrey Atrill Morrice, Okotoks, Alta., social service.

Margaret Newall, Calgary, voluntary service.

Jean Paré, Vermilion, Alta., industry.

John Patkau, Vancouver, architecture.

Patricia Patkau, Vancouver, architecture.

Julien D. Payne, Ottawa, law.

Daniel Poliquin, Ottawa, arts and writing.

Noralou Roos, Winnipeg, health care.

Kenneth C. Rowe, Halifax, industry.

Patricia Smart, Ottawa, education.

Richard M. Steele, Mahone Bay, N.S., horticulture.

Sam Sullivan, Vancouver, voluntary service.

Vi Milstead Warren, Colborne, Ont., aviation.

Vincent Warren, Montreal, arts and dance.

Budge Wilson, Halifax, arts and writing.

Robert Norman Young, Senneville, Que., science.

Thomas George Zuber, Windsor, Ont., law.

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