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Opening comments:  More at the end.
    Faxed news releases were sent out to hundreds in the media & the fax-log clearly shows CBC News received a copy of the news release Nov. 17.

So, why would they not report the facts?  Why did they not call or otherwise follow up on this matter?

CBC News Web-site - Nov 18-05  Fri.
Twain, Le May Doan receive Order of Canada medals

[ Under picture of Shania Twain. ]
Shania Twain receives her Order of Canada from Michaëlle Jean in Ottawa, Friday. 

Country superstar Shania Twain and double Olympic gold medallist Catriona Le May Doan were among 43 people given the highest award in the country Friday at the Governor General's residence in Ottawa.

Michaëlle Jean presented Order of Canada medals to 18 new officers (the second highest level of the award) and 25 new members (the third level). No one was named a companion, the highest level.

Twain, who grew up in Timmins, Ont., and who lives in Switzerland, is one of the biggest selling female singers of all time. Along with her musical success, she was made an officer for her efforts to fight child poverty and inspiring others with her "rags-to-riches story."

Le May Doan, who won two gold medals in speed skating at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, was also made an officer for her charity work and mentoring young athletes.

Other inductees include:

Dancer and choreographer James Kudelka.
Television and theatre actress Rita Lafontaine.
Rita Letendre, pioneering abstract artist.
Environmentalist and director of the Sierra Club of Canada, Elizabeth May.
Hazel McCallion, Mississauga's mayor for the past 27 years.

In a speech to those gathered for the morning ceremony in Rideau Hall's blue and gold ballroom, Jean praised Canadians as a modest people.

"There's something in the Canadian psyche that makes us shrink back from self-congratulation," said Jean.  [1]

"But we must not allow our modesty to overshadow our recognition to Canadians who give so much to our country and the world." [2]

The award recipients have lived up to the order's motto: Desiderantes meliorem patriam – They desire a better country, said Jean.

The Order of Canada recognizes people who have made a difference to Canada. All Canadians are eligible for the Order of Canada, the country's highest honour for lifetime achievement.

The order was established in 1967 to recognize outstanding achievement and service in various fields of human endeavour. Appointments are made on the recommendation of an advisory council, chaired by the chief justice of Canada.

Order of Canada members can wear the six-pointed snowflake medal or lapel pin, and may add the initials C.C. (Companion), O.C. (Officer), or C.M. (Member) after their name.


[1] -
"McCallion is not at all shy about advancing her own legend." &  "Some equate McCallion's populist politics with opportunism."

[2] -  The rest of the "
country and the world" will now know Canada as a place where corrupt politicians get awards for their evil acts. ]

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