On Dec. 30, Governor General MichaÃ«lle Jean announced 60 new appointments to the Order of Canada including lawyers Barry Strayer and David Matas.
Strayer , a longstanding judge of the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal who was born in Moose Jaw, Sask. has been named as officer of the Order of Canada for his contributions to the Canadian legal profession, especially in the field of constitutional law, and for his role in bringing about the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Winnipeg immigration lawyer Matas was named a member of the Order of Canada for his contributions to human rights legislation and immigration and refugee law.
Recipients will be invited to accept their insignia at a ceremony to be held at a later date.
CROMWELL SWORN IN TODAY
Justice Thomas Cromwell will be sworn in as a justice of the Supreme Court of Canada on Jan. 5. Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin will preside over the private ceremony.
The official welcome ceremony for Cromwell will take place at 10:30
a.m., on Feb. 16, in the main courtroom of the SCC. Remarks are
expected from McLachlin, representatives of the Government of Canada,
the Government of Nova Scotia, the Canadian Bar Association, and the
Law Society of Nova Scotia.
On Dec. 22, 2008, Cromwell was
appointed to the SCC by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Parliamentary
hearings were not held prior to the appointment.
COXE RETIRES FROM BMO CAPITAL MARKETS
The end of 2008 was also the end of an era for historian and lawyer Don
Coxe, who retired from his position as global portfolio strategist for
BMO Capital Markets.
Coxe will remain a portfolio consultant to BMO’s
Coxe Commodity Fund and will continue to provide insight to BMO Nesbitt
Burns Investment Advisors and their clients during 2009 through the
publication of his portfolio strategy journal, Basic Points. He will
also establish his own independent advisory firm, Coxe Advisors LLC.
Coxe served as associate editor of the National Review magazine in New
York, practised law in Toronto, and served as general manager for the
Ontario Federation of Agriculture and general counsel for the Canadian
Federation of Agriculture.
He has been CEO of a major Canadian investment counselling firm,
research director and strategist for a leading institutional dealer, a
strategist on Wall Street and CEO and chief investment officer for
Harris Investment Management Inc., which, in 2005, was ranked number
one overall as the best-performing mutual fund organization in the U.S.
STANDING UP FOR JAILED BLOGGER
Reporters Without Borders secretary general Jean-FranÃ§ois Julliard has
called on Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, the head of the Iranian
judicial system, to explain why Hossein Derakhshan, a leading blogger
with Iranian and Canadian dual nationality, has been detained since
According to a Dec. 30 Reporters Without Borders press release, Iranian
judiciary spokesman Ali Reza Jamshidi confirmed Derakhshan's detention
saying one of the reasons for his arrest was what he had written about
leading Shiite figures in his blog (www.hoder.com). He would be held
while an investigation was carried out, said Jamshidi.
Iran was the most repressive country in the world towards bloggers in
2008. Approximately 20 were arrested or attacked because of their blogs
and five are currently detained. The government has said it is
filtering more than five million web sites, according to Reporters
The authorities closed down Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi's Human
Rights Defenders Centre on Dec. 21. Launched in 2002, the Tehran-based
centre provided free legal aid to journalists and human rights