This afternoon, Gov. Gen. David Johnston unveiled 90 new appointees to The Order of Canada, one of the country's highest civilian honours.
Among the honorees were Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor, the two founders of Blue Rodeo, who once joked with George that they'd never receive the Order due to Keelor's past drug use. James Gordon Cuddy and James Gregory Keelor — as the pair are referred to in the announcement — were recognized as officers of the Order "for their contributions to Canadian music and for their support of various charitable causes."
Some of the other notable recipients include retired Supreme Court justice Marie Deschamps, director and actor Sarah Polley, contemporary composer R. Murray Schafer, author and artist Douglas Coupland, stem cell researcher Michael Rudnicki, actor Colm Feore, TVO broadcaster Steve Paikin, cancer researcher Ian Tannock, Radio-Canada sportscaster Marie-José Turcotte and HIV researcher Catherine Hankins.
Donald Mazankowski, a former Conservative cabinet minister under former prime ministers Joe Clark and Brian Mulroney, was one of two Canadians promoted within the Order from Officer status to Companion status. The other was Margaret McCain, New Brunswick's first female lieutenant-governor.
Cuddy and Keelor were recently on the show to talk about their new album In Our Nature and the band's nearly three-decade-long career:
Coupland was also in the red chair this season. Here's his conversation with George, which touched on everything from his love of reality TV to his new book, Worst. Person. Ever.
The new recipients of the Order will be presented with their insignia in the new year. To see the full list of appointments, head over to the Governor General's website.
Via CBC News