Dan Aykroyd appointed to Order of Canada

Ottawa-born comedian Dan Aykroyd was on the list of new members of the Order of Canada announced Tuesday.

Aykroyd was named as a member in the film-television class. He is cited for his on-screen work, but also for his contribution to fundraising for Ottawa's Carleton University, his alma mater.

He has also contributed to many arts, health and youth programs in his home town of Kingston.

A total of 89 people were newly named or promoted in the Order. Among those moving up a notch, to Companion, the Order's highest rung, are CBC Radio personality Peter Gzowski and actor Gordon Pinsent.

The Order of Canada was established in 1967. It recognizes outstanding achievement and service in several fields, including the arts, voluntarism and philanthropy.

A ceremony to honour the recipients and present the insignia of the Order will be held at Rideau Hall in the coming months.