Joni Mitchell receives Order of Canada

Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell receives the country's highest honour on Saturday, as 46 people are inducted into the Order of Canada.

Joni Mitchell received the country's highest honour on Saturday, as the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and 45 others were inducted into the Order of Canada.

Mitchell and one other person, former University of Toronto dean of law Martin L. Friedland, were made Companions of the Order, the highest of three levels of recognition that also include Officers and Members.

Gov. Gen. Adrienne Clarkson awarded the honour, which recognizes extraordinary achievements by Canadians.

Her office said in a statement that Mitchell has "engaged and inspired audiences and musicians for some 40 years."

Mitchell, who will turn 61 on Nov. 7, is best-known for such hits as Big Yellow Taxi, Free Man in Paris, I'm a Radio and Help Me.

The honour marks the latest tribute to the musician, who was given an honorary doctorate of music degree by Montreal's McGill University just three days earlier. Mitchell was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1981.

Friedland was dean of law at the University of Toronto from 1972 to 1979.

He has written or edited 17 books, including Detention Before Trial, Double Jeopardy and The Trials of Israel Lipski. He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1990.

The Order, established in 1967, has been given to more than 4,000 people.