Roland Michener
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Roland Michener
Daniel Roland Michener PC CC CMM OOnt CD QC FRHSC(hon), commonly known as Roland Michener, was a Canadian lawyer, politician, and diplomat who served as Governor General of Canada, the 20th since Canadian Confederation. Michener was born and educated in Alberta, where, after serving briefly in the Royal Air Force, he acquired a university degree. He then attended the University of Oxford as a Rhodes scholar, playing hockey there, and obtaining his two masters degrees.
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Back to school day an emotional one in Slave Lake - Global Edmonton
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"We're going to have to support one another as we go into the new year," said Principal of Roland Michener School, John Walbergs, who is optimistic about the upcoming school year. However, Walbergs also said students will need to be patient,
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Al's Steakhouse your pick for Ottawa's Best Steak - CTV.ca
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The other nominees for Ottawa's Best Steak were The Crazy Horse on Roland Michener Drive in Kanata, Hy's Steakhouse and Cocktail Bar on Ottawa's Queen Street, the multiple locations of The Keg and Louis' Steakhouse on Cyrville Road in Gloucester
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'Royal' emphasizes a proud past - Hamilton Spectator
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When I received my commission as an officer in 1972, it was from Her Majesty the Queen, signed by her then Governor General, Roland Michener. Most Canadian Army regiments have titles relating to royalty. As for the “colonial times” assertion,
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3rd Cornwall's first Chief Scout in 20 years - Seaway News
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It was inaugurated in 1973 by Canadian Governor General Roland Michener who was then the chief scout of Canada, replacing the Queen's/King's Scout award. Recipients of the award are recognized around the country as being leaders in their own Troop and
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CURRICULUM VITAE DOUGLAS TODD - Vancouver Sun (blog)
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Roland Michener Award, Toronto. For package on illiteracy. First prize co-recipient, 1987. * MacMillan Bloedel Newspaper Award. Features. For piece on why the suburb of Surrey is the butt of never-ending jokes. First prize. 1985
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Other Kainai Chieftainship honourees - Calgary Herald
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Roland Michener is made honorary chief of the Blood Tribe and given the name Running Antelope, on July 20, 1970. On July 3, 1951, Premier Ernest Manning and Lt.-Gov. JJ Bowlen are made honorary chiefs of the Blood Tribe. Manning is given the name Bull
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Notable omissions - StarPhoenix
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A quick check of the Saskatoon phone book yields a few more schools that are named after historical figures, such as Hugh Cairns V .C., Lester B. Pearson, Princess Alexandra, Roland Michener, Victoria (named after Queen Victoria), and Vincent Massey
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Today in History - July 7 - mysask.com (press release)
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Roland Michener. Thirty-five people received the highest honour, Companion of the Order, and 55 people received medals of service. The Order is given in recognition of exemplary merit and achievement by Canadians in any field
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Students lead dress donations - Cochrane Times
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That's thanks to some Cochrane High students who put out a call for grad dress donations, and on June 27 organizer Emily Godbout and her cousin Vanessa Johnson personally delivered 55 gowns to Roland Michener Secondary School
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Timmins secondary schools to celebrate Aboriginal awareness in the fall - Timmins Times
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The celebration, called Sharing our Diversity, is scheduled to take place September 19-23rd and will involve students from Timmins High and Vocational School, Roland Michener Secondary School and O'Gorman High School, said the release
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Canadian Wildlife Federation Awards - Canada NewsWire (press release)
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Otto Langer and Dennis Sherratt are co-recipients of the Roland Michener Conservation award, recognizing individuals who demonstrate an active commitment to conservation through effective and responsible activities. Otto Langer of Richmond,
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CBC earns Michener for Ashley Smith story - Montreal Gazette
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The Michener awards, named for former governor general Roland Michener, were established in the late 1960s to recognize Canadian excellence in public-service journalism. Past winners include The Gazette for its 2009 coverage of the mismanagement of a
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Media Advisory: Presentation of the 2010 Michener Awards - Marketwire (press release)
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The Michener Award for meritorious public journalism, sponsored by the Michener Awards Foundation, was launched in 1970, under the auspices of the late Right Honourable Roland Michener, Governor General from 1967 to 1974
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Students donate to help out Slave Lake's graduates - Cochrane Times
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Many students at Slave Lake's Roland Michener School lost their belongings and their ready-to-go graduation dresses during the fire that ravaged a third of the Town of Slave Lake. "I can't imagine being over there, having that cloud hanging over their
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Michener Aquatic Centre closed due to water main break - reddeeradvocate.com
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By Advocate staff The Michener Aquatic Centre in Red Deer is closed until further notice due to a water main break south of the Roland Michener Centre. All lessons, public and lane swims, water workouts and bookings are cancelled until repairs are made
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Life is just ducky at Roland Michener - Your Ottawa Region
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But lately, she has been run ragged with the addition of 21 youngsters to her Grade 1 class at Roland Michener Public School. “I've more than doubled the size of my class,” said Nugent. “Seventeen students and 21 ducklings.” Carmine, Sprinkles, Rainbow
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Roland Michener
    TWENTIES
  • 1991
    He subsequently served on various corporate and charitable boards and sat as Chancellor of Queen's University before he died on August 6, 1991.
    More Details Hide Details Michener was born in Lacombe, Alberta (then part of the Northwest Territories), to Senator Edward Michener and Mary E. Roland. He attended the University of Alberta, where he achieved not only his Bachelor of Arts degree, but also a Rhodes Scholarship that took him to Hertford College at the University of Oxford. There, he played for the Oxford University Ice Hockey Club and met a man who was to become influential and Michener's lifelong friend, Lester B. Pearson. After completing both his Master of Arts and Bachelor of Civil Law degrees, Michener returned to Canada, settling in Toronto and practicing law. At the same time, he sat on the Executive Council of Ontario, acted as the General Secretary for the Rhodes Foundation in Canada between 1936 and 1964 and sat as chairman of the Manitoba Royal Commission on Local Government.
  • 1990
    In 1990, he also agreed to allow his name to be used by The Michener Institute.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1987
    She died in Toronto on January 12, 1987, and Michener followed on August 6, 1991.
    More Details Hide Details St. Bartholomew's Anglican Church in Ottawa, directly across Sussex Drive from Rideau Hall, is the repository of the couple's ashes. Appointments Medals Awards Awards Organisations Geographic locations Buildings Schools
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1973
    After his term as governor general, Michener and his wife moved to Toronto. Michener remained active in business throughout the country, serving on boards of directors and promoting Canadian charities and cultural institutions and, from 1973 to 1980, sat as Chancellor of Queen's University, while also promoting physical activity to school children and seniors alike.
    More Details Hide Details To provide an example to follow, he, at the age of 80, climbed to the peak of Alberta's Mount Michener, to participate in the ceremony marking the Alberta Crown-in-Council's naming of the mountain after him.
    Further, he fostered links between his position and his provincial counterparts by initiating periodic meetings with the lieutenant governors of the provinces, starting in 1973.
    More Details Hide Details He was, however, criticized for not reacting to Pierre Trudeau's "contemptuous musings" about the Crown and the governor general. Michener, as governor general, created two awards to be bestowed on Canadians: reflecting his interest in sport fishing, he formed the Michener Tuna Trophy and, in demonstration of his strong relationship with many reporters and journalists, he founded in 1970 the Michener Award for Journalism. In return, besides being bestowed with a number of honours by both the Queen-in-Council and private organisations, Michener became the second of only two Canadians, after former governor general Vincent Massey, to be presented with the Royal Victorian Chain, a personal gift of the monarch, awarded to him by Queen Elizabeth II for his service.
  • 1971
    Another first was Michener's state visit in 1971 to Trinidad and Tobago; while King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II had both carried out state visits on behalf of Canada and previous governors general had made official visits abroad, no Canadian governor general had ever previously undertaken such a trip.
    More Details Hide Details Then, in October of the same year, the Governor General was off to Iran to attend the Iranian monarchy's 2,500th anniversary. These voyages initially caused controversy among diplomatic insiders in Ottawa, who viewed it as inappropriate for someone who was not technically the country's head of state to undertake a state visit. However, the successes of the trip helped end the controversy, and established a precedent thereafter followed in Canada, and adopted by other Commonwealth realms. Though he wore for state occasions the elaborate court dress of the Windsor uniform, Michener discontinued the practice of women curtseying before the governor general, a move that was rumoured to have been inspired by the refusal of Maryon Pearson, wife of Prime Minister Lester Pearson, to give such deference to her long-time friends.
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  • 1967
    On July 1, 1967, the Order of Canada was created, with Michener becoming the order's first member, as well as the first chancellor and principal companion.
    More Details Hide Details As such, he presided over the first investiture ceremony, at Rideau Hall, on July 9, investing 90 people into the order. On a later visit to London, United Kingdom, he presented the insignia of the Sovereign of the order to Queen Elizabeth II. Similarly, on July 1, 1972, the Order of Military Merit was founded and Michener was appointed the first Chancellor and Commander.
    Michener was immediately recalled from India and it was on March 29, 1967, announced from the Office of the Prime Minister that Queen Elizabeth II had, by commission under the royal sign-manual and Great Seal of Canada, approved Pearson's choice of Michener to succeed Georges Vanier as the Queen's representative.
    More Details Hide Details Despite being a Conservative, Liberal members of parliament and cabinet ministers welcomed the selection of Michener; Paul Martin Sr. said "I don’t think there was anybody inside or outside the public service who could qualify better than Michener... People just felt that this was a good appointment." Michener was subsequently sworn-in during a ceremony in the Senate chamber on April 17 that year, leaving one of the shortest periods where an individual has been governor general-designate. The hurry did not end there, as, only ten days after Michener was made viceroy, he officially opened that year's World's Fair, Expo 67, which was held in Montreal. The fair, combined with the 100th anniversary of Confederation, attracted some 53 heads of state, as well as numerous other dignitaries, to visit Canada and, as per diplomatic protocol, it was Michener, as the representative of Canada's head of state, who greeted and held audience with each of them. Among this litany of guests was United States president Lyndon B. Johnson; Grace, Princess of Monaco; Jacqueline Kennedy; Emperor Haile Selassie; and French president Charles de Gaulle. Michener welcomed the latter when he landed at his first stop in Canada, Quebec City, where the president addressed the gathered crowd, and they cheered wildly for him in return, but booed and jeered Michener when the Royal Anthem, "God Save the Queen", was played at his arrival.
  • 1964
    Just over one year later, Pearson advised Governor General Georges Vanier to appoint Michener to the diplomatic post of high commissioner to India, which Michener took up on July 9, 1964, six months before he was also made Canada's first ambassador to Nepal.
    More Details Hide Details While stationed on those foreign duties, Michener received overtures from the Prime Minister that he would be considered among the leading candidates for the governor generalship when he returned to Canada. But, Vanier was in deteriorating health and, though he offered to stay on as viceroy through to the end of the Canadian Centennial celebrations, Pearson was not comfortable in advising Queen Elizabeth II to allow it. The night after he conferred with his prime minister about that matter, Vanier died on March 5 at Rideau Hall, leaving Chief Justice Robert Taschereau as Administrator of the Government in the absence of a viceroy.
  • 1963
    It was in the 1963 federal election that the Liberal Party was victorious and its leader, who was thus appointed prime minister, was Michener's old friend from Oxford, Lester Pearson.
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  • 1962
    Such an agreement, however, failed to materialize, and when Michener ran for re-election in the 1962 race, he was defeated.
    More Details Hide Details This was the first time since 1867 that a speaker had lost his riding in an election in which his party formed the government. After Diefenbaker declined to advise the Governor General to summon Michener to the Senate, the latter returned to Toronto and dedicated his time to his law practice, Lang Michener LLP.
  • 1959
    From this position, Michener angered Diefenbaker by allowing the loyal opposition a great degree of latitude during Question Period, so much so that at one point, on May 25, 1959, Diefenbaker became so flustered that he refused to sit down when called to order by Michener.
    More Details Hide Details Actions like these, among others, impressed parliamentary observers and a group of university professors initiated a campaign to make Michener's position as speaker permanent; they proposed that, as is the tradition with the Speaker of the British House of Commons, Michener run as an independent in general elections and that the political parties agree not to run candidates against him.
  • 1957
    Subsequently, Michener returned to Canada and worked as a lawyer before entering politics, first in the provincial sphere and later in the federal; Michener was elected to the House of Commons in 1957, where-after he served as speaker of the house until 1962 and then in diplomatic postings between 1964 and 1967.
    More Details Hide Details He was that year appointed as governor general by Queen Elizabeth II, on the recommendation of Prime Minister of Canada Lester B. Pearson, to replace Georges Vanier as viceroy, and he occupied the post until succeeded by Jules Léger in 1974. Michener proved to be a populist governor general whose tenure is considered to be a key turning point in the history of his office. On October 15, 1962, Michener was sworn into the Queen's Privy Council for Canada, giving him the accordant style of The Honourable; however, as a former Governor General of Canada, Michener was entitled to be styled for life with the superior form of The Right Honourable.
  • 1953
    It was not until the election of 1953 that Michener finally was elected as the Progressive Conservative (PC) Member of Parliament for St. Paul's. Three years later, the PC party elected at its leadership convention John Diefenbaker as leader, who subsequently led the Tories to a minority win in the election of 1957 and was appointed as prime minister.
    More Details Hide Details Though Michener was not offered a seat in the Cabinet, he was appointed speaker of the house, after the post was turned down by Stanley Knowles.
  • 1949
    The 1949 federal election was Michener's first try for the House of Commons in Ottawa, but, as with his first attempt at the Ontario legislature, he was unsuccessful.
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  • 1948
    However, after Dennison was again victorious in the 1948 provincial election, Michener decided to leave provincial politics for the federal variant.
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  • 1945
    Michener made an attempt to win the district again in the election that followed in 1945 and was successful in defeating Dennison, taking his seat in the Legislative Assembly.
    More Details Hide Details Michener was subsequently appointed by Lieutenant Governor Albert Edward Matthews to the Executive Council, acting on the advice of his premier, George Drew, who gave Michener the position of Provincial Secretary and Registrar of Ontario, tasked with formalising cabinet procedures, including agenda and minutes.
  • 1943
    Michener first ran for political office in Ontario's 1943 election as the Progressive Conservative candidate in the riding of St. David, but was defeated by William Dennison of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (Ontario Section) (CCF).
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  • 1927
    On February 26, 1927, in St. Mary Magdalene Anglican Church (where future Governor General Adrienne Clarkson later worshipped), Michener married Norah Willis and the couple had three daughters.
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  • 1900
    Born on April 19, 1900.
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