Monday, February 19, 2007


Only laurels today. No darts.

Congrats to my wife Marion for being awarded the Lebreton-Holmes Scholarship for her work in public policy law. Marion was given the scholarship partly for her work on Ottawa's new court geared to helping people with mental illness, and for her advocacy of drug treatment policies while a member of the board of the Somerset West Community Health Centre. The scholarship was established to commemorate Linda LeBreton-Holmes, who, with her son Brian Holmes, was killed by a drunk driver in 1996. I covered the sentencing of the driver, Matt Brownlee and sat with Marjorie LeBreton, Linda's mother. It was one of the most emotionally-charged days of my life.

And a pat on the back to my friend of 35 years, Maj. Jim McKillip, for being awarded the meritorious service medal, one of this country's highest honours. Jim has risked his neck for Canada in Sierra Leone, Rwanda, the Sinai, and Mozambique, among other places. Lately, he's been helping organize commemorations of Canadian military actions in Normany, the Netherlands and Vimy Ridge.

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