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Montreal heritage activist celebrates Order of Canada honour


Last Updated: Tuesday, December 30, 2008 | 1:27 PM ET


CBC News


Montreal heritage defender Dinu Bumbaru is being recognized for his local efforts with a national honour, the Order of Canada.


Bumbaru, director of Heritage Montreal, was among the new members of the order announced Tuesday by Gov. Gen. Michaëlle Jean

'Somehow this is a recognition from the highest authority in the country that communities count.'—Dinu Bumbaru, director of Heritage Montreal


Bumbaru was walking on Mount Royal when he heard that the list was announced with his name on it.


"It is a big beyond reach. You don't feel that you deserve such things," Bumbaru said.


The citation from the Governor General states that Bumbaru was nominated for his leadership in promoting, protecting and enhancing the historical and cultural heritage of Montreal, including the preservation of world heritage sites.


Bumbaru said the honour is important because it recognizes the work in communities across Canada that often goes unnoticed.


"Somehow, this is a recognition from the highest authority in the country that communities count," he said. "In the days of climate change and social crisis, we tend to feel the big issue is the green and the greed of people. But we see the greatest achievement of mankind is the city where people actually live."


Bumbaru has a degree in architecture from the University of Montreal and a degree in conservation studies from the University of York in England.


Since joining Heritage Montreal in 1982, he has become one of the city's most vocal defenders of community preservation, including during the recent debate over the redevelopment of Griffintown southwest of downtown.


Céline Dion, investment guru honoured



Quebec TV personality Suzanne Lapointe will be named a member of the Order of Canada. (CBC) Other Quebecers honoured Tuesday included singer Céline Dion and Montreal investment guru Stephen Jarislowski, who both become companions of the Order of Canada.


Businessman Claude Lamoureux and dancer Louise Lecavalier will become officers.


Quebec television personality and singer Suzanne Lapointe will also join the order as a member.


The newest additions will receive their insignias at a ceremony at Rideau Hall at a later date.


The Order of Canada, the country's highest honour, recognizes citizens for outstanding achievements or for exceptional contributions to the culture of the country. Established in 1967, the award has been presented to more than 5,500 people.

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Par contre, Céline Dion ? Après tout ce n'est qu'une chanteuse.


JE n'en reviens toujours pas à quel point les Québecois ont de la misère a accepter que quelqu'un puisse réussir dans la vie. JE ne suis pas un fan de Céline, mais je suis capable de reconnaître qu'elle est devenue la PLus grande Star féminine au MONDE. Pas au Québec, pas au Canada, mais dans le MONDE entier, et encore aujourd'hui, on la niaise et on ne comprends pas pourquoi elle mériterait cet honneur. Elle a mis le Québec sur la map, et on la ridiculise...


né pour un p'tit pain!

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