Journalists Andy Barrie, Stevie Cameron and Michael Enright are among this year’s recipients of the Order of Canada, Governor General David Johnson announced on Dec. 30.
Barrie was the long-time host of CBC Radio’s Metro Morning, and according to the Governor General’s release, was honoured not only for “his achievements in Canadian broadcasting, as the voice of a diverse Toronto,” but also for his work in Parkinson’s disease advocacy. Barrie was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2007 and told CBC in an interview on Metro Morning on Monday: "I haven't fallen over the physical cliff yet. It's a disease that's well managed these days but there's no cure for it and you have to put up with a lot of bad time to get to the good time."
Cameron, a journalist and author, was honoured for her contributions to investigative journalism – her 1995 book On the Take: Crime, Corruption and Greed in the Mulroney Years included one of the first looks at what would become known as the Airbus Affair – as well as for her philanthropy. As the Toronto Star explains, Cameron has been involved with the Second Harvest food-sharing program for decades and helped spearhead the Out of the Cold program that provides emergency shelter and hospitality to the homeless in communities across Canada. Cameron ran it and was the cook at St. Andrews church in Toronto, and told the Star, “Other churches wanted to learn how to do it, so we ‘franchised’ it. This was about 20 years ago and people were freezing to death in phone booths.”
Enright, host of CBC’s Sunday Edition, was given the Order for “his contributions to Canadian print and broadcast journalism, and for advocating on behalf of people with intellectual disabilities.” Enright has written for publiciations such as Time, The Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star and began at CBC in 1974 as host of This Country in the Morning. According to CBC, in his time with the public broadcaster, has hosted a number of other programs—the ups and downs of which are explained in this 1998 Ryerson Review profile—including 10 years at As It Happens. Enright has hosted Sunday Edition since its inception in 2000, when it was made its own show in a separation from This Morning, which Enright had co-hosted for a few years.
All 91 recipients of the Order—including two promotions from within the Order—will be honoured at an upcoming ceremony.