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Termination from the Order of Canada

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January 25, 2010


Revocation of the Order of Canada Membership of Stephen Fonyo, Jr.


OTTAWA–– On January 23, 2010, the Canada Gazette published a notice stating that the Order of Canada membership of Mr. Stephen Fonyo, Jr. was terminated on December 10, 2009.

According to the Article 3 of the Policy and Procedure for Termination of Appointment to the Order Of Canada, a revocation is considered when:

a) the person has been convicted of a criminal offence; or

b) the conduct of the person

(i) constitutes a significant departure from generally-recognized standards of public behaviour which is seen to undermine the credibility, integrity or relevance of the Order, or detracts from the original grounds upon which the appointment was based; or

(ii) has been subject to official sanction, such as a fine or a reprimand, by an adjudicating body, professional association or other organization.

The termination of Mr. Fonyo’s membership in the Order of Canada is related to his multiple criminal convictions, for which there are no outstanding appeals.

Stephen Fonyo, Jr. was appointed Officer of the Order of Canada on November 22, 1985. Information about the revocation process can be found online at the following address:




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