I want to acknowledge my cousin Paul Weiler’s induction as an Officer in the Order of Canada Many of you will know Paul for his history of service to Canada in the practice of law in esteemed roles in labour and employment law, teaching and innovation in Ontario, British Columbia and at Harvard Law School. As reported in the Globe & Mail on December 31st 2016, Governor General David Johnston noted that 2017 is “a milestone year for the Order which was established by the Queen in 1967 and marks its 50th anniversary [and] next year  is also Canada’s 150th birthday”. He said “So let’s be inspired by the examples set by these remarkable Canadians and use this occasion to build a smarter and more caring country in which every individual can succeed to the greatest extent possible”. Paul and I grew up in Port Arthur and Fort William (now of course Thunder Bay) respectively where our fathers practiced law for over 30 years under the firm name Weiler, Weiler and Maloney. Paul has a most distinguished career in law which includes being the first chair of the Labour Relations Board in British Columbia under the then new NDP Labour Relations Code. Paul taught law at Osgoode Hall law school and then Harvard for over 40 years and wrote 7 books and 2 ongoing casebooks still used in US law schools on sports and entertainment law, as well as countless journal articles on labour law, torts, constitutional law, and most importantly for our leisure time, sports and entertainment law.
Carolyn and Mike