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5 Canadian Jews Honored

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Five Canadian Jews, including a trade unionist, two businessmen, a composer and a scientist, are on the pre-New Year Honors List — the Order of Canada — just published in Ottawa.

One of them, Kalman Koplansky of Ottawa and Geneva, was born in Bialystock area of Lithuania and settled in Montreal where he was active in the Typographical Union and the Workmens Circle. He was a founder of the Jewish Labor Committee in Canada and served as its first national executive director. He has been Canada’s representative to the International Labor Organization (ILO) for many years.

Another on the Honors List is Ray Wolfe, 63, of Toronto, who is a food wholesaler, retailer and distributor and controls a supermarket chain. He was chairman of the Canada-Israel Committee during the 1967 Six-Day War, served as president of the Canada-Israel Chamber of Commerce and has led numerous trade mission to Israel. He also headed the United Jewish Appeal of Toronto and the United Jewish Welfare Fund of Toronto, now know as the Toronto Jewish Congress.

The other Jewish recipients of the Order are Murray Adaskin, 74, of Victoria, B. C. who is a composer and professor of music; Louis Siminovitch of Toronto, a geneticist; and Lazor Peter of Montreal, executive director of the Montreal Dress and Sportswear Guild.

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