Congratulations to Order of Ontario honouree Sidney B. Linden

Posted: Monday, February 9, 2015

The Honourable Sidney. B. Linden, in whose honour Legal Aid Ontario issues an annual award to an individual who has demonstrated a commitment to access to justice in Ontario, was recently presented with an Order of Ontario by Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell.

Said Justice Linden, “In my view, the combined accomplishments of the 26 new members of the order reflect the richness and the potential of our wonderful province. I am honoured and proud to be included among such a diverse and distinguished group of Ontarians.”

Justice Linden has dedicated himself to access to justice over a distinguished 50-year career. He has represented legal aid clients in the courts and served on various legal aid committees since he began his career in the late 1960s. His many accomplishments include his appointment as LAO’s first board chair (1999-2004) and as Ontario’s first Chief Justice of the newly-reorganized Ontario Court of Justice (1990-1999).

Other career highlights include:

  • first Police Complaints Commissioner for Metropolitan Toronto and chair of the Police Complaints Board (1980-85)
  • executive director of the Canadian Auto Workers’ prepaid legal services plan, the first privately funded national prepaid legal service plan in Canada (1985-87)
  • Ontario’s first Information and Privacy Commissioner, responsible for starting up the agency (1987-1990)
  • Chief Justice of the Ontario Court of Justice, at a time when he was also co-chair of the Ontario Judicial Council and a member of the Board of Directors of the National Judicial Institute (1990-1999)
  • recipient of the Justice Medal from the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice (1997)
  • Recipient of the Association of Community Legal Clinics of Ontario’s (ACLCO) Stephen Little Memorial Award for extraordinary commitment to the community legal clinic system, marked by leadership and dedication to helping others (2004)
  • Commissioner of the Ipperwash inquiry (2004-2007); many of the inquiry’s 100 recommendations have since been implemented
  • recipient of the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Honourary Doctorate (LLD) degree (2009)
  • recipient of the University of Toronto’s University College Alumni of Influence Award (2013)
  • Ontario’s first full-time Conflict of Interest Commissioner (2007-present).

Order of Ontario appointees are chosen for their contributions to the arts, law, science, medicine, history, politics and philanthropy.


Genevieve Oger
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