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Val Werier: 1918 to 2014

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Val Werier, a journalist who wrote unrelentingly as a champion of the environment long before it was fashionable, died April 21. He was 96.

  • In this photo taken on May 11, 2012, Val Werier proudly displays the Order of Canada medal he received in Ottawa in 2004. The Order of Canada is the centrepiece of Canada’s honours system and recognizes a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.

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    In this photo taken on May 11, 2012, Val Werier proudly displays the Order of Canada medal he received in Ottawa in 2004. The Order of Canada is the centrepiece of Canada’s honours system and recognizes a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.

  • Val Werier receives a hug from his daughter, Judy, while seated at a computer and holding a copy of the Winnipeg Tribune on May 11, 2012.

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    Val Werier receives a hug from his daughter, Judy, while seated at a computer and holding a copy of the Winnipeg Tribune on May 11, 2012.

  • Val Werier and his wife, Eve, read together in Kildonan Park sometime in the 1940s. Tragically, Eve was diagnosed with a brain tumour at age 40 and died in 1974.

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    Val Werier and his wife, Eve, read together in Kildonan Park sometime in the 1940s. Tragically, Eve was diagnosed with a brain tumour at age 40 and died in 1974.

  • Val Werier interviews politician Tommy Douglas in 1949.

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    Val Werier interviews politician Tommy Douglas in 1949.

  • Val Werier, right, and his brother, George, dressed in their military garb in London, England, in April 1944.

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    Val Werier, right, and his brother, George, dressed in their military garb in London, England, in April 1944.

  • Val Werier, left, and Yude Henteleff plant a tree in Henteleff Park on May 24, 2008. The Henteleff Park Foundation honoured Werier, a Winnipeg Free Press columnist and environment supporter, at the St. Mary's Road park by planting hundreds of trees.

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    Val Werier, left, and Yude Henteleff plant a tree in Henteleff Park on May 24, 2008. The Henteleff Park Foundation honoured Werier, a Winnipeg Free Press columnist and environment supporter, at the St. Mary's Road park by planting hundreds of trees.

  • Pipe-smoking Winnipeg Tribune reporter Val Werier, left, and photographer Gord Aikman on assignment in this undated photograph.

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    Pipe-smoking Winnipeg Tribune reporter Val Werier, left, and photographer Gord Aikman on assignment in this undated photograph.

  • Val Werier does some newspapering in this undated photo.

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    Val Werier does some newspapering in this undated photo.

  • Val Werier chats with some locals during a visit up north.

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    Val Werier chats with some locals during a visit up north.

  • Eleven Manitobans receive the Order of Manitoba during a ceremony in Ottawa on July 15, 2004. Front row, left to right: The Honourable Benjamin Hewak, Val Werier, Virginia Guiang, Leonard Cariou, Sister Theresa Champagne and Vern Hildahl. Back row, left to right: Dr. Harvey Chochinov, Dr. Don Robertson, Samuel Katz, Dr. Arthur Mauro and Dr. Henry Friesen.

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    Eleven Manitobans receive the Order of Manitoba during a ceremony in Ottawa on July 15, 2004. Front row, left to right: The Honourable Benjamin Hewak, Val Werier, Virginia Guiang, Leonard Cariou, Sister Theresa Champagne and Vern Hildahl. Back row, left to right: Dr. Harvey Chochinov, Dr. Don Robertson, Samuel Katz, Dr. Arthur Mauro and Dr. Henry Friesen.

  •  Lt.-Gov. John Harvard with Order of Canada recipient Val Werier on July 15, 2004.

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    Lt.-Gov. John Harvard with Order of Canada recipient Val Werier on July 15, 2004.

  • Val Werier sits next to Montreal Canadiens legend Maurice (Rocket) Richard in this undated photo.

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    Val Werier sits next to Montreal Canadiens legend Maurice (Rocket) Richard in this undated photo.

  • Val Werier with his children, Judy, Micheal and Jonathon during a trip to Ottawa to receive the Order of Canada.

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    Val Werier with his children, Judy, Micheal and Jonathon during a trip to Ottawa to receive the Order of Canada.

  • Winnipeg Free Press columist Val Werier helps plant a tree at Assiniboine Park with Dorothy Dobbie of the Coalition to Save the Elms on May 1, 2005 during the third annual Arbor Day in the Park. Werier was honoured for his work over the years in protecting trees and the enviroment.

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    Winnipeg Free Press columist Val Werier helps plant a tree at Assiniboine Park with Dorothy Dobbie of the Coalition to Save the Elms on May 1, 2005 during the third annual Arbor Day in the Park. Werier was honoured for his work over the years in protecting trees and the enviroment.

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