UAlberta reviewing donations as Rideau Hall apologizes for honouring former UAlberta chancellor


Governor-General Mary Simon publicly apologized for the appointment to the Order of Canada of former University of Alberta chancellor Peter Savaryn, who served in the Nazi-led Waffen-SS division. Savaryn reportedly served as university chancellor from 1982 to 1986 and received the Order of Canada in 1987; he died in 2017 at the age of 90. The news reports that UAlberta recently returned a $30K gift to the family of Yaroslav Hunka, who reportedly served in the same division as Savaryn, and is reviewing other donations that it has received. UAlberta spokesperson Ross Neitz indicated that the process is ongoing and added that “these types of reviews take time and diligence.”

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