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JRC is known across Canada as “the Master Gatherer” for his many books on the lore and literature of the country. He has been dubbed John “Bartlett” Colombo for his “quote books.” He has been called “Canada’s Mr. Mystery” for his studies of mysterious Canadiana.

An occasional public speaker and radio and television personality, he is a recipient of the Harbourfront International Literary Award; he was awarded an honourary doctorate in literature by York University; and he is a member of the Order of Canada.

Among his other honours are the Centennial Medal, the Order of Cyril and Methodius (first class), and Esteemed Knight of Mark Twain.
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