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Dear Friends of Egerton Ryerson.

The following letter was recently sent to the Premier and all MPPs on the Ryerson University name change. Obviously we are not trying to reverse the decision, but to flag the problems in the process. You can add your name to the signers’ list for an updated letter—not physically–but simply reply “Yes” or “Co-sign” and your name will be placed in alphabetical order after “yours sincerely.” Send it along this email to friends and colleagues who might join us! 

Lynn McDonald, for the Outreach Committee 

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PS Send it to your own MPP—they notice letters from constituents more than group letters. 

You can find your MPP’s name, if you don’t know it, by googling “MPP AND your postal code.” Easy! 


Mission Statement:

To Advocate for and publicize an awareness and appreciation of the life and work of Egerton Ryerson, on the basis of scholarly research and to restore and defend his reputation.

Did You Know..

The decision to rename Ryerson University has been made and the name change started. But what about the real Egerton Ryerson? The one Ryerson students, faculty, and staff never heard about, but were instead bombarded with false accusations. Click to learn more.


We aim to restore the reputation of Egerton Ryerson against erroneous /slanderous claims. Projects are planned that will require funding, some little, some much more. For example, a full-page ad in the Toronto Star is approx $5,000-7,000, and the Globe and Mail at 30,000. Half pages for both somewhat less but not as effective. Public events with zoom connections, to present the real Egerton Ryerson are under consideration and would require more modest funding, open meetings, podcast, and, webinar.  Interested in helping? Click here.

Registered Friends of Egerton Ryerson Members to Date


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David Taylor, B.A. , (Hons) B.A.S

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Irwin Pressman: A Canadian Pearl Harbor

George Elliot tried to warn the Navy about the waves of Japanese planes that he saw on his radar screen at Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941. He was...
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Len Fortune, Dip. Phot Arts, Ryerson Institute of Technology, assistant general manager Toronto Sun (ret.) TRC ambassador, Niagara (Anglican) Diocese

RYERSON’S LETTER RESURRECTED After 51 years, either in mothballs or lost, Egerton Ryerson’s 1847 letter to George Vardon returned to prime time in 1898, leaving many questions unansweredBy...
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Keith McLean, BA (Hon), M.Sc., B.Ed. who disapprove of hasty, poorly researched actions 

A retired high school history teacher, in signing the letter to provincial officials, described himself as wanting to join the list of  “individuals who disapprove of hasty, poorly researched actions.”...
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