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Lynn McDonald: Ryerson’s 1847 Report on “Industrial Schools”: Is It the “Smoking Gun” Linking Him to Residential Schools?

Denouncers of Egerton Ryerson like to cite his 1847 report on “industrial schools” as the ”smoking gun” that links him to the horrible residential school system established by the federal government in 1883, the year after his death. That report, a handwritten letter, was prepared at the request of the assistant superintendent general of Indian Affairs, … Read more

Tom Thorne: Why a New Name for Ryerson University? University Management Folds to Identity Politics 

It appears that the only excuse for changing the name of Ryerson University after 73 years is the mistaken notion that Egerton Ryerson was responsible for indigenous residential schools which is simply not true as considerable scholarship demonstrates all too well. Add the “discovery” of “unmarked graves” at residential school sites and the entire exercise … Read more

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

I graduated from Ryerson in early 90’s after I had graduated from York and valued my opportunity to complete my education all from evening and weekend studies from these schools. Egerton Ryerson was the founder of public education in this province and if it wasn’t for his efforts the only people who received education at all would be … Read more

Rose Dyson, Ed.D: Education in Peril

November, 2021 The recent proposal to rename Ryerson University has alarm bells reverberating throughout the university community and beyond. Events leading up to this decision have precipitated a growing wave of fear and anxiety that what we see unfolding is a much wider and troubling phenomena. Two things stand out in the Task Force Report … Read more

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

“I graduated from Ryerson in early 90’s after I had graduated from York and valued my opportunity to complete my education all from evening and weekend studies from these schools. Egerton Ryerson was the founder of public education in this province and if it wasn’t for his efforts the only people who received education at all would be … Read more

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 ignored.  https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-man-who-tried-to-stop-pearl-harbor. The University  Committee who sentenced Egerton Ryerson’s name to be erased  was not provided the correct information. The University will be publicly shamed once the true … Read more

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 Len FortuneDecember 2021 A letter written in 1847, is the most significant document in the assault on Egerton Ryerson’s legacy; it’s disheartening, the anti-Ryerson crowd, if they … Read more