Entries by Friends of Egerton Ryerson

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Tom Thorne: Will Always be a Ryerson Univerity Graduate

Now that Ryerson University President Mohamed Lachemi  has the name change process well underway I want to remind him that even when he changes the name, Ryerson grads don’t have to follow his unfortunate process. We can remain Ryerson grads. Yesterday another Ryerson grad sent me an email saying he would never surrender his Ryerson […]

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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 […]

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R. Dundas B.Tech. (Electrical), B.Tech. (Business), B.Ed.Ad.Ed.

Was Egerton Ryerson the bad person he has been portrayed? Did he have a role to play in the maltreatment of Indigenous children and their families? Did he establish the residential school system designed to remove the Indian from the Indigenous child? The answer to these three questions is a resounding NO !! Ryerson is […]

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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 […]

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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 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 […]

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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 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 […]

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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.” He added, as a teacher, “I found Ryerson’s educational research meticulous and progressive in the 19th century. Oh, would the same could be said of Strachan!”  Keith McLean, BA […]