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Tom Thorne: Alternatives to Changing Ryerson University’s Name

As an alumnus my best media and public relations advice is to keep the Ryerson University name. Those imbued and...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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