REPUBLICAN EVENTS PLANNED
FOR "VICTORIA WEEK"
~ PUBLIC FORUM AT
UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO
~ 1837 REBELLION
Toronto, ON - May 14, 2002
- Citizens for a Canadian Republic, a newly formed group
advocating ending the monarchy in Canada and allowing Canadians
to choose their own head of state is pleased to announce a
series of events occurring during the week of Victoria Day.
~ THURSDAY, MAY 23
- Toronto Forum for a Canadian Republic - "A Discussion on
Replacing the Queen with a Canadian as Head of State".
Former Toronto Star Religion Editor Michael McAteer will
moderate the event. Speakers will be Tom Freda, co-founder of
Citizens for a Canadian Republic, Political Science author
Randall White, veteran Canadian actor Sean McCann, civil rights
activist and founder of Alliance for a Canadian Republic Charles
Roach, social justice activist Catherine Holliday and former
Toronto Alderman and Metro Councillor Tony O'Donohue.
Tom Freda will discuss
organizational aspects of the national republican movement in
Canada, author Randall White will provide insight on the subject
as it relates to his book 'Is Canada Trapped in a Time Warp?',
Charles Roach and Catherine Holliday will provide their views on
republicanism from a social justice standpoint and Canadian film
and television actor Sean McCann will share anecdotes from his
lifelong passion for republicanism. Finally, Tony O'Donohue will
discuss his May 29 court action to fight the 1701 Act of
Settlement which bars non-Protestants from the British throne.
Since the act also prevents Roman Catholics, Jews, Muslims and
Hindus from being Canadian head of state, his legal battle puts
into question the Charter of Rights and Freedoms that prohibits
religious or racial discrimination.
Comments from the speakers
will be followed by a session of open questions from the
The time will be 7 PM - 10
PM, Thursday, May 23 in Room 103 of University of Toronto's
Fitzgerald Medical Arts Building, 150 College Street (north east
corner of College Street and Taddle Creek Road, one block west
of the Queen's Park Subway Station). Reservations for media
attendance is recommended.
~ MONDAY, MAY 20
- Victoria Day march to 1837 Rebellion public hanging site.
Civil rights lawyer Charles Roach and film and television actor
Sean McCann will be in attendance at a dramatic presentation and
commemoration of the 1837 Upper Canada Rebellion and the
Canadian republican patriots who participated. The event will be
held at 11 AM at Court Square, one block north of King Street,
between Church and Toronto Streets. The location is where Samuel
Lount and Peter Matthews, two members of the revolt, were
publicly hanged in 1838 and just minutes away from Rebellion
leader William Lyon MacKenzie's historic home.