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2014

Launch of Heritage Week 2014 – Remembering the First World War: Ontario in transition

On February 14, 2014, the Ontario Heritage Trust launched Heritage Week 2014 at Canadian Forces Base Borden. On behalf of the Ontario Heritage Trust, Chairman Thomas H.B. Symons delivered an address at the Juno Beach Mess, with introductions by Beth Hanna, the Trust’s Executive Director ...

2012

The Ontario Human Rights Code and the work of the Ontario Human Rights Commission: A great heritage in need of review and revision at appropriate intervals

On October 18, 2012, the Ontario Heritage Trust and the Ontario Human Rights Commission hosted a Dialogue on Human Rights in Ontario at Hart House at the University of Toronto, as part of our commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Ontario Human Rights Code. The Ontario Heritage Trust’s Board Chairman, Thomas H.B. Symons, delivered an address on behalf of the Trust ...

Unveiling of the provincial plaque to commemorate Brampton’s Dale Estate

On September 12, 2012, the Ontario Heritage Trust, the City of Brampton and the Friends of the Dale Estate unveiled a provincial plaque to commemorate the Dale Estate, a local estate that both helped put Brampton on the map and encouraged the growth of the greenhouse industry. On behalf of the Ontario Heritage Trust, Chairman Thomas H.B. Symons delivered an address at the Rose Theatre Brampton, with introductions by Beth Hanna, the Trust’s Executive Director ...

Unveiling of the provincial plaque to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Ontario Human Rights Code

On June 15, 2012, the Ontario Heritage Trust and the Ontario Human Rights Commission unveiled a provincial plaque to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Ontario Human Rights Code. At this event, held at the University of Toronto’s Hart House, Thomas H.B. Symons, the Trust’s Chairman of the Board, delivered an address to the assembled guests ...

Gravesite commemoration of the Honourable John Parmenter Robarts, Premier of Ontario, 1961-71

On March 1, 2012, the Ontario Heritage Trust unveiled a gravesite marker at Toronto’s Cathedral Church of St. James to commemorate the Honourable John Parmenter Robarts, Premier of Ontario, 1961-1971. The Premiers’ Gravesites Program was created in 2007 to mark and commemorate the gravesites of Ontario’s premiers, in acknowledgment of their service and contributions to the province. The Ontario Heritage Trust’s Chairman, Thomas H.B. Symons, brought greetings on behalf of the Trust ...

Defending a Nation – the opening of the Parliament interpretive centre

On February 17, 2012, the Ontario Heritage Trust opened the Parliament interpretive centre in Toronto – featuring the exhibit Foundations & Fire: Early Parliament and the War of 1812 Experience at York. The Ontario Heritage Trust’s Chairman, Thomas H.B. Symons, brought greetings on behalf of the Trust ...

2011

Dialogue on the Diaspora: A Black Heritage Expo

On November 30, 2011, the Ontario Heritage Trust held a dialogue at Toronto’s St. Lawrence Hall. Dialogue on the Diaspora: A Black Heritage Expo was part of the Trust’s commemoration of the year designated by the United Nations as the International Year for People of African Descent. The Ontario Heritage Trust’s Chairman, Thomas H.B. Symons, addressed the attendees on behalf of the Trust ...

Gravesite commemoration of the Honourable Leslie Miscampbell Frost, Premier of Ontario, 1949-61

On November 25, 2011, in Lindsay, Ontario, the Ontario Heritage Trust unveiled a gravesite marker to commemorate the Honourable Leslie Frost, Premier of Ontario from 1949-61. The Premiers’ Gravesites Program was created in 2007 to mark and commemorate the gravesites of Ontario’s premiers, in acknowledgment of their service and contributions to the province. The Ontario Heritage Trust’s Chairman, Thomas H.B. Symons, brought greetings on behalf of the Trust ...

Provincial plaque unveiling to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Wilfrid Laurier University

On September 23, 2011, in Waterloo, Ontario, the Ontario Heritage Trust and Wilfrid Laurier University unveiled a provincial plaque to commemorate the university on its 100th anniversary. The Ontario Heritage Trust’s Chairman, Thomas H.B. Symons, brought greetings on behalf of the Trust ...

Announcement of the plans for Toronto’s Parliament site

On June 8, 2011, a formal announcement was made in Toronto to identify the Trust’s plans for its land on the Parliament site near Front and Parliament streets. The Ontario Heritage Trust’s Chairman, Thomas H.B. Symons, brought greetings on behalf of the Trust ...

2010

Expanding Horizons: Address to the opening plenary session of the conference of the Ontario Land Trust Alliance

On October 28, 2010, in Peterborough, Ontario, the Ontario Heritage Trust’s Chairman, Thomas H.B. Symons, addressed the opening plenary session at the conference of the Ontario Land Trust Alliance with this speech entitled Expanding Horizons ...


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