"Tales of pioneer hardship and deprivation have been told many times. Yet still we remember in wonder, that people accomplished so much with so little; that men and women with simple tools, their bare hands, and their own inventiveness cleared the land, drained the swamps, made their own clothing and provided their own food. Through all these difficulties God was with them and they wanted their children educated intellectually and spritually." from Norfolk Street United Church history

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Bill 185 Official! September 28 Proclaimed British Home Child Day

Cornwall Free News – June 2, 2011

Queen’s Park Ontario - On June 1st, 2011, MPP Jim Brownell’s Private Members’ Bill, Bill 185 - An Act to Proclaim British Home Child Day, received Royal Assent by the Chief Justice of the Province of Ontario, the Honourable Mr. Justice Warren K. Winkler.

In a brief ceremony in the Lieutenant-Governor’s suite at Queen’s Park, Chief Justice Winkler signed his name to the bill.

MPP Brownell presents Bill 185

British Home Child Day will be celebrated on September 28th of each year in Ontario.
Bill 185 received second and third reading in the Legislature of Ontario on May 19th, 2011,
and was then sent to the Lieutenant-Governor’s office for Royal Assent.

Bill 185 was co-sponsored by MPP Cheri DiNovo (Parkdale-Highpark) and MPP Steve Clark (Leeds-Grenville).

“May we long remember and honour the courage, strength and determination of our British Home Children ancestors, and celebrate their wonderful legacies,” said Jim Brownell, MPP for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry.

(Will the other provinces also pursue a Home Child day?)

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