PETERS – Statues, reconciliation and Canada Day 2021

(Image: CFJC Today)

WE’VE SAID BEFORE that societies don’t erect statues of people they want to simply remember; they erect statues of people they want to celebrate, to venerate, to hold up as an example of a person of great character or achievement.

So when the statue of Egerton Ryerson on the campus of the Toronto university bearing his name came tumbling down last Sunday, it was probably just, even if it wasn’t done in a way the authorities might have approved.

Ryerson was an architect of early public school systems in Canada, and also conceived the most racist and segregationist elements of the country’s residential school system.


James Peters is the radio anchor at CFJC, coming to Kamloops in 2006. He anchors the afternoon news on B-100 and 98.3 CIFM, and contributes weekly editorials to the CFJC Evening News. He tweets regularly @Jamloops.

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