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August 2, 2012
Lieutenant Governor of Ontario at Fort York on Simcoe Day
The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, will be at Fort York National Historic Site in Toronto on Simcoe Day - Monday, August 6 - from 1 to 2 p.m. to celebrate the first Lieutenant Governor, John Graves Simcoe. Simcoe was the founder of Fort York and the Town of York, now known as Toronto.

Lieutenant Governor Onley will be joined by City of Toronto representative Councillor Paul Ainslie (Ward 43 Scarborough East) at this Simcoe Day event.

Through an exhibition provided by the Ontario Black History Society, visitors can learn about the first Lieutenant Governor and his connection to the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833 - which, decades after his death, ended slavery in the British Empire on August 1, 1834.

A parade and salute to the Lieutenant Governor will be performed by re-enactors uniformed as King's troops from the War of 1812 era. The historic units will also participate in a combined musket-and-artillery-firing tactical demonstration after the parade.

Fort York, at 250 Fort York Blvd., will celebrate Simcoe Day with free family admission from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors can enjoy tours, exhibits, musket and cannon demonstrations, fife-and-drum music and historic cooking in the 1826 kitchen while learning about Simcoe and the founding of York and Fort York.

Fort York National Historic Site is one of 10 historic museums operated by the City of Toronto. For more information, the public can call 416-392-6907 or visit

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media Contact
John Gosgnach
Manager Cluster A Communications

Richard Haynes
Museum Site Co-ordinator
416-320-3140 (at event Monday)



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