CNE — Internment plaque in disrepair

Canadian National Exhibition
Press Building
210 Princes’ Boulevard
Exhibition Place
Toronto, ON M6K 3C3

Phone: 416-263-3800
Fax: 416-263-3838

E-mail: info@TheEx.com

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3 December 2006

Dear CNE Administration:

I happened to drive through the CNE grounds on Friday, 1 December 2006, and was dismayed to see that the pole mounted plaque, recalling the use of Stanley Barracks as an internment camp/receiving station in the First World War, is falling over. It is angled in such a way that it is not easy to read and is quite unappealing. I do not know whether this is the result of vandalism or an attempt to remove it, but my understanding is that the CNE is obliged to maintain it on site and in good condition. I hope you will send your repair crew out immediately to rectify this problem. As your records will no doubt confirm, the plaque was blessed by representatives of both the Ukrainian Catholic and Ukrainian Orthodox churches, in the presence of a number of dignitaries, including a descendent of one of the internees. It would be very disturbing if it were not maintained properly and with dignity.

Thank you for your anticipated action in rectifying this matter.

Yours truly,

L Y Luciuk, PhD, Director of Research
Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association

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