Upcoming Guest Lecture: Magna Carta at 801: Arts and Letters Club, June 20

I will be giving a talk about Magna Carta in honour of the 801st anniversary of the Great Charter at the Arts and Letters Club in Toronto on June 20. The talk will be followed by panel discussion about Magna Carta’s continuing significance and I will be signing copies of my book Magna Carta and Its Gifts to Canada: Democracy, Law, and Human Rights. Dinner, mead and ale will be served.

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Click here to purchase of copy of Magna Carta and Its Gifts to Canada: Democracy, Law, and Human Rights

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Upcoming Guest Lecture on June 8: The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration in Rockwood, Ontario

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh in Canada in 2010

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh in Canada in 2010

I will be giving a talk about the Queen in Canada at the Rockmosa Older Adult Centre in Rockwood, Ontario on June 8, 2016 at 11:30 in honour of the Queen’s 90th Birthday. Afternoon tea will be served.

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Upcoming Guest Lecture on May 19 @ 7pm: The Queen in Canada at the Owen Sound & North Grey Union Public Library

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh in Canada in 2010

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh in Canada in 2010

I will be giving a talk about Queen Elizabeth II’s royal tours of Canada at the Owen Sound & North Grey Union Public Library (824 1st Avenue West) in Owen Sound Ontario at 7pm on May 19, 2016.

For more information about the lecture and the library, click here.

All are welcome!

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CBC News Interview: Humility and ‘having a good time’: Prince Harry brings his royal rapport to Toronto

Prince Harry at the official press launch of Walking with the Wounded in 2010.

Prince Harry at the official press launch of Walking with the Wounded in 2010.

My most recent interview with CBC News is all about Prince Harry’s visit to Canada on May 2, 2016, in preparation for the Invictus Games, which will take place in Toronto in September 2017.

While Harry has a reputation as a party prince, he’s expanded his public profile in recent years, serving in Afghanistan, representing the Queen at the Closing Ceremonies of the 2012 Olympic Games in London and undertaking a successful Diamond Jubilee tour of the Caribbean. His philanthropic interests focus on youth and veterans.

Click here to read Humility and ‘having a good time’: Prince Harry brings his royal rapport to Toronto

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CBC News Interview: The Queen at 90: Why Elizabeth has so many birthdays

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh leaving the Royal York hotel in Toronto on a tour of Canada in 2010.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh leaving the Royal York hotel in Toronto on a tour of Canada in 2010.

The Queen turns 90 today but the royal birthday celebrations will continue for the next few months as the monarch marks her official birthday in the United Kingdom in June and has special 90th birthday celebrations in May. Various Commonwealth realms celebrate the Queen’s birthday on different dates with Canada observing the occasion on the Victoria Day holiday in May.

I discussed the Queen’s many birthdays with Janet Davison at CBC News.

Click here to read The Queen at 90: Why Elizabeth has so many birthdays at CBC.ca

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CBC News Interview: The Queen at 90: Why it’s more than just a celebration of Elizabeth’s birthday

The Queen reading the throne speech at the 2012 State Opening of Parliament

The Queen turns 90 on April 21 and public celebrations will continue in May and June in the United Kingdom and Commonwealth. I discussed the significance of the Queen’s 90th birthday with Janet Davison at CBC.ca.

Click here to read the interview “The Queen at 90: Why it’s more than just a celebration of Elizabeth’s birthday” at CBC.ca

I will be appearing on TV and radio throughout the day on April 21 to discuss the Queen at 90. Here is my schedule of interviews:

6am-8am: CBC News Network

1pm: CTV News Channel

2:30pm-6:30pm CBC syndicated radio

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Postmedia Interview: Queen Elizabeth’s top 10 moments in Canada

Queen in Canada 1959 The Queen celebrates her 90th birthday this month, an opportunity to look back on her long reign, which includes twenty-two tours of Canada. I discussed the 1959 royal tour by the Queen and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh with Kate Bueckert at postmedia and I am quoted in the article “Queen Elizabeth’s top ten moments in Canada,” which appears in the Toronto Sun and other postmedia news outlets.

The 1959 royal tour was the Queen’s longest tour of Canada, the last whistle-stop tour where the royal couple crossed the country by train. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh spent six and half weeks in Canada, visiting every province and territory of the time. Subsequent royal tours were shorter, focusing on specific regions of the country, an approach that continues to the present day.

Canadians responded to the 1959 royal tour with enthusiasm and large crowds greeted the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh at various stops along the tour, including the province of Quebec, where the Queen would encounter protesters just five years later in 1964. The occasional critical voice in the Canadian media met with strong disagreement by senior political figures and members of the public. When CBC journalist Joyce Davidson stated, “We’re still annoyed at still being dependent on a monarchy,” Nathan Phillips, Mayor of Toronto was quick to declare “[Davidson] doesn’t represent Canadians or the people of Toronto.”

Over the course of the royal couple’s itinerary, the Duke of Edinburgh assumed a greater public role as the Queen discovered that she was expecting Prince Andrew and needed time to rest within her busy schedule. (The Queen’s pregnancy was not public knowledge during the tour though Canadian Prime Minister Diefenbaker was one of the first be informed). Prince Philip performed solo engagements including a speech to the Canadian Medical Association at the Royal York hotel in Toronto where he encouraged Canadians to improve their level of physical fitness.

The 1959 royal tour remains one of the Queen’s most historically significant tours of Canada. The Queen opened the St. Lawrence Seaway as Queen of Canada with American President Dwight Eisenhower and had the opportunity to meet with Canadians from across and the country and various walks of life.

Click here to read Queen Elizabeth’s top 10 moments in Canada in The Toronto Sun 

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in Canada in 2010

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in Canada in 2010

For more about the Queen in Canada, see my 2012 Diamond Jubilee series of articles:

1) The Young Queen of Canada

2) The Controversial Queen of Canada

3) The Celebrity Queen of Canada

4) The Jubilee Queen of Canada

 

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New Canadian Encyclopedia Article: The Crown in Canada

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Canada in 2011

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Canada in 2011

My latest article in the Canadian Encyclopedia discusses the Crown in Canada.

In Canada, a constitutional monarchy, the Crown is the source of non-partisan sovereign authority and an integral part of the legislative, executive and judicial powers that govern the country. Under Canada’s system of responsible government (or democracy), the Crown performs each of these functions on the binding advice, or through the actions of, members of parliament, ministers, or judges.

Click here to read my article on the Crown in the Canadian Encyclopedia.

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New Canadian Encyclopedia Article: Letters Patent, 1947

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth at Toronto City Hall in 1939

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth at Toronto City Hall during their 1939 Canadian tour

My recent article in the Canadian Encyclopedia discussed the Letters Patent, 1947.

The Letters Patent Constituting the Office of Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, usually shortened to Letters Patent, 1947, was an edict issued by King George VI that expanded the role of the governor general, allowing him or her to exercise prerogatives of the sovereign. While Letters Patent delegated Crown prerogatives to the governor general, the sovereign remains Head of State.

Click here to read Letters Patent, 1947 in the Canadian Encyclopedia

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New Canadian Encyclopedia Article: Sovereign

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh leaving the Royal York hotel in Toronto on a tour of Canada in 2010.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh leaving the Royal York hotel in Toronto on a tour of Canada in 2010.

My latest article in the Canadian Encyclopedia discusses the role of the sovereign in Canada’s government.

Under Canada’s constitutional monarchy, the sovereign is head of state, the legal foundation of the executive branch of government and one part of Parliament — along with the Senate and House of Commons. The current sovereign of Canada is Queen Elizabeth II.

Click here to read my article on the Sovereign in the Canadian Encyclopedia.

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