The Ontario Legislature Internship Programme (OLIP) brings eight recent graduates to Queen’s Park every year to work with backbench members of the Legislature. The non-partisan programme was established in 1975 by the Canadian Political Science Association and The Legislative Assembly of Ontario The Churchill Society invites the interns to our events.
The Teachers Institute is a unique professional development opportunity that is open to teachers of social studies and related subjects, including political science, history, law, civics, or native studies, currently teaching from Kindergarten to Grade 12 (Primary cycle 1 to Secondary cycle 2 and CEGEP in Quebec). Each November, the program brings approximately 70 teachers from across the country together for an intensive, informative, unforgettable week on Parliament Hill.
In downtown Toronto, next to Toronto’s City Hall stands a magnificent memorial statue of Sir Winston Churchill. Donated to the City of Toronto by the late Harry Jackman in 1977, it is made from the original mould of a work by the eminent sculptor Oscar Nemon that stands in the Members Lobby in the British House of Commons. At the unveiling of the original statue, Oscar Nemon said: “I was trying to express an idea of impatience and hurry, of a man wanting to see something done.” Today, Members of Parliament from all of Britain’s political parties rub Sir Winston’s foot for luck in their parliamentary oratory.
In 2002 members of the Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy and our friends at the International Churchill Society, Canada began raising funds to improve the beauty and accessibility of this public space – and to improve its relevance for future generations. The City of Toronto was approached and they came to share the vision of what this memorial could be. New benches were added and the grounds were improved.
It was agreed there needed to be a reason for individuals to stop, something to draw their attention, and also a reason for school groups to visit on a field trip to Toronto City Hall. That is why four informational panels were created, each panel portraying a different dimension of Churchill’s life and achievements. In August 2016 a fifth plaque, commemorating the pivotal August 1941 meeting between Churchill and US President Franklin Roosevelt off the coast of Newfoundland, was added on the 75th anniversary of that event.
1874 – 1965
His faith and leadership inspired free men to fight in every quarter of the globe for the triumph of justice and liberty. Presented to the City of Toronto by the Churchill Memorial Committee aided by the generosity of Henry R. Jackman, O.C., K.St.U., Q.C., October 23, 1977, David Crombie, Mayor, David P. Smith, President of City Council.
May 13, 1940
“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.” Battle of Britain August 20, 1940 “He mobilized the English language and sent it into battle.” President Kennedy April 9, 1963
We shall go on to the end.
We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with the growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be,we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills;we shall never surrender. Speech on Dunkirk, House of Commons June 4, 1940
“In three weeks England will have her neck wrung like a chicken.”
“Some chicken! Some neck!”
Canadian House of Commons
December 30, 1941