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Oath and/or declaration of Peter Bryce, in support of Libero Sauro, December 1940
Oath and/or declaration of Peter Bryce, in support of Libero Sauro, December 1940.
Rev. Libero Sauro was arrested on September 7, 1940 and held at Don Jail before being transferred to Petawawa Internment Camp.
Under the DOCR (Defence of Canada Regulations), after 30 days, internees could formally object to their detention to an advisory committee appointed by the Minister of Justice. The Minister of Justice then appointed a judge to review the internee’s case. This meant an examination of the RCMP’s evidence against the internee, meetings with the internee, and interviews with witnesses who could attest to the internee’s character. After this, the judge either recommended an internee’s release or continued internment to the Minister of Justice.
This written declaration appears to be made in support of Sauro's release, by a non-Italian familiar with his character and work.
This document forms part of a collection of documents and other materials donated by the Sauro family.
Recto: [t-b, l-r]: [typed] IN THE MATTER of The War Measures Act, R.S.C. / 206, and / IN THE MATTER of the application of LIBERO SAURO, / of the City of Toronto, in the County of York, / Minister. / [line] / I, PETER BRYCE, of the City of Toronto, in the / County of York, Doctor of Divinity, make oath and say as follows: / 1. I am the Minister of Metropolitan United Church / in the City of Toronto and past Moderator of The United Church / of Canada, and have knowledge of the matters herein deposed to. / 2. Rev. Libero Sauro has been minister of an Italian / Church in Toronto since about 1934 and I have been acquainted / with him for some years. / 3. For some years past I have been accustomed to / hold an international service on the Sunday nearest to Armistice / Day and on at least two occasions he has assisted in these services. / 4. I regard him as a wholesome influence in the life / of the Italians of Toronto and from my association with him and / knowledge of him I feel convinced that he is true to Canadian / institutions. / SWORN before me at the / City of Toronto, in the / County of York this / day of December, 1940. / A Commissioner &c.,
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