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Oath/declaration of William John Mumford, in support of Libero Sauro, December 10, 1940
Oath and/or declaration of William John Mumford, in support of Libero Sauro, December 10, 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.
December 10, 1940
Recto: t-b, l-r]: [typed] IN THE MATTER of The War Measures Act, R.S.C. / chapter 206, and / IN THE MATTER OF the application of Libero Sauro, / of the City of Toronto, in the County of York, / Minister, / [line] / I, WILLIAM JOHN MUMFORD, of the City of Toronto, in / the County of York, United Church Minister, make oath and say as / follows:- / 1. I am a minister of The United Church of Canada in / Toronto and prior to coming to Toronto had pastorates in the / Cities of Sault Ste. Marie and Welland. As the said / Libero Sauro has been in charge of Italian Missions in Sault Ste. / Marie and Niagara Falls as well as in Toronto, I have known him / well for many years and am familiar with the work which he has been doing. / 2. I regard him as having been a wholesome and helpful / influence among the Italian people and believe that he has been / loyal to Canada and to British institutions. In all my / association with him I have seen nothing to indicate the contrary. / SWORN before me at the City / of Toronto, in the County of / York, this [handwritten in ink] 10th [typed] day of December, / 1940. [signature in ink] Kenneth A Fonlds [typed] A Commissioner &c., [signature in ink] W. J. Mumford
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