Media Advisory - New Ontario Lieutenant Governor installation ceremony highlights

    TORONTO, Sept. 5 /CNW/ - David C. Onley will be installed as Ontario's
28th Lieutenant Governor at the Ontario Legislature on Wednesday, September 5,
2007 at 2:00 p.m.. Mr. Onley replaces the outgoing Lieutenant Governor, the
Honourable James K. Bartleman.

    Event Summary for Wednesday, September 5, 2007

    Mr. Onley will take his Oath of Allegiance and his Oath of Office before
the Chief Justice of Ontario, the Honourable Warren K. Winkler.
    Invited dignitaries include Cabinet Ministers and senior provincial
officials, the Reverend Dr. Sam Martin delivering the Invocation and
Ms Sheila-Marie Cook, representing the Office of the Governor General of
Canada. The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, will greet Mr. Onley
on behalf of the Government of Canada.
    Performers during the ceremony include the St. Benedict Youth Choir and
the Westminster Ensemble.
    A 15-gun salute by the 7th Toronto Regiment will announce Mr. Onley's
installation. After the ceremony, Mr. Onley will inspect an honour guard
composed of military units from across the province.

    Please Note: Accredited members of the Queen's Park Press Gallery may
enter through the east or west entrance to the Legislature. Media who are not
members should sign in with security between 12:00 and 1:30 p.m. and proceed
to Room 387A for a media pass. Media must present proper media ID or a letter
from their editor instructing them to cover the installation. Media passes
will not be issued after 1:30 p.m.

    For more information on the Lieutenant Governor, please visit his web

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                    THE HONOURABLE DAVID C. ONLEY, O.ONT.

    When David C. Onley was appointed The Queen's representative in Ontario,
his concern for people with disabilities became front page news. And when he
took office on 5 September 2007, Ontario's 28th Lieutenant Governor became a
highly placed champion for accessibility.
    The Honourable David C. Onley has championed disability issues on many
fronts and for many years. Having lived with polio and post-polio syndrome
since the age of three, he has broken through social barriers and become a
role model.
    In his 22-year career with Citytv, he was Canada's first senior
newscaster with a visible disability. A popular news anchor, host/producer,
science and technology specialist, and weatherman, he showed that ability
outshines disability.
    Mr Onley has worked tirelessly to improve accessibility for all. He has
chaired the Government of Ontario's Accessibility Standards Advisory Council,
and served on the SkyDome Accessibility Council and the Air Canada Centre
Accessibility Committee. He has assisted the Muki Baum Association for
Multiple Disabilities, the Ontario March of Dimes, Variety Village, the
Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons, and the Centre for
Independent Living in Toronto.
    For his public service, Mr Onley has been honoured with the King Clancy
Award for Disabled Persons, the Courage to Come Back Award, and the Positive
Impact Award. He was inducted into the Terry Fox Hall of Fame and the
Scarborough Walk of Fame, and received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from
Canada Christian College.
    His best-selling novel Shuttle was nominated as Book of the Year in 1982
by the Periodical Distributor's Association, and he has contributed to
television, radio and publications, often with a focus on science, technology,
and faith. He co-founded and was president of the Aerospace Heritage
    Born on 12 June 1950 in Midland, Ontario, David Onley attended local
schools then graduated from the University of Toronto in 1975 with an Honours
B.A. in Political Science. He worked as an intern at Queen's Park and attended
the University of Windsor Law School.
    In view of his success in life, Mr Onley credits his Christian faith and
the ongoing support of his wife, singer and Christian recording artist Ruth
Ann Onley, and their three sons, Jonathan, Robert, and Michael. The Onleys
live in Scarborough and are active members of the Safe Haven Worship Centre in

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For further information:

For further information: Nanda Casucci-Byrne, Director, Office of the
Lieutenant Governor, (416) 325-7781; Nadine Dolly, Ministry of
Intergovernmental Affairs, (416) 212-4417

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