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CHARLES DOBIE : LOCAL HISTORY
TORONTO, ONTARIO
Photos by Charles Dobie

Anti-War Measures Act Demonstration
October 17, 1970

For about two years, starting in June 1970, I was a photographer for Guerilla, a counter-cultural and anti-establishment bi-weekly newspaper. I was also working nights as a printer at the Toronto Star (my real job) and I suspect that the first roll of negatives (photos 1 through 31) were developed by the Star, just because of their smooth-as-silk appearance. I know that none were published in the Star, but one or two may have appeared in Guerilla.

Clayton Ruby seems to have been the main speaker, and Greg King who appears in several of the photos, was an articling student at the law firm of Copeland and Ruby. There were other speakers as the last few photos show, but their faces are hidden by the megaphone. But if you view Al Darlington's set of photos of this demo, you will see several others who I missed after I ran out of film. If you can identify anyone, either speakers or members of the crowd,

Zoltan Szoboszloi at anti-War Measures Act demonstration, Toronto.

Photo 1. Zoltan Szoboszloi.

anti-War Measures Act demonstration, Toronto.

Photo 2.

anti-War Measures Act demonstration, Toronto.

Photo 3.

Harry Kopyto speaking at anti-War Measures Act demonstration, Toronto.

Photo 4. Harry Kopyto is at left with the megaphone.

anti-War Measures Act demonstration, Toronto.

Photo 5. Man in plaid jacket is probably Martin Freeman.

anti-War Measures Act demonstration, Toronto.

Photo 6. Jessie McKenzie is in centre with the sign on her front

anti-War Measures Act demonstration, Toronto.

Photo 7.

anti-War Measures Act demonstration, Toronto.

Photo 8. The young man sitting on the wall is Peter Zorzi.

Harry Kopyto speaking at anti-War Measures Act demonstration, Toronto.

Photo 9. Speaker is Harry Kopyto. To his right is Clayton Ruby.

Clayton Ruby speaking at anti-War Measures Act demonstration, Toronto.

Photo 10. Clayton Ruby is the speaker.

Clayton Ruby speaking at anti-War Measures Act demonstration, Toronto.

Photo 11. Clayton Ruby is the speaker. People in the crowd include George Addison, Joseph Young, Chris Therott, Vern Olson on the far left.

Clayton Ruby speaking at anti-War Measures Act demonstration, Toronto.

Photo 12. Clayton Ruby is the speaker. Young man in the light jacket, front row of spectators, far right, is John Wilson. Looking over John's shoulder is Peter Zorzi.

anti War Measures Act demonstration, Toronto.

Photo 13.

anti War Measures Act demonstration, Toronto.

Photo 14. Some people shown: Stan Gray, Al Cappe, Harry Stone, Vern Olson (head of Fair Play for Cuba Committee).

anti War Measures Act demonstration, Toronto.

Photo 15.

Clayton Ruby speaking at anti-War Measures Act demonstration, Toronto.

Photo 16. Clayton Ruby is the speaker. Spectator in light jacket to right of megaphone is John Wilson with Peter Zorzi behind him.

anti War Measures Act demonstration, Toronto.

Photo 17.

anti War Measures Act demonstration, Toronto.

Photo 18.

anti War Measures Act demonstration, Toronto.

Photo 19.

Zoltan Szoboszloi at anti War Measures Act demonstration, Toronto.

Photo 20. Zoltan Szoboszloi.

Clayton Ruby speaking at anti-War Measures Act demonstration, Toronto.

Photo 21. Clayton Ruby is the speaker.

anti War Measures Act demonstration, Toronto.

Photo 22.

Clayton Ruby at anti War Measures Act demonstration, Toronto.

Photo 23. Clayton Ruby is to left of the speaker.

anti War Measures Act demonstration, Toronto.

Photo 24. Clayton Ruby is to left of the speaker.

Clayton Ruby at anti War Measures Act demonstration, Toronto.

Photo 25. Clayton Ruby is to left of the speaker.

Clayton Ruby at anti War Measures Act demonstration, Toronto.

Photo 26. The speaker is Terry Campbell of the Toronto Newspaper Guild.

Joan Newbigging at anti War Measures Act demonstration, Toronto.

Photo 27. This is the late Joan Newbigging.

Rob Varley, Greg King, Clayton Ruby at anti War Measures Act demonstration, Toronto.

Photo 28. Left to right: Rob Fairley, Greg King, Clayton Ruby.

Rob Varley, Greg King, Clayton Ruby at anti War Measures Act demonstration, Toronto.

Photo 29. Left to right: Rob Fairley, Greg King, Clayton Ruby.

Rob Varley, Greg King, Clayton Ruby at anti War Measures Act demonstration, Toronto.

Photo 30. Left to right: Rob Fairley, Greg King, Clayton Ruby.

Greg King at anti War Measures Act demonstration, Toronto.

Photo 31. Greg King is front right.




This is the start of the second roll of film. I had two cameras and this one had a telephoto lens. The photos are in the order they were taken so the time-line here has jumped back to before the speeches started, about the same as Photo 4 or 5 above.

Guerilla newspaper vendors at anti War Measures Act demonstration, Toronto.

Photo 32. Guerilla newspaper vendors.

Guerilla newspaper vendors at anti War Measures Act demonstration, Toronto.

Photo 33. Guerilla newspaper vendors.

anti War Measures Act demonstration, Toronto.

Photo 34.

Zoltan Szoboszloi at anti-War Measures Act demonstration, Toronto.

Photo 35. Zoltan Szoboszloi is holding his "God Save Everyone From The Queen" sign.

anti-War Measures Act demonstration, Toronto.

Photo 36. I managed to line up the crack in the pavement with the opening of this guy's coat.

anti-War Measures Act demonstration, Toronto.

Photo 37. "Terrorism is a Fact -- With The War Measures Act"

anti-War Measures Act demonstration, Toronto.

Photo 38. On the right is Terry Campbell of the Toronto Newspaper Guild.

anti-War Measures Act demonstration, Toronto.

Photo 39. "Build the Revolutionary Communist Canadian Party of Labour"

Mike Constable at anti-War Measures Act demonstration, Toronto.

Photo 40. Mike Constable, an editor of Guerilla newspaper.

Clayton Ruby at anti-War Measures Act demonstration, Toronto.

Photo 41. Clayton Ruby.

anti-War Measures Act demonstration, Toronto.

Photo 42. "Law and Order is Trudeau Terrorism".

Joan Newbigging at anti-War Measures Act demonstration, Toronto.

Photo 43. This is the late Joan Newbigging.

anti-War Measures Act demonstration, Toronto.

Photo 44. Rob Fairley is the speaker.

anti-War Measures Act demonstration, Toronto.

Photo 45. Speaker is Terry Campbell of the Toronto Newspaper Guild.


See more photos of this demo by Al Darlington.


Photographs Copyright © 1970- by Charles Dobie.


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