TORONTO, Oct. 18, 2006 – The Catholic Civil Rights League invites members and guests to its annual general meeting Nov. 2 at 7 pm. The event will be held at St. Michael’s Choir School Auditorium, 66 Bond Street.

Keynote speaker will be William Gairdner, chairman of Enshrine Marriage Canada. His presentation will emphasize the importance for Canadian society of upholding the traditional understanding of marriage. Mr. Gairdner is a former professor of English literature at York University, successful businessman and Olympic athlete. He is the author of numerous books, including The Trouble with Canada (1990), The War Against the Family (1993), Constitutional Crack-up (1994) and On Higher Ground: Reclaiming a Civil Society (1996). He was the managing editor of a landmark historical book, Canada’s Founding Debates (1999).

Mr. Gairdner was the founder and first president of Civitas, a national organization of 250 prominent academics, journalists, authors, and interested citizens. Civitas was founded to promote and deepen understanding of the problems of freedom and order in modern society.

Please call or e-mail the League (416-466-8244, or for further information about this event, or to confirm your attendance.

About CCRL
Catholic Civil Rights League ( assists in creating conditions within which Catholic teachings can be better understood, cooperates with other organizations in defending civil rights in Canada, and opposes defamation and discrimination against Catholics on the basis of their beliefs. CCRL was founded in 1985 as an independent lay organization. The Catholic Civil Rights League is a Canadian non-profit organization entirely supported by the generosity of its members.

For further information: Joanne McGarry, Executive Director, 416-466-8244;