Toronto - Toronto Public Librarypresents lawyer and social justice activist James Lockyer as the guest speaker for the 2nd annual June Callwood Lecture on Friday, April 25, 2008, 7 p.m.
James Lockyer is a founding director of the Association in Defense of the Wrongfully Convicted. Called "a tireless defender of the underdog," Lockyer has been involved in exposing many wrongful convictions in Canada, including the cases of Steven Truscott, Guy Paul Morin and David Milgaard. He is currently representing a number of people affected by the case of pathologist Charles Smith. He is also acting for Robert Baltovich, who is being retried for the murder of Elizabeth Bain.
Linden MacIntyre, co-host on CBC's fifth estate, is one of Canada's most distinguished broadcast journalists. MacIntyre was part of the fifth estate's Truscott project for eight years, and he conducted the interviews and wrote the script for the 2000 documentary in which Steven Truscott gave his first on-camera account of his experience. Jon Brooks is an award-winning folk singer-songwriter, who considers the song "an essential path toward greater humanity, justice, and community survival."
The annual June Callwood Lecture honours the life, work and legacy of journalist-author-social activist June Callwood (1924-2007) by providing a platform for the exploration and discussion of contemporary social justice issues. The lecture is held each April, and features high profile speakers who are prominent in their particular area of social activism.
The lecture is funded by the Toronto Public Library Foundation's June Callwood Endowment. To make a donation to the June Callwood Endowment Fund, contact the Toronto Public Library Foundation at (416) 397-5924.