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A joint meeting of The Empire Club of Canada and The Canadian Club.
"Whilst the meeting was actually in session, the Royal Canadian Air Force bomber, especially chartered to bring Mr. Rogers to Toronto to fulfil his engagement, crashed when nine miles east of Bowmanville, Ontario, at 1:25 p.m. All persons on board were lost. The tragedy was unknown to the meeting, and in the absence of Mr. Rogers a copy of the address which had previously been forwarded to the president of the Empire Club was read by Colonel Mess."
An announcement by Dr. G.A. Gaby that Italy had just declared war. Some words by Dr. H.J. Cody while they waited for Mr. Rogers to arrive. The situation in France. Canada's choice to be at war. The meaning of Western Civilization. Some quoted verse. Winning a victory for that which is right and true. Colonel James Mess reads Mr. Roger's speech. The present challenge to Canada. First, some words about the Toronto Scottish Regiment and the 48th Highlanders of Canada. No. 110 (City of Toronto) Army Co-operation Squadron, R.C.A.F., the first of a Canadian Air Force to be overseas in this or any war. No. 242 Squadron of the Royal Air Force, the officers and men of which are young Canadians who left this country prior to the war to join the British Air Force. The position in which we find ourselves and the efforts that are being made to mobilize the resources of this country in the earnest and vigorous prosecution of the war. Events in Poland, Belgium, Holland, France, and Italy. The need to advance our own speed. Details of Canada's war activities. Increasing the aid we may give. Dealing with fifth column activities. The issue of internment. The menace of well-meaning citizens who spread rumours without facts and who frighten their neighbour with fabulous stories of the Nazi meeting-house just around the corner. How suspicion should be dealt with. The need for increasing vigilance and caution, but no need for undue alarm. Focussing on hastening the help we can bring to our Allies. The seriousness of the situation.