Campbell Park




Globe June 18, 1909



Text of Order in Council Signed by Lieutenant Governor - Operations Under Defunct Charter End at Dufferin Park

"Upon the recommendation of the Honorable the Attorney-General, the Committee of Council advise that the York Riding and Driving Club, Limited, having failed for two consecutive years to use its corporate powers within the meaning of section 21 of the Ontario Companies act, as shown by the accompanying report of the Provincial Secretary, and under the special circumstances applying in this, the letters-patent of the club, dated December 20, 1894, be declared to be forfeited, revoked and made void, but that no such forfeiture shall affect prejudicially the rights of creditors as they existed at the date of such forfeiture."

The foregoing is the text of the order in Council signed by his Honor the Lieutenant-Governor, under which the charter of the club operating at Dufferin Park ceased to exist yesterday. Any further operations carried on by the directors or others associated with the defunct club are at their personal risk and responsibility.

Official notification of the cancellation was mailed by registered letter to the solicitor and officers of the club yesterday afternoon. The Cabinet is reported to have discussed all the details of the case fully. The loss of the charter ends all the club's corporate powers and its rights and privileges as an incorporated company. While it is not regarded as likely that the individuals comprising the organization will attempt any unauthorized operation, it is understood that the Crown authorities are prepared to enforce the law if violations should occur.

"The King can do no wrong. We have to be satisfied," was the only comment of Mr. A. Orpen, who purchased the charter last year.

Mr. Herbert Capewell of Toronto street was at the Parliament buildings yesterday morning awaiting the arrival of the Attorney-General. When interviewed by the Globe, Mr. Capewell said, "I have no information to give you. I am manager of the affairs of Mr. Orpen and came up to see the Minister privately. I have nothing at all to give out about the Dufferin Park charter."

Mr. Capewell awaited the Attorney-General's arrival in the corridor till after 12 o'clock. He accosted Hon. Mr. Foy as he came down the main corridor to the Council Chamber, but the Minister shook his head, passing on. Mr. Capewell endeavored to intercept his progress by placing his hands on Mr. Foy's arms to detain him. "I must see you a minute," he declared.

The Attorney-General again shook his head and threw off the detaining hand. "No," he said, "I cannot do anything. The Cabinet is waiting for me."

"All right," declared Mr. Capewell angrily, and as the Minister passed on into Council he called after the retreating figure that he would "hear something drop in South Toronto," that he would "get even at election," that he had "never treated you that way," and similar remarks. The incident caused a mild sensation.

Subsequently Mr. Capewell, who was very wroth, told the press representatives who witnessed the interchange that there would be a reckoning. He then declared that he had not wanted to wee Mr. Foy about the Dufferin track matter at all, and charged the Minister with acting high-handedly. "It was merely a coincidence that I was here," he finally maintained.

At the time of going to press the Cabinet was still sitting and no announcement had been made as to the future plans of the Government.

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