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National Defence - 32 Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters

September 09, 2009 14:46 ET

Toronto Scottish Regiment Arrives at New Armoury

ETOBICOKE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 9, 2009) - The Toronto Scottish Regiment (Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother's Own) will be moving into the Captain Bellenden Seymour Hutcheson VC Armoury on Saturday 12 September 2009. Following a march out parade from Fort York Armoury at 10:30 a.m., the regiment will arrive at their new home at 1:30 p.m. on the same day. A dedication of the building, ribbon cutting ceremony and placement of the Regimental Colours in their new location will follow.

"There is a touch of sadness at leaving an Armoury that has served us so well. For seventy years this has been our home. Generations of Tor Scots have marched proudly through these doors on their way to serve their nation on domestic and international operations," says Lieutenant-Colonel Justin Neil, Commanding Officer of The Toronto Scottish Regiment. "However the sadness in leaving this fine building is balanced by the knowledge that our new home is better equipped to meet the specific needs of The Toronto Scottish Regiment. More importantly, our new home is centred in the Etobicoke-Lakeshore community. A community with a history of support the Canadian Forces that has already warmly welcomed us. We are looking forward to working with the community and establish deep roots in Etobicoke-Lakeshore for years to come."

The Captain Bellenden Seymour Hutcheson VC Armoury is a shared facility with the Toronto Police Service. The Armoury is considered a "Green Building" in accordance with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEEDS) Green Building Rating System. The Armoury has earned a Silver rating on account of its geothermal heating and cooling, maximum use of natural light, minimum waste during construction and operation, and use of controlled lighting.

The Toronto Scottish Regiment has a history that stretches back to the First World War as the 75th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force, and was reconstituted after the war as The Toronto Scottish Regiment. The regiment deployed to World War Two from Fort York Armoury, with further deployments of soldiers to Cambodia, Sierra Leone, the Golan Heights, Cyprus, the former Yugoslavia and more recently, to Afghanistan. The regiment will continue to deploy to future operations in Canada and abroad from the Captain Bellenden Seymour Hutcheson VC Armoury.

Soldiers of The Toronto Scottish Regiment have responded to local emergencies such as the 1997 Manitoba Floods and the 1998 Ice Storm.

Alongside The Toronto Scottish Regiment and Toronto Police Service, the Captain Bellenden Seymour Hutcheson VC Armoury will be the home of The Toronto Scottish Regiment Pipes and Drums as well as The 75th Toronto Scottish Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps.

Media are welcome to cover this event. Please contact Chief Warrant Officer Mike Lacroix, Regimental Sergeant Major at 416-894-8075, or at mike.lacroix2@forces.gc.ca. The Captain Bellenden Seymour Hutcheson VC Armoury is located at 70 Birmingham Street in Etobicoke, near the foot of Islington Avenue and Lakeshore Boulevard. The regiment will arrive on location at 1:30 p.m.

Contact Information

  • National Defence - The Toronto Scottish Regiment
    Chief Warrant Officer Mike Lacroix
    Regimental Sergeant Major
    416-894-8075
    mike.lacroix2@forces.gc.ca