Judge Tulloch tells Ryerson graduates they have the responsibility ‘to change the world’

By Lincoln DePradine

Justice Michael Tulloch (centre) receives a honorary doctorate from Ryerson University President Mohamed Lachemi (left) and Chancellor Lawrence Bloomberg at a graduation ceremony yesterday. Photo – Clifton Li

Over his career as a legal practitioner, Michael Tulloch has received numerous awards. Still, he is “humbled’’ by the latest -an honourary Doctor of Laws degree from Ryerson University.

“It’s a great honour; I’m humbled by it. This is an amazing institution,’’ Tulloch, an Ontario judge, told the Caribbean Camera  yesterday after receiving the honourary doctorate  at a graduation ceremony at  the university’s Mattamy Athletic Centre, a property formerly owned by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Jamaica-born Tulloch, who migrated to Canada with his family at age nine, is the first judge of African-Canadian descent to be appointed to an appellate court in Canada.

His recommendations, presented after conducting an independent review of civilian bodies overseeing police in Ontario, formed the basis for the recent passage of the Safer Ontario Act. He now is reviewing the police practice of “carding’’, with a final report expected in November.

In his convocation address, Tulloch told graduates that they have the ability and responsibility “to impact others and to change the world’’.

“Education is the most powerful weapon that you can use to change the world,’’ the judge said, urging the students to stand up, “speak out, do something. The world awaits you’’.