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14   LAWS OF ONTARIO

known as the publication of the banns of marriage.

Marriage licenses are issued by persons appointed for that purpose by the Crown. Considerable criticism having been directed to the carelessness and impropriety some-times attending the issuing of marriage licenses, in 1921 the clerks of cities, towns and incorporated villages, and police magistrates in territory without municipal organization, were made ex ojicio issuers of marriage licenses.

Township clerks may be appointed where the Lieutenant-Governor in Council deems it expedient for the public convenience to make such an appointment.

It was thought that these officials, being permanent, and holding responsible offices under the control of the municipal councils, would be more suitable for the office. More-over, municipal clerks are divisional registrars under The Vital Statistics Jct, and are thus in constant touch with the Registrar of Vital Statistics, from whom they are able to receive special instructions in cases of doubt or difficulty.


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