25 Years of Barbara Frum Library (1992-2017) and How It Came To Be

September 25, 2017 | Barbara Myrvold

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Twenty-five years ago, on September 24, 1992, North York Mayor Mel Lastman and developer Dr. Murray Frum cut the ribbon to officially open the new Barbara Frum Library and Community Recreation Centre. Program for the official opening, September 24, 1992. Toronto Public Library Archives This marked a new chapter in...

Remembering the Toronto Transportation Commission: September 1: Snapshots in History

September 1, 2017 | John P.

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On September 1 and beyond, take a moment to remember the founding of the Toronto Transportation Commission on September 1, 1921, the forerunner of the current Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) (1954- ). Jump to Toronto Public Library resources. The City of Toronto took the city-owned Toronto Civic Railways (TCR) (1912-1921),...

Little Norway in Muskoka

August 8, 2017 | Mary Rae

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Nothing goes together like a hot summer day in cottage country, a frosty cold beer, and a great story. And so it was that earlier this summer, I paused to read the label on my Sawdust City “Little Norway” lager, and began a quest into the history of the town...

Remembering the Toronto Flood of 2013: July 8: Snapshots in History

July 8, 2017 | John P.

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This week, take a moment to remember the rain storm of July 8, 2013 that produced the single wettest day in the history of the Greater Toronto Area. Raveena Aulakh, environment reporter for the Toronto Star, wrote the article entitled “Likely wettest moment in Toronto’s history” (Toronto Star, July 9,...

Family History Library and Microfilm Interloan Unit

July 4, 2017 | Irena

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Discontinuation of Microfilm/Microfiche Service Effective September 1, 2017 On September 1, 2017 Family Search will discontinue its microfilm distribution services. The last day to order microfilm will be on August 31, 2017. Please see the Family Search FAQ Page for further details. The change in service is the result of...

Eglinton Square Branch reopens today, June 23, 2017

June 23, 2017 | Barbara Myrvold

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After being closed for a year, Toronto Public Library’s renovated and expanded Eglinton Square Branch reopened today, Friday, June 23 at 10 a.m. The branch has more than doubled in size from 4,700 to 10,000 square feet, and the community can look forward to a larger, more vibrant, bright, open...

Discover the Dark History of Capital Punishment in Canada

May 17, 2017 | Andrew

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In 2017, capital punishment continues to be a worldwide hot topic. If you have ever wondered about Canada's history of hanging criminals guilty of capital crimes, this program is not to be missed! Join Lorna Poplak, author of the forthcoming book, Drop Dead: A Horrible History of Hanging in Canada....

Remembering the King Edward Hotel: May 11: Snapshots in History

May 13, 2017 | John P.

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On May 11 and beyond, take a moment to celebrate the beginning of one of Toronto’s early twentieth century landmarks, the King Edward Hotel. The hotel was designed by Toronto architect Edward James Lennox (1855-1933) and Chicago architect Henry Ives Cobb (1859-1931) for the Toronto Hotel Company owned by Toronto...

Family Ties to Vimy Ridge

April 11, 2017 | Barbara Myrvold

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"This is a Canadian family story" remarked one woman in attendance at last Sunday's moving ceremony at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, April 9 to 12, 1917. Hearing descendants tell stories of family members that participated in the...

The Battle of Vimy Ridge, April 1917--One Hundred Years of Memory and Myth

April 7, 2017 | Katherine

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In Canadian history, the Battle of Vimy Ridge stands as one of the most celebrated and mythologized combats of the Great War. It was initially hailed a great victory, a turning point, and a celebration of Canadian nationalism. “CANADIANS LEAD IN TRIUMPH” said the Globe and Mail in huge type...