Remembering Agnes Macphail: March 24: Snapshots in History

March 24, 2018 | John P.

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Women from all backgrounds and walks of life have made their contribution to Canada. This is true in the political realm as well. On March 24 and beyond, take a moment to remember the contributions and life of Agnes Campbell MacPhail (Born: March 24, 1890 in Proton Township, Grey County,...

Remembering William Lyon Mackenzie and the 1849 Riot: March 22: Snapshots in History

March 23, 2018 | John P.

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Many Torontonians and Canadians are familiar with the name William Lyon Mackenzie. Yes, that is the same William Lyon Mackenzie (1795-1861) who served as the first Mayor of Toronto, as one of the leaders in the Rebellions of 1837, as well as a journalist and a Member of the Legislative...

Chinese Canadian Archive Exhibit Unveiled at Toronto Reference Library

March 23, 2018 | Annie

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A beautiful red-colour-based Chinese-style showcas...

Remembering Banting, Best, and “Pancreatic Extracts”: March 22: Snapshots in History

March 22, 2018 | John P.

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On March 22 and beyond, take a moment to look back at the origins of a life-saving substance for many diabetics called insulin and those involved in its isolation, refinement and reproduction. Much of the story was relayed in a previous blog post called Remembering Sir Frederick Banting and Insulin:...

23 "Firsts" for Women Working in Ontario

March 8, 2018 | David

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Photo courtesy Toronto Star Photograph Archive In history class, we learn about the first women who break into certain jobs or achieve certain milestones — think Margaret Thatcher, Amelia Earhart or Marie Curie. But what about the "firsts" in Ontario, for jobs big and small? Below are photos — almost...

Remembering Toronto Public Library and its First Central Library: March 6: Snapshots in History

March 6, 2018 | John P.

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On March 6 and beyond, take a moment to reach back into the history of the city of Toronto and learn about Toronto Public Library and its first Central Library (at the northeast corner of Church and Adelaide Streets). Central Library opened officially on March 6, 1884 (the 50th anniversary...

March 21, 2018: Learn More On Truth, Reconciliation and Archaeology

March 5, 2018 | Andrew

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Join speaker Paul Racher of Archaeological Research Associates on Wednesday March 21 7:30-9 PM for a lively discussion on the topic of Truth and Reconciliation in relation to the field of archaeology. As part of the discussion, indigenous artifacts from archaeological digs will be presented. Note: Due to the temporary...

Best of Luck in the Year of Dog! A Special Journey Away from Home

March 5, 2018 | Annie

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The Year of Dog is coming! The Dog is the symbol o...

Then-and-Now: 10 Intersections in Toronto

March 5, 2018 | David

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What do you get when you combine Toronto Public Library's Digital Archive with Google Street View? Answer: amazing then-and-now photos of Toronto. While you can adjust the date of some images in Google Street View, the dates only go back to when Google first launched its fleet of camera-hatted cars....

Biboon, Nanaboozhoo and Carnival: Winter Trickster Stories

February 25, 2018 | Melanie

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By Sarena Johnson and Megan Davies, First Story Toronto Aaniiboozhoo, We’re back this giiwe-biboon (late winter)! This is the best time to talk about Trickster, because he’s sleeping and won’t bother us. Sometimes if you talk about spirits, they will hear it as an invitation to visit you. Trickster isn’t...