“He walked the world. Knew the lust of the eye"*

April 24, 2018 | Jane

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* from "Audubon: a Vision" by Robert Penn Warren There was a dark side to the story of John James Audubon. To draw the beautiful birds that he was obsessed with painting and cataloguing, he killed many of the birds. Sometimes he killed more than one of the same species...

Remembering the Great Fire of Toronto (1904): April 19: Snapshots in History

April 20, 2018 | John P.

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On April 19 and beyond, those with an interest in Toronto’s history might look back to the Great Fire of Toronto that occurred on April 19, 1904. (This was the second such fire in Toronto’s history following the Great Fire of Toronto that happened on April 7, 1849.) G.W. Shorter,...

Discover Stratford Ontario (Digital Archive Photos)

April 17, 2018 | Andrew

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Discover one of Ontario's most beautiful towns, Stratford, Ontario located in Perth County, situated on the traditional territory of the Anishinabek Nation and Haudenosaunee Confederacy. The settlement began with the surveying of the Huron Road by the Canada Company in 1828 by agent William "Tiger" Dunlop. Some of Stratford's historical...

Remembering the Toronto Islands: April 13: Snapshots in History

April 14, 2018 | John P.

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On April 13 and beyond, take a moment to remember the Toronto Islands that make up an important portion of the City of Toronto’s waterfront. Individuals who follow Toronto’s history may be interested to know that “(t)he Toronto Islands were not always islands but actually a series of continuously moving...

Muskoka's Earliest Tourists

April 7, 2018 | lfeesey

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Muskoka is a region in Ontario bounded by Georgian Bay to the west, Haliburton to the east and Simcoe to the south. Its main lakes are Muskoka, Rousseau and Joseph. It was named for Chippewa chief Mesquas Ukee who negotiated the land claim for the territory with the British in...

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...