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...

Remembering The Globe and George Brown: March 5: Snapshots in History

March 7, 2017 | John P.

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During March, take a moment to remember Father of Confederation and Liberal Reformer George Brown (1818-1880) and the newspaper that he founded. The Globe (superseded by today’s Globe and Mail), founded on March 5, 1844, embraced new technologies. Beginning in August 1844, it began publishing on the first cylinder press...

March 6: Happy Birthday to Toronto and Toronto Public Library!

March 6, 2017 | Barbara Myrvold

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March 6 is an important date in the history of Toronto and the Toronto Public Library. The City of Toronto was established 183 years ago today. On March 6, 1834, royal assent was given to "An act to extend the limits of the town of York, to erect the said...

Remembering the Avro Arrow: February 20: Snapshots in History

February 20, 2017 | John P.

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On February 20 and beyond, take a moment to remember the cancellation of the Avro Canada CF-105 Arrow interceptor aircraft on February 20, 1959 by the then-Progressive Conservative federal government of Prime Minister John George Diefenbaker. For many people, the “Avro Arrow” has been a symbol of Canadian aerodynamic and...

Remembering the 1890 Fire at the University of Toronto: February 14: Snapshots in History

February 16, 2017 | John P.

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University College; Interior, Convocation Hall. [1890?] (Credit: Toronto Reference Library, Baldwin Collection E 3-17a; Rights and Licenses: Public Domain) University College at the University of Toronto was designed by architects Frederic Cumberland and William Storm. Using Cambridge and Oxford Universities in England as an inspiration, the building was designed in...

Remembering Sandford Fleming and Standard Time: February 8: Snapshots in History

February 9, 2017 | John P.

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On February 8 and beyond, take a moment to remember the contributions and life of Sir Sandford Fleming (Born: January 7, 1827 at Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland; Died: July 22, 1815 at Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada). Fleming is best known for his espousal of standard time (and the division of the...