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...

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...

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:...

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...

Remembering the First Organized Hockey Game in Toronto: February 16: Snapshots in History

February 16, 2018 | John P.

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People who follow Canadian history might check in with the “Today in Canadian History” feature as part of the Canadian History Timeline on the canadachannel.ca website to find out what happened on a particular date in a particular year in Canadian history. Scanning the historical listings for February 16, the...

Remembering the “Great” Snowstorm of 1944: December 11-12: Snapshots in History

December 14, 2017 | John P.

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The weather in December reminds Torontonians that winter is on the way, if it has not already arrived in some instances over the years. Let us look back to December 11-12, 1944 when Toronto experienced the worst snowstorm in its history. The front page banner headline of the Toronto Daily...

Remembering the Globe and Mail Newspaper: November 23: Snapshots in History

November 24, 2017 | John P.

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Page one of the November 23, 1936 issue of the Globe and Mail newspaper included the following small notice: “Special Notice…Effective with this issue of The Globe and Mail, all subscribers, whose copy of The Globe or The Mail and Empire has been sent enclosed in a dealer’s bundle, will...

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,...