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,...

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 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,...

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...

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...