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 The Globe (superseded by today’s Globe and Mail), founded on March 5, 1844, embraced new technologies.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...

Remembering Ernest McCulloch, James Till and the Discovery of Stem Cells in Toronto: February 4: Snapshots in History

February 9, 2017 | John P.

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Local history can and does intersect with many disciplines: business, medicine, science, politics, sports, and so on. As Canada and Ontario are both on track to celebrate their 150th anniversaries, that affords all of us an opportunity to look back, remember, and/or learn… On February 4 and beyond, take a...

Remembering Andrew Carnegie’s $350,000 Donation to Toronto Public Library: January 27: Snapshots in History

January 27, 2017 | John P.

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Source: Toronto Public Library Annual Report 1903, pages 3-4. On January 27 and beyond, take a moment to reach back into time to January 27, 1903 when Scottish-American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie made an offer to donate $350,000 to Toronto Public Library for the construction of a new central library and...

Remembering the December 20-23, 2013 Ice Storm: Snapshots in History

December 28, 2016 | John P.

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December is a good time to reflect back upon the 2013 North American Ice Storm that plagued much of central and eastern Canada, parts of the Central Great Plains and the northeastern United States from December 20-23, 2013 with large amounts of freezing rain and snow that damaged electrical power...

Remembering Hurricane Hazel: October 15: Snapshots in History

October 15, 2016 | John P.

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On October 15 and beyond, take a moment to reflect upon the destructive power and aftermath of Hurricane Hazel which struck southern Ontario and the Greater Toronto Area on October 15, 1954 after affecting various Caribbean countries and several American states along the eastern seaboard. Hurricane Hazel merged with a...

Remembering the T. Eaton Company on August 20: Snapshots in History

August 20, 2016 | John P.

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Timothy Eaton and his son John Craig Eaton, Eaton's department store, Toronto, Canada, 1899. Credit: Archives of Ontario, Item Reference Code F 229-308-0-2209 Eaton's store façade, 190 Yonge Street, Toronto, Canada, 1918. Credit: Archives of Ontario, Item Reference Code F 229-308-0-1700 On August 20 and beyond, take a moment to...

Remembering William Lyon Mackenzie King: July 26: Snapshots in History

July 28, 2016 | John P.

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Credit: Paul Joseph - Vancouver, BC, Canada On July 26 and beyond, take a moment to remember the Right Honourable William Lyon Mackenzie King (Born: December 17, 1874 at Kitchener (previously Berlin), Ontario; Died: July 22, 1950 at Kingsmere, Québec; Buried: July 26, 1950 at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto, Ontario),...