Remembering the 1968 Bloor-Danforth Subway Extension: May 10-11: Snapshots in History

May 12, 2018 | John P.

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On May 10-11, take a moment to look back to 1968 when the Bloor-Danforth subway line (now known as Line 2 Bloor-Danforth), under the auspices of the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), was extended to Islington Station in Etobicoke and to Warden Station in Scarborough. The official opening of the extensions...

Remembering the Battle of York: April 27: Snapshots in History

April 27, 2018 | John P.

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On April 27 and beyond, Torontonians and others with an interest in Toronto’s history may wish to pause a moment and go back to April 27, 1813 when York (Toronto’s forerunner), the capital of Upper Canada (predecessor of the Province of Ontario), was invaded and sacked by American forces at...

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 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 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...