Remembering Toronto’s First Automated Traffic Lights: August 8: Snapshots in History

August 9, 2019 | John P.

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The City of Toronto’s history of traffic management has had some interesting milestones, beginning with the institution of Toronto’s first automated traffic lights at Bloor Street and Yonge Street, the heart of the downtown city core, on August 8, 1925. Page one of the August 8, 1925 issue of the...

Remembering John Ross Robertson and the Telegram: April 18: Snapshots in History

April 18, 2019 | John P.

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On April 18 and beyond, those interested in Toronto history are invited to take a moment to remember journalist and philanthropist John Ross Robertson (Born: December 28, 1841 in Toronto; Died: May 31, 1918 in Toronto) who founded the Toronto Telegram newspaper on April 18, 1876. The Telegram ceased publication...

Remembering the Ontario Legislative Building: April 4: Snapshots in History

April 4, 2019 | John P.

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The Ontario Legislative Building that adorns Queen’s Park in downtown Toronto at the present time was officially opened on April 4, 1893 (after six years of construction from 1886 to 1892) in an incomplete state by the then-Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, George Airey Kirkpatrick. The building was designed by British-American...

Remembering Toronto’s First Subway: March 30: Snapshots in History

March 30, 2019 | John P.

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Toronto’s first subway underneath Yonge Street officially opened on March 30, 1954. How did the print media capture the moment of that auspicious beginning? Wilfred List, writer of “$50,000,000 Bundle of Joy: TTC Nervous as Expectant Father” in the March 30, 1954 issue of the Globe and Mail on pages...

Remembering the City of Toronto’s Centennial: March 6, 1934: Snapshots in History

March 6, 2019 | John P.

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On March 6 and beyond, take a look back to the celebrations surrounding the centenary of the pre-amalgamated City of Toronto on March 6, 1934. How did the newspapers of the day report upon the City’s centenary during the Great Depression? Let us examine some article excerpts from both the...

Remembering Canadian Soldiers at the Battle of Ortona: Toronto Connections: December 20: Snapshots in History

December 20, 2018 | John P.

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Some Canadians and Torontonians are familiar with the Battle of Ortona that took place in southern Italy in late 1943. Brendan Kennedy, writing in the Toronto Star on December 17, 2018, provided a crucial link between Toronto and that battle by interviewing three Canadian veterans (who had a connection to...

Remembering the 1918 Armistice: November 11: Snapshots in History

November 11, 2018 | John P.

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The fighting in the First World War came to an end on November 11, 1918. So what would Torontonians have read in the newspapers on November 11, 1918? Why not take a look at some of the content in the Toronto Daily Star and of the Globe (one of the...

Remembering Harold Adams Innis: November 8: Snapshots in History

November 9, 2018 | John P.

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On November 8 and beyond, take a moment to remember one of Canada’s preeminent economic historians, Harold Adams Innis (Born: November 21, 1894 at Otterville, Ontario [according to his military attestation papers]; Died: November 8, 1952 at Toronto, Ontario). In the November 8, 1952 issue of the Toronto Daily Star...

Remembering the First Labour Day in Toronto: September 3: Snapshots in History

September 6, 2018 | John P.

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As one celebrates Labour Day on the first Monday in September each year, take a moment and go back in time to September 3, 1894 when the first official Labour Day was celebrated in Canada, Ontario, and Toronto. The federal Conservative government of Sir John Sparrow Thompson implemented the first...

Remembering the 2003 Northeastern Blackout in Toronto: August 14: Snapshots in History

August 15, 2018 | John P.

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On August 14 and beyond, many Ontarians and Torontonians might wish to remind themselves where they were on Thursday August 14, 2003 at about 4:11 p.m. EDT (Eastern Daylight Time) in the afternoon when the power went out, and what they did in the hours and days ahead until the...