When Politics and History Collide--Building Postwar Toronto

November 3, 2011 | Miriam

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Annette Street Branch  Monday, November 7,  7-8 pm

How are cities built and developed? Who decides? The History Matters series continues with Stephen Bocking’s talk on Toronto’s history in the rapid-growth decades following World War II.  Debates about land use and infrastructure are not new, nor are the tensions between urban planners and scientists on the one hand, and politicians on the other, as this talk will show.

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Stephen Bocking is a Professor and Chair of the Environmental & Resource Studies Program, Trent University. In addition to his research interests, he writes for the Alternatives Journal , contributing articles on the “unnatural disaster” that was Katrina, to art and science, DDT and much more. (Photo above is from Toronto of the 1950s by Derek Flack, blogto.com)

History Matters 2011 has brought some fascinating talks to Toronto Public Library branches. We began at Lillian H. Smith Branch near the old Spadina garment district with a talk by Professor Ruth Frager on the lives and struggles of Jewish garment workers. Other talks explored the work of environmental activist Rosalie Bartell; the uses and abuses of the Don River Valley; the building of Dufferin and St. Clair; the history of Labour Day; Walkerton and the devastation of e.coli. The talks have been recorded so if you missed one, you can listen to a podcast www.activehistory.ca. The series has been possible by a genorous grant from The History Education Network.

History Matters wraps up with Producing History in an Auto Town: Oshawa After World War II on Wednesday, November  16, 6:30-8 pm at the Pape/Danforth Branch. For more information, call 416-393-7657. The speaker is Christine McLaughlin, York University.

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