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Gawthorpe Celebrations is a traditional English holiday event occurring on the first Saturday in May

As Eric Hobsbawm has remarked in a classic study, The invention of tradition (1983), traditions don’t spring out of nowhere. They have to be invented. The same can be said of nation states, which Benedict Arnold famously spoke of as imagined communities. As a March 28, 2013 Globe and Mail article indicates, sometimes these imagined communities have a limited impact on […]


Article by Lindsay Howe in Lakeshore Villages Community Newspaper highlights Jane’s Walk: May 4th and 5th in Long Branch

The following article by Lindsay Howe concerning two Long Branch Jane’s Walks in May 2013 appears in the March / April 2013 edition of The Lakeshore Villages Community Newspaper: Exploring the History of Long Branch Jane’s Walk 2013: May 4th and 5th By: Lindsay Howe This year there will be two Long Branch dates for […]


Jane Jacobs was not an academic

I heard Jane Jacobs speak in Toronto around the early 1980s when I lived for a brief period on Toronto Island. In those years the Toronto Island community on Ward Island and Algonquin Island was facing eviction at the hands of the Metropolitan Toronto government whose political leadership had a strong desire to turn the […]


Support the ACO (Architectural Conservancy of Ontario) as yet another major block of history is threatened: Text from ACO newsletter

The following text is from the newsletter of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario. Past President Lloyd Alter writes: It’s deja vu all over again as another major block of historic buildings are threatened, this time in Hamilton. Just like in Brantford a few years ago, the buildings were not designated, so the developer is able […]