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“The government seems to be, in essence, running some kind of secret or shadow archive,” Molinaro told CBC News

A May 25, 2017 CBC article is entitled: “Government accused of hoarding Canadian history in ‘secret’ archives: ‘You’re hiding the historical record from the Canadian people,’ historian says.” The opening paragraphs read: Some of Canada’s leading historians say the federal government is putting the country’s historical record at risk by hoarding piles of documents inside secret […]


Feb. 15, 2017 Toronto Life article: “The $1-Billion Hellhole.” Previous posts share backstories about superjail.

A Feb. 15, 2017 Toronto Life article is entitled: “The $1-Billion Hellhole: When the Toronto South Detention Centre opened in 2014, it was supposed to herald a progressive era of incarceration. Instead, the superjail has become a house of horrors for the men inside, many of whom have yet to be convicted of anything.” In a […]


Urban Toronto’s Growth to Watch For Takes Stock of Toronto’s West End: Feb. 8, 2017 Urban Toronto article

A Feb. 8, 2017 Urban Toronto article is entitled: “UT’s Growth to Watch For Takes Stock of Toronto’s West End.” The article includes a link to a Jan. 20, 2017 Urban Toronto article entitled: “Growth to Watch For 2017: South Etobicoke.” Click on the image to enlarge it Click here to access a February Statistics […]


Toronto’s 1950s emergency housing: An informative, comprehensive overview by Kevin Brushett (2007)

Where will the people go? At a previous post, I’ve shared a PDF link for a paper entitled: “Where will the people go: Toronto’s Emergency Housing Program and the Limits of Canadian Social Housing Policy, 1944-1957 (2007).” This is a valuable paper. I’ve learned a tremendous amount from its overview of the history of Toronto-area postwar […]


Take your pick: Heritage Conservation Districts in Toronto (a) deaden past and future or (b) are long overdue

From time to time in recent years, there has been discussion regarding the concept of pursuing a Heritage Conservation District designation for some part or parts of Long Branch. Following two links, forwarded by Michael Spaziani, are of interest. They deal with the advantages and disadvantages, as viewed from a range of perspectives, of the […]


May 12, 2016 @LambtonHouse 7:30 pm, Hugh Miller will be speaking about The Early Millers of the Lower Humber

Toronto History ‏@torontohistory May 12 @LambtonHouse 7:30pm, FREE admission & refreshments, Hugh Miller will be speaking about The Early Millers of the Lower Humber! That is: The Early Millers of the Lower Humber – Speaker Hugh Barnett Thursday, May 12, 2016 Doors open at 7pm * Talk at 7:30pm Lambton House 4066 Old Dundas Street, […]


Gail Howell de Vries’ best friends at MCHS were Lynda Spence, Barclay Allan, Dawson Campbell, Brent Holden, Linda McCracken, Bruce McKay

Myrth GAIL Howell de Vries has added a comment to a previous page dealing with the MCHS 2015 reunion that as held on Oct. 17, 2015 in Toronto. “So sad to hear that I missed the 2015 Reunion. My family left Quebec, in 1963, and so have not been in contact with classmates from 1960-1963. […]