Toronto/Historical

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Ashbridge's Bay: An Anthology of Writings by Those Who Knew and Loved Ashbridge's Bay
Fairfield, George (ed.)
Book
1998
The story of a great freshwater marsh destroyed by urbanization.
Bain Co-op Meets Wages for Housework: A political thriller
Diemer, Ulli
Article
1977
The story of the struggle that gave birth to a housing co-operative and destroyed the credibility of the 'Wages for Housework' sect.
Canada's 1960s: The Ironies of Identity in a Rebellious Era
Palmer, Bryan D.
Book
2008
A history of social movements of the 1960s, including Canada’s student and anti-war movements, the rise of women’s liberation, labour agitation, and Quebec’s independence movement.
The Case for Grassroots Archives
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2012
Grassroots archives play a valuable role in what has been called "the battle of memory". People's history projects such as grassroots archives preserve and share stories of resistance, hidden historie...
Dark Age Ahead
Jacobs, Jane
Book
2004
A dark age is a culture's dead end. Jacobs argues that our society is facing the coming of a dark age.
The East York Workers' Association: A Response to the Great Depression
Schulz, Patricia V.
Book
1975
An account of the activity of relief recipients in the township of East York, an eastern suburb of Toronto, in the 1930s.
East York Workers' Association: Connexipedia article
Article
2017
The East York Workers' Association (EYWA) was an unemployment movement that developed during the Great Depression in the township of East York, Ontario.
Fighting Back: Urban Renewal in Trefann Court
Fraser, Graham
Book
1972
A detailed report on the conflict between city bureaucrats and residents of Trefann Court, a five-block area just east of downtown Toronto. Bent on tearing down as a step towards urban renewal, the pl...
From Politics to Profit: The Commercialization of Canadian Daily Newspapers, 1890-1920
Sotiron, Minko
Book
1997
Analyzes the transformation of Canadian newspapers that occurred between 1890 and 1920 when daily newspapers slowly changed from political mouthpieces to a marketable industry.
Historical Survey of Communities in Toronto: New Communities and the Institutional Church
Article
1975
A review of the phenomenon of community in the city in the sixties and seventies.
A History of Women's Rights in Toronto
Aladejebi, Funké
Article
2017
Whether they were marching in solidarity with the Women's March on Washington or commemorating International Women's Day, women in Toronto have a longstanding tradition of advocating for gender equali...
How We Changed Toronto: The inside story of twelve creative, tumultuous years in civic life, 1969-1980
Sewell, John
Book
2015
By the mid-1960s Toronto was well on its way to becoming Canada's largest and most powerful city. One real estate firm aptly labelled it Boomtown. Expressways, subways, shopping centres, high-rise apa...
Liberal Dreams and Nature's Limits: Great Cities of North America Since 1600
Lemon, James T.
Book
1996
An exploration of city life through time, focusing on the life [economically, socially, politically, etc.] of five large North American cities at various times in the past - Philadelphia during the ti...
Mackenzie: A political biography of William Lyon Mackenzie
Sewell, John
Book
2002
History has often dismissed William Lyon Mackenzie as a comical figure, or as the political hothead who bungled the Upper Canada Rebellion of 1837. Former Toronto mayor John Sewell suggests he may act...
Mississauga Portraits: Ojibwe Voices from Nineteenth-Century Canada
Smith, Donald, B.
Book
2013
This book is about a group of Mississaugans that few people who live in Mississauga, Ontario, today are likely familiar with. The people profiled are none other than a handful of the original inhabita...
Monographs on the Portuguese
Article
1975
A collection of analytical essays on the Portugese immigrant community in Toronto.
P.I.S.E.M. Materials: Questions Immigrants Raise; Immigrant Life in Toronto; Themes for English language training of Portuguese
Slide Show
1977
Audio-visual materials designed for use in small groups with immigrants to give them information about dealing with alienating elements in their environment.
Queer Progress: From Homophobia to Homonationalism
McCaskell, Tim
Book
2016
A political memoir by a leading gay rights and AIDS activist.
Rear-View Mirror: A Snapshot of Toronto Activist Art (1976-1996)
Constable, Mike (creator)
Website
A snapshot of Toronto activist art from the 1976 general strike to the 1996 Days of Action.
Remembering the Don: A Rare Record of Earlier Times Within the Don River Valley
Sauriol, Charles
Book
1981
Memories of Toronto's Don River in days gone by.
The Riot at Christie Pits
Levitt, Cyril H.; Shaffir, William
Book
1987
Rochdale: The Runaway Collage
Sharpe, David
Book
1987
Toronto's Rochdale College began as an experiment in living and learning, and ended as a symbpl of the flower-child Sixties, a financial and social controversy. Sharpe tells the story of the college's...
Seven News
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1970
Seven News (7 News) was a community newspaper published in the area of Toronto east of downtown which at the time was known as Ward 7. Seven News was published from 1970 to 1985. Seven News is no long...
Seven News: Principles & Purposes
Article
1978
Statement of principles of Seven News, a community newspaper.
Seven News: The Story of a Community Newspaper
Horrocks, Lisa
Article
1984
An essay about the Toronto community newspaper Seven News, written in 1984 by Lisa Horrocks, who was part of Seven News as a staff or board member for a number of years.
Sewell, John: Connexipedia Article
Article
Political activist and writer on municipal affairs. The mayor of Toronto, Canada from 1978 to 1980. (Born 1940).
Spadina Labour Lyceum
Film/Video
346 Spadina The Labor Lyceum was the hub of social and political life of several needle trade unions.
Taddle Creek Watershed Initiative
Website
A grassroots alliance working to give new life to Taddle Creek, hidden at the heart of Toronto. Their vision is to 'bring back' parts of the creek by; cleaning the water and revegetating/naturalizing ...
Toronto Before the G20: A History of Violence
Kheraj, Sean
Article
2010
The notion that Toronto is “a city with little history of violent protests” is laughable. Newspapers across North America have spent more than a century reporting on eruptions of violence and protest ...
Toronto Public Library Online
Website
An on-line catalogue of more than one million books, serials, government documents, maps, scores, sound recordings and other materials. Extensive Canadiana and Toronto and Ontario local history sectio...
Toronto's Poor: A Rebellious History
Palmer, Bryan D.; Heroux, Gaetan
Book
2016
Toronto’s Poor reveals the long and too often forgotten history of poor people’s resistance. It details how the homeless, the unemployed, and the destitute have struggled to survive and secure food an...
Up Against City Hall
Sewell, John
Book
1972
John Sewell describes his early life and explains how he accidentally got involved in politics. He tells of his experiences in Trefann Court, and how this opened his eyes to the realities of civic pol...
Working Class Experience: Rethinking the History of Canadian Labour, 1800-1991
Palmer, Bryan D.
Book
1983
From nineteenth-century tavern life to late twentieth-century cinema, from rough canallers and the first stirrings of craft unionism to contemporary public-sector strikes, this books provides a sweepi...

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Connexions Archive & Library
The Connexions Archive & Library is Toronto-based project dedicated to keeping alive the rich history of grassroots movements for social justice. Connexions preserves 'alternative' histories that r...
Seven News
A community newspaper based in the 'Ward 7' area of Toronto: east of downtown, from Sherbourne Street to Logan Avenue, including Don Vale, Cabbagetown, Regent Park, Riverdale, St. Jamestown. Seven New...

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Canadian Encyclopedia
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Along the Shore: Rediscovering Toronto's Waterfront Heritage
Fairburn, M. Jane
2013
Toronto area residents and visitors who are curious about the history of some of the city's outstanding waterfront features will like M. Jane Fairburn's Along the Shore. The book offers a trove of his...
Cabbagetown
Garner, Hugh
1950
Depicts life in the Toronto neighbourhood of Cabbagetown during the Depression.
Cabbagetown in Pictures
Kelly, Colleen
1984
Photos of Toronto's historic Cabbagetown, with accompanying text.
Cabbagetown, Remembered
Rust-D'Eye, George
1984
Stories and photographs of the Toronto neighbourhood known as old Cabbagetown.
Gooderham and Worts
Wikipedia article
Gooderham and Worts was a Canadian company that was once the largest distiller of alcoholic beverages in Canada. Its former manufacturing facilities on the Toronto Waterfront are today the well-known ...
Historial Maps of Toronto
A collection of maps to amuse, delight and inform
2013
The Ojibwa of Southern Ontario
Schmalz, Peter S.
1991
A history of the Ojibwa in Southern Ontario.
Parkdale in Pictures
Its Development to 1889
Laycock, Margaret; Myrvold, Barbara
1991
The formative years of a Toronto city neighbourhood.
Reclaiming the Don
An Environmental History of Toronto's Don River Valley
Bonnell, Jannifer L.
2015
Illuminates the impact of the Don River Valley on Toronto's development and unearths the missing story of the relationship between the river, the valley, and the city.
Todmorden Mills
A Human and Natural History
Herzber, Louise; Juhola, Helen
1987
An urban natural history pamphlet.
Toronto Rocks
The Geological Legacy of the Toronto Region
Eyles, Nick; Clinton, Laura
1998
Toronto’s urban geology.
Urban amenities; erotic anxieties
Baths, lavatories, and the YMCA: The politics of bodies in civic space
Bebout, Rick
2002
A history of public baths, in particular public baths and similar spaces in Toronto in the last century, and the changing perceptions and uses of such spaces by the public, in particular the treatment...
Vintage Toronto
Photos of old Toronto.
The Ward
The Life and Loss of Toronto's First Immigrant Neighbourhood
Lorinc, John; McClelland, Michael; Scheinberg, Ellen; Taylor, Tatum
2015
The story of the growth and destruction of Toronto’s first 'priority neighbourhood.'