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  1. Blight and the Brave New World
    Rural estates to urban renewal: Moss Park, Trefann Court and Corktown

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2001
    A history of, and observations and reflections on the Moss Park, Trefann Court and Corktown areas of Toronto.
  2. Canadian Information Sharing Service
    Volume 1, Number 4 - November 1976

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 1976
  3. Canadian Information Sharing Service
    Volume 2, Number 2

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 1977
  4. Canadian Information Sharing Service
    Volume 3, Number 2 - April 1978

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 1978
  5. Challenging Racism isn't Anti-Semetic
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2017
    Engler criticizes Canadians' willingness to defend the Jewish Defense League, even with their growing connection to white supremist groups.
  6. Cities and the Wealth of Nations
    Principles of Economic Life

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1984
    Jacobs argues that virtually all economic life, no matter how geographically remote from cities, depends on cities to maintain it or change it.
  7. The City and Radical Social Change 
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1982
    A collection of essays dealing with the dynamics of the new forces for social change in our urban milieu, discussing how new ideas are contributing to an urban insurgency which could lead to a new city and a new concept of citizenship.
  8. Connexions
    Volume 6, Number 2 - April 1981 - Urban Core/Milieu Urbain

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 1981
  9. Connexions
    Volume 7, Number 4 - December 1982 - Housing

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 1982
  10. Connexions Digest
    Issue 53 - January 1991- A Social Change Sourcebook

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 1991
  11. Dark Age Ahead
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2004
    A dark age is a culture's dead end. Jacobs argues that our society is facing the coming of a dark age.
  12. Dream Tower
    Resource Type: Film
    First Published: 1994
    Follows the history Rochdale College, a famous experiment in co-operative living and self-directed education in 1960's Toronto.
  13. Dreaming of What Might Be
    The Knights of Labor in Ontario, 1880-1900

    Resource Type: Book
    The Holy Order of Knights of Labour, based in Ontario, pressed for a more egalitarian society by unifying industrial workers.
  14. A History of Women's Rights in Toronto
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 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 equality across Canada.
  15. Inclusion or exclusion 
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2008
    People who advocate a vision of distinct communities that speak different languages, keep apart from each other, and communicate with the structures of the larger society only through interpreters, are doing more harm than good. What they are advocating is not diversity but entrenched division.
  16. Liberal Dreams and Nature's Limits
    Great Cities of North America Since 1600

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 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 time of Benjamin Franklin (1760), New York in the mid nineteenth-century (1860), Chicago at the beginning of the Progressivist Civic Movements (1910), Los Angeles during the immediate Post-war boom (1950) and Toronto at the beginning of its own ascendancy in the 1970's. (1975).
  17. The MegaCity Saga
    Democracy and Citizenship in This Global Age

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2000
  18. A New City Agenda
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2004
    While Canadians have quickly recognized the importance of healthy cities in their own lives and communities, governments have lagged far behind. In A New City Agenda, journalist and former mayor, John Sewell answers the question: What would a new deal for cities look like? He articulates a new vision for Canada’s largest urban regions and the implementation of required changes in social services, public education, settlement, health, housing, policing, land use and governance.
  19. No Fare Is Fair: A Campaign for Free Public Transit in Toronto
    Why Do We Need Free Transit?

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2018
    Public transit should be a right for everyone in Toronto. Using subways, buses, and streetcars shouldn't require paying fares, or user fees, that penalize riders with lower incomes.
  20. Pedestrian Sundays at Kensington Market
    Resource Type: Website
    Information about pedestrian-only days in Toronto's Kensington Market.
  21. The People's Classifieds
    The Alternative Directory for Metro Toronto

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 1984
    A directory of progressive/alternative businesses, professionals, services, groups, and individuals in Toronto.
  22. Public Transit Struggles in London and Toronto: P3s, Transit Workers and Alternatives
    Resource Type: Film/Video
    First Published: 2015
    Using the fight against transit privatization practices in London, England, Rosenfeld presents a model for reform in Toronto that prioritizes rider concerns such as reduced fares and increased accessibility.
  23. Regeneration
    Toronto's Waterfront and the Sustainable City

    Resource Type: Book
  24. Seven News
    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 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 longer publishing, but all issues of the paper have been scanned and are available on the Connexions website.
    Ward 7 covered the area of Toronto east of downtown, from Sherbourne Street to Logan Avenue, south of Bloor-Danforth, including Don Vale, Cabbagetown, Regent Park, Riverdale, St. Jamestown.
  25. Seven News: Principles & Purposes
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1978
    Statement of principles of Seven News, a community newspaper.
  26. The Shape of the City
    Toronto Struggles with Modern Planning

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1993
    John Sewell traces in urban planning from pre-Depression garden cities to postwar modernism and a revival of interest in the streetscape grid.
  27. The Shape of the Suburbs
    Understanding Toronto's Sprawl

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2009
    Examines the relationship between the development of suburbs, water, and sewage systems, highways and the decision-making of Toronto-area governments to show how the suburbs spread, and how they have in turn shaped the city. Also demonstrates the ways in which suburban political, economic, and cultural influences have impacted the older, central city, culminating in the forced Megacity amalgamation of 1998.
  28. Special Places
    The Changing Ecosystems of the Toronto Region

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1999
    Special Places explores the changing ecosystem of the Toronto area over the past century, looking at the environmental conditions that influence the whol region and at the surprising range of plants and animals you can find in many of its natural spaces.
  29. Toronto Citizen
    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    A community newspaper published in the 1970s covering Toronto city politics and urban issues. Connexions Archive has a collection of issues of the paper.
  30. Toronto Clarion
    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 1976
    Independent alternative newspaper published in Toronto in the 1970s.
  31. Toronto For Sale: the Destruction of a City
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1972
    An account of how the Toronto City Council rezoned land to maximize land densities, favoring the interests of private developers over the public in the 1970s.
  32. Toronto Public Library Online
    Resource Type: 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 sections. The library's Answerline provides responses to E-mail enquiries on basic factual questions which don't require in-depth research.
  33. Toronto Public Space Committee
    Organization profile published 2007

    Resource Type: Organization
    Inactive/Defunct Organization
    We are dedicated to protecting our shared common spaces from commercial influence and privatisation.
  34. Up Against City Hall
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 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 politics, and gives behind-the-scenes accounts of some of the major battles at City Hall.
  35. Voices of Experience
    Five Tales of Community Economic Development in Toronto

    Resource Type: Book

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