Jamie Bradburn

Jamie Bradburn is a Toronto-based writer/researcher specializing in historical and contemporary civic matters. 

Jamie Bradburn's articles

Published On: July 28, 2021
Fifty years ago, the province introduced new legislation that lowered the age of majority, letting 18-year-olds drink. But that change wouldn’t last the decade.
Published On: June 30, 2021
Fifty years ago, hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside Parliament Hill chanting “two, four, six, eight, gay is just as good as straight” — and demanding change from the federal government.
Published On: June 03, 2021
Fifty years ago, Bill Davis made a speech that changed his political life — and some say saved downtown Toronto.
Published On: May 19, 2021
Fifty years ago, Ontario Place greeted its first visitors, treating them to grand rhetoric, a Colonel Sanders appearance — and a few unfortunate hiccups.
Published On: May 04, 2021
From the 1940s to the ’60s, more than 1,000 Ontarians — mostly women — underwent brain surgery to treat mental illness. But the “bubble of enthusiasm” burst.
Published On: February 18, 2021
Elected in 1963, the Liberal took on segregated schools and sexism — and faced prejudice at Queen’s Park.
Published On: December 24, 2020
Ontario's newspapers during our pandemic Christmas in 1918 tell a now familiar story.
Published On: November 11, 2020
Since the federal government officially established Remembrance Day as a holiday in 1931, veterans’ groups, schools, politicians, and others have debated over the best way to honour the fallen
Published On: November 03, 2020
After a bumpy ride, the NBA team finally made its debut — accompanied by “Chippendale lookalikes” and a giant egg.
Published On: October 30, 2020
Following poisonings in the United States and a frightening incident closer to home, the nation’s capital city debated keeping kids at home on October 31.
Published On: September 26, 2020
Fifty years ago, viewers were introduced to “Education television, Ontario-style,” after channel 19 went live. Here’s what happened — and what almost didn’t happen — on it first big day.
Published On: September 12, 2020
In September 1945, a Soviet cipher clerk went to authorities claiming that a spy ring had infiltrated the intelligence services of multiple countries, including Canada. What happened next would help usher in the Cold War.
Published On: August 17, 2020
During the two weeks that the Civics played in Canada’s capital city in 1976, they didn’t rack up many wins — but they did create plenty of off-ice drama.
Published On: August 15, 2020
After the news came in that Japan had surrendered, people across the province poured into the streets — and besieged police holed up in an LCBO.
Published On: June 20, 2020
Bloody riots. Stark partisanship. Here’s why every member of Toronto’s force was fired in 1859.
Published On: June 04, 2020
In 1970, the AM pop-music powerhouse was in the running to be the second-most-listened-to radio station in North America. But 50 years ago today, the CRTC announced new guidelines — and changed the station.
Published On: May 29, 2020
After Toronto Daily Star publisher Joseph E. Atkinson died in 1948, the Globe and Mail’s George McCullagh — and other conservative power-brokers — saw their chance to bring it down.
Published On: May 08, 2020
During the Second World War, those on the provincial home front turned to a morale-building and patriotic activity: victory gardening.