Jamie Bradburn


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

Jamie Bradburn's articles

Published On: May 29,2019

Could Ontario’s capital support an NBA franchise? That’s what organizers were hoping to prove when they brought the American team up north in the ’70s to fill seats at Maple Leaf Gardens.

Published On: May 07,2019

For three years in the 1960s, NHLer Red Kelly — who died last week, at the age of 91 — split his time between Maple Leaf Gardens and Parliament Hill.

Published On: May 01,2019

Inspired by the Winnipeg General Strike, labour leaders in Ontario’s capital organized a walkout — so how come it failed to catch on? 


Published On: Apr 08,2019

The 1924-25 season saw the Hamilton Tigers go from last place to first in the NHL — but a player walkout put an end to the city’s championship dreams forever.

Published On: Apr 05,2019

In the late ’70s, Ontario tourism was in a slump. But one landmark campaign put the province’s attractions on the map — and a new slogan on its licence plates.

Published On: Mar 14,2019

It didn’t take on bigoted employment practices or crack down on discrimination against “enemy aliens” — but some Ontarians still thought it went too far. TVO.org looks at the history of the act that paved the way for the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Published On: Feb 14,2019

For most of the decade prior to the Civil War, the American abolitionist made southern Ontario her home base — and helped other escaped slaves do the same.

Published On: Jan 24,2019

In 1966, the government unveiled what would become the Ontario Student Assistance Program. It didn’t take long for the protests to begin.

Published On: Jan 21,2019

As the world’s first permanent IMAX theatre, the Cinesphere has an important place in film history — but when it opened, it was the future of cinema

Published On: Jan 15,2019

In 1919, the concept of plucking your own products from grocery-store shelves was pretty out-there. But an Ontario man named Theodore Pringle Loblaw saw promise in it.

Published On: Dec 27,2018

From the mid-1970s until the mid-1990s, it was against the law for Ontario stores to open on December 26. In one city, it still is.

Published On: Dec 24,2018

In 1965, goaltender Johnny Bower recorded “Honky the Christmas Goose” — and challenged the Beatles for record sales.

Published On: Dec 21,2018

All jobs have special qualifications — and Santa is no different. So what gave some candidates the edge?

Published On: Dec 20,2018

Many shoppers at Scarborough’s Morningside Mall were shocked to discover that its Santa was a woman. And many Ontarians were appalled when she was fired.

Published On: Dec 18,2018

How bejewelled French hens and melting Santa heads became part of the city’s holiday lore.

Published On: Nov 29,2018

General Motors has announced that it will close its plant in the city — marking the end of an era that goes back almost 150 years.

Published On: Nov 09,2018

After Canada entered the First World War, small towns and big cities across Ontario stepped up — thanks in no small part to government propaganda.

Published On: Nov 07,2018

Street parties broke out. Effigies of the kaiser were burned. But in Kitchener, the celebrations had a darker side.