Jamie Bradburn


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

Jamie Bradburn's articles

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.

Published On: Jul 20,2018

Provincial parks came into being 125 years ago — but they really hit their stride after the Second World War, when Ontarians went wild for the wilderness.