Jamie Bradburn

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

Jamie Bradburn's articles

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.
Published On: May 07, 2020
A hundred years ago, in Toronto, the Group of Seven held its first exhibition — and responses were decidedly mixed.
Published On: March 26, 2020
In the 1840s, thousands of Irish emigrants contracted typhus on their journey to Canada. When they got here, they were met with quarantine — and public fear.
Published On: March 20, 2020
In 1918, the Canada Food Board declared that “patriotic Canadians will not hoard food” — and it rolled out new regulations to enforce that.
Published On: March 04, 2020
Violent bigot. Celebrated martyr. Scott’s opposition to Louis Riel and the Métis provisional government brought him to his death — and ultimately contributed to Riel’s own downfall.
Published On: February 13, 2020
For three days that September, the North American Convention of Colored Freemen gathered at St. Lawrence Hall to discuss abolitionism, the Fugitive Slave Act — and how to assist Black people fleeing into Ontario.
Published On: January 15, 2020
When smallpox hit Toronto a century ago, the city’s medical officer of health ordered a general vaccination — triggering protests, court cases, and dire warnings of mutilations, syphilis, and death. 
Published On: January 10, 2020
In 1970, two cities and two townships merged, creating Ontario’s sixth-largest city. But not everyone welcomed the arrival of the brand-new municipality.
Published On: January 02, 2020
Constance Hamilton was a suffragette, a trained pianist, and a part-time farmer. In 1920, she captured a seat in Ward 3.
Published On: December 23, 2019
As the Jewish festival of lights gained prominence, rabbis and advertisers worked to balance commerce with religious meaning.
Published On: December 17, 2019
In the mid-1950s, growing frustration over careless drivers and an increasing number of pedestrian fatalities led to a controversial innovation: pedestrian crosswalks.