Jamie Bradburn


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

Jamie Bradburn's articles

Published On: Mar 24,2020
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: Mar 16,2020
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: Mar 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: Feb 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: Jan 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: Jan 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: Jan 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: Dec 23,2019
As the Jewish festival of lights gained prominence, rabbis and advertisers worked to balance commerce with religious meaning.
Published On: Dec 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.
Published On: Nov 11,2019
In the 1920s and ’30s, communities across Ontario determined to build memorials — but not everyone agreed on how best to honour wartime sacrifice.
Published On: Oct 21,2019
After a series of Conservative missteps — and some disastrous television attack ads — the federal Liberals took all but one of the province’s seats.
Published On: Oct 15,2019
After the Liberals came out just barely ahead in the 1972 federal election, the Tories called upon the government to resign — but the New Democrats had other ideas.
Published On: Oct 07,2019
The Liberals were confident they would emerge victorious in the 1957 federal contest. But, thanks to Louis St. Laurent’s stumbles and John Diefenbaker’s vision, they were headed for an election upset.  
Published On: Sep 30,2019
In 1940, Premier Mitch Hepburn criticized Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King’s handling of the war effort — and ended up sending Canadians to the polls.
Published On: Sep 27,2019
Fifty years ago, it changed the way we see museums. TVO.org looks back on how the Ontario Science Centre came to be.  
Published On: Sep 23,2019
The 1921 election helped close the book on the old two-party order — and send a Grey County woman to Ottawa.
Published On: Jul 19,2019
It was supposed to be a celebration of peace. World War I had just officially ended, and Canada declared a national holiday. Then things turned ugly.
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.