Jamie Bradburn

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

Jamie Bradburn's articles

Published On: November 11, 2021
Military squads participated at all levels of the sport — but a partnership with the National Hockey Association caused drama on and off the ice.
Published On: October 27, 2021
During the late 18th and much of the 19th century, Ontarians faced a different kind of variant — one carried by a buzzing, biting threat.
Published On: September 20, 2021
The Tories felt it was their year. But they hadn’t reckoned with a reinvigorated Pierre Trudeau — or with how Robert Stanfield played football.
Published On: September 15, 2021
More than 70 years ago, George Drew was hoping to take down Louis St. Laurent in the federal-election race — and the Telegram was hoping to drive the Star out of business.
Published On: September 09, 2021
In 1896, conflict over Catholic schools threatened to tear the country apart. Wilfrid Laurier promised peace — and turned to an Ontario premier for help.
Published On: September 01, 2021
Acid rain. PCBs. Cleaning up the Great Lakes. In ’88, the major parties were talking about protecting the environment. But critics said they'd never walk the walk.
Published On: August 09, 2021
During his time as education minister, Davis modernized the province’s learning infrastructure — and introduced a new station to the airwaves.
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.