Jamie Bradburn


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

Jamie Bradburn's articles

Published On: Jun 20,2020
Bloody riots. Stark partisanship. Here’s why every member of Toronto’s force was fired in 1859.
Published On: Jun 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: 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.