Jamie Bradburn's articles
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.
The day James Pliny Whitney took the oath of office, his delighted Tory supporters took to the streets.
Furious with the NDP and unimpressed with the Liberals, voters elected Mike Harris’s tax-cutting, government-shrinking Progressive Conservatives.
The party’s unexpected 1990 election victory stunned everyone — including leader Bob Rae.
After 42 years in power, the Progressive Conservatives found themselves on the ropes in the bitterly contested election campaign of 1985.
The Liberals crumbled, the CCF drew fire, and the Conservatives won power — and wouldn’t be forced to give it up for another 42 years.
In the mid-’20s, Ontario voters had one thing on their mind: Should the province stay on the wagon?
In the 1919 provincial election, a protest vote resulted in a crushing loss for the Conservatives — and an unexpected victory for the United Farmers of Ontario.
The province elected its first premier in 1867 — and it endured plenty of bribery, voter intimidation, and mud-slinging to get there.
The story of Frank Underhill, the U of T professor who battled the media and his school's administration for the right to speak his mind.
Post-Confederation, Ontario was one of only two provinces to legislate Black segregated schools. In 1965, thanks to Black parents and politicians, the last one in the province finally closed.
A century ago, the virus infected hundreds of thousands of Ontarians, spreading fear and panic throughout the province.
Roses are red. Violets are blue. In the 19th and 20th centuries, people across the province sent insulting Valentine’s Day cards to say “I hate you.”
Fifty-five years ago, Ontario’s Conservative government introduced minimum-wage legislation — and businesses weren’t happy then, either.
In the ‘50s and '60s, the Barrie Examiner ran a series of New Year's ads featuring the Grim Reaper, pile-ups, and highway carnage.
The Toronto Blueshirts’ troublemaking owner was so reviled by his peers that in 1917 they started a brand-new league without him.
Nationalism, xenophobia, and insults dominated the race in 1917 — and divided the city of Kitchener.
Detail from an ad in the Stratford Beacon-Herald announcing the official opening of the country’s first Simpsons-Sears store.