Jamie Bradburn


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

Jamie Bradburn's articles

Published On: Nov 07,2018
Street parties broke out. Effigies of the kaiser were burned. But in Kitchener, the celebrations had a darker side.
Published On: Jul 20,2018
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.
Published On: Jun 29,2018
The day James Pliny Whitney took the oath of office, his delighted Tory supporters took to the streets.
Published On: Jun 06,2018
Furious with the NDP and unimpressed with the Liberals, voters elected Mike Harris’s tax-cutting, government-shrinking Progressive Conservatives.
Published On: May 31,2018
The party’s unexpected 1990 election victory stunned everyone — including leader Bob Rae.
Published On: May 24,2018
After 42 years in power, the Progressive Conservatives found themselves on the ropes in the bitterly contested election campaign of 1985.
Published On: May 16,2018
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.
Published On: May 09,2018
​In the mid-’20s, Ontario voters had one thing on their mind: Should the province stay on the wagon?
Published On: May 03,2018
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.
Published On: May 01,2018
The province elected its first premier in 1867 — and it endured plenty of bribery, voter intimidation, and mud-slinging to get there.
Published On: Apr 02,2018
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.
Published On: Feb 26,2018
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.
Published On: Feb 15,2018
A century ago, the virus infected hundreds of thousands of Ontarians, spreading fear and panic throughout the province.
Published On: Feb 14,2018
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.”
Published On: Jan 22,2018
Fifty-five years ago, Ontario’s Conservative government introduced minimum-wage legislation — and businesses weren’t happy then, either.
Published On: Dec 29,2017
 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.
Published On: Dec 19,2017
The Toronto Blueshirts’ troublemaking owner was so reviled by his peers that in 1917 they started a brand-new league without him.
Published On: Dec 18,2017
Nationalism, xenophobia, and insults dominated the race in 1917 — and divided the city of Kitchener.