Jamie Bradburn


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

Jamie Bradburn's articles

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.

Published On: Nov 29,2017

Detail from an ad in the Stratford Beacon-Herald announcing the official opening of the country’s first Simpsons-Sears store.