History

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.
April 30, 2021
John Boyko discusses his latest book "The Devil's Trick: How Canada Fought the Vietnam War."
Published On: April 28, 2021
In an attempt to reduce the number of “uncalled-for homicides” in the early 1900s, the province adopted new — and very racist — regulations.
April 21, 2021
A look back at Toronto Maple Leaf history and a goal that won them the Stanely Cup in 1951.
Published On: April 21, 2021
Four months after scoring in overtime to win the 1951 Stanley Cup, Bill Barilko disappeared — and became the stuff of legend.
April 14, 2021
Catherine Fogarty discusses her book, "Murder on the Inside: The True Story of The Deadly Riot at Kingston Penitentiary."
Published On: April 14, 2021
In her new book, the author takes readers back 50 years to the bloody Kingston Pen riot — and considers its causes and legacy.
Published On: April 14, 2021
It wasn’t as deadly as Attica, which also happened 50 years ago. But the bloody Ontario prison riot took its share of lives.
April 07, 2021
Efforts to recover art looted during the Holocaust are characterized by complications and uncomfortable processes.
Published On: April 07, 2021
Maurice Eisendrath spoke out against the Nazis and marched with Martin Luther King Jr., becoming known as the “head of the progressive Jewish movement in North America.”
Published On: March 31, 2021
More than a century apart, two pandemics revealed similar fault lines in the city — and that has advocates calling for change now and for any future pandemics.
March 22, 2021
New York Times columnist Ross Douthat discusses his book, "The Decadent Society: America Before and After the Pandemic."
Published On: March 19, 2021
It was a catchphrase for Bill Davis, who recaptured a majority government for the Tories — and rarely let the opposition forget it.
Published On: March 10, 2021
You’ve probably never heard of John G. FitzGerald — but thanks to his efforts, Ontario spearheaded the large-scale production of a diphtheria vaccine.
Published On: February 26, 2021
Sociologist. Historian. First full-time director of the Ontario Human Rights Commission. Throughout his career, Daniel G. Hill blazed trails — and helped shape the province.
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: February 17, 2021
More sports lovers should have heard of Herb Carnegie — who could have been hockey’s Jackie Robinson.
February 16, 2021
A discusson of settlement on some Ontario communities by Black pioneers in the 1700s and 1800s.