History

Published On: July 28, 2021
Fifty years ago, the province introduced new legislation that lowered the age of majority, letting 18-year-olds drink. But that change wouldn’t last the decade.
Published On: July 20, 2021
In the early 1950s, most restaurants in Dresden refused to serve Black people. So activists pushed back, taking their cause to court — and changing Ontario history.
Published On: July 07, 2021
In the summer of 1929, police clubbed and bloodied demonstrators at Queen’s Park — and met with a chorus of support from media and politicians.
Published On: June 30, 2021
Fifty years ago, hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside Parliament Hill chanting “two, four, six, eight, gay is just as good as straight” — and demanding change from the federal government.
June 24, 2021
What lessons can be learned from the gradual erosion of democracy?
June 24, 2021
Author Margaret Atwood discusses democracies past, present, and future.
Published On: June 03, 2021
Fifty years ago, Bill Davis made a speech that changed his political life — and some say saved downtown Toronto.
Published On: May 19, 2021
Fifty years ago, Ontario Place greeted its first visitors, treating them to grand rhetoric, a Colonel Sanders appearance — and a few unfortunate hiccups.
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.”