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In the 1920s, Cobalt, Ontario was world famous. It was home to some of the most productive silver mines in the world. Over 600 million troy ounces (around two million kilos) of silver were produced there from 1903 to 1926. Below are images of Cobalt during its time as a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2021 at Local History & Genealogy
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There was nothing great about the Great Depression except its length and penetration into every corner of Ontario from 1929 to 1939. Below is a brief overview of work camps, or "relief camps", in Ontario — and what led to them. Features photos from Digital Archive Ontario, a database of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2021 at Local History & Genealogy
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The Grange was just another manor for Toronto's elite until 1911. It then became the property of the Toronto Art Society — home of the future Art Museum of Toronto, renamed the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) in 1965. Let's look back at the history of The Grange with photos... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2020 at Local History & Genealogy
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Canada’s 2016 Census revealed that visual artists in Canada earned on average $21,100 per year. More than 75% of that income was derived from employment not associated with creating and selling art. This income level seems dismal. So we've put together some resources for aspiring artists who are looking to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2020 at Career and Job Search Help Blog
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Map of New France by Samuel de Champlain (1640) Sainte-Marie among the Hurons was a Jesuit settlement on the land of the Huron-Wendat. Completed in 1639, this French compound was the first permanent European settlement in what is now Ontario. In 1649, the settlement was burnt down and abandoned during... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2020 at Local History & Genealogy
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Machine-guns are towed on boggans by the white-shrouded figures and; when needed; can be set up and in action like a flash (1941). Photo from the Toronto Star Photograph Archive. A Brief History Equipped with cross country skis, troops fighting for Finland pushed back and defeated Soviet forces in the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2019 at Local History & Genealogy
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Toronto Harbour, looking west, 1812 The War of 1812 came to the town of York — now Toronto — on April 27, 1813. Departing from New York's Sacket's Harbor, Commodore Isaac Chauncey's squadron positioned itself at three strategic locations. Map show the movements of American fleet. From the publication, The... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2018 at Local History & Genealogy
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The United States congress declared war on Great Britain on June 18, 1812. Britain had drawn the ire of the Americans by blockading their trade with France, stirring up uprisings from Indigenous populations and impressing (press ganging) US sailors born in Britain into the British navy. Map of Upper and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2018 at Local History & Genealogy
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Crystal Palace (1858-1879), King St. W., n. side, at present Sudbury St. Unknown Picture, 18-?, English It was not named the Canadian National Exhibition until 1912, although the fair started back in 1858 with erection of a crystal palace at Shaw and King streets called The Palace of Industry. Sanford... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2018 at Local History & Genealogy
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'Arrow' & 'Gorilla', of the R.C.Y.C. fleet, opposite Toronto, Ont. Armstrong, William, 1822-1914 Picture, 1880 In 1852, eight men founded a boat club in Toronto harbour. A year later, they named it the Toronto Yacht Club. Out of patriotism to the British Crown, the club applied for a Royal Warrant.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2018 at Local History & Genealogy
Are you referring to when the honorific was given by Lord Dorchester? That date came from Wikipedia. After further research, I'll change it. thanks for pointing this out.
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One of the main purposes of the blog is highlight material available in the digital archive. The other is to write about the history of places in Ontario.
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Map of the British plantations, 1739 United Empire Loyalists (or Loyalists) is an honorific that was given in 1789 by Lord Dorchester, the governor of Quebec and Governor General of British North America, to American Loyalists who resettled in British North America during or just after the American Revolution. The... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2018 at Local History & Genealogy
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Muskoka is a region in Ontario bounded by Georgian Bay to the west, Haliburton to the east and Simcoe to the south. Its main lakes are Muskoka, Rousseau and Joseph. It was named for Chippewa chief Mesquas Ukee who negotiated the land claim for the territory with the British in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2018 at Local History & Genealogy
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