The Toronto Purchase

People have been living around the Great Lakes for some 12,000 years. Reimagining ancient history in the Americas is a recently burgeoning area of study, but understanding ancient North American societies still involves some guesswork. There’s also so so much to talk about and there are so many factors overlapping each other that zeroing in […]

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A subway fit for a Queen

Part of the beauty and the identity crisis of Toronto is that it’s Canada’s largest metropolis, but it’s not really a global city. Sure, it’s all kinds of multicultural and the population clocks in at 2.6 million, good for 4th or 5th on the North American charts (us and Chicago keep swapping places), but it really isn’t […]

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Yorkie: Peninsulater!

If you take the ferry over to Ward’s island and follow the path along the south side of the quaint island community, you’ll soon come through some thick trees and come up against the east side of Ward’s itself. There’s not much there; a thin, crumbling concrete strip jutting out from the shore, and the […]

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Underneath Victoria Square

One of my favourite streets in Toronto is Draper Street. It’s quite short – just a small block running from Front to Wellington between Bathurst and Spadina. It’s also hard to come by; it’s easy to miss it amidst the mass of train rails that run on one side of Front, and the converted warehouses […]

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Yorkie: Vexing Vexillology

Hi faithful readers, in lieu of a longer form post this week I want to share with you a new segment here at the Crier. I call it a Yorkie, a bite sized intro to a topic or aspect of Toronto. Hopefully they serve to inspire you to check the subject out further, or perhaps […]

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Currie no favour

Alright, I’m going to go ahead and say it: I think in 2015 we take the high standard of fire safety for granted in Toronto. In fact, I would go as far as to argue we’ve done so for all the twenty teens. Maybe even the entirety of the 21st century!  Yeah, we get annoyed […]

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The Gibraltar Point Lighthouse

Hey everyone, before your regularly scheduled broadcast I just wanted to say I really appreciate all the love I’ve been getting about this blog since I started it.  I said at the outset that this was mostly for my own personal interest and that’s still true, but it means a lot to get affirmation about […]

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