On a podcast I was listening to recently, one of the hosts drew a parallel between the increasing marijuana legalization in the United States and the fading of the temperance movement some 70 years previous; in time, he claimed, we would look back on the fact that pot was illegal and socially frowned upon as […]Read more "The Last Dry County in the West"
There’s an amazing set of books online entitled “Robertson’s Landmarks of Toronto: a collection of historical sketches of the old town of York, from 1782 until 1837, and of Toronto from 1834 to 1893” written in 1894, and 5 subsequent volumes that include other “historical sketches” up until 1914. This guy John Ross Robertson was a […]Read more "First Seat in the Village"
It’s been almost a month since the last post here at the Hogtown Crier. I know, I know, this whole time you’ve just been sitting at your screen clicking “reload” waiting for your next hit of history. For that I apologize. (And also for that, I’m a little worried. Maybe you should go for a […]Read more "Update: Don’t fret, fellow city slickers"
In a post of mine a few weeks ago I alluded to a mayoral scandal that took place in Toronto in 1852. I held off as long as I could, but now it’s time for me to delve into that scandal. So grab some popcorn, turn on some Pink Panther tunes, and allow me to do […]Read more "The Ten Thousand Pound Job"
I used to live near St. Clair & Bathurst, and more than once had the opportunity to stroll through Wychwood Park, a small private neighborhood just North of Davenport between Bathurst and Christie. Passing the gates into this place is like walking through some portal into a 19th century English hamlet. Unlike those surrounding it, its […]Read more "Wych way to the park?"
The city’s relationship with snow usually seems to follow a fairly predictable course. The first snowfall is met with either shock and rage and fear, or excitement and wonder and snowballs. Then the next few snowfalls often deepen those initial sentiments, and when the holidays come everyone is universally more okay with white fluffy stuff. […]Read more "There’s snow place like home"
I always enjoy a good top ten, and this week I want to share a uniquely Hogtown Crier list with you: The top ten by-laws from our city’s first 50 odd years of existence. This is by no means a list of the most important or even necessarily useful by-laws in Toronto’s history, but rather […]Read more "Top ten: antiquated by-laws"