Founding of Markham Stouffville Hospital

The population of the town of Markham has drastically increased over the years and plans for a new hospital were underway as early as the 1950s.  During that time, residents predicated that the population was going to increase in the upcoming decades.  At the beginning of the 1960s, a campaign […]

Markham Stouffville Hospital. Photo Credit: Jessica Campbell. April 4, 2016

J.B. Salsberg: Communist or Communitarian?

When discussing J.B. Salsberg, there are two main associations that instantly surface: Jew and Communist. Salsberg was a dominant figure both politically and socially for the twentieth-century Toronto Jewish labour movement. But these words hardly do justice to the depth of this man. It is true that for many decades Salsberg […]


‘Emancipation Day’: Passing the 1908 Trunk Sewer By-law

By the 1870s many Torontonians had come to accept the necessity of public ownership of its waterworks. The city’s ratepayers – residents who paid property taxes – had approved the takeover of the city’s drinking water services. Since the system needed high expenditures of capital to expand, private interests could not do […]