40 in the shade: Toronto’s worst heatwave

For an excruciating week in July, 1936, Toronto, the province, and much of Canada burned. An unprecedented and deadly continent-wide... Read More

How Toronto built the CN Tower

The CN Tower is one of the most important buildings ever constructed in Canada. Like it or loathe it, the absurd, 553-metre concrete... Read More

How City Hall ended up on St. Clair Avenue

In the late 1940s, Toronto City Hall was bursting at the seams. Now known as Old City Hall, the building on the northeast corner of... Read More

Who will save Toronto’s old streetcars?

Toronto’s outgoing fleet of streetcars could be the first not to get a second life in another city. Perhaps due to advanced... Read More

The Don Mills Safety Village taught kids to drive

1962 was a rough year for kids. In the 12 months between January and December, 20 young people under the age of 14 were killed on... Read More

The “great monster of death” arrives in Toronto

Lenton Williams worked in the printing department at Eaton’s department store. On the evening of June 14, 1905, the 60-year-old was... Read More

When Haileybury burned, Toronto sent streetcars

The town of Haileybury sits on the shore of Lake Timiskaming, a serpentine body of water on the northern reaches of the Ottawa River... Read More

The half-built relics of nixed Toronto skyscrapers

In 1914, John Eaton, the third son of retail magnate Timothy Eaton, began preparing plans for a massive expansion of his... Read More

A history of developers and holdouts in Toronto

When the Imperial Oil company began assembling land for its new executive offices on St. Clair Ave. W. in 1952, it didn’t reckon... Read More

How Exhibition Place got the retro Dufferin Gate

You can tell a lot about a place by how it greets its visitors. The goofy lights at Honest Ed’s tell customers... Read More