The independent Toronto Republic of Rathnelly

To celebrate the Centennial, on Saturday, June 10,  1967, the roughly 400 residents of Rathnelly Ave. and several nearby streets... Read More

Remembering the ill-fated CN Turbo train

On December 10, 1968, a sleek new locomotive glided out from the sooty train shed at Toronto’s Union Station. Streamlined and... Read More

How the TTC lost and found its subway style

Not many people could have known that behind the advertising billboards on the platform of College station was something no-one had... Read More

The cold war siren system Toronto never used

At Dundas West and Shaw, near Trinity-Bellwoods Park, there’s a conspicuous piece of Canada’s Cold War history. On top of... Read More

The killing of Aune Newell

She was found beneath a coat hidden under dogwood and sweet clover. Toronto parks department employee Harry Lemon saw her shoe first... Read More

5 subtle signs of lost rivers in Toronto

Like many North American cities, the street grid in downtown Toronto is (for the most part) rigidly geometric. Where there’s an... Read More

The mysterious case of the grave of Stella Vanzant

When little Stella Vanzant died of causes unknown some time in the early 1800s, her bereaved father interred the girl’s young... Read More

Happy birthday to the Toronto streetcar system

There are perhaps few things more symbolic of Toronto than its streetcars. For more than 150 years, surface rail has formed the... Read More

Dead rail lines, lost streets, and more Toronto oddities

There’s a couple of new lofts at the southeast corner of Carlaw and Dundas. The courtyard between the two buildings curves... Read More

The Toronto link to America’s bloodiest serial killer

The bodies of the children were buried under the cellar floor. In a gloomy crawlspace beneath the home at 16 St. Vincent St. near... Read More