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Preparing War Memorials: Danforth Tech Shows How

How did schools collect the names for their war memorials? Danforth Tech, with 2,235 volunteers— more than any other school in the Commonwealth—shows us.

Danforth Tech’s form for collecting students’ info for war memorials. Photo courtesy Danforth CTI Library and Archives

A War Memorial Committee sent forms like John D. Marr’s (pictured here) asking former students [...]

For King and Country goes to Traffic Court

In the airport-style waiting room of Toronto West (York) Court House—Traffic Division, the security guard searching bags answers my question about the overhead sign “FAW.”

“I think the ‘F’ stands for first offence,” he says.

My first offence? Failing to produce my motor vehicle permit when stopped by police. A court officer quickly dismisses the charge—with a [...]

Degrassi High and De Grassi Spies

“Degrassi” evokes realistic high school drama for fans of the long running Degrassi TV series. There are no schools on Toronto’s Degrassi Street in Riverdale, though nearby Earl Grey school is one of several used as a setting for early episodes. While teaching at Earl Grey, Linda Schuyler, aware that there were no compelling depictions [...]

Women in World War I

More than 3,000 women volunteered for the Canadian Army Medical Corps (CAMC) in the First World War. All had trained as nurses before the war; average age was 24. Nicknamed “blue birds,” because of their blue uniforms and white veils, they assisted with surgery and cared for convalescing soldiers. Though not in the trenches, they [...]