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The Ward

The Life and Loss of Toronto's First Immigrant Neighbourhood

edited by John Lorinc; Ellen Scheinberg & Michael McClelland

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The story of the growth and destruction of Torontoâ??s first â??priority neighbourhood.â??

 

From the 1840s until the Second World War, waves of newcomers who migrated to Toronto â?? Irish, Jewish, Italian, African American and Chinese, among others â?? landed in â??The Ward.â?? Crammed with rundown housing and immigrant-owned businesses, this area, bordered by College and Queen, University and Yonge streets, was home to bootleggers, Chinese bachelors, workers from the nearby Eatonâ??s garment factories and hard-working peddlers. But the City considered it a slum, and bulldozed the area in the late 1950s to make way for a new civic square.

The Ward finally tells the diverse stories of this extraordinary and resilient neighbourhood through archival photos and contributions from a wide array of voices, including historians, politicians, architects, story­­tellers, journalists and descendants of Ward residents. Their perspectives on playgrounds, tuberculosis, sex workers, newsies and even bathing bring The Ward to life and, in the process, raise important questions about how contemporary cities handle immigration, poverty and the geography of difference.

Contents & Contributors

Introduction â?? John Lorinc

Searching for the Old Ward â?? Shawn Micallef 

No Place Like Home â?? Howard Akler

Before the Ward: Macauleytown - Stephen A. Otto 

My Grandmother the Bootlegger - Howard Moscoe 

Against All Odds: The Chinese Laundry â?? Arlene Chan

VJ Day â?? Arlene Chan

Merle Fosterâ??s Studio: â??A Spot Of Enchantmentâ?? - Terry Murray

Missionary Work: The Fight for Jewish Souls â?? Ellen Scheinberg 

King of the Ward â?? Myer Siemiatycki 

Where the Rich Went for Vice â?? Michael Redhill

A Fresh Start: Black Toronto in the 19th Century â?? Karolyn Smardz Frost

Policing the Lordâ??s Day â?? Mariana Valverde

â??The Maniac Chinamanâ?? - Edward Keenan

Elsieâ??s Story â?? Patte Roseban

Lawren Harrisâ??s Ward Period - Jim Burant 

â??Foolâ??s Paradiseâ??: Hastingsâ?? Anti-Slum Crusade â?? John Lorinc

Strange Brew: The Underground Economy of BlindPigs â?? Ellen Scheinberg 

The Consulate, the Padroni and the Labourers â?? Andrea Addario

Excerpt: The Italians in Toronto â?? Emily P. Weaver

Arthur Goss: Documenting Hardship â?? Stephen Bulger

Fresh Air: The Fight Against TB â?? Cathy Crowe

The Stone Yard â?? Gaetan Heroux

William James: Torontoâ??s First Photojournalist â?? Vincenzo Pietropaolo

The Avenue Not Taken â?? Michael McClelland

Timothy Eatonâ??s Stern Fortifications â?? Michael Valpy

Settling In: Central Neighbourhood House â?? Ratna Omidvar and Ranjit Bhaskar

Torontoâ??s Girl with the Curls â?? Ellen Scheinberg

Chinese Cafés: Survival and Danger â?? Ellen Scheinberg and Paul Yee

Defiance and Divisions: The Great Eatonâ??s Strike â?? Ruth A. Frager

Elizabeth Street: What the City Directories Reveal â?? Denise Balkissoon

Growing Up on Walton Street â?? Cynthia MacDougall

Revitalizing George Street: The Wardâ??s Lessons â?? Alina Chatterjee and Derek Ballantyne

Taking Care of Business in the Ward â??  Ellen Scheinberg 

'A Magnificent Dome': The Great University Avenue Synagogue â?? Jack Lipinsky

Reading the Ward: The Inevitability of Loss â?? Kim Storey and James Brown

Torontoâ??s First Little Italy â?? John Lorinc

The Elizabeth Street Playground, Revisited â?? Bruce Kidd

Divided Loyalties â?? Sandra Shaul

Crowded by Any Measure â?? John Lorinc

A Peddler and His Cart: The Wardâ??s Rag Trade â?? Deena Nathanson

Torontoâ??s Original Tenement: Wineberg Apartments â?? Richard Dennis

Excerpt: Tom Thomsonâ??s Diary â?? Tom Thomson 

An Untimely Death â?? Brian Banks

Paper Pushers â?? Ellen Scheinberg 

The BMRâ??s Wake-Up Call â?? Laurie Monsebraaten

Excerpt: Report of the Medical Health Officer ... â?? Charles J. Hastings

Dr. Clarke's Clinic â?? Thelma Wheatley

Slum-Free: The Suburban Ideal â?? Richard Harris

The Glionna Clan and Torontoâ??s First Little Italy â?? John E. Zucchi

'The Hippâ?? â?? Michael Posner

Before Yorkville â?? John Lorinc

Sex Work and the Wardâ??s Bachelor Society â?? Elise Chenier

Public Baths: Schvitzing on Centre Avenue â??  Ellen Scheinberg

The Health Advocates: McKeown on Hastings â?? John Lorinc

Remembering Torontoâ??s First Chinatown â?? Kristyn Wong-Tam

Tabula Rasa â?? Mark Kingwell

Unrealized Renewal â?? J. David Hulchanski

A Short History of the â??Civic Squareâ?? Expropriation â?? John Lorinc

Storytelling is Part of the Story â?? Tatum Taylor

How We Think About What (Little) Survives â?? Patrick Cummins

Institutional Memory â?? Scott James & Victor Russell

Alternative Histories â?? Michael McClelland

About the Authors
John Lorinc is a Toronto journalist and editor. He reports on urban affairs, politics, business, technology, and local history for a range of media, including the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, Walrus, Maclean’s, and Spacing, where he is senior editor. John is the author of three books, including The New City (Penguin, 2006), and has co-edited four other anthologies for Coach House Books: The Ward (2015), Subdivided (2016), Any Other Way (2017), and The Ward Uncovered (2018). John is the recipient of the 2019/2020 Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy.
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Ellen Scheinberg is a historian, writer and the president of Heritage Professionals, which specializes in archival, museum and information management initiatives. She lives in Toronto.

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Michael McClelland, OAA, FRAIC, is a registered architect with over twenty years of experience. He is actively involved in the promotion of Canada’s architectural heritage and is a founding member of the Canadian Association of Professional Heritage Consultants (CAPHC). Prior to establishing E.R.A. Architects with Edwin Rowse in 1990, McClelland worked for the Toronto Historical Board. He is the recipient of a certificate of recognition from the Ontario Association of Architects and the Toronto Society of Architects for his outstanding contributions to architecture and a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

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Contributor Notes

John Lorinc is an award-winning journalist who has contributed to Toronto Life, The Globe and Mail, National Post, Saturday Night, Report on Business , and Quill & Quire , among other publications. He has written extensively on amalgamation, education, sprawl, and other city issues. He is the recipient of two National Magazine Awards for his coverage of urban affairs. His firstbook, Opportunity Knocks: The Truth About Canada's Franchise Industry, was shortlisted for the National Business Book Award. He lives in Toronto. Michael McClelland, OAA, FRAIC, is a registered architect with over twenty years of experience. He is actively involved in the promotion of Canada's architectural heritage and is a founding member of the Canadian Association of Professional Heritage Consultants (CAPHC). Prior to establishing E.R.A. Architects with Edwin Rowse in 1990, McClelland worked for the Toronto Historical Board. He is the recipient of a certificate of recognition from the Ontario Association of Architects and the Toronto Society of Architects for his outstanding contributions to architecture and a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

Ellen Scheinberg is a historian, writer and the president of Heritage Professionals, which specializes in archival, museum and information management initiatives. She lives in Toronto.

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