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The Ward

The Life and Loss of Toronto’s First Immigrant Neighbourhood

edited by John Lorinc; Ellen Scheinberg; Tatum Taylor & Michael McClelland

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The story of the growth and destruction of Toronto’s first 'priority neighbourhood.'

 

From the 1840s until the Second World War, waves of newcomers who migrated to Toronto -- Irish, Jewish, Italian, African American and Chinese, among others -- landed in 'The Ward.' 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 Eaton'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.

About the Authors
John Lorinc is a journalist who specializes in urban/municipal issues, business, politics, and culture. Over the past twenty years, he has written for many publications, including the Globe and Mail and Toronto Life. He is the author of Opportunity Knocks: The Truth About Canada's Franchise Industry (Prentice Hall, 1995) and The New City: How the Crisis in Canada's Large Urban Centres is Re-Shaping the Nation (Penguin, 2006). He has won the National Magazine Awards for his coverage of urban affairs. Lorinc is a former national affairs chair of PEN Canada and a founding member of the Canadian Coalition for School Libraries. He lives in Toronto.
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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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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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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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