An Immigrant Family Story:  The Breckles Part One

This is the story of the Breckles family who came to Canada like so many others did in the early 1900s. Escaping high unemployment and poverty in the industrial cities of Britain, they hoped for better overseas. Toronto was a mecca for many, including the Breckles. Let me be clear here. I am not relatedContinue reading “An Immigrant Family Story:  The Breckles Part One”

Riverdale Collegiate

by Joanne Doucette There is an urban legend that Myrtle, Ivy and Harriet Streets were named after local women (true) who argued so much that they could never meet so the streets don’t meet (not true). The deep ravine called “the Devil’s Hollow” had more to do with keeping the streets from meeting. The womenContinue reading “Riverdale Collegiate”

On this place: Riverdale Collegiate…

Did you ever wonder what was here in days gone by? Who lived here? What buildings stood here? Why did they build here? This picture shows Riverdale Collegiate on the far hill on December 22, 1919. We are looking from Prust Ave. Landfill with large concrete rubble fills the ravine in the immediate foreground. TheContinue reading “On this place: Riverdale Collegiate…”