Why does The Ward matter?
For almost a century, this neighbourhood served as the major point of entry for waves of immigrants to the city: African Americans, Irish, Italians, Eastern European Jews, and Chinese, among others. While the area came to be known as an over-crowded slum packed with derelict housing, The Ward hummed with life — small businesses, places of worship, theatres, restaurants, schools, playgrounds, studios and social service agencies. It was also notorious for its speak-easies, gambling dens and sex workers, and thus attracted the attention of missionaries, moral reformers and the police. Anglo Toronto spent almost forty years fretting about The Ward, and finally bulldozed the area to make way for a new civic square, hospitals and office buildings; it was literally erased from the face of the city. Despite that abrupt end, The Ward marks the place where Toronto first encountered concentrated ethno-cultural diversity and the geography of difference. It is, quite simply, the community where modern Toronto begins.
He is a senior editor for Spacing Magazine, and writes a weekly local politics column for Spacing.ca/toronto.
Date: Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015 @ 6:30 pm
Location: St. Matthew’s Clubhouse
Riverdale Park East at Langley and Broadview
Admission: $5.00 at door / free to members.
Annual membership: $15.00 per person / $25.00 per couples.
Please note that for our 2015 Fall season meetings will start at 6:30 pm. We welcome your feedback on our new starting time as it will be reviewed for 2016
The next presenter will be
Dr. Jennifer Bonnell
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