Jennifer Bonnell, author of Reclaiming the Don: An Environmental History of Toronto’s Don River Valley (2014) will discuss the ways the Lower Don River was understood as a dangerous and problematic place by nineteenth-century Torontonians, and the schemes that civic politicians and engineers devised–some implemented and some abandoned–to deal with what was commonly understood as “the Don problem.” This history of improvement schemes to deal with flooding, pollution, and siltation in the Lower Don Lands has much to offer us, she will argue, in considering the current plans for revitalizing the Toronto waterfront and redeveloping the Lower Don Lands.
Her book on the Don has been awarded both the Clio prize from the Canadian Historical Association and the Fred Landon prize from the Ontario Historical Society.
Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Time: 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.
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