Thursday, January 25, 1917

Dr. Brown told she couldn’t be chairman of property committee because women don’t know about property.

School Trustee “Dr. Caroline Brown made it plain that she was not pleased because some trustees had intimated that a women did not know anything about property, and therefore could not be Property Chairman.

‘Maybe we’ll show you some time,’ she said.”


Monday, January 22, 1917

Governor-General in Toronto. Inspected Toronto Housing Company’s apartments on Bain Avenue.

The Toronto Housing Company is “now housing over 250 families comprising over 1,000 persons. The aim of the Housing Company, however, is not only to provide dwellings, but to assists in remedying those conditions of which undesirable housing is but a symptom.”

Monday, January 8, 1917

“Twas Bonne Entente Day in Toronto to-day. Toronto’s arms and heart were thrown wide open to receive 85 delegates from the sister Province of Quebec…With cheers and handshakings, and cries of “Bon jour, messieurs! Bon Jour! Comment ca va!…Around and about through the throng of merry Frenchmen went members of the Toronto delegation pinning on coat lapels their little pins bearing the inscription: ‘Bonne Entente. Quebec-Ontario, 1917.'”

Wednesday, August 16, 1916

Social Democratic candidate for South-West Toronto is James McArthur Conner. Began working in coal mines at age of 13.

“He is natural born evangelist of the poor. If your height had been squeezed into brevity by working in the dirty dark ten hours a day, when you ought to have been growing above ground, you probably would be more of a propagandist for better conditions for the toiler than you are.”

Monday, August 14, 1916

Hartley H. Dewart accepts the nomination of a divided Liberal Party for South-West Toronto. “The air was charged with electricity, everyone is waiting for something to happen, occasional flashes of lightning are seen, and Preston rose and protested that Mr. Dewart did not represent the Liberals of Ward Six. After that the only interruptions were from a pertinacious individual who held interesting but mixed views on the liquor and nickel questions.”

Thursday, August 10, 1916

Why the liquor lords love South-West Toronto. 48 Liquor Licenses in riding. “Why are there so many licenses in this riding? Here is the answer. In the reduction of shop and hotel licenses in 1909, the policy of the Government… was to have certain districts in the down town and central portion of the city set aside as the license area. This was done, and most of the hotels in South-West Toronto were spared in the cut-off, leaving South-West Toronto the ‘wet area.'”