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A brief history of the business of dying

July 21, 2015

Cemeteries, funeral parlours, and undertakers have been around in the East End for quite a long time. There are probably native burial grounds in the area, but their exact locations are not known. Originally in our area, when there was not a burial ground, the people, especially farmers, buried their dead on their own land. […]

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Pan Am Games bring past games to mind

This column is dedicated to the late Glenn Cochrane, who grew up in Hamilton, but was a Beacher by choice with his wife Jean, and a great Canadian. I learned a lot from Glenn about Hamilton sports in a national context. I recently had a discussion about the Pan Am Games, which someone said was […]

In praise of our historical society

Speaking to several people about history in our area, I hear, “Oh, there are these other historical societies in the East End, and they are really good.” I started to think about our Beach and East Toronto Historical Society, which has been involved in local and city-wide history for more than 40 years – we […]

The once-ambitious Cedarvale

“Where and what is Cedarvale?” I was asked by a person living on the Danforth. Cedarvale is the name of two areas in the city of Toronto. For our purpose I will write about the one in the Woodbine and Danforth area. (The other is in the West End near Bathurst and St. Clair). A […]


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