History Lessons

Rogues and Scoundrels (and most importantly, who opposed theme)

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If you wonder about Canada’s debt to the First Nations, consider the words of one of the richest 19th century Toronto citizens, a man who’s family was the richest in the province.

George Taylor Dennison III, buried in the St. Johns Cemetery on the Humber, was an active Toronto politician and soldier. Denison’s patriotism had been tested in the spring of 1885, when he and the Governor General’s Body Guard saw service during the North-West rebellion. Because of his lingering hostility to the federal government, he had little enthusiasm for the conflict and had initially refused to volunteer his troop. He objected, he told Charles Mair in March, to the use of the militia “to defend a Government of land sharks who have villainously wronged the poor native and the actual settler.” 


‘YORK’ was dubbed the “city of pork” after two York councillors, a Metro councillor and a developer were convicted of corruption and sentenced to jail terms and fines in the Fairbank Park scandal.

Councillor Frances Nunziata blew the whistle on questionable backroom deals after several York politicians voted for a controversial deal to sell parkland to a condo developer. Mayor Fergy Brown had a hard time controlling the raucous public meetings that followed, which featured shoving matches.

Voters showed their disgust by turfing out six of eight incumbents in the 1991 election. Only Nunziata, Bill Saundercook and Brown were returned to office. **

** https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2008/01/01/weird_and_wacky_tales_of_the_six_old_cities.html