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Last of the Toronto Island Tent Dwellers

What was it like to live in a tent on Ward's Island? Before cottages were built, there was Tent City.

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In the late-1800s and continuing into the early 1900s, seasonal fishermen camped on Ward’s Island with their families in tents. The community was known as “Tent City.” In 1931, the City allowed the islanders to build permanent year-round cottages on their campsites. Many of the small houses on Ward’s Island today were constructed during this era. Photo via waterfrontbia.com.

This year will be remembered as the Year of the Flood on the Toronto Island. With the re-opening of the park at the beginning of August, things are finally getting back to normal. One effect of all the flood-related publicity has been to introduce the communities on Ward’s and Algonquin islands to a whole new segment of the public. Time and again park visitors step off the ferry saying, “I had no idea people live here.”

They most certainly do, and one Island resident who can truthfully say she’s lived here her whole life is Chris Gay. Born in 1925, Gay has spent every summer on the Island, and this year marks her family’s 100th year of continuous residence on the same lot at #5 Fifth Street. What’s even more remarkable is that Gay is the last living Islander who experienced life as one of the fabled tent dwellers. Keep reading: Last of the Toronto Island Tent Dwellers

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Moss Park Safe Injection Site Staying Put As City Opens Its Own

“We were just really sick of watching people die”

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The volunteers at the Moss Park safe injection site. Photo via Facebook

The organizers behind the ad hoc supervised injection site in Moss Park have no intention of shutting down now that the City has opened its own interim site, says Zoë Dodd, a harm reduction worker and one of the site’s organizers.

A group of harm reduction workers began operating out of Moss Park last week to provide a space for people to use injection drugs safely and, if need be, to be revived of an overdose.
Keep reading: Moss Park Safe Injection Site Staying Put As City Opens Its Own

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That Time Torontonians Beat Up Nazis with Baseball Bats

The anniversary of the Christie Pits riot was marked with a call to action to once again fight fascism in the city.

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An August 20 BBQ to mark the 84th anniversary of the Christie Pits Riots against racism and fascism that took place on August 16, 1933. Photo by Evan Balgord

Toronto’s anti-fascist and anti-racist community held a BBQ in Christie Pits this weekend to commemorate the 84th anniversary of the Christie Pits riot and celebrate the city’s history of anti-fascist action. According to organizers, the rally had a second purpose—to build a broader coalition of anti-racist activists to oppose the intertwined anti-Muslim and white nationalist movements on the rise in Toronto and Canada.

Keep reading: That Time Torontonians Beat Up Nazis with Baseball Bats