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Historicist: Toronto’s Dentist Mayor

Dr. Frederick L. Conboy's career as a dentist and public-health advocate leads to four years in the mayor's chair.

Mayor Frederick Conboy greeting General Knox on the steps of City Hall. City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1257, Series 1057, Item 3308.

“The only motive that a sane man can have for entering Civic public life is a desire to render a real service, and that means constant work and great anxiety.” So said Frederick J. Conboy to city council in January of 1945, at the conclusion of four consecutive one-year terms as mayor of Toronto. Conboy’s time in office marked the apex of a long public-service career with roots in public-health dentistry.

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The Torontoist Week in Review

A lot happens in the course of a workweek. Here’s a look back at the top stories from the past five days that you might have missed, or might care to revisit.

TCHC Denied Lower Mortgage Rates by Crown Corporation
“The Toronto Community Housing Corporation is asking its main mortgage lender, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), to renegotiate antiquated interest rates, most of which are in the double digits. But the beleaguered social housing agency is not getting the relief it wants.”

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