So much of Toronto’s history is either buried under parking lots or confined to dusty history books hidden on the top shelves of libraries or just plain forgotten. Using his wealth of knowledge and experience, historian and author Bruce Bell is determined to look under those parking lots to see what secrets are held in Toronto’s much overlooked colonial and 19th century past. Bruce Bell has been the popular monthly history columnist for the Bulletin, Canada’s largest community newspaper since 1999. He is a former board member of the Town of York Historical Society and is the author of two books Amazing Tales of St. Lawrence Neighbourhood and the just published TORONTO: A Pictorial Celebration. Bruce’s History Project — a plaque program around the city marking historical sites with large bronze markers — includes Toronto’s First Jail, The Great Fire of 1849, the hanging of the Rebellion of 1837 leaders Lount and Matthews and the birthplace of Canadian Statesman Robert Baldwin.
Bruce’s mission is to tell Toronto’s history through his tours, writings and lectures including his sold out shows at Toronto’s famed Winter Garden Theatre, in an informative and entertaining way. Recently Bruce has expanded his tours into Southern Ontario bringing groups of people from Toronto to the beautiful countryside that surrounds our great city in search of shared roots. Hear him speak at DesignMeets about some key happenings in our Public Policy’s history.
Topic: The design and public policy input of St Lawrence Market over the past 200 years