A Glimpse of the Past Imagined

January 18, 2014

Happy New Year everyone. You can read Grace Westcott’s review of Along the Shore that appears in the Literary Review of Canada (January/February 2014) here: http://janefairburn.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/LRC-Westcott-Jan-Feb-2014.pdf Photo credit: James O’Shaughnessy © 2014

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Toronto Board of Health Takes a Stand Against Island Airport Expansion

December 21, 2013

I’m still trying to get my head around Philip Preville’s (Toronto Life) and Richard Florida’s (Toronto Star) enthusiastic endorsement of jets at the island airport, especially in light of the Toronto Board of Health’s unanimous recommendation that City Council reject the expansion plans and the introduction of jet engines. Nowhere is the Board of Health’s […]

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No Jets panel discussion last night

December 10, 2013

Hi folks, Thanks to everyone who made it out to the No Jets panel discussion last night. I was inspired by the audience, and my fellow panelists, who all came together to say that jets on Toronto Island are simply Not On. With Toronto’s Board of Health voting unanimously yesterday to recommend that city council reject […]

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High-level Panel Discussion on the Prospect of Jets at the Island Airport

December 9, 2013

High-level Panel Discussion on the Prospect of Jets at the Island Airport and the Future of the Toronto Waterfront When: December 9, 2013, 7 p.m. Where: OISE Auditorium, 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Room G162 I will be part of the above-noted panel that includes former mayor David Crombie, renowned architect Jack Diamond, and former […]

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The Durnans of Toronto Island: Over 170 years on Toronto Bay

October 13, 2013

You might recall that I promised to provide you with more information on the Durnan family of Toronto Island, whose roots extend back to the earliest days of European habitation on the sandy strand, when the little town of York was a mere outpost on the fringe of a vast and imposing wilderness. The Durnan […]

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CBC radio — Getting to Know the Lake

October 7, 2013

Friends, Click on the link below to hear my discussion about Along the Shore with CBC radio’s Matt Galloway, September 30, 2013. http://www.cbc.ca/metromorning/episodes/2013/09/30/getting-to-know-the-lake/

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Stories from Along the Shore: Hester Durnan

September 22, 2013

Along the Shore is not a traditional history book. Quite apart from the recitation of historical fact, I was interested in shining the light on people who live or have lived on Toronto’s waterfront. I wanted to describe their relationships with the water and the natural world, and by extension reveal, at least in part, […]

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“It Was the Lake That Pulled Us Together”

August 17, 2013

Early twentieth century postcard, Balmy Beach Toronto Public Library, PC 611  Talk is cheap. The influences behind any writer’s decision to transform talk (or thought) into action — to actually commit to the writing process and hammer out a book — can be legion. For me it was the lake, and my experiences with it, that caused […]

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Along the Shore Excerpts — Toronto Star

July 20, 2013

Thought you’d like to see some excerpts of Along the Shore that appear in the Life section of today’s Toronto Star, along with an article by Christopher Hume.    

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Where Art Meets Nature

July 5, 2013

Hello everyone, Tomorrow I’ll be participating in a walking tour at Guild Park, “Where Art Meets Nature”, jointly coordinated by Heritage Toronto/Friends of Guild Park & Gardens at 1:30 pm. I’ll be discussing the geological formation of the Bluffs and the early pioneer presence on the grounds ― signed copies of Along the Shore will […]

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