Parkdale at 138. How Democracy Grew

As we commemorate Parkdale’s 138th birthday I include First Nations contributions to our joint history.
1. Our first participatory democracy: everyone has a vote on every decision.
2. Achieving responsible government: elected representatives make decisions for us.
3. Parkdale had democracy without universal suffrage: only male land owners voted.

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3 Responses to Parkdale at 138. How Democracy Grew

  1. Jordan Laura MacLachlan says:

    Reading this has been a delightful moment for me – a much needed reminder/affirmation that democracy has deep roots, and that magnificent tree born of this is still thriving, if not in some places in the world, it is right here in Parkdale (one of the most democratic neighborhoods in Toronto)! and I truly appreciate the selection of art work and illustrations that Jack has chosen to include in this article, particularly the lushly coloured painting of people gathered around the fire. (And the dearly departed Queen Victoria School and the Grand High school on Jamieson – they were beautiful)!

  2. Daryl Landau says:

    Re the ‘birth’ of Parkdale, is it 1879 as you suggest, or 1878 when it was incorporated as a village? Unsure of that source (Parkdale in Pictures or Suburb, Slum, Urban Village). I read that it became an independent suburb in 1879. The name Parkdale already pre-existed by a few years, likely contrived by the Toronto House Building Association the source speculates.

    • Jack Gibney says:

      My source is Parkdale In Pictures page 13, “On 1 January 1879, the Village of Parkdale was proclaimed a municipality.”
      On page 14 “25 September 1885, that the Ontario Executive Council approved Parkdale becoming a town, effective the first Monday in January 1886.”
      The authors of Parkdale In Pictures were Margaret Laycock and Barbara Myrvold. They were professional researchers / writers employed by Toronto Public Libraries. I trust this source.

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