Canadian Moments

As Canada makes marijuana legal, the U.S. resorts to Prohibition-inspired tactics

Opinion: America’s own history reveals the depths of its reportedly old-fashioned approach to sharing a border with a nation where weed is legal

Why buck-a-beer failed before in Ontario—and why it likely will, again

The story of Lakeport Brewing Co.’s meteoric rise and total collapse shows us why Doug Ford’s plans for buck-a-beer’s return will be a tall task—if not an impossible one

A century later, a vicious anti-Greek riot in Toronto offers lessons for today

In 1918, three days of riots took aim at Toronto’s Greek immigrants—revealing who gets to be seen as part of Canada’s fabric, and why

How dairy became seen as a public resource worth protecting in Canada

As Donald Trump assails Canada’s supply-managed dairy industry, history shows how perceptions around Canadian milk changed—turning it into something worth defending

Why can’t Ontarians buy booze in corner stores? Blame the surveillance state

In the 1920s, Ontario ended its ban on alcohol, but decided to monitor citizens’ drinking habits instead—and it’s feeling the hangover of that decision to this day

The history of why Canada’s health care system falls short

Opinion: Ontario’s election could bring another step toward truly comprehensive health care. But failed efforts from the past reveal possible pressure points

After 100 years of women’s suffrage, do we really have progress?

On May 24, 1918, a bill was passed allowing most Canadian women to vote. But women’s suffrage in the U.S. and Canada is tarnished by disturbing historical links with racism and xenophobia

What happened the last time someone tried to Make Ontario Great Again

Opinion: As Doug Ford becomes the Ontario PCs’ leader, a spate of American populism imported into the province in the 1890s offers lessons for the present

What we can learn from a disastrous 1930 U.S. tariff on Canadian goods

As Donald Trump threatens tariffs on steel and aluminum, policymakers should look to history and take heed of the Smoot-Hawley Act’s cautionary tale

The odd, complicated history of Canadian Thanksgiving

Canada and America may argue over who was the first to hold a harvest festival, but both countries’ approaches to the national holiday are similar

The LCBO store in Toronto's Beach neighbourhood

In defence of the LCBO: Ontario’s liquor history holds lessons for pot

Though it’s fashionable to complain about it now, the province’s liquor control regime has come a long way from its Prohibitionist past

The KKK has a history in Canada. And it can return.

Canada is not immune to hate, and a look at the history of the Ku Klux Klan’s expansion efforts proves it