Posts Tagged ‘FYI’

Update on Plans for the Fegan Boys’ Distribution Home at 295 George St., Toronto

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

In September 2013, The Ontario Genealogical Society was made aware of the City of Toronto’s interest in for former Fegan Boy’s Distribution Home. Concern about the future of the home, and the many inscriptions on its exterior walls left by the boys passing through, prompted OGS President Shirley Sturdevant to send a letter to The City enquiring about their plans for this historic property.

Subsequent emails with city administrators and a telephone conversation with Toronto City Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, left The Society with the understanding that the property had been designated a heritage property and that it and other heritage properties in the area would be integrated into the overall redevelopment of the street. The City planned to acquire the property and carry out a Heritage Impact Assessment to identify how that property and others were being appropriately conserved in keeping with the City’s Heritage Policies in the Official Plan.

Once the City acquired the property, they planned a stabilization and securement process to ‘mothball’ the heritage properties until the redevelopment began, expected no earlier than 2017. As part of that stabilization process, The City would be willing to consider additional measures to ensure the preservation of the bricks to which we referred. If it was determined that our organization could assist in any way we would be informed.

This week, the President sent a message to query where The City was in this process and received the following response:

“Thank you for your inquiry and for your interest in preserving this important part of our history on George Street. The City of Toronto is purchasing that property, along with other heritage properties on that block, and will incorporate them into a redevelopment to create a new shelter, long-term care home and service hub, pending council approval in 2015.

After the City takes possession next week, we will issue an RFP for the stabilization of the heritage houses until the redevelopment begins. If all goes as planned, the stabilization will take place by early summer. Specs for stabilization include the installation of a frame around the inscription, with hoarding and sealant across the top. This will remain in place until the redevelopment begins, likely in 2018.

Within the next couple of weeks we will have a website in place where you will be able to follow the progress of the project. I will email you the URL when it is available.

Rudy Mumm

SSHA Project Lead, George Street Revitalization

General Manager’s Office

Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, City of Toronto”

We thank Mr. Mumm for this update and watch with interest the stages of development for this significant property. Our members stand at the ready to be of assistance if called upon.

Join OGS for Archives Awareness Week at the Archives of Ontario

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

The Archives of Ontario is pleased to be celebrating Archives Awareness Week in partnership with the Archives Association of Ontario, the Ontario Genealogical Society, and York University’s Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections. We’ve got a great day of on-site activities planned for Thursday, April 10th from 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Visit the Archives of Ontario where you can:

• learn about our collections and services
• explore our partners’ information tables
• attend presentations on archival research and preservation
• tour the building

Admission is free! You can register online at http://www.archives.gov.on.ca/en/about/archives_week.aspx 

FYI: Upcoming Beach & East Toronto Historical Society Meeting

Thursday, March 20th, 2014
Kew Gardens in the Beach, August 7 1914

Kew Gardens in the Beach, August 7 1914

The Beach & East Toronto Historical Society and The Toronto Public Library are pleased to present award winning author and historian, Jean Cochrane.

Topic: 100 Years Ago in the Beach

Date: Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Time: 7:00 – 8:15 pm

Location: The Beaches Library, 2161 Queen St. E. Toronto

Admission is Free. All are Welcome!

Photo courtesy of The Beach & East Toronto Historical Society

FYI: Upcoming Heritage Event

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Heritage Toronto is pleased to present an exploration of the latest archaeological insights into the lives of Indigenous people in Southern Ontario prior to contact with Europeans.

Before Ontario: Archaeology and the Province’s First Peoples

Date: Wed Apr 02, 2014

Time: 6:30 p.m.8:00 p.m.

Location: Toronto Reference Library Atrium, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON, Phone: 416-395-5577

Join the editors and some of the contributors to Before Ontario: The Archaeology of a Province (2013) for a panel discussion. Panelists include:

  • Dr. Marit Munson
  • Dr. Susan Jamieson
  • Dr. Anne Keenleyside (Trent)
  • Dr. Ron Williamson of Archaeological Services Inc.
  • Chief Kris Nahrgang of the Kawartha Nishnawbe First Nation
  • Dr. Neal Ferris (Western Ontario)
  • Dr. Andrew Stewart of Strata Consulting

The panel will be moderated by Shawn Micallef, a noted journalist and Toronto Public Library’s Writer-in-Residence in Fall 2013.

History Matters: Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples Past and Present

Presented in collaboration with ActiveHistory.ca and Heritage Toronto

URGENT:Province of Ontario Seeking Descendants of Those Buried in Barrack Hill Cemetery

Friday, March 7th, 2014

A forgotten burial site, The Barrack Hill Cemetery, located in Ottawa, has recently been unearthed, exposing human remains and some casket materials. The Province of Ontario is actively seeking the descendants of those buried here so that their remains may be relocated with respect and dignity.

Click here to read the full story from CBC News.

If you know or think you may have had ancestors in Ottawa between 1828 -1845, particularly Rideau Canal workers, that may have been buried in Barrack Hill Cemetery, then please contact the Ontario Registrar of Cemeteries, Michael D’Mello OR Corina Burnel, before March 21, 2014:

Ministry of Consumer Services

Registrar of Cemeteries

Toronto, Ontario

Tel: 416-326-8393

800-889-9768 ext 6-8393

Fax: 416-326-8406

Email: michael.d’mello@ontario.ca

Website: http://www.omba.com/contact_government.php

Free Conference: The Art of Biography

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Fascinated by historical biography? If so, come on out to a free day-long conference on The Art of Biography. This conference is going to be an excellent opportunity to hear four prominent authors and historians discuss their approach to writing biography, with a focus on Canadian history.

The conference is taking place at the Jackman Humanities Building (corner of Bloor and St. George) in Toronto on Saturday March 22, 2014.

Please visit our Conference website or see the attached flyer for Program details: http://www.biographi.ca/en/article/art_of_biography.html

If you would like further information about this event or would like to confirm your attendance, please contact Michael Wilcox at 416-946-8593 or by email at: michael.wilcox@mail.utoronto.ca

World War I Real Genealogy Stories at the Archives of Ontario

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

Are you a genealogist who had an ancestor who participated in World War I?

Would you love to have an opportunity to share their story with others?

The Archives of Ontario, in partnership with the Ontario Genealogical Society, would like to offer OGS Members a chance to exhibit the story of your family member who participated in World War I through the World War I Real Genealogy Stories exhibit cases. These cases provide you with a unique opportunity to exhibit reproductions of your Archives research and other personal items to illustrate your story. Exhibitions will be on display for three months.

For your opportunity to be selected, please complete an application form available in the OGS Members Only Area.

For more information on this project, please follow the link:

http://multibriefs.com/briefs/ogs/realstorydetails.pdf 

Announcing The Beach & East Toronto Historical Society’s First Heritage Event of 2014

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

The Beach & East Toronto Historical Society, along with the Toronto Public Library, is pleased to present former editor of the Beach Metro News and vice Chair, Toronto Historic Board, Carole Stimmell, as their first speaker of 2014.

Date: Wednesday February 26

Time: 7:00 – 8:15 pm

Location: The Beaches Library, 2161 Queen St. E, Toronto

Topic: Saving Historic Buildings; A Tale with Three Endings

Admission Free. All Welcome

Carole Stimmell Poster 1

Ontario Genealogical Society at a Crossroads

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

A Message from President Shirley Sturdevant

Over the last weeks, information has been distributed about the Society elections on May 3, 2014. Like many organizations, OGS finds itself at a crossroads. To be relevant in the future we need to understand not only who we have been and who we are, but who we need to be. We have been “Community, Education, and Advocacy” to serve our mission and objectives on behalf of our members and the broader genealogical community.

Now…The Society has a new governance model and seeks candidates for all positions – President, Vice-President and 4-6 Directors-at-Large. As President, I have spoken with many members, both veteran and new, and all have a desire to see a strong society taking us into the next era of genealogical service. Many are getting older or are already doing several jobs within the Branch, Special Interest Group (SIG) or Society. Others have already served in many ways throughout their membership. We are looking to new members to step up and take on roles, either within the Branch or SIG, or on the Society’s Board.

Many feel there are members who would be willing and capable of taking on these positions but are waiting to be asked. It is also a fact that the greater the numbers, the less likely someone is to volunteer, the assumption being that someone else will step forward.

Please consider yourself asked. 

Whether you have been a long-time or recent member, whether actively involved or “quiet”, please consider the skills and qualities you possess and the passion you have for helping your Society as we come to this crossroads in our history – our future.

We need members with skills in a variety of categories as outlined in the Call for Nominations found in the OGS Members Only area: https://www.ogs.on.ca/membersonly/mem_sign_in.php. No one candidate must be all things; each will bring his or her own unique skill(s). These will change over time as the needs of The Society change; new Directors in future years will bring new sets of skills. Over the long-term, OGS will stay strong and meet its mission:

To encourage, bring together and assist those interested in the pursuit of family history and to preserve our Ontario genealogical heritage. 

Please consider where you fit into our future. If there is a part you can play on the OGS Board, now is the time to step forward. If you see another whom you might replace within your Branch/SIG to allow them to step forward, think about doing so now. Let’s find motivated people who are passionate about OGS, prepared to use their skills on behalf of others, willing to bring fresh ideas and, most of all, prepared to work jointly as a Board to actively make these things happen on behalf of all members of The Society.

Our Society cannot continue to exist if there is no one to lead.

Yes, together we are at a crossroads. Together we must choose the right direction.

Together we are OGS!

Please see the OGS Members Only area: https://www.ogs.on.ca/membersonly/mem_sign_in.php for more details. Make arrangements for further discussion or to get answers to your questions by emailing: nominations@ogs.on.ca – or – president@ogs.on.ca.

Shirley L. Sturdevant, President 

The Ontario Genealogical Society 

Call for Candidates closes February 21, 2014. 

Brian Gilchrist Awarded Diamond Jubilee Medal

Monday, February 10th, 2014

The OGS wishes to extend its heartfelt Congratulations to Brian Gilchrist on being awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for “contributions to genealogy and local heritage, having inspired people not only in Canada, but indeed around the world.” Well done Brian. Much deserved!

Visit GlobalGenealogy for more information: http://globalgenealogy.com/news/articles/00034.htm