Articles by author: Samantha Morris

  • Dr. Phillip Mackintosh’s research on the history of Toronto streets highlighted in the Toronto Star

    Toronto’s been road-raging about cars, bikes and streetcars for over 100 years. We’re not about to stop

    From The Toronto Star
    By KATIE DAUBS, Feature Writer
    Fri., Jan. 26, 2018

    In the long history of Toronto streets, change has never come easily.

    Downtown, where the streets are narrow relics of a Victorian age, there is little middle ground, only middle fingers.

    The flipped bird on King St.’s restaurant row is the latest symbol of irritation, a stand-in for the frustration certain business owners feel toward city hall, and a transit pilot they say isn’t working for them.

    Toronto was a city of walkers when it was incorporated in 1834, and that remained the main form of transportation (supported by transit) until the growth of its suburbs after the Second World War, says Phillip Gordon Mackintosh. The geography professor at Brock University researched Toronto’s streets for his book Newspaper City: Toronto’s Street Surfaces and the Liberal Press, 1860-1935. Torontonians paid for concrete sidewalks long before they agreed to finance asphalt roads, because most people simply didn’t use them, he notes.

    This 1900 photo shows one of the Toronto Railway Co.’s electric streetcars. The company began modernizing its fleet in 1892, and by 1894, horse cars were no longer in use. (ALFRED J. PEARSON / TORONTO ARCHIVES)

    Toronto has greeted change on its streets with excitement, anxiety, finger pointing, politicking, gloomy predictions and ideological bickering for most of its history. Even in the 1860s, when Toronto had close to 45,000 citizens and the roads were covered with filth and roaming animals, we argued about the “itinerant Toronto hog.”

    “Have we no ‘health inspector?’ What are our ‘police’ doing?” one citizen wrote to the Globe in 1862, complaining about the pig nuisance. Another defended the pigs, because they were performing a valuable trash-disposal service. When a tenacious gutter pig bit the skirt of a woman walking on King St., the Globe demanded that the pig nuisance be an election issue… continue reading.

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  • MA in Geography Student Wins 2018 Best Research Paper Award

    Congratulations to MA in Geography student, Connor Dingle, on receiving the 2018 Best Major Research Paper, Graduate Research Writing Award, for the Faculty of Social Sciences!

    Connor’s MRP is titled “Mobile Technology and Reconstituting Place at the Matheson Learning Commons”. His research was supervised by Dr. Catherine Nash and Dr. David Butz.

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  • Join us for Loris Gasparotto’s Retirement Party

    You’re invited to join the Department of Geography and Tourism Studies for a retirement party in honour of Loris Gasparotto. After 40 years as our cartographer, Loris has finally mapped out his retirement!

    Friday, January 19th
    Drop in from: 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
    MC C-405, Brock University

    RSVP online at by January 15th.

    Please forward donations towards a group gift to Virginia Wagg, Geography & Tourism Studies (; MC C-322) by January 16th.

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  • Congratulations to Andrew McCartan on the successful completion of his MA in Geography thesis

    The Department of Geography and Tourism Studies would like to extend our congratulations to Andrew McCartan and his committee for the successful defence of his MA in Geography thesis entitled “Glasgow’s Queer Battleground” on December 4, 2017.

    Andrew’s research was supervised by Dr. Catherine Nash, and committee members, Dr. Philip Mackintosh and Dr. Ebru Ustundag. Thanks to Dr. Linda Peake (York University, City Institute) for serving as the external examiner, and to Dr. David Butz for serving as the Acting GPD for Andrew’s defense.

    We wish Andrew all the best for his feature endeavours, including his doctoral studies in Ireland starting in January 2018!

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