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First Miss Canada Winner in 1946 was from North York

Marion Saver received $2,000 worth of merchandise, writes Susan Goldenberg Drum roll, please. On July 4, 1946, at the inaugural Miss Canada beauty pageant, the winner, defeating 58 other contestants, was lovely North Yorker Marion Saver, 21, who credited her victory largely to the rabbit’s foot lucky charm she had held. Three years earlier, she …

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"Boom town: Architect Raymond Moriyama and North York Mayor Mel Lastman look over model of civic-centre expansion that is expected to spark a development boom," October 4, 1982 (Image by Dick Darrell, courtesy Toronto Public Library under Toronto Star License)

NYHS Remembers Mel Lastman (1933-2021)

The North York of today largely is due to Mel Lastman, mayor of North York for a record astounding twenty-five years, 1972-1997. He was in the lead in the transformation from a sleepy Toronto suburb into what he proudly called “downtown uptown.” Born in 1933 in Toronto’s Kensington Market to poor Jewish immigrants, he developed …

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Roy Risebrough, long retired in this 1979 photo, in one of his early cases came across a tale of alcohol and drug addiction. - Jeff Goode/Torstar file photo

Long-time North York Police Chief Roy Risebrough Retired Rather Than Amalgamate

‘Metro Council wanted to unify police and fire departments,’ writes Susan Goldenberg In April 1953 the Toronto area’s 13 municipalities, including a strongly opposed North York, were amalgamated as Metropolitan Toronto. Each municipality retained autonomy in local matters but services that crossed boundaries became Metro responsibilities — water supply, sewage disposal, public transit, education and …

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