The First World War changed Canadian society profoundly, and transformed the University of Toronto no less. A quiet teaching university became first a military training camp for thousands of young volunteers, then a research powerhouse as buildings, resources and brilliant minds were turned over to the greater war effort.
These collected vignettes follow commemorate the diverse contributions made a century ago by the U of T community during the war. They offer a window into private moments, acts of kindness, bravery and personal sacrifice. Above all, they illustrate a common commitment to find reasons for hope even in a time of loss.
Read all the stories in this series: The University of Toronto and the First World War
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U of T’s 196th Birthday Quiz
Test your knowledge of all things U of T in honour of the university’s 196th anniversary on March 15!
Spreading the Gospel
A Juno Award-winning teacher wants all his students to feel there is a place for them in music
Cities Are Driving Evolution
Globally crowdsourced study shows that white clovers are biologically adapting to city life, demonstrating the profound impact of urbanization
3 Responses to “ Changed by War ”
There is a great charity started by U of T Alum (many of whom were students at the time of the founding) called Canadian Hero Fund (http://www.herofund.ca). The organization supports Canadian Military Families. You may want to look into doing a story on this organization, it has many ties to the university. Chancellor Michael Wilson is an Honourary Patron of the organization, as well as Hon. Bill Graham.
Has the magazine done a similar series "Changed by War" on U of T's involvement in the Battle of Ridgeway? The Battle and the threat of Fenian invasion was a major factor that led to Confederation the following year in 1867. The battle involved U of T students and there is a memorial to the battle and the U of T students adjacent to the university on Queen's Park Circle. Three U of T students died in the battle.
In response to Glenn Walker's comment: No, to our knowledge, the magazine has never published a story on the Battle of Ridgeway. But it's an interesting idea -- perhaps on the 150th anniversary of the battle in 2016!