The entrance to the Department of History’s office in Sidney Smith Hall

Toronto's Poor: A Rebellious History (Monthly Meeting of the Toronto Workers' History Project)

Start Date and Time:

Monday, February 13, 2017, 7:00PM

End Date and Time:

Monday, February 13, 2017, 9:00PM


Bryan Palmer (Trent University), Gaétan Héroux (Ontario Coalition Against Poverty)

Toronto’s Poor reveals the long and too often forgotten history of poor people’s resistance. It details how the homeless, the unemployed, and the destitute have struggled to survive and secure food and shelter in the wake of the many panics, downturns, recessions, and depressions that punctuate the years from the 1830s to the present.

Written by a historian of the working-class and a poor people’s activist, this is a rebellious book that links past and present in an almost two-hundred year story of struggle and resistance. It is about men, women, and children relegated to lives of desperation by an uncaring system, and how they have refused to be defeated. In that refusal, and in winning better conditions for themselves, Toronto’s poor create the possibility of a new kind of society, one ordered not by acquisition and individual advance, but by appreciations of collective rights and responsibilities.

Find more information on the Toronto Workers' History Project website

Contact Information

Ed Dunsworth


Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil St., Toronto, ON M5T 1N1 view full map


Discussion Panels


Faculty, Alumni and Friends, Community, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, Staff

Toronto's Poor: A Rebellious History