Historian of the city, politics, and society
Forty years later, the summer of 1977 and the murder of shoeshine boy Emanuel Jaques continue to make the news in Toronto. The city’s vivid and often-contested memory of this period plays a key role in my research on Yonge Street and downtown politics in the postwar decades. I was pleased to sit down with Simon Lewsen for this Globe & Mail piece on the crime and its legacy for Toronto. You can read the digital version of the article here. Of course, like a true historian, I should warn you: it’s actually more complicated.