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M. Jane Fairburn

Born in Toronto, Jane graduated from the University of Toronto with an honours B.A. in Political Science. She studied law at the University of Windsor and was called to the Bar in 1990. Thereafter she practiced in the field of criminal litigation, both for the defence and as an Assistant Crown Attorney, and then graduated to the area of legal policy. Her primary occupation for a number of years was the completion of her first book, Along the Shore: Rediscovering Toronto's Waterfront Heritage, published by ECW Press on July 1, 2013 (now in its third printing). The book traces the origins of Toronto’s waterfront culture from the geological formation of the shore through to its fascinating Aboriginal and French presence, European settlement, its resort period, urbanization, and the present day. Her current project, provisionally entitled For Love of the Land, examines the cultural, historical, and spiritual connections between people and landscape.

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Along the Shore: Rediscovering Toronto’s Waterfront Heritage. ECW Press, 2013


Along the Shore was nominated for the Speaker's Book Award, sponsored by the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, and received an Honourable Mention at the Toronto Heritage Awards & William Kilbourn Memorial Lecture, 2014.
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