A Thirty Years War: The Failed Public/Private Partnership that Spurred the Creation of the Toronto Transit Commission, 1891-1921

by Ian Kyer, Independent Historian. Published by Irwin Law.

The thirty year franchise granted by the City of Toronto to the privately owned Toronto Railway Company in 1891 brought the City a modern electric streetcar system.  But the city and its private sector transit provider never learned to work together.   Their relationship was marred by almost constant conflict and confrontation that resulted in numerous court battles.  Fourteen times these court battles ended up at the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.  This book details these legal disputes, and will be of interest not only to legal historians but also to those interested in transit and municipal history.

Reviews have appeared in the following publications:

  • Gilles Renaud, Canadian Law Library Review,Vol. 41, 2016.