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This North Riverdale man fell into a hole and uncovered ancient remains. It raised questions about how the city builds on Indigenous lands – Toronto Star

February 19, 2024

A plaque at Withrow Avenue Junior Public School, across the street from this discovery, mentions that Indigenous remains and artifacts dating back an estimated 5,000 years were found in the area in the 1880s.

Trapped in a pit six feet below the North Riverdale street he has lived on for more than 30 years, John Brown made a startling discovery.

He was walking home on Withrow Avenue from an appointment on the morning of Jan. 5 and stepped onto the edge of his neighbour’s garden to avoid the large hole where a city of Toronto construction crew had removed part of the sidewalk. He felt the earth crumble beneath him.

“I went straight down,” said Brown, 74, who was lightly bruised from the fall. “Just about at eye level, there was a stick. Except it wasn’t a stick — it was a bone.”

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