Atkinson, Joseph E. National Historic Person

Toronto, Ontario
Joseph Atkinson © Expired
Joseph Atkinson
© Expired
Joseph Atkinson © ExpiredAtkinson, Joseph E. © TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTODetailed view of the HSMBC plaque © Parks Canada / Parcs Canada, 1989
Address : 1 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario

Recognition Statute: Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
Designation Date: 1986-06-16
Life Date: 1865 to 1948

Other Name(s):
  • Atkinson, Joseph E.  (Designation Name)

Importance: Influential owner and editor of the Toronto "Star", philanthropist


Existing plaque: Mounted inside on wall of Toronto Star Office 1 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario

One of Canada's most influential newspapermen, Atkinson became managing editor of the Toronto Star in 1899, and its majority owner by 1913. Originally hired by supporters of Sir Wilfrid Laurier, he sought to make the daily an instrument of social reform. His many and often sensational innovations changed the face of Canadian journalism, and made the Star Canada's largest circulation newspaper by the 1930s. A tough taskmaster in life, he generously bequeathed his fortune to the Atkinson Charitable Foundation, which endows an array of cultural, medical and educational institutions in Ontario.