The Mississaugas surrender most of their land by the river, as the British tricked them into thinking they had rented, not sold, their land.
The first sawmill was erected at Todmorden Mills, by the Taylor brothers, quickly followed by a paper mill and brewery.
The Taylor brothers develop the Don Valley Brick Works in 1889, creating bricks out of the clay deposits found in the earth. They also help support the Canadian Pacific Railway.
- Hard paved surfaces encourage flooding, as they prevent stormwater from seeping into the soil or being soaked in by plants.
- Sewers, carrying both stormwater and sanitary sewage, flood into the river during large storms.
- A “petroleum-like” product leaked from city sewers into the Don River
- unclear how much leaked into the river as the Ministry of Environment Bill Shea said “it’s hard to get 100 per cent”
- Matt Kenel, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority joked that you could set the river on fire by simply dropping a lighted match