Fighting Words is an hour-long documentary that chronicles the remarkable and tumultuous life of the legendary Joseph E. Atkinson. It features seldom-seen archival images as well as insights from historians, journalists and Atkinson family members.
Big Ideas: The Social Crusades of Joseph E. Atkinson
Big Ideas captures the Atkinson legacy through the words he wrote or commissioned during his time as publisher of the Toronto Star. This collection of writings and stories was compiled and edited by Michael Pieri. Read Big Ideas.
Both Fighting Words and Big Ideas are available free of charge from the Atkinson Charitable Foundation. Please contact us to obtain your own copy.
J. E. Atkinson’s Doctrines and Beliefs
The late Beland Honderich, former publisher of the Toronto Star, conducted many years of research about Joseph E. Atkinson and his influence on the newspaper and society at large. On May 23, 1995, Mr. Honderich gave an address to the Torstar Voting Trustees and their families to provide some insights gathered during his research. Read Beland Hondrich's report.
Letter to Laurier
In 1916, Joseph Atkinson wrote a letter to Sir Wilfrid Laurier, then leader of the Liberal party. In this letter he outlined many measures that he wished Laurier to adopt and become centerpieces of the Liberal party platform. Amazingly, many of these policies are in place today and are cherished Canadian values. Click here to read this historical letter.