History UsefulNotes / Toronto

22nd Sep '16 9:24:50 PM Alceister
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Has recently been known for its former [[DrugsAreBad crack-smoking]], buffoonish mayor: Rob Ford. After emphatically denying having ever used drugs, Ford [[NoExceptYes admitted to trying it]] during one of his "[[AlcoholInducedIdiocy drunken stupors]]". [[ImplausibleDeniability He then continued to deny that he is an alcoholic, or a drug addict.]] Although he became an international embarrassment, [[OffOnATechnicality provincial laws do not allow city council to remove him from office unless sent to jail for at least 90 days]] [[note]]Obviously, the drafters of that law anticipated that any elected official doing half of Ford's idiocies would have had the social grace to resign in shame, but Ford practically built his power base on brazen bullying shamelessness[[/note]]; they did however, manage to strip him of most of his powers. In spite of having been reduced to a mayor in name only, he planned on running for re-election, before a tumour in his abdomen sidelined him. He switched with his brother Doug, who was running as incumbent for Rob's former position as Councillor of Etobicoke. While his brother lost the mayoral race to the (comparatively) moderate candidate John Tory, Rob won back his seat handily, ensuring the continued presence of the Ford family in city politics. However, Rob Ford has confessed that he has been diagnosed to have a tumor in his bladder. Sadly, he passed away from said cancer on March 22nd, 2016. He was only 46 years old.

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Has recently been known for its former [[DrugsAreBad crack-smoking]], buffoonish mayor: Rob Ford. After emphatically denying having ever used drugs, Ford [[NoExceptYes admitted to trying it]] during one of his "[[AlcoholInducedIdiocy drunken stupors]]". [[ImplausibleDeniability He then continued to deny that he is an alcoholic, or a drug addict.]] Although he became an international embarrassment, [[OffOnATechnicality provincial laws do not allow city council to remove him from office unless sent to jail for at least 90 days]] [[note]]Obviously, the drafters of that law anticipated that any elected official doing half of Ford's idiocies would have had the social grace to resign in shame, but Ford practically built his power base on brazen brazen, bullying shamelessness[[/note]]; they did however, manage to strip him of most of his powers. In spite of having been reduced to a mayor in name only, he planned on running for re-election, before a tumour in his abdomen sidelined him. He switched with his brother Doug, who was running as incumbent for Rob's former position as Councillor of Etobicoke. While his brother lost the mayoral race to the (comparatively) moderate candidate John Tory, Rob won back his seat handily, ensuring handily; however, Rob's tumour had since developed into full-blown cancer, and he spent much of his term as Councillor in the continued presence of the Ford family in city politics. However, Rob Ford has confessed that he has been diagnosed to have a tumor in his bladder. Sadly, he passed away from said cancer hospital, dying on March 22nd, 16, 2016. He was only 46 years old.succeeded as Councillor by his nephew Michael who, though inexperienced, appears to be more likeable than his two uncles.
18th Sep '16 7:26:19 AM gemmabeta2
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The popular saying is that Toronto has only two seasons: winter and construction. It's not always completely true, but spring and fall do seem to be pretty short, and sometimes snowstorms are separated from sweltering, smog-filled furnaces by as little as a month. (And yes, there are very hot days during the summer; [[CanadaEh it's not all Eskimos and igloos]]. Come to Toronto in July and August dressed in long sleeves and you will most likely suffer from heat stroke.) As for the construction, because of all the snowfall Toronto has to concentrate all its road work in the summer months, add the fact that Toronto's highways are some of the busiest in the world (the main crosstown route, Highway 401, is by most measures ''the'' busiest highway in the world, with all ''eighteen'' lanes jammed for miles at rush hour, and most other times of day as well), so that when construction starts forcing lane closures, things get gnarled very quickly. Luckily there are fewer people in the city during the summer, as many go off to "cottage country" or elsewhere for vacations.

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The popular saying is that Toronto has only two seasons: winter and construction. It's not always completely true, but spring and fall do seem to be pretty short, and sometimes snowstorms are separated from sweltering, smog-filled furnaces by as little as a month. (And yes, there are very hot days during the summer; [[CanadaEh it's not all Eskimos and igloos]]. Come to Toronto in July and August dressed in long sleeves and you will most likely suffer from heat stroke.) As for the construction, because of all the snowfall Toronto has to concentrate all its road work in the summer months, add the fact that Toronto's highways are some of the busiest in the world (the main crosstown route, Highway 401, is by most measures ''the'' busiest highway in the world, with all ''eighteen'' lanes jammed for miles at rush hour, and most other times of day as well), well; and the Don Valley Parkway has been given the affectionate moniker ''the Don Valley Parking Lot''), so that when construction starts forcing lane closures, things get gnarled very quickly. Luckily there are fewer people in the city during the summer, as many go off to "cottage country" or elsewhere for vacations.
16th Sep '16 8:34:15 PM karstovich2
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One can easily detect outsiders in Toronto by hearing them pronounce it "Tow-Rawn-Tow". City natives, or those from closely neighbouring regions who talk with city natives constantly, typically drop the last T, and sometimes the first O, so it's "Toronno", "T'ronno", or even "Ch'ronno" (with the first consonant being the "ch" in "chair") [[note]]This fact trips up quite a few actors portraying Canadians, e.g. in ''Film/TheProposal'', where Creator/SandraBullock's character is supposed to be a native Torontonian but immediately spoils the fact by pronouncing the city name as it is spelled[[/note]]. Nicknames include T.O. (an acronym of '''''T'''oronto, '''O'''ntario''), the T-dot (a shortening of the former), Hogtown or The Big Smoke (names arising from historic industries associated at different times with the town), and "Toronto the Good". "The 6" has also become a popular nickname for the city, largely popularized (although not created) by Toronto hip hop artist Music/{{Drake}}. Its a reference to either the city's two area codes (647 and 416) or to the 6 cities that were amalgamated into the present day Toronto (see below), although there is no consensus on which one is accurate. Peter Ustinov famously described it as "New York run by the Swiss", though the appellation isn't quite as accurate as it once was.

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One can easily detect outsiders in Toronto by hearing them pronounce it "Tow-Rawn-Tow". City natives, or those from closely neighbouring regions who talk with city natives constantly, typically drop the last T, and sometimes the first O, so it's "Toronno", "T'ronno", or even "Ch'ronno" (with the first consonant being the "ch" in "chair") [[note]]This fact trips up quite a few actors portraying Canadians, e.g. in ''Film/TheProposal'', where Creator/SandraBullock's character is supposed to be a native Torontonian but immediately spoils the fact by pronouncing the city name as it is spelled[[/note]]. Nicknames include T.O. (an acronym of '''''T'''oronto, '''O'''ntario''), the T-dot (a shortening of the former), Hogtown (for its large meatpacking industry in the 19th century, which was based on pork products) or The Big Smoke (names arising from historic industries associated at different times with the town), (from its history as Canada's industrial powerhouse), and "Toronto the Good".Good" (a not-entirely-complimentary nickname referring to the goody-two-shoes Methodists and other Protestants who made the city a center for uptight Victorian morality). "The 6" has also become a popular nickname for the city, largely popularized (although not created) by Toronto hip hop artist Music/{{Drake}}. Its a reference to either the city's two area codes (647 and 416) or to the 6 cities that were amalgamated into the present day Toronto (see below), although there is no consensus on which one is accurate. Peter Ustinov famously described it as "New York run by the Swiss", though the appellation isn't quite as accurate as it once was.
21st Aug '16 3:49:12 AM Morgenthaler
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The snow thing is a bit of a sore point. Back in 1999, a particularly huge snowfall had Mayor Mel Lastman so worried, he called in the [[CanucksWithChinooks army]] to help to clear it away. [[NeverLiveItDown This became a goldmine of mirth]] for other places in Canada like Montreal, which gets an average of almost twice as much snow as Toronto does and gets ice storms as well[[note]]The concern was at least partially justified as, while Toronto is used to snowfall in general, there's really nowhere to ''put'' all that snow: snowplows would cover the sidewalks, and sidewalk cleaners would push it back onto the roads. The eventual solution was to just dump it all in Lake Ontario[[/note]].

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The snow thing is a bit of a sore point. Back in 1999, a particularly huge snowfall had Mayor Mel Lastman so worried, he called in the [[CanucksWithChinooks [[UsefulNotes/CanucksWithChinooks army]] to help to clear it away. [[NeverLiveItDown This became a goldmine of mirth]] for other places in Canada like Montreal, which gets an average of almost twice as much snow as Toronto does and gets ice storms as well[[note]]The concern was at least partially justified as, while Toronto is used to snowfall in general, there's really nowhere to ''put'' all that snow: snowplows would cover the sidewalks, and sidewalk cleaners would push it back onto the roads. The eventual solution was to just dump it all in Lake Ontario[[/note]].
15th Aug '16 2:26:40 AM KYCubbie
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* Rogers Centre (originally called [=SkyDome=]; most locals still refer to it as such) - home to UsefulNotes/MajorLeagueBaseball's Toronto Blue Jays, and before 2016 home to the UsefulNotes/CanadianFootballLeague's Toronto Argonauts. Also the first stadium to have a fully functional retractable roof.[[note]]The first modern sports venue with a retractable roof was Pittsburgh's Civic Arena, which opened in 1961óbut it was originally built as a ''music'' venue for the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera; although the NHL's Penguins eventually moved in, they never fully opened the roof. Montreal's Olympic Stadium had a retractable roof before {=SkyDome/=]Rogers Centre was built, but it was plagued with problems, and was replaced with a fixed roof.[[/note]] Also has a hotel built right into it--[[{{NakedFirstImpression}} remember to close your blinds if you stay there.]]

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* Rogers Centre (originally called [=SkyDome=]; most locals still refer to it as such) - home to UsefulNotes/MajorLeagueBaseball's Toronto Blue Jays, and before 2016 home to the UsefulNotes/CanadianFootballLeague's Toronto Argonauts. Also the first stadium to have a fully functional retractable roof.[[note]]The first modern sports venue with a retractable roof was Pittsburgh's Civic Arena, which opened in 1961óbut it was originally built as a ''music'' venue for the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera; although the NHL's Penguins eventually moved in, they never fully opened the roof. Montreal's Olympic Stadium had a retractable roof before {=SkyDome/=]Rogers [=SkyDome/=]Rogers Centre was built, but it was plagued with problems, and was replaced with a fixed roof.[[/note]] Also has a hotel built right into it--[[{{NakedFirstImpression}} remember to close your blinds if you stay there.]]
15th Aug '16 2:26:05 AM KYCubbie
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* Rogers Centre (originally called the Skydome; most locals still refer to it as such) - home to UsefulNotes/MajorLeagueBaseball's Toronto Blue Jays and the UsefulNotes/CanadianFootballLeague's Toronto Argonauts, and the first stadium to be built with a retractable dome. Also has a hotel built right into it--[[{{NakedFirstImpression}} remember to close your blinds if you stay there.]]

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* Rogers Centre (originally called the Skydome; [=SkyDome=]; most locals still refer to it as such) - home to UsefulNotes/MajorLeagueBaseball's Toronto Blue Jays Jays, and before 2016 home to the UsefulNotes/CanadianFootballLeague's Toronto Argonauts, and Argonauts. Also the first stadium to be built have a fully functional retractable roof.[[note]]The first modern sports venue with a retractable dome. roof was Pittsburgh's Civic Arena, which opened in 1961óbut it was originally built as a ''music'' venue for the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera; although the NHL's Penguins eventually moved in, they never fully opened the roof. Montreal's Olympic Stadium had a retractable roof before {=SkyDome/=]Rogers Centre was built, but it was plagued with problems, and was replaced with a fixed roof.[[/note]] Also has a hotel built right into it--[[{{NakedFirstImpression}} remember to close your blinds if you stay there.]]



* Exhibition Place, a large combination fairground and parkland. Site of many tradeshows, conferences, and fairs - most famously the Canadian National Exhibition ("The Ex").
** Also the location of BMO Field, home of the UsefulNotes/MajorLeagueSoccer team Toronto FC.

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* Exhibition Place, a large combination fairground and parkland. Site of many tradeshows, trade shows, conferences, and fairs - most famously the Canadian National Exhibition ("The Ex").
** Also the location of BMO Field, home of the UsefulNotes/MajorLeagueSoccer team Toronto FC.FC and since 2016 also home to the aforementioned Argonauts.
11th Aug '16 12:51:56 PM case
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Has recently been known for its former [[DrugsAreBad crack-smoking]], buffoonish mayor: Rob Ford. After emphatically denying having ever used drugs, Ford [[NoExceptYes admitted to trying it]] during one of his "[[AlcoholInducedIdiocy drunken stupors]]". [[ImplausibleDeniability He continues to deny that he is an alcoholic, or a drug addict.]] Although he became an international embarrassment, [[OffOnATechnicality provincial laws do not allow city council to remove him from office unless he is sent to jail for at least 90 days]] [[note]]Obviously, the drafters of that law anticipated that any elected official doing half of Ford's idiocies would have had the social grace to resign in shame, but Ford practically built his power base on brazen bullying shamelessness[[/note]]; they did however, manage to strip him of most of his powers. In spite of having been reduced to a mayor in name only, he planned on running for re-election, before a tumour in his abdomen sidelined him. He switched with his brother Doug, who was running as incumbent for Rob's former position as Councillor of Etobicoke. While his brother lost the mayoral race to the (comparatively) moderate candidate John Tory, Rob won back his seat handily, ensuring the continued presence of the Ford family in city politics. However, Rob Ford has confessed that he has been diagnosed to have a tumor in his bladder. Sadly, he passed away from said cancer on March 22nd, 2016. He was only 46 years old.

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Has recently been known for its former [[DrugsAreBad crack-smoking]], buffoonish mayor: Rob Ford. After emphatically denying having ever used drugs, Ford [[NoExceptYes admitted to trying it]] during one of his "[[AlcoholInducedIdiocy drunken stupors]]". [[ImplausibleDeniability He continues then continued to deny that he is an alcoholic, or a drug addict.]] Although he became an international embarrassment, [[OffOnATechnicality provincial laws do not allow city council to remove him from office unless he is sent to jail for at least 90 days]] [[note]]Obviously, the drafters of that law anticipated that any elected official doing half of Ford's idiocies would have had the social grace to resign in shame, but Ford practically built his power base on brazen bullying shamelessness[[/note]]; they did however, manage to strip him of most of his powers. In spite of having been reduced to a mayor in name only, he planned on running for re-election, before a tumour in his abdomen sidelined him. He switched with his brother Doug, who was running as incumbent for Rob's former position as Councillor of Etobicoke. While his brother lost the mayoral race to the (comparatively) moderate candidate John Tory, Rob won back his seat handily, ensuring the continued presence of the Ford family in city politics. However, Rob Ford has confessed that he has been diagnosed to have a tumor in his bladder. Sadly, he passed away from said cancer on March 22nd, 2016. He was only 46 years old.
12th May '16 11:12:12 PM Alceister
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Toronto is actually a "[[MegaCity mega-city]]"; in 1998 the downtown core of Old Toronto and its neighbouring municipalities, all of which were their own cities at the time, were amalgamated into one single City of Toronto. This has generally been regarded as a serious dick move by the offending Tory provincial government, as it has led to all kinds of confusion and annoyance. For convenience's sake, the post office will accept both the City of Toronto and the name of the former municipality as mailing addresses in areas subjected to amalgamation; claiming you live in Etobicoke[[note]]Pronounced Eh-toe-bik-koe[[/note]] on government documents is perfectly licit, meaning exactly the same thing as claiming you live in the City of Toronto[[note]]Though as mentioned above, few people living outside of Toronto will show any recognition to a name other than T.O.[[/note]]. This explains why one still finds, for instance, "North York Hydro" written on manhole covers in streets north of the core.

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Toronto is actually can technically be considered a "[[MegaCity mega-city]]"; mega-city]]": in 1998 1998, the downtown core of Old Toronto and its neighbouring municipalities, all of which were their own cities at the time, were amalgamated into one single City of Toronto. This has generally been regarded as a serious dick move by the offending Tory provincial government, as it has led to all kinds of confusion and annoyance. For convenience's sake, the post office will accept both the City of Toronto and the name of the former municipality as mailing addresses in areas subjected to amalgamation; claiming you live in Etobicoke[[note]]Pronounced Eh-toe-bik-koe[[/note]] on government documents is perfectly licit, meaning exactly the same thing as claiming you live in the City of Toronto[[note]]Though as mentioned above, few people living outside of Toronto will show any recognition to a name other than T.O.[[/note]]. This explains why one still finds, for instance, "North York Hydro" written on manhole covers in streets north of the core.
7th Apr '16 2:34:48 PM soleil-sunny
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[[caption-width-right:350:[[SceneryPorn Downtown Toronto]] (with CN tower and [[strike:Sky Dome]] Sky DOme.. er, ''[[InsistentTerminology Rogers Centre]]'')]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:[[SceneryPorn Downtown Toronto]] (with CN tower and [[strike:Sky Dome]] Sky DOme..Dome.. er, ''[[InsistentTerminology Rogers Centre]]'')]]
7th Apr '16 2:34:32 PM soleil-sunny
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[[caption-width-right:350:[[SceneryPorn Downtown Toronto]] (with CN tower and [[strike:Sky Dome]] Rogers Centre... er, ''[[InsistentTerminology Sky Dome]]'')]]

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Rogers Centre]]'')]]
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