History UsefulNotes / Toronto

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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[[caption-width-right:350:[[SceneryPorn Downtown Toronto]] (with CN tower and [[strike:Sky Dome]] Rogers Centre... Sky DOme.. er, ''[[InsistentTerminology Sky Dome]]'')]]
Rogers Centre]]'')]]
22nd Mar '16 8:09:37 PM youngbond007
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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, and it is most likely malignant so his political career could likely be over.

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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, and it is most likely malignant so his political career could likely be over.bladder. Sadly, he passed away from said cancer on March 22nd, 2016. He was only 46 years old.
2nd Mar '16 7:25:59 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 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 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, and it is most likely malignant so his political career could likely be over.

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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, and it is most likely malignant so his political career could likely be over.
1st Mar '16 10:13:31 PM Alceister
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*** In fact, downtown Toronto has a good deal many churches, such that it used to be called a "City of Churches".

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*** In fact, ** Outside of Church Street, downtown Toronto has a good deal many churches, such that it used to be called a "City of Churches".
1st Mar '16 9:56:17 PM Alceister
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*** In fact, downtown Toronto has a good deal many churches, such that it used to be called a "City of Churches".
21st Feb '16 4:50:49 PM majoraoftime
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Among Canadians of certain mindset, it's known as the place where the win of Canada and the fail of the States do battle for supremacy.

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Among Canadians of a certain mindset, it's known as the place where the win of Canada and the fail of the States do battle for supremacy.
2nd Jan '16 3:14:34 PM SantosLHalper
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-->-- '''Torontonian joke'''[[note]]Also told elsewhere in Ontario and the Great Lakes region. It should be noted that this joke is inaccurate- [[UpToEleven construction also takes place during the winter]].[[/note]]

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-->-- '''Torontonian joke'''[[note]]Also told elsewhere in Ontario and the Great Lakes region. It '''Ontarian joke'''[[note]]It should be noted that this joke is inaccurate- [[UpToEleven construction also takes place during the winter]].[[/note]]
26th Nov '15 7:30:09 PM nombretomado
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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 ''TheProposal'', where SandraBullock's character is supposed to be a native Torontonian but immediately spoils the fact by prononcing 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 ''TheProposal'', ''Film/TheProposal'', where SandraBullock's Creator/SandraBullock's character is supposed to be a native Torontonian but immediately spoils the fact by prononcing 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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