History UsefulNotes / Toronto

10th Feb '17 7:14:05 PM Frem3
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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 (from its history as Canada's industrial powerhouse), and "Toronto the 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.

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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 (from its history as Canada's industrial powerhouse), and "Toronto the 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 It's 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.
3rd Feb '17 5:28:07 PM harotype
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* Honest Ed's: The most famous discount store in the city, founded by the late Ed Mirvish, marked by a massive, garish flashing light sign display. In spite of this, Ed was renowned as a patron of the arts such as helping established artist facilities in the neighbourhood of his store, and for his well-known turkey giveaways to the poor of the city before Thanksgiving[[note]] which, in Canada, falls in October (on the same date as the US holiday of Columbus Day) instead of November as in the States[[/note]] and Christmas. Furthermore, he was most famous across the country for being a theatre impresario, and is credited with revitalizing Toronto's theatre scene, starting in the '60s when he bought the Royal Alexandria Theatre and opened restaurants in the area to create a theatre district, and then building the Princess of Wales Theatre in 1993. He and his son operated Mirvish Productions, which put on the biggest stage productions in the country such as ''Theatre/MammaMia'' and ''Disney/TheLionKing''.
** Following the sale of the land to a condo developer by Ed Mirvish's son, the store will be closing in December 2016.

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* Honest Ed's: The Closed as of January 2017, the most famous discount store in the city, founded by the late Ed Mirvish, was marked by a massive, garish flashing light sign display.display, and a bunch of amazingly IncrediblyLamePun signs. In spite of this, Ed was renowned as a patron of the arts such as helping established artist facilities in the neighbourhood of his store, and for his well-known turkey giveaways to the poor of the city before Thanksgiving[[note]] which, in Canada, falls in October (on the same date as the US holiday of Columbus Day) instead of November as in the States[[/note]] and Christmas. Furthermore, he was most famous across the country for being a theatre impresario, and is credited with revitalizing Toronto's theatre scene, starting in the '60s when he bought the Royal Alexandria Theatre and opened restaurants in the area to create a theatre district, and then building the Princess of Wales Theatre in 1993. He and his son operated Mirvish Productions, which put on the biggest stage productions in the country such as ''Theatre/MammaMia'' and ''Disney/TheLionKing''. \n** Following the sale of the land to a condo developer by Ed Mirvish's son, it ended the store will be closing in December 2016.store's run after 68 years.
24th Jan '17 4:07:43 PM harotype
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* Ontario Legislative Building, a beautiful century-old structure. It's nearby the ROM, and situated in the middle of...

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* Ontario Legislative Building, where the provincial parliament meets, a huge beautiful century-old red brick structure. It's nearby (one subway stop) from the ROM, and situated in the middle of...of ([[InsistentTerminology and referred to by everyone in the city as]])...
13th Jan '17 8:45:13 AM crazysamaritan
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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; however, Rob's tumour had since developed into full-blown cancer, and he spent much of his term as Councillor in the hospital, dying on March 16, 2016. He was succeeded as Councillor by his nephew Michael who, though inexperienced, appears to be more likeable than his two uncles.

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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 [[ByNoIMeanYes 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; however, Rob's tumour had since developed into full-blown cancer, and he spent much of his term as Councillor in the hospital, dying on March 16, 2016. He was succeeded as Councillor by his nephew Michael who, though inexperienced, appears to be more likeable than his two uncles.
6th Jan '17 2:17:39 AM Scifimaster92
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* ''Film/DeadlyEyes''



* ''Film/DeadlyEyes''
5th Jan '17 8:30:57 PM Scifimaster92
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* ''Film/DeadlyEyes''
12th Nov '16 8:09:06 AM Paraprax
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* ''Film/{{Videodrome}}''
13th Oct '16 9:43:17 AM RA0808
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* ''Series/KimsConvenience''
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.
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