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Toronto, Ontario

Toronto is a global city with population of approx. 2.5 million (a further 2.5 million live in its environs), exerting significant regional and international influence, and is one of the world's most multicultural and ethnically diverse cities. It is Canada's financial centre and economic engine, as well as one of the country's most important cultural, artistic, and health sciences centres. Toronto was named the world's most livable city in 1994 by The Economist. It was displaced in 2005 by Vancouver, but is still ranked among the top ten. Professional sports teams: Toronto FC (Major League Soccer), Blue Jays (baseball), Argonauts (CFL football), Raptors (basketball), Rock (lacrosse) and Maple Leafs (ice hockey).

'Toronto' is Iroquois for 'place where trees stand in the water'. It was first explored by French traders who established a fort here in 1750. At the time it was inhabited by Huron Native Americans. The territory was ceded to the British in 1763 after the Seven Years' War. During the American Revolution, American Loyalists fled to the city to remain under British rule. In 1793 the British established the town of York here, naming it after Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany. It became the capital of Upper Canada in 1797.

In 1813, during the War of 1812, American forces captured and burned the city, which motivated the later British burning of Washington. It was incorporated in 1834 as Toronto, given its original native name. The unsuccessful Upper Canada Rebellion in 1837 was centered here. It became the center of immigration to Canada, especially for Irish immigrants during the Great Potato Famine. It served as the capital of the Province of Canada from 1849 to 1852 and then 1856-58. When the province of Ontario was created in 1867, Toronto became its capital. The construction of the railway and a distillery industry were major factors in Toronto's growth.

Much of the city was destroyed in the Toronto Fire of 1904. Waves of immigration entered the city in the late 1800s and after World War Two. In 1954 Toronto and several surrounding municipalities were amalgamated into a regional government.

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  • Jane & Finch Mall, Mandy (guest) wrote 1 month ago:
    Help!!! LowLow
  • Lena's Barber Shop, Stephen (guest) wrote 2 months ago:
    Loved going to Lena's! She was always upbeat, friendly and professional, and she did a very thorough haircut and beard trim. She took her time and it was obvious that she knew what she was doing! A true professional and a lovely lady whom I can recommend whole-heartedly!! Get there before she opens though as she's very popular and a line can form.
  • Tom Riley Park, anyone with a brain (guest) wrote 2 months ago:
    Lake Ontario is inaccurately 126m from Tom Riley, but that is more accurate than 126km. The park is in Toronto (not 25km away) which is on the lake, and no part of Toronto is that far away from the water. Obviously.
  • 567 Avenue Road, S.s (guest) wrote 3 months ago:
    The 4 laundry machines break down so frequently it's rediculous. The elevator has broken down for 1day/ up to 2 weeks about 6 times in the last two years. Management doesn't seem like they are going to replace everything. Common area Interior is very very run down. Hallway walls have paint peeling off the wall. It's a shame you pay so much in this city, to live in a shit building.
  • Heath Residences, Alex (guest) wrote 4 months ago:
    Hi torontonians, please if you are currently looking for place to rent please!!! Avoid this place. Or you can try stay warm at winter when there no heat in the unit. I personally has to call city of Toronto in order to get heater, but it is their responsibility to provide heater to every unit which out of heat. That what city representativ told me. Ceiling in the washroom collapsed, guess when? When my wife and 2 years old son came out of it right after. And yes I have kid who is only 2 and he was freezing during winter time. When my wife asked them in nice manor, if management can do anything about freezing cold, she has been advised to look for different place to live. We are paying for rent. I would love to move out of here, I soon as I get chance,
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