September 7, 2016
5 Things About People from Toronto
- THE FOOD
Toronto; a place where flavour, aroma, sight and sound of almost every nation converge peacefully in the streets of Toronto’s many neighbourhoods. When the weather is fine, the large Canadian city is a blast with vibrant restaurants, happening bars, clubs and eclectic festivals show casing one of the world’s most multicultural and cosmopolitan cities.
The people of Toronto make their province the fifth largest city in North America with a population of over 2.5 million. Torontonian’s are firstly known for their love of food and how diverse their restaurants are. Huffpost Living Canada have put together a ’30 Things You Have to Eat in Toronto’ from burgers to dumplings and quiche’s, with locals’ ratings and reviews on restaurants being used to document these amazing places to dine. Since there is yet to be a real decision, they are continuously improving the list from Facebook comments providing real stats for tourists to put on their ‘To Do’ list when travelling to the great city.
The second fantastic attribute of Toronto humans is the multicultural diversity within the province. Over 140 languages and dialects are spoken and just over 30% of residents speak a language other than English and French at home. The Greater Toronto area is ranked by Places Rated Almanac as the safest large metropolitan area in North America which therefore has increased over the years the tourism, creating an everlasting circle of comradeship and business for residents. Between 2001 and 2006, the great city welcomes one quarter of all Canadian immigrants to Canada, about 55k annually!
Third great thing about Torontonians is their environmentally friendly perspective of life and reduced air pollution fumes from the number of vehicles on the roads. This is largely due to The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) which is North America’s third largest public transit system. Everything touristy from restaurants to shopping centres are all interconnected underground by an extensive subway (train for all you Aussie’s) system. Ontario alone operates a rail and bus system dubbed ‘GO Transit’ connecting the TTC and Greater Toronto area. This had become a completely seamless way of travelling in and around Toronto.
- TECH SCENE
Fourthly, since everyone with an electronic device is on Facebook these days and all we do is scroll mindlessly through our Newsfeeds; check out Humans of Toronto Facebook Page. A page just like every other city has on Facebook dedicated to all the lovely people walking the streets of this city. It is a census of the city creating a live, vivid portrait, a caption of time if you like, of the lives of these beautiful humans and their lives. Ultimately, this project is aimed at photography and talking to people in the city, displaying the triumphs and tribulations allowing people to be connected by what we call humanity.
- THE INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE
Now we can’t have a list about the people of Toronto without talking about the most influential person of this great province. This person is William (Bill) Blair. Quite incredible to read about an ex Chief of Police following in his father’s footsteps; his career path including walking patrol near Regent Park and undercover officer in Toronto’s drug squad. His reign for 10 years as Chief of Police was tough, facing many trials and tribulations as any high ranking job has. He now runs as a member of parliament representing the Federal Electoral District of Scarborough Southwest, his hometown. An outstanding measure he took as a member of the Police Department was to send officers in to elementary schools to read to kids, encouraging children to not be afraid of the badge and also engaging with local businesses and churches creating a safer community vibe.