Everyone hates Toronto. I can’t exactly pinpoint why that is, but even growing up just hours away in Windsor, there was a general belief about Toronto instilled into all of us from a young age that the big smoke was just not the place to be.
Being from Windsor, even Detroit seemed to have a better reputation amongst Windsorites than Toronto did. Our proximity to Detroit, one of the most dangerous cities in the world, was like a crown jewel in the Windsorite’s own crown of city pride.
This isn’t anything new. Toronto-hatred is a seemingly unifying trait across Canada, and with Canadians.
Is it Leafs fans boasting about how they still have the most Stanley Cup championships? Is it envy? Of course, living in Montreal doesn’t help, either. The Montreal/Toronto rivalry is decades old now, and even within Montreal, there’s frequent complains of Torontonians being snobby.
Most of it stems from the old stereotype that Ontarians, and specifically Torontonians, think they’re the centre of the Universe, or the “New York of Canada” as some will say. This is probably true in regards to the economy, but this isn’t fair to Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, and cities of that ilk, of their contributions to the Canadian cultural fabric. The aforementioned cities are either global players or emerging as global players in a variety of industries. (If you want real culture, head to Winnipeg or Windsor, where real people live!)
The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) on its own has a population of just over 6.4 million people. In the entirety of Canada, there are 37 million people. That means that the GTA has 17 percent of Canada’s population. Ontario as a whole has 38.6 percent of the population. That’s a lot of people, and it makes it really easy for the rest of Canada to develop a Us v. Them mentality, not dissimilar to that of Quebec v. The Rest of Canada.
And of course, I’d be remiss to not mention the Rural/Urban Divide. Like I said, even though I’m from Ontario, there isn’t much love for Toronto from smaller-town Ontario. Part of it stems from the economic disparity, fear of diversity, or this general idea that a bunch of empty suits are screwing them over, time and time again.
Part of it, surely, is first hand. Every time I visit Toronto, the city feels much less friendly, or even soulless, than a city of similar size, like say Chicago. Montreal has that joie de vivre, Chicago has soul in every sidewalk, but Toronto just feels … phony.
Perhaps it’s because Toronto is a young city, and is only recently developing a distinct personality based around afro-Caribbeanism and multiculturalism from other places like China or India, which does give the city a nice spark, but it’s nothing that hasn’t been done before.
Either way, Toronto is the city that no one loves. Even Torontonians bitch, moan, and complain about the skyrocketing housing markets or the traffic. Until Toronto can prove itself to be not hatable, I’m going to stand by this position, as hating Toronto is one of the most unifying things this great nation has.
High school teachers in Ontario have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a strike, according to CTV News.
After a vote in Toronto, 95 percent of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) voted in favour, thus providing an “overwhelming” mandate to carry out strike action.
Alongside teachers, the union also represents education workers who also voted strongly in favour of a strike.
The OSSTF now has to send a five-day notice stating when the strike will begin. After this, they will be in a legal position to stage a strike.
Elementary school teachers and Catholic school board teachers are also expected to threaten strike action.
A triple A hockey player from Burlington, Ontario has posted a video on twitter that went viral after he criticized Jessica Allen for enforcing untrue stereotypes about the game of hockey.
In the video, the hockey player said that he was “truly outraged … the stereotypes that you claimed about us hockey players are not true at all.” He went on to say that his “first idol was a hockey player called Becky Kellar … and she also that all players are white male, which hurt me.”
These comments came after Jessica Allen’s controversial response to Don Cherry’s firing. In a CTV show, Allen stated that she doesn’t “worship at the altar of hockey,” and that the hockey players she knew “all tended to be white boys who weren’t, let’s say, very nice.”
The hockey player went on to say, “we’re more than just a stereotype and you should see us for the people we really are.”
After he posted this video on twitter, the young hockey player received many positive responses, including some from NHL players.
Speaking to The Post Millennial, the hockey player said that he “posted the response because I don’t think it is fair to put that kind of stereotype on all hockey players or on any group of people for that matter. People may look at me and say I am a spoiled white kid but I had to work hard to save money for my first goalie pads.”
He went on to say that “my parents are immigrants and we didn’t have much starting out. But what I do have is a voice and I want to use that voice to stand up for people who need me.”
On Jessica Allen’s apology, he stated that he was “not sure how I feel about it. I was always taught that if I said something or did something that hurt somebody else I should … sincerely apologize to that person. I feel like her apology is more like, I am sorry but… I wish it was that easy.”
He ended by saying, “When you have such a big audience like she does on TV I think it is important to think about what you say.”
Former Thunder Bay City Councillor will be headed back to court on a charge of attempted murder.
The charge stems from a “serious incident” that took place on Vickers Street in Thunder Bay.
Larry Hebert, 72, was remanded into custody Friday morning during a bail court appearance, and is scheduled to appear in court on December 16, according to CBC.
Details surrounding the incident are currently under a publication ban.
Hebert served as a city councilor for Thunder bay for three consecutive terms, having been defeated in the councillor-at-large race last year.
Toronto Police have confirmed that a two-and-a-half-year-old has died after she was struck by a falling air conditioner.
Const. Caroline de Kloet of the Toronto Police said the young girl died in hospital following the strike on Monday outside an east-end apartment building, after the A.C. unit fell eight stories onto her.
De Kloet told media the toddler was with others when she was struck, but information surrounding who they were has yet to be released, or whether or not the family of the girl live within the same area.
De Kloet also said a stroller was at the site of the crime, but it’s not known if the girl was in it.
The spokeswoman said the air conditioner was in a window before it fell.
Neighbours told the Toronto Sun that they were distraught over the horrible incident.
“I was back there twice yesterday doing my recycling,” said one resident named Nicole.
“It could have been me.”
“It could have been anyone,” said another tenant.
“Someone out walking their dog or bringing in groceries.”
“It’s a terrible tragedy,” said De Kloet. “From the interviews that investigators have done, they’ve come to the conclusion that there won’t be any criminal charges.”