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The largest city in Canada, the fifth largest in North America, central business and trade hub of eastern Canada, and capital of the province of Ontario. Not, however, the greatest city ever envisioned by man, by any measure. Also, not a seething hive of scum and violence (or at least no more than your average large North American city).

Let us look at the facts, shall we:

1) The most multi-cultural city on the planet (not so much a positive or negative, just a fact). Over half of the population originates outside of Canada, and thus, white people make up a minority within the Greater Toronto Area. Take it as you will, but it is the statistical truth. Most Torontonians are obscurely proud of this fact, even though they had nothing to do with it.
2) The crime is a bit of a problem, but then what large city doesn’t have crime? New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, all with high crime rates, but people still flock to these cities. There is no perfect, crime-free city in the entire world, so why is Toronto's statistically average rate of violence and illegality such a sticking point? Of course the biggest city in the country will have crime. It would be foolish to think that it didn't.
3) The architecture certainly leaves something to be desired, but that only comes as a result of Toronto’s coming of age in the 1960’s. In all fairness, it might be best to blame the old city planners for this particular oversight.
4) The lack of a decent nightlife is…well…it’s a problem; let’s just leave it at that.
5) The climate is admittedly wretched (frigid winters and unbearably humid summers), but one can’t possibly blame the city. Blame geography, global weather patterns, the Gulf Stream, whatever helps you sleep at night.
6) The gay community is quite vibrant and well represented, as seems to have no trouble making itself heard. Whether this is a problem or a not, it is best to leave up to the individual. Suffice to say, they’re queer, they’re there, the rest it up to you.
7) Pollution is a definite problem. Toronto is clean, but only in a comparative sense. The air is clean, compared to Pittsburg. The water is clean, compared to New York. The streets are clean, compared to Detroit. Standing on its own however, Toronto is just as dirty and polluted and smoggy as one can expect from a big city. Certainly, it’s a problem, but it isn’t like it’s an uncommon one.
8) The culture of Toronto is virtually non-existent, which is understandable, because what culture could possibly survive the deluge of immigration the city has experienced over its history? New York, L.A., Chicago, Boston, Montreal, Vancouver, they all have a distinct flavor, a rhythm all their own. Most cities do, given enough time (with the exception of perhaps Calgary, which is by no means a bad place, it’s just very bland, in a western, blue-collar kind of way), develop a unique character. Toronto just…never got around to it.
9) Torontonians can be a bit tiresome. Not all Torontonians mind you, just that special breed who seems to have an obscene amount of pride in their hometown, and are all too willing to overlook all of the various social, economic and environmental flaws that plague their beloved “T.O.” Civic pride is one thing, but this is just out of control. Don’t ever try to argue with these people, because you really won’t get anywhere. Just smile, and nod, and excuse yourself as quickly as possible.

So, it truth, Toronto is in most ways, a statistically average, large sized North American metropolis. It’s not the center of the universe; it’s not the greatest city on the planet. It has its share of ups and downs, pros and cons, and what city doesn’t? It’s not New York, though perhaps it wishes it was, and it should never be an object of jealousy, or scorn. Most people in Vancouver or Montreal have better things to do than idolize/berate Toronto, this you can be assured of. It’s just that vocal minority who always seem to pipe in with their two cents about how much they hate that “scumbag city on the lake,” or how much they love their precious “T dot”. It’s just a city, like so many others.
The largest export of Toronto? Ego, by the truckload.
by Shimmy to the Break of Dawn February 28, 2007
The most polluted city in Canada with the shittiest weed in Canada.
Speaker 1: Want to smoke a joint.
Speaker 2: Pffft, were in Toronto man, maybe if were in Vancouver. Haha.
by Bugeaud October 12, 2011
A large city in Canada which is really cold in the winter and really humid and sweaty in the summer. It made a bid for the olympics several times, but was denied because it is such an embarrassment to the rest of the country. Due to the fact that Vancouver won it's bid for the Olympics and also due to yet another dismal season by the Maple Leafs, Toronto is extremely jealous of Vancouver and says nothing but negative things about this beautiful city in it's media. We understand its playoff time, so what else does Toronto really have to talk about. But come on. This is getting old and sad. Worry about your crappy teams and ugly city and leave your superiors alone.
by Westisbest April 27, 2010
A revenue stream for all the unemployed people up north.
I went from Toronto to Owen Sound and all I saw were strippers and welfare bums.
by dinglefux July 01, 2013
The best all-round city in Canada. Arts, food, culture, sports, nightlife, and architecture.

Unlike Montreal and Vancouver, More than one street actually looks like a big city.
I'm going to Toronto this weekend to see the Blue Jays play
by 12ciap21 June 23, 2013
A nice canadien city, large and economicly stable. It seems people from toronto are to uick to defend themselfs, and lash back at other provencices as a reflex. Guys, Your not helping your cause! The truth is most other provences have nothing against ontario or toronto, although they seem to think so.

Toronto is a good city, stable architechture and at low rist for natrual disasters, well equipped to handle waht is trwn at them, with plenty to do and see.

The only canadien city that americans seem to know of.

Stop Toronto Bashing!
Alberten: Toronto is like, an epic fail. EWWWWW
Saskatuanite: SHUT UP! I don't care about your delusions!

Canadien Tourist: I'm from Saskatoon!
American: Is the near toronto?

Toronto: I HATE YOU ALL!
Rest of canada: What?!? I didn't say anything!
by Saskatchwan March 11, 2011
Toronto is one of the best cities in the world. The city prides itself as being one of the most multicultural countries in the world. A lot of people diss on Toronto as being dirty, disgusting and crime-filled but no, it's not exceptionally horrible. It's a great city with its own fair share of crimes and whatever. It's home to probably around 50% of Canada's richest people and its just like New York City but less filthy and less filled with nightlife or etc.

Keep in mind that when you go to countries in Asia or other countries in the world, nobody has heard of Edmonton or Vancouver or Yellowknife, but admit it, everyone has heard of TORONTO
Edmontonian: People in Toronto think they're better than everyone else.
Torontonian: HELL YEAH we are! NATIONALISM BABY. What's wrong with that? When Albertans say "We love Alberta!" its okay, when we say "We love TO" people automatically call us elitist bastards.
by electricxx December 18, 2010