Toronto, the Capital city of Ontario Province, is Canada's largest city with a population of over 2.5 million people (although if you take the Greater Toronto area into account, that number rises to over 8 million). To be honest I was actually quite surprised that this was the largest and most populated city in Canada. Compared to most European cities it has a very sparse population, and is very quiet and - even on a weekday if you wander around the harbour front at Lake Ontario, there's hardly a whisker in sight. It's also a very clean city- well that statement applies to the vast majority of the country. Again that comparison to Europe comes to mind- Europe is no where cleaner than Canada. But above all else its the people that make the difference. Toronto is a multicultural metropolis, and a thriving hotpot for immigrants- though the numbers are not as high as the Canadian government would want them to be. Everyone lives side by side in harmony with each other’s cultures. In a way it i kind of like the "Singapore" of the west. There are parts of Toronto that are known as "China Town (although most of the inhabitants are not Chinese but Vietnamese), Little India, Greek Town and so on. Altogether there are people from over 200 countries living in Toronto.
In Canada, it doesn't matter if you are a newly arrived immigrant from, say, Zambia for example, or a native white Canadian that has resided in this city for your whole life- in the end the most common thing is that you are classed as a Canadian. In actual fact everyone residing in Canada is an immigrant if you think about it because the real indigenous Canadians are the "Native Indians" (just like in America, New Zealand and Australia).
After Hong Kong and New York, Toronto probably has the most striking skyline in the world. The best photos are available from "Snake Island" across on the main Toronto Island in Lake Ontario where the whole city can be seen, including the Roger's Stadium Dome situated next to the famed CN Tower. The best time to take the photos are in the afternoon/early evening or early morning, when the water in the harbour is bit calm. This calmness of the water enables the best reflections to be gained- nicely blending in all the lovely colours of the lights from the buildings, but also of the beautiful deep blend of pink and dark blue of the sky. Because of the clean air, the sky is amazingly beautiful no matter what time of the day it is. Here are some photos I have taken of this beautiful city during my latest press trip. Enjoy!
More than 2,000 people took to the streets of downtown Toronto on Saturday the 6th of March — two days ahead of International Women's Day on March 8. Toronto Journo, Jen Palisoc was there to bring the latest LIVE to Toronto's 3 million residents.
Toronto's university students divided into teams and staked-out intersections harassing pedestrians for donations to give the victims of the recent earthquake in Haiti in return for free hugs (now you see the catch in their posters). When quizzed as to where donations would go they had no idea. They couldn't say how much would go to 'the people' -- in fact one of them even joked and even had no idea where Haiti was. Another girl asked me where I came from. When I told her China, she said 'China needs plenty of donations too'... that's when I walked-on.
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