Toronto’s 5th Gift to the World

Since November 26, Metroblogging sites around the globe have been unveiling seven gifts their cities can share with the world – one gift a day for seven days. Toronto was a bit late starting but are hoping to accelerate our sharing of this week’s topic. David Markland over at the Los Angeles metblog site has put up an ongoing guide for all the posts on this subject.

The United Nations declared Toronto the most multicultural city in the world, and in a 2003 document on Canada, reiterated that Canada’s largest city remains one of the most multicultural cities in the world. Toronto is a living embodiment of what it means to live in concord.

According to folklore, Toronto is named after the Huron word for place of meetings or meeting place. Although that’s not the name’s real origin, it reflects how Toronto has become a place that gathers in people from every corner, nook, and cranny of Earth and shows them the possiblities and opportunities that erupt when people live in harmony and not in strife. This 641 sq. km of land, encompassing 2.48 million people, is a mecca for people who want to live in peace. Here, it’s common to see co-workers of every skin colour, creed, culture, and language working amicably with each other, sitting and laughing together on the subway ride home, praising the Lord side by side, organizing a game of pick-up hockey, and relaxing over Canadian beer in the darkening hours of the early evening.

We are a city that comprises over 100 languages and dialects (I’ve noticed Russian recently gaining ground in the panoply of languages on the subway), over 1 million visible minorities, over 11,000 aboriginals, over half a million new immigrants since 1991, virtually very cultural group known to exist, and 79 ethnic publications. Plus we have four competing mainstream newspapers, who between them cover every political viewpoint. We show the world that peace and harmony between diverse people is possible; it’s not just a pipe dream nor a tourism brochure’s exaggerated claim. The proof? We are the safest large metropolitan area in North America according to Places Rated Almanac. We invite you to come and see our 5th gift to the world.

Sources and More Info:
Toronto Facts
Toronto Geography
UN PDF Document on Canada
Toronto on Wikipedia

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