To the limited, or at least debatable, extent that Canadians control their own destiny, Toronto controls Canada. Toronto is where the biggest deals, the most money, the costliest television productions, the national reputations, and much of what passes for the Canadian identity are made.By GRATTAN GRAY32 min
A DECADE OR so AGO when the Metropolitan government of Toronto was still new, those of us in the business of writing about it were convinced that the whole world was watching our excitements. It was almost true. Fred Gardiner, just by being the first Chairman of the Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto, got asked to speak at learned meetings all over the continent.By RON HAGGART16 min
THE HAIR IS REAL. It hangs in moist tendrils below his shoulders, and sometimes a strand will curl around in front of his powdered face and catch between one of those famous, glistening teeth. The voice is also real. It simpers, it smirks, it fractures suddenly into ripples of girlish laughter.By ALEXANDER ROSS14 min
Bessie Hart was ready to see her family split to win it a foothold in Toronto, the place where she believes the Good Life can be found. She went there with seven children and six grandchildren, leaving her husband fishing in Newfoundland. Now she's asking if she did the right thingBy MARGARET PENMAN12 min
THE TOURISTS IN their smelly, rented slickers in a gallery at the end of the tunnel to the base of Niagara Falls could tell that something was going on, all right, but what, exactly? Nobody had taken so much as a glance at the Falls for 20 minutes.By JON RUDDY10 min
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