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About Toronto

"Toronto is the 5th-largest city in North America after Mexico City, Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago" [fr. factfile 040615]

The population of the Greater Toronto in the 2016 census was 5,928,040 and increase from the 2011 census figure of 5,583,064 (

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The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) grew by 6.2% between 2011 and 2016, setting its population at almost 5.9 million, according to Statistics Canada figures.


About Tourism Toronto

Chinese student-tourists fr. visit City Hall nite skating at Christmas - photo fr. Angie et al

"Tourism Toronto is the official destination-marketing organization for Toronto's tourism industry. Tourism Toronto focuses on promoting and selling the greater Toronto region as a remarkable destination for tourists, convention delegates and business travelers. Officially operating as a not-for-profit agency, Tourism Toronto has more than 700 members and is a partnership of public and private sectors." [quote website 04.06.15]

see city hall square lit up for winter ice skating - photo by Asian chinese visiting students fr. Taiwan and BC

See also Things to do in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA)

Toronto City Hall - Municipal Government Services official web site of the City of Toronto Site has four major sections | Living in Toronto | Doing Business in Toronto | Visiting Toronto | Accessing City Hall |

Canada Immigration to Toronto, Ontario

Do you want help to immigrate to Canada and settle in Toronto?

Mary Keyork, Canada Immigration Lawyer, fluent in English,  French and Armenian with some Spanish - photo shows her at desk on phone and web contacting a immigration client

Mary Keyork, LLB, LLM
Immigration, Citizenship and Refugee Lawyer, fluent in English, French and Armenian; also has conversational abilities in Spanish.

Services include - assistance with:
· Permanent Residence
· Stopping Deportation
· Official Documents
· Citizenship
· Temporary Status

Contesting a Negative Decision

  • Spousal Sponsorship Appeal
  • Family Sponsorship Appeal
  • Residency Obligation Appeal
  • Removal Order Appeal
  • Admissibility Hearing
  • Detention Review
  • Federal Court Judicial Review

Toronto Office
5000 Yonge St
Toronto, ON
Canada, M2N 7E9
Phone:  416-479-3632
Toll Free: 1-855-281-5500
Fax: 1-800-450-8641

Do you want help to immigrate to Canada and settle in Montreal?

Montreal Office
4485 St-Denis,
Suite 212
Montreal, QC,
Canada  H2J 2L2 m
Toll Free:  1-855-281-5500
Mary Keyork, Toronto (Certified Citizenship & Immigration Specialist) and   Montreal immigration lawyer, is fluent in English, French, Armenian and conversational Spanish website:

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Toronto Better Business Bureau

Toronto GTA and Central Ontario is now served by the Better Business Bureau of Kitchener, ON

see also Consumer Protection Ontario Government Info.

Toronto Board of Trade / Chamber of Commerce

"As a member of Toronto's chamber of commerce and World Trade Centre, you can contribute to our advocacy positions to government, benefit from our networking opportunities, business information, compensation reports, and meetings, golf, wedding and restaurant facilities. "

"The Toronto Board of Trade provides an array of business related information services" see

  [quote from website 2015.09.26 ]

Ontario Chamber of Commerce

"OCC The Ontario chamber of Commerce (OCC) represents over 57,000 business through 160 local Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade, and has been Ontario's business advocate since 1911.  Its advocacy and policy initiatives focus on six areas key to the economic well-being of the province:  health; education; energy; finance 7amp; taxation; transportation & infrastructure; and border issues."

Contact:  Ontario Chamber of Commerce,
180 Dundas Street West,
Suite 505,
Toronto, Ontario M5G 1Z8 Canada
Phone:  (416) 482-5222  Email:

Toronto Courts & Legal Services

Steven Polak, personal injury / health law  lawyer has handled cases for GTA Toronto clients throughout southern Ontario CLICK TO DIRECTORY FOR MORE INFO

Provincial Offenses Courts Managed by City of Toronto

see the city's Toronto Court Services - Frequently Asked Questions web site e.g. Question: "What are Provincial Offenses?" Answer:  "Minor offences that include:

  • speeding, careless driving, or not wearing your seat belt - Highway Traffic Act
  • failing to surrender your insurance card or possessing a false or invalid insurance card - Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act
  • being intoxicated in a public place or selling alcohol to a minor - Liquor Licence Act
  • entering prohibited premises or failing to leave premises after being directed not to do so - Trespass to Property Act
  • Occupational Health and Safety and Ministry of Environment violations
  • noise, taxi and animal care by-laws - City by-laws

Provincial Courts in Toronto

A list of Ontario Court Addresses sorted by city and region is available from the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General web site english/courts/Court_Addresses/ [fr. web site 2015.09.26 ]

Toronto Lawyers & Specialty Law Firms Listings

Steven Polak, personal injury / health law  lawyer has handled cases for GTA Toronto clients throughout southern Ontario CLICK TO DIRECTORY FOR MORE INFO

Go to our Metro Toronto Directory of lawyers and law firms showing their different "specialty practice" areas of experience.

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  • Ontario Women's Justice Network

    "The Ontario Women's Justice Network (OWJN) is METRAC's legal information website. We do not give legal advice. OWJN tries to help survivors of violence and their supporters better understand legal rights in Ontario. The website offers accessible legal information in a way that reflects the diverse experiences and realities of women. OWJN contains information on relevant legal issues, including written law (legislation) and case law (court decisions). OWJN is a project of the non-profit organization METRAC Action on " [quote from 2015.09.26 ]

Toronto Real Estate Board


  • Moving to Victoria BC?  Consider realtor Lucy Richardson with Re/MAX Camosun Realty
  • Moving to Vancouver BC?  Consider realtors Arthur Gee / Rosy Yung with Coldwell Bankeralty Premier Realty in Kerrisdale


  • TheCanadian Automobile Association (CAA) South Central Ontario

    Clikc on above link to CAA South Central Ontario, to website location of offices that service the rgion including the GTA Toronto area - " a not for profit federation of five autonomous auto clubs representing 1.8 million Ontario motorists and their families. We strive for safe, clean, cost-effective mobility, and ensure our members' concerns are being represented to the provincial government" [quote fr website 040615]

  • Toronto Airports Authority
    "The Greater Toronto Airports Authority operates Toronto's Pearson Airport
    www.torontopearson.comas a leading international gateway" [quote website 2015.09.26
Airport Information

Air Canada
Tel: 1-888-247-2262 (toll free)
Tel: 765-8777 (local flight info)

Tel: 1-800-538-5696 (reservations)
Tel: 491-5600 (local flight info)

Bus Lines
Grey Hound Bus
Tel: 1-800-661-8747

Automobile Association Emergency Road Services
Tel: 1-800-222-4357

Weather Services & Updates
Environment Canada
fee based phone service with forecaster "Weather one-on-one"
phone 1-900-565-5555


Toronto Hospitals and Research Insitutes used by Faculty of Medicine , University of Toronto

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  • Aji Sai - Japanese sushi restaurant, established 1998 [visited 2005.02 by DC].
    " Was pretty good but had to wait 25 minutes for a table.  So reservations are necessary. ... it's kind of close quarters so you end up sitting really close to other people.... it's almost like they're at the same table."
    Web Site:
  • Fred's Not Here
    listing-link deleted - service & food mediocre for our reviewers on 2nd visit
    D. C., Toronto food scout 2005.02.04
  • Hot House Restaurant & Bar
    pasta, pizza & vino at 35 Church St., Toronto est. 1994
  • Indian Flavour
    "Toronto Indian Restaurant - downtown indian food buffet and a la carte with a touch of class" quote fr. web site
    South of Yonge   Bloor
    15 Charles St. E.
    Toronto, ON (Comfort Inn)
    TEL:  416-920-3388

    [former location of Shintori, Japanese Restaurant - above updated by D.C. 2007.03.05]
  • Marche Movenpick (BCE Place)
    "...inventive market-style restaurant offers gourmet international delights that will stop you in your tracks. Take a tray (or basket if you're planning to take out) and load up with freshly squeezed juices, prepared salads, homemade soups, Swiss or Italian sandwiches, Indonesian specialties, and entrees like meatballs paprika or salmon steaks on a bed of curry rice." [quote from profile at click for more info - quote 041202]
    161 Bay St.
    Toronto, ON M5J2S1
    Phone: (416) 366-8986
  • The Marlowe Bar and Restaurant
    558 College St.
    Toronto, ON    M6B 1G1
    Tel:  416.963.2229
    phone for reservations anytime 7 days a week
  • Ten-Ichi Japanese Restaurant
    4810 Sheppard Ave East
    Scarborough, Ontario
    Phone:  (416) 297-5787
  • Windfields
    801 York Mills Rd.
    Toronto, Ontario
    [North York]
    M3B 1X7
    Phone:  416.445.1630
  • Outback Steakhouse
    801 Dixon Road
    Toronto, Ontario
    Phone: (416) 679-2925
    [go to listings at Toronto restaurants]
  • Tuscany Cafe
    45 Baldwin St.
    Toronto, ON
    Phone: (416) 971-4432

[above list of restaurants-cafes are personal favorites suggested/tried by Deborah C. & friends

NB. Looking for Downtown Vancouver Restaurants-Cafes?  See list of recommendations by special librarians |


Toronto Newspapers & City, Regional and National News Online

  • Toronto Star newspaper
    "Canada's largest daily newspaper | breaking news, classifieds, careers, GTA, Toronto Maple Leafs, sports, Toronto, news, editorial, The Star, Ontario, information, columnists, business, entertainment... " (online since 1996) fr website 04.06.15
    General inquiries and correspondence can be sent to:
    The Toronto Star,
    One Yonge Street,
    Toronto, Ontario  M5E 1E6.
    Main telephone number is 416-367-2000
  • Toronto Free Press
    "A daily Canadaian conservative website" ..."daily Toronto Ontario newspaper with investigative reports, health, business, international, terrorism, Canadian news, politics and classifieds a right wing conservative, family values, alternative to the Toronto Star and Toronto Sun newpapers" quote fr. website 04.06.15
    Contact information: Tel. Editorial: (416) 977-1308  |  Tel. Sales: (416) 977-0183 Mailing Address:
    49 Elm St., Suite 200
    Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1H1
  • Globe and Mail

    The most authoritiative news in Canada featuring articles from The Globe and Mail, breaking news coverage, national news, international news, sports, weather, Report on Business. [quote fr. website 040615 description tag]

  • CANOE Quebecor Media with Sun Media Newspapers and CANOE Partners s/a

    "cnews, Canada, Canadian news, provincial news, regional news, latest news, international news, events, crime, politics, columns, science,"
    | Toronto Sun | | Calgary Sun | Edmonton Sun | Ottawa Sun | Winnipeg Sun | Halifax Chronicle | Brockville Recorder and Times | London Free Press | Bowes Publishers " Bowes publishes newspapers and specialty publications across British Columbia, the Prairies and Ontario, including Fort McMurray Today, The Daily Herald Tribune (Grande Prairie), The Daily Graphic (Portage La Prairie), The Times-Journal (St. Thomas), the Daily Miner and News (Kenora) and Ontario Farmer. " fr.
  • Mississauga News

    "The Mississauga News is the flagship newspaper of the Metroland chain of community newspapers. Celebrating its 36th anniversary in 2001, the newspaper had the City of Mississauga named after it.
    The News is a perennial newspaper award winner, including best newspaper in Ontario and Canada, on several occasions. The Mississauga News is delivered three times a week to houses.
    A seperate [sic] edition is published Thursdays for apartments, and a Newsbag provides flyer distribution to apartments on weekends.
    317,300 adults have read last weeks Mississauga News. " [fr. website 04.06.15]
  • see also National Post online edition
    This is a subscription based service, so for Canadian news you don't have to pay for on line we recommend or [as of 2004.06]

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