It is often said that "Toronto is a Protestant city" (ep.102) because the main religion in the city of Toronto is Protestant and prejudice against Catholics still prevails at the turn of the 20th century.
The city is called "Toronto the Good" (ep. 112, ep.710, ep. 907) for its history as a bastion of 19th-century Victorian morality and its low crime rate relative to other major cities. This moniker was coined by Mayor William Holmes Howland. Possible taken from an 1898 book by C.S. Clark titled: Of Toronto the Good. A Social Study. The Queen City of Canada As It Is. The expression is sometimes used ironically to imply a less-than-great or less-than-moral status of the city.
For ten thousand years native people lived on the site of the city of Toronto.
The first European to reach the Toronto area was Frenchman Etienne Brule in 1615 and the first European settlement was a French trading fort called Fort Rouille, built in 1750. After the Seven Years War (1756-1763) control of Canada passed to Britain. In 1793 the first governor of Upper Canada, John Graves Simcoe, founded a new town. He called the new town York in honor of the Duke of York and made it the capital of Upper Canada.
During the War of 1812 the Americans captured Toronto (ep.1114) but soon withdrew. After the end of the war (1815), Toronto grew rapidly as British immigrants arrived. In 1834, Toronto was incorporated as a city (its name was changed from York to Toronto). The railway reached Toronto in 1853 and horse drawn street cars (from 1861) ran in the streets of Toronto. They were electrified in 1892.
In 1867, Toronto was made the capital of Ontario. In the early 1900s, Toronto's population was approximately 210,000 people. Horses and carriages were still common on its streets. In 1904, the city suffered one of the worst fires in its history, losing almost all of the main commercial district (bounded by Bay, Wellington, Yonge, and Front Streets).
The Ontario Museum opens in 1914 and Union Station opens in 1927. Toronto will suffer badly in the depression of the 1930s.
The following characters live in Toronto:
- William Murdoch
- Julia Ogden
- Thomas Brackenreid
- George Crabtree
- Henry Higgins
- Margaret Brackenreid and sons
- Freddie Pink
- Detective Watts
- Nina Bloom (Season 9-11)
- Louise Cherry
- Violet Hart