Prior to 1895, York County, the dissolved subregion of which Toronto was once the principal town, charged road users a fee for each passage through a series of gates set up at key positions around the city. The money was gathered by the county and used to maintain and expand the road network, which was often surfaced with planks and in need of constant upkeep.
Later, private companies were invited to bid on road building contracts and recoup construction costs through tolls, but this scheme also fell by the wayside as Toronto moved away from directly charging travellers.
This month marks the 113th anniversary of the original abolition of toll gates in Toronto.
30,000 people packed University Ave. and Nathan Phillips Square to hear the 71-year-old leader of the African National Congress party, still fragile from 27 years of incarceration, address the city. Security was tight, as if for a royal visit, but this occasion had a different feel.
As Walter Stefaniuk wrote in the Toronto Star: "Mandela is a black man and a black or coloured person cannot lead an apartheid nation, or aspire to a state in life another human being may have as a political birthright."
He would become an honorary citizen of Toronto before he could legally be elected South Africa's first black president, but the barriers to his historic term of office were beginning to tumble.
Unfortunately, there's no more skating on the Don or the Toronto Bay, as there was until around the 1930s and 40s - the temperatures don't get low enough and it was probably never all that safe anyway.
In winters of old, however, every patch of frozen water became prime real estate for skaters, even shallow puddles in vacant lots. Here's a look back at when skaters in Toronto looked like subjects in an L. S. Lowry painting.
Morning Brew: Rob Ford's lawyer slams Toronto Police, Liberal cabinet minister calls for resignation, GO fare hike given green light, and stolen Jesus statue returned
Speaking on a Washington D.C. sports radio station yesterday morning, Ford called the latest allegations an "outright lie." He told the Sun's Joe Warmington the information in the ITO is "so far fetched, it isn't even funny,"
Morning Brew: All eyes on Rob Ford amid stunning new allegations, no charges yet, scandal biggest Canadian story this century, and Kelly wants to wait on island jets
Meanwhile, Police Chief Bill Blair is still refusing to say whether the allegations in the ITO are enough to charge the mayor with a crime. Councillor Adam Vaughan said Blair needs to say why there appears to be "two sets of rules" in the case. Speaking yesterday, Blair said the decision to lay charges lies with the investigators.
In a March phone conversation logged by police, Toronto East Detention Centre inmate Siyadin Abdi called the mayor's office. Under interview, Abdi did not admit making the call but he was later heard speaking to Mohamed Siad, one of the men who allegedly tried to sell the video of Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine, and appeared to discuss an offer from Ford.