Toronto Etiquette Guide

What rules would make up a Toronto etiquette guide?

Is a Toronto-specific etiquette guide something that our city should have? What kinds of rules would we have to put on it that would be unique to the Toronto experience? The idea has been tried out before, from designer Christopher Rouleau's Toronto Etiquette Project to vintage TTC campaigns designed to cleanup rider behaviour. Both of these make for interesting reads, but the discourteousness they identify tends to be organic to cities or transit systems in general.

We polled our Twitter followers in the hopes of uncovering violations of etiquette that are peculiar to Toronto. To a certain degree, many of the suggestions could be classified as universal — which probably bear repeating anyway — but there were also a few crucial ones that have more local relevance. Whether it be a call to force dancing at concerts, the elimination of horse poop on city streets (here's looking at you Toronto Police Services), or encouragement to be more comfortable making eye contact with those around us, there would appear to be certain aspects of our behaviour worthy of refresher course.

Here's an overview of the responses we've received. Add yours to the comments section.

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