Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Happy 179th, Toronto!

Happy birthday Toronto!

Image: the first page of the Act incorporating the City of Toronto, March 6, 1834
AN ACT, To extend the limits of the Town of York; to erect the said Town into a City; and to Incorporate it under the name of the City of Toronto.

It’s amusing how after a few lofty legal phrases the act gets down to business, authorizing the Commissioners of the Peace to 'appoint such days and hours for exposing to sale Butcher's meat, butter, eggs, poultry, fish and vegetables.'

Read the full act here. As far as I can tell, the first two and a half pages of the Act consist of a single, massive, run-on legal sentence.

Incidentally, Toronto sure was a lot smaller back then...