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Globe and Mail Update
Saturday, August 4, 2001

  • To take a cab from one end of Yonge Street to the other it would cost more than $2,000.

  • The Longest street in the world begins at the Toronto Harbour, runs 1,896 kilometres to pass through numerous Ontario towns to Rainy River, Ontario - bordering Manitoba and the U.S.

  • One of the first responsibilities of York police constables in 1834 was to catch Yonge Street shop keepers who threw garbage onto the street. The task was further complicated by the persistent muddy nature of Yonge Street itself, until that portion of the street was paved in 1835.

  • The first electric lights in Toronto were illuminated outside of McConkey's restaurant at 145 Yonge Street

  • The first demonstration of public television in Canada took place at Eaton's on Yonge Street in August, 1933

  • In 1994, more than a million people poured onto Yonge Street all night to celebrate the Blue Jays winning their second straight World Series - no incidents were reported to police


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