ntario is a big place, hell, the GTA is huge in itself, and yet anytime you tell someone in Montreal that you’re from the province to the directly to the west, you’re automatically labelled as a Torontonian. Or, simply “from Toronto.”

If you’re legit from Toronto, I guess that would be fine, but for someone like myself who lives well outside the urban core of Ontario’s capital, I don’t really think of myself as a Torontonian. Thus, I shouldn’t be thrown into all the negative preconceptions people have about folks from Toronto (which in many ways are totally true).

Being a suburb-boy ain’t great, but I am definitely not a Toronto urbanite, so please don’t typecast me or anyone else from Ontario who just happens to be from somewhere near-ish to the 6ix as one. But hey, at least we’re not from Ottawa, and if you are, our collective hearts go out to you and we understand why you now live in Montreal.

Normally an upcoming major holiday (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter) should be a time you look forward to, one that will bring relaxation and good tidings. When you’re from Ontario, that generally isn’t the case, as you have to deal with the stress of figuring out how to get home, along with the financial toll it will take on your wallet.

You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.