Metro Morning in Thorncliffe Park
Imagine living in the most visibly diverse community, in Canada's most multicultural city, and feeling unseen, unheard and perhaps misunderstood. That is often how residents in Toronto's Thorncliffe Park describe feeling every day of their new lives in their new country. Thorncliffe Park is the most densely populated neighborhood in Toronto. It's a place where everyone comes from somewhere else. They come in search of a good job, quality education for their daughters and sons, and a chance at a better life than the one they left behind.
On October 29th, during Citizenship Month, Metro Morning broadcast live from the community. As you will discover, for the people who call Thorncliffe Park home, becoming a Canadian isn't so much about attending a ceremony, as it is about living a dream.
First, Matt Galloway spoke with Jehad Aliweiwi. He is the executive director of the Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office He is the executive director of the Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office . Listen (runs 4:27)
A Fresh-Baked Morning
We are grateful to T.J. Chang and Yvonne Bakery for a multitude of delicious treats.
Understanding Thorncliffe Park
Meet Thorncliffe Park
Matt Galloway spoke with Hamid Khan. He is an electrical engineer who came to Toronto from India in 2006. Hamid hopes for a better life in Canada for his family. He became a Canadian at the citizenship ceremony. Listen (runs 3:32)
Two Generations, Two Countries
Matt Galloway spoke with Shiza Ashraf and her father Mohammad. They told us how immigration creates new challenges for one generation and new opportunities for another. Listen (runs 3:42)
Food in Thorncliffe Park
Matt Galloway spoke with Sarah Elton about Iqbal Halal Foods. She is a food columnist for CBC Radio's afternoon show, Here and Now.
She told us about her favourite discoveries at this local culinary mecca. Listen (runs 4:32)
Policing Thorncliffe Park
Matt Galloway spoke with Staff Sergeant Peter Henry. He is in charge of the Community Response Unit for Toronto Police 53 Division.
He told us about the challenges of policing a community that has very different views of police, often influenced by their previous countries. Listen (runs 4:10)
Thanks for Your Hospitality
We enjoyed meeting you and hearing your stories. Thanks to everyone at the Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office who cheered us on.
Children at Thorncliffe Park Public School gave some parting advice for new arrivals who are about to become citizens, and our guests are sworn in as Canadians.
Turn up your speakers and click the button to the right just above to view a full-size version of this slideshow on that nice big monitor you bought for just such an occasion.
Do you have some advice for a new Canadian? Leave a comment.
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