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Metro Morning in Thorncliffe Park

Matt Galloway and Jehad Aliweiwi

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 External Site. Listen audio (runs 4:27)

A Fresh-Baked Morning

Matt Galloway and T.J. Chang

We are grateful to T.J. Chang and Yvonne Bakery for a multitude of delicious treats.

Becoming Canadian

Raninder Gill
Matt Galloway spoke with Raminder Gill. He is a citizenship judge. Judge Gill was presiding over a citizenship ceremony in Thorncliffe Park later that day. He spoke about his own early experiences in Canada, and how he overcame the challenge of having to climb the ladder of achievement a second time. Listen audio (runs 4:22)

Understanding Thorncliffe Park

Sutama Ghosh
Matt Galloway spoke with Sutama Ghosh. She is a professor with Ryerson University's Geography Department. She told us about the role of ethnic enclaves in immigration. Listen audio (runs 4:53)

Meet Thorncliffe Park

Hamid Khan

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 audio (runs 3:32)

Mixed Feelings

Qurrat Ansari
Matt Galloway spoke with Qurrat Ansari. She is a student at the University of Toronto, and she became a Canadian citizen later that day. Qurrat had mixed feelings about her new identity. Listen audio (runs 3:48)

Two Generations, Two Countries

Shiza and Mohammad Ashraf

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 audio (runs 3:42)

Food in Thorncliffe Park

Sarah Elton

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 audio (runs 4:32)

Policing Thorncliffe Park

Staff Sergeant Peter Henry

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 audio (runs 4:10)

Thanks for Your Hospitality

Our audience

We enjoyed meeting you and hearing your stories. Thanks to everyone at the Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office who cheered us on.

Parting Advice

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 Arrows 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.