Toronto's Mosaic: Voices of the Future
Stroll through almost any neighbourhood and it's obvious: Toronto is one of the world's most culturally diverse cities. Half of the city's population was born outside Canada... a statistic that supports Toronto's motto, "Diversity Our Strength".
Last year, we put that motto to the test. "Toronto's Mosaic: A Reality Check" looked at the state of Toronto's cultural mosaic and the role it plays in both bringing us together and pulling us apart.
This year, we decided to hand the storytelling over to the voices of the future: Toronto's youth. In cooperation with the YMCA of Toronto, we brought together a group of students from across the city to learn how to gather information, take pictures and tell their stories.
Audio: Producer Laura Carlin talks to Andy Barrie about the project.
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Armed with reporters' notebooks and digital cameras donated by Sony Canada, the students searched for stories that reflect this city's mosaic in their daily lives and in the experiences of people around them.
Video: Debbie Lightle-Quan interviewed the students and CBC's Joan Melanson about the project.
Watch | Runs 2:17
Diversity means something different to each of us and to each of the students we sent out as journalists.
They came back with a wide range of stories... From a Chinese-speaking student struggling to adjust to his new Scarborough high school, to a woman working to make Rexdale a safer neighborhood to live in, and a young man who uses his music to connect with others.
Here we present the stories of the English-speaking students. Check out the Radio-Canada site for the stories told by Toronto's French-speaking youth.
- en françaisToronto, la mosaïque
- Pour voir les récits des participants francophones.
- in depthToronto's Mosaic: A Reality Check
- In March 2008 we brought you our first series on Toronto's cultural mosaic.
- special thanksSony Canada
- Cameras for Toronto's Mosaic were provided by Sony Canada.
Meet the Participants
- Christine Diep
- Christine Diep is a Grade 9 student who lives in the Jane-Finch neighbourhood.
- Danusha Jebanesan
- Danusha was drawn to the story of a classmate who won't allow challenges to get him down.
- Chayanika Sonnadara
- Chayanika joined this project because she has always wanted to be a journalist.
- Drexler Reuben Ogbeifun
- Drexler Ogbeifun brings us the story of Zya Browne, who has lost friends to gang violence.
- Atsede Tadesse
- Atsede is an ambitious and outgoing Grade 12 student at Cedarbrae Collegiate Institute.
- Deshawna Kitson
- Deshawna is happy in Rexdale because people are working hard to make it a safer place.
Three of our French-speaking students also prepared English versions of their reports. More reports in French are available at http://www.radio-canada.ca
- Nadine Tkatchevskia
- Nadine is a quadrilingual vegetarian who wants to do some good in the world.
- Alison Vicrobeck
- Alison has a passion for journalism. She is the editor-in-chief of a student newspaper.
- Charlotte Débois
- Charlotte was born in Switzerland. She loves music and making people happy.