The Toronto Star featured an article about a recent study on Thorncliffe - click here. Check out these numbers which reinforce Thorncliffe's place as "Canada's most populated immigrant neighbourhood"
From the article:
* Since 2001, 1,268 residents moved into Thorncliffe, yet only 20 housing units were added.
* The median household income has dropped, from $40,157 in 2001 to $38,456 in 2006, and is 40 per cent below the $64,128 median for the city.
Another article from "Inside Toronto" - here - has other findings from the same study:
* From the 2003 study to the current report, there has been an increase of 300 per cent in the Urdu speaking population, the Afghan population has doubled
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Thursday's edition of the Toronto Star (Feb 27, 2008) has a great article on Thorncliffe's South Asian Food variety - here. The best line in the article is the first one:
Today's Thorncliffe Park is tomorrow's Canada... It's a striking statement and one that Jehad Aliweiwi makes over a Pakistani meal of haleem, shish kebab curry and chicken tikka masala at Iqbal Kebab & Sweet Centre...Statistics Canada predicts visible minorities (mainly South Asian and Chinese) will be the majority by 2017.That's already true in this little-known Toronto neighbourhood."This is maybe the true global village of the city," says Aliweiwi. "It's not a random neighbourhood with troubles or a bad reputation that's to be avoided. It's a neighbourhood with something to offer." "This neighbourhood is 90 per cent Muslim," explains co-owner Jenny Hsiung, who comes from Calcutta and is happy to see Hakka (Indian/Pakistani/Chinese hybrid) taking off in Toronto..One omission from the article was the recent closing of Thorncliffe's Burger King, which was unable to compete in this South Asian community. That's today's Thorncliffe Park, that's the future of Canada!