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Upinottawa
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Post Number: 218
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Posted on Tuesday, March 14, 2006 - 3:25 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Mike Illich likes to brag about Detroit's suburbs (and probably rightfully so). However, here is Canada's leading national newspaper's take on what is hiding within suburban life in Canada.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com /servlet/story/RTGAM.20060314. wxbarber14/BNStory/National/ho me

The above article is part of a thought provoking series in the Globe and Mail (published out of Toronto). The series of articles looks at suburban life in Canada. I suspect that many of the concerns raised may be more acute in Metro Detroit as Detroit is significantly more suburban than any major Canadian city.

Additional articles:

Help is in wrong places for newcomers to Calgary:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com /servlet/story/LAC.20060314.SU BURB14/TPStory

In Montreal, immigrants opt to live in city centre:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com /servlet/story/LAC.20060314.SU BURBMONT14/TPStory

Suburban fences hide new poverty:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com /servlet/story/LAC.20060313.SU BURB13/TPStory

Immigrants can suffer in silence within walls of suburbs:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com /servlet/story/LAC.20060311.RE INHART11/TPStory
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Erikto
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Post Number: 322
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Posted on Tuesday, March 14, 2006 - 6:07 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I saw the latter two stories, haven't seen today's Globe front section yet. Yesterday's 905-"poverty" article didn't impress me much. A main point was people having to spend a disproportionate amount of their income on their houses. I had a problem with describing home-owning people in places like Vaughan and Newmarket as living on the brink of catastrophe, because their over priced suburban monster-houses are mortgaged to the hilt. Boo hoo. To compare that with the plight of renters who have no equity is absurd. At least the article acknowledged the prosperity that characterizes most of the suburbs between Steeles and Lake Simcoe.
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Upinottawa
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Post Number: 221
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Posted on Tuesday, March 14, 2006 - 6:52 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Erikto, I agree that those who spend a disproportionate amount of their income on housing out of necessity (low income, etc.) are more sympathetic than people spend a disproportionate sum on a Monster home in the 'burbs because they want a monster home in the 'burbs.

However, until Mike Harris reorged the City of Toronto, Etobicoke and Scarborough were both bona fide Toronto suburbs. These two former cities have been bearing much of Toronto's recent poverty related violence.

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