Cities of Inequality, Urban Solidarities, and Community Activism

Student Academy Working Group Project Finding the Gap

In this project, Finding the Gap, our group will focus on three specific Toronto neighborhood improvement areas (3 out of 31) to understand issues related to inequality. The neighbourhoods we have chosen for this project include Jane and Finch, Mount Olive – Silverstone – Jamestown and Thorncliffe Park. By examining multiple neighbourhoods (in different riding boundaries), we can use a comparative perspective to identify overlapping themes in Neighbourhood Improvement Areas.

The purpose of this project is to further enhance our understanding and knowledge of Neighborhood Improvement Areas in Toronto while recommending/implementing solutions and promoting education.

Working Group Members

  • Abeir Liton – Bachelor in Political Science and Human Geography
  • Alexander Wierzbicki – Bachelor in Political Science and Urban Studies
  • Antonino James Calarco (Undergraduate Representative) – Bachelor in Biology
  • John Evjen (Graduate Representative) – Master's in Germanic Languages and Literatures
  • Cherry Tang – Bachelor in Human Geography, Physical Geography and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Hazelmae Valenzuela (Undergraduate Representative) – Bachelor in Public Policy and City Studies, University of Toronto Scarborough
  • Jocelyn John – Bachelor in City Studies, University of Toronto Scarborough
  • Karenveer Pannu – Bachelor in Political Science and Diaspora and Transnational Studies 
  • Laura Brunelle – Master's in Adult Education and Community Development
  • Rehan Vishwanath – Bachelor in Urban Studies and Political Science
  • Robert Catherall – PhD in Human Geography
  • Syed Abbas – Bachelor in Life Sciences