Cities of Inequality, Urban Solidarities, and Community Activism


Cities of inequality

In this project, we explored Throncliffe Park, a densely populated neighborhood nestled along the Don River. Thorncliffe Park is 1 of 31 neighbourhood's classified as a neighbourhood improvement area (NIA). It is also well known for its rich history as a landing point for new immigrants coming to Toronto. We wanted to highlight how the community unites in an effort to overcome the inequalities that perpetuate here and in many NIAs throughout Toronto. With the assistance of the Thorncliffe Park Woman's Committee, we were able to capture the essence of urban solidarity and community activism as the community gathered at their weekly market at RV Burgess Park.

Working Group Members

  • Abeir Liton – Bachelor in Political Science and Human Geography
  • Antonino James Calarco (Undergraduate Representative) – Bachelor in Biology
  • Jocelyn John – Bachelor in City Studies, University of Toronto Scarborough
  • Rehan Vishwanath – Bachelor in Urban Studies and Political Science

Thorncliffe community market sign

Thorncliffe community market

Thorncliffe community market


Antonino Calarco
Antonino has spent his entire life contributing to what makes Toronto an amazing city. His passion for civic engagement led to the creation and approval of his Toronto POL fund application, which pressed for an increase in accessibility and inclusivity for Fairhaven Park. Throughout his undergrad years, Antonino sought to complement his desire to improve urban life with his background in biology. His prior roles as a Research Assistant in the Rochman Lab and as an Operations Manager at Sunnyside Paddling Club kept environmental sustainability at the forefront of his decision-making process.  As a School of Cities Academy member, Antonino hopes to use the resources available to him to make known the wide array of social activism in which many Torontonians like himself are involved. Ultimately,  Antonino's vision is to see Toronto become a model for urban ecology and social equity.

Abeir Liton
Abeir is a third-year undergraduate student studying Political Science and Human Geography at the University of Toronto. While attending middle school, he became involved in a multi-million-dollar schoolyard revitalization project called the Go Green Cricket & Sports Field. He has held various roles with the organization and currently sits as one of the youngest members on the Board of Directors. Most recently, Abeir has been inducted into the Toronto Sport Hall of Honour for his work in using community sport to address inequality.

Jocelyn John
Jocelyn is a current undergraduate student at the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus with an academic goal of learning how to impact the people and places around her. She is currently the Director of her Residence Council and uses the opportunity to build meaningful relationships and community on campus.  Jocelyn had to the opportunity to experience life in Canada, where she was born, a year in India where her great-grandparents lived, and in Michigan, where she spent most of her elementary to high-school years.  Jocelyn hopes to combine her affinity for planning with her unique experiences as an urban planner.

Rehan Vishwanath
Rehan is an undergraduate student at U of T with a keen interest in understanding changing people habits and its impact on urban landscapes and living. Rehan was a VicOne freshman and is currently a mentee in the Innis College Mentorship Program. Before U of T, Rehan earned an International Baccalaureate diploma. They are head communications for VUSAC and have previously led marketing and media units for their school's annual art showcase.