Prince Edward Viaduct
The Prince Edward Viaduct System referred to as the Bloor Viaduct, is the name of a truss arch bridge system in Toronto, Canada, that connects Bloor Street East, on the west side of the system, with Danforth Avenue on the east. The system includes the Rosedale Valley phase and the Sherbourne Phase, an embankment built to extend Bloor Street East to the Rosedale Ravine from Sherbourne Street; the Don Valley phase of the system, the most recognizable, spans the Don River Valley, crossing over the Bayview Avenue Extension, the Don River, the Don Valley Parkway. The roadway has five lanes with a bicycle lane in each direction; the subway level connects Broadview Station in the east with Castle Frank and Sherbourne Stations to the west. Designed by Edmund W. Burke, the Prince Edward Viaduct is a three hinged concrete-steel arch bridge with a total span of 494 metres, at 40 metres above the Don Valley; the bridge consists of a deck made of transverse beams and I-girders, which transfer load to column supports.
The column supports transfer the load to the trusses within the arches, which transfer the load to the arches themselves. The arches transfer their load through large hinges to a concrete pier and to the ground. Steel was provided by Dominion Bridge Company. In addition to the Don River, the Don Valley Parkway, Bayview Avenue, two railway lines, an electrical transmission line and a bicycle trail all pass under the bridge spans. Referenda on the construction of the Prince Edward Viaduct were held in Toronto in every year from 1910 to 1913, with residents voting against its construction in 1912 by 59 votes and in favour in 1913 by 9236 votes; the projected cost of its construction increased from CA$759,000 in 1910 to CA$2.5 million in 1913. Upon its completion in 1918, it was named for Prince of Wales; the viaduct was designed to facilitate mass transit. The bridge's designer and the commissioner of public works, R. C. Harris, were able to have their way and the lower deck proved to save millions of dollars when the Toronto Transit Commission's Bloor–Danforth subway opened in 1966.
The Rosedale Valley phase was not used for the subway, as the curve between each phase, as well as the curve to the west at Parliament Street, was considered too sharp for the subway. For this reason, a separate concrete bridge was built over the Rosedale Valley, just west of Castle Frank station; the Prince Edward Viaduct resulted in more rapid development of those portions of Toronto lying on the east side of the Don Valley. Over time, the Prince Edward Viaduct became a magnet for suicide, falling bodies posing risk to the traffic underneath. With nearly 500 suicides by 2003, the viaduct ranked as the second most fatal standing structure in North America, after the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. At its peak in 1997, the suicide rate averaged one person every 22 days. In 1957, a child climbed onto the railing and fell accidentally while walking along it; the suicides and safety risks prompted the construction of a barrier in 2003, though it was first approved by Toronto City Council in 1998 and delayed because of concerns about funding.
The council approved a CA$2.5 million budget. However, the minimum bid for construction was CA$5.5 million. Council endorsed a fundraising campaign to raise the remainder of the money. Construction was completed in 2003 at the cost of CA$5.5 million, with CA$2.5 million coming from taxpayers. The barrier was called the Luminous Veil. Designed by architect Dereck Revington and engineers at Halcrow Yolles and completed in 2003, the Luminous Veil consists of over 9,000 steel rods, 12.7 cm apart and five metres high, stretched to cantilevered girders. The tensile structure was difficult to analyze and required several tests at the University of Toronto. Cost prohibited the planned lighting to be installed on the top horizontal member; the lighting installation was completed in July 2015. The Luminous Veil received in 1999 a Canadian Architect Award of Excellence. A 2010 study found that though the barrier prevented suicide attempts from the Viaduct, overall rates of suicide by jumping for the city of Toronto have not changed since its construction.
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John Parker (Canadian politician)
John L. Parker is a politician in Ontario, Canada, he was a Progressive Conservative member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario for York East from 1995 to 1999. From 2006 to 2014 he was a Toronto city councillor for Ward 26, which includes the neighbourhoods of Leaside and Flemingdon Park. From 2010 to 2014 he was appointed as Deputy Speaker. Parker graduated from the University of Toronto Osgoode Hall Law School in 1980, worked as a lawyer. After moving to the Leaside area he became active in the community and was a founding member of the board of the Bessborough Child Care Centre, he is a member of the Leaside United Church. He has coached community baseball and hockey teams, he chaired the East York Committee of Adjustment. In 2001, Parker helped; the association's objectives include offering experience in support of parliamentary democracy in a non-partisan way and to foster good relations between current members. Parker serves on the Board of Directors of the Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy, a non-partisan, charitable organization that facilitates education and debate about Canada’s parliamentary democracy.
He was elected to the Ontario legislature in the 1995 provincial election, defeating incumbent New Democrat Gary Malkowski by 3,263 votes in the riding of York East. He served in Mike Harris's government for the next four years. During that time he was parliamentary assistant to Native Affairs. In 1996, the Harris government reduced the number of provincial ridings from 130 to 103; this change resulted in some sitting MPPs having to compete against one another in the 1999 provincial election. Parker ran against Liberal Mike Colle in the newly created riding of Eglinton—Lawrence, was defeated by 11,307 votes. Colle received 56.85 percent of the popular vote compared to Parker's 29.72 percent. In 2006, Parker was elected as the City Councillor for Toronto's Ward 26. In a field of 15 candidates, Parker prevailed by a margin of 215 votes over runner-up Mohamed Dhanani. Parker received a total of 3,369 votes. Parker has received low grades on environmental issues. In 2008, the Toronto Environmental Alliance issued Parker an "F" grade for what they perceived to be an egregious voting record in 2007-2008.
While he is considered to be a right-wing councillor, Parker has received poor performance grades from the editorial boards of traditionally conservative newspapers in Ontario. The National Post and Toronto Sun gave Parker "C" grades in "report cards" these outlets issued for Toronto City Councillors in 2007 and 2010 respectively. November 21, 2011, the Toronto Sun scored Councillor Parker an "A+". In November 18, 2012, Toronto Taxpayer Coalition report card gave a rating of "B"In 2010, Parker was re-elected in Ward 26, he tallied the most votes in a three-way race between previous contender Dhanani and newcomer Jon Burnside. The Toronto Sun supported Parker giving him the recommendation as "a hard-wired East Yorker, who brings a conservative ethic and is not panicked." He was selected to be Deputy Speaker in December 2010. On October 27, 2014 Parker was defeated by Jon Burnside during the 2014 municipal elections and was the only incumbent defeated in the 2014 elections. Unofficial results as of October 26, 2010 03:55 am Ontario Legislative Assembly parliamentary history
East York, Pennsylvania
East York is a census-designated place in York County, United States. The population was 8,777 at the 2010 census. East York is located within Springettsbury Township at 39°58′07″N 76°40′40″W, it is located just east of the city of York. According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.9 square miles, all of it land. The suburb of East York was developed in 1903 with the foresight that industrial expansion would attract a great increase in population. John H. Longstreet's vision foresaw the pathway of expansion. Many beautiful homes were soon built and more building lots awaited new owners. Known to many as the Keesey Tract, the East York area was listed as "fronting, for two-thirds of a mile, on both sides of Market Street, York’s main thoroughfare, part of the Great Lincoln Highway." Only an eleven-minute ride from Center Square in York, it featured high ground with perfect natural drainage, cement walks and curbs, macadamized streets, pure filtered water, electric lights, a complete sewer system.
The York Railways Company lines ran the entire length of Market Street through the center of the tract and to adjoining boroughs. For a single carfare, one could ride the entire length of Market Street; the East York area offered its members all the privileges of an up-to-date club. Any resident could be member and enjoy its privileges, including dining services, lawn tennis, the entire social advantages attendant thereto; the club's privileges were open to members’ families. On East Market Street and nearby stood the area residences of George L. Stallman, Charles E. Tucker, Mahlon N. Haines, Congressman E. S. Brooks, Professor C. B. Heinly and Merrihew, William J. Gribben, E. P. Minnich, Dr. J. E. Barrick, Sarah J. Mitzel; the East York Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1912, the John S. Hiestand School was built in the area on land donated by John S. Longstreet; this school was built in what was the Independent School District. A graded school, managed by a progressive Board of Directors, its students were taught by competent teachers in all grades from first to eighth and prepared for entrance into York High School.
There, tuition was paid for by the Independent School District under an agreement with the city school board. The first consideration in designing and erecting the building was the children's welfare; the building was located in the center of ample playgrounds, had two classrooms, boys’ and girls’ cloakrooms, functional toilets, large basement playrooms for use in bad weather. The school, where all students and residents could obtain free use of well-selected books maintained a public library; the original two classrooms were doubled to four in 1927 and there were six rooms by 1937. The Hiestand School was closed in June 1978 for financial reasons and due to declining enrollment, has been used subsequently by various community organizations; as of the census of 2000, there were 8,782 people, 3,726 households, 2,455 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 3,032.5 people per square mile. There were 3,843 housing units at an average density of 1,327.0/sq mi. The racial makeup of the CDP was 94.50% White, 1.49% African American, 0.16% Native American, 2.40% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.65% from other races, 0.74% from two or more races.
Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.34% of the population. There were 3,726 households out of which 23.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.4% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 34.1% were non-families. 29.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.5% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.77. In the CDP, the population was spread out with 18.8% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 24.4% from 25 to 44, 23.9% from 45 to 64, 27.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females, there were 85.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.0 males. The median income for a household in the CDP was $48,689, the median income for a family was $57,461. Males had a median income of $43,614 versus $30,855 for females; the per capita income for the CDP was $24,883. About 1.5% of families and 3.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.4% of those under age 18 and 4.9% of those age 65 or over.
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Peter Charles Tabuns is a politician in Ontario, Canada. He is a New Democrat member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, elected in a 2006 by-election, he represents the riding of Toronto—Danforth. In 2009 he lost to Andrea Horwath. Tabuns was born in London, Ontario to Anton Tabuns, an auto mechanic, his wife Sarah, born and raised in Liverpool, England. Anton was born and raised in Latvia, though he managed to leave his homeland after the Soviet occupation and immigrate to England. While working on a farm, fixing equipment, he met Sarah, soon after marrying, the couple immigrated to Canada. Soon after, the family found residence with another recent immigrant. In addition to Peter and Sarah have two other children and Anna. Tabuns attended York University, where he studied political science and was involved in York's student council. Tabuns was president of Citizens for a Safe Environment, a Riverdale environmental group that lobbied the city to end garbage incineration at the Commissioners Street plant in the Port Lands.
He became managing director of a housing co-op on Oak Street, was vice-chair of the Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto. He lives with Shawn Kerwin, a theatre designer and professor at York University, they have a son, from Tabuns' previous relationship. Tabuns was city councillor for Ward 8 - Riverdale - of the former City of Toronto from 1990 to 1997, representing part of the Toronto-Danforth riding he now represents provincially, he was a member of the Board of Health for seven years, was chair from 1993 to 1997. In 1995 he moved to ban smoking in shopping mall food courts. A year the city extended the ban to include bars and restaurants. In 1996, he supported a boycott of Harvey's restaurants because its parent company Cara Operations had donated money to the Progressive Conservative Party for the previous three years; the Board of Health passed the motion 7-6 but rescinded it following a storm of protest. Tabuns was unrepentant and said that corporations must be held accountable for supporting Ontario Premier Mike Harris.
Tabuns said, "What Mike Harris has done is put greased skids under the economy of this city and pushed it downhill."In 1997 the amalgamation of Metropolitan Toronto reduced the number of councillor positions. Tabuns was forced to compete with fellow NDP councillors Pam McConnell and Jack Layton for one of two council positions returned by the east-end ward. A phantom candidate named "Larry Tabin" entered the election, it has been alleged that Tabin was enlisted as a candidate by bar and restaurant owners seeking to defeat Tabuns over his anti-smoking initiative. In the confusion, Tabin was able to draw enough votes away from Peter Tabuns to cost Tabuns the election. Tabuns came with about 200 fewer votes than McConnell. From 1999 to 2004, Tabuns was executive director of Greenpeace Canada. Under Tabuns' leadership, the organization advocated for environmental protection, including the adoption of the Kyoto Protocol. Tabuns served as special advisor on climate change to Jack Layton from 2004 to 2005.
Tabuns was criticized by some members of Office and Professional Employees International Union local 343 in 2002, when Greenpeace terminated its door-to-door fundraising efforts and transferred foot canvassers to telephone fundraising. No layoffs occurred. According to the union, the "circumstances surrounding the closure of the door canvass were amicably resolved". Tabuns ran as the NDP candidate in the riding of Beaches—East York during the 2004 federal election, he lost the election to Liberal incumbent Maria Minna by 7,738 votes. On February 15, 2006, the Toronto—Danforth NDP riding association nominated Tabuns as the party's candidate in the provincial by-election, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of former NDP Member of Provincial Parliament Marilyn Churley. Churley resigned her provincial seat in order to run in the 2006 federal election as the NDP candidate for Beaches-East York. Tabuns' opponents in the election were former broadcaster and Liberal candidate Ben Chin, Progressive Conservative candidate Georgina Blanas and Green Party candidate Paul Charbonneau.
On March 30, 2006, Tabuns won the by-election with 47.8% support from voters. Upon being sworn in as an MPP, NDP Leader Howard Hampton reorganized his shadow cabinet and gave the rookie member a long list of portfolios, including Transportation, Public Infrastructure Renewal, Greater Toronto Area, Culture and Recreation, Citizenship and Immigration, Multicultural Affairs. In October 2006, Tabuns was voted Best MPP by Now Magazine readers, for his positions on climate change, the Portlands Energy Centre, early childhood learning centres in his constituency. Tabuns has been known for his stance on same-sex parental rights, anti-toxics legislation and recognition of foreign credentials. In the same month, Tabuns was recognized for tabling a motion to recognize June 22, 2006 as Chinese Canadian Head Tax Redress Day. Tabuns was re-elected in the 2007, 2011, 2014, in the 2018 provincial elections, he is the party's critic on GTA issues, energy and climate change, was the party's critic for Education and Energy issues.
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Liberal Party of Canada
The Liberal Party of Canada is the oldest and longest-serving governing political party in Canada. The Liberals form the current government, elected in 2015; the party has dominated federal politics for much of Canada's history, holding power for 69 years in the 20th century—more than any other party in a developed country—and as a result, it is sometimes referred to as Canada's "natural governing party". The party espouses the principles of liberalism, sits at the centre to centre-left of the Canadian political spectrum, with the Conservative Party positioned to the centre-right and the New Democratic Party, occupying the left. Like their federal Conservative Party rivals, the party is defined as a "big tent", attracting support from a broad spectrum of voters. In the late 1970s, Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau claimed that his Liberal Party adhered to the "radical centre"; the Liberals' signature policies and legislative decisions include universal health care, the Canada Pension Plan, Canada Student Loans, multilateralism, official bilingualism, official multiculturalism, patriating the Canadian constitution and the entrenchment of Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Clarity Act, making same-sex marriage and cannabis use legal nationwide.
In the 2015 federal election, the Liberal Party under Justin Trudeau had its best result since the 2000 election, winning 39.5 percent of the popular vote and 184 seats, gaining a majority of seats in the House of Commons. The Liberals are descended from the mid-19th century Reformers who agitated for responsible government throughout British North America; these included George Brown, Alexander Mackenzie, Robert Baldwin, William Lyon Mackenzie and the Clear Grits in Upper Canada, Joseph Howe in Nova Scotia, the Patriotes and Rouges in Lower Canada led by figures such as Louis-Joseph Papineau. The Clear Grits and Parti rouge sometimes functioned as a united bloc in the legislature of the Province of Canada beginning in 1854, a united Liberal Party combining both English and French Canadian members was formed in 1861. At the time of confederation of the former British colonies of Canada, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, the radical Liberals were marginalized by the more pragmatic Conservative coalition assembled under Sir John A. Macdonald.
In the 29 years after Canadian confederation, the Liberals were consigned to opposition, with the exception of one stint in government. Alexander Mackenzie was the de facto leader of the Official Opposition after Confederation and agreed to become the first official leader of the Liberal Party in 1873, he was able to lead the party to power for the first time in 1873, after the MacDonald government lost a vote of no confidence in the House of Commons due to the Pacific Scandal. Mackenzie subsequently won the 1874 election, served as Prime Minister for an additional four years. During the five years the Liberal government brought in many reforms, which include the replacement of open voting by secret ballot, confining elections to one day and the creation of the Supreme Court of Canada, the Royal Military College of Canada, the Office of the Auditor General; however the party was only able to build a solid support base in Ontario, in 1878 lost the government to MacDonald. The Liberals would spend the next 18 years in opposition.
In their early history, the Liberals were the party of opposition to imperialism. The Liberals became identified with the aspirations of Quebecers as a result of the growing hostility of French Canadians to the Conservatives; the Conservatives lost the support of French Canadians because of the role of Conservative governments in the execution of Louis Riel and their role in the Conscription Crisis of 1917, their opposition to French schools in provinces besides Quebec. It was. Laurier was able to capitalize on the Tories' alienation of French Canada by offering the Liberals as a credible alternative. Laurier was able to overcome the party's reputation for anti-clericalism that offended the still-powerful Quebec Roman Catholic Church. In English-speaking Canada, the Liberal Party's support for reciprocity made it popular among farmers, helped cement the party's hold in the growing prairie provinces. Laurier led the Liberals to power in the 1896 election, oversaw a government that increased immigration in order to settle Western Canada.
Laurier's government created the provinces of Saskatchewan and Alberta out of the North-West Territories, promoted the development of Canadian industry. Until the early part of the century, the Liberal Party was a loose, informal coalition of local and regional bodies with a strong national party leader and caucus but with an informal and regionalized extra-parliamentary organizational structure. There was no national membership of the party, an individual became a member by joining a provincial Liberal party. Laurier called the party's first national convention in 1893 in order to unite Liberal supporters behind a programme and build the campaign that brought the party to power in 1896; as a result of the party's defeats in the 1911 and 1917 federal elections, Laurier attempted to organize the party on a national level by creating three bodies: the Central Liberal Information Office, the National Liberal Advisory Committee, the National Liberal Organization Committee. Howev
Nathaniel Erskine-Smith is a politician in Ontario, Canada. He is a Liberal member of the House of Commons of Canada, elected in 2015 to represent the Toronto riding of Beaches—East York, he is the youngest Member of Parliament in the Greater Toronto Area. Before politics, Erskine-Smith practised as a lawyer. Erskine-Smith was born on June 15, 1984 in Toronto, Ontario, to two local teachers and was given a hyphenated surname composed of Smith from his father and Erskine from his mother, he graduated from Malvern Collegiate Institute. He earned a bachelor's degree in political science and a Juris Doctor in 2010 from Queen's University; when he was a student at Queen's, he was an unsuccessful candidate for city council for Sydenham District in Kingston, Ontario in the 2006 municipal elections. Erskine-Smith studied political philosophy and constitutional law at Oxford, where he earned a Master of Laws, he worked pro bono with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. At the time of his election, Erskine-Smith was practicing at Kramer Simaan Dhillon LLP, a commercial litigation firm in downtown Toronto.
In the 2015 federal election Erskine-Smith ran as the Liberal candidate in the riding of Beaches—East York. He defeated New Democrat incumbent Matthew Kellway by 10,345 votes. Erskine-Smith became the youngest MP elected from the Greater Toronto Area. Erskine-Smith is a member of the Public Safety and National Security Committee, as well as the Access to Information and Ethics committee. Over the first six months of the 42nd Parliament, he voted against his governing Liberal party 11 times out of 90 votes higher than the most rebellious MP of the previous Parliament, Michael Chong, who voted against his party 14 times out of 935 votes. In January 2016, he was acclaimed as the president of the Canadian group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union for a one-year term. In that capacity, he delivered a speech about youth in politics at an IPU meeting in Zambia. In February 2016, Erskine-Smith represented the Canadian government's pro-marijuana legalization views to a joint United Nations/Inter-Parliamentary Union conference reviewing how different countries were dealing with illegal drugs.
He partnered with Mexican Senator Laura Rojas in a debate against Herman Adranacus, an Indonesian MP, Ibrahim Omer, the speaker of the National Assembly of Sudan, to argue that countries should seek alternatives to incarceration in cases where individuals have drugs for personal use. On February 22, 2016 he introduced a private member's bill, Bill C-246, that seeks to ban the import of shark fins and make Canada's animal cruelty laws tougher. Critics, such as Conservative MP Robert Sopuck, opposed it on the grounds that reclassifying animal cruelty laws by moving them into the public morals section of the Criminal Code from the property section would hurt groups such as farmers and medical researchers; the bill won support from the typically-Conservative leaning hockey commentator Don Cherry. On October 6, 2016, the bill was defeated 198 to 84 at second reading. Two years a government bill addressing similar concerns was tabled by Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould. In a 2017 episode of the television series Political Blind Date, Erskine-Smith and Garnett Genuis discussed their differing perspectives on the legalization of marijuana in Canada.
Erskine-Smith was raised vegetarian, is now vegan. He has Crohn's disease. Erskine-Smith is married to Amelia "Amy" Symington, a prominent Toronto vegan chef and nutritionist, whom he met in an undergraduate film studies course at Queen's University, they have one son together, born on August 22, 2016 at Toronto East General Hospital. Nathaniel Erskine-Smith – Parliament of Canada biography Official website
Thorncliffe Park is a densely populated, multicultural neighbourhood in central east Toronto, Canada, in the former Borough of East York. East York merged with five other municipalities and a regional government in 1998 to form the new "City of Toronto", it is considered to be bounded on the east by the Don River, on the west by Millwood Road, on the north by Wicksteed Avenue and Research Road, on the northwest by a railway track between Millwood and Wicksteed. However, the official community planning area named Thorncliffe Park includes the neighbourhood to the north of the railway tracks, east of Laird Avenue, south of Eglinton Avenue, west of the Don River. Thorncliffe Park has both a residential section; the residential section is in the south, consists chiefly of 34 high-rise and low-rise apartment buildings grouped in and around a rough oval with Overlea Boulevard dividing Thorncliffe Park Drive. Some condominiums and townhouses have been added on Overlea. Overlea Boulevard used to be the dividing line between the industrial and residential sections, but the decline of the industrial sector in Toronto has led to the appearance of retail establishments and service organizations in the former factories on the north side of Overlea Boulevard.
The residential section of Thorncliffe Park was designed as a planned community for 12,500 residents, but now houses 30,000. The neighbourhood is served by 24-hour public transit provided by the Toronto Transit Commission. Although the neighbourhood is known for its low income and high unemployment, the Toronto-based The Globe and Mail newspaper reported in 2004 that it had a low crime rate The neighborhood is home to one of Toronto's oldest community gardens. Thorncliffe Park Garden Club is located on hydro land north of Overlea Blvd. and provides garden plots to 100 local residents and their families on a non-profit basis. Gardeners donate fresh produce to local community agencies such as the Scott Mission; the site of Thorncliffe Park was a farm owned by Robert T. Davies, the wealthy founder of the Dominion Brewing Co. An avid participant in horse racing, under the banner of Thorncliffe Stable, he raced both Thoroughbred and Standardbred horses. After Davies' death in 1916 his estate sold the property to a group of investors from Baltimore, Maryland who built the Thorncliffe Park Raceway racetrack.
The track was home to thoroughbred horse racing and harness racing from 1917 until 1952 when it was sold for real estate development. Today, the old racetrack site is commemorated by two streets named Grandstand Place and Milepost Place and the number of buildings that took on racetrack stable names like Churchill, Maple Glen and Wellow Glen. In the 1950s, developers tore down the racetrack and created one of Toronto's first high-rise neighbourhoods; the neighbourhood embodies some standard urban planning ideas of the era – high concentrations of similar housing types, strict separation of retail and residential development, the assumption that everyone has a car. Low-rise buildings are clustered inside the enclosure created by Thorncliffe Park and Overlea, while high-rise buildings line the outside of Thorncliffe Park. Retail establishments were concentrated in a single shopping mall, now called the East York Town Centre, between the two arms of Thorncliffe Park Drive at Overlea Boulevard.
Smaller retail and service plazas have opened along Overlea Boulevard. Many residents on Thorncliffe Park Drive are at considerable walking distance from shops, although this problem is mitigated somewhat in winter, by well kept sidewalks and walkways and by frequent bus service; the residential twin Leaside Towers are by far the tallest buildings in East York. In 2001, immigrants constituted 66% of the population of the Community Planning Area, recent immigrants constituted 87%. Twenty-eight per cent of the residents spoke a language other than English or French at home, with the most frequent being Urdu and Gujarati. In Toronto as a whole, immigrants constituted 49% of the population, recent immigrants 11%. Median household income in 2001 was $38,404 Cdn.. Twelve per cent of the families in the Community Planning Area were classified as having low household incomes, while 5% of the families throughout Toronto were so classified. Many religious backgrounds are represented in Thorncliffe Park by religious meeting places such as Greek Orthodox Metropolis, Thorncliffe Park United Church, Saint Edith Stein Catholic Church, St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Islamic Society of Toronto, more.
English is the most popular language. The Toronto District School Board is a secular English public school board that operates several schools in Thorncliffe Park. Thorncliffe Park Public School and Fraser Mustard Early Learning Academy are the two schools in the residential area. Valley Park Middle School serves as the middle school from grades 6-8 for both the Thorncliffe Park and the Flemingdon Park area to the east; the high school that serves both communities is Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute They are all within a 20-minute walk or 5-minute drive of pupils' residences, while buses take pupils to separate schools and the middle and high schools. In 1998, the middle school, Valley Park Middle School located in Flemingdon Park, an adjacent neighbourhood to Thorncliffe Park, stood at around 1,000 students; as of 2007, the school has in excess of 1,200 students. In addition to the Toronto District School Board, three other public school boards operate in the city; the Toronto Catholic District School Board, is a public English separate school board.