Born and raised in Hong Kong until aged 13, Chow and her family fled to Canada in 1970 amid the Cultural Revolution in China. In her memoir My Journey, she described her experience as part of a struggling immigrant family in Toronto's St. James Town.
Chow first became involved in politics in 1981 as an assistant to Spadina MP Dan Heap. She was elected a public school trustee in 1985, campaigning for gay rights, championing anti-racism and native language policies. As a Metro councillor and later city councillor and MP, affordable childcare became an important part of her focus.
Following her first election win in 1991, Chow emphasized the importance she places on working with the public. "If you work with people and organize them, they realize they can make a difference."
Several thousand people, some of them in white Ford Nation t-shirts, many of them fanatical in their support for the Ford family, descended on Scarborough last night, lured by the promise of free burgers and the chance to meet the city's incumbent mayor.
The shifting urban landscape has also led to the loss of at least one prominent neighbourhood, The Ward, pictured above. Though new condos are bringing residents back to the area around City Hall, Yonge Street, and University, north of Queen, the name of the densely-populated immigrant area was lost long ago.
Here are 5 lost neighbourhoods and towns in Toronto.
The Open Streets concept, which has been adopted in major cities such as New York and Los Angeles, promotes physical activity and allows businesses on the route to temporarily open onto the street (no outside vendors are allowed.) Toronto's event, the first of its kind in the city, will operate on Sundays two weeks apart: Aug 17th and 31st.
According to the assembled stock footage, climactic music, and emotional voiceover, when the Union-Pearson Express opens in 2015 it will not only "establish Toronto as the undeniable symbol of progress and prosperity in Ontario, but help seal our credibility as an international player on the global stage." Finally!