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The Changing Face of Brampton, Ontario Canada – 2016

How Brampton, a town in suburban Ontario, was dubbed a ghetto

NOREEN AHMED-ULLAH Contributed to: The Globe and Mail – Friday, Jun. 03, 2016

The city’s predominant South Asian population is a subject of racial tension – and that may continue to grow


Author Noreen Ahmed-ullah poses at a South Asian strip mall in Brampton. (Mark Blinch/The Globe and Mail)

I live in a suburban Ontario town where the visible minorities are now the majority. Brampton – a.k.a. “Browntown,” “Bramladesh”or “Singhdale” – is just like the nicknames imply: mostly brown.

On our street of new semi-detached houses, I see brown and black families, mostly immigrants. Strip malls consist almost entirely of Indian-only grocers, stores selling fancy South Asian clothes and sweet shops. My drive home off Highway 427 is lined with palatial Sikh gurdwaras, a monumental Hindu mandir and a soon-to-be-built mosque – the only church in the area is a tiny historic landmark.

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