Downtown brings me joy and happiness

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Downtown is home for me. It is the only place I have lived. Living downtown brings me joy and happiness. I love downtown because there is lot of diversity. For example, my grade 4/5 class did a survey and we have students from 13 different counties. This makes me feel comfortable to be myself. Another thing that I love about downtown is looking at the tall buildings at night full of lights. It makes our skyline look beautiful. My favorite building is the CN tower. I have been there 3 times and each time is just as fun as the last. The view from the CN tower is magnificent. You can see all of Toronto from up there, including the building I live in. I belong downtown.

- Tajmim

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Downtown is fun, epic and joyful

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I am nine years old and I go to Nelson Mandela Park Public School in Regent Park. I love being at this school. It’s so fun when I’m at school. I feel like I can learn anything. I like my teacher because she teaches us Math, Language, etc. My family is originally from Jamaica and moved to Canada when my brother and sister were 12. I was born here. I am always around Jamaican people at home, but at school I have friends from all over the world. When I think of downtown Toronto, I think of FUN, EPIC, JOY. I love being downtown. Sometimes the streets are really loud and busy. Downtown has lots of fun places like the CNE. Also, I like being downtown because there are many celebrations, such as Taste of the Danforth and Canada’s 150th birthday this year. Thank you for reading my I belong downtown story.

- Shania Duncan

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Everyone belongs downtown

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I love Toronto’s downtown because everyday when I go to school I see different skin colours, different cultures, and people from different countries. For example, my grade 4/5 classmates represent about a dozen different countries. I also love Toronto’s downtown because everyone is welcome, regardless of their religion or background. In addition, I like Toronto’s downtown because most holidays are celebrated there. For instance, last year my family and I went to Nathan Phillips Square to celebrate Christmas. I belong downtown because everyone belongs downtown. #i belong downtown


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Downtown Toronto is my favourite place to be

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Toronto’s downtown is very busy and very loud. Some people are mean but still it’s a great place. It’s where the CN tower is and it’s where most grand celebrations are. Also, it’s where City Hall is.There are lots of different skin colours in downtown Toronto and everybody is welcome in downtown Toronto. Toronto’s downtown, it’s where I live. It’s my favorite place to be. Most importantly, it’s Toronto’s downtown.

- Gordon

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Halifax opened my eyes and my heart

Halifax opened my eyes and my heart

I moved to Halifax in 2010 from Ontario.  I had always dreamed of living somewhere I could see the ocean everyday.  I fell in love. Coming from a small sheltered town, downtown Halifax opened my eyes and my heart. Halifax made me more accepting, more trusting, more loving and taught me it was ok to be myself.  7 years later Halifax is my forever home.  It stood by me as I came out and I will forever have my heart in downtown.  Thank you Halifax! 

Downtown welcomes all people

Living in downtown Toronto is a dream for many of us, particularly for immigrants across the globe. As downtown welcomes people from different backgrounds to get into one fabric and live peacefully. It gives all people an opportunity to grow and contribute to nation building, education, health care, and clean surrounding to dwell.

-Ghershyam Presad