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Geography students explore Toronto’s Little India

Mark Hoel’s Grade 10 geography of Asia class had the chance to mix academia with pleasure as part of its final summative geographic information system project on May 1.

The Upper Canada College students were tasked with answering the question: “How Indian is Little India?”

Little India

Walking in the rain in Little India.

They went to Toronto’s Gerrard Street East neighbourhood and paired up to collect data by surveying each commercial establishment in Little India and categorized them based on whether they were Indian, Pakistani, other South Asian or non-South Asian. This data will be mapped and graphed to lead to conclusions on the question.

Groups have been asked to produce a well-written and structured document to educate the general public on the question. Original and annotated ArcMaps, graphs and photos will form the bulk of the content, with supporting text not exceeding 500 words.

“The boys worked hard through a torrential downpour and managed to find a cool local cafe serving hot chocolate with multi-coloured marshmallows,” says Hoel.

“For lunch the boys were able to sample Toronto’s best Halal at Lahore Tikka House, a restaurant owned by IB1 student Adam Sayani’s mom. Mrs. Sayani was very kind to us, showing us how the naan is made in Tandoor ovens. The food was absolutely the best and the boys left Little India with their data collected and a great experience.”

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