I produced this story for CBC Radio show Metro Morning, and here's the back story.
There are many neighbourhoods I love in Toronto. Parkdale is one of them, a portion of which is now unofficially known as Little Tibet. About a year ago, I was on a walkabout of the neighbourhood. I was excited about noshing on momos -- which I had come to appreciate during my university days in New Delhi. On cold winter days, a group of friends used to wolf down platefuls of the steamed dumplings, dotted with chili sauce.
But my walkabout started at a Tibetan Monastery in the neighbourhood, with a circumambulation around the temple, turning the prayer wheels. Steps away from a major Toronto street, I was suddenly in a spot of serenity. The monastery was important for Tibetan seniors, I was told, who can be seen doing their rounds throughout the day.
So when I read a Facebook post about a Jane's Walk around Parkdale this weekend, addressing the issues of gentrification and how it's affecting the Tibetan community living there, I knew I had to go back to the monastery. And I found a wonderful guide in Kalsang Dolma, one of the leaders for the Jane's Walk.
Here's a slightly longer version of the story that aired this morning.
And more information on the Jane's Walk can be found here: http://janeswalk.org/canada/toronto/pnlt-securing-affordability-diversity-rapidly-changing-neighbourhood/#CBC #Toronto #Tibetan #Parkdale #JanesWalkTO