Cosmopolis Toronto

Photographing the world, one Torontonian at a time.

Saima (Qatar)

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  Born in Doha, Qatar | In 1998, although Saima’s father had a successful career as a mechanical engineer, and her mother as a radio show host, they decided to move the family. Moving to Canada sounded promising when it came to considering both their children’s education and the hope of a secure future. Saima…

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Alisi (Kingdom of Tonga)

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  Born in Nuku’alofa City, Kingdom of Tonga | In her wildest dreams, Alisi had never thought she that would live further away from Tonga than New Zealand or possibly Australia. That was until Dennis, her future Canadian husband, came to Tonga to visit his friend who was her brother in law.  She fell in…

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Henry (Taiwan)

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  Born in Taipei, Taiwan | Henry’s family moved here twelve years ago and he remembers not wanting to leave Taiwan when his parents first brought up the idea.  When he visits his country of birth, he always looks forward to returning to Toronto. Today Henry works at Toronto Pearson Airport as a traffic officer…

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Jesse (Niger)

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  Born in Niamey, Niger | Jesse first came to Canada as a United World College scholar to study at Pearson College in Victoria,  BC. He subsequently was granted scholarships to complete his undergraduate and graduate studies in Ontario. After he completed a master’s degree in Economics at the University of Guelph Jesse came to…

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Zuwaina (Oman)

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  Born in Muscat, Oman | When she was only five, Zuwaina and her family left Oman. After spending time in the Netherlands because of her father’s work, they decided to move to Canada with the hope of giving Zuwaina and her two sisters better future opportunities.  Zuwaina felt a lot of “cultural confusion” as…

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Peter (Zambia)

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  Born in Mansa, Zambia | After studying in Windsor for several years, Peter came to Toronto to further his education at Ryerson University. He grew up on Pelee Island, his parents both worked in the NGO sector, so they were always moving around, and it wasn’t until high school that he was living back…

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Eileen (United Kingdom)

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  Born in Stoke on Trent, United Kingdom | Both Eileen and her husband John longed to live in a Spanish speaking country, so they started looking in the newspaper for jobs abroad. John applied for an attractive job in Colombia, not realizing that the job he was applying for was actually in British Columbia,…

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Christopher (Seychelles)

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  Born in Victoria, Seychelles | Looking to escape a military coup, and provide better education for their children, Christopher’s family left Seychelles when he was eight. He then lived in Montreal, but started to feel like something was missing. When on a trip to Toronto to visit his siblings after the end of a…

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Monique (Dominica)

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  Roseau, Dominica | When Monique was twelve, her family migrated to Toronto, a city her parents had lived in during the 1970’s. In Toronto Monique completed high school, and went on to study Sociology and Health Sciences at the University of Toronto. She explains how many of her childhood friends from Dominica and Grenada…

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Walton (Saint Lucia)

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  Born in Castries, Saint Lucia | Walton left St. Lucia to follow his dream of becoming a pilot. Although English is the official language of aviation, Toronto’s diversity appealed to him and he thought he might get the chance to learn new languages.  Although he recognizes St. Lucia as a “paradise”, he is always…

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