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There are many small communities in Southern Ontario that still have very significant ex-slave Black populations especially in Chatham-Kent such as Buxton and Dresden which is home to Uncle Tom's Cabin.
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There were also African-American communities in BC too, like the one around Saltspring Island.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/britis...lack-1.3433086
Very true at the beginnings of the 20th century there were 9 families.

Here is an interesting story.....................I lived on Salt Spring Island {hence my nickname SSIGUY} about 15 years ago for about 3 years and loved it and the people. There was a famous big old house from the turn of the century off a main road near downtown that was said to be haunted by a large elderly black woman, think Mammy from Gone With The Wind. She was well known and nearly everyone on the Island knew of her and the haunted house.

Anyway I was sharing a house with a couple other guys and one guy had his young son and needed some work and money. He was offered painting job at the house as the previous painter 'quit all of a sudden in the middle of his shift" and he gladly took it as it was abnormally high pay. Anyway, the 2nd day of work he saw the old black Mammy and he was scared out of his mind, left work immediately and never went back. He later found out that the other painter also saw the Mammy and is why he left and this is one of the reasons the job paid so well...........they couldn't find anyone to take and keep the job.

True story.
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There are many small communities in Southern Ontario that still have very significant ex-slave Black populations especially in Chatham-Kent such as Buxton and Dresden which is home to Uncle Tom's Cabin.
Dresden played an important role in Canada's civil rights movement:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFIqUJlk88o

http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.c...ley-armstrong/

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Apparently, according to this article, increased border crossing strictness post 9/11 actually affected the vitality of Windsor's Little Italy, due to the decrease in American visitors.

https://www.freep.com/story/entertai...sed/634479001/
It hurt the neighbourhood a bit, but it’s actually doing just fine with lots of new restaurants and cafes opening recently. Obviously with fewer Italians moving here from the old country, there’s gonna be some changes, just like all of the other ones in North America. The street is alive and well, despite what that article says!
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Jewish Canadians are very prominently concentrated in a few major cities. Within major cities they tend to be concentrated in distinct areas--ie. Thornhill in Toronto and the Hampstead-Cote de Neiges area in Montreal.
There's a major shift to move from Thornhill and North York to Maple (east of Keele and around Bathurst all the way up to teston) and even a small pocket in Oak Ridge where it's more affordable.
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Windsor used to host the emancipation day celebrations for decades, drawing people from all over the region and North America, attracting big names like Martin Luther king and others!

http://edcw.ca/history
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There's a major shift to move from Thornhill and North York to Maple (east of Keele and around Bathurst all the way up to teston) and even a small pocket in Oak Ridge where it's more affordable.
In Montreal there has been a shift of part of the Jewish community towards Dollard-des-Ormeaux (often called DDO) which is one of the closer-in suburbs of the West Island.

It's not a new thing though, and has been going on for a couple of decades.
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There are many small communities in Southern Ontario that still have very significant ex-slave Black populations especially in Chatham-Kent such as Buxton and Dresden which is home to Uncle Tom's Cabin.
Legendary baseball pitcher Ferguson Jenkins was from that area I believe.
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If we're going to be including small religious sects, there are also the Hasidic sects in Outremont. The vast majority of Yiddish speakers today live in Quebec.

And if one splits Jews into Ashkenazi and Sephardic, Montreal has the majority of Sephardic Jews, mostly Moroccan (not surprising given its home to the majority of Canadians of North African origins).
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Legendary baseball pitcher Ferguson Jenkins was from that area I believe.
Yes, from Chatham.
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In Montreal there has been a shift of part of the Jewish community towards Dollard-des-Ormeaux (often called DDO) which is one of the closer-in suburbs of the West Island.

It's not a new thing though, and has been going on for a couple of decades.
The move to Dollard was kind of akin to the development of a secondary concentration of Jews around Bayview/Leslie in the 1970s. Since Montreal's Jewish community declined in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s a full fledged "Thornhill" never really developed.
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I don't know how much of this has survived to this day but as recently as when I was a kid you could find scattered here and there in often tiny rural towns in Nova Scotia these small black churches with passionately sung gospel music and the like.

One of the many fascinating stories of Canada that never gets told because of, well, you know...
Those Black Nova Scotia gospel churches still exist where ever there are communities. The Black gospel churches in Halifax attract some 'outsiders' but are still predominantly 'African-American'.
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There's a major shift to move from Thornhill and North York to Maple (east of Keele and around Bathurst all the way up to teston) and even a small pocket in Oak Ridge where it's more affordable.
If memory serves, that Thornhill enclave included surprising numbers of South African Jews.
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If memory serves, that Thornhill enclave included surprising numbers of South African Jews.
There are actually two "sides" of Thornhill: the Vaughan side and the Markham side. The Markham side developed about a decade (built up 1960s/1970s) or two earlier and a lot of South African Jews moved there and make up a significant part of the Jewish population. The Vaughan side (built up 1980s/1990s) has a much bigger Jewish community and has a lot of Orthodox Jews, Russians and Israelis. Though today that community has filled up and expanded into Maple.
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The Beachy Amish are ethnically mostly Swiss-French and are concentrated in the Milverton-Millbank-Stratford area.
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The Beachy Amish are ethnically mostly Swiss-French and are concentrated in the Milverton-Millbank-Stratford area.
Sounds like they should be concentrated in California.
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There are lots of Mennonites in the southern part Essex County around Leamington, Kingsville and Colchester, and I beleive they also extend into southern Chatham-Kent. For some reason though, I never see them in the northern part of the county! Occasionally in DT Windsor doing banking maybe, but that’s it.
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The move to Dollard was kind of akin to the development of a secondary concentration of Jews around Bayview/Leslie in the 1970s. Since Montreal's Jewish community declined in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s a full fledged "Thornhill" never really developed.
There's still a sizeable pocket in central Montreal that is predominantly Jewish. The Quebec provincial riding of D'Arcy-McGee, consisting of Hampstead and Cote-St-Luc, is 43% Jewish.

Although it definitely was larger in the past. My mom grew up in Cote-des-Neiges, a few blocks north of the intersection of Van Horne and Cote-Saint-Catherine, in the 1960s and 1970s. Going through her high school yearbook was something.. something like 90% of the teens in her graduating class had either Jewish or Greek surnames. What's funny is that given the sectarian divide of Quebec schools at the time it was officially a "Protestant" school; yet by the sounds of it there were basically zero Protestants there.
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There's still a sizeable pocket in central Montreal that is predominantly Jewish. The Quebec provincial riding of D'Arcy-McGee, consisting of Hampstead and Cote-St-Luc, is 43% Jewish.
Yes, and the municipalities of CSL/Hampstead, probably akin to say the Bathurst Manor area of North York, are still majority Jewish.
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Thunder Bay is the city with the largest Finnish population outside of Finland. At least that’s what we were always told. I can count on my hand the number of Finnish people I’ve met in Vancouver.
Definitely the city in Canada with the most Finnish influence. Next would probably be Sault Ste. Marie then Sudbury. Timmins has quite a few as well and they are mainly concentrated in the Eastern portion of the city. (South Porcupine, Porcupine, Connaught, Barbers Bay) Although people with Finnish background can be found throughout Northern Ontario just not always in large numbers.

All around Lake Superior (both Canada and U.S.) is where you'll see lots of Finnish family names and probably has the highest percentage with Finnish descent in North America.
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