1. Are Toronto's ethnic neighborhoods isolating newcomers to Canada? In the Thorncliffe Park neighborhood, where many newcomers from South Asia are choosing to live, the median income is about 40% less than the city average. Is it because they have "isolated" themselves from the mainstream?

    Most newcomers in the neighborhood come through an immigration system that awards them 'points' for their education and experience. Those who make it through the rigorous and lengthy immigration process are considered somewhat of "heroes" in their homelands.

    But, the promise inherent in the points system that their education and experience will turn into jobs and better lives in Canada seems to be broken in neighborhoods like Thorncliffe Park where despite high levels of education, most individuals are unemployed or under-employed. Spiraling into becoming undervalued 'nobodies', the immigrants find comfort in 'their' ethnic neighborhood.

    "From Hero To Zero" shines a candid light on the uncomfortable reality that is turning potential "heroes" - valuable resources to Canada - into nothing but "zeroes".

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