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Brampton

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Location in the Region of Peel, in the Province of Ontario
Coordinates: 43°41′N 79°46′W / 43.683°N 79.767°W / 43.683; -79.767
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
Region Peel Region
Incorporation 1853 (village)
  1873 (town)
  1974 (city)
Government
 - Mayor Susan Fennell
 - Governing Body Brampton City Council
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 - MPs Navdeep Bains, Ruby Dhalla, Gurbax Malhi, Andrew Kania
 - MPPs Vic Dhillon, Linda Jeffrey, Kuldip Kular, Amrit Mangat
Area
 - Total 266.71 km2 (103.0 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 - Total 433,806 (Ranked 11th)
 Density 1,626.5/km2 (4,212.9/sq mi)
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Forward sortation area L6P-L7A
Area code(s) 905/289
Website www.brampton.ca

Brampton (pronounced /ˈbræmptən/ or /ˈbræmtən/) is the third-largest city in the Greater Toronto Area of Ontario, Canada and the seat of Peel Region. As of the 2006 census, Brampton's population stood at 433,806,[1] making it the 11th largest city in Canada. It is also one of Canada's fastest growing municipalities, with an average annual growth rate (2001–2006) of 6.6%. With a median age at 33.7, it is the youngest community in the GTA. Brampton was incorporated as a village in 1853, taking its name from the rural town of Brampton, Cumbria, England. Visible minorities, combined, now form a large portion of the population.

Brampton was once known as The Flowertown of Canada, a title it earned due to the city's large greenhouse industry. This included Dale's Flowers, a company that won many international rose awards for nearly half a century. Today, the city's major economic sectors include advanced manufacturing, retail administration and logistics, information and communication technologies, food and beverage, life sciences and business services. It houses the national headquarters of Loblaw Companies, HBC/Zellers, Bacardi, Brita and Clorox and other companies.

The city is home to Canadian Forces Army Reserve unit The Lorne Scots (Peel, Dufferin and Halton Regiment).

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History

John Haggert, Brampton's first mayor

Prior to the 1800s, the only building of consequence at the corner of Main and Queen streets, the recognized centre of Brampton, was William Buffy's tavern. At the time, the area was referred to as "Buffy's Corners". All real business in Chinguacousy Township took place 1 mile distant at Martin Salisbury's tavern. By 1834, John Elliott laid out the area in lots for sale, and applied the name "Brampton" to the area, which was soon adopted by others.[2]

In 1853, a small agricultural fair was set up by the then-new County Agricultural Society of the County of Peel, and was held at the corner of Main and Queen streets. Grains, produce, roots, and dairy products were up for sale. Horses and cattle, along with other lesser livestock, were also sold at market. This agricultural fair eventually became the modern Brampton Fall Fair. In that same year Brampton was incorporated as a village.[2]

A federal grant allowed the village to create its first public library in 1887, which included 360 volumes from the Mechanic's Institute (est 1858). In 1907, the library successfully received a grant from United States steel magnate and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie to build a new multi-purpose building, featuring what is now the Brampton Library.

A group of regional farmers in Brampton had trouble getting insurance from city-based companies. After several meetings in Clairville Hall, they decided to found the County of Peel Farmers Mutual Fire Insurance Company. In 1955, the company moved to its third and current location, 103 Queen Street West, and took the new name of Peel Mutual Insurance Company. It reigns as the longest-running company in modern Brampton. Harmsworth Decorating Centre was established in 1890, as Harmsworth and Son, operated out of the family's house on Queen Street West. The store purchased its current location on September 1, 1904, after a fire destroyed their original store. Purchased for $1400, the 24 Main Street South location is the longest-operating retail business in what is now Brampton.

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Neighbouring Bramalea created

Created as an innovative "new town", Bramalea was developed as a separate community, approximately 40 kilometres northwest of Toronto. Located in the former Chinguacousy Township, it was Canada's first satellite community developed by one of the country's largest real estate developers, Bramalea Limited, formerly known as Brampton Leasing. The name "Bramalea" was created by the farmer William Sheard, who combined "BRAM" from Brampton, "MAL" from Malton (a neighbouring region), and "LEA", an Old English word meaning meadow or grassland. He sold the land to Brampton Leasing developers and built one of Bramalea's first houses on Dixie Road across from the former headquarters of Nortel.

The community had an extensive Master Plan, which included provisions for a parkland trail system and a "downtown", which would include essential services and a shopping centre. The downtown area's centrepiece was the Civic Centre, which included the city hall and library. Directly across Team Canada Drive from the Civic Centre, Bramalea Limited built a shopping centre named Bramalea City Centre. The two centrepieces were connected by a long underground tunnel. This has long since been closed due to safety issues, and urbanists have also found that pedestrians make for livelier streets. Other features included a police station, fire hall, bus terminal, and a collection of seniors' retirement homes.

Each phase of the new city was marked with progressing first letters of street names. Development started with the "A" section, with street names such as Argyle, Avondale, and Aloma. Developer then created a "B" section, "C" section, and so forth. Children on the boundaries of these divisions would regularly compete in street hockey games, pitting, for example, the "D" section versus the "E" section.

The community was initially developed with a large number of recreational facilities, including tennis courts, playgrounds, hockey/lacrosse rinks and swimming pools. An extensive parkland trail and sidewalk system connects the entire city, amplifying what Brampton already had in a smaller scale.

Region of Peel

Brampton's City Hall
The Dominion Building in Downtown Brampton

In 1974, the Ontario government decided to update Peel County's structure. Along with amalgamating a series of villages into the City of Mississauga, the new City of Brampton was created out of the greater portion of the Townships of Chinguacousy and Toronto Gore, including Bramalea and the other communities in those townships. The province converted Peel County into the Regional Municipality of Peel. Brampton retained its role as the administrative centre of Peel Region, which it already had as county seat. The regional council chamber, the Peel Regional Police force, the public health department, and the region's only major museum, the Peel Heritage Complex, are all located in Brampton.

This move was not met with wholesale approval. Bramptonians feared urban sprawl would dissolve their town's personality. Bramalea residents took pride in the built-from-scratch and organized structure that had come with their new city and did not want to give up their identity. Many residents of the former community of Bramalea do not classify themselves as Brampton residents.[citation needed]

In 1972, Bramalea created its civic centre. Two years after it was built, when Brampton and Bramalea merged, the new city's council chambers and other facilities were created in the building. They moved from the town of Brampton's modest downtown locale. The library systems of Brampton and Bramalea became one, creating a system of four locations.

Some have questioned the future of Peel Region as encompassing all of Brampton, Mississauga, and Caledon. Mississauga council, led by Mayor Hazel McCallion, voted in favour of becoming a single-tier municipality and asked the provincial government to be separated from Peel Region. They argued the city has outgrown the need for a regional layer of government, and that Mississauga is being held back by supporting Brampton and Caledon with its municipal taxes.

Development of Brampton as a city

In the 1980s, the Capitol Theatre, then owned by Odeon, closed its doors. The City bought the facility in 1981, under the spearhead of then-councillor Diane Sutter, turning the former movie house and vaudeville venue into a theatre for the musical and performing arts. It was renamed the Heritage Theatre. In 1983, Toronto consultants Woods Gordon reported to the City that, rather than continue "pouring money" into the Heritage, they should construct a new 750-seat facility. The 2005/06 season was designated as the Heritage theatre's "grand finale" season. The new Rose Theatre opened in September 2006.

Carabram was founded in 1984, after volunteers from different ethnic communities wanted to organize a festival celebrating diversity and cross-cultural friendship. With a name based on Toronto like-event, Caravan Festival of Cultures, Carabram's first event included Italian, Scots, Ukrainian, and West Indian pavilions. By 2003, the fair had 18 pavilions attracting 45,000 visitors. The national government of Canada had an anchor pavilion in the late 1980s and early 1990s. For Carabram's 25th Anniversary in 2009, Canada also had a pavilion.

With a growing multicultural population, the Peel Board of Education introduced evening English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at high schools. Originally taught by volunteers, the classes eventually became daytime courses taught by paid instructors. In the 1980s, the public and Catholic board expanded its languages programs, offering night classes in 23 languages. These were introduced by the urging of parents who wanted their children to learn their ancestral language and heritage. Brampton has a very large South Asian population, which is expected to grow at a high rate.

Spearheaded by then-Mayor Ken Whillans, the early 1990s brought a new city hall to Brampton's downtown. Ken Whillans never got to see the opening of the new City hall because of his death in August of that same year. The move of City hall to downtown sparked a renewed interest by politicians and businesses alike to revitalize the downtown core. The facility was designed by local architects and constructed by Inzola Construction.

The Brampton Fair Grounds were sold in 1992 to the City of Brampton. The Agricultural Society relocated in 1997 to Heart Lake Road and Old School Road (outside the boundaries of the city).

The Health Services Restructuring Commission (HSRC) decided in 1997 that Georgetown and District Memorial Hospital, Etobicoke General Hospital and Peel Memorial Hospital should amalgamate into the William Osler Health Centre. It became what now is the province's 6th largest hospital corporation.

Brampton's 2003 Sesquicentennial celebrations were a booster to community spirit, restarting the tradition of a summer parade (with 100 floats), and creating other initiatives. To commemorate the town's history, the city under Mayor Fennell reintroduced floral projects to the community, including more plantings around town, the restart of the city Parade in 2005, and participation for the last few years in the Canada Communities in Bloom project.

Current events

In early 2006, the Brampton campus of the William Osler Health Centre was renamed Peel Memorial Hospital. It was no longer considered a part of the William Osler family of hospitals. On October 28, 2007 Brampton Civic Hospital opened its doors while Peel Memorial Hospital closed for renovations. Since then, the fate of Peel Memorial has been the subject of controversy. Local residents want the hospital to re-open as an acute-care facility with an emergency department, arguing Brampton Civic's 479 beds are not sufficient to meet the needs of the fast-growing community.

In September of that year, the Rose Theatre opened its doors in downtown Brampton. By 2008, the facility had attracted over 137,000 patrons, surpassing its five-year goal in its first season. The theatre is also seen as a catalyst for downtown revitalization. Since its opening, new businesses have opened, established businesses have renovated their storefronts and several high-rise condominium projects are either under construction or in the planning phases. In December 2007, the Toronto Star published an article entitled, "Brampton comes alive," which documents the latest in the city's revitalization plans and progress.

In February 2008, the Central West Local Health Integration Network recommended that Peel Memorial be redeveloped to house outpatient services. That would include mental health services, cancer screening, day surgery and non-urgent care.

Geography and climate

Brampton has a total land area of 265 square kilometres. The City of Brampton is bordered by Highway 50 (Vaughan) to the East, Winston Churchill Boulevard (Halton Hills) to the West, Mayfield Road (Caledon) to the north (except for a small neighbourhood, Snelgrove, which is part of Brampton despite extending somewhat north of Mayfield Road) and the Hydro Corridor (Mississauga) to the south.[3]

Bramalea was built as a "satellite city", Canada's first when built in the 1960s. It was annexed into Brampton in 1974. Chinguacousy and Toronto Gore were two townships incorporated into Brampton mid-way through the twentieth century. From this merger, communities such as Bramalea, Heart Lake and Professor's Lake, Snelgrove, Tullamore, and Mayfield, were formed.

Rural villages, such as Claireville, Ebenezer, Victoria, Springbrook, Churchville, Coleraine, and Huttonville were merged into the larger city. While only Huttonville and Churchville still exist as identifiable communities, other names like Claireville are re-emerging as names of new developments.

The early 1980s brought new development, as the city released large tracts of land to residential developers. The large new suburban community of Springdale was developed in 1995 and is the area where most of the urban sprawl has taken place. This land began in its largest boom in 1999, when development started to appear as far north as the city's border with Caledon. The region has designated this border as being the line of demarcation for urban development until 2021. However, neighbouring communities not part of Peel have also been massively affected by the city's sudden spurt. The end of Brampton and start of Georgetown, for example, is essentially non-identifiable.

Demographics

Demographics as of the 2006 Census.

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Racial Groups (2009 Est.) Population Percent
White 152,950 37.3
South Asian 146,860 36.7
Black 53,340 12.4
Filipino 11,980 2.8
Other visible minority 8,900 2.1
Latin American 8,545 2.0
Chinese 7,805 1.8
All Others 18,825 4.4

Religion

Some 67.78 percent of Brampton claimed various Christian denominations. The largest was Roman Catholicism (35.11%), followed by various Protestant denominations Anglican, United Church, Lutheran, at (27.96%), while the remaining numbers of Christians (4.70%) consists mostly of the Eastern Orthodox rite. Other religions with a notable presence include Sikhism (10.63%), Hinduism (5.43%), and Islam (3.53%). More than 10 percent of the population does not identify with a particular religion.[8]

Population growth

  • 1858: 50
  • 1922: 8,000 (according to Celebrating 150 Years)
  • 1949: 6,000 (according to Brampton: An Illustrated History)
  • 1959: 14,500
  • 1963: 26,363
  • 1967: 37,701
  • 1978: 95,000
  • 1983: 165,000
  • 1985: 180,000
  • 2001: 325,428
  • 2006: 433,806[1]
  • 2007: 452,000
  • 2010: 510,000 (est.)

These numbers are of the population of Brampton proper and do not include areas that were later annexed by Brampton prior to the expansion of municipal boundaries.

Generally speaking, Toronto has spawned growth in all its neighbouring bedroom communities (Pickering, Ajax and Whitby to the east, Markham, Richmond Hill and Vaughan to the north, and Brampton and Mississauga to the west) since the early 1980s, due to a number of converging factors including an exponential rise in the cost of real estate within the city and high property and corporate taxes. Due to Toronto's high cultural diversity, jobs, and infrastructure (including public transit), it is a leading destination for immigration, which continues to drive demand for living space, thus buoying the real estate market.

Brampton, with its proximity to the Pearson International Airport and road infrastructure, population growth, cost of land, and more favourable corporate tax structure, has become a prime location for corporate head offices, factories, warehouses, etc., as well as the typical domestic goods and services required to provide for the population.

Languages

The 2006 census found that English was spoken as mother tongue by 54.8% of the population. The next most common language was Punjabi, spoken by 15.3% of the population, followed by Portuguese and Urdu at 2.8% each, and Spanish and Italian at 2.1% each.[9]

Mother tongue Population Percentage
English 236,715 54.85%
French 3,610 0.84%
English and French 635 0.15%
English and a non-official language 9,065 2.10%
French and a non-official language 170 0.04%
English, French and a non-official language 125 0.03%
Punjabi 66,240 15.35%
Portuguese 12,210 2.83%
Urdu 12,055 2.79%
Italian 9,155 2.12%
Spanish 8,885 2.06%
Tagalog 7,215 1.67%
Gujarati 6,910 1.60%
Hindi 6,775 1.57%
Tamil 6,005 1.39%
Chinese 5,265 1.22%
Polish 5,035 1.17%
Vietnamese 3,455 0.80%
Mother tongue Population Percentage
Arabic 3,115 0.72%
German 2,430 0.56%
Akan (Twi) 2,100 0.49%
Persian 1,610 0.37%
Dutch 1,440 0.33%
Croatian 1,270 0.29%
Bengali 1,225 0.28%
Greek 885 0.21%
Serbian 850 0.20%
Sinhala (Sinhalese) 835 0.19%
Hungarian 765 0.18%
Romanian 630 0.15%
Maltese 580 0.13%
Lao 520 0.12%
Sindhi 520 0.12%
Ukrainian 470 0.11%
Korean 445 0.10%
Macedonian 410 0.10%


Economy

Major companies in Brampton include Best Buy (and Future Shop), Brafasco, Ford, Rogers Communications, Nortel, Para Paints, Coca Cola Bottling Co., Nestlé, Chrysler Canada Ltd., Maple Lodge Farms, Hudson's Bay Company (HBC), Loblaw Companies Ltd., Frito Lay Canada, MD Robotics, Parkinson Coach Line and Canadian Tire

An automobile manufacturing facility was opened by American Motors (AMC) in 1960 as the Brampton Assembly Plant. In 1986, AMC developed a new, state-of-the-art operation at another location and called it "Bramalea Assembly". After AMC was acquired by Chrysler in 1987, AMC's Canadian division and its plants in the area (Brampton and Bramalea) were absorbed with the oldest facility closing in 1992. The newest factory was renamed Brampton Assembly and it became one of Brampton's largest employers with over 4,200 workers when running at capacity.

Education

Brampton's only public higher education institution is Sheridan College, which also has a campus in Oakville. Founded in 1967, it is known for its animation and illustration courses, music theatre performance program, and craft and design program. Sheridan has the second largest school of Art and Design in North America.

In Brampton there are 2 main School District. One is the Peel District School Board and the other is Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board. Under the Peel District School Board there are: Bramalea Secondary School, BCSS, Central Peel Secondary School, Chinguacousy Seconday School, Fletcher's Meadow Secondary School, Harold M. Brathwaite Seconday School, Heart Lake Secondary School, Louise Arbour Secondary School, North Park Secondary School, North Peel Secondary School, Sandalwoood Heights Secondary School, and Turner Fenton Secondary School.

Under Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board Cardinal Leger, Holy Name of Mary, Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School (Brampton), St. Augustine High School, St. Edmund Campion Secondary School, St. Roch Secondary School, St. Marguerite d'Youville, and St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary School

Culture

The Rose Theatre Fountain Stage
Brampton's Garden Square, facing Main St. North
The Rose Theatre along with Main St. and Queen St. as seen in a panorama of downtown Brampton

There are several cultural entities in the city under the umbrella of the Brampton Arts Council. These include Visual Arts Brampton, the Brampton Historical Society and the Brampton Symphony Orchestra. Also in the city is the Peel Heritage Complex, which is run by the Region of Peel.

The Rose Theatre (originally the Brampton Performing Arts Centre), billed as "a cultural and tourist destination that will attract significant new business to surrounding restaurants, shops and services", opened in September 2006. The City says that the facilities are expected to generate $2.7 million in economic activity the first year and grow to $19.8 million by the fifth year. Despite some cynicism, the Rose Theatre attracted over 137,000 patrons in its inaugural year, surpassing its original five-year goal. Since then, numerous new businesses have opened in the vicinity of the theatre and its Garden Square, where a new Fountain Stage was unveiled in June 2008.

The opening chase scene with Sarah Polley in 2004s Dawn of the Dead was filmed in Brampton.

Sites of interest

Major shopping areas include Bramalea City Centre, Shoppers World, and "big box centre" Trinity Common Mall. The downtown area has some retail, the Centennial Mall and the Brampton Mall are also of note.

Media

Brampton was one of the first areas Rogers Cable offered its service in. As a result, it started a community access channel in the 1970s, which is still operational today. While some programs on the channel are produced in their Brampton studios, most are headquartered out of their Mississauga location.

The Brampton Guardian is the community's only newspaper after Brampton's original newspaper, The Daily Times, stopped circulation in the early 1980s. For a little over a year, The Brampton Bulletin attempted to challenge the Guardian, but it was dismantled after a series of editor changes.

Brampton is also the official city of license for two radio stations, CIAO and CFNY, although both stations target their programming toward the entire Greater Toronto Area rather than exclusively to Brampton.

Sports and recreation

Sports teams of Brampton
Club League Sport Venue Established Championships
Brampton Battalion OHL hockey Powerade Centre 1998
0
Brampton Capitals Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League hockey Brampton Memorial Arena 1984 4
Bramalea Blues Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League hockey Powerade Centre 1972 1
Brampton Excelsiors Major Series Lacrosse Senior "A" Lacrosse League. lacrosse Powerade Centre 1912 30
Brampton Thunder Canadian Women's Hockey League hockey Powerade Centre 1999 0
Junior Excelsiors OLA Junior A Lacrosse League lacrosse Brampton Memorial Arena 1971 4

There are many sporting venues and activities, including the outdoor ice path for skating through Gage Park and the ski lift at Chinguacousy Park. Chinguacousy Park also has as a Curling Club and Tennis Centre. In the summer, amateur softball leagues abound, and crowds line the beaches at Professor's Lake.

Every year since 1967, the Brampton Canadettes host the Brampton Canadettes Easter Tournament.[10] Women's and girls' hockey teams invade Brampton for 3 1/2 days of head-to-head competition. Teams of all ages and categories from across Canada and the United States compete in this annual tournament. Teams from England, Switzerland, Japan, Kazakhstan and Russia attend this international tournament.

Thousands of players and spectators will pass through the doors during the tournament. There is no limit on the number of teams in a division.

The Intermediate AA and Midget AA divisions are highly scouted by local and United States colleges and universities seeking recruits for varsity teams. Teams from as far as Alaska and Calgary, Quebec and Carolina, Michigan and Minnesota, as well as virtually all hockey centres in Ontario, will compete in a minimum of 3 games each over the course of the tournament. Including championship finals, over 600 games are played in just 3½ days. For the best in hockey tournament competition, Brampton is second-to-none in the world of women's and girls' hockey.

Infrastructure

Health and medicine

Transportation

Public transit network

Brampton Transit bus at the Bramalea City Centre

Local transit is provided by Brampton Transit, with connections to other systems such as Mississauga Transit, York Region Transit, and Toronto Transit Commission. Brampton is currently planning a new Bus Rapid Transit system, "Züm" (pronounced Zoom), previously known as AcceleRide along Main/Hurontario and Queen Streets, which would form the backbone to its bus network. Züm received funding from the provincial government in 2006 to begin implementation of this system. The fare is $3.00 for single adult transfer which is valid for 2 hours. There is GO Bus service to York University and subway stations at Yorkdale Mall and York Mills in Toronto.

Railways

Both Canadian National Railways and the Orangeville-Brampton Railway short line (formerly part of the Canadian Pacific Railway line) run through the city, CN's Intermodal Yards are located east of Airport Road between Steeles and the former Highway 7/Queen Street East. The CN Track from Toronto's Union Station, is the Georgetown GO Transit Rail Corridor providing commuter rail and bus services to and from Toronto with rail station stops at Bramalea, Downtown Brampton, and Mount Pleasant. VIA Rail connects through Brampton as part of the Quebec City-Windsor Corridor.

Airports

Canada's busiest airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport (CYYZ), is located near Brampton, in Mississauga.[11] For general aviation the city is served by the privately owned Brampton Airport (CNC3), located to the north of the city in neighbouring Caledon.

Road network

Brampton is served by several major transportation routes: Highway 401 from Toronto is a short distance south in Mississauga, and can be reached by Highway 410, which runs north-south through the middle of the city. Highway 407 runs along the southern portion of the city, just north of the boundary with Mississauga. Steeles Avenue, which runs north of the 407, is another thoroughfare from Toronto. The former Highway 7 (now Regional Road 107 in Brampton) is another east-west corridor, (actually two, as it incorporates the eastern part of Queen Street and the western part of Bovaird Drive.

Sister cities

United States Plano, Texas[12]
Philippines Marikina City, Philippines[13]
United States Miami Beach, Florida[14]

Notable Bramptonians

Sportspeople

Rick Nash in 2006, playing for the Columbus Blue Jackets

NHLers Rick Nash, Andrew Cassels, Jamie Storr, Kris Newbury, Todd Elik, , Tom Laidlaw, Mike Wilson and Luciano Borsato are from Brampton, as is TSN and NBC play-by-play announcer and author Chris Cuthbert. Brampton-born Cassie Campbell was captain of the 2002 and 2006 Canadian national women's hockey team, and has since become a Hockey Night in Canada personality, while Bernadette Bowyer played for the Canadian field hockey team at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. Professional soccer players Atiba Hutchinson (FC Copenhagen) and Gabe Gala (Toronto FC) and New York Jets defensive end Jamaal Westerman,[15] as well as Olympian high-jumper Mark Boswell and former tennis player Bobby Mahal also hail from Brampton.

Politicians

Three Canadian premiers got their start in Brampton; Premiers T.C. Norris and Howard Pawley OC of Manitoba, and "Brampton Billy", Ontario premier William Grenville Davis CC. Other notable politicians include John Coyne, Gordon Graydon. Alberta politician Sir James A. Lougheed was also from Brampton.

The arts

While she doesn't live in Brampton, Deepa Mehta's 2008 film Heaven on Earth is set in town.[19]

Actors and comedians

Two notable comedians hail from Brampton, Scott Thompson and Russell Peters. Thompson, one of the first openly gay television personalities in Canada, was part of the Kids in the Hall comedy troupe. Peters is an increasingly popular stand-up comedian who was raised in town, and later moved back. After winning a Gemini Award for his Comedy Now! special, he has relocated to Hollywood.

Comedic actor Michael Cera was born and raised in Brampton. He was a regular on the television series Arrested Development, and most recently starred in the movies Superbad and Juno. Paulo Costanzo (Joey) is also a former resident of Brampton. Shawn Ashmore (X-Men movie series, Terry Fox in Terry) and his twin brother Aaron Ashmore (Smallville) are Brampton-raised.

Other Brampton-born or affiliated actors include Gemini Award winner Kris Lemche (Emily of New Moon, Joan of Arcadia), David Phillips (Shark City, Green Guys), Sabrina Grdevich (Traders), Nicole Lyn (Student Bodies, married to Dulé Hill), Brenna O'Brien (InuYasha, Zixx: Level Two), and film director Mark Penney.

Tyler Labine is another young, locally raised actor, having starred in Invasion. Niagara-area radio DJ and stand-up comedian Chris Connor grew up in Brampton. Police Academy series star George R. Robertson won a Gemini Award in 2004 for his Humanitarian work.

Musicians

Keshia Chante attended High School in Brampton before making it big as a pop and R&B singer. Composer and musician Friendly Rich, and bands The Junction, and Moneen are from Brampton, as is Jason Collett, member of Broken Social Scene. Heavy metal and jazz artist Lee Aaron also has connections with Brampton, as do The Wires and The Hip Hop Collective. Gospel singer Karen Burke, co-founder of the Toronto Mass Choir, has been living in Brampton for many years. Also, Danni Action and other members of Revolution Love are from Brampton.

Others

Notes

  1. ^ a b 2006 Statistics Canada data on Brampton, Ontario
  2. ^ a b "B-town's Beginning" in B-towns's 100th Anniversary as an Incorporated Town: 1873–1973, Brampton: The Corporation of the Town of Brampton and the Brampton Centennial Committee, 1973, originally published in Ross Cumming, ed., Historical Atlas of Peel County, n.p.: Walker and Miles, 1877.
  3. ^ Brampton Market Profile (pdf)
  4. ^ Ethnocultural Portrait of Canada Highlight Tables, 2006 Census
  5. ^ http://www12.statcan.ca/english/census06/data/highlights/ethnic/pages/Page.cfm?Lang=E&Geo=CSD&Code=3521010&Data=Count&Table=2&StartRec=1&Sort=3&Display=All&CSDFilter=5000
  6. ^ 2006 Community Profiles
  7. ^ http://www12.statcan.ca/english/census06/data/profiles/community/Details/Page.cfm?Lang=E&Geo1=CSD&Code1=3521010&Geo2=PR&Code2=35&Data=Count&SearchText=Brampton&SearchType=Begins&SearchPR=01&B1=All&GeoLevel=&GeoCode=3521010
  8. ^ 2001 Statistics Canada census figures for religion
  9. ^ "Brampton, CY". Detailed Mother Tongue (103), Knowledge of Official Languages (5), Age Groups (17A) and Sex (3) for the Population of Canada, Provinces, Territories, Census Divisions and Census Subdivisions, 2006 Census — 20% Sample Data. Statistics Canada. 2007-11-20. http://www12.statcan.ca/english/census06/data/topics/RetrieveProductTable.cfm?ALEVEL=3&APATH=3&CATNO=&DETAIL=0&DIM=&DS=99&FL=0&FREE=0&GAL=0&GC=99&GK=NA&GRP=1&IPS=&METH=0&ORDER=1&PID=89202&PTYPE=88971&RL=0&S=1&ShowAll=No&StartRow=1&SUB=701&Temporal=2006&Theme=70&VID=0&VNAMEE=&VNAMEF=&GID=773675. Retrieved 2008-02-06. 
  10. ^ http://www.bramptoncanadettes.com/main/tournaments_easter.html
  11. ^ Greater Toronto Airports Authority draft plan for Pickering Airport, Greater Toronto Airports Authority (2003). Retrieved on 2006-12-08.
  12. ^ http://www.planosistercities.us/
  13. ^ http://www.gov.ph/news/default.asp?i=12221
  14. ^ http://www.brampton.ca/media-releases/08-054.pdf
  15. ^ Campbell, Mogan (2008-01-03). "Local boy not quite local enough for the CFL". Toronto Star. http://www.thestar.com/article/290632. Retrieved 2008-01-03. 
  16. ^ http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=A1ARTA0008605
  17. ^ http://www.askart.com/askart/a/caroline_helena_armington/caroline_helena_armington.aspx
  18. ^ http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=A1ARTA0000833
  19. ^ http://www.thestar.com/living/article/529749

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Simple English

Brampton is a city in Ontario, Canada. It has a population of 433,806 people. The city is located northwest of Mississauga.


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