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John Bonnar's

John Bonnar is an independent journalist covering social justice events in and around Toronto through print, photo, audio, video and slideshows.

You can connect with him on Facebook (John Bonnar) or on Twitter at @johnb98 or on YouTube at johnb98.

Blog - John Bonnar's July 19
John Bonnar | On Saturday, Yonge Street was closed off to traffic between Gould and Queen Streets for the annual Live Green Toronto Festival.
Blog - John Bonnar's July 8
John Bonnar | Both men died on the same day. At the same shelter. Of unnatural causes. Because there was nothing natural about a 52-year-old and a 69-year-old dying in a men's shelter in downtown Toronto.
Blog - John Bonnar's June 26
John Bonnar | A documentary project team has allegedly obtained 30 hours of "haunting" footage from inside the G20 Eastern Avenue Detention Centre.
Blog - John Bonnar's June 21
John Bonnar | On Monday, health care professionals in 17 cities across the country held their third National Day of Action to oppose the cuts to refugee health care imposed by the Conservatives two years ago.
Blog - John Bonnar's June 17
John Bonnar | Between June 16 and September 8, an additional 30 police officers will patrol the area from Wellesley south to Queen and from Church east to Parliament.
Blog - John Bonnar's June 14
John Bonnar | As part of an international day, several hundred people marched through the streets of Toronto on Saturday demanding the closure of all slaughterhouses.
Blog - John Bonnar's June 10
John Bonnar | In London, "anti-homeless" spikes were found on Monday outside the front door of a luxury apartment building, presumably to deter them from sleeping on the street.
Blog - John Bonnar's June 9
John Bonnar | Nearly 80,000 immigrants have been detained under the current federal government, nearly 10,000 in 2013.
Blog - John Bonnar's June 7
John Bonnar | On Saturday, the 5th Annual Toronto Veggie Parade started at Yonge and Bloor and marched west across Bloor to Christie to the Toronto Raw/Vegan Festival.
Blog - John Bonnar's June 6
John Bonnar | In her report, Shirley Roebuck R.N., recommended restoring “proper” hospital funding and the role of small rural hospitals in Ontario.
Blog - John Bonnar's May 23
John Bonnar | On Friday, in more than 30 cities around the world including Toronto, a global day of action was held demanding the end of indefinite detentions and the closure of Guantanamo. 
Blog - John Bonnar's May 15
John Bonnar | On Wednesday, students and young workers set up an obstacle course just south of Queen's Park to demonstrate the hurdles students face juggling rising tuition fees and low-wage work.
Blog - John Bonnar's May 13
John Bonnar | At this month's homeless memorial vigil in Toronto they honoured a man who spoke loudly and openly on behalf of homeless people.
Blog - John Bonnar's April 28
John Bonnar | On Monday, workers gathered in downtown Toronto to reflect, remember and honour those who have died or been injured on the job.
Blog - John Bonnar's April 15
John Bonnar | An increase to $14 an hour would push minimum-wage workers to 10 per cent above the poverty line.
Blog - John Bonnar's April 9
John Bonnar | He had a big heart, cared deeply about his friends and had a great sense of humour. And he was only 35 years old when he died.
Blog - John Bonnar's March 11
John Bonnar | UVic nursing researcher and report co-author Dr. Bernie Pauly said, "All of the MAP participants successfully maintained their housing and had improved health outcomes."
Blog - John Bonnar's February 11
John Bonnar | A year later not a penny of that money has been allocated. Not a single agreement has been signed between the federal and provincial governments.
Blog - John Bonnar's February 6
John Bonnar | Her body was overrun with cancer. She didn’t have a doctor, but needed the Special Diet Allowance. So she went to Dr. Wong.
Blog - John Bonnar's February 1
John Bonnar | On Friday, Toronto activists marched between the Mexican and U.S. consulates to protest the proposed TPP trade agreement and NAFTA.
Blog - John Bonnar's January 29
John Bonnar | That was the message TTCriders brought to City Hall during a lunch hour rally on Wednesday afternoon as City Council deliberated the 2014 budget.
Blog - John Bonnar's January 26
John Bonnar | A Free The 23 campaign was launched by trade unions and human rights groups, who also called for a mass rally for January 26 at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh.
Blog - John Bonnar's January 14
John Bonnar | In 2010, the City of Toronto spent $854 million on housing and homelessness programs, but the 2014 budget only calls for $636 million.
Blog - John Bonnar's December 16
John Bonnar | The minimum wage has been frozen for over three years, pushing Ontario workers nearly 20 per cent below the poverty line.
Blog - John Bonnar's December 12
John Bonnar | They'd been without a contract since April and had been in a legal strike position for several weeks.
Blog - John Bonnar's December 10
John Bonnar | It was an overcast, bitterly cold day in Toronto. With the windchill, it felt like -16C. But no extreme cold weather alert had been called for the city.
Blog - John Bonnar's November 26
John Bonnar | Lack of shelter beds and affordable housing puts homeless women at risk of violence day and night.
Blog - John Bonnar's November 23
John Bonnar | For many, a decent, affordable, safe place to live has become nothing more than a pipe dream.
Blog - John Bonnar's November 16
John Bonnar | On Saturday, another rally was held at Toronto City Hall, urging the mayor to step down.
Blog - John Bonnar's November 16
John Bonnar | Even when workers are employed full time, many are vulnerable to temporary layoffs, yet no longer qualify for benefits.