rabble blogs are the personal pages of some of Canada's most insightful progressive activists and commentators. All opinions belong to the writer; however, writers are expected to adhere to our guidelines. We welcome new bloggers -- contact us for details.

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 December 22
John Bonnar | Elementary school teachers offered to stop all rotating strikes and take no new strike action if the Education Minister promises that she won’t force collective agreements on ETFO under Bill 115.
Blog - John Bonnar's December 18
John Bonnar | Last Friday, many labour and injured workers’ groups came together outside the Ministry of Labour with the shared purpose of saving their compensation system.
Blog - John Bonnar's December 16
John Bonnar | On Thursday evening, nearly 50 people used the sidewalk in front of Murray’s constituency office for a mattress, including Sid Ryan, the president of the Ontario Federation of Labour.
Blog - John Bonnar's December 12
John Bonnar | Next year, the Toronto Shelter, Support & Housing Administration will see their budget cut by $128 million dollars, down from $793 million in 2012 and $993 million in 2011.
Blog - John Bonnar's November 27
John Bonnar | Protesters staged a rally in front of RBC headquarters in Toronto on Tuesday to proclaim their support for the Unist'ot'en of the Wet'suwet'en Nation in its struggle against pipelines in Northern B.C.
Blog - John Bonnar's November 24
John Bonnar | On January 1, half of the CSUMB will go to municipal housing and homelessness programs that serve an even larger pool of low income people. The other half has been eliminated from the budget.
Blog - John Bonnar's November 23
John Bonnar | Hiscocks alleged that the Ministry and Vanier Centre discriminate against inmates on the basis of political belief, citizenship, mental health status, disability, gender and other prohibited grounds.
Blog - John Bonnar's November 21
John Bonnar | With two years remaining in his first term as mayor, outraged citizens rallied at Toronto City Hall on Tuesday to show their enmity towards Rob Ford and demand his resignation.
Blog - John Bonnar's November 18
John Bonnar | Up until a few weeks ago, most residents were unaware that a nuclear facility producing nearly 2,000 tonnes of radioactive uranium dioxide pellets yearly existed in their neighbourhood.
Blog - John Bonnar's November 15
John Bonnar | Angry protesters packed the area in front of police headquarters in Toronto to speak out against racial profiling and the failure of the Toronto Police Services Board to eliminate the practice.
Blog - John Bonnar's November 13
John Bonnar | Two days after Remembrance Day, people gathered to mourn the loss of those who died on the streets of Toronto the previous month and to renew their call for a national housing strategy.
Blog - John Bonnar's November 4
John Bonnar | Armed with pots and pans, supporters turned up at Dufferin Grove Park in Toronto on Saturday to express their solidarity with former Quebec student leader Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois.
Blog - John Bonnar's October 27
John Bonnar | University and community college students from across the GTA spent the night in a plywood cabins outside Ryerson University to demonstrate the need for affordable housing in Toronto.
Blog - John Bonnar's October 22
John Bonnar | Pro-choice groups came to Old City Hall in Toronto on Saturday to condemn unequal access to reproductive services across the country.
Blog - John Bonnar's October 18
John Bonnar | On Wednesday, OCAP organized a walk-in clinic at the Church of the Holy Trinity to help people apply for the Community Start-Up Benefit before the January 1 cutoff.
Blog - John Bonnar's October 11
John Bonnar | Parents, students and allies arrived at the Toronto office of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada because Six Nations schools still aren't receiving the necessary funding and supplies.
Blog - John Bonnar's October 6
John Bonnar | On an unseasonably warm fall evening, hundreds gathered outside the Allan Gardens Conservatory for the Sisters in Spirit vigil.
Blog - John Bonnar's September 30
John Bonnar | In their senior year, these students were hoping to make it a memorable one. But without the extracurriculars, it’s all school. No clubs. No sports. No arts programs.
Blog - John Bonnar's September 30
John Bonnar | Without any advanced notice and under orders from City of Toronto Parks Director Richard Ubbens, workers removed all live plants and food from the five month old People’s Peas Garden in Queen’s Park.
Blog - John Bonnar's September 29
John Bonnar | The Anti-Colonialist Working Group unfurls their banner on the sidewalk in front of the building. That’s as close as they’ll get to the Consulate office - located in Suite 2800 - on Thursday evening.
Blog - John Bonnar's September 27
John Bonnar | Even now, the Chinese Head Tax and Exclusion Act invoke painful memories of the racist practices of previous Canadian governments that prevented Chinese people from immigrating to Canada.
Blog - John Bonnar's September 25
John Bonnar | With anywhere between 25 per cent and 40 per cent of homeless youth identifying as LGBT, there are virtually no LGBT-specific youth services in Toronto.
Blog - John Bonnar's September 23
John Bonnar | See John Bonnar's photos from Canada's largest, one-day, literary festival, showcasing Canada's hottest new books & authors as well as the best Canadian magazines.
Blog - John Bonnar's September 21
John Bonnar | The Canadian government rejected her claim for refugee status and refused to grant a hearing for her application to stay in the country based on humanitarian and compassionate grounds.
Blog - John Bonnar's September 18
John Bonnar | Rivera thought joining the army was the best way to earn the money for post secondary education. At 17, enlisting without realizing it, she convinced herself that she had made the right choice.
Blog - John Bonnar's September 17
John Bonnar | On a cloudy Saturday afternoon, the mock trial of Stephen Harper, Dalton McGuinty, Rob Ford and Tim Hudak officially opened in front of the 361 University Avenue Courthouse in Toronto.
Blog - John Bonnar's September 13
John Bonnar | Poor and homeless people in Toronto are forced to panhandle to meet their basic needs. And many are ticketed daily by Toronto police.
Blog - John Bonnar's September 9
John Bonnar | Over 50 members of cycling community gathered outside the Toronto Reference Library on Wednesday to protest the launch of Bryant’s book, 28 Seconds: A True Story of Addiction, Tragedy and Hope.
Blog - John Bonnar's September 4
John Bonnar | That unbearable smell of death, emanating from the Quality Meat Packers pig slaughterhouse on Wellington Street, spread through the air like a virus.
Blog - John Bonnar's September 1
John Bonnar | Last year, protests were held in less than 50 countries; this year in over 100 countries worldwide.