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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 August 28
John Bonnar | Ontario teachers, support staff, parents and other unionists came to Queen's Park on Tuesday with one message for the Premier and his Education Minister: Negotiate. Don't legislate.
Blog - John Bonnar's August 27
John Bonnar | Protesters held a demonstration on Saturday outside the Consulate of South Africa in Toronto.
Blog - John Bonnar's August 25
John Bonnar | Dozens of residents and supporters, wearing “Save the School House” stickers on their shirts, have gathered for a community meal before marching north to help save a men's shelter from closing.
Blog - John Bonnar's August 24
John Bonnar | One year later, hundreds walked or cycled into Nathan Phillips Square to celebrate the life of a man who devoted himself to social justice, fairness and equality. The man known to everyone as Jack.
Blog - John Bonnar's August 17
John Bonnar | The three accused and their lawyer weren’t surprised. They’d anticipated the outcome long before the judge rendered his verdict on Friday in Russia.
Blog - John Bonnar's August 14
John Bonnar | Passersby were reflected in in the plexiglass cover of the Homeless Memorial Board that now contains the names of over 600 men, women and children.
Blog - John Bonnar's August 3
John Bonnar | The final report will be presented to members of both unions during their annual conventions, where they will debate and vote on the proposed new union.
Blog - John Bonnar's July 15
John Bonnar | On June 29, two days before the Pride Toronto Parade, the Board of Arbitration ruled that the activities of QuAIA didn't contravene the City of Toronto's Anti-Discrimination Policy.
Blog - John Bonnar's July 11
John Bonnar | On June 12, his badly decomposed body, partially covered with a blanket and buried under garbage bags, was discovered in an alcove near a stairwell at Parliament and Shuter streets.
Blog - John Bonnar's July 8
John Bonnar | On a hot, humid July morning, a group of concerned activists stood outside the British Consulate on College Street in Toronto to denounce the recent attacks on Irish Republican protesters last month.
Blog - John Bonnar's July 7
John Bonnar | After the Catholic teachers union reached a two year agreement with the provincial government, the presidents of other unions held a joint press conference on Friday morning criticizing the deal.
Blog - John Bonnar's June 27
John Bonnar | On Tuesday afternoon, Mahjoub and his supporters stood outside the CSIS Toronto region office, demanding his freedom and that of the other two men still being held under security certificates.
Blog - John Bonnar's June 26
John Bonnar | By taking a stand, Ichim is looking forward to holding all parties involved in the G20 Summit arrests and detentions accountable and to raising the issue of the criminalization of dissent.
Blog - John Bonnar's June 16
John Bonnar | Outside the Arthur Meighen building in Toronto on Friday, members of PSAC gathered on the sidewalk shortly before noon for a rally against the sweeping cuts to every federal government department.
Blog - John Bonnar's June 13
John Bonnar | In 2010, the Conservatives spent a little over $3 billion dollars on affordable housing projects. But by 2016, that amount will be down to $1.7 billion dollars.
Blog - John Bonnar's June 11
John Bonnar | Every year, victims of crime in Ontario mark the anniversary of the Proclamation of the Victims' Bill of Rights, proclaimed as law on June 11, 1996.
Blog - John Bonnar's June 9
John Bonnar | Earlier this week, a group of Grassy Narrows youth arrived in Toronto to demand action on mercury poisoning and land rights, after traveling 2,000 kilometres by foot, train, and bus.
Blog - John Bonnar's June 7
John Bonnar | Grassy Narrows mothers had urged the Premier and his colleagues to join them and their families at noon for a traditional fish fry of their local fish cooked on an open wood fire.
Blog - John Bonnar's June 4
John Bonnar | When Judy Da Silva saw children having seizures, language development problems and brain tumours, she knew the mercury poisoning that had plagued her community for almost five decades still existed.
Blog - John Bonnar's June 4
John Bonnar | On Monday, Mamaweswen, the North Shore Tribal Council, met at Nathan Phillips Square and marched to Queens Park to protest cuts to services.
Blog - John Bonnar's June 4
John Bonnar | See John Bonnar's slideshow from Toronto's 3rd Annual Veggie Pride Parade held on Saturday.
Blog - John Bonnar's May 23
John Bonnar | The 58-year-old has been held in prison for over a year, after the Northern Ireland secretary, Owen Patterson, revoked her release license because he felt the former IRA prisoner posed a threat.
Blog - John Bonnar's May 20
John Bonnar | ART OF THE DANFORTH is a new art event in East Danforth that opened on Sunday and runs through June 10.
Blog - John Bonnar's May 19
John Bonnar | Canadians joined the global days of protest against the NATO summit in Chicago this weekend. In Toronto a demonstration was held outside the U.S. Consulate.
Blog - John Bonnar's May 9
John Bonnar | There are now 19 faith groups and over 2,000 volunteers who feed and house 200 people every night from early November to the end of March.
Blog - John Bonnar's May 5
John Bonnar | See John Bonnar's photos from Jane's Walk - A Second Look at Regent Park held on Saturday in Toronto.
Blog - John Bonnar's May 5
John Bonnar | On Sunday, the Coalition Against Psychiatric Assault is organizing a non-violent action where survivors and activists will occupy the front grounds of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
Blog - John Bonnar's May 3
John Bonnar | In the past, Barrick Gold has been accused of creating poverty, wreaking environmental destruction and committing human rights violations in various countries where it operates.
Blog - John Bonnar's May 2
John Bonnar | Protesters marched through the streets of Toronto to fight for what’s right for Canadians. To fight for their children’s future. To fight for justice and opportunity for all.
Blog - John Bonnar's April 16
John Bonnar | The School House, Toronto's only harm reduction based shelter, a place that's thrown a lifeline to countless men for over 40 years, may not be around for much longer.