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Learn About Bloor Bike Lanes’ Past, Present, & Future

Panel discussion looking at the success of the pilot project.


Part of Toronto For Everyone’s An Honest Farewell programming (which we wrote about yesterday), The History and Future of Bike Lanes On Bloor is a panel discussion looking at the success of the pilot project (which Torontoist readers selected as their Superhero story of 2016), and the long (very long) campaign to get the lanes on the road. Cycle Toronto’s Jared Kolb, Councillor Joe Cressy (Ward 20, Trinity-Spadina), and Bells on Bloor’s (and Torontoist contributor) Albert Koehl will be among the speakers providing background and information about how the project is doing, what led to it, and what the street will look like in a year or more.


Friday, February 24, Honest Ed’s (584 Bloor Street West), 5:30 p.m., FREE (registration encouraged).


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“Diversity Was Very New to Me”: Why I Came to Toronto from Russia

Immigrants of Toronto is a new weekly feature spotlighting the stories of immigrants, refugees, and newcomers.

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Anya Zaporozhchenko, originally from Russia. Photo courtesy of Sarah Bodri.

I was born in Moscow in 1994 and moved to Canada in 2006. When I was a child, Russia was struggling economically, and my dad, an adventure lover, wanted a change. He left Moscow when I was five, and lived all over the place in Toronto, trying to figure out a decent spot to move us to.

My mom and my sister and I moved here when I was 11. We were living at Parliament and Wellesley, in one of those big, 29-floor high-rises. It was very different. Diversity was very new to me. I feel like I only saw one Black person in my whole life before I moved to Canada. The first few days we just walked up and down Parliament Street, looking at everything. I hadn’t seen my father in so long at that point. I was like, ‘Who is this man! He’s not my dad!’ It had been seven years since I’d last seen him.

Keep reading: “Diversity Was Very New to Me”: Why I Came to Toronto from Russia

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Protesting the Criminalization of HIV

Lives are being destroyed because the laws have not caught up to science.

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People with HIV are legally required to disclose their status to their partner, even if they wear a condom. Photo courtesy of the author.

A couple dozen demonstrators gathered outside the office of the Ministry of the Attorney General on Wednesday to protest the continued criminalization of HIV-positive people in Ontario.

Protesters are demanding an end to the stigmatization of positive status, as well as the ongoing inaction on the part of all levels of government to develop prosecutorial guidelines for legal cases involving HIV-positive people, who are legally required to disclose their status to all partners regardless of the actual risk of transmission. 

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