Nzinga Wright: Midwife on two wheels

This story is from the dandy ARCHIVE issue 9, 2012. Photo by Molly Crealock.

On December 12, 2018, Doug Ford the Premier of Ontario, announced that his government is cutting funding for the Ontario College of Midwives. He's also cutting funds for other important things like education, including specialized programs such as those that help at-risk youth. Shame on you Premier Ford. And, Merry Christmas, eh? 

Nzinga Wright: Midwife on two wheels

by Kaitlyn Kochany

Nzinga Wright says she’s a bad-ass. She’s a midwife who rides a second-hand single-speed bicycle to client appointments, carrying fetal heart monitors and stethoscopes as she goes. She’s working to empower women about their bodies and their choices during pregnancy. Bad-ass? You better believe it.

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Making Bloor safe for cyclists is not as easy as you might think

Photo by Martin Reis from Pride and Privilege on Bloor a dandyhorse story.

Making Bloor safe for cyclists is not as easy as you might think

by Albert Koehl

For all the simplicity and joy of riding a bicycle, making roads safe for cyclists is a very complex matter once it reaches City Hall. It’s hard to imagine that building colossal projects like the Don Valley, Gardiner, and Allen expressways could have been as difficult. By contrast, it’s worth remembering that our national railway was planned, financed, and built in about 15 years. The story of the Bloor bike lane already stretches back at least 50 years. When a 2.4- kilometre bike lane pilot on Bloor St. (between Shaw St. and Avenue Rd.) was made permanent in November 2017, it was only after the city completed what its transportation manager described as the most comprehensively studied road project in North America. Some folks might then have expected the extension of the Bloor bike lane to become easy. No such luck, as it turns out.

So, what’s going on in the latest chapter of this saga?

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Re-introduction of Vulnerable Road User Legislation at Queen’s Park

Story and photos by Jun Nogami.

On November 21, 2018, MPP Jessica Bell (University-Rosedale) re-introduced vulnerable road user (VRU) legislation as a private member's bill. Bell, who is the transit critic for the NDP said, "This year is not yet over, and in Toronto alone, we have already reached the highest number of combined pedestrian and cyclist deaths in a calendar year since we began tracking this data in 2007.”

The event was held at the corner of King and Spadina, where the bus shelter told Edouard Le Blanc's story.

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The Art of Distraction draws attention to distracted driving

Story and photos by Jun Nogami

The Art of Distraction is a multi media campaign launched by the City of Toronto to remind drivers of the potentially fatal consequences of not paying attention while behind the wheel. Among the more visible parts of the campaign are five striking advertisements on bus shelters, with four downtown and one in East York. Each of these shows smashed items along with a back story. What makes some of them particularly powerful is that they use some of the actual items involved in a fatality. This campaign is co-sponsored by Friends and Families for Safe Streets (FFSS), an organization that was founded by the relatives and friends of several road victims.

Here are some of the stories behind each of these five.

King and Spadina: Edouard Le Blanc.

 

Edouard Le Blanc was killed at the age of 63 in October 2014. He was biking on the Gatineau corridor multi-use trail and was crossing Warden Ave at the signalized intersection when a car ran the red light and hit him.

The driver was convicted of careless driving and fined $700. The display shows Edouard's helmet.

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