Toronto students head to Parliament

Toronto students in the Senate with (from left) MP Gary Anandasangaree, Senator Anne Cools and former MP Jean Augustine

About 200 students from five Toronto schools boarded a train at Union station yesterday morning for Ottawa, where they toured Parliament Hill as part of a Black History Month project

The students from Forest Glen, Stanley, Roger Neilson, Taylor Creek and John McCrae public schools were accompanied by former Liberal MP and social justice advocate Jean Augustine, the first African-Canadian woman elected to a federal seat, as well as other prominent members of the city’s black community.

The trip was hosted by The Children’s Breakfast Club, based in Markham, and Via Rail, which provided the transportation.

On Parliament Hill the students were greeted by Liberal MP Gary Anandasangaree, who represents the riding of Scarborough-Rouge Park. After a brief reception, they spent the day touring the Hill where they learned about the contributions of African Canadians to Canadian history.