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Equity Issues: Zanana Akande and Toronto

equity issues: In a small ceremony at Harbourfront, Zanana Akande received the Key to the City by Toronto Mayor John Tory for dedicating her life's work to addressing equity issues in the community and improving the social, economic, cultural and political status of women in Toronto, according to Toronto Star. Richard Lautens / Toronto Star Zanana Akande hangs out with her grandkids after receiving her key. Those lessons would ultimately inspire her life's work in fighting for equality and improving the social, economic, cultural and political status of women, for which she was honoured on Saturday by Mayor John Tory with a ceremonial Key to the City. The trailblazer made political history in 1990 by becoming the first Black woman elected to the Ontario legislature and the country's first Black female cabinet minister. Andrew Stawicki / Toronto Star file photo We don't come alone, we don't live alone I think the only thing we do alone is leave, the former politician and community leader told a gathering of friends and family at the Harbourfront Centre. Richard Lautens / Toronto Star Zanana Akande sits on a bench dedicated to her with Mayor John Tory, who lauded her unwavering belief in the human spirit . Richard Lautens / Toronto Star After leaving politics, Zanana Akande seen here in 1992 went on to become the founder of Tiger Lily, the first magazine in the province that gave women of colour a voice. ( As reported in the news.