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Justin Trudeau visits Ukrainian bakery in Bloor West Village

Mar 17, 2022 | News, Featured

Yuri Bilinsky, New Pathway – Ukrainian News.

Late afternoon on Thursday, March 17, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited Janchenko Bakery at 2394 Bloor Street West in Toronto to express his support for Ukrainian Canadians in the hard times of the Russian aggression against Ukraine. The bakery and cafe is a popular Eastern European desserts and comfort food spot in the heart of the area that many Canadians call Ukrainian Village.

Upon the arrival, Prime Minister spoke to the young street musician and was greeted by Arif Virani, the Liberal MP representing Parkdale – High Park, and the MPs from the adjacent ridings: Yvan Baker (Etobicoke Centre), James Maloney (Etobicoke-Lakeshore) and Julie Dzerowicz (Davenport).

Justin Trudeau greets MP Yvan Baker

Inside the bakery, Justin Trudeau spoke to the owner, Maria Janchenko, a descendant of WWII refugees, who told him about her family's experience. Trudeau also spoke to Nadia and Oksana, the bakery's employees from Ukraine, who told him about their families in Ukraine. He asked them how  their families were doing and how often they communicate these days. Trudeau asked Nadia and Oksana to say hi to their families and convey to them his support and care for Ukraine. Prime Minister bought some borshch at the cash.

Justin Trudeau speaks to Maria Janchenko

While exiting the cafe, Justin Trudeau shook hands of the numerous supporters who gathered impromptu and answered their greetings with ‘Slava Ukraini!'

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