About Us

Different Hues. Different Views.

The Green Line is a local news outlet that investigates the way we live to help young Torontonians survive and thrive in a rapidly changing city. Together, let’s breathe new life into Toronto’s conversations so we can build a livable city for all. 

HOW WE BEGAN

After working in journalism for two decades, with multi-platform experience at both legacy Canadian institutions and digital American publications, our EIC Anita noticed that news media often failed to accurately reflect many communities they claim to serve, especially underrepresented ones. So, she set out to create a more self-aware, inclusive, equitable and community-driven local outlet in Toronto that focuses on much-needed solutions in its reporting. In 2020, The Green Line began as just a germ of an idea.
Locals know that “the green line” refers to Line 2 Bloor–Danforth on the TTC, which travels from Kennedy Station in the east to Kipling Station in the west. For many Torontonians, including members of our team, it’s their only way to feel connected to the rest of the city. That’s why the name, The Green Line, felt right — it symbolizes real, everyday people in Toronto.
The Green Line soft-launched in October 2021 on Instagram and TikTok, which feature community-driven articles tailored to those platforms. In April 2022, we officially launched TheGreenLine.TO, where we debuted our Action Journey, an original theory-of-change model that encourages Torontonians to create positive social change in their communities after consuming our journalism.
By embracing ethical and innovative approaches to journalism, our hope is that we can create a trusted hyperlocal news outlet that will serve Torontonians and cover the city as our communities see it for decades to come. Perhaps one day, The Green Line will pop up in other rapidly changing cities across Canada, producing forward-thinking journalism that helps community members there survive and thrive on their own terms.

OUR TEAM

Anita Li
FOUNDER AND EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

ANITA
LI

SHE/HER

Longtime journalist, media consultant and educator. Forever Scarborough native who now lives with her husband Lucan and cat twins in their century-old home in Leslieville.

Julia Lawrence
SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER

JULIA
LAWRENCE

SHE/HER

Aspiring film photographer who studies journalism, communication and design at Toronto Metropolitan University. Visits beaches at 6 a.m. to clear her head.

Danish Anwar
COMEDIAN

DANISH
ANWAR

HE/HIM

Toronto-based standup comedian with poor taste in music. Do not consume on an empty stomach.

STAFF

Alex Varoutas
REPORTER AND NEWS INNOVATION FELLOW

ALEXANDROS
VAROUTAS

HE/HIM

Scarborough mans and former chef. Big advocate of pantry diversification. Using wasabi-flavoured peanuts to heal the world.

Dupe Badejo

ENGAGEMENT REPORTER AND NEWS INNOVATION FELLOW

DUPE
BADEJO

SHE/HER

Toronto by nature. Nigerian by design. Willowdale-bred. Graduate of Humber and George Brown College. Sharing the mic with the voiceless, and discovering different ways of life, one day at a time.

 

Aloysius Wong
TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION FELLOW

ALOYSIUS
WONG

HE/HIM

Currently a Master of Journalism student at Toronto Metropolitan University. Grew up on stories and games in the heart of downtown Toronto. Shoots photos and plays music.

Shaki Sutharsan
REPORTER AND NEWS INNOVATION FELLOW

SHAKI
SUTHARSAN

SHE/HER

Toronto native and Tamil-Canadian who's currently studying journalism and public relations at Toronto Metropolitan University. Writer and avid consumer of fiction. Boyband loyalist.

Meral Jamal
NEWSLETTER STRATEGIST AND NEWS INNOVATION FELLOW

MERAL
JAMAL

SHE/HER

Graduate of Carleton University's School of Journalism. Competitive at karaoke, terrible at puns. Grew up in a noisy joint family of 20. 

IMG_0654
NEWS INNOVATION FELLOW

YUTANG
SONG

SHE/HER

Born in China, and became a Torontonian three years ago. Now pursuing journalism at Toronto Metropolitan University. Enjoys using different mindsets to think about world issues.

Photo of Amit Nehru
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND NEWS INNOVATION FELLOW

AMIT
NEHRU

HE/HIM

A Scarborough native and graduate of McMaster University's Bachelor of Health Sciences program. His preferred destination is the nearest library or hiking trail.

 

Photo of Mahdis Habibinia, Elections Fellow for The Green Line
ELECTIONS FELLOW

MAHDIS
HABIBINIA

SHE/HER

An Iranian-Canadian who immigrated to Toronto at age 4. Master of journalism student at Toronto Metropolitan University. Avid true crime binger who wholeheartedly supports the Oxford comma.

Photo of Noor Abduljabbar.
STORYWORKS INTERN

NOOR
ABDULJABBAR

SHE/HER

Cat mom based in Midtown Toronto. Pop culture obsessive and social media coordinator with a passion for storytelling.

Photo of Irene Braithwaite.
STORYWORKS INTERN

IRENE
BRAITHWAITE

SHE/THEY

A Centennial College journalism student with a passion for activism and down-to-earth storytelling. Can likely be found traversing the local Value Village with a coffee in hand.

FREELANCERS

Steven Zhou
FREELANCE FEATURE REPORTER

STEVEN
ZHOU

HE/HIM

An investigative journalist, producer and editor based in City Place focusing on extremism, politics and Islamophobia.

Aparita Bhandari
FREELANCE FEATURE REPORTER

APARITA
BHANDARI

SHE/HER

Grew up in New Delhi before moving to Toronto to study English lit at U of T. Now lives near Yonge and Finch. Tells print and audio stories, while trying to resist Toblerone bars.

Shireen Ahmed
FREELANCE FEATURE REPORTER

SHIREEN
AHMED

SHE/HER

Multiplatform sports journalist. Instructor at Toronto Metropolitan University. Loves sports, but doesn't love the systems of oppression that surround them. Proud resident of Mississauga. Adores cats. Drinks coffee as a tool of resistance.

Huda Hassan
FREELANCE FEATURE REPORTER

HUDA
HASSAN

SHE/HER

Writer from Scarborough, Black feminist cultural studies scholar and eldest daughter. Currently examining the connections between art, place-making and power.

Photo of freelance repoter Megan Kinch
FREELANCE FEATURE REPORTER

MEGAN
KINCH

SHE/THEY

Labour journalist and union electrician from Toronto. Most recently published in Briarpatch Magazine, West End Phoenix and Spacing. A resident of Kensington Market who enjoys playing weird music in the park late at night.

FORMER STAFF

Senna Gill
FORMER STORYWORKS INTERN

SENNA
GILL

SHE/HER

Plant-based, animal-loving Centennial College journalism student who hopes to bring more light into this dark post-pandemic world. Currently based in Midtown with roots in Vaughan.

Amanda Seraphina James
FORMER STORYWORKS INTERN

AMANDA
JAMES

SHE/HER

Indian student living in Old East York and pursuing a journalism post-grad at Centennial College. In absolute dismay that Tim Hortons hasn’t been a part of her life until now.

Kayla Zhu

FORMER REPORTER AND NEWS INNOVATION FELLOW

KAYLA
ZHU

SHE/HER

Vancouver native, Toronto Metropolitan University journalism graduate and long-time K-pop fan. Enjoys climbing mountains, learning about data visualization and throwing frisbees.

Gary-Joseph Panganiban
FORMER REPORTER AND NEWS INNOVATION FELLOW

GARY-JOSEPH
PANGANIBAN

HE/HIM

Montreal native and Toronto Metropolitan University School of Journalism graduate. Lives and dies by the Montreal Canadiens. Currently covering esports as a way to justify nightly gaming.

Stephanie Bai
FORMER REPORTER AND NEWS INNOVATION FELLOW

STEPHANIE
BAI

SHE/HER

Graduate of the University of Toronto who writes about cultural and social intersections. Spare time is mostly spent eating, folding or thinking about dumplings.

Giao Chau
FORMER BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND NEWS INNOVATION FELLOW

GIAO
CHAU

SHE/HER

Torontonian based near Yonge and Eglinton. Cat lover and avid home cook who explores food through the lens of migration, history and culture.

Arsheen Shamaila

FORMER ENGAGEMENT REPORTER AND NEWS INNOVATION FELLOW

ARSHEEN
SHAMAILA

SHE/HER

First-generation Pakistani-Canadian and University of Toronto alumni. Obsessed with fashion and hip-hop. Heart of a poet, soul of an activist.

Kathryn Mannie
FORMER REPORTER AND NEWS INNOVATION FELLOW

KATHRYN
MANNIE

SHE/HER

University of Toronto grad who’s worked for The Globe and Mail and The Varsity. Loves all things cooking, chess and the Chinese diaspora.

David Lochead
FORMER BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT INNOVATION FELLOW

DAVID
LOCHEAD

HE/HIM

Toronto Raptors fan, reporter and Carleton journalism grad. Passionate about building a media ecosystem that better represents society.

Rawan Yaghi
FORMER REPORTER AND NEWS INNOVATION FELLOW

RAWAN
YAGHI

SHE/HER

Data-driven engagement journalist who’s crazy about digital strategy and data insights. Oxford University and CUNY graduate. Loves fiction, music and art in all their aspects.

WHO WE ARE

A person’s values reveal so much about
their character, so in that spirit, here’s
what we stand for.

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

I created The Green Line for kid Anita, that born-and-bred Scarborough girl who grew up near McCowan and Finch feeling disconnected from the rest of Toronto, but who also had a lot of pride in who she was and where she came from. Growing up, I often made the long trek downtown — the symbolic centre of Toronto — by taking the 129 bus near my childhood home to the RT, before transferring to Kennedy and heading west on the green line for school, work and play.

There are a lot of kids like that across this city. Some of them come from Rexdale, others from Willowdale. But all of us share the same deep connection to the places that shaped who we are today.

And who are we today? Gen Zs. Millennials. Underserved Torontonians. In other words, the driving force behind Toronto’s culture and sense of community. So, now is the time to pay it forward by taking action on the issues that matter to us and our people.

Join The Green Line movement. Help us redefine Toronto through the way we live and the stories we tell.

ANITA LI

Founder & Editor-in-Chief
The Green Line

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