Artwork by Lydia He

In this issue

Editorial by Nicholas Hune-Brown

Last Week, In Review

As the first tentative positive signs emerged, it was tempting to look beyond the week—to try to trace the curve past where it flattens to the point it sinks beneath the horizon. It's too early for that.

Feature by Anupa Mistry

Monday in Lockdown, Without Wi‑Fi

As schools, government services, and life itself seems to move online, those without internet access are struggling to stay connected.

Feature by Kat Eschner

Tuesday in Allan Gardens, Where the Police Guard the Benches

With shelters crowded and drop-ins closed, the police and the homeless play a strange game of cat and mouse.

Feature by Wendy Glauser

Wednesday on the Front of the Frontlines

One is sick with COVID-19. Another has lost a quarter of her income. The personal support workers who care for our most vulnerable remain underpaid and underappreciated.

Feature by Simon Lewsen

Thursday in Virtual Bail Court

Overnight, almost every aspect of the justice system has transformed in the name of public health. So why are we still sending people to crowded jails?

Short Feature by Anna Fitzpatrick

Friday with Charlotte

Teens like Charlotte are caught in a strange limbo, their plans for impending adulthood put on hold as the world freezes in place.

Essay by Emma Healey

Saturday is Just Another Day

Every hour is a hundred years long, and each day is over before it’s begun. In a pandemic, everyone has their own personal theory on the passage of time.

Essay by Navneet Alang

Sunday in the Suburbs

The broad emptiness, the desolate streets, the deadening sameness—it turned out my parents’ suburban neighbourhood was the ideal place to live through a global pandemic.

Photography by Rodrigo Moreno

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Editorial by Tai Huynh

Welcome to Lawrence Heights

The future of Toronto as an equitable, liveable city begins in inner suburbs like this.

Feature by Aparita Bhandari

How it Feels to Be “Revitalized”

A revitalization project promises to transform this public housing community into a mixed-income neighbourhood. But meeting the needs of existing residents while appealing to affluent newcomers is a difficult balance.

Feature by Sarah Boesveld photography by Rodrigo Moreno

The Picture Man

Thirty years ago, Rodrigo Moreno photographed neighbourhood kids for a school project. He's come back ever since, tracing the changing lives of people in a corner of the city few find worthy of documenting.

Feature by Phillip Dwight Morgan

Why a Health Centre Started Teaching Algebra

Pathways to Education's unconventional approach to community health starts with helping kids finish high school.

Feature by Shawn Micallef

Where the Spadina Expressway Didn’t Stop

Defeating the Spadina Expressway is a celebrated story of urban resistance. Less told is the story of the neighbourhood that has lived with a freeway running through its heart for the last fifty years.

Feature by Nicholas Hune-Brown

The Toronto Basketball Powerhouse Nobody’s Ever Heard Of

The kids don’t get free sneakers. The team has to haggle for gym time. The coaches are unpaid. So what makes Toronto Basketball Academy so good?

Feature by Aparita Bhandari

On the Food Bank Frontlines

With demand skyrocketing, distribution sites closed, and volunteers staying home, food banks are scrambling to keep Toronto fed.

Illustration by Mary Kirkpatrick

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Editorial by The Local

Health, Incarcerated

How the prison system became a ramshackle, underfunded wing of the health care system.

Feature by Alison Motluk

Elderly, Confused, and Under Arrest

As more and more seniors with dementia become entangled with the law, how can the justice system adapt?

Feature by Simon Lewsen

Not Criminally Responsible

Were last summer’s high-profile disappearances from CAMH signs of a broken program—or a complex system working as it should?

Feature by Hadiya Roderique

Why Are Most People in Prison Unconvicted?

Even as the rate of convicted offenders drops, the number of people in detention awaiting trial keeps growing. The uncertain, boring, brutal reality of life on remand.

Local voice by Mark Zammit

Letters from the Inside

For a time, I was the only openly gay man in my prison. Then I met a trans woman and we started our own LGBTQ2 support group.

Short film by Kalli Anderson and Eiril Linge & Beth Madeley

Visiting Day

An animated documentary about one teenager’s journey to visit her dad in prison.

Illustration by Gina Park

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Editorial by Tai Huynh

The Games We Play

Active leisure is more important than ever, so why are we making it so hard to just go out and play?

Photo essay by Shawn Micallef

The Swimmer

Our intrepid beach correspondent swims his way across the city over one week to answer the question: what is Toronto beach culture?

Feature by Nicholas Hune-Brown

Children’s Village Forever

Ontario Place designer Eric McMillan invented the ball pit, built the epicentre of kid-life for a generation of Torontonians and, for a brief moment, promised to revolutionize the way we play.

Feature by Simon Lewsen with photography by Chloë Ellingson

Battle at Rowntree Mills

When the parking lot gates were shut ten years ago, Rowntree Mills Park became an urban wilderness. The fight to reopen it has divided a community and raises the question: how public is a public park?

Feature by Matthew Braga

A Park for All, or a Park for Some?

How a small group of parks and rec staff called "parks ambassadors" became unlikely mediators in the growing battles over the city’s public space.

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