Illustration by Salva Modarres

In this issue

Feature by Matthew Braga

How Noise Shaped a City

Toronto’s anti-noise movement began in the 1930s. Ever since, noise policing has been inextricably linked with issues of race, class, and power.

Feature by Wendy Glauser

Are Noisy Hospitals Making Us Sick?

The constant beeping, talking, and overhead paging aren’t just an annoyance—they can lead to delirium, longer recovery times, and even sleeping pill addiction.

Essay by Ben Berman Ghan

The City Below the Sound

As someone who’s half-deaf, I’ve always moved between two Torontos—the surface city and the muted, shadowy one beneath it.

Feature by Daniel Rotsztain

FAITH/VOID Was a Thriving DIY Venue. Then Came the Noise Complaint

Fights around Toronto’s unofficial music venues reveal a stark reality—there is noise this city values, and noise it doesn’t.

Feature by Samantha Edwards

As the World Grew Quiet, Inside Got Loud

Overlapping Zoom calls, fights between siblings, enraging neighbourhood pool parties—the maddening, unending sounds of a stay-at-home crisis.

Photo by Ian Willms.

In this issue

Editorial by Tai Huynh

The 35 Jane

What a bus route reveals about race, class, and social vulnerability during a pandemic.

Feature by Shawn Micallef

A Summer Without Tourists

We don't usually think of Toronto as a travel destination. But when the tourism industry imploded overnight, the effects rippled across the city.

Essay by Sabra Ismath

Here I Am, Stuck in Malvern

When my father died, heading downtown was a way to escape my grief. Now, under lockdown, I see him everywhere.

Feature by Aparita Bhandari with Photography by Ian Willms

Where the Pandemic Hit Hardest

COVID has amplified social issues that have long existed at Jane and Finch. It’s also revealed the resiliency of the community.

Essay by Sarah Boesveld

A Small Town on Copeland Avenue

For years, I’d been craving the community and intimacy of small-town life. Then the pandemic hit and I found that it had been around me the whole time.

Essay by Priya Iyer

A Pandemic Across Time Zones

For the millions of Torontonians with family overseas, COVID has meant not just navigating our own lockdowns, but living through theirs as well.

Essay by Kate Robertson

Cruising Through COVID

I never thought I’d own a car. Now I’m stockpiling groceries and driving through the zoo, locked safe inside my vehicle like the Pope.

Essay by Daniel Rotsztain with Photography by Nick Iwanyshyn

My Own Private Island

The ferry is empty. Beavers and mallards rustle through the bush. Without visitors, life on the Toronto Island is quiet and peaceful. It all feels terribly wrong.

Artwork by Lydia He

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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.

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