Artwork by Lydia He

In this issue

School Tracker by Tai Huynh

Tracking COVID-19 in Toronto Schools

A data blog about the pandemic's effects on the city’s 800 public schools.

Feature by Vanessa Milne

Childcare is an Essential Service and a Dysfunctional Business

With ECEs fleeing the industry and a federal childcare deal on the horizon, now is the time to fix a long-broken system.

Perspective by Tai Huynh and Nicholas Hune-Brown

A Week After Launching RAT Tracker, We’re Still in the Dark

What we learned from our participatory data project asking Torontonians to share rapid antigen test results.

Participatory Project by Tai Huynh and Craig Madho

RAT Tracker

A citizen-powered tool for anonymous reporting of rapid antigen test results in Toronto public schools.

Perspective by Tai Huynh

How to Keep Schools Open

None of it’s easy. All of it’s urgent.

Feature by Inori Roy

Fighting Vaccine Hesitancy at Alternative Schools

High vaccine exemption rates have long been a feature at Toronto alternative schools, but as COVID vaccines roll out to kids, there’s a new urgency to reach these hesitant parents.

Analysis by Tai Huynh

Kids Vaccines Aren’t Reaching the Toronto Neighbourhoods That Need Them Most

Data from the first weeks of the rollout reveals low vaccine uptake in areas with the largest school outbreaks.

Short Feature by Tai Huynh

Inside the Push to Bring Vaccines to the Schools That Need Them Most

As shots for kids roll out, a small group of exhausted vaccine veterans build what they hope will be their final pop-up clinics.

Artwork by Eryn Lougheed

In this issue

Editor's Letter by Nicholas Hune-Brown

The Way We Work

How decent jobs became precarious labour, and what we can do about it.

Feature by Fatima Syed

The Labour of Immigrant Women

During the pandemic, immigrant women briefly came into the spotlight as the hardest hit faction of Canada’s workforce. Those numbers don’t tell nearly enough of the story.

Perspective by Reina Cowan

Rebuilding the Restaurant Business, One Argument at a Time

The pandemic created a window of opportunity to change a broken industry. The challenge now is getting restaurant workers to agree on what that change should be.

Photo essay by Jessica Lee

The Real Cost of a Manicure

In Toronto’s ubiquitous nail salons, immigrant nail technicians are underpaid, precarious, and often exploited.

Feature by Tahmeed Shafiq

Trapped in the Ivory Basement

In Toronto's booming public community colleges, part-time educators get none of the privileges of cushy academic jobs. Instead, they are overworked, underpaid, and even pushed out of their union.

Feature by Samantha Edwards

How the Laws Make Sex Work Less Safe

Canada's prostitution laws are supposed to protect sex workers. Advocates say they're doing the opposite.

Photo essay by Ramona Leitao

Three Black Farmers on Making it in the GTA

These farmers are trying to fight food insecurity in their communities while making farming a sustainable job. Their biggest challenge? Getting access to arable land.

Perspective by Mirusha Yogarajah

Is EI Broken?

Our employment insurance system was built before the rise of temp work, gig work, and foreign labour. It’s time for an overhaul.

Investigation by Inori Roy

“Somebody Is Going to Get Hurt”

Inspections at industrial workplaces in Ontario fell nearly 30 percent in the last decade, according to analysis by The Local. In the same period, critical injuries more than doubled.

Feature by Alison Motluk

The Gigification of Health Care

During the pandemic, health care workers have flocked to apps like Staffy for temp work. What happens when nurses are hired like Uber drivers?

Perspective by Zeahaa Rehman

One Year, Fifty Cover Letters, Three Interviews, Zero Jobs

A report from the debt-ridden, desperate, increasingly despairing graduating class of 2020.

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