Simon Lewsen writes for The Globe and Mail, The Walrus, Azure, Precedent, and enRoute. He teaches writing at the University of Toronto.
During lockdowns, politicians, journalists, and policy makers suddenly started paying attention to communities along the Finch West corridor. Then they stopped. A panoramic look at Toronto’s northwest after the COVID emergency.
Hospitals were overwhelmed and overcrowded well before the pandemic. What happens after COVID?
The devastation in seniors homes during COVID-19 was the predictable result of decades of indifference and neglect. From Victorian poorhouses to sites of mass death—the shameful history of our long-term care system.
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?
Were last summer’s high-profile disappearances from CAMH signs of a broken program—or a complex system working as it should?
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?
In virtually every culture, people connect over food. To be deprived of food is to be alienated from social life.
A baby boom’s coming to Toronto’s high-rise communities, but are they built for healthy family life?
As a counsellor, Ahmed Haider saw the way lack of meaningful work affected his clients. Then he lost his job.