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Pandemic Features
Essay by John Michael McGrath

A Year Looking at the Numbers

For the last year, seven days a week, I’ve woken up to post the province’s COVID numbers. It turns out people don’t want data—they want someone to tell them how this all ends.

Feature by Fatima Syed

“You Can’t Stop the Spread of the Virus if You Don’t Stop it in Peel”

Not enough support, not enough testing, not enough vaccines—Peel has been neglected at every step of the pandemic, and the results have been devastating.

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?

Investigation by Inori Roy & Tai Huynh

Who’s Actually Running Ontario’s Long-Term Care Homes?

Nearly 100 of Ontario’s embattled care homes are outsourced to third-party operators—an arrangement often invisible to the families that hides death rates far higher than the industry average.

Previous issues

The Aging City

Toronto is getting old. Today there are more people over 65 than under 15, and by 2041 it’s estimated that one in five Torontonians will be a senior citizen. In our new ongoing series, we examine life in an aging city—with stories about home care, transit, seniors who wander, LGBTQ2S+ discrimination, and more.

The Finch West Issue

From a wide-angle look at the region’s sorry transit history to an intimate ride-along on the 36 bus, from an examination of the pandemic's legacy in northwest Toronto to a profile of a forgotten workers’ housing co-op in Rexdale—stories from Finch West on the verge of a massive transformation.

First 100 Days

The first 100 days are crucial for a new mayor. In our new column, we’re following Olivia Chow’s first months in office—tracking her progress (or lack thereof) on election promises, who’s supporting and who’s impeding her, and everything else you need to know from City Hall.