Artwork by Eryn Lougheed

In this issue

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 run by third-party operators—a management arrangement often invisible to the families of residents. Now, analysis by The Local has found that COVID-19 death rates at facilities outsourced to Extendicare, the largest operator in Ontario, are 81 percent higher than the industry average.

Perspective by Tai Huynh

A Neighbourhood in the Dark

What good is public health information if nobody hears it?

Feature by Simon Lewsen

A Long-Term Tragedy

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.

Feature by Carlyn Zwarenstein

The Cost of a Stay at a Shelter Hotel

Temporarily housing homeless people in hotels was supposed to protect them during the pandemic. Why are residents overdosing and dying in the isolation of their own rooms?

Photo essay by Yader Guzman

A Congregation Apart

The parishioners at San Lorenzo are a tight-knit group of Latin American immigrants and refugees. When the pandemic forced the church's doors to close, Father Hernan Astudillo decided to bring faith and community to them.

Feature by Inori Roy

The Other Epidemic in Toronto’s Schools

The problems in Toronto’s schools didn’t start with COVID-19—our underfunded education system has been in a slow-motion crisis for decades.

Essay by Furqan Mohamed

A Place for Those Who Raised Us

In many immigrant families, elders are the pillars of the household. With COVID-19 revealing flaws in the way we treat seniors, what can society learn from how different cultures value aging?

Feature by Brannavy Jeyasundaram

What’s Plaguing Toronto’s Ethnic Press?

In a city of immigrants, non-English language newspapers play a critical role in the fight against COVID-19. Can they survive the pandemic?

Feature by Justin Ling

The Hands That Feed Us

Throughout the pandemic, temporary foreign workers have worked in cramped quarters under unsafe conditions to keep our pantries stocked. Is it time they were given a pathway to permanent residency?

Feature by Matthew Braga

Pandemic’s Labyrinth

How Canada’s secretive, byzantine, Cold War-era stockpile system left us unprepared for COVID-19.

Illustration by Salva Modarres

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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.

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Perspective 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.

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