Illustration by Salva Modarres

In this issue

Editor's Letter by Nicholas Hune-Brown

The First Wave of a New Era

Everyone got COVID while making this issue. Welcome to the “living with it” era of the pandemic.

Feature by Inori Roy with photography by Chloë Ellingson

For TTC Bus Riders, the Wait is Endless

Buses are the unglamorous workhorses of the TTC. By neglecting them to build flashy rail projects a decade from now, is the TTC failing the people that need transit most today?

Short Feature by Nicholas Hune-Brown

What is the PATH?

Below ground, the hair stylists, dry cleaners, baristas and sushi chefs are ready. But are the office workers coming back?

Perspective by Radiyah Chowdhury

The Greatest Mall in the World

Malvern mall has seen me through every stage of my life, from renting videos as a preschooler to wandering the empty halls during COVID. As we emerge from the pandemic, how do we keep these suburban hubs of culture and community alive?

Essay by Graham Isador

How I Went Broke Succeeding in Theatre

As curtains rise on Toronto theatres after years of disruption, a generation of creators are wondering if there’s still a place for them on the stage.

Essay by Emma Healey

Love, COVID, and Other Risks

When the pandemic hit, my partner’s status as an organ transplant recipient became the organizing principle of our lives. As the city opens up, our risk calculations have become more impossible than ever.

Feature by Simon Lewsen

The Long History (and Scary Future) of Our Broken Health Care System

Hospitals were overwhelmed and overcrowded well before the pandemic. What happens after COVID?