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For years, I walked the city doing street outreach overnight—handing out socks, listening to people’s stories, always scanning the crowd for a familiar face.
Overlapping Zoom calls, fights between siblings, enraging neighbourhood pool parties—the maddening, unending sounds of a stay-at-home crisis.
COVID has amplified social issues that have long existed at Jane and Finch. It’s also revealed the resiliency of the community.
With shelters crowded and drop-ins closed, the police and the homeless play a strange game of cat and mouse.
A revitalization project promises to transform this public housing community into a mixed-income neighbourhood. But meeting the needs of existing residents while appealing to affluent newcomers is a difficult balance.
How a small group of parks and rec staff called "parks ambassadors" became unlikely mediators in the growing battles over the city’s public space.
A bird’s-eye view of Toronto in 2019 reveals a city where geography is destiny and a person’s postal code can be as telling as their medical chart.
Life in a neighbourhood where death comes too often and too early.
A quiet dinner while watching Netflix. A sit-down meal with a chosen family. Portraits of dinnertime across the city.
Jen Quinlan was just trying to get Roma kids to the dentist. She ended up picking a fight with one of Canada’s richest real estate companies.
Lack of affordable housing can have devastating and long-lasting health effects for teenage parents and their children.
I have cooked in restaurant kitchens, and for newspaper readers. Working at a shelter taught me a new way to look at food.
In many Toronto highrises, nearly half the residents are seniors. The way we age in this city is changing — can services keep up?
Victor fixes ruptured pipes and broken heaters. But to those living in supportive housing he’s part therapist, friend, and support worker.
Anna refused to leave the streets for a shelter. As temperatures plunged, I got worried. Then someone stepped in with an unusual solution.
A baby boom’s coming to Toronto’s high-rise communities, but are they built for healthy family life?
As Parkdale’s affordable housing crisis turns into a public health crisis, a community organization decides to take over a rooming house.
One percent of the population accounts for a third of health care spending. Can a program for some of Toronto’s neediest change that?
A simple household nuisance reveals the cracks within our support system for Toronto seniors.
What happens to the health of the people left behind?