Last year, during a particularly quiet week for Canadian longform I ran a week of themed archived content because I needed to build a reserve of new pieces.
For someone used to sharing six new pieces a week (plus one from the archives) I started to wonder if COVID-19 might cause a long-term disruption in the genre. In its place, I noticed a rise in quick hits, Q&As and other forms of writing as media outlets grappled with the pandemic sweeping the globe.
But over time, I noticed a steady return of the sort of writing we share, much of it shaped by COVID-19.
When looking through the pieces GCL shared related to COVID-19 (more than a month’s worth of daily shares, for the record) I wanted to celebrate stories that were well-crafted and really captured feelings, moods and questions about Canadian life during the pandemic.
Here are six pieces we’ve previously shared about COVID-19 ranging from a nursing home tragedy, to the disruption of mourning, to one writer’s experience in an isolation hotel. They are listed in the order they were released.
Thanks for reading,
Sam Riches – National Post – April 2020
Carolyn Abraham – The Walrus – May 2020
Christina Frangou – Maclean’s – July 2020
Jennifer Yang – Toronto Star – September 2020
Simon Lewsen – The Local – November 2020
Emma McIntosh – National Observer – December 2020