I donated my kidney to help a stranger. But what about the person I couldn’t help?

“Piecing together the reasons I chose to give someone I’ve never met a kidney has led me to examine my many privileges and failures – all the times I could have been generous, but wasn’t, all the times I gave, but could have given more. It has also forced me to reckon with a deep well of regret over the one life I wish I had saved but did not.”

Wency Leung – The Globe and Mail – June 2020

Where the Pandemic Hit Hardest

“As the minutes tick by, a swell of people flows into the parking lot. Many of them are wearing masks, some have also donned clear or blue latex gloves, while others choose to remain uncovered. A physically distanced line-up builds outside the Tim Hortons, snatches of conversations in Tagalog, Spanish, and Caribbean Patois lingering in the air. While the 35 and 36 aren’t as packed as usual, from the growing line it’s clear the buses will hold far more than fifteen passengers per vehicle, the goal the TTC has set for itself. This working class neighbourhood made up of predominantly immigrants and racialized people cannot afford the luxury of staying at home—even as the Ontario government has extended all COVID-19 related emergency orders until the end of June.”

Aparita Bhandari – The Local – June 2020

Why Black Women Fear For Their Lives In The Delivery Room

Go ahead, transition

“Transition is a universal experience. Some people want to imagine transness as uniquely pathological, but in truth, many cisgender people seek to change their bodies for similar reasons trans people seek to change ours: social perception, personal comfort, identity and community. Though these experiences are diverse, the essential logic is shared. Cis or trans, as human beings, our bodies are laboratories, experimental terrains, perpetual works in progress always in need of an adjustment.”

Alex V Green – Xtra – June 2020

The doomed 30-year battle to stop a pandemic

“You will be disappointed or relieved to learn that, despite this grim little stroll down memory lane, this is not a story that attempts to blame Justin Trudeau for a global pandemic. The ‘severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2,’ to use the devious beastie’s formal name, had already jumped plenty of international firewalls before it started to wreak havoc in Canada. The most lurid example of system failure and leadership abdication, with a human cost proportionately far higher than in Canada, was taking place next door in Donald Trump’s United States.”

Paul Wells – Maclean’s – April 2020

Why Aren’t We Free to Age on Our Own Terms?

 
Sharon J. Riley – The Walrus – March 2020

Anatomy of an Epidemic

 
Kevin Patterson – The Walrus – March 2020

Elliot, an alcoholic, asked his parole officer for help. She sent him back to prison

 
Jane Gerster – Global News – February 2020

On the Prairies, the drug crisis is not opioids, but meth

 
Sara Birrell – Sask Dispatch – January 2020

Why I was hated in Quebec and abandoned in Toronto

 
Jan Wong – National Post – May 2012