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‘It’s not just teachers’: The forgotten workers in Ontario’s school strikes

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When Kim Thompson scrolls through Facebook or watches the news, the hot topic is the teachers’ strikes that are closing schools sporadically across the province.

She’s been walking the picket line, too.

An early childhood educator at Steve MacLean Public School, Thompson works alongside the teacher in a kindergarten class, guiding kids as they paint, play with blocks and learn their letters.

But the public doesn’t hear as much about Thompson and other school support staff who are among the education workers engaged in contract disputes.

Even the name of Thompson’s union — the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation — obscures the fact that about a third of its 60,000 members work at a wide variety of other jobs. They include office administrators, custodians, social workers, IT staff, library technicians and educational assistants who work with special-needs children.

The other three unions staging job actions have fewer support staff members. Overall about 12 per cent of education workers involved in the current disputes are not teachers.


Kim Thompson is an Early Childhood Educator at Steve MacLean Public School who is affected by the rotating strikes.

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Thompson says it irks her to read snarky Facebook comments about well-paid teachers on strike.

“They don’t know it’s not just teachers, and it’s really frustrating sometimes.”

Support staff like Thompson typically earn half the salary of a teacher, and are laid off in the summer.

Across Ontario, the average salary for OSSTF support staff, excluding professionals such as psychologists, is $38,415, according to the union. OSSTF professional staff, including psychologists and speech and language pathologists, earn an average of $75,892.

Teachers in Ontario earned an average of $86,689 in 2017, according to the education ministry.

Thompson and other support staff interviewed on the picket lines say they are concerned about the same issues cited by teachers: The want more support for kids with high needs and action on violence in the classroom. They oppose larger classes and mandatory online courses for high schoolers. They want full-day kindergarten preserved.

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But most also said wages are a key issue and they deserve a raise that allows their salaries to keep pace with inflation.

The government has offered all education workers a one-per-cent increase, in line with the wage-restraint legislation passed last fall for public servants.

Unions are asking for a raise equal to the increase in the cost of living — around two per cent.

“I love my job, and I’m not doing it for the money,” says Thompson. “But yes, I would like (a raise), there is no doubt about it.

“My rent is going up and I have to find the money for it somewhere. The cost of food doesn’t get any cheaper. Cost of living is not an unreasonable request.”

“I consider my work valuable,” she says.

Thompson says support staff are deeply concerned about the quality of public education declining.

“I know parents want the best for their kids, and we do, too. Educators, regardless of their position, cannot give quality when all they are doing is managing numbers and special needs. So for that reason, if no other, that’s why I’m on strike.”

School administrator Rachelle Ferron, who works in an Ottawa French Catholic school, snorts when asked what she thinks about a one-per-cent raise.

“So that’s ridiculous,” she says. After deductions, Ferron says she takes home about $1,000 every two weeks. She can’t immediately locate the pay stub to find the exact amount. “I never look at my pay because it’s too discouraging.

“For the secretaries, the Number One issue is keeping our salary and benefits,” says Ferron.

Ferron says her colleagues at Sainte-Geneviève elementary school on Arch Street are terrific, the principal is awesome and she adores the kids. “I love it here! I love the kids and I love working in a school.”

But her expenses rise faster than her pay. “It just seems like my pay cheque is getting smaller and smaller.”


Rachelle Ferron is a school administrator, one of the support staff also involved in the labour disputes that have hit Ontario schools, February 13, 2020.

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The support staff who are part of the OSSTF unit for the Conseil des Écoles Catholiques du Centre-Est earn an average of $38,000, says unit president Marie-Claude Thibeault.

Many of her members are educational assistants who help children with disabilities, mental health and behavioural problems. When a student who has difficulties gets a high school diploma, “that’s like a salary for us,” she says.

Support staff also worry about students “sitting alone in front of a computer trying to do an e-course,” or struggling in crowded classrooms where they don’t get the help they need, she says.

“We love the students. For us, this is our priority. We want them to be happy at school, to be safe at school.

“Our education system is the best in the world. Our students deserve better than what will be arriving soon.”

Thibeault worked in a school office before she took the union job. She too loves working with kids.

“You know when they arrive at school, and see madame the secretary, and smile at you and say, ‘Hello, how are you?’ That is so nice.”

The educational assistants are on the front lines dealing with the increase in violence in classrooms, says Thibeault.

“My people face violence every day in school. A lot of them they wake up and think ‘I don’t know if today I will be hit, be bitten.’ The teachers face violence, too, but my workers are on the front line and it’s not very good for them.”

Several educational assistants at the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board who work with children who have autism or have severe behaviour problems said they feel underpaid for the difficult job. None wanted their name used because they wanted to protect the identity of the children and also fear reprisal for speaking out.

One has a permanent back injury suffered while restraining a violent teenager who was attacking another student.

After more than 20 years on the job, the person’s salary is $47,000.

“How can you live on that? Nobody else wants the job. But I really like working with the kids. It’s my life. And I’m really good at it.

“And the parents are behind us. They know it’s an impossible job.”

Another said educational assistants feel  “dismissed and devalued.”

It’s tough hearing Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce repeatedly talking about high school teachers who earn $92,000, says the assistant.

“He will never mention us. Never. His narrative is the greedy teachers.”

 

Some OSSTF member wages at the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board

Library Technician: $32,500 to $41,600 for 10 to 10.5 months of work

Speech language pathologist (Masters level): $61,568 to $78,675 a year

Social worker: (Masters level): $69,669 to $80,155 a year

Educational assistant: From $23.67 to a maximum of $30.30 a hour with seven years’ experience. They work for 10 months and are laid off in the summer.

Early childhood educator: From $19.58 to a maximum of $27.74 an hour with five years’ experience. They work for 10 months and are laid off in the summer.

Office administrator at secondary schools: $47,000 to $61,000 a year with seven years’ experience for those who work year-round

Office administrator at elementary schools and board departments: $39,000 to $50,800 with seven years’ experience for those who work 10 months a year

School office assistant: $28,300 to $35,800 with seven years’ experience for those who work 10 months a year

Custodian: From $35,949 a year for a beginning “floater” to $61,995 for a chief custodian at a secondary school. For part-timers, pay is pro-rated to $35,949 a year, while casual staff earn $14 an hour, the minimum wage in Ontario.

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18 residents of Woodbridge long-term-care transported to hospital due to COVID; Province’s regional health units report total of 29,586 confirmed and probable cases

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The latest novel coronavirus news from Canada and around the world Sunday (this file will be updated throughout the day). Web links to longer stories if available.

5:12 p.m.: Ontario’s regional health units are reporting another 381 new COVID-19 infections, according to the Star’s latest count.

As of 5 p.m. Sunday, the health units have reported a total of 29,586 confirmed and probable cases, including 2,328 deaths, as the daily counts have fallen from a spike that saw the totals above 400 cases per day most of last week.

In May, the growth of new infections has not been felt equally in the province. The daily numbers have been falling outside of the GTA. Meanwhile, new cases inside the region have remained relatively high.

Sunday’s tally included 150 new cases in Toronto and 139 more in Peel Region; together, the two health units accounted for more than three-quarters of the province’s new infections.

According to a provincial database of COVID-19 cases, nearly 80 per cent of the 3,783 Ontarians with an active case of COVID-19 reside in the GTA, with nearly 85 per cent of those in living in Toronto or Peel Region.

In many parts of the province, only a handful of patients still have an active illness. Eighteen of Ontario’s 34 regional health units — including all six in Northern Ontario — have fewer than 10 active cases.

Meanwhile, the 12 fatal cases reported in the province since Saturday evening represented the lowest single-day total since April 5. The rate of deaths has fallen considerably since peaking at more than 90 in a day in early May, about two weeks after the daily case totals hit a first peak in mid-April.

Because many health units publish tallies to their websites before reporting to Public Health Ontario, the Star’s count is more current than the data the province puts out each morning.

Earlier Sunday, the province reported Ontario’s COVID-19 testing labs completed 17,014 tests Saturday, marking the third consecutive day above the target total of 16,000 daily.

The province also reported 781 patients are now hospitalized with COVID-19, including 118 in intensive care, of whom 90 are on a ventilator — numbers that have fallen sharply this month. The province also says nearly 22,000 patients who have tested positive for the coronavirus have now recovered from the disease — about three-quarters of the total infected.

The province says its data is accurate to 4 p.m. the previous day. The province also cautions its latest count of total deaths — 2,247 — may be incomplete or out of date due to delays in the reporting system, saying that in the event of a discrepancy, “data reported by (the health units) should be considered the most up to date.”

The Star’s count includes some patients reported as “probable” COVID-19 cases, meaning they have symptoms and contacts or travel history that indicate they very likely have the disease, but have not yet received a positive lab test.

5:06 p.m.: Public Health officials in New Brunswick are reporting three new cases of COVID-19 near Campbellton — in the north of the province — bringing to 12 the number of cases in a local cluster being blamed on a local doctor.

Dr. Jennifer Russell, the province’s chief medical officer of health, says the three new cases Sunday and one reported Saturday are all seniors at the Manoir de la Vallee in Atholville, a long-term care facility, and are all reported directly related to the outbreak in the area.

Last week, a health-care worker at the facility also tested positive. The outbreak began after a local doctor contracted the virus in Quebec and returned to New Brunswick, and then failed to self-isolate. The incident has been referred to the RCMP for review.

4:01 p.m.: Toronto Public Health provided updated local COVID-19 totals on Sunday, including 150 new cases and five new deaths. The number of active cases crept up to 1,905 from 1,899.

The total number of deaths listed for the city is now 823.

1 p.m.: Eighteen residents of Woodbridge Vista Care Community were transported to hospital on Saturday night after testing positive for COVID-19, York Region said.

York Region spokesperson Stephanie Crowley confirmed that paramedics transferred the 18 patients from the long-term-care home near Steeles Avenue and Martin Grove Road to hospitals outside York Region. Crowley did not specify the conditions of the patients.

To date, 80 residents and 20 staff have tested positive for COVID-19 at Woodbridge Vista Care Community, according to provincial figures. Twelve have died.

12 p.m.: The Ontario government is asking for Ottawa’s help to expand broadband internet access for students as schools remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Sunday, in a letter to the federal government, Education Minister Stephen Lecce and Infrastructure Minister Laurie Scott requested “immediate, urgent support” to address gaps in broadband access in areas of rural and Northern Ontario.

“While most residents in Ontario have access to the internet, the speed, quality, and cost vary significantly across the province,” the ministers wrote.

“Existing internet connectivity gaps prevent many elementary and secondary students from accessing the same learning made available to all other Ontario students, affecting education equity.”

The letter states that, according to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, every Canadian should have an internet connection with access to broadband speeds of at least 50 Mbps download and 10 Mbps upload and access to unlimited data.

The Ford government has committed to spend $315 million in the next five years to expand broadband access province-wide, and is asking the federal government to help speed up the effort of bringing almost 3,000 schools across the province, including 99 in Northern Ontario, online.

11 a.m. Ontario’s regional health units are reporting a total of 29,227 confirmed and probable cases, including 2,316 deaths.

The total of 314 new confirmed and probable cases reported since the same time Saturday morning was down from the previous day, as the daily totals continue to fall from a spike that saw the health unit totals above 400 per day most of last week.

The Sunday-morning tally includes the 123 new cases in Toronto and 114 more in Peel Region reported Saturday afternoon; together, the two health units accounted for nearly three-quarters of the province’s new infections.

According to a provincial database of COVID-19 cases, nearly 80 per cent of the 3,783 Ontarians with an active case of COVID-19 reside in the GTA, with nearly 85 per cent of those in living in Toronto or Peel Region.

In many parts of the province, only a handful of patients still have an active illness. Eighteen of Ontario’s 34 regional health units — including all six in Northern Ontario — have fewer than 10 active cases.

Meanwhile, the 18 fatal cases reported in the province since Saturday morning were below recent days. The rate of deaths is down considerably since peaking at more than 90 deaths in a day earlier this month, about two weeks after the daily case totals hit a first peak in mid-April.

Because many health units publish tallies to their websites before reporting to Public Health Ontario, the Star’s count is more current than the data the province puts out each morning.

Earlier Sunday, the province reported Ontario’s COVID-19 testing labs completed 17,014 tests Saturday, marking the third consecutive day above the target total of 16,000 daily.

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The province also reported 781 patients are now hospitalized with COVID-19, including 118 in intensive care, of whom 90 are on a ventilator — numbers that have fallen sharply this month. The province also says nearly 22,000 patients who have tested positive for the coronavirus have now recovered from the disease — about three-quarters of the total infected.

The province says its data is accurate to 4 p.m. the previous day. The province also cautions its latest count of total deaths — 2,247 — may be incomplete or out of date due to delays in the reporting system, saying in the event of a discrepancy, “data reported by (the health units) should be considered the most up to date.”

The Star’s count includes some patients reported as “probable” COVID-19 cases, meaning they have symptoms and contacts or travel history that indicate they very likely have the disease, but have not yet received a positive lab test.

11 a.m. When Kathryn Butler Malette learned her younger sister was diagnosed with COVID-19, she was confronted with a waking nightmare: that her beloved sibling might die alone.

While Ontario’s government has said facilities can allow end-of-life visits, Butler Malette said she was told the Ottawa-area long-term-care home where her sister lives didn’t want to chance it, given the magnitude of the outbreak they were experiencing.

Experts and insiders say that palliative care, which focuses on comfort, has become less of a priority during the COVID-19 pandemic, primarily due to visitor restrictions and even bans born out of staffing shortages and a need to limit exposure to the virus. But some say it’s time to loosen those restrictions and find a balance between keeping everyone safe and allowing dying patients to say goodbye to their loved ones.

Butler Malette would have done anything to be able to be with her sister through her sickness, worn any personal protective equipment, taken any precautions, she said — especially if her sister were to have reached end of life.

It didn’t get that far — after a few dips, Butler Malette’s sister has recovered, though the two have yet to be reunited — but the predicament is playing out in long-term care homes and hospices across the country, said Sharon Baxter, executive director of the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association.

While many provinces are loosening their policies on visiting dying family members, Baxter said, the facilities caring for patients are not always following suit. She said it’s time for that to change.

“We’re wanting to call attention to the issue that we could do much better with compassionate protocols. And now that things are starting to loosen up … now’s the time for us to look at, can we provide PPE for family members?” she said. “Can we make sure that family members can get in and say their goodbyes?”

She said that during this crisis, palliative care has been put on the back burner.

9 a.m.: Pope Francis cheerfully greeted people in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, as he resumed his practice of speaking to the faithful there for the first time since a coronavirus lockdown began in Italy and at the Vatican in early March.

Instead of the tens of thousands of people who might have turned out on a similarly sunny day like in pre-pandemic times, perhaps a few hundred came to the square on Sunday, standing well apart from others or in small family groups.

Until June 3, people aren’t allowed to travel between regions in Italy or arrive from abroad for tourism, so the people in the square came from Rome or places in the region.

Noting this was the first time he could greet people in the square for weeks, Francis said that “one doesn’t emerge from a crisis the same. You either come out better or you come out worse.” He said he’d be back to greet them next Sunday in the same place at noon, smiling and pointing down to the vast square far below his studio window.

8 a.m.: India reported more than 8,000 new cases of the coronavirus in a single day, another record high that topped the deadliest week in the country.

Confirmed infections have risen to 182,143, with 5,164 fatalities, including 193 in the last 24 hours, the Health Ministry said Sunday.

Overall, more than 60 per cent of the virus fatalities have been reported from only two states — Maharashtra, the financial hub, and Gujarat, the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The new cases are largely concentrated in six Indian states, including the capital New Delhi.

There are concerns the virus may be spreading through India’s villages as millions of jobless migrant workers return home from cities during the lockdown. Experts warn that the pandemic is yet to peak in India.

7:45 a.m.: Russia reported 9,268 new cases of the coronavirus on Sunday, the first time in a week that the daily tally exceeded 9,000, but the lowest death toll in several days: 138.

Overall, Russia has recorded 405,843 cases and 4,693 deaths from COVID-19. The relatively low mortality rate compared with other countries has prompted skepticism domestically and abroad.

7 a.m.:Ontarians who rely on prescription medication will hopefully see an onerous COVID-19 precaution lifted by the end of June.

A 30-day limit on prescriptions was brought in by the Ontario government in the early days of the pandemic in an effort to prevent drug shortages. Spokespeople for Ontario’s seniors community and the province’s pharmacy industry say they expect the limitation will be lifted within the month, returning to the usual 90-day maximum by July 1.

“It’s been a difficult policy,” said Justin Bates, the chief executive officer of the Ontario Pharmacists Association. “We stand by the policy, we think it was the right thing to do, but I think everybody’s hopeful that we can get back to 90 days and to a normal cycle of quantity.”

Saturday, 7 p.m. Ontario’s regional health units are reporting 320 new COVID-19 infections, according to the Star’s latest count.

As of 5 p.m. Saturday, the health units had reported a total of 29,212 confirmed and probable cases, including 2,316 deaths. The daily counts have fallen from a spike that saw totals above 400 cases per day most of last week.

Saturday’s tally included 123 new cases in Toronto and 114 more in Peel Region; together, the two health units accounted for nearly three-quarters of the province’s new infections.

According to a provincial database of COVID-19 cases, nearly 80 per cent of the 3,933 Ontarians with an active case of COVID-19 reside in the GTA, with nearly 85 per cent of those in Toronto or Peel Region.



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Wanted: Second-hand computers for N.W.T. students

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Kirby Marshall knows outside of the larger, urban centres in the North, not only is access to the internet limited — so is access to computers.

When COVID-19 hit, Marshall said it was clear to him that schools would be one of the first things to shut down. That would mean kids would be learning remotely, posing a challenge for the hundreds of students in the Northwest Territories without a computer.

Marshall, who owns Global Storm IT in Yellowknife, says there are roughly 500 kids in the N.W.T.’s Tlicho and Dehcho regions that don’t have one.

“This is a big problem and it’s one that’s only going to get solved by people working together,” he said during an interview with Lawrence Nayally, host of CBC’s Trail’s End.

Marshall has been reaching out to companies across the North to see if they would be willing to donate any second-hand machines to equip students with the tools they need to continue learning.

According to a press release from Northern News Services Ltd., the media company is donating a drop-off point where they will “log and sanitize your donation” at no cost. The company will also give a free electronic subscription with each computer.

Ile Royale Enterprises Ltd. is also getting involved. According to the release, the company will be providing strategic advice for the program.

Marshall said because of the pandemic, the global supply chain for computers virtually dried up overnight. Factories shut worldwide and people gobbled up what was left of a dwindling stock so they could improve their work-from-home setups.

Hopes to collect 500 computers

Marshall hopes to receive 500 computers. He has about 50 so far. He sanitizes them, wipes their hard drives and installs software used by schools. He plans to start shipping them out next week.

The business owner hopes it will help keep kids in school, even if they can’t physically be in the classroom.

Schools across the territory will remain closed for the remainder of the school year, and Marshall worries that will mean more students will drop out.

Roughly 40 per cent of Grade 11 and 12 students fail or dropout, according to a recent audit of the territory’s education system.

“With the pandemic, those figures are going to go way up,” Willis said.

He said some educators he talked to suggest the numbers could climb to 80 or 90 per cent — or higher.

“That’s unfathomable,” he said.

“They need help. And so let’s all get together and do what we can to help them.”

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CBC photographer Michael Wilson shares his favourite photos

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Toronto-based videographer and photographer Michael Wilson came to work at CBC Toronto last August, and since that time, his work has been all over our web page and social media accounts. From triumph to tragedy, his photos have helped shine a light on life in Toronto.

As Michael’s time with CBC Toronto comes to an end, we asked him to highlight some of his favourite photos, and explain what they mean to him. Here’s the list:

Rainbow magic

My first assignment with CBC was to take pictures of the food on display at the CNE. This was my favourite picture I took on that day because in addition to one of the foods, it shows someone having fun with it. 

Scheer love of politics

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer launched his 2019 federal election campaign in Vaughan, Ont., by speaking in front of hundreds of supporters. Senior reporter Mark Gollom and I were there to interview and photograph the attendees, but this picture of Scheer after the speech gives a great sense of his interaction with the crowd. 

Ballet school

For the first time ever, Canada’s National Ballet School’s 2019 graduating class had more boys than girls, a remarkable time in the school’s history.

Green gathering

This climate change protest was an incredible experience as I witnessed and photographed tens of thousands of people protesting a worldwide crisis.

High-tech trade

Construction workers are using a project-based application called Procore on their phones, tablets and other devices to help with their projects. For this story I went to a construction site with CBC Business writer Brandie Weikle and took portraits of workers who are helping to bring high tech to their trade.  

Toronto champs

The day before the Toronto Raptors’ home opener, the Larry O’Brien Trophy was on display at Nathan Phillips Square. Fans had their pictures taken with the team’s first ever NBA championship trophy, and the line stretched all the way around the water in the square. Even Toronto Mayor John Tory had his picture taken with the trophy, and he also went down the lineup and spoke with fans. It was an amazing experience to photograph hundreds of excited fans.

Tailgate party

This was the night the Toronto Raptors unveiled their first championship banner and received their first rings. Jurassic Park was open, so people could watch this on the jumbotron outside Scotiabank Arena.

Labour disruption

ETFO president Sam Hammond gave a news conference about whether or not teachers would go on strike, protesting budget cuts that the Ford government made to the province’s education system. A number of elementary school teachers showed their support by standing with him. For me, this was the beginning of a story I helped cover several times.

So cool

Idina Menzel (Elsa), Kristen Bell (Anna) and Josh Gad (Olaf), came to the Scotiabank Theatre for Toronto’s Frozen 2 Premiere. This event  was one of my most memorable assignments because I have two five-year-old cousins who love Frozen, and I was able to tell them I took pictures of the actors who voiced their favourite characters.

Behind the scenes

Sometimes I took behind-the-scenes pictures of CBC staff members in the field or in studio. For this shoot, I took pictures of Ed Middleton and Patrick Morrell shooting drone footage of cranes in downtown Toronto.    

On Nov. 5, 2019, Margaret Atwood was interviewed at the University of Toronto about her new book, The Testaments, a sequel to her 1985 hit, The Handmaid’s Tale. The interview aired on Nov.18 — her 80th birthday. For this shoot, instead of taking pictures, I shot video of her on a slider. This was a particularly memorable assignment because I met one of Canada’s most famous authors, and helped film an interview that aired on CBC’s The National.

All lit up

After winning the Rogers Cup and U.S. Open in 2019, Canadian tennis star Bianca Andreescu lit up the Eaton Centre’s giant Christmas tree and was welcomed by hundreds of fans. This was an incredible event to witness and photograph, especially because I had never seen the tree being lit before. Having a Canadian champion be the one to light it made it extra special.

Canadian tennis champion, Bianca Andreescu lights the 108-foot Christmas tree at the Eaton Centre on Nov. 14, 2019. (Michael Wilson/CBC)

Hockey hero

Before the NHL season was paused, former Zamboni driver and emergency goalie David Ayres stepped in for the Carolina Hurricanes and helped them beat the Toronto Maple Leafs. Later that month, he donated the stick he beat the Leafs with to the Hockey Hall Of Fame, letting me take pictures of a historic moment in the NHL.This marked the first time that pictures I took made it into Hockey Night In Canada’s website and social media posts.

Trudeau in Brampton

In January, I photographed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visiting ABC Technologies in Brampton. He met the staff members there, and gave a news conference about COVID-19.

Ford in Toronto 

In addition to federal politicians, I have also photographed the premier of Ontario. Here, Doug Ford is speaking at a conference at the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada Convention.

Litter problem

During COVID-19, people have been littering personal protective equipment, including masks and gloves.

Market slide

Toronto’s real estate market is one of the many Canadian industries thrown off balance by the pandemic, and this photo has been used in stories both in Toronto and across Canada.

Under the boardwalk

A family of foxes is living under the boardwalk and rocks at Woodbine Beach. This was my favourite story in May because I rarely see foxes, and along with the other people nearby, I was able to spot two baby foxes that ventured out from under the boardwalk.

Off-limits

Part of my job has been documenting how the pandemic has affected Toronto. Due to COVID-19, Cibola Playground on the Toronto Islands is taped off until further notice. Taking pictures during this time was different because there were so many closed places and empty spaces, including playgrounds, that would normally be busy during the day. Almost everywhere you go, there is at least one person wearing a mask.

Fun in the sun

In the last week of May, Toronto’s weather quickly went from somewhat cold to scorching hot. During this time, I shot photos of these people at Balmy Beach.



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