Sarmishta Subramanian

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Education

The lost year in education

Education disruption is the ‘shadow pandemic’ that could eclipse the health crisis in its impact. And with mounting learning gaps and lagging policy, Canadian students are falling behind their global peers.
Residents of Toronto's Jane and Finch neighbourhood, in the M3N postal code, line up at a pop-up COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Saturday, April 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston
Canada

Here’s what you really need to get a COVID vaccine in Ontario

An alchemy involving copious free time, a car and loads of social capital—adding up to a terrible way to get jabs into the arms that need them most
A sign tells people to stay home because of the COVID pandemic, along a road in Kingston, Ont., on April 17, 2020 (CP/Lars Hagberg)
Health

Why months of ’Stay Home’ messaging didn’t work in Ontario

The COVID messaging contained a preponderance of confusing and unhelpful information, known in common parlance as BS. The results were disastrous.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford, left, and Education Minister Stephen Lecce walk the hallway before making an announcement regarding the governments plan for a safe reopening of schools in the fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic at Father Leo J Austin Catholic Secondary School in Whitby, Ont., on Thursday, July 30, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Health

Parents of Ontario, maybe it’s time to call a strike

Sarmishta Subramanian: In just a few weeks our kids will pile into overcrowded, poorly ventilated classrooms. Our voices aren’t being heard. So maybe it’s time to walk off the job (if we have jobs)
Artwork done by Thridev during the pandemic.
Society

‘If we had to go back to school I’d be furious’: Kids on pandemic life

Kids on fighting boredom, too much screen time, and what’s actually better about life in these times
(Photograph by Jennifer Roberts)
Health

The COVID-19 pandemic is remapping childhood—and the effects may linger

Not only do we not understand what the virus does to kids, we’re also in the dark about what this crisis might mean for them psychologically and emotionally. Some researchers are trying to look ahead.
Daily Life During Coronavirus Epidemic In Toronto
Economy

Why Covid-19 finally makes the ’essential economy’ impossible to ignore

Economist Armine Yalnizyan on what the economy will look like after the pandemic, and how decades of spending cuts left Canada ill-prepared when the crisis struck
A view of Times Square hours ahead of the implementation of 'New York State on PAUSE' executive order as the coronavirus continues to spread across the United States on March 22, 2020, in New York City. The World Health Organization declared coronavirus (COVID-19) a global pandemic on March 11th. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
Business

The end of economic growth

What economies face now may not be solely a coronavirus-triggered meltdown. As devastating as the coming recession—or depression—is likely to be, the health crisis is exacerbating problems in a system that was already under strain.
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Canada

Anne Kingston: Her beat was life

’Everything connects,’ her Twitter bio begins, and in Anne’s work, it did. She was the model for what a writer could be.
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Canada

Desmond Cole: ’Canada insists on being surprised by its own racism’

Cole, a leading Black activist and critic of systemic racial injustices, sits down with Sarmishta Subramanian to discuss his new book ’The Skin We’re In’