My first piece for Torontoist in over 3 years is up. It’s about TO Prosperity, Toronto’s anti-poverty plan. It’s an ambitious 20-year plan, and the article looks at how well the city’s been following it after the first year. How well they’ve done so far depends on who you ask, but I’ll let you read the article if you want to know more.
The assignment opened my eyes the reality of Toronto’s poverty problem. I’ve always known that this is an expensive place to live, but I didn’t realize how bad things had gotten. Having lived in Montreal for 3 years I often like to compare the two cities, and now that I think about it Toronto does seem to have more homeless people on its streets than Montreal. Rent and public transit are far more expensive in TO, and those two things make up a huge portion of your budget when you live in poverty. The City of Toronto has a lot of work to do if it wants to be an affordable and livable city for everyone, not just the well-to-do.
It’s so refreshing to do real journalism again! For so long I’ve been writing content that doesn’t involve a lot of journalistic skill, and on subjects that don’t interest me a great deal or hit as hard as this recent piece on Torontoist; fluff content, basically. I always want to make a difference with my writing, to write about something that matters, and Torontoist gives me the chance to do that.
Moving forward, I’ll continue reporting on development issues at City Hall, focusing on infrastructure and social welfare, and edging into politics. Writing about stuff like this gives me a sense of purpose and satisfaction which I’ve been lacking for a long time. It’s good to be back.