For more than 30 years, a small city nestled in the mountains of British Columbia’s West Kootenay region has been working to clean up lead pollution that spewed from the local smelter for almost a century.
The mostly LGBTQ+-identified young people checking in to The Studio’s virtual programming are finding comfort in community that in some cases would have been out of reach pre-pandemic, when the drop-in youth wellness hub was in-person only.
The working arts space SKETCH, near Trinity Bellwoods in Toronto’s inner west, provides a stage for a diverse cast of young people on the city’s margins to create and facilitate. It’s tantalizingly close to securing its space permanently.
They’ve been closed or reduced to serving the odd overpriced takeout beer for most of 2020, but bar owners are still paying liability insurance as though drunken patrons are stumbling downstairs to the bathrooms, if they can retain coverage at all.