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Today, The Globe and Mail is launching an extensive examination of a Brampton, Ont., neighbourhood that is one of the most impacted by COVID: L6P.

Inside L6P: The sacrifices of a neighbourhood on the move amid COVID

  • When COVID-19 first hit Canada, the country responded with a rallying cry: We are all in this together.
  • Today, we know that well-meaning sentiment was, in many ways, false. It is undeniable that the experiences of Canadians over the past 15 months have been vastly different.
  • The communities in L6P tell the story of the pandemic in Canada and our failures to contain the virus like no other. As it has faltered, so too has the rest of the country. How it recovers speaks to our collective future.

The story behind the project can be read in English, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu and Gujarati.

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In the last 7 days, 35,033 cases were reported, down 26 per cent from the previous 7 days. There were 286 deaths announced, down 15 per cent over the same period. At least 3,242 people are being treated in hospitals and 1,262,361 others are considered recovered.

Canada’s inoculation rate is 13th among 84 countries with a population of one million or more people.

Sources: Canada data is compiled from government websites, Johns Hopkins and COVID-19 Canada Open Data Working Group; international data is from Johns Hopkins University.


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Photo of the day

Workers exit a bus as they head in for their shift at the Amazon fulfillment centre in Brampton, Ont., on May 11, 2021. The L6P postal code area in Brampton has seen high test positivity rates for COVID-19, and many essential workers live in this area, or live in multigenerational households.

Fred Lum/the Globe and Mail


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Inside L6P


In Ottawa, the Transport Minister said Canada can’t commit to a date when travel restrictions will be eased. Changes to hotel quarantine or reopening the border will be determined by unspecified “data and evidence.”

Also today, Canadian researchers have launched a study looking at the safety of mixing COVID-19 vaccine doses. The federally funded study, which aims to recruit 1,300 people in six cities, could inform officials if it is possible to “mix and match” vaccines.


Coronavirus around the world


Coronavirus and business

The Bank of Canada ranked household indebtedness and accelerating home prices among the biggest threats to the economy in the medium term.

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  • “Some people may be thinking that the kind of price increases we have seen recently will continue. That would be a mistake,” Bank of Canada Governor Tiff Macklem said at a news conference on Thursday.

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Sources: Canada data are compiled from government websites, Johns Hopkins University and COVID-19 Canada Open Data Working Group; international data are from Johns Hopkins.

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