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We Are Not the Virus is a four-part documentary podcast about life inside Toronto's encampments.

Each episode draws on a different element—water, wind, fire and earth—to talk about encampment life, local histories and the creative ways residents are making a home in one of the most expensive cities in the world.

A project of the Encampment Support Network.
Produced by Aliya Pabani and Allie Graham.

On two days of a July heatwave, residents walk us through life in the park and share strategies for living in a pandemic without access to life's most vital resource.

How do you start over, again and again, when you're constantly being told to disappear? Meet the people making their homes in a place where everything moves fast, just not for them.


"This is outstanding and very listenable on-the-ground reporting! It’s not every day you come across a podcast that touches the live current of life in our cities with urgency while also being funny and touching."

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"Only one episode so far, but this show is so thoughtfully put together, it made me think about things in new ways. Never heard anything like this before and I love it."