NOW What episode 11: On the frontline at No Frills

Grocery store worker Rechev Browne explains how the pandemic is bringing out the worst in customers – and how the city isn't doing much to make things better

The COVID-19 pandemic has shifted reality as we know it, with entire nations going into isolation in an attempt to flatten the curve of infection and reduce the impact on our health-care systems. It’s the right thing to do, but we’re all feeling a little cut off at from one another at the moment.

Here at NOW, we’re in the same situation – scattered around the city, working from home and still trying our best to make some connections with each other and our readers. And that’s where our new podcast comes in: NOW What, hosted by senior film writer Norm Wilner, here to explore the ways in which Torontonians are coping with life in the time of coronavirus. 

In this week’s issue, we interviewed frontline workers to find out how they’re managing the stress of working through a global pandemic, often in risky or even hostile conditions. To talk that out, Norm welcomes NOW’s political editor Enzo DiMatteo, Rechev Browne, a grocery store worker at a No Frills store in Etobicoke and NOW culture writer Radheyan Simonpillai.

New episodes of NOW What will be released every Tuesday and Friday. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, listen on Spotify or just play it below. And remember, we’re all in this together.


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