Carlyn Zwarenstein Carlyn Zwarenstein

    Carlyn is a freelance journalist based in Toronto. She writes about pain, struggle, injustice, drugs, exile, suffering—and how to make it better. Her work has appeared in publications including the Washington Post, the Guardian, the Globe and Mail and many others. Her memoir, Opium Eater: The New Confessions, was a Globe and Mail Best 100 book of 2016. An expanded version, incorporating journalism about substance use, pain, harm reduction and what people need to be well, will be published in 2021.

    How a Canadian Decriminalization Model Can Improve on Portugal

    Isolation, drug-supply disruptions and other effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have sent North America’s ...

    Housing First and the Homelessness Crisis: What Went Wrong?

    “The homeless crisis interested me,” says Mary Duffy of the time before she herself ...

    The Pandemic Accelerates the Rise⁠—and Criminalization⁠—of Tent Cities

    Just before we went into lockdown, I visited Sanctuary, a homelessness organization in Toronto, ...

    Five of the Ways Unsanctioned Harm Reduction Continues to Blaze Trails

    Unsanctioned grassroots initiatives—from the unofficial to the plain illegal—are both the origins and the ...

    Harm Production: Ontario’s Brutal Cuts Add Fuel to the Overdose Fire

    Viewed from the United States, Canada’s comparatively liberal social mores and universal healthcare would ...