I've read a lot about how the lockdown is affecting those who actually keep society running, but tend to be paid lower wages with fewer benefits more than others. I sincerely hope we can find a way after this is all over to better balance the rewards for doing all this vital work - the grocery clerks, delivery drivers, garbage collectors, and all the others who we take for granted all the time, the ones who are still out there keeping the important things in society running.
Another indication of disparity I read about today is the uneven quality of rural internet, creating a divide between urban and rural. This is one of my pet peeves as we've lived in a rural area and now a small town for ten years. There are all kinds of ways in which these areas get poorer service than large urban centres.
Now that schools have been closed here for a further month and the province has moved to provide on-line learning, this is especially critical.
Many students in rural areas will find themselves unable to even download photos, let alone participate in on-line discussions or download videos. In a lower income family with no computer the expectation that students staying at home will keep up with their classmates becomes ridiculous.
It is far beyond time that high-speed internet was available to all. The pandemic simply underscores all the unjustified disparities in our society and makes them worse!
Let's do something about it!