In early March 2020, the word "caremongering" did not exist. Now, what started as a way to help vulnerable people in Toronto has turned into a movement across Canada. Over 35 Facebook "caremongering groups" have been set up in 72 hours to serve communities in places including Ottawa, Halifax and Annapolis County in Nova Scotia, with more than 30,000 members between them. An initiator of the first caremongering group, Valentina Harper, says it has "spread the opposite of panic in people, brought out community and camaraderie, and allowed us to tackle the needs of those who are at-risk all the time – now more than ever."

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