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Did you lose a loved one to COVID-19? Global News wants to help remember them

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The number of Canadian cases of the novel coronavirus is approaching 100,000 nearly three months after the World Health Organization declared it a pandemic.

The number of deaths has topped 7,000 — a heartbreaking loss of life.

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On their own, the statistics are revealing. They tell us that more Canadian women are getting COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, and dying as a result. They tell us that poor neighbourhoods are harder hit than their wealthier counterparts. And they tell us that a disproportionate number of Black people are dying related to COVID-19 in the United States, although finding race-based data is still a struggle in Canada.

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At Global News, we’ve written story after story about the various ways COVID-19 is impacting people’s lives, from exacerbating systemic racism to destroying sex workers’ main source of income to hurting people’s finances and access to loans more generally to increasing the risk of domestic violence and leaving parents in the lurch.

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Now, we want to hear from those of you who’ve lost a loved one.

We want to know your favourite memories, the personality quirks you miss so much, how much you loved their smiles or their eyes or their hugs. We want to see your favourite photos.

And then, with your permission, we want to share those memories with Canadians, so they can see the people you loved the way you saw them.

If you would like to participate, please reach out directly based on where your loved one lived:

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