Toronto’s COVID-19 divide: The city’s northwest corner has been ‘failed by the system’

Leticia Deawuo, executive director of Black Creek Community Farm, calls the high rate of COVID-19 in her neighbourhood “heartbreaking.”

When Toronto Public Health released its map of neighbourhoods hardest hit by COVID-19, for people in the city’s northwestit felt like déjà vu.

It looked strikingly similar to the map showing where chronic diseases like diabetes are highest. It mirrored a 2014 report highlighting Toronto neighbourhoods facing the biggest social and economic disadvantages. It might as well have been any number of maps showing some of the city’s highest concentrations of poverty in highrises or lowest post-secondary education.

Read the story published in the Toronto Star, July 11, 2020