These maps show Toronto’s current COVID-19 hot spots are not where you think they are. As per reports from local media, these areas are home to more than 3 per cent of Toronto’s population.
Here are the top five hot spots in Toronto:
1. The Junction
A neighbourhood which had made headlines since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Now, the neighborhood is home to more than 3% of the city’s population.
The Junction in the east end of Toronto was identified in a recent post by CityNews as the most populated area in the city. CityNews reporter, Tom Clarke, went on to report that 3 per cent of Toronto’s population lives in the Junction.
This is not the first time Toronto has been accused of having an over-populated and underclass living in the Junction.
In fact, there have been several studies that claim the neighbourhood has high rates of homelessness and addiction.
One of the most recent studies to look at this issue claims the following: “Data from a report by the Canadian Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CCAMH) found that in a sample of 2,650 homeless people experiencing homelessness in six cities, the incidence of alcohol- and drug-related psychiatric conditions was as high as 31 per cent.”
CityNews reported that this data was a result of “…a random sampling of people experiencing homelessness in Toronto.”
‘We’re not talking about over-population’, reads a response from the CityNews reporter. According to the CityNews reporter, “…the study looked at prevalence data, and there was no evidence of an over-population problem, not in the city that we were looking at.”
CityNews quoted a spokesperson from the community who said this:
“Toronto has a growing population and it’s a city that can’t keep up with the demands of a growing population. So I would say that the numbers are pretty appropriate.”
The spokesperson also claims that the number of homeless in the city has been declining since 2005.
2- The Weston
After news of a study that claimed that 5% of the population lived in the area, the City of Toronto identified four hot spots for the coronavirus outbreak in Toronto:
The Weston (East