In Scarborough, where COVID-19 test positivity now ranges to over 20 per cent, the pandemic looks different than it does in Toronto’s wealthy core.

Though help is expected, Scarborough’s recovery in 2021 will be longer and tougher, and these next winter months will be especially bleak.

Many people in Oakridge, in Scarborough’s southwest, don’t have the luxury of staying home during lockdown.

“Poverty is another pandemic,” said Sultana Jahangir, president of the South Asian Women’s Rights Organization, a group based in the Teesdale apartments neighbourhood.