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Wide wellness gap between Saskatoon's rich and poor

We've always known that the poorest people living in our communities are much more likely to experience health problems when compared to the broad population base.


What may strike some as surprising, even shocking, is the extent of the health gap disparity which apparently exists between the wealthiest and the poorest Saskatoon residents. This morning's Star Phoenix featured a story titled, Rich-poor Health Gap Shocking and gave us a sneak peek at some data which will be published Friday in the Canadian Journal of Public Health. The study's data reveals that people who reside in some of Saskatoon's poorest core neighbourhoods like Pleasant Hill, Riversdale, Westmount, Meadowgreen, King George and the Confederation Suburban Centre have significantly higher health and wellness challenges when compared to the city as a whole, and that the disparity is substantially greater when compared to residents of Saskatoon's wealthiest areas like Erindale, Briarwood, Arbor Creek, Lakeridge, and College Park.


  • Suicide attempts are 3.8 times higher in these core neighbourhoods when compared to the city as a whole and 16 times higher when compared to Saskatoon’s most affluent areas.
  • Mental disorders are 1.9 times higher in these core neighbourhoods when compared to the city as a whole and 35 times higher when compared to Saskatoon’s most affluent areas.
  • Hepatitis C rates are 8 times higher in these core neighbourhoods when compared to the city as a whole and 16 times higher when compared to Saskatoon’s most affluent areas.
  • Chlamydia rates are 4.3 times higher in these core neighbourhoods when compared to the city as a whole and 14.9 times higher when compared to Saskatoon’s most affluent areas.
  • Diabetes rates are 4 times higher in these core neighbourhoods when compared to the city as a whole and 12.9 times higher when compared to Saskatoon’s most affluent areas.

Read the full Star Phoenix story for reactions from the health community.


Norm Fisher

Royal LePage Vidorra

Norm Fisher, Author of the TeamFisher Saskatoon Real Estate Blog

About Norm

Licensed in 1993, Norm brings a wealth of experience to TeamFisher. He has worked in every imaginable capacity including sales agent, office manager, team leader, broker and now, broker/owner. Norm has written a weekly review of the Saskatoon real estate market for more than 650 consecutive weeks which may make him the most consistent industry blogger in the world.Less...

Licensed in 1993, Norm brings a wealth of experience to TeamFisher. He has worked in every imaginable capacity including sales agent, office manager, team leader, broker and now, broker/owner. Norm has written a weekly review of the Saskatoon real estate market for more than 650 consecutive weeks which may make him the most consistent industry blogger in the world.

Norm is known for his passion for technology and can most often be found exploring and experimenting with the next big thing in real estate marketing. He was the first Saskatoon real estate agent to promote a home online and has been an early adopter of new technologies ever since. “Everything about this business has changed over the past 20 years, and it will happen again in the next ten. An open mind and a curious attitude are all that’s needed to continue to find new ways to serve our clients by delivering a faster, smoother, worry-free transaction,” says Norm.

In his spare time, Norm enjoys Crossfit and cycling, some years accumulating over 2,000 kilometres on the road. He’s a strong supporter of the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation and enjoys raising funds by joining fun, fitness-related initiatives like the Grouse Grind for Shelter. In 2015, he trekked the Peruvian Andes to Machu Picchu. In 2017 he walked the southern highlands of Iceland across mountains, sand, snow, ice, lava fields and forest for seven days. Collectively those initiatives raised over a million dollars for Canadian women's shelters.
 

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