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

Saskatoon real estate market continues at record pace

The Saskatoon Real Estate market continued to move at a “faster than normal rate” with buyer demand outweighing supply of good quality residential listings. The month of October saw resale activity reach 303 units, an increase of 26% as compared to October of 2005. Dollar volume soared close to 50% as compared to the same period in 2005 to close the month at $64,875,357.00. Average selling prices continued to rise. Saskatoon homes brought an average price of $166,766 in October, which represents an increase of 19% over October sales in 2005. A larger than normal number of sales in the luxury category skewed those numbers to some extent. Overall, average selling prices are up 11% taking sales activity in all categories and throughout the year into account.

The current state of active listings, combined with steady demand leads me to believe that we will continue to see upward pressure on home prices into the early winter months.

Norm Fisher
Royal LePage Vidorra