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Old 05-18-2011, 10:59 PM
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Default St. Catharines is 2nd poorest community in Ontario

Just doing some research for a different post, I came across the stuff below (source: Wikipedia)


Poverty

The median income of $23,400 is the second lowest in Ontario (2004).


Obesity

Since 1998, St. Catharines has had one of the highest obesity rates of any centre in Canada. A 2001 analysis by Statistics Canada showed that 57.3 percent of its residents were overweight.[12] This has caused some elements of the media, including CTV,[12] the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation[13][14] and the Globe and Mail[15] to dub St. Catharines as Canada's "fattest" city.
In 2008, new statistics were released that show that the percentage obese or obese/overweight residents of Hamilton (74.3%), Kingston (70.1%), and St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador (70%) is now higher than St. Catharines-Niagara (69.3%), though the obesity rate in St. Catharines was higher in 2008 than in 1998.[16]

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I wonder if city councilors are aware of this, and still think it's ok not to do EVERYTHING in their power to keep big manufacturers here. Average yearly wage of $23K is exactly what you get when you think it's a good idea to push the tourism industry over historically well paying jobs like tradesmen/women. They should be offering up vacant land for FREE LEASE to any company who's median wage is $25K or more. I swear, I should run for council. They need someone to make the tough decisions.


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AD: That's not a bad idea. Just be prepared to be second-guessed by everybody.

As for St. Catharines having a high rate of obesity....does that mean we have to rename the city Fat Catharines? (Much like some wags have called San Antonio,Texas Fat Antonio, for much the same reasons...)
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