From the Toronto Star:
New immigrants in Toronto’s low-income neighbourhoods are 50 per cent more likely to develop diabetes than long-term residents in areas that are more walking- and cycling-friendly, says a new study.
For recent newcomers, environment is a crucial factor in accelerating the risk of obesity-related conditions such as diabetes, says the study by St. Michael’s Hospital endocrinologist and researcher Dr. Gillian Booth, published in the Diabetes Journal on Monday.
Least walkable neighbourhoods are often newly developed areas characterized by urban sprawl and heavy reliance on cars.
“Adding poverty to the mix, new immigrants in less walkable neighbourhoods have a far higher risk of developing diabetes than those in highly walkable, high-income neighbourhoods,” said Booth, an adjunct scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences.In response to the above a reader to the Star had this to say:
Re: Newcomers face higher risk, Sept. 18
The article by Nicholas Keung on the relationship between unhealthy immigrants and the walkability of neighbourhoods is an issue that strikes close to home. I am a daughter of immigrants, and I live in Richmond Hill, near Markham.
My family chose this neighbourhood for a whole host of reasons, including cultural homogeneity — the surrounding area is dominated by Chinese businesses, restaurants, and similar residents.
Unfortunately, our neighbourhood has suffered from some of the worst symptoms of urban sprawl: big-box stores in centralized locations, infrequent and undependable public transport, and an astonishing lack of bike lanes. As a result, we are a four-car household, drive nearly everywhere, and I feel our health and community has suffered for it.
However, things are starting to change, and the original nature of the urban sprawl development does not have to define a neighbourhood for good.
Markham has advanced its transit system by leaps and bounds with the new upgrades to the VIVA system, upgrades to bus shelters and pedestrian walkways, and the new construction of the Markham downtown.
But as drivers are swearing all up and down through the construction traffic along Highway 7, only time will tell how a community so entrenched in its car-use will react to these transformations.
Jennifer Ng, Richmond HillHow about that!
Chinese nationals move to multicultural Canada so that they can live in a culturally homogeneous Chinese neighbourhood.
From this we can deduce that 1) that immigrants too don't care for the multiculturalism Canada has to offer, 2) Canada has well established Chinese colonies on Canadian soil, 3) Chinese are racists since they prefer to live among their own in a multi-racial society.
If they wanted to stay in a culturally homogeneous Chinese neighbourhood they should have stayed in China. Since they didn't and immigrated to one of China's colonies in Canada instead it seems to me they're not here to live in Canada but live off of the country. That being the case their relationship to Canada is not symbiotic but parasitic but isn't that how it is for most immigrants to Canada these days?
Also, what she wrote reinforces what should already be apparent: mass immigration is to blame for the culture-less, ugly, banal, big-box store infested, urban sprawl wastelands surrounding Canada's major cities devastating prime agricultural farmland and destroying Canada's natural heritage in the process. If immigrants have made any real cultural contributions to Canada it is this.