Westmount vs St-Henri – Neighbors with nothing in common


I don’t read the pseudo-tabloid that is the Journal de Montréal, but as I was waiting for a friend at the gym today I picked it up and discovered a very interesting (although terribly written) article about the huge differences between Westmount (one of the richest parts of Montreal) and Saint-Henri (one of the poorest) which are separated only by one street / a few hundred meters.

A difficult read, but here were some interesting factoids to translate out:

  • Students in Saint-Henri are half as likely to finish high school.
  • In Saint-Henri, a little less than 57.3% of adults 20 and over have finished high school. Cross Saint-Antoine street, and this proportion jumps to over 90%.
  • Nearly half of students who enroll into junior high school (Secondary 1) in Saint-Henri do so at least a year behind.
  • Life expectancy is 82.1 years in Westmount. In Saint-Henri, you can expect to live over 10 years less than that.

These types of stats, of course, occur all over the country… but these obviously hit harder because they’re closer to home. We’ve got such a long way to go… : \

Reporter: “What do you think about western civilization?”

Gandhi: “I think it would be a good idea.”

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