Map of the Week: Ontario registered organ donors
|ANDREW STAWICKI/TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTO|
This week's map looks at rates of organ donor registration in Ontario. A link to a fully interactive version is above. The results are discussed more fully in an article in today's paper..
The map shows that Ontario residents sign up for the province's organ donor registry at very different rates, and that the rates show clear geographic patterns.
Parts of the GTA have have very low rates. The pattern is dramatic. The lowest-ranking 50 postal codes out of about 500 in all Ontario all cluster in northwest Toronto and the nearby part of Vaughan, and in Scarborough and the nearby part of Markham:
By contrast, northeastern Ontario shows far higher rates, with a belt stretching from Muskoka through Sudbury and North Bay and north of Lake Superior showing rates over 30%. A top 10 list of Ontario's 500-odd postal codes includes two different neighbourhoods in Timmins and two different neighbourhoods in North Bay.
These are real regional differences with sharply defined clusters. The question is: what lies behind them? At first I wondered whether it was local differences in the approach taken when health cards are renewed, but apparently this is supposed to be done uniformly across the province.
So these are real choices, rooted in a complicated mix of attitudes about death, the body, strangers, medicine and so forth.
(What was your experience when you renewed your health card? Let us know in the comments.)
Within Toronto, the city generally has rates under 10%, except for the inverted-T shape of the older neighbourhoods of the former City of Toronto, which have rates between 10 and 20%. York Region has rates below 10% south of a line more or less at King-Vaughan Road and Stouffville Road, and between 10-20% north of that. Much of Oakville has rates over 20%.
The Hamilton area has generally higher rates, with Dundas, Ancaster and the downtown neighbourhood south of Main St. W. showing rates over 30%.
Here is a top 20 list:
|1||P1C||43.80%||Northern North Bay|
|3||P3G||39.80%||North shore of Georgian Bay E of Killarney|
|4||P1A||39.20%||Southern North Bay|
|6||P9N||36.91%||East of Kenora|
|7||P0H||36.80%||Upper Ottawa Valley, outskirts of North Bay|
|9||P7J||35.88%||South of Thunder Bay|
|10||P0G||35.69%||Georgian Bay shore north of Parry Sound|
|11||P0C||35.48%||South of Parry Sound|
|12||P3E||35.48%||Southern Sudbury and area to the south|
|13||P3Y||35.35%||West of Sudbury|
|14||P4N||35.13%||Central Timmins, area to the west|
|15||P2B||34.27%||West Nipissing (W of North Bay)|
|16||P3L||34.26%||Northwest of Sudbury|
|17||P0N||34.22%||East of Timmins|
|20||P3N||33.88%||North of Sudbury|
and a bottom 20 list:
|484||M1W||5.20%||Toronto: Northwest corner of Scarborough|
|485||M3M||5.19%||Toronto: Central Downsview|
|486||M6B||5.18%||Toronto: Glencairn/Allen area|
|488||M6M||4.92%||Toronto: Keelesdale/Mount Dennis|
|489||M1X||4.86%||Toronto: Morningside Heights|
|491||M9M||4.84%||Toronto: Weston Rd-Shepphard area|
|492||M3K||4.83%||Toronto: Eastern Downsview|
|493||L4K||4.74%||Vaughan: Keele/Langstaff area|
|494||L3S||4.61%||Markham: Markham Rd/14thSt area|
|495||L4J||4.42%||Vaughan: Centre St/Bathurst area|
|496||M1V||4.29%||Toronto: Milliken area|
|497||M3L||4.27%||Toronto: Western Downsview|
|498||M4H||3.99%||Toronto: Thorncliffe Park|
|501||M9L||3.80%||Toronto: Humber Summit|
|502||M6L||3.80%||Toronto: NW of Black Creek/Lawrence|
The data was released by the Ministry of Health under access-to-information laws.
Each FSA has an individual graphic, like this one: