I try to abstain from posting politically charged issues and the point of perspective in this blog is that of a questioning nature rather than a stance.
Are you aware that there are serious genetic problems in the Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean region? While this may fascinate the scientific mind, for those facing the concurrent possibilities of birth defects and debilitating effects of genetic problems- this can prove terrifying. The government is aware of this problem created by a lack of adequate diversity in a growing population.
Let’s look at the history; with colonization in the 1840s and small settlements (20-30 ‘founders’ ) growing into bigger ones (275,000) within its’ own consanguinity. The issue of inbreeding is precisely that of the genes that are created. The genetic susceptibility thus creates issues that are dangerous to the very survival of the population. Genetic variation is essential.
So how to introduce romance into this little world? People around the globe speak many languages. Ici, on parle français. Interracial marriages have been on ‘An exceptionally and phenomenally steady rise. Cities such as Saguenay and Trois-Rivieres…have…40% or more of their coupled-off visible minority residents …partnered with people outside their group’ whereas most urban cities stats come to about 5-6%.
The standing hurdle to relationships? Perhaps religion. ‘’ The study revealed 38 per cent of British Columbian Catholics are in long-term relationships with people from other religions, compared to just 27 per cent of all Catholics outside Quebec and only three per cent of Catholics inside Quebec .’’ So, with a Charter of Values, this literally removes the physical appearance of religions, allowing people, perhaps, to see beyond the barrier of religion.
Manipulation of genome expression through nutrition is the focus of the ISNN conference coming to Quebec City this weekend that I will be attending. I intend to speak to the worldwide renowned experts on this topic to see what the current and cutting research is indicating.
However, as much as nutrition can play a role in healing the destructive traits of recessive disorders, clearly a bigger solution is required for the survival of Quebec. Could this be the motive rather than a seeming intolerance to those wearing the garbs of different faiths?
1. Campbell, Cathy ‘Community Health in Spotlight’ Families & Health. Published by The Vanier Institute of the Family 2000 Vol 10.
2. Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saguenay%E2%80%93Lac-Saint-Jean Accessed Sept 30, 2013.
3. Proudfoot, Shannon ‘Number of mixed-race couples on the rise in Canada: StatsCan’ CanWest News Service. April 23, 2010. http://www.canada.com/Number+mixed+race+couples+rise+Canada+StatsCan/2928592/story.html Accessed Sept 30, 2013.
4. Todd, Douglas ‘Interfaith Marriage on the Rise in Canada’ The Search. Vancouver Sun. http://blogs.vancouversun.com/2011/12/23/interfaith-marriage-on-the-rise-in-canada/ Accessed Sept 30, 2013