As for someone who was born and raised in Toronto, I can say Toronto is getting worse. The mayor and the people. Whether if I am driving in my car and people are just damn ignorant to others around them or walking my dogs on the trail and encountering idiots who think they own the damn trail and literally walk or jog over you. Then you need a hammer to crack open that thick shell Canadians have. You know the friendly one’s are, the new immigrants who just arrived here. And add to all that how boring and flat Toronto is. I’ll move to Vancouver in a second. What did you want to do today? Let’s go to the mall…NOT
Added to all that, the expensive cable/cell phone costs, one of the highest in the world.
VANCOUVER—Politicians and business leaders are fond of touting Vancouver’s reputation as the most livable city in the world.
But a drop to number three on the ranking system means those bragging rights have been lost.
For the first time in almost a decade, Vancouver has lost its top spot after being beaten by the perpetual runners-up Melbourne and Vienna. Toronto was ranked fourth and Calgary came in sixth of 150 cities surveyed by the Economist Intelligence Unit, the research arm for the company that publishes the influential magazine The Economist.
“It’s a tiny difference between Melbourne and Vancouver,” said Jon Copestake of the Economist Intelligence Unit in an interview from the U.K. “Vancouver’s score is 97.3 out of 100, almost perfect. You can’t ask for much more than that. There’s only a 0.2 percentage point difference between Vancouver and Melbourne.”
Toronto’s score was 97.2 per cent.
Copestake said the Vancouver riots in June did not have an impact because the rankings had already been completed at the time.
It was Vancouver’s ranking in infrastructure that caused the city to dip in score. The Economist Intelligence Unit cited construction and an incident on the Malahat Highway, which closed down the roadway for hours last April, as to why Vancouver’s infrastructure rating was lower.
But Vancouver still scored better than Toronto in its infrastructure and culture/environment ratings.
Vancouver Board of Trade interim president and CEO Grayden Hayward said being the most liveable city gave Vancouver’s businesses and tourism industries bragging rights.
“But maybe we shouldn’t have been bragging so much if the criteria is that flimsy,” said Hayward. “There must be some confusion because there’s really no connection at all between what happens on the Malahat and the traffic in Vancouver.”
The Malahat Highway is not in Vancouver but on Vancouver Island — about 60 kilometres away.
But Copestake said the Economist Intelligence Unit was aware that the Malahat Highway, a twisty and scenic 20-kilometre stretch of road between Victoria and Nanaimo, is not that close to Vancouver.
“We don’t just look at the immediate urban environment of the city, we look at the whole area around the region,” said Copestake. “It’s an example of raised congestion levels in and around Vancouver.”
A recent Statistics Canada survey found that Toronto residents had the longest commute times in the country at 33 minutes on average with Vancouver commuters third at 30 minutes behind Montreal at 31 minutes.
Vancouver city Councillor Geoff Meggs said that while it’s amusing that a highway on Vancouver Island could affect Vancouver’s rankings, some valid points have been raised.
“We start to believe our own advertising too much over these rankings. It can breed a bit of complacency and people start challenging us,” said Meggs.
Top 10 cities for livability
Bottom 10 cities for livability
Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire)
Port Moresby (Papua
Source: Economist Intelligence Unit