Ever since I can remember I've heard the comment that there is "no difference" between Canadians and Americans. I respectfully beg to differ as there is a difference on so many levels! We have unique Canadian culture consisting of Canadianisms, a Canadian perspective on world events, Canadian cuisine as well as products and foods only available in Canada. This blog is dedicated to celebrating all things Canadian from "my perspective" as a Canadian. Please enjoy your visit and be sure to visit often.

Garden Gnome
Americans should never underestimate the constant pressure on Canada which the mere presence of the United States has produced. We're different people from you and we're different people because of you. Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, if I can call it that, one is effected by every twitch and grunt. It should not therefore be expected that this kind of nation, this Canada, should project itself as a mirror image of the United States.
- Pierre Trudeau

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Toronto Dubbed the Most Miserable City in Canada

A recent study by the Canadian Centre for the Study of Living Standards has found that Toronto is the most miserable city in Canada1.  Apparently Toronto ranks rather low on the happiness scale, scoring 4.15 out of 5.  Reasons stated for the low happiness score was a lower sense of belonging to local communities combined with a higher stress level.

The results of this study has me scratching my head, pondering.  From this Canadian's perspective, Toronto is my favourite city.  About the only negative thing to say about Toronto that I can come up with is lay off the horns!  Seriously honking the horn the way many do in Toronto is down right impolite.  I think the study missed the little pockets of local communities within Toronto as well.  It is quite reasonable to expect the stress level to increase somewhat in any city but the stress level can be quite high in small, rural communities as well.  Just try to get decent, high speed internet service in rural Canada and you will see your stress level superseding that of city living!  To brand Toronto as the most miserable city in Canada is really a bit unfair!


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