Archives for the month of: September, 2012

If you’re happy and you know it, a new report suggests you might be from Canada.

The Centre for the Study of Living Standards says more than 90 per cent of Canadians surveyed report they are either satisfied or very satisfied with their lives.

The centre tracked numbers collected by Statistics Canada in its community health survey between 2003 and 2011.

Canadians have stayed happy through that entire period, with 91 per cent reporting life satisfaction in 2003 and 92 per cent saying so last year.

SEE: Canadian cities ranked by their increase in happiness, according to the report :

 
#1:   Montreal
Life satisfaction in 2011: 93.7
Per cent change since 2003: 3.4 increase
#2:   Peterborough
Life satisfaction in 2011: 94.2
Per cent change since 2003: 3.2 increase
#3:   Saint John
Life satisfaction in 2011: 93.6
Per cent change since 2003: 2.9 increase
#4:   London
Life satisfaction in 2011: 93.2
Per cent change since 2003: 2.5 increase
#5:   Vancouver
Life satisfaction in 2011: 92
Per cent change since 2003: 2.3 increase
#6:   Quebec City
Life satisfaction in 2011: 95.4
Per cent change since 2003: 1.9 increase
#7:   Toronto
Life satisfaction in 2011: 90.9
Per cent change since 2003: 1.8 increase
#8:   Saskatoon
Life satisfaction in 2011: 92.6
Per cent change since 2003: 1.7 increase
#9:   Ottawa – Gatineau (ON)
Life satisfaction in 2011: 92.4
Per cent change since 2003: 1.6 increase
#10:   Saguenay
Life satisfaction in 2011: 93.5
Per cent change since 2003: 1.6 increase
#11:   Trois-Rivières
Life satisfaction in 2011: 95
Per cent change since 2003: 1.6 increase
#12:   Ottawa-Gatineau (General)
Life satisfaction in 2011: 93.2
Per cent change since 2003: 1.5 increase
#13:   Regina
Life satisfaction in 2011: 94.3
Per cent change since 2003: 1.5 increase
#14:   Ottawa – Gatineau (QC)
Life satisfaction in 2011: 95.1
Per cent change since 2003: 1.3 increase
#15:   Moncton
Life satisfaction in 2011: 93.5
Per cent change since 2003: 1.0 increase
#16:   Oshawa
Life satisfaction in 2011: 91.4
Per cent change since 2003: 1.0 increase
#17:   Hamilton
Life satisfaction in 2011: 92.1
Per cent change since 2004: 1.0 increase
#18:   Edmonton
Life satisfaction in 2011: 92.5
Per cent change since 2003: 0.7 increase
#19:   Calgary
Life satisfaction in 2011: 93.3
Per cent change since 2003: 0.5 increase
#20:   St. Catherine’s – Niagara
Life satisfaction in 2011: 91.7
Per cent change since 2003: 0.3 increase
#21:   Guelph
Life satisfaction in 2011: 93.0
Per cent change since 2003: 0.1 increase
#22:   Halifax
Life satisfaction in 2011: 93.3
Per cent change since 2003: 0
#23:   Kelowna
Life satisfaction in 2011: 90.5
Per cent change since 2003: 0 change
#24:   Thunder Bay
Life satisfaction in 2011: 91.4
Per cent change since 2003: 0.2 decrease
#25:   Sherbrooke
Life satisfaction in 2011: 94.2
Per cent change since 2003: 0.3 decrease
#26:   Victoria
Life satisfaction in 2011: 91.9
Per cent change since 2003: 0.4 decrease
#27:   Windsor
Life satisfaction in 2011: 91.1
Per cent change since 2003: 0.4 decrease
#28:   St. John’s
Life satisfaction in 2011: 93.3
Per cent change since 2003: 0.6 decrease
#29:   Fredericton
Life satisfaction in 2011: 92.8
Per cent change since 2003: 0.9 decrease
#30:   Barrie
Life satisfaction in 2011: 90.9
Per cent change since 2003: 1.1 decrease
#31:   Greater Sudbury
Life satisfaction in 2011: 90.2
Per cent change since 2003: 1.4 decrease
#32:   Winnipeg
Life satisfaction in 2011: 90.1
Per cent change since 2003: 1.5 decrease
#33:   Abbotsford
Life satisfaction in 2011: 89.8
Per cent change since 2003: 2.1 decrease
#34:   Brantford
Life satisfaction in 2011: 88.9
Per cent change since 2003: 3.1 decrease
#35:   Kingston
Life satisfaction in 2011: 88.4
Per cent change since 2003: 3.9 decrease
#36:   Kitchener
Life satisfaction in 2011: 87.2
Per cent change since 2003: 4.4 decrease

The centre says a Gallup world poll taken in February 2012 rated Canada as the second most satisfied nation, ranked only behind Denmark.

Centre executive director Andrew Sharpe said the numbers tell a compelling story about the standard of living most Canadians enjoy.

“We do have high levels of income. We have weathered the financial crisis better than other countries of the world,” Sharpe said in a telephone interview. “We do have a good health system. We complain about it, but at least there’s full coverage of all Canadians … We do have a lot of advantages as a country.”

“I think the goal should be to improve happiness. It sounds trite, but what’s it all about? It’s about the life satisfaction of Canadians,” Sharpe said.

“I don’t want to go to complacency. ‘Oh, aren’t we great,’ therefore there are no problems in Canada. That’s not where this is going,” he said. “We can do better.”

 
 

Worst PM Since 1968

Data comes from an Angus Reid online poll of 1,510 Canadian adults taken from August 30 – August 31, 2012. The margin of error is +/- 2.5 per cent, 19 times out of 20.

More than a quarter of Canadians think Stephen Harper is the worst prime minister since 1968, according to a new poll from Angus Reid.

The findings come hot on the heels of a poll from Abacus Data which found 50 per cent of Canadians disapprove of Harper. The findings also agree with an informal poll on the best prime minister ever conducted by HuffPost Canada earlier this year in which readers ranked Harper dead last.

In the Angus Reid survey, Harper was judged most harshly by Atlantic Canadians, Quebecers and British Columbians.

8.   John Turner – 2 per cent
Served from June 30, 1984 – September 17, 1984.

7.   Paul Martin – 4 per cent
Served from 2003- 2006

6.   Joe Clark – 5 per cent
Served from June 4, 1979 – March 3, 1980.

5.   Kim Campbell – 6 per cent
Served from June 25, 1993 – November 4, 1993.

4. Jean Chrétien – 9 per cent
Served from 1993- 2003.

3.   Pierre Trudeau – 11 per cent
Served from 1968 – 1979 and from 1980 – 1984.

2.   Brian Mulroney – 17 per cent
Served from 1984 – 1993.

Not Sure – 19 per cent

1.   Stephen Harper – 26 per cent
Has served from 2006 – present.

Best PM Since 1968

8 (Tie)   – John Turner – 1 per cent
Served from June 30, 1984 – September 17, 1984.

8 (Tie)   – Kim Campbell – 1 per cent
Served from June 25, 1993 – November 4, 1993.

6.   Joe Clark – 2 per cent
Served from June 4, 1979 – March 3, 1980.

5.   Paul Martin – 4 per cent
Served from 2003- 2006

4.   Brian Mulroney – 5 per cent
Served from 1984 – 1993.

3.   Jean Chrétien – 11 per cent
Served from 1993- 2003.

2.   Stephen Harper – 16 per cent
Has served from 2006 – present.

Not Sure – 24 per cent

1.   Pierre Trudeau – 36 per cent
Served from 1968 – 1979 and from 1980 – 1984.