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Old 2008-05-30, 01:50 AM
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Default Canada's Best Places to live - moneysense magazine

"If you've ever wondered about picking up and moving, you've probably pondered what makes a community a good place to live. Is it climate? Salaries? Real estate?

To be honest, it's probably a bit of each of those factors, plus many more. MoneySense's third annual list of Canada's Best Places to Live is designed to help you measure as many different aspects of a community as possible. You can use our findings in several ways. Perhaps you're planning to relocate. Perhaps you're looking to invest in real estate. Maybe you simply want to know how your community stacks up against its neighbors. Whatever your situation, we've got the facts you need.

We've taken weather into account, of course. Jobs and home prices, too. We've also looked at crime, the availability of doctors, how easy it is to walk or bike to work, and more than a dozen other factors. Our Best Places to Live rankings are the fairest, most unbiased guide you can find to Canadian communities. This year, we're delighted to provide you with information on 154 communities ..."

Full article: http://list.canadianbusiness.com/ran...=1&df=overview

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http://list.canadianbusiness.com/ran...&df=bestcities


BOTTOM LINE: OTTAWA is the number one place to live according to this rating system.



"...Before you write in, let us assure you that we know Ottawa isn't paradise. Its frigid winters drag on too long; its nightlife doesn't pose a challenge to Vegas. But what it does possess is decent ratings across the full spectrum of our criteria. Household income is high. Homes are affordable. When you go shopping in your new car with your high discretionary income, you'll probably bump into one of the city's numerous doctors, who will no doubt be walking to work. While it didn't finish higher than 19th in any individual category, Ottawa was consistently in the top third of communities, no matter what factor we examined. And that was enough to earn it top spot, with 75 out of a possible 104 points."

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Old 2008-05-30, 07:15 AM
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second year in a row now I believe.
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Old 2008-05-30, 07:38 AM
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Yea - but they probably didn't take into account how cheap all our houses are. We should still probably move to Toronto
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Default ---- Personal history ----

When we decided to move to Canada around 14 years ago, it was a challenge to decide which city is the best place to pick. We did a tour with the family and visited 5 cities after we landed in Montreal (Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Winnipeg, London). Each city had it is own negatives and positives. The only negative thing about Ottawa was the weather. My first job offer was in Montreal and I rejected it and decided to continue searching in Ottawa and I have been living here since that date.

Before moving to Canada, I was living in Kuwait which is considered to be the HOTEST capital in the world and we moved to Ottawa which is considered to the COLDEST capital in the world (I said Capital not location since there are other places that are more extreme). Kuwait in the summer reaches +50C and Ottawa, you know what we get.

We love the city.
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Old 2008-05-30, 08:41 AM
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BOTTOM LINE: OTTAWA is the number one place to live according to this rating system.
Very true! My personal rating system says the same. I lived in different parts of GTA, Kitchener/Waterloo, Windsor, ad also done research on Alberta and Vancouver. There is no place other then Ottawa that has all important things. Affordable real estate, Higher salaries, Low cost of living, much less traffic.

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Yea - but they probably didn't take into account how cheap all our houses are. We should still probably move to Toronto
There comes Mr conspiracy theorist. Sure if you love working hard in a factory, Commuting 1 and a half hour each way to and from work, Working more then one job to meet the ends, Toronto is the place to live. Trust me, the only factor that is increasing the property values in Toronto is that it is attractive for new immigrants. And cost of living would keep increasing.
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Old 2008-05-30, 09:29 AM
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While it didn't finish higher than 19th in any individual category, Ottawa was consistently in the top third of communities, no matter what factor we examined. And that was enough to earn it top spot, with 75 out of a possible 104 points."
So it did not win because it's good, it won because it sucks less than the others
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So it did not win because it's good, it won because it sucks less than the others
Mediocrity, but consistently so!
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Old 2008-05-30, 11:55 AM
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Mediocrity, but consistently so!
Same as the ISO 9001 ratings that company bloats.. it only means that you can produce the same crap consistently!
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Old 2008-05-30, 01:46 PM
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There comes Mr conspiracy theorist. Sure if you love working hard in a factory, Commuting 1 and a half hour each way to and from work, Working more then one job to meet the ends, Toronto is the place to live.
I commute 20min -30min to work, and work only 1 job. Where did you get these facts?
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Old 2008-05-30, 02:17 PM
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Yea - but they probably didn't take into account how cheap all our houses are. We should still probably move to Toronto
Why would you want to live in Toronto. Toronto sucks the life out of people. Have you ever meet someone from Toronto that is happy about being there? Its always we are here now for our careers but we plan on moving back to city X in a few years.
The only reason people move to Toronto is to penitentially make more money. The problem is that you need to make a lot more money in Toronto in order to sustain a similar life style somewhere else.
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