Monday, October 20, 2014 by Keely Phillips, CIW Community Wellbeing Survey Manager
Did you know that voting in all elections is a responsibility of Canadian citizens? Over the next month, municipalities across several provinces and territories will hold municipal elections. Municipal policies can have a large impact on wellbeing and yet, with few exceptions, Canadians tend to be less interested in municipal politics than they are in federal or provincial politics (Figure 1).
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 by Keely Phillips and Linda McKessock
This week marks the release of the World Wildlife Fund’s 2014 Living Planet Report. It found that Canada has the 11th highest ecological footprint in the world, even though it ranks 37th in terms of population. Additionally, our Canadian lifestyle requires nearly 7 global hectares of resources per person, but the planet can only support 1.7 global hectares per person (a global hectare is about the size of a soccer field). As a nation we are consuming far more than our share.
Monday, September 15, 2014 by Keely Phillips, CIW Community Wellbeing Survey Manager
September 15 to 21, 2014 is Canada’s Democracy Week, which “aims to connect Canadians with activities in communities across the country that celebrate our democratic values and traditions.” Democracy Week is especially focused on engaging youth in democratic activities. As part of Democracy Week, we look at young adult participation in both digital activism and in public demonstrations or protests.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 by Keely Phillips, CIW Community Wellbeing Survey Manager
It’s back to school season! Every year at this time, our focus shifts to the wellbeing of children and youth. The Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW) wants to add to the discussion by exploring the link between education and wellbeing from a lifespan lens, specifically the importance of early childhood learning.