Posts for the Topic Community Wellbeing Survey

Welcome to 2016, everyone!

New Year's resolutions -- Fresh Start

Here we are in the middle of February already (wow). How are your resolutions holding up?

Activity involvement and wellbeing

List of hobbies

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Safety and wellbeing

Sign that says: for your safety, do not walk in this area after dark

                                                                                   Photo: swilsonmc, Flickr

The importance of voting in municipal elections

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).

Are Canadians really connecting with environmental issues?

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. 

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