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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Canadians’ well-being lags economic growth (Radio Canada International)

immigrant children in school

By Lynn Desjardins

A national study reports that the Canadian economy recovered after 2008 recession, but the well-being of Canadians took “a significant step backwards, and has only begun to recover.”

Citing data from almost 200 sources and government statistics, The Canadian Index of Wellbeing found that the Canadian economy grew 38 per cent between 19945 and 2014. At the same time improvements in well-being grew only 9.9 per cent.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Pursuit of economic growth leaving millions of Canadians behind (Toronto Star)

Edvard Munch's "The Sun" at the AGO's Mystic Landscapes exhibition

The results of the latest Canadian Index of Wellbeing shows the 2008 recession stole our living standards, our leisure and volunteer time, even our sleep — and we never got them back.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Canadians' wellbeing lagging far behind economic recovery, new report shows (MarketWired)

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - November 22, 2016) - Although Canada's economy has recovered from the 2008 recession, our wellbeing has not, according to a new report from the Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW), based at the University of Waterloo.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Opinion: Gap between GDP and wellbeing should threaten Canada’s complacency (Vancouver Sun)

By Charles Ungerleider​

Complacency about social conditions in Canada may lead some Canadians to believe that this country is immune to the factors — anger, disfranchisement, poor quality of life — that contributed to the recent election of Donald Trump, but they would be wrong. There is a growing gap between what Canadians care about — their health, living standards, leisure time, education, and the quality of the environment — and Canada’s gross domestic product. Ignoring that gap risks a reaction similar to the one evident during the U.S. campaign.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Canadians’ quality of life lags economic growth, index shows (Globe and Mail)

person running outside in the sun

By Tavia Grant


Canada’s economy is still growing, for the most part, but for many citizens, that’s not translating into feeling much better off.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A measure of happiness: Canada’s well-being index could be just what Hong Kong needs (South China Morning Post)

a measure of happiness - a graphic of a man measuring a smile

Susan Elliott and Paul Yip say Hong Kong has achieved high GDP with low unemployment, but our well-being in such a competitive society has been neglected. A Canadian initiative may show the way

By Paul Yip and Susan Elliott

Thursday, July 14, 2016

County releases preliminary report on community wellbeing survey (Woodstock Sentinel-Review)

Wellbeing in Oxford - picture of a happy family

By Bruce Chessell

Oxford County shared the data results from the Community Wellbeing Survey Wednesday, which suggests that more than three quarters of Oxford residents feel satisfied with their community as a place to live.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

How to quantify a smile (The National-UAE)

Bhutanese people. Bhutan helped to pioneer the concept of a national happiness index.

Bhutan helped to pioneer the concept of a national happiness index. Reuters

By Samanth Subramanian

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Funding for local survey on wellbeing announced at Future Oxford Expo (Woodstock Sentinel-Review)

Kelly Gilson and Randy Peltz (left), co-chairs of Community Oxford, accept a cheque for $15,000 from the Rural Ontario Institute's Sam Coghlan (second from right) and Dean Anderson (right) at the Future Oxford Expo on Jan. 28, 2016. (MEGAN STACEY, Sentinel-Review)

By Megan Stacey

Monday, January 25, 2016

Bryan Smale to talk at Future Oxford Expo about well-being (Woodstock Sentinel-Review)

Leading up to the Future Oxford Expo on Thursday, Jan. 28, the Woodstock Sentinel-Review will be speaking with each of the expo's speakers to talk about what they will be discussing at the sustainability event.

​By Bruce Chessell

When it comes to future sustainability in Oxford County, getting the perspective of its residents could be one of the more important pieces.

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