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Monday, October 24, 2011

In no position to cast stones (Star Phoenix)

A landmark study, the Canadian Index of Wellbeing, released Thursday by the University of Waterloo and the chair of the study's advisory board, Roy Romanow, pointed out that although Canada's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) rose 31 per cent from 1994 to 2008, people's well-being within eight categories to measure how well a population lives, and points out that while there was a general increase in personal well-being, it wasn't across the board. The richest 20 per cent of Canadians enjoyed a much more rapid improvement in lifestyle than did the bottom 20 per cent.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

In this rat race, we all must work to take the mean out of lean (London Free Press)

It's a change that has occurred over a couple of decades, something I noticed in the early 1990s when a boss returned from a corporate meeting.

"Lean and mean," he said of the changes coming in our company.

"Pardon?" I responded, startled by his emphasis on "mean," a word he seemed to spit out of his mouth between gritted teeth.

Times are changing and people around here better start working harder, or they'll have to get out of the way.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Are Canadians fulfilled? (The Star)

In essence, Roy Romanow, and the project he speaks for, have asked that question of a nation. How are you doing, Canada? How are you really doing?

The answers, in the inaugural report by the Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW), are as complex as human relationships and society, as unsettling as anxiety and injustice, and as simple as whether or not we're having any fun.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Canadian Index Of Wellbeing shows 15 years of economic growth means little in everyday lives (video) (HuffPost Politics)

Ottawa - A generation of solid economic growth has meant little in the everyday lives of most Canadians, according to a new index of wellbeing.

The finding is a yellow light for decision-makers that social unrest is just around the corner unless deep changes are made, warns Roy Romanow, the advisory board chairman of the University of Waterloo group that created the index.

The index suggests the middle class, in particular, is eroding.

There are some very, very troubling signs,

Romanow said in an interview.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Index provides a wider measure of progress (The Star)

Not everything can be measured in dollars and cents. That's why economists and politicians who measure progress strictly according to Gross Domestic Product and claim that our lives are better just because the number goes up seem increasingly out of touch.

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