News archive - October 2011

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Canadians healthier, wealthier, but 'not having as much fun,' research finds (The Vancouver Sun)

Despite being wealthier and healthier, Canadians just aren't having as much fun as they used to, according to research on people's wellbeing.

The data comes from the Faculty of Applied Health Science at the University of Waterloo and was produced by the Canadian Index of Well-being Network.

The organization - headed by former Saskatchewan New Democratic Party (NDP) Premier Roy Romanow - says this newly designed index will complement Gross Domestic Product (GDP) measurements, which exclusively reflect economic growth.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

New Canadian Index of Wellbeing reveals how Canadians are really faring (The Star)

By the measure of a sophisticated new yardstick to be released Thursday, Canadian prosperity is poorly shared, our workers are run ragged, and we generally "are not having as much fun" as we once did.

The Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW), a dozen years in the making, is intended to do what standard economic tools such as Gross Domestic Product (GDP) cannot — namely, to measure not just the economy, but how people and communities, the environment and our democracy are faring.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

New index pinpoints inequalities in Canadians' quality of life (The Globe and Mail)

Inequalities shown in crowd of people

                                                    Photo credit: Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail

by Tavia Grant, Economics Reporter

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Canadian Index of Wellbeing's mixed report (Macleans)

Anyone trying to understand that feeling of pessimism in the air these days—despite our growing economy - should take a read through the Canadian Index of Wellbeing's (CIW) new report.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

University of Waterloo hosts Canadian Index of Wellbeing (The Record)

Waterloo - Productivity isn't everything.

There's more to life than that,

said former Saskatchewan premier Roy Romanow, the advisory board chair of the new University of Waterloo-based Canadian Index of Wellbeing.

So worship no more at the altar of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the measure of all goods and services produced in Canada.

That's only part of the story. The rest of the tale, which the new well-being index aims to tell, is the human side.

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