News archive - October 2013

Friday, October 4, 2013

Well-being linked to democratic engagement (Kingston Whig-Standard)

marking an X in a ballot box

By George Thomson and Jonathan Rose

KINGSTON - What does democratic engagement have to do with the well-being of a democratic community? A lot, it turns out.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Vital Signs: Risk factors for health are not inevitable (Kingston Whig-Standard)

vegetables are part of a healthy diet

By Susan Stewart

KINGSTON - As the old saying goes, without health, nothing else matters. It is a resource for everyday living. So how healthy are the residents of Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington (KFL&A)? The recent Canadian Index of Wellbeing survey set out to answer this question. This survey was completed by 1,515 citizens who answered questions on their quality of life, provided thoughtful comments about their own well-being, and shared insights on how to improve health and well-being.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Vital Signs: Kingston needs more people (Kingston Whig-Standard)

line graph projecting natural population for the Kingston CMA for 2011-2041

By Peter Kirkham

KINGSTON - Our future economic prosperity is contingent upon having a larger population.

At the moment, we are well positioned economically. Our family income levels, income distribution, and poverty levels, all compare favorably with both Ontario and the rest of Canada. The population growth in the Kingston CMA during the past decade, with its increasing workforce, and increased output per worker, was essential to this success.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Vital Signs: Challenge to maintain current levels of wellbeing (Kingston Whig-Standard)

Katherine Scott speaking at Vital Signs release Kingston Oct 1, 2013

By Elliot Ferguson

KINGSTON - Kingston residents feel attached and safe in their community but there is work to do to make sure those feelings remain, said a researcher who studies wellbeing.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Community belonging down in Waterloo Region, says report (CBC News)

There is an overall decline in Waterloo Region residents' sense of community belonging, fewer arts and culture jobs and fewer people donating charitably, according to the 2013 Waterloo Region Vital Signs report.

The report was authored by the Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation (KWCF) and is intended to serve as a barometer of quality of life in the region.

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