Not In My Backyard

I like my neighbourhood. Built during the post-war boom in the 1940’s, Manor Park is a fairly typical urban community, with nice tree-lined streets and an interesting mix of single-family homes, green space, and lower-income community housing. There are a lot of cool things about my part of town. It’s just a five minute walk … More Not In My Backyard

We’re Number One!

Earlier this week, MoneySense Magazine published its annual list of the best places to live in Canada. I was pleasantly surprised to see that Ottawa finished in first place, ahead of usual suspects Victoria and Vancouver. The top 10 looks like this: 1. Ottawa 2. Victoria 3. Fredericton 4. Kingston 5. Levis 6. Moncton 7. … More We’re Number One!

14 Feet and Counting

In a post from December 17, I wrote the following: “There’s the feeling that we’re witnessing something special, a once-every-thirty-years kind of winter that people will talk about for years to come. Come on, Mother Nature, show us what ya got.” Three months later, I’d like to apologize to the poor citizens of Ottawa for … More 14 Feet and Counting

We’re Number 1(8)!

Mercer Human Resource Consulting recently evaluated 215 world cities in their annual Quality of Living survey, and Ottawa placed 18th overall (3rd among North American cities). Actually, we tied for 18th with Luxembourg. I’ve always said it’s uncanny how much Ottawa reminds me of Luxembourg. For the second consecutive year, Zurich and Geneva finished first … More We’re Number 1(8)!