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#1 Heretic

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 08:21 AM

"Can there be a city that is crime and pollution free, with excellent public transport and great schools to boast?

Human resources consulting firm Mercer has put together a list of cities that come closest to offering you all that. In its 2012 Quality of Living report it looks at living conditions in 221 cities worldwide and ranks them against New York as a base city in 10 categories - economy, socio-cultural environment, politics, education, and healthcare.


Cities in some of the world's biggest economies like the U.S. and Japan don't make the cut. So, which are the world's best places to live in? Read ahead to find out."

1. Vienna, Austria
2. Zurich, Switzerland
3. Auckland, New Zealand
4. Munich, Germany
5. Vancouver, Canada
6. Dusseldorf, Germany
7. Frankfurt, Germany
8. Geneva, Switzerland
9. Copenhagen, Denmark
10. (Tied) Bern, Switzerland
10. (Tied) Sydney, Australia

Read more here:

http://finance.yahoo...-153612169.html
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Posted 03 January 2013 - 08:30 AM

We dropped again by 1 to #5 now.

Who's to blame? CDC, Christy, the tolls, the snow, old people?

Edited by Armada, 03 January 2013 - 08:30 AM.

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 08:37 AM

Those are "quality of living" rankings. Other Canadian cities ranked in the top 50:

Ottawa 14th
Toronto 15th
Montreal 23rd
Calgary 32nd

Obviously, individuals will differ on the weighting of each category. Is public transit more important than affordability of housing?
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Posted 03 January 2013 - 10:06 AM

"Can there be a city that is crime and pollution free, with excellent public transport and great schools to boast?


Uhh...what!?
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Posted 03 January 2013 - 11:11 AM

We dropped again by 1 to #5 now.

Who's to blame? CDC, Christy, the tolls, the snow, old people?


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Posted 03 January 2013 - 12:28 PM

Beancounter say what?

As I've said before, between the questionable seeming criteria and countless elements that are difficult to quantify, I wouldn't take a bunch of accountants seriously in this matter.
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Posted 03 January 2013 - 12:30 PM

I guess Victoria too small to be ranked?
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Posted 03 January 2013 - 12:41 PM

Is housing costs a category? Cuz we all know how affordable living is in Vancouver!
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Posted 03 January 2013 - 01:08 PM

Beancounter say what?

As I've said before, between the questionable seeming criteria and countless elements that are difficult to quantify, I wouldn't take a bunch of accountants seriously in this matter.

Mercer is much more than "beancounters".

Mercer is one of the leading global HR consulting firms and many companies and governments rely upon them for advice in relocating employees and operations as well as setting employee allowances. There is a strong Canadian connection.

Started in the United States in 1937 as the employee benefits department of Marsh & McLennan, Inc., our company took the name of “William M. Mercer” in 1959, when Marsh & McLennan acquired William M. Mercer Limited, a Canadian firm founded by William Manson Mercer in 1945. In 1975, Mercer became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. In 2002, we changed our corporate name to Mercer Human Resource Consulting. The company became Mercer in 2007.


A lot of the global HR intelligence research centres upon employee benefits and geographic location (i.e quality of living) is tied to that assessment.

As the world continues to recover from the global economic and social distress, some cities have capitalized on their stable environments by investing in basic urban infrastructure. This year, we have produced City Infrastructure rankings in our 221 cities, highlighting the importance of this basket of urban services in attracting and satisfying expatriates and other residents.

We evaluated infrastructure as a combination of criteria already included in Mercer's Quality of Living survey. The 2012 Infrastructure ranking is based on electricity supply, water availability, telephone and mail services, public transportation, airports and traffic congestion.

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The information and data obtained through the Quality of Living Reports (the "Reports") are for information purposes only and are intended for use by multi-national organizations and government agencies. They are not designed or intended to use as the basis for foreign investment or tourism.

http://www.mercer.ca/qualityofliving

Edited by Wetcoaster, 03 January 2013 - 01:09 PM.

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 01:11 PM

Is housing costs a category? Cuz we all know how affordable living is in Vancouver!

Since Mercer focuses upon transfer of executives and multi-national companies and housing allowances are often part and parcel of the benefit package, it is not something that would be a major consideration.
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Posted 03 January 2013 - 01:13 PM

I guess Victoria too small to be ranked?

Not really a prime destination for multi-nationals.
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Posted 03 January 2013 - 01:17 PM

Not really a prime destination for multi-nationals.



Yeah , they have a sign just outside their city limits which states , This town does not welcome scum .
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Posted 03 January 2013 - 01:26 PM

Is housing costs a category? Cuz we all know how affordable living is in Vancouver!


The Western European cities are probably all more expensive to live in than Vancouver.

You'd have to make very good money indeed to live an average North American middle class material standard of living in a Western Europe city.
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Posted 03 January 2013 - 01:36 PM

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At any rate, it doesn't seem that housing affordability really factored into this report. Quality of living comes with a price, I suppose.
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Posted 03 January 2013 - 02:19 PM

These surveys are stupid. 'best' is so subjective.
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Posted 03 January 2013 - 03:05 PM

They picked certainly a number of great places, but:

Uhh...what!?

.. must have hyperbole to get attention.

Edited by zaibatsu, 03 January 2013 - 03:05 PM.

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 03:09 PM

Yay!

Let's celebrate!!!



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Posted 03 January 2013 - 03:28 PM

We're always in the top 5. Old news.
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You have to be a true bandwagoneer if you buy Mike's line about looking for the right deal to trade Luongo.

True fans and hockey diehards know, that is double talk for, "Luongo is a high ticket commodity now or next year, we'll keep him around just in case Schneider turns out to be a lemon and chokes games."

And choke he will.

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 03:53 PM

Yay!

Let's celebrate!!!



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Posted 03 January 2013 - 05:28 PM

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You have to be a true bandwagoneer if you buy Mike's line about looking for the right deal to trade Luongo.

True fans and hockey diehards know, that is double talk for, "Luongo is a high ticket commodity now or next year, we'll keep him around just in case Schneider turns out to be a lemon and chokes games."

And choke he will.

I know this. I'm never wrong.

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 06:03 PM

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I travel there on a regular basis and I've never met anyone but great people. I like how you use your own opinion to try and force non-existent facts on us by the way.
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Posted 03 January 2013 - 06:09 PM

I travel there on a regular basis and I've never met anyone but great people. I like how you use your own opinion to try and force non-existent facts on us by the way.


I like how you say you like things when clearly you don't like it, that's cool.
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Posted 03 January 2013 - 06:30 PM

I like how you say you like things when clearly you don't like it, that's cool.

That made absolutely zero sense.
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Posted 03 January 2013 - 11:22 PM

That made absolutely zero sense.


I like wiz khalifa too he's cool
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Posted 03 January 2013 - 11:26 PM

Not really a prime destination for multi-nationals.

Oh, didn't actually read any of the article to be honest, so yeah...
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Posted 03 January 2013 - 11:39 PM

Being from the Okanagan I know that Kelowna and Penticton were on many lists for top 10 places to travel to. I don't necessarily understand why but they were. BC is a beautiful place to live.
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Posted 03 January 2013 - 11:53 PM

I like wiz khalifa too he's cool

Wow, you can insult my musical taste. You're so tough aren't you?
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Posted 04 January 2013 - 12:38 AM

Wow, you can insult my musical taste. You're so tough aren't you?


really ya think? thanks
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Posted 04 January 2013 - 12:41 AM

really ya think? thanks

You're going to hurt my feelings if you keep going on
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Posted 04 January 2013 - 12:52 AM

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