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Monday, August 3, 2015

Is it boring living in Canada?

 QuoraYour Quora Digest
By Tim Othy, MClSc student

If low crime rates, high standards of living, high average income, high levels of successful multi-culturalism, a vibrant arts and music culture, and more pristine wilderness than you could ever see in a lifetime sounds boring to you, then yes, we are boring. We are VERY boring. You'd be better off seeking your excitement elsewhere.

Some points of Canadian boringness to consider:
  • Montreal and Toronto, along with Austin, Seattle, and New York City, are the epicentres of my generation's music -- real music made by real artists/musicians that is.
  • Toronto Film Festival is considered one of the best film festivals in the world.
  • Vancouver consistently ranks in the world's top 3 most desirable cities to live in.
  • Canadian cities are the best examples of successful multiculturalism and integration (ex. ranking highest in interracial marriages) in the world. (*Note -things are still FAR from perfect here, but at least better than anywhere else).
  • University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, and McGill University consistently rank in top 20 universities of the world.
  • On that note, Canada has the most educated population on earth, and our public education ranks in the world's top 10 for Math and Science, and Language and Arts.
  • 7th best country for gender equality.
  • Calgary and Ottawa rank 1 and 4 in the world's cleanest cities. The country as a whole ranks as the 5th cleanest.
  • Toronto consistently ranks in the top 10 most powerful financial centres in the world.
Still with me? Wow, you must be really bored...

In conclusion, I am very happy to be a boring Canadian, living in boring old Canada.