By Bill Fox/Columnist
I do like parades.
Believe it or not, I was at the last three Toronto Maple Leaf Stanley Cup parades In the GTA, we recently had the Raptors NBA Championship parade, Pride parade, and Oshawa’s own Fiesta Parade. At the beginning of August, Toronto will hold its Caribana parade. All of these parades are ways of celebrating achievements and accomplishments.
However, for one of the most notable achievements in our country, there is no such celebration or parade, at least in the GTA.
Of course, I am referring to the fact that in 2019, for the fourth year in a row, Canada was named the number one country in the world for quality of life. Canada beat out Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland and Finland, which all finished near the top. The USA was number 17, the same ranking as last year in this category. The rankings were based on a study done by a partnership with BAV Group, a unit of global marketing communications company VMLY&R, and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
The ranking was based on nine subcategories that included: a good job market, affordability, economic stability, family-friendliness, income equality, political stability, safety, well-developed public health system and public education systems.
Canada was also recently ranked the second most beautiful country in the world as tour book company Rough Guides turned to their readers and social media followers to choose this year’s most beautiful countries in the world. The top 10 countries were:
- New Zealand
- South Africa
- United States
Lastly, Canada took the top spot for the category in the 2019 Best Countries Rankings by U.S. News and World Report. What’s more, this is our country’s fourth year in a row in the ranking’s top spots. Now to be fair there are numerous groups doing rankings and most will have Canada in the top three.
Also note that Canada was ranked the top-rated country among millennial respondents. Switzerland and Japan are also ranked consistently in the world’s top three countries, although I would fear earthquakes if I lived in Japan, and I’m guessing a lot of people would fear our winters.
For July 1, my wife and I were in attendance at a Burton Cummings concert. He made a point that we should be so grateful to be living in Canada, and asked the audience how they would like to live in a third world country. We indeed are so fortunate.
There are July 1 parades celebrating Canada’s birthday (in Montreal and Niagara Falls, etc. and we have a fantastic celebration at Lakeview Park every July 1, however, if you appreciate our worldwide rankings like I do, maybe you too might think a parade that would surpass all other parade might be in order.
I’m at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to comment or be in the parade.