"Not to bad", sharing a "Torontoism" used by the Toronto Community Foundation's Vital Signs 2012 Report published October 2nd in the Toronto Star in answer to the question - "How are we doing"?
So much to be proud of and thankful for...
- More than 50 per cent of the residents have a post-secondary diploma, certificate or degree - in keeping with the latest report showing Canada as the most educated country in the world.
- 15th most livable city in the world
- 12th in the world for competitiveness - ability to attract capital, businesses, talent and visitors
- Aa1 credit rating for the 10th consecutive year by Moody's Investor Service
- lowest levels of personal bankruptcy since 2000, a 24 per cent decline from 2010 and a 91 per cent drop since the peak in 2009
- the largest neighbourhood-based library system in the world and with the highest circulation in North America
The report continues to say that along with the positives come challenges in the areas of income distribution, health of the poorest 20 per cent of Canadians, youth unemployment, obesity in 1 in 3 children partly brought about by less time spent in active play, etc.
Here's the final message from the the foundation's officers:
" In the great scheme of things we are doing alright. But it takes courage to see beyond the surface and peer deeply into who we are and who we will be. It takes courage to accept our failings and overcome our fears. It takes courage to move beyond "not to bad" and dare to become "GREAT"...
Check out a snapshot of Toronto....