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Regina and Saskatoon residents satisfied with environmental protection; Toronto residents not

By ReNew Canada 08:32AM March 23, 2007

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Yesterday morning the Canada West Foundation released a survey on urban attitudes towards the environment and found that Regina and Saskatoon residents are most satisfied with environmental protection; Greater Toronto residents the least. Other key results include:

  • Air quality is a high priority issue in Toronto and Vancouver, but less of an issue in the smaller prairie cities.
  • Protecting the city’s environment is a high priority in all cities, particularly Toronto and Vancouver.
  • Calgarians and Vancouverites are the most frequent users of urban green space.
  • Over 9 in 10 urbanites state city parks and green spaces are “essential to quality of life.”
  • The majority in all cities — and two-thirds in Toronto — state maintaining urban green spaces is a high priority.
  • Calgarians see urban sprawl as a problem; sprawl is also a concern for the majority of Edmonton, Toronto, Vancouver and Winnipeg residents.
  • The majority in all seven cities feels that protecting farmland and natural areas adjacent to cities from development is a good idea.

An embargoed copy of the report can be found here.

A total of 3500 Canadians were polled for the survey all from urban areas, 500 from seven different urban regions — Greater Vancouver Region, Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Saskatoon, Winnipeg and Greater Toronto Area. The Canadian West Foundation will be releasing 8 more surveys in the next year, topics include urban policy priorities; urban growth and diversity; and transportation.

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