Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Toronto - Vital Signs Absent

The Toronto Star has just reported on its annual Toronto checkup;
Vital Signs 2007: Toronto's annual checkup .

This really should be a wake-up call for all. Some of the statistics are alarming, such as the ones in here......

Region grows, Toronto stalls


The population of Toronto in 2006 was 2,503,281, up only 0.9 per cent since 2001, far less growth than had been projected.

From 2000 to 2006, the number of jobs in Toronto declined by 1.6 per cent.

Over the past 10 years (1996-2006) natural increase in Toronto's population (birth minus deaths) has fallen by 49 per cent.


The region as a whole is growing in both population and prosperity.

The region is home to 42 per cent of Ontario's population and contributes 47per cent of its gross domestic product.

In 2006, the population of the region was 5,113,149, up 9.2 per cent since 2001 (4,682,897).

From 2000 to 2006 the number of jobs in the region excluding Toronto grew by 27.8 per cent.

The fact that Toronto and the surrounding regions are moving in opposite directions points to poor policy.

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