Vancouver Ranked Best City in North America for Quality of Life

v2Lists get clicks.  And so another list put together by Mercer benchmarks quality of life in cities throughout the world. According to their most recent findings, Vancouver is the best city in North America for quality of life. The survey looks at several factors such as personal freedom, crime, political stability and air quality. As we recently reported, the Economist Intelligence Unit just found that Vancouver is also North America’s most expensive city. We leave causation vs. correlation in your capable hands.

Check out all the cities on the top 5 list after the jump.

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Attend the Celebration of Life Send-off for the Beloved Oakwood Burger This Sunday

Oakwood burger. Image: Oakwood

Oakwood burger. Image: Oakwood

Commemorate the dish that built The Oakwood. Their signature hamburger will make one last appearance at a send-off party this Sunday, February 23. From Sunday onwards, the burger will be gone but not forgotten. The restaurant is no longer able to serve the beef cooked to our guests’ desired temperature. This leaves the Oakwood no other choice but to reinvent a new trademark burger to launch on Tuesday, February 25.

Dinner service starts at 5pm on Sunday. At 8:30pm, there will be an indie folk rock band. The cover is $10.  WHile the focus will be on the Oakwood burger, they will also have the kale salad, poutine and beef tartar on offer.

The Oakwood Canadian Bistro, 2741 West 4th Avenue, 604-558-1965, www.theoakwood.ca

Vancouver Park Board Kills Plan to Run Bike Path through Kitsilano Beach Park

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The Vancouver park board has decided not to proceed with a separated bike path through Kitsilano Beach Park and Hadden Park, according to a statement issued February 17. Kitsilano resident Megan Carvell Davis had challenged the bike path with legal action. The hearing was scheduled to take place in the B.C. Supreme Court next month.

Davis told the Courier:

This is a really good example of participatory democracy,” said Kits Point resident Megan Carvell Davis. “In the past when I’ve addressed the park board they’d listen, thank me and then go on with whatever it was they were going to do.” Read more…

Vancouver Ranked Most Expensive City in North America

indexOuch: Vancouver is the most expensive city in all of North America. It beats the usual suspects New York and Los Angeles. Or so says the annual Worldwide Cost of Living Survey conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit. Tokyo has resumed its place as the world’s most expensive city. The EIU survey ranked Vancouver 21st internationally. That’s a jump of 16 spots up from its last ranking of 37th.

From the Huffington Post: The report ranks cities based on the cost of 160 products and services, such as gas, food, rent and transportation. For example, the average price for a loaf of bread in Tokyo is $9.06 USD, compared to $1.76 in Karachi, Pakistan, which was the least expensive city in the world.

Local Love Story: Kitsilano Good Samaritan Returns Lost Engagement Ring

Image: Meritalbliss.com

Image: Meritalbliss.com

A young woman who works as a registered massage therapist in Kitsilano lost her engagement ring in the neighbourhood, almost lost hope, and then got her happy ending thanks to a good samaritan. Melany Beauregard was downtown last Friday, when it suddenly occurred to her that she was not wearing her ring. “I got up and just started crying,” she told the Vancouver Sun. Read more…

Heavy Rain and Strong Winds Cause Power Outages in Kitsilano

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Over 5,000 BC Hydro customers in Kitsilano were without power as of 8:45pm last night as rain and winds up to 90km/h battered metro Vancouver. 26,000 are without electricity throughout the Lower Mainland. The storm is expected to move inland and things should be back to their normal late winter drippiness today.

Did you lose power last night? How long did it take to get it back? Share your experience below.

Image: Heavy rain via Shutterstock

5 Things We Love about Kitsilano

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Happy Valentine’s Day, all. In the spirit of true love, here are five things we adore about Kitsilano.

5 Things We Love about Kitsilano

1. The view. Admit it; it was love at first sight. Kits has an unparalleled panorama of ocean and mountains that never ceases to amaze residents as we grocery shop, walk, jog, bike, etc. We heart looking at the quirky character homes when strolling the Kits streets. Read more…

Where to Watch Team Canada Olympic Hockey Games in Kitsilano

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Many of us are closely following the Canadian hockey teams at Sochi as they throw down February 13-23. Canada will try to defend its status as Olympic hockey champion, plus both Roberto Luongo and Dan Hamhuis of the Vancouver Canucks made the men’s team.

Keen to yell at the screen with an equally ardent spectator group? Many pubs are opening early so you can. Here’s a Team Canada men’s hockey game schedule, as well as where to watch Canada’s men’s hockey games in Kitsilano. Read more…