Locals dispute study that touts Calgary as No. 1
The City of Champions is a great city to call home, but Calgary is slighter better, says a new study done by an Ottawa-based research group.
The Conference Board of Canada has named Edmonton the fourth-most attractive city to live in, based on categories ranging from the economy, health, society, housing, innovation and education.
While Edmonton is listed as more attractive than cities like Victoria and Montreal, Calgary’s surging economy ended up boosting it above the rest, giving it the coveted "No. 1" designation.
Business owners who call Edmonton home, however, dispute the report’s findings.
"I really don’t think Calgary is a better city," said Mike Kwong, owner of Finnagan’s Bar Bistro & Billiards. "In terms of doing business, I think Calgary does better, but for quality of life? I don’t think so."
He added Calgarians have to face mammoth traffic problems while Edmonton drivers are a bit safer.
And hockey fans also note, while the Oilers aren’t doing too hot this season, the Flames are just as bad — and at least Edmonton has won four more Stanley Cups than its southern rival.
Kenn Bur, a spokesman for the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation, said Alberta’s capital city is starting to fair well in many other national studies.
"We are suddenly being presented as one of the preferred destinations as a place to live in Canada," he said. "We don’t have anything to be embarrassed about and we are starting to gain attention for the many strengths that we have."