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A majority of Canadian voters in almost every riding are worried about climate change

Using more than 9,000 survey responses and validated statistical models, they estimate 83 per cent of Canadians believe the earth is warming — compared to 70 per cent of Americans, as found in a similar project out of Yale University last year.

Fifty-four per cent of Canadians support increased taxes on carbon-based fuels, and 58 per cent support a cap-and-trade system, according to the study.

» Read more by Samantha Beattie at The Huffington Post

Vienna is the world’s most livable city for the second year running

For the second year, the Economist has ranked Vienna, Austria as the most livable city in the world of the 140 cities surveyed.

The top ten most livable cities in the world are:

1. 🇦🇹 Vienna
2. 🇦🇺 Melbourne
3. 🇦🇺 Sydney
4. 🇯🇵 Osaka
5. 🇨🇦 Calgary
6. 🇨🇦 Vancouver
7. 🇨🇦 Toronto = 🇯🇵 Tokyo
9. 🇩🇰 Copenhagen
10. 🇦🇺 Adelaide

The top ten are dominated by Australian, Canadian and Japanese cities.

The world’s least livable cities this year were:
1. 🇸🇾 Damascus, Syria
2. 🇳🇬 Lagos, Nigeria
3. 🇧🇩 Dhaka, Bangladesh
4. 🇱🇾 Tripoli, Libya
5. 🇵🇰 Karachi, Pakistan
6. 🇵🇬 Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
7. 🇿🇼 Harare, Zimbabwe
8. 🇨🇲 Douala, Cameroon
9. 🇩🇿 Algiers, Algeria
10. 🇻🇪 Caracas, Venezuela

More at The Economist and The Global Liveability Index

Good but Not Great, Antarctica, Nuclear, Burning, Disrespecting The Queen, The Chosen One

Robert’s Newsletter for August 25, 2019

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Best Countries in 2019

U.S. News and World Report has released it’s annual Best Country Rankings.

The overall rankings are made up of nine subrankings:

  • Adventure
  • Citizenship
  • Cultural Influence
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Heritage
  • Movers
  • Open for Business
  • Power
  • Quality of Life

These are the top 10 overall:

1. 🇨🇭 Switzerland – Overall score 10.0

2.  🇯🇵 Japan – 9.8

3. 🇨🇦 Canada – 9.7

4. 🇩🇪 Germany – 9.6

5. 🇬🇧 United Kingdom – 9.4

6. 🇸🇪 Sweden – 9.3

7. 🇦🇺 Australia – 9.3

8. 🇺🇸 United States – 9.2

9. 🇳🇴 Norway – 8.8

10. 🇫🇷 France – 8.7

11. 🇳🇱 Netherlands – 8.5

12. 🇳🇿 New Zealand – 8.3

13. 🇩🇰 Denmark – 8.2

14. 🇫🇮 Finland – 8.1

15. 🇸🇬 Singapore – 7.7

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7 Scenic Drives Through Quebec

Quebec is the biggest province in Canada, and there’s a whole lot to see and do.

Destination Canada has put together seven wonderful road trip routes which will take you to some of this provinces’ most beautiful wonders and sought-after experiences.

Some of these trips are short, while others will take you quite a bit longer, and really embrace that road trip spirit.

1. The New France Route – 56 kilometres / 35 miles – Road trip highlights starting in Quebec City include Domaine de Maizerets, Maison Girardin, Montmorency Falls Park, Auberge Baker, Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area

2. The Fjord Route – 235 kilometres / 146 miles – Highlights include Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park, Musée de la Nature, the Musée du Fjord, Saguenay Fjord National Park

3. The King’s Road – 280 kilometres / 174 miles – Highlights include Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pérade church, the Quebec Folk Culture Museum, the Old Prison of Trois-Rivières, Lake Saint-Pierre

4. The Wine Route – 138 kilometres / 86 miles – Highlights include many vineyards, Brome Lake, Mont Sutton

5. The Navigators’ Route – 470 kilometres / 292 miles – Highlights include Centre de la Biodiversité du Québec in Bécancour, Îles du Pot à l’Eau-de-Vie archipelago and Île aux Lièvres, the Musée maritime du Québec, Bic Provincial Park, Pointe-au-Père Maritime Historic Site

6. The Whale Route – 880 kilometres / 546 miles – Highlights include Cap-de-Bon-Désir Interpretation and Observation Centre, Daniel Johnson Dam and Manic-5 Generating Station, Pointe-des-Monts Lighthouse, Vauréal Canyon

7. The Gaspesie Tour – 1,230 kilometres – 765 miles – Highlights include the Rimouski Wildlife Reserve, Reford Gardens, Exploramer, Bonaventure Island, and Gaspesie and Percé Rock provincial parks

Learn more at Destination Canada

World’s Most Powerful Passports as of Q3 2019

The Henley Passport Index has released its third quarter ranking of the world’s most powerful passports in 2019.

The index is compiled from data provided by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and measures global mobility based on visa-free access to destinations. It also uses data from the index’s 14-year history, “to show how travel mobility has changed over the past decade, looking at which passports have gained in strength and which have fallen behind.”

Japan and Singapore hold the world’s strongest passports, with Visa-free access to 189 destinations. South Korea dropped to second place, joining Germany and Finland with Visa-free access to 187 destinations.

The United Arab Emirates entered the top 20 index for the first time in the list’s 14-year-history, moving up an astonishing 41 spots. Other countries that climbed standings include Taiwan, which climbed 24 places over the past ten years and ranks 30th.

The USA and the UK each dropped to the lowest position they’ve held since 2010, sharing the sixth spot with Canada, Greece, Norway, Belgium and Ireland.

Pakistan now offers an ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) to citizens of 50 countries, including Finland, Japan, Malta, Spain, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates — but not, notably, the USA or the UK.

Afghanistan is once again at the other end of the rankings, with its citizens needing a prior visa for all but 25 destinations worldwide.

Most Powerful Passports of Q3 2019:
1. Japan, Singapore (189 Destinations)
2. South Korea, Germany, Finland (187)
3. Denmark, Italy, Luxembourg (186)
4. France, Sweden, Spain (185)
5. Austria, Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland (184)
6. Canada, Norway, Belgium, Greece, Ireland, UK, USA (183)
7. Malta (182)
8. Czechia (181)
9. Australia, Iceland, New Zealand, Lithuania (180)
10. Latvia, Slovakia, Slovenia (179)

The Least Powerful Passports of Q3 2019:

101. Bangladesh, Eritrea, Iran, Lebanon, North Korea (39 Destinations)
102. Nepal (38)
103. Libya, Palestinian, Sudan (37)
104. Yemen (33)
105. Somalia (31)
106. Pakistan (30)
107. Syria (29)
108. Iraq (27)
109. Afghanistan (25)

Source: Henley Passport Index

Happy Canada Day

This July 1st marks Canada’s 152nd birthday.

Here are some other facts and numbers you might want to know:

  • 37,578,285 — Canada’s population as of 12:15 p.m. ET on Friday.
    • 3,463,000 — the country’s estimated population in 1867.
  • 46,995,360 — the number of maple taps in Canadian trees in 2016.
  • 36,581— the number of people who attended Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill last year.
  • 34.7 C — the daily high temperature in Ottawa last July 1.
  • 11— the number of statutory holidays in most Canadian provinces and territories.
  • 1st — Canada’s rank among the 25 countries that accepted UN refugees in 2018.
    • 28,100 — the number of refugees who resettled here last year.
    • 1.4 million — the number of people worldwide in need of permanent resettlement.
  • 9th — Canada’s worldwide ranking among nations in the latest World Happiness Report, just behind New Zealand and ahead of Austria.
  • 82.782 years— the life expectancy in Canada for 2019.
    • 13th— this country’s ranking for life expectancy, behind Sweden and ahead of South Korea.
  • 5.4 per cent — Canada’s jobless rate in May, the lowest figure in at least 43 years.
  • 1.23 — percentage of Canada’s GDP devoted to military spending in 2018.
    • 14th — Canada’s place on the list of world’s biggest defence spenders last year.
    • $21.6 billion US — the amount Canada spent on its military in 2018.
    • 1.2 — the percentage of last year’s record $1.822 trillion in global military spending that Canada was responsible for.
  • $4.27 billion US — the amount Canada devoted to foreign aid in 2017.
  • Almost 70 — the percentage of Canadians who participate in outdoor or wilderness activities.
    • Canada has more lakes than any other country.
    • Canada has the longest coastline in the world.
    • 44 — the percentage who say they hike or backpack.
    • 32 — the percentage who view or photograph wildlife.
    • 16 — the percentage who forage for food.
    • 24 — the percentage of the world’s boreal forest in Canada.
  • 704 megatonnes — Canada’s total greenhouse gas emissions in 2016.
    • 1st — Canada’s ranking in per capita carbon emissions among G20 nations.
    • 7th — Canada’s overall world ranking.
    • 206,624,103 – the number of potted plants produced in Canada in 2017.
  • $5.9 billion – the amount spent by Canadian households on tools and equipment for home and garden in the last quarter of 2018.
  • 5,032 – the number of bars, restaurants and other establishments licensed to sell alcohol in Canada in 2018.
  • 360 — the actual and planned cannabis retail locations across Canada as of May 2019.
  • 5.884 million litres — the volume of eggnog sold commercially in Canada in December 2018.
  • 7 — the reported number of fireworks accidents/incidents in Canada in 2017-2018.

Source: CBC and others

O Canada!

Historica Canada, the folks that put together the Heritage Minutes we see on TV, have put together this salute to our national anthem.

How many of those Heritage Minutes can you pick put?

Watch » Bikepacking Alaska to Argentina and around the world. The story so far (2014 – 2019)

Iohan Gueorguiev’s videos are well made, but they are generally an hour long.

With this video Iohan recaps his trip so far, from Alaska to Argentina, in less than 15 minutes.

If you like this, you’ll love his full length videos.

Tomas Terfloth Buys a $777 Canoe with Canadian Tire Money

Morgan Modjeski, writing for CBC News:

Asked why he was buying a canoe, he said the reason was simple: he needed a new canoe.

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