I have lived in Vancouver for more than a decade, and I always wondered why the minds of many people here are so impoverished. I have stayed and lived in other countries and I have not seen this anywhere but Vancouver. I attributed it to the big gap between people’s average income and living cost, which is the second worst in the world. People’s experience vary. If you are white, no matter where you are originally from, your experience may be ok. But if you are not, and especially if combined with other factors such as being female, being visible minority, with lower socioeconomic status, and EASL etc., your experience would be a lot different. I have met many people from abroad here in my work and this idea has been confirmed. Many people here can come out so strongly and rude, if they see you as someone in a weaker position. They seem to put their frustration out on someone who’s safe to do that. So ugly...
I've been living here in Vancouver BC since I moved here as a child over thirty years ago. Never had a chance to make friends with anyone. Life for me here is really a struggle. I don't have a wife and I don't have an children.
As someone from out east who has lived in Vancouver the past 8 years I completely agree with this article. I think the problem will be exacerbated in the future as property prices climb and young Vancouverites move to areas outside Vancouver. I live in a beautiful neighborhood, but I find it's true that people in the area keep people at arm's length, typical impassive but cordial Vancouverite attitude as compared to the friendlier attitude of people from cities further east.
Not sure if people are happy in vanc,but people seem to be very friendly there.Lived there for 12 years and found to be great city to live in-I was happy there.Can't say that about living in Quebec now.Was also happy living in Calgary and Ottawa.S (above entery) seems very unhappy.
I think it all has to do with the season that the polls have been taken. Vancouver also has the highest rate of Seasonal Depression in Canada due to the weather!
(also, people respond differently to negativity. I can guarantee that the answers to this poll would be different if you ask "Do you consider yourself happy?")
I agree as an immigrant of almost 7 years! People do not let you in, they keep you at arms length! very hard to makes friends indeed..and I have tried!
This is exactly why Rebecca Porte and I are on a mission to bring more happiness to this city! Not very many people know this, but happiness needs to be prioritized, and it is a skill that can be learned. We lead a fun, informative, interactive program to help people reconnect with what makes them happy, and learn habits and behaviours to elevate their happiness.
I was happy before I read the first paragraph of this article. Please re-read and fix, it doesn't make sense. Also please get an editor to review your work before posting, it looks sloppy when grammatical errors and typos make it to the final posting. You're better than that!