Vancouver remains the most liveable city in the world, according to the latest annual ranking compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit. The Canadian city scored 98 out of a maximum 100, as it has done for the past two years. The ranking scores 140 cities from 0-100 on 30 factors spread across five areas: stability, health care, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure.

Heather Deal, Councillor with the City of Vancouver, and Gaetan Royer, manager of Metropolitan Planning, Environment & Parks for Metro Vancouver, explained how to create the best city for living.

Heather Deal, professional biologist and an environmental educator, has brought forward initiatives that expand creative spaces in the city, created the food cart program, retain heritage and increase pedestrian safety. At the regional level Heather has worked on waste reduction, air quality, ecological health and park planning. At the federal level Heather is engaged in work concerning immigration, urban aboriginals, community safety and gender issues in politics and housing policies. Heather has also developed science/environmental programs for UBC Continuing Studies.

Gaetan Royer, architect and urban planner originally from Québec City, who also served as an engineer with Canada’s Federal Government. He received the Canadian Governor General’s Meritorious Service Medal for his humanitarian work in Sarajevo, Bosnia in 1993-94. Appointed Manager of Metropolitan Planning, Environment & Parks for Metro Vancouver with the responsibility for managing 14,000 hectares of park land in the Metro Vancouver region as well as the region’s Growth Strategy.

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