Vancouver cleans up in yet another top-cities poll

Vancouverites like to whine about their city, but the rest of the world knows otherwise. In its latest annual Quality of Living survey, HR consulting firm Mercer has named Vancouver the top city to live and work in North America—for the eighth straight year—and No. 5 globally. Taking the top four spots were Vienna, Zurich, and Auckland and Munich (tie). Toronto (16), Ottawa (19), Montreal (21) and Calgary (33) also made respectable showings. The highest-ranking U.S. centre was San Francisco, at No. 30. Canadian cities stood out for sanitation, a new metric this year, with Ottawa finishing second only to Honolulu in that department.