Is Vancouver once again the Economist’s most livable city?

No. Plus, Port Metro Vancouver’s good year and bad news for Bon Jovi

Just a bronze city
Vancouver is not the most livable city on planet Earth. Once a year, the Economist puts out a much-publicized list letting the world know just how nice—or not nice—a city each of us lives in. For years, Vancouver ranked No. 1. And then it was Melbourne. The 2015 report, released Tuesday, continues this new cruel reality, in which Vancouver is inferior to Melbourne and Vienna and only marginally superior to Toronto (No. 4) and Calgary (No. 5). The list measures 30 factors grouped into five categories: stability, infrastructure, education, health care and the environment. Proximity to breathtaking mountains is probably not one of them, though, because Melbourne doesn’t have that, no sir. As for ubiquitous oceanfront, well, Vienna is more landlocked than a herd of cats.

One country’s labour dispute…
Port Metro Vancouver had a good first half of 2015, moving 1.5 per cent more cargo than it did a year earlier. Containers, in particular, were up eight per cent. The reason? A major labour dispute at ports along America’s West Coast, resulting in a backlog and previously U.S.-bound cargo being shipped to Vancouver instead (and then moved by rail across the border). (via Financial Post)
Livin’ on a prayer, but permits required, unfortunately
Bon Jovi won’t be playing in Stanley Park this Saturday as previously planned. Organizers announced the news Tuesday, telling the Vancouver Sun they were “unable to guarantee a properly produced event,” blaming the local promoter, Vancouver’s Paper Rain Performances, for not acquiring the proper permits in time.