Lethbridge residents may point to many differences between their city and Red Deer.
But in a new study of the nation’s “up-and-coming millennial hot spots,” they’re equally appealing to “Generation Y” Canadians looking to settle down.
If that’s good news, here’s the rest of the story: both are tied for 44th place on the statistics-based survey of Canada’s 85 largest communities.
Quebec City topped the list, followed by Victoria. Among the nation’s largest cities, Ottawa ranked fifth, Vancouver was 10th and Calgary was No. 15. Toronto was just 24th, Montreal 38th.
Millennials — also known as “echo boomers” — are now Canada’s largest demographic group, points out the Point2 Homes organization. So it calculated how attractive each city would be for those people, based on nine criteria.
Lethbridge, it reports, has the ninth-highest proportion of millennials — 23.8 per cent — in the nation; Red Deer was 12th with a 23.6 per cent representation.
Greatness reaching new depths
Greatness in Leadership 2018 will be reaching to new depths.
This year’s event, hosted by Teamworks Training Institute, Select People Solutions and the Enmax Centre, will have a theme of “discovery” with featured speakers Captain Robert Ballard, who discovered the RMS Titanic wreck, and Catriona Le May Doan, a two-time Olympic speedskating champion. The Greatness in Leadership Management Development Day, set for March 22 at the Enmax Centre, was formally announced during a media launch event Tuesday morning.
Organizer Ryan Miller, CEO of Teamwork Training Ltd., says he’s excited for the fourth annual version as the main purpose is community. “This year’s speakers are defined by innovation, determination and teamwork and will inspire the Lethbridge community especially in this time of new development and growth that our city is currently experiencing,” said Miller.
City in fast lane for maintenance
The City of Lethbridge has received good news on two fronts in terms of the quality of its road system and the cost of maintaining it. The Alberta Benchmarking Initiative has put Lethbridge near the top for the condition of its roads and at the bottom as far as the cost of maintaining the roadway system.
Six communities were involved in the initiative, the fifth of seven core service area reports expected to be issued. Other communities that participated in the roadways study included Banff, Canmore, Medicine Hat, Okotoks and Red Deer. The Roadways Report looks at transportation infrastructure and roads services operations.
The Roadways Report indicates Lethbridge has the lowest roadway system cost — $9,963 per lane kilometre in 2014 — among the six participating municipalities. The roadway system cost in other participating communities ranged from $10,853 to $23,894. Lethbridge also had the lowest per-capita cost for its total transportation system.
The report indicates Lethbridge has the second-best roadway conditions among participating communities, with only six per cent of local roads deemed in poor condition.
Recycling plan launches in April
The City of Lethbridge has launched phase one of its new curbside recycling program.
Beginning in April, about 900 homes in five different communities will receive their recycling bin. This is the first stage in what will eventually become city-wide residential curbside recycling in 2019.
In addition, 20 bins will be tested with multi-family complexes. Phase one will include portions of the Country Meadows, Garry Station, Fairmont, Stafford Manor and Victoria Park/Upper Eastside neighbourhoods.