Bottom of the List

A look at the worst performing cities in some of the most heavily-weighted categories.

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18 comments on “Bottom of the List

  1. kamloops bc is way worse than lachute

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    • How do you figger that ? I live just west of the west end of Kamloops lake, Kamloops has all the things a small city really needs. When you put down a place or someone you shoul include data to back up your statement, or dont post.

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      • i have gone to school in lachute and have lived in kamloops, trust me i would do ANYTHING i could to live in kamloops OVER lachute. ANYTHING.

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  2. If you think these ratings or the process you are using to rank the citiess will do anything to improve peoples opinionsof your magazine you are sadly mistaked. The comments about why they are ranked as they are poorly thought out and made through a narrow sometime irrational list of factors

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    • Remember the reviews are only peoples options and they run a dime a dozen – if you are happy where you live and your town/city gives you everything you need – then it is the best place to live in my opinion. Not everyone wants or needs the same things to find a place to call home.

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  3. HOME IS WHERE YOU MAKE IT.

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  4. Whoever go through Lachute won't agree with this rank. Lachute has a flavor, a quality of life and a sense of History, harmony between the french and english communities that my city' Montreal, doesn't have. You surely has a bias in your study which is unfortunate for these guys in Lachute.

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  5. I live in Lachute and LOVE it. But there are problems like any town. For one thing, the doctor and hospital situation. Where did they get the idea that there are enough Doctors in Lachute? 15 hour waits in the emergency room, and we have been here 3 years and still my husband does not have a doctor. He is one of the many, not one of the few. However it seems that this is the situation all over Quebec. But come visit Lachute, we have many music festivals, a family festival, a fair, lots of good restaurants, spectacles etc. etc etc. Plus some of the most incredible scenery.

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  6. I must put my 2 cents in here for the "Worst" place to live I vote Gananoque, sure one would say it is beautiful, yes it is for summer tourist but to live all year round there is nothing no jobs very high rents, forget about getting a Doctor here as well cause none are excepting new or used patients,lol.
    Pretty soon it will be a ghost town, heck in the winter the streets roll up at 5pm and the summer is not much better the streets roll up at 6-7pm. Sure we are surrounded by water but do we have a decent beach to swim, NOT! We have the marina but hey try getting a slip for your boat always full year to year. This town sucks, we can't even keep a Bargain Shop open, it's closing at end of month and there is talk about the Dollar Store might close as well, now come on a small town that can not keep shops like this open ,there is definately something wrong. The factory's that were here have closed and moved to somewhere else, so low and behold NO JOBS either. But yep come live in good old Gananoque, what a joke! Live here if you want to live off Welfare or a disability Pension or Old Age Pension cause that is all there is and oh lets not forget you better know how to drive cause you either got to drive to Kingston or Brockville to even shop for new underwear cause there is no stores here that sell them anymore!!! GANANOQUE IS A JOKE TOWN!!!!!!!

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  7. For me and my kin, the land of the free is the home of the brave. Bubbagump till the lord takes me home.

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    • Lots of happiness to you and most of all health. You'll need it.

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  8. Right now, the worst place to live Is Elliot Lake, Ontario. It takes six weeks to get a doctor's appointment. Waiting time at the E.R. at the hospital is up to eight hours, unless you are bleeding profusely. The City's population has shrunk to half its size since the year 2000. Since the collapse of the roof at the local Mall, there are very few stores left and people have to travel more than two hours to either Sudbury or Sault Ste. Marie. The major landlord, "Elliot Lake Retirement Living" advertises and they rent affordable accommodations. However, they also advertise a "vibrant arts and cultural community", which is grossly overstated. As is the "abundant retail services". Unless you are a "Nature Lover/Enthusiast", you may want to consider choosing a different place to live, or wait another twenty years until Elliot Lake re-establishes itself.

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  9. I wonder why you did not publish my comment about the "City of Elliot Lake", in north-eastern Ontario.
    I have lived here since the year 2000. There are big plans in place to change Elliot Lake from a ghost town, which it is now, but it will take a great number of years to accomplish that.

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  10. What is the criteria for getting a comment approved by the site admins ?

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    • All of your comments have been approved. They are done manually so it does take time however. Generally, we don't post comments that are offensive or contain links.

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  11. Elliot Lake, Ontario is worse than Lachute.
    It has become a ghost town since the collapse of the roof of is local Mall in June 2012.

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  12. I have proudly touted Lachute all over the world. I left Lachute in 1957 to go to university . It was the best place in the world then. There are many very successful former Lachuters all over the world. Add them up and we'll compete with any on the list.
    God Bless Lachute

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  13. “…but because the city falls behind in a number of key metrics that keep a city growing.” Growth being the central point.
    Hmmm, I have often marveled at this circulating statement over the years, as you have also ‘naively ‘ (definition: having or showing a lack of experience, judgment, or information) continued to stop all thought to what that statement really means.
    Growth.. to you. equals… more people, more infrastructure, more births more industry, more revenues created, more taxes earned…. growth is the central construct of the gdp.
    Have you stopped to consider the inevitable end? There is only so much room.. no more will be found to expand on, finite resources are shared by many species, all needed to promote our very exsistance. This is simplyt the inescapable truth.
    Unless the gdp concept is redefined for actual long term prosperity, radically departing from current economics based societal structures… we will be as the snake devouring its own tail… we are almost if not too late now.
    Think.

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