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Measuring A City’s Vital Signs

This Magazine Staff

Continuing on my earlier post about Canada’s cities. I noticed that the Community Foundations of Canada, a clearinghouse for community groups around Canada, is taking a great idea national. Every year the Toronto Community Foundation releases a Vital Signs report on Toronto. It’s an important report that gets a lot of media attention. It tracks key issues and points out whether the ciy is doing fine or in need of urgent action. The CFC wants to take this report card idea nationally.
Here’s hoping that they’ll also take the Vital Ideas report card too. This report, also from the Toronto Community Foundation, lists dozens of innovative projects happening around the city. Everything from the Toronto Public Library’s Dial-a-story program to LEAF, a local non-profit dedicated to protecting the urban forest.

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