St. John's Named A Smart City
From VOCM News:
According to Maclean's Magazine, the City of St. John's has been named one of Canada's smartest cities by the Canadian Council on Learning. With the discovery of more than two billion barrels of accessible oil off our coast, the fate of St. John's -- once a hard-luck port town -- changed dramatically. Hibernia, Terra Nova and White Rose oil fields have provided about 14,000 jobs in spin-off industries. Technip, a local subsea engineering firm, is using its "Engineer here, live here" campaign to lure Newfoundlanders back from Houston and Calgary. St. John's has also managed to focus on investments in the arts, sports and recreation, and formal education, making the capital city a bustling Atlantic centre.
Our Composite Learning Index score has shot up from 65 in 2006 to 80 this year, helping us to jump 10 spots in the ranking to 14. Although Victoria has been named Canada's smartest city, the CCL has appointed St. John's as the city which has shown the greatest improvement.
A few weeks back Bay Roberts,NL was voted by another Magazine as one of the worst places in Canada to live. So it looks like the Townies are one up on the Bay Guys.