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article imageCanada: Edmonton worst city for women

By Gene Kosowan     Apr 23, 2014 in Lifestyle
Ottawa - Edmonton women have it worse than men in any other major Canadian city, according to a study released Wednesday. Quebec City dominated the ranks at number one.
The study, based on research in Canada's 20 largest cities by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and released on Tuesday, placed Edmonton at the bottom of the list when it came to economic and personal security, education, health and leadership.
Edmonton's southern neighbor, Calgary, didn't fare much better, placing 17th.
Considerable wage gaps, lack of political representation and higher rates of violence against women “all combined to produce the lower rankings for those two cities,” said CCPA senior researcher Kate McInturff.
The wage gap is almost 30 per cent in some cases, she said.
Quebec City ranked first, with Saskatoon second, while St. John’s ranked third.
The news of this study will certainly continue to deliver another black eye to Edmonton, a city regarded by the rest of Canada as "Deadmonton," especially in the wake of its "murder capital of Canada" status in 2010. It's frequently been the butt of jokes over its "City of Champions" slogan, even though none of its major professional sports teams has made the playoffs in their respective leagues in years. The late Ralph Klein, a Calgarian and a former premier of Alberta, of which Edmonton is its capital city, never hid his hatred for the metropolis. And its proximity as the closest major centre to the northern Alberta oilsands projects has certainly provided fodder for environmental protesters worldwide to further vilify the city.
Edmontonians wringing their hands over this news will likely disregard the fact that the CCPA cited Quebec City as the best place for women.
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