Do you think of yourself as a neighbourly person?
If you live in Vancouver, you might be fooling yourself. That’s at least according to a new poll from Insights West, which found that there might be more than a grain of truth to the stereotype that Vancouver isn’t the warmest city.
Fortunately for the region, Vancouver’s neighbours South of the Fraser are a little more… well neighbourly.
Insights West’s Mario Canseco joined Lynda Steele on the show today to break down the results.
He says when it comes to inviting neighbours over for coffee, drinks, or dinner, Vancouverites scored poorly. Only 17 % percent said they’d done so in the last year. The average for the region was 25%.
That’s versus 40% in Surrey.
“Surrey was really off the charts… You’re twice as likely to be invited to a home in Surrey than you are to a home in Vancouver.
That’s well above Vancouver’s 30%.
But Canseco says Surrey residents can be bad neighbours too. He says nearly a third of people in the city had to call the police on their neighbours for having too noisy of a party. In Vancouver, it was just one in 10.
Canseco says nearly half, 49% of all residents of Metro Vancouver had found pet waste on their property that hadn’t been picked up.
“Very high numbers when it comes to something that shouldn’t be done it’s illegal not to pick up after your pets, and the fact that we have half of residents saying they saw this last year is definitely cause for concern.”
He says if the dog droppings are any indication, we’ve still got a little ways to go.