FRIEND – You might want to sit down for this, Lisa.
LISA HOPELESS – What is it?
FRIEND – A joint study released by UBC and McGill University shows that communities with lower density have higher levels of happiness.
LISA HOPELESS – But how can that be? People who live in cities have higher education and income levels.
FRIEND – That may be true, but they also have to contend with a higher cost of living and longer commute times.
LISA HOPELESS – But small towns don’t have the diversity of cities. If diversity is Canada’s strength, how can Canadians possibly be happier in places with fewer immigrants?
FRIEND – Well, apparently they are.
LISA HOPELESS – So what you’re telling me is everything I’ve been pushing for the last four years has been wrong.
FRIEND – Not only that. Everything the government has been pushing for the last thirty years has been wrong.
LISA HOPELESS – By increasing the density of Victoria I’m actually making Victorians miserable?
FRIEND – It would appear to be so. Are you okay, Lisa? You don’t look so good.
LISA HOPELESS – If this study is right, Victoria would have been better off if I had never been mayor at all.
FRIEND – Don’t talk that way, Lisa. How about we go on a nice long bike ride? That ought to cheer you up.
LISA HOPELESS – But someone always trashes my bike when I park it.
FRIEND – That probably wouldn’t happen in a small town.
LISA HOPELESS – Maybe I should move up island and become mayor of Qualicum Beach.
FRIEND – You might want to check in with the locals first.