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Canadian Social Trends: New series on life in metropolitan areas

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The Daily

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

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Canadian Social Trends today launches a new series of articles that explore a wide range of issues related to life in metropolitan areas.

The series, which will be published over the next 12 to 18 months, aims to compare large census metropolitan areas, but also to compare urban and suburban neighbourhoods within metropolitan areas.

The series kicks off today with two articles. The first, titled "The city/suburb contrast: How can we measure it" examines the advantages and disadvantages of several approaches that can be used to define the city, the suburb and the urban area as a whole.

The first approach distinguishes between central and suburban municipalities, the second looks at definitions based on distance from the city centre, and the third according to the housing density of neighbourhoods.

The second article, titled "Dependence on cars in urban neighbourhoods," focuses on the relationship between the types of neighbourhoods in which people live and the use of cars for daily travel.

Both articles are now available in the January 2008 issue of Canadian Social Trends, no. 85 (11-008-XWE, free) from the Publications module of our website.

For more information, or to enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact Client Services (613-951-5979;, Social and Aboriginal Statistics Division.