Goin’ down the road – for toilet paper

A Times & Transcript report today summarizes a new Statistics Canada report shows New Brunswick drivers clock an average of 18,558 kilometres a year per vehicle — more than any other Canadians. The article speculates some of the reasons for this.

I have two points:

1. Drivers in British Columbia drove their vehicles the least. British Columbians are the most physically active population in Canada. Guess which province is the second least active in Canada. You guessed it.

2. I have always grumbled about this. New Brunswickers have either the lowest or second lowest ‘average commute distance’ to work (among Canadian provinces). At the same time, we will drive two hours to save 25 cents on toilet paper by purchasing 500 rolls at Costco. It seems that Statistics Canada is confirming my angst.

Don’t get me wrong. I am sensitive to global warming. But when I looked this a few years ago unemployment rates in communities 20-30 minutes from Moncton were as high as 18% while Moncton employers were facing worker shortages.

My advice? We should get of our collective arses and walk more. And if there’s a job in the next town over. Gas up.

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0 Responses to Goin’ down the road – for toilet paper

  1. NB taxpayer says:

    I agree. I also think it is the type of cities and the opportunities in them that prevents a greater inflow of commuters from outer communities. I believe this was mentioned on this blog. (e.g. we don’t have a major centre/metro area in New Brunswick)

    Plop a city the size of Calgary or Vancouver right in the middle of the province and you will see an increase in movement from rural and rural fringe areas as well as a drop in their real unemployment rates.

  2. jessica says:

    Just wondering–when was the last time you walked to the store for toilet paper? And, have you had the opportunity to visit Beautiful British Columbia yet?
    Remember the summer of 1989 when you had the opportunity to spend an active summer outdoors in the wilds of BC and turned it down for desk job? I spent a glorious summer in the beauty of the outdoors in a job that I still wish had become my career while you drove around the cities of New Brunswick! 🙂
    I guess, despite my US citizenship, I am still a BCer at heart
    By the way . . . remember, most BCers have their own pulp mill in the back yard.

    Imagine my surprise when I stumbled across your blog after all these years to hear a voice from the past. Impressive!
    I will visit again.