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Port Alberni, B.C. community leaders defend city after being ranked 'worst city to live in Canada' in magazine

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Saturday, March 15, 2014, 4:24 PM -

Residents of Port Alberni, B.C. are coming to their city's defense after MoneySense magazine ranked it the worst city to live in Canada

The magazine ranked the Vancouver Island mill town 201st in terms of livability factors including household income, crime rate, weather and health care. 

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But MoneySense editor Mark Brown says the magazine also looked at the entire regional district and nine First Nations communities when compiling the list. 

Port Alberni Mayor John Douglas says he did not read too much into the ranking and hasn't had the time to respond because he has been too busy dealing with potential investors. 

Kevin Wright of the Uptown Merchants Association says Port Alberni is being saddled with conditions it can't control in other communities. 

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He also says the list will deter attracting residents and investors. 

With files from the Alberni Valley Times

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