I keep seeing that article passed around in comments and on blogs:

http://www2.macleans.ca/2009/07/16/canadas-best-and-worst-run-cities/

It looks pretty bad for us, but I think some of their methodologies may be a little off. I’m going to question the results in the “Transportation” section in the first column titled “Transportation Costs Per Lane Kilometre of City Road”.  It gives Saint John an A+ while Fredericton gets a B+. Essentially it only measures the cost with no quantification of the actual results. You just need to take a drive on some major Saint John streets to know what the actual results are. The Telegraph Journal did a story on the road repair budget and essentially accuse the city of neglecting the roads:

http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com/city/article/719680

With that one point in question, the rest of the report needs to be taken with a grain of salt. There are definitely areas that need improvement, but that report shouldn’t be used to say that one city is better than another.