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12:08 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

'Seattle Freeze' strikes northern neighbor - Vancouver, B.C.

A woman wheels her cart along West Hastings Street in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 2010. A lonely place.
The Associated Press

Apparently the social phenomenon known as the “freeze” – or social indifference and avoidance of strangers – extends north of Seattle.

A new survey of living conditions in our northern neighbor Vancouver, B.C., conducted by the Vancouver Foundation discovered:

“One in three people living in metropolitan Vancouver say it can be difficult to make friends here. Seventy per cent have never had a neighbour over. And 47 per cent do not trust or do not know if their neighbours trust each other.”

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