Yes, the world seemed topsy-turvy sometimes in the media last year, but let’s not forget the good news of 2017!

At Home….

  • Canada had 12 months of job creation, dropping the unemployment rate down to 5.9 per cent in November.
  • A Canadian developed an Ebola vaccine that has 100% success rate.
  • There was a lot of progress made on the Mississauga Hurontario Light Rail Transit file, with the recent launch of Request for Proposals.
  • Mississauga drafted a comprehensive affordable housing strategy— “Making Room for the Middle,” recommending 40 actions to achieve this goal.
  • Mississauga’s waterfront redevelopment is out the gate.
  • The City of Mississauga is forging ahead with plans to purchase privately-owned land in Cooksville to build the city’s own version of Central Park.

And Around The World…

  • In Britain, researchers made a historic breakthrough in the fight against Huntington’s disease, with potential application to other incurable brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s.
  • The number of fully electric and plug-in hybrid cars driving down the world’s roads passed the three-million mark.
  • French and German voters rejected right-wing extremists in their national elections.
  • The #MeToo movement has ended the era of powerful sexual predators.
  • The Giant Panda, the Grizzly Bear and the Manatee are no longer on the endangered species.
  • China proceeded with their plans to end ivory trade in their country.
  • China put a ban on new coal mines and 15 percent of their economy now will use renewable energy by 2020.
  • The Colombian government and FARC rebels signed a peace agreement ending a war that left 7 million people dead or homeless.
  • Drone Juno flew over 445 million miles to orbit Jupiter and learn about the origins of our solar system.
  • Measles has been eradicated from North, Central and South America
  • The African country of Malawi saw its HIV rate among children drop by 67 per cent.
  • Twenty countries created 40 protected marine parks, creating a sanctuary the size of the continental United States.
  • Israel now produces 55 per cent of its freshwater from the sea, turning the Desert into farmland.
  • India planted 50 million trees in 24 hours with 800,000 volunteers.
  • World hunger reached its lowest point in 25 years.

And what’s also good news?  That there are many more good news stories!  Make your own list and share it.