COVID-19 in public schools in Ontario: Fall 2021 vs Fall 2020

Introduction Since September 2020, Ontario’s Ministry of Education has published daily reports of COVID-19 in the province’s public schools. Two datasets are of the greatest interest: Schools with recent COVID-19 cases Summary of cases in schools For more on the relationship between these two datasets, and the mechanics of the Summary of cases in schools… Continue reading COVID-19 in public schools in Ontario: Fall 2021 vs Fall 2020

Public schools in Ontario 2021-22

Ontario's Public Health Units within Health Regions

With an eye to surveying cases of COVID-19 in the province’s public schools, we are publishing the Mainstream public schools in Ontario 2021-22 dataset. Data sources Our primary data sources are the provincial government’s Publicly-funded elementary and secondary schools in Ontario (November 2021) (the “Publicly-funded schools dataset”), the School information and student demographics (November 2021)… Continue reading Public schools in Ontario 2021-22

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Identifying Canada’s Indian Residential Schools: How hard could it be?

Several weeks ago, I had an idea. I’d first need a definitive list of Canada’s Indian Residential Schools. How hard could it be to find it. Surprisingly. How time-consuming could it be to make it. Ridiculously. I’ve stopped short of a definitive list of Canada’s Indian Residential Schools, but I’m happy to share what I’ve… Continue reading Identifying Canada’s Indian Residential Schools: How hard could it be?

Identifying Canada’s Indian Residential Schools

Identifying Canada’s Indian Residential Schools was challenging for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and remains challenging for us today. The TRC recognized that the “Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA) provides the most comprehensive listing of Canadian residential schools for Aboriginal people,” but also observed that “issues combine to complicate any attempt to list… Continue reading Identifying Canada’s Indian Residential Schools

Canada’s Indian Residential Schools under the original IRSSA

By our reckoning, the original Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA) identified 131 Indian Residential Schools: Schedule E (Residential Schools) identified 107 Indian Residential Schools Schedule F (Additional Residential Schools) identified 24 Indian Residential Schools. We are publishing these 131 institutions, as they appeared in the original IRSSA, as a machine-readable, Tab-Separated-Value file, with these… Continue reading Canada’s Indian Residential Schools under the original IRSSA

Applications and Canada’s decisions under Article 12 (March 28, 2013)

We have seen that Canada issued periodic updates of its decisions regarding applications to add institutions to the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA) under Article 12. We are publishing data about 1,502 institutions from the last available update (March 28, 2013), as a machine-readable, Tab-Separated-Value file, with these data fields: Field Definition PREFERRED_NAME Preferred… Continue reading Applications and Canada’s decisions under Article 12 (March 28, 2013)

AANDC’s “Recognized Institutions”

Applications and decisions We have seen that Canada issued periodic updates of its decisions regarding applications to add institutions to the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA) under Article 12. The last available update (March 28, 2013) concerns applications and Canada’s decisions regarding 1,502 institutions, which we analyze. Recognized institutions Canada also issued periodic updates… Continue reading AANDC’s “Recognized Institutions”

AANDC’s “Recognized Insitutions”

By our reckoning, Canada identified (at some point, at least) a total of 146 institutions as Indian Residential Schools under the IRSSA: The original IRSSA listed 131 Indian Residential Schools Canada agreed to add 6 institutions under Article 12 Courts ordered Canada to add 4 institutions under Article 12 Canada added 5 institutions to one… Continue reading AANDC’s “Recognized Insitutions”

Canada’s Indian Residential Schools under the final IRSSA

By our reckoning, the original Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA) identified 131 Indian Residential Schools: Schedule E (Residential Schools) identified 107 Indian Residential Schools Schedule F (Additional Residential Schools) identified 24 Indian Residential Schools. Under Article 12 of the IRSSA, Canada agreed to recognize 6 additional institutions as Indian Residential Schools; courts ordered Canada… Continue reading Canada’s Indian Residential Schools under the final IRSSA

TRC’s Indian Residential Schools

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) commented extensively on the limitations and anomalies of Canada’s final list of Indian Residential Schools. The TRC used primary sources to overcome these difficulties as far as possible, and published two lists of its own: 143 Indian Residential Schools covered by the IRSSA 16 Indian Residential Schools not covered… Continue reading TRC’s Indian Residential Schools

Wrapping-Up My Work on LTC Homes and Retirement Homes in Ontario

For the foreseeable future, I’m wrapping-up my work on Long-Term Care (LTC) Homes and Retirement Homes in Ontario. I’ve published four resources that I hope will prove helpful for researchers: Consolidated dataset of LTC Homes (May 9, 2020) Consolidated dataset of Retirement Homes (May 14, 2020) Index to Reports of Inspections Issued to LTC Homes… Continue reading Wrapping-Up My Work on LTC Homes and Retirement Homes in Ontario

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An Index of Reports of Inspections Issued to Retirement Homes in Ontario (2012-2020)

On May 14, 2020, we released a consolidated database of 766 Retirement Homes in Ontario. Today we’re supplementing this database with an Index to Inspection Reports issued for these Retirement Homes between September 2012 and April 2020. Primary Source Our primary source was the Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority website. Methods As noted in our May… Continue reading An Index of Reports of Inspections Issued to Retirement Homes in Ontario (2012-2020)

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An Index to Inspection Reports Issued for LTC Homes in Ontario (2010-2020)

On May 9, 2020, we released a consolidated database of 626 Long-Term Care (LTC) Homes in Ontario, derived from information published by the provincial government. Today we’re supplementing this database with an Index to Inspection Reports issued for LTC Homes in the province between April 2010 and March 2020. Primary Source Our primary source was… Continue reading An Index to Inspection Reports Issued for LTC Homes in Ontario (2010-2020)

Consolidated Dataset of LTC Homes in Ontario

On May 7, 2020, we released a database of Long-Term Care (LTC) Homes in Ontario, derived from information published by the provincial government. We wanted to update the database and describe our primary sources, methods, and final results. Primary Sources Our first primary source was the Ontario government’s Ministry of Health Service Provider Locations (MOHSERLO)… Continue reading Consolidated Dataset of LTC Homes in Ontario

Long-Term Care Homes in Ontario – UPDATE

UPDATE: In the course of documenting my methodology for creating the database of licensed Long-Term Care (LTC) Homes in Ontario, I discovered that one of my software scripts had inadvertently skipped over entries for about 20 LTC Homes. I’ll post my methodology and the corrected database later today (May 11, 2020). I apologize for any… Continue reading Long-Term Care Homes in Ontario – UPDATE

COVID-19 in Long Term Care: Pursuing Transparency *and* Preserving Privacy

Yesterday I credited the Ontario government with starting to include more detailed summaries of COVID-19 cases in Long Term Care homes in its daily updates. I also raised concerns about remaining gaps in the government’s reporting. I’ve been asked to explain one concern in particular: When the number of deaths among residents in a particular… Continue reading COVID-19 in Long Term Care: Pursuing Transparency *and* Preserving Privacy

Using Clusterpie Markers to Map COVID-19 Fatal Cases in Southern Ontario

On March 30, 2020, the Ontario government enhanced its daily reporting of COVID-19 cases in the province. We summarized how these enhancements – especially the daily epidemiological summary – might address our critique of the government’s earlier reporting. Shortly after introducing its daily epidemiological summary, the Ontario government also began publishing daily updates of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in the province.… Continue reading Using Clusterpie Markers to Map COVID-19 Fatal Cases in Southern Ontario

Using Clusterpie Markers to Map COVID-19 Cases in Southern Ontario

On March 30, 2020, the Ontario government enhanced its daily reporting of COVID-19 cases in the province. We summarized how these enhancements – especially the daily epidemiological summary – might address our critique of the government’s earlier reporting. Shortly after introducing its daily epidemiological summary, the Ontario government also began publishing daily updates of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in the province.… Continue reading Using Clusterpie Markers to Map COVID-19 Cases in Southern Ontario

Spread of COVID-19 across Public Health Units in Southern Ontario (Feb 22 – Apr 6, 2020)

On March 30, 2020, the Ontario government enhanced its daily reporting of COVID-19 cases in the province. We summarized how these enhancements – especially the daily epidemiological summary – might address our critique of the government’s earlier reporting. Shortly after introducing its daily epidemiological summary, the Ontario government also began publishing case data of confirmed… Continue reading Spread of COVID-19 across Public Health Units in Southern Ontario (Feb 22 – Apr 6, 2020)

Information on COVID-19 Cases: Ontario Government Begins Moving Again

Yesterday I shared some concerns about Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) efforts to inform the public about confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the province. Today the MOHLTC began to address those concerns. The MOHLTC is now committing to provide a more detailed epidemiological summary of COVID-19 cases in the province every… Continue reading Information on COVID-19 Cases: Ontario Government Begins Moving Again

Information on COVID-19 Cases: Ontario Government is Falling Behind

The Ontario government’s Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) has been posting twice daily (at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.) updates on the status of COVID-19 cases in the province. The updates have included (1) a statistical summary of province-wide COVID-19 testing to date and (2) some basic information about new confirmed positive… Continue reading Information on COVID-19 Cases: Ontario Government is Falling Behind

Lies, damned lies, and waitlist statistics

The Government of Ontario is rightly in the soup for having justified (if not designed) its utter disruption of the province’s services for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder on the basis of a single, apparently known-to-be-inflated statistic (23,000 kids sitting on a waitlist). The sad irony is that service providers have long been exaggerating… Continue reading Lies, damned lies, and waitlist statistics

Ontario’s “super health agency” must be open

Yesterday, The Star reported that the Ontario government is considering a plan to consolidate more than twenty healthcare agencies into one “super agency”. The goal would be improving the integration of health services while trimming a bloated bureaucracy. One of the agencies under review is Health Quality Ontario (HQO). Recently, I expressed concern about HQO’s… Continue reading Ontario’s “super health agency” must be open