Taking on the Catholic Church – Part I

A Renewal Grim discoveries of many hundreds of unmarked graves on the grounds of the former Kamloops and Marieval Indian Residential Schools have renewed calls for the Government of Canada and Christian Churches to be accountable for their parts in a campaign of genocide waged against First Nations. So far, the Catholic Church has been… Continue reading Taking on the Catholic Church – Part I

Kamloops and the children who died in Indian Residential Schools

Grim discovery On Thursday, the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation announced that a survey of the grounds at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School, in B.C.’s southern  Interior, had uncovered the remains of 215 children.  “To our knowledge, these missing children are undocumented deaths,” Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Kukpi7 (Chief) Rosanne Casimir said in the statement.… Continue reading Kamloops and the children who died in Indian Residential Schools

George Manuel recalls the Kamloops IRS of the 1920s

George Manuel: "Every Indian student smelled of hunger" at the Kamloops IRS in the 1920s.

George Manuel, the future founder of the National Indian Brotherhood, carried three strong memories from his years at the Kamloops, British Columbia, residential school in the 1920s. These were: “hunger; speaking English; and being called a heathen because of my grandfather.” The memories of hunger dominated. He was hungry from his first day at the… Continue reading George Manuel recalls the Kamloops IRS of the 1920s

Long-Term Care Homes in Ontario: Accreditation Status

To date, we’ve published four resources to assist researchers interested in studying Long-Term Care (LTC) Homes and Retirement Homes in Ontario: 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 (May 18, 2020) Index to Reports of Inspections Issued… Continue reading Long-Term Care Homes in Ontario: Accreditation Status

Consolidated Dataset of Retirement Homes in Ontario

On May 9, 2020, we released a consolidated dataset 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… Continue reading Consolidated Dataset of Retirement Homes in Ontario

Finally, a glimpse of COVID-19 Cases in Long Term Care Homes in Ontario

Today, the Ontario government began publishing summaries of COVID-19 cases in Long Term Care (LTC) homes in the province, based upon Daily Reports submitted by LTCs to the Ministry of Long Term Care (MoLTC). Sharing this information is a significant step in the right direction – and starts to address some concerns that we’ve raised… Continue reading Finally, a glimpse of COVID-19 Cases in Long Term Care Homes in Ontario

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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

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

Health Quality Ontario: Access Denied

Ontario’s Open Data Directive is intended to maximize access to government data by requiring all data to be made public, unless it is exempt for legal, privacy, security, confidentiality or commercially-sensitive reasons. From time to time, I’ve collaborated with officials in Ontario’s Treasury Board Secretariat, (e.g. Visualizing the Ontario Government’s Open Data Initiative). I’ve also… Continue reading Health Quality Ontario: Access Denied

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