Relational diagrams of Toronto city council votes
by Patrick Cain Last week we published a series of relational diagrams of voting patterns in Toronto city council using NodeXL. It’s a direct result of Peter Aldhous’s excellent presentation at the NICAR conference in St. Louis. (The context, for those out of town, is a shift of votes away from Toronto’s mayor on city council. A stable majority supported him from elections in...
Mapping Old Age Security
by Patrick Cain I produced a series of maps recently showing rates of OAS recipients by three-character postal code across the country. (Rebecca Lindell of Global’s Ottawa bureau, obtained the data.) Mapping OAS recipients is roughly the same exercise as mapping Canadians over 65 - all but the wealthiest are eligible. Mapping where older people are necessarily shows where younger people...
B.C. classroom sizes
by Leslie Young We recently published a map of the classroom sizes at every public school in B.C. To me, the interesting thing wasn’t just the map itself, which would be useful information for a local parent, but the fact that all the information for this map is open data. I follow DataBC, the provincial government’s open data office on Twitter. I spotted a tweet that they had...
In which I find a use for Elections Canada data
by Leslie Young During the last federal election, we heard about complaints of election irregularities, loosely defined. These included things like harassing phone calls, slashed tires and much more, largely in Guelph and some Toronto ridings. At that time, I thought an informative little feature would be to look into how many complaints there have been over the last few elections. Maybe there...