Author Archives: Patrick Cain

OxyContin’s gone, but Canada’s pill-popping problem is worse than ever

Patrick Cain The top story on the relaunched site today, by the Investigative Data Desk’s Anna Mehler Paperny, is a disturbing look at addictive painkillers: A year after provincial governments clamped down on the most notorious name in prescription-drug abuse, … Continue reading

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#graphicmonday: Collapsing asbestos exports

Patrick Cain Our first #graphicmonday on the relaunched site is one of Leslie’s, a Tableau-based interactive on the collapse in asbestos exports. Have a look. #graphicmondays migrated from the previous site can all be found here. Click on the image:

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Data/interactives on the relaunched globalnews.ca

Patrick Cain The whole globalnews.ca group of sites relaunched this morning with a responsive-design system on the front end and WordPress VIP on the back end. It went about as smoothly as these things can. Most of the last week … Continue reading

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Toronto pedestrians: TV component

Here’s how the pedestrian safety story looked on TV: http://www.globaltoronto.com/video/swf/GlobalNewsEmbedPlayer.swf?player.width=609&player.height=342&player.overlayImageUrl=&pid=Uzl4CCDafLnjr8V_muVZPen2zCD05UNj&show=NewsHour&episode=&season=&cliptitle=Troubling+Statistics Today and November 30 are tied for the worst days for pedestrian accidents, so be careful out there. Cross-posted from patrickcain.ca

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As light dims, peril increases for Toronto pedestrians

I just posted a story on the Global Toronto site based on the pedestrian accident data we FOId back in the spring. (This database, honestly, is the gift that keeps on giving. What can you do with it?) Looking at … Continue reading

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Mapping Toronto’s dogs

We’ve wound up a nice integrated broadcast/digital package on dog ownership in Toronto. It was based, mostly, on a version of the dog licence database showing the breed and name of the dog and the first three characters of the … Continue reading

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Time-based interactive of Toronto’s Second World War dead

We’ve renewed the Poppy File map concept* this year with a time-based visualization, programmed by globalnews.ca developer Nathan Arnold, a developer here, of deaths by month. Events like Dieppe and the Normandy campaign fill the map suddenly with points. The … Continue reading

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