A recent Angus Reid study, reported widely in the news, showed that many Canadians are experiencing financial stress. A large proportion report needing to borrow money to buy groceries, eschewing dental care, and are experiencing hardship in ten other money-related scenarios presented to them. While sadly no one is shocked that a substantial fraction of Canadians is struggling financially, what is surprising is that the study’s estimate of that fraction is considerably higher than the official governmental numbers. The study found that about 16% of the population is “struggling”, while a further 11% is “on the edge” (i.e., at risk of struggling). This gives a total of 27% who are in some sort of financial jeopardy. Whereas, according to the official estimate, 4.8 million Canadians (about 14%) live beneath the line of indigence. Continue reading How Do We Measure Poverty?
May 28, 2018 — This is the audio of a lecture I gave to a graduate class in Community Outreach and Media Relations in the Sciences. It was recorded using my bluetooth microphone, so the audio quality is not as great as it could be. A PDF of the class slides (with most photos removed) can be accessed here.
During the class, I conducted a simulated data collection exercise wherein a hat was passed around and students were asked to write questions on pieces of paper. Here are the ones that were legible:
P.S. we have armpit hair because it’s a scent trap.
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You know the day is off to an interesting start when the Uber driver wants to talk to me about his lord and saviour Jesus Christ…. in French.
Onward. Continue reading Thoughts on Educational Reform: A First Pass
Happy Thanksgiving, my USian friends…
Who am I kidding? Happy Turkey Genocide Day. (No, I’m not referring to this.) I will take the time to re-assert my fake vegetarianism this week.
Dr Who…. Continue reading What Can Be Done About Antimicrobial Resistance?