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Patrick Cain

Patrick Cain

Patrick is an online writer and editor in Toronto, focused mostly on data, FOI, maps and visualizations. He has won some awards, been a beat reporter covering digital privacy and cannabis, and started an FOI case that ended in the Supreme Court

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Activists argue against settlement with tobacco industry, call for planned shutdown instead

Activists argue against settlement with tobacco industry, call for planned shutdown instead

Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada wants governments to take over the cigarette industry and running it as a non-profit with its own disappearance as a planned goal
POLL: Union membership has a mild connection to political views

POLL: Union membership has a mild connection to political views

Current or former union membership has a mild connection to a reader's political views, an online poll this week showed
POLL: Have you had enough of fireworks?

POLL: Have you had enough of fireworks?

Love them or hate them, fireworks are hard to ignore. This past Victoria Day, some neighbourhoods sounded like an hours-long re-enactment of the Battle of Gettysburg
Poll: Second choices offer hints about possible — or impossible — voter shifts

Poll: Second choices offer hints about possible — or impossible — voter shifts

This week, we asked in an online poll what federal political party you'd vote for if your first choice wasn't an option
Poll: Two-thirds don't expect to see the Leafs win the Cup in their lifetimes

Poll: Two-thirds don't expect to see the Leafs win the Cup in their lifetimes

The Leafs haven't won the Stanley Cup since 1967. About two-thirds of readers in an online poll said they didn't expect to see that change in their lifetimes
Real estate prices stable in April

Real estate prices stable in April

Ontario home prices were stable in April, continuing a trend set in March that ended a five-month fall that began last summer, figures released by the Canadian Real Estate Association Wednesday show. 
Poll: Most readers would make the notwithstanding clause harder to use

Poll: Most readers would make the notwithstanding clause harder to use

Just over half of readers surveyed in an online poll this week said that the notwithstanding clause should be harder to use than it is now, but not taken out of the Constitution entirely
Poll: Most wouldn't pay for a national-scale H5N1 vaccination

Poll: Most wouldn't pay for a national-scale H5N1 vaccination

Should the feds write a big cheque and order enough H5N1 vaccine for the whole country, and get the production lines moving now? In an online poll this week and last, most of you said no
Poll: Liberals would likely gain support with a new leader

Poll: Liberals would likely gain support with a new leader

The federal Liberals have the potential to gain votes from the Greens and NDP, and firm up their own support, if Justin Trudeau resigned and the party had a new leader going into the next election, an online poll showed this week
Poll: Home ownership becoming only for the rich, 4 of 5 readers fear

Poll: Home ownership becoming only for the rich, 4 of 5 readers fear

Some 80 per cent of readers agreed with the statement 'Home ownership in Canada is becoming something only the rich can afford' in an online poll this week
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