Connecting Stats, Stories and People
Published monthly, this blog will feature compelling interviews with key data users and stakeholders on how, together, we tell Canada's story in numbers. To mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation throughout 2017, this blog will highlight the views of historians, genealogists, academics, students, and other experts. For more information about our program of activities to mark Canada 150, visit Telling Canada's story in numbers.
An environmental economist, energy enthusiast and passionate advocate for good environmental policy, Dr. Andrew J. Leach wears many hats, and that’s just to name a few. In addition to his role as an Associate Professor at the University of Alberta’s School of Business, he also writes a popular energy, climate and oil sands blog, and has some 16,000 followers on Twitter—an unexpected surge in interest after what began as an easy way to communicate with students.
The Census of Population has, since 1666, painted a statistical portrait of Canada and its population, offering a wide range of data and analysis that tell the ongoing story of our country and our families. While data users often use the most current information in their research and analysis, historical censuses also serve their own unique role in providing a fascinating glimpse of the past, particularly in researching Canadian families.
In Canada, statistics have long served as an essential framework in the development of public policy, with organizations from a variety of sectors playing very diverse, but equally important, roles in recognizing, analyzing and addressing key public issues. Many of these organizations, including the Toronto-based C.D. Howe Institute, not only work with Statistics Canada data in the development of policy recommendations—they also require the same level of analytical objectivity in their work.
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