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.
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.
Dr. Jack Jedwab, President of the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS) and the Canadian Institute for Identities and Migration (CIIM), seemed destined for a future in Econometrics—that is, until a course in economic history sparked what would become a life-long interest in a topic he had yet to explore. Dr. Jedwab quickly realized that his affinity for visualizing and understanding most things in numbers could also be applied to the study of history.
For more than 25 years, Nora Spinks has applied a "family lens" to study a variety of topics related to diversity and the reality of family life in Canada, from education, housing and healthcare to cultural and structural dynamics in the workplace. In her current role as Chief Executive Officer at The Vanier Institute of the Family in Ottawa, she leads a team that seeks to understand the diversity of families and complexity of family life.
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