Connecting Stats, Stories and People
To mark Statistics Canada's 100th anniversary throughout 2018, this blog will feature stories of leaders and change-makers that have impacted the world of statistics. This special series of blog articles will include profiles on Jean Talon, Robert H. Coats and Agatha Chapman, among others. For more information about our program of activities to mark our Centennial, visit One Hundred Years and Counting.
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.
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.
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