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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

Recent Work by Patrick

POLL: Parents more tolerant of phone use in schools

POLL: Parents more tolerant of phone use in schools

How should schools address phone use? In an online poll this week, half thought phones should be totally banned from school, about half thought phone use was fine during breaks, and almost nobody thought it shouldn't be regulated at all
Regulations make natural burial unaffordable in Ontario: advocates

Regulations make natural burial unaffordable in Ontario: advocates

'If your last act is giving back to the Earth, you're doing something that's gentle and kind,' says official
Poll: Politics and much else divides cat people from dog people

Poll: Politics and much else divides cat people from dog people

Over the last week or so, an online poll asked about your pets: are you dog people, cat people, some-other-animal people, or people who don't want pets
'Could get interesting': Real estate prices bounced back in March

'Could get interesting': Real estate prices bounced back in March

'We’ll have to wait for the April data to really understand how buyers are responding to all these new properties for sale,' says economist
POLL: Most support spending to beef up armed forces

POLL: Most support spending to beef up armed forces

In recent weeks, we've asked how you would feel about funding rearmament, acknowledging that may mean less in the way of resources for other public-sector priorities. Almost three-quarters of you are in favour
Poll shows serious leakage of support from NDP, Liberals to Tories

Poll shows serious leakage of support from NDP, Liberals to Tories

An online poll this week showed a strong movement of people who voted Liberal or NDP in 2015 to the federal Conservatives
Poll: The young and men are much more open to Pierre Poilievre

Poll: The young and men are much more open to Pierre Poilievre

Roughly equal numbers of readers have positive or negative views of Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre in an online poll this month. The details are revealing
Resale value for single-family Barrie home hovers around $800K

Resale value for single-family Barrie home hovers around $800K

'After two years of mostly quiet resale housing activity, there’s a feeling that things are about to pick up,' says CREA official
Poll: Smokers seem more open to risks in other contexts

Poll: Smokers seem more open to risks in other contexts

People under 40 are more likely to never have smoked
POLL: Most oppose expanding drug legalization to mushrooms, MDMA

POLL: Most oppose expanding drug legalization to mushrooms, MDMA

Should psilocybin mushrooms and other drugs like ecstasy, or MDMA, be legalized and sold in controlled markets, as cannabis has since 2018? By a large margin, you said no
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