Open data on Canadian railway accidents

November 25, 2015

There have been eight reported railway accidents since 2004 that involved explosions. That's one fact you can glean from the Transportation Safety Board's railway occurrence database. [...]

NWT Education Contracts, data printed to paper

November 19, 2015

The 2015 Newspapers Canada FOI Audit asked three departments in every province and territory for an electronic, machine-readable file of all contracts valued at $10,000 or more awarded by tender or RFP during the most recently completed fiscal year. While the open data wave is washing across the [...]

An open letter to Justin Trudeau and Scott Brison

November 5, 2015

Let me begin by congratulating you on your recent election victory and your swearing-in yesterday. Mr. Trudeau, I was thrilled to see you talk about open data and access to information as important goals of your new government. [...]

Death by media line

September 14, 2015

I’ve been watching the endless federal election campaign with some interest, but also with a certain degree of ennui. Sure, the Duffy trial and the refugee crisis have served to shake up the proceedings somewhat, but the sense that I am listening to a series of audio tracks playing endless [...]