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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

Activists argue against settlement with tobacco industry, call for planned shutdown instead

Activists argue against settlement with tobacco industry, call for planned shutdown instead

Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada wants governments to take over the cigarette industry and running it as a non-profit with its own disappearance as a planned goal
After its 12th six-month stay, is the suit against tobacco companies going anywhere?

After its 12th six-month stay, is the suit against tobacco companies going anywhere?

Ontario is seeking $330 billion to cover the cost of tobacco-related health care in the past, and anticipated in the future
Regulations make natural burial unaffordable in Ontario: advocates

Regulations make natural burial unaffordable in Ontario: advocates

Provincially mandated fees are stopping the growth of natural burial grounds in Ontario, advocates for the sector say
Should Ontario approve human composting?

Should Ontario approve human composting?

The province consulted the public on the more environmentally friendly alternative to cremation four years ago
Price of single-family homes in Simcoe County up 1.3% in January

Price of single-family homes in Simcoe County up 1.3% in January

'The market has been showing some early signs of life over the last couple of months, probably no surprise given how much pent-up demand is out there,' says CREA official
Ontario government pushes back on release of killers' gun licence files

Ontario government pushes back on release of killers' gun licence files

After it was forced to release documents on a licensed gun owner who committed a 2013 murder-suicide, the province's solicitor-general is refusing to release documents in four similar cases
FIFA fights release of World Cup contracts with Toronto as province mulls funding

FIFA fights release of World Cup contracts with Toronto as province mulls funding

The province has yet to commit any funding to Toronto for the estimated $300 million-plus cost
Drivers who browse test centres have higher accident rates: auditor general

Drivers who browse test centres have higher accident rates: auditor general

New drivers from Ontario’s big cities who flock to small towns to take their driver’s tests get in collisions more often than their peers who test on urban roads, Transportation Ministry data shows
AG calls York University's reliance on a few sources of foreign students a liability

AG calls York University's reliance on a few sources of foreign students a liability

York University’s reliance on a few source countries for foreign students creates a risk to the school’s bottom line, a report from the province’s auditor general warned Wednesday
Drivers who browse test centres have higher accident rates: auditor general

Drivers who browse test centres have higher accident rates: auditor general

New drivers from Ontario’s big cities who flock to small towns to take their driver’s tests get in collisions more often than their peers who test on urban roads, Transportation Ministry data shows
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