That time they tried to do a study but gave up for lack of data - 2015-05-07
Here's a persuasive new way to make Canada seem like a better place – ignorance.
As long as the country lacks good data on poverty, and its associated inequities in health, education and well-being, we're prevented from saying with certainty whose lives are difficult, and where, and most in need of aid.
Researchers at the Mowat Centre, a public-policy institute based at the University of Toronto, recently set out to create a map of what they called the hardest places to live in Canada. Their model was a much-discussed graphic published in the New York Times that vividly depicted the relative inequality of 3,125 counties in the United States, drawing on indicators such as life expectancy, unemployment, education and income.
What they inadvertently discovered was a disturbing inequality between nations: Canada simply doesn't have the data needed to make these kind of community-by-community comparisons. A national discussion is effectively closed before it can even start.