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Improving Road Safety

Ontario News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 13:30

Ontario is introducing legislation that, if passed, would help keep the province's roads among the safest in North America by reducing collisions, injuries and fatalities.

Bill C-632 (Private member's)

Latest Bills - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 12:33
An Act to amend the State Immunity Act (genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes or torture)

China Mission Opens Door To New Opportunities

Ontario News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 10:00
Ontario companies, like Toronto-based ChipCare, will be growing their business in new markets by participating in the Premier's China mission.

Investing in Ontario's Public Libraries

Ontario News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 14:30

Ontario is investing in public libraries through the new Ontario Libraries Capacity Fund.

Ontario Pledges $3 Million in Fight Against Ebola

Ontario News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 10:30

Ontario is providing $3 million to help front-line responders contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and is encouraging the public to match the donation.

The Cloud Era

Open Parliament - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 08:29

As of today, you'll see colourful word clouds in prominent positions all through this site: on this page, and on the pages for debates, meetings, committees, and politicians.

As a data visualisation, word clouds are much maligned, not to mention so five years ago. So why Open Parliament's sudden embrace of cloud computing?

Well, because I think they're genuinely useful, and because they're effective across the very different types of documents (and quantities of words) that this site deals with. Our clouds were built according to a few principles:

  • Visually simple. I think they came out real purty, but I kept visual touches to a minimum: no text going off in various directions, for example. The sole purely visual elements are the colours, which are randomly assigned. I originally tried colour-coding words according to which party used the word the most, but it didn't really work: sometimes there was a fun insight, but mostly it just made the different words blur together visually.

  • More than a word count. Our clouds include not just words but two- and three-word phrases. And rather than just show which words were said the most, we try to show which words were spoken unusually often. (Techie digression: at the moment, our algorithm is to take the probability of a given word or phrase in a document, and subtract the probability of that word in other, similar documents.)

  • A jumping-off point, not a glib summary. Crucially, every word or phrase is a link. Click it, and you can read context and see what your representatives are actually saying.

I hope you like! Comments and suggestions are, as always, welcome: michael@michaelmulley.com. And if you have some knowledge of data visualisation and text analysis, you are heartily encouraged to suggest — or, better, implement — alternate or additional visualisations.

Developers, come get your data

Open Parliament - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 08:29

This site now has a comprehensive HTTP JSON API.

If, to you, that was an gibberish sequence of letters, what it means is that I've made it far easier for other computer programmers to build sites and tools that tell you about Parliament.

If you recognized all those acronyms, if you know your REST from your RPC, then by all means poke around, and let me know if you build anything with it!

(This is technically old news — this new API has been around for several months — but I hadn't previously written a post about it.)

Celebrating Ontario Parks Summer Student Excellence

Ontario News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 15:45

Ontario is providing support to student employees for demonstrating excellent performance while working in Ontario Parks.

Premier's Statement on Remarks by the Chair of the Advisory Council on Government Assets

Ontario News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 14:30

"In April, we appointed the Advisory Council on Government Assets to provide balanced and transparent recommendations as we take action to maximize the value of key provincial assets, generate a better return and invest in the new transit and transportation infrastructure that people need. 

Province Enhancing Measures to Prepare For Ebola Virus Disease

Ontario News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 10:00

Ontario is taking action to enhance the province's readiness to contain and treat any potential case of Ebola in the province. These measures will further protect the safety of all Ontarians, including health care workers.  

Improving Road Safety for Winter Driving

Ontario News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 14:00

With winter already here in some areas of the province, Ontario is reminding drivers to be prepared for challenging driving conditions. 

Strengthening Credit Unions While Protecting Consumers

Ontario News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 14:00

Ontario is beginning a review of the Credit Unions and Caisses Populaires Act, 1994 to help improve the province's economy while safeguarding the financial well-being of Ontarians.

Improving Road Safety for Winter Driving

Ontario News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 14:00

With winter already here in some areas of the province, Ontario is reminding drivers to be prepared for challenging driving conditions. 

Paramedics to Offer More Community Care

Ontario News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 13:30

Ontario is applying the training and skills of paramedics to improve access to care in the community for patients with chronic conditions, especially seniors. 

Keeping Ontarians Safe from Carbon Monoxide

Ontario News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 12:45
Ontario is taking another step to keep families and homes in Ontario safe by making carbon monoxide alarms mandatory in all residential homes. 

Bill S-1001 (Private member's)

Latest Bills - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 13:31
An Act to amend the Eastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada Act

Ontario Surpasses 500,000 Jobs Created Since the Recession

Ontario News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 12:30

Ontario marked a major job creation milestone -- more than half a million jobs have been created since the global recession in 2009. With September's job gains, employment in Ontario has increased by 514,300 since June 2009 -- Ontario's unemployment rate has declined from a recessionary high of 9.4 per cent in June 2009 to 7.1 per cent in September.

Improving Mental Health Support for College and University Students

Ontario News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 10:30
Ontario is strengthening mental health supports for postsecondary students by extending the Mental Health Innovation Fund.

Bill C-622 (Private member's)

Latest Bills - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 07:27
An Act to amend the National Defence Act (transparency and accountability), to enact the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts

Bill C-623 (Private member's)

Latest Bills - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 07:27
An Act respecting the amendment of the Food and Drugs Regulations (labelling of certain food products)

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