Ontario is investing $416.3 million to provide better transit service to TTC riders as a new generation of streetcars go into service on the 510 Spadina line route, marking another step in the province's plan to help improve transit in Toronto.
Drivers who live in northern Ontario can now put on studded tires earlier and keep them on longer, providing motorists with more options to stay safe during severe or extended winter weather.
Ontario has approved the Mississippi-Rideau Source Protection Plan to strengthen local source-to-tap drinking water protection.
has taken another step to drive progress in the Ring of Fire region, delivering
July 3, 2014 commitment to establish a development corporation within 60 days.
Ontario is reducing wait times and enhancing rehabilitation services for children and youth with special needs, and their families.
Ontario students continue to make progress, with 72 per cent of Grade 3 and 6 students meeting or exceeding the provincial standard in reading, writing and math, according to the latest test scores from the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO).
Ontario is continuing to invest in building and renovating schools to provide children with the best possible learning environments.
Ontario is widening a seven-kilometre stretch of Highway 427 from Campus Road-Fasken Drive to Steeles Avenue to improve traffic flow and safety in the Greater Toronto Area, while creating or sustaining 830 construction jobs.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.)
Ontario is helping to break ground on the construction of 36 kilometres of rapid transit that will link Kitchener, Waterloo, and Cambridge and connect commuters to full-day, two-way GO Train service between the Region of Waterloo and the Greater Toronto Area.