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Ontario considers removing kindergarten, primary class size caps | CBC News
"The province's current fiscal circumstances require an examination of whether changes to class size would allow school boards to deliver better value for government investment," the document says, noting that educator staffing costs make up about 80 per cent of government funding to school boards. The government document says the ministry has heard in previous talks that implementing hard caps on class sizes is expensive and difficult for school boards to manage. "It has been suggested that board-wide class size averages offer more flexibility for classroom organization and allows for more efficient use of board funds," the document says. Hammond thinks Wednesday's meeting and consultation is a harbinger of both what's to come in the budget for education, and negotiations that are to start this year ahead of teacher contracts expiring in August. Under the existing contracts, high school, elementary, English Catholic and French teachers, as well as support staff, got four per cent salary increases over the two years.
34 minutes ago
Ben Atkinson on Twitter: Must-read from Stephen Gordon: "I'm under few illusions about how many non-economists - especially non-economists who are heavily invested in denouncing carbon taxes - will be convinced by these arguments. ...doesn't mean we shoul
@BenAtkinsonPhD: Must-read from Stephen Gordon: "I'm under few illusions about how many non-economists - especially non-economists who are heavily invested in denouncing carbon taxes - will be convinced by these arguments. ...doesn't mean we should stop trying, either." https://t.co/EwiXvGXmP1

https://worthwhile.typepad.com/worthwhile_canadian_initi/2019/01/marginalists.html
35 minutes ago
Johnny McNulty on Twitter: I told my fifth grader that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wanted to take $7 out of every $10 she makes and my fifth grader told me that's not how tax brackets work and that I'd never make enough money to have to understand them anywa
@JohnnyMcNulty: I told my fifth grader that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wanted to take $7 out of every $10 she makes and my fifth grader told me that's not how tax brackets work and that I'd never make enough money to have to understand them anyway and also that she wants to live with her mom.
35 minutes ago
the library haunter 🦉🎄❄ on Twitter: this year we’re cancelling creepy boys and dating spooky boys instead—boys who hold your hand in the haunted forest, who own a pet raven and a diadem with mysterious powers, who have been ghosting you ever s
@SketchesbyBoze: this year we’re cancelling creepy boys and dating spooky boys instead—boys who hold your hand in the haunted forest, who own a pet raven and a diadem with mysterious powers, who have been ghosting you ever since they died in The War.
35 minutes ago
.NET - Machine Learning Through Probabilistic Programming
These days, deep neural networks are popular; the model is a composition of thresholded linear functions, and the inference method is called stochastic gradient descent (SGD). The skill-rating system—called TrueSkill—demonstrates many of the advantages of probabilistic programming, including the ability to interpret the behavior of the system, to incorporate domain knowledge in the model, and to learn as new data arrives. This means that the obtained posterior over the predicted result is not simply a Boolean variable, but a value indicating the probability of the first player to win the match. And in many cases, that’s the right path to follow—if the data seems to match an existing algorithm and you’re comfortable with treating the model as a black box, start with something off the shelf. He focuses on applications based on the Infer.NET ML framework, including work on e-mail classification, recommendations, player ranking and matchmaking, health care, and knowledge mining.
36 minutes ago
Lessons learned at rstudio::conf
For so long, I believed the lie that I could listen to them and learn from them while also emailing, Tweeting, working on paper revisions, etc. When you see a tweet about a talk that sounds really appealing, make a note of that you want to watch it when it gets uploaded to YouTube and find the slides for it. Having FOMO is really just admitting that you’ve put the unrealistic, perfectionistic expectations on yourself that you have to be everywhere all the time and do all the things. I don’t know what happened behind the scenes but it seemed like every single presenter I saw had put so much careful thought into each slide in their talk. In most other conferences I’ve been to, the presenters tend to try to cram 60 minutes worth of material into 20, and they let story-telling slide in favor of walls of text, code, and equations.
36 minutes ago
Gregory Ciotti on Twitter: "HULK SMASH!" "Hulk hit angrily!" Why you shouldn't use adverbs.
@gregoryciotti: "HULK SMASH!"
"Hulk hit angrily!"

Why you shouldn't use adverbs.
36 minutes ago
4 Lessons from Pandemic for Aspiring Board Game Designers
Licensed under CC BY SA 2.0 ( Source )A long time ago on this blog, I wrote Pandemic: Getting People to Work Together . Pandemic forces you to reckon with an existential threat likely to annihilate humanity in our interconnected era – no big deal. Of all the eschatological events that could destroy humanity, an actual pandemic ranks pretty high, after a nuclear war and climate change. Yet working to cure diseases means you spend less time preventing outbreaks from overrunning regions and ending your game prematurely. To some extent, you can divvy up responsibility among different players, but you will still ultimately need to stay close enough to pass resources in order to play effectively.
36 minutes ago
Joey Coleman on Twitter: This is huge for many reasons. The Greenbelt remains very popular, the second attempt by Premier Ford to remove it has been pushed back by public pressure. The PC government's course can be changed by public mobilization. #yhmcc h
@JoeyColeman: This is huge for many reasons. The Greenbelt remains very popular, the second attempt by Premier Ford to remove it has been pushed back by public pressure. The PC government's course can be changed by public mobilization. #yhmcc https://t.co/N7k7LKnn7M

https://twitter.com/JoeyColeman/status/1088186524225671168/photo/1
37 minutes ago
Is Journalism "Essential"? Doug Ford's Government Doesn't Think So
Jacob Dubé, the editor-in-chief (EIC) of Ryerson University’s The Eyeopener , thinks that declaring student media and other campus resources “non-essential” says a lot about the government’s priorities. Even if students are willing to pay, editors worry the opt-out model would make publications vulnerable to campaigns from fringe groups on campus, who could push to defund papers for their own reasons. “It’s pretty ironic that the Ford government, which seems to be really big about free speech on campus, is calling student journalism non-essential,” says Emma McPhee, president-elect of the Canadian University Press. For students, campus papers effectively serve as alternatives to costly journalism schools — accessible doors into a notoriously closed industry. Last summer, The Fulcrum and La Rotonde , the University of Ottawa’s French-language paper, broke news that their student union was under investigation for fraud .
37 minutes ago
Mike Crawley on Twitter: Premier Doug Ford said in a speech to the Economic Club of Canada in downtown Toronto (ticket price $110/person) that the carbon task risks causing a recession. Now Ford is attacking "elite economists ... in downtown Toronto" who
@CBCQueensPark: Premier Doug Ford said in a speech to the Economic Club of Canada in downtown Toronto (ticket price $110/person) that the carbon task risks causing a recession.
Now Ford is attacking "elite economists ... in downtown Toronto" who said he has no evidence.
Here's his statement https://t.co/lTMV0IaAuv

https://twitter.com/CBCQueensPark/status/1088125567780745216/photo/1
37 minutes ago
Super-Patriotic Anime Youth Wars! – Foreign Policy
They remember a China without glossy magazine stalls on every block, glowing ads inside subway stations, or a bewildering array of internet forums and livestreaming platforms broadcasting content created by normal people. The alarm was first sounded in 2012 when then-President Hu Jintao warned in an article for Qiushi that “we must be soberly aware that there are hostile international powers that are now stepping up their plans to Westernize and divide this country, and the cultural and ideological domains are the areas most crucial to their long-term infiltration.” In 2016, the Ministry of Culture announced rules banning any website from streaming or posting foreign media without approval and followed up by blacklisting a host of anime and manga series, including international hits such as Death Note , Attack on Titan , and Claymore. The video juxtaposes Luo’s nationalistic lyrics, peppered with allusions to poets of China’s past and quotations from Mao Zedong, with paintings and photos from the breadth of Chinese history, putting a 2D twist on national and party pride. “Because of China’s patriotic education,” explained Wang Ziyue, another freshmen university student from Beijing, “I felt that the Japanese nation was extremely bellicose and unscrupulous.” But in a story that echoes the experience of many Chinese obsessed with things 2D, her earlier ideas began to change as she immersed himself in the culture.
37 minutes ago
Thread by @JoeUchill: "IT'S THE NOT-QUITE DEFINITIVE ARE-ALGORITHMS-RACIST? THREAD! When people talk about whether or not algorithms are racist, they really mean " […]"
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37 minutes ago
Tyler Scott Ball on Twitter: THE LAST 6 MONTHS AT @yorkuniversity: @GOtransit service CLOSED @YRTViva service CLOSED @canadapostcorp service CLOSED Student printing credit CANCELLED Funding for @yorkumarkham Campus CANCELLED At what point does @YorkUPresi
@tylerscottball: THE LAST 6 MONTHS AT @yorkuniversity:

@GOtransit service CLOSED
@YRTViva service CLOSED
@canadapostcorp service CLOSED
Student printing credit CANCELLED
Funding for @yorkumarkham Campus CANCELLED

At what point does @YorkUPresident get FIRED? https://t.co/rWNCB3rQbq

https://twitter.com/tylerscottball/status/1088096839956680704/photo/1
38 minutes ago
Antipodean Student Organization Struggles - HESA
And second: athletics were mostly organized by student groups,
rather than by the universities (I am not an expert in this area, but I believe
this was true in Canada a century ago as well – the “athletic associations”
which managed intercollegiate sports originated as a separate order of campus
organization, enjoying university patronage and independent management). Then in 2005, the Australian government passed its “VSU” bill, which made it
illegal for universities to collect money for any student organization. (One could argue that we have the same problem in
most of Canada, where nothing but good will requires universities to collect
fees on behalf of student associations. As recent events at the
University of Ottawa have shown , student
unions may not be sub-contractors, but they still live at the sufferance of
institutions just as surely as if they were sub-contractors. The same is
not true in Quebec where student unions, provided they can achieve
accreditation status, have independent legal rights including a
requirement that institutions collect fees on their behalf).
38 minutes ago
Thread by @GeneticJen: "My housemate said I was in another world and asked what I was thinking about and it was exactly this thread: 1.3 billion years ago eukaryoti […]"
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42 tweets,
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38 minutes ago
This First Nation is getting clean tap water for the first time in 25 years
In places like Neskantaga—where the lack of usable water has discouraged development during a housing shortage; where young people commit suicide with tragic frequency; where roughly half the registered population has moved to centres like Thunder Bay or Sioux Lookout, Ont.—the connection seems especially stark. Audits have repeatedly pointed to a lack of laws governing water in First Nations, confusion among bureaucrats amid a web of jurisdictional issues, and insufficient training of personnel and monitoring of filtration systems that were known to be defective from the time they were installed. “Mental health is the leading concern for First Nations regarding access to clean water,” she says, adding that solving the plethora of issues facing reserves comes down to the “most basic amenities,” the building blocks for community development. “Communities were not interested in having interim solutions, whereby the advisory is lifted and then everybody cheers,” she says, adding that new systems were developed to last “a long period of time.” Chad Westmacott, the senior director of the strategic water management team within the ministry, stresses a “sense of urgency” to make good on Trudeau’s March 2021 promise. Being among the lakes and bushes can relieve stresses and heal spirits, but locals also speak of how these ways are becoming lost to young people, who grow up without water in crowded, mouldy homes and then, when they come of age, leave for the city’s high schools.
38 minutes ago
Jonah leaving for new role in New Zealand
Some of you know that two years ago my family moved from the United States to Dunedin on the South Island of New Zealand. My passion for the impact we can have on researchers’ workflows and lives helped me to land the job as Executive Director of Software Carpentry. It has been exciting to support community builders all over the world as they work to bring more impactful workshop teaching to researchers. I’ll be joining a local Dunedin, New Zealand firm called AbacusBio working in data science, geospatial analysis and business development. At the same time I’ll be dipping my toes back into my technical skill areas of geospatial and remote sensing analysis, applying them to business challenges in the agricultural sector.
38 minutes ago
https://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-life-and-religion/278837/birth-of-the-cool-guy
Insofar as she imagined a future where the tables were turned, Amy could only envision the Cool Girl’s male counterpart as a panderer in the same vein, guys who would “learn how to knit, pretend to love cosmos, organize scrapbook parties, and make out with each other while we leer.” If bro culture was the ruling trend, then the Cool Girl’s self-degradation was a genius means of cozying up to the patriarchy, infiltrating the boys’ club, and enjoying the protection and nominal influence of that position. Where Amy Dunne imagines grabbing an enraptured man by the lapels and telling him what’s what—“Nobody likes chili dogs that much!”—many women, and particularly the longtime feminists from whom the Cool Guy borrows his talking points, find him insincere and obnoxious. It is entirely possible for them to be productive feminists by supporting, mentoring, and promoting women at work; voting for policies that give them equal footing in the eyes of the law; and dividing domestic duties equitably in their own homes. (It’s an uncomfortable truth that Brett Kavanaugh, who may or may not have attempted a sexual assault in high school, nevertheless demonstrably—and without fanfare—promoted and supported women throughout his career in a way that made an objectively greater impact than any tweet thread.)
38 minutes ago
Stephen Wickens on Twitter: 1. Good luck! And I mean it. Proposed hike is 3.4%, nearly twice inflation rate. 30 years of higher-than-inflation fare hikes hasn't helped the #TTC's finances or competitiveness. Why stick it to riders, people whose actions/ch
@StephenWickens1: 1. Good luck! And I mean it.
Proposed hike is 3.4%, nearly twice inflation rate.
30 years of higher-than-inflation fare hikes hasn't helped the #TTC's finances or competitiveness. Why stick it to riders, people whose actions/choices actually reduce congestion?
#TTCriders #TOpoli https://t.co/bizvvxXLxn

https://twitter.com/BenSpurr/status/1087818977999577088
38 minutes ago
Stephen Wickens on Twitter: 2. Home owners are guaranteed tax hikes won't exceed inflation. If we used 1990 as a base year and held fares at inflation: A 2019 monthly pass would be $88.49 (Bank of Canada) or $104.49 (based on CPI). Politicians are forcing
@StephenWickens1: 2. Home owners are guaranteed tax hikes won't exceed inflation.
If we used 1990 as a base year and held fares at inflation: A 2019 monthly pass would be $88.49 (Bank of Canada) or $104.49 (based on CPI). Politicians are forcing the TTC to ask for $151.15. #TTCriders #TOpoli
39 minutes ago
Thread by @moorehn: "I feel like it's time for the national tweet-conversation about how political media is structurally sexist and overreliant on reductive gend […]"
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19 tweets,
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39 minutes ago
Miss Gender 🌙 on Twitter: There are only two hard problems in computer science: - Institutional sexism - Naming things - Off-by-one errors - Scope creep
@willkirkby: There are only two hard problems in computer science:
- Institutional sexism
- Naming things
- Off-by-one errors
- Scope creep
39 minutes ago
Andray on Twitter: I think one of the downsides of shouting down good faith critical coverage of Black Panther is that the Academy had the perfect out to not eff with the themes presented in If Beale Street Could Talk. Hollywood is still not ready to enga
@andraydomise: I think one of the downsides of shouting down good faith critical coverage of Black Panther is that the Academy had the perfect out to not eff with the themes presented in If Beale Street Could Talk.

Hollywood is still not ready to engage white supremacy at the epistemic level
39 minutes ago
Poetry sales soar as political millennials search for clarity | Books | The Guardian
“You tell me to quiet down / cause my opinions make me less beautiful,” she writes in Milk and Honey, the No 1 bestselling collection of 2018, “but I was not made with a fire in my belly / so I could be put out.” Works by Leonard Cohen, John Cooper Clarke, Seamus Heaney, Carol Ann Duffy and Homer also sold well. A comparable boom in the popularity of poetry was seen during the miners’ strike in the 1980s and during the rise of Chartism in the 19th century, according to Katy Shaw, professor of contemporary writings at Northumbria University. “It’s being repurposed as this really dynamic and vital form that can capture, in a very condensed way, the turbulent nature of contemporary society – and give us the space to struggle with our desire to understand and negotiate a lot of what is going on at the moment.” “Writing poetry and sharing it in this context is a radical event, an act of resistance to encourage other people to come round to your perspective.”
39 minutes ago
Study: Puerto Rico received slower, less "generous" federal disaster aid than Texas, Florida - CBS News
By analyzing federal spending estimates and other statistics, researchers at the University of Michigan found significant differences between the aid Texas and Florida received after the two states were hit by powerful storms and the assistance dispatched to Puerto Rico when María struck the island and U.S. territory in the fall of 2017. Puerto Rico's long road to recovery from Hurricane Maria44 photos The report's authors added that "geographic limitations" do not fully explain the "magnitude of this variation" in the different responses. The office of Governor Ricardo Rosselló seized on the report to continue its criticism of the Trump administration's handling of recovery efforts and to denounce the "colonial" treatment of the U.S. territory, home to approximately 3.2 million U.S. citizens. FEMA's ability to provide support in disasters builds on, and is subject to, the capacity of the state, territorial, tribal & local governments," Litzow wrote Tuesday night in a statement to CBS News. FEMA works closely with state, local, territorial, and tribal partners to support their response and recovery process, the length of which will vary based upon the unique circumstances of the particular event.
39 minutes ago
If there’s a carbon-tax recession coming, it’s news to the banks | TVO.org
“The Premier isn't the first person to raise serious concerns about the Trudeau government's carbon tax,” said Ivana Yelich, Ford’s press secretary, in an email. All the big five banks ( RBC , CIBC , TD , Scotiabank , and BMO ) released their forecasts between December 12, 2018, and January 18, 2019, and while they vary in terms of the optimism of their outlooks, there is some consensus. “To the extent that some of these trade tensions could translate into slower economic growth in the U.S., and therefore softer demand for Ontario exports, that’s a risk we’re watching closely.” This spring, Minister of Finance Vic Fedeli is supposed to present a budget that will include the government’s official outlook for the next few years of economic growth and tax revenues. Either, as has happened in past years, the professional public service will present an estimate roughly in line with the big banks (putting the bureaucracy in the position of contradicting the Premier), or it will say something else.
39 minutes ago
Bob Rae on Twitter: Doug Ford doesn’t care what economists think, or what Liberals or NDPers think. He is saying this because a recession will come eventually, and he is creating the context and narrative to be able to point fingers. This is what “pos
@BobRae48: Doug Ford doesn’t care what economists think, or what Liberals or NDPers think. He is saying this because a recession will come eventually, and he is creating the context and narrative to be able to point fingers. This is what “post truth” politics is all about. https://t.co/QnC2qEKzHT

https://twitter.com/globeandmail/status/1087524019090255872
40 minutes ago
Upgrading Bash on macOS
One thing that many macOS users don’t know is that they are using a completely outdated version of the Bash shell. However, it is highly recommended to use a newer version of Bash on macOS, because…
40 minutes ago
Jeet Heer on Twitter: Animated features category for Oscars is strong: Incredibles 2; Isle of Dogs; Mirai; Ralph Breaks the Internet; Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
@HeerJeet: Animated features category for Oscars is strong:
Incredibles 2; Isle of Dogs; Mirai; Ralph Breaks the Internet; Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
1 hour ago
Tarmo Remmel on Twitter: Water. Dirt. Stink. This place is an active and evolving mess. Why aren’t people being sent home? Air quality concerns, safety concerns... sheesh.
@TKRspatial: Water. Dirt. Stink. This place is an active and evolving mess. Why aren’t people being sent home? Air quality concerns, safety concerns... sheesh.
1 hour ago
Tarmo Remmel on Twitter: If you don’t hear from me today... it’s because we are dealing with a major #flood in the Ross Building @YorkULAPS @yorkuniversity
@TKRspatial: If you don’t hear from me today... it’s because we are dealing with a major #flood in the Ross Building @YorkULAPS @yorkuniversity
1 hour ago
J. Kelly Nestruck on Twitter: More new names: Sony Centre will soon become Meridian Hall; Toronto Centre for the Arts will become Meridian Arts Centre. Meridian is Ontario’s largest credit union; they’ve shelled out $30.75-million over 15 years for a
@nestruck: More new names: Sony Centre will soon become Meridian Hall; Toronto Centre for the Arts will become Meridian Arts Centre.

Meridian is Ontario’s largest credit union; they’ve shelled out $30.75-million over 15 years for a “strategic partnership” with Toronto’s civic theatres.
1 hour ago
New Video Shows MAGA Teens Are Just As Awful As Everyone Thought
If you wanted to compress the history of relations between the powerful and the powerless in America, or the dynamics of the current moment, into a single image, you couldn’t do much better than to present a white teen in a MAGA hat, surrounded by a screaming horde of his peers, smirking into the face of an old Native American man. In all it was an enactment of the culture-war tactics pioneered by Gamergate and used by Donald Trump to ascend to the pinnacle of global power: While random MAGA chuds and Pepes doxxed and threatened people online in an attempt to silence them and intimidate others, respectable types urged caution, proposing that if you were thoughtful enough you would perhaps realize that you hadn’t in fact seen what you had just seen, or that if you had, maybe it wasn’t that bad at all. Straight news reporters like the Wall Street Journal ’s Byron Tau turned the subtext into text, asking whomst among us hasn’t participated in a racially-charged frenzy of barely-restrained violence that they wish hadn’t been become an instantly iconic representation of what America has been historically and what it is now: Yesterday, Reason ’s Robby Soave, a professional contrarian, published a story built around a video, which is linked in the post, showing what was plainly visible in the initial footage—belligerent teens chanting and crowding around an old man until he was surrounded—but proposing that it added “important context that strongly contradicts the media’s narrative.
1 hour ago
Jessie Frazelle's Blog: For the Love of Pipes
Design and build software, even operating systems, to be tried early,
ideally within weeks. While reading Program design in Unix ,
I realized that printing the output of the tool to the user’s terminal was actually the
special case. The beautiful part, though, is the fact that in
combination with a operator like | the program becomes one step in a much larger plan. I love software design that enables creativity, values simplicity, and doesn’t put users in a box. The pipe, is a key element for keeping programs simple while enabling
extensibility.
1 hour ago
403 - Forbidden
TORONTO — Environmentalists slammed Ontario Premier Doug Ford on Monday for claiming the federal government's carbon tax could plunge Canada into a recession. "It is simply not true that pricing pollution causes a recession," Ontario Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner said in a statement. "Alberta and BC continue to lead the country in economic growth and both provinces have carbon pricing in place ... His claim is not backed up by any substantial evidence, according to an independent group of economists that work on environmental and fiscal policy. It will also be expensive to do nothing about climate change, the group notes, citing a study that estimated the impacts are expected to cost the Canadian economy $5 billion in 2020.
1 hour ago
'The goal is to automate us': welcome to the age of surveillance capitalism | Technology | The Guardian
Photograph: John Lee for the Guardian
Here was the origin of surveillance capitalism in an unprecedented and lucrative brew: behavioural surplus, data science, material infrastructure, computational power, algorithmic systems, and automated platforms. It has spread across a wide range of products, services, and economic sectors, including insurance, retail, healthcare, finance, entertainment, education, transportation, and more, birthing whole new ecosystems of suppliers, producers, customers, market-makers, and market players. Nearly every product or service that begins with the word “smart” or “personalised”, every internet-enabled device, every “digital assistant”, is simply a supply-chain interface for the unobstructed flow of behavioural data on its way to predicting our futures in a surveillance economy. We were caught off guard by surveillance capitalism because there was no way that we could have imagined its action, any more than the early peoples of the Caribbean could have foreseen the rivers of blood that would flow from their hospitality toward the sailors who appeared out of thin air waving the banner of the Spanish monarchs. We are trapped in an involuntary merger of personal necessity and economic extraction, as the same channels that we rely upon for daily logistics, social interaction, work, education, healthcare, access to products and services, and much more, now double as supply chain operations for surveillance capitalism’s surplus flows.
1 hour ago
Say NO to Venn Diagrams When Explaining JOINs – Java, SQL and jOOQ.
July 5, 2016July 5, 2016sqlJOIN operationJOINsrelational algebraSet operationsSetssqlVenn Diagrams In recent times, there have been a couple of tremendously popular blog posts explaining JOINs using Venn Diagrams . After all, relational algebra and SQL are set oriented theories and languages, so it only makes sense to illustrate set operations like JOINs using Venn Diagrams. Venn Diagrams are perfect to illustrate … actual set operations! Remember, in a cross join (in SQL also written with a comma separated table list, historically) is just taking every item on the left side, and combines it with every item on the right side. A JOIN is not strictly a set operation that can be described with Venn Diagrams.
1 hour ago
Who are the Working Women in Canada’s Top 1%?
Using administrative data from Canada, Sweden and the United Kingdom, the study shows that the underrepresentation of women in top income groups accounts for half or more of the gender pay gap in each country. Gains in educational attainment for young women from 1991 to 2011 have contributed to greater representation in occupations held by university graduates, notably general practitioners and family physicians, lawyers and financial auditors and accountants (Uppal and LaRochelle-Côté 2014). Note 11 Gender gaps in average income narrowed when controlling for age and hours worked, particularly for professional occupations in natural and applied sciences, while they were little changed for health, senior management and finance and insurance. Recent analysis using the General Social Survey shows that while fathers now spend more time on child care and house-work than in the mid-1980s, mothers continue to contribute more unpaid hours (Houle, Turcotte and Wendt 2017). Given the advancements women have made over the last two decades in health-related fields, for example as physicians, future work could further explore lifecycle differences for business, management and STEM or to inform on gender pay gaps for executives.
1 hour ago
Aisling McCrea on Twitter: is there a more powerful symbol of generational change than Aaron Sorkin criticising AOC for not compromising as much as a West Wing character while she blithely goes on a Donkey Kong Twitch stream for trans rights
@ambientGillian: is there a more powerful symbol of generational change than Aaron Sorkin criticising AOC for not compromising as much as a West Wing character while she blithely goes on a Donkey Kong Twitch stream for trans rights
1 hour ago
City Hall Watcher #1: Richmond & Adelaide are bike lane superstars
Though the transportation bureaucrats can’t just come out and say it, the underlying message to councillors to clear: these bike lanes have been ridiculously successful and you would be nuts to do anything but vote to make them permanent. At the busiest point — Spadina Avenue — the lanes carried 6,160 cyclists per day according to data collected in September 2018. And the city found that most drivers like the lanes, finding it more comfortable to drive when cyclists have dedicated space as opposed to sharing the same roadway. The most democratically-dedicated polling location appears to be the Scarlett Heights Retirement Residence , where all 42 registered voters plus another 52 late additions cast ballots — a 100% turnout rate. Following that groundbreaking issue, continuing to subscribe to City Hall Watcher will cost you just five bucks a month, or fifty dollars a year.
1 hour ago
City Hall Watcher #2: TTC looks to raise fares, then figure out the rest later
The transit agency’s proposed operating budget for 2019 was released on Friday, and lays out two strategies to deal with its money problems. Mayor John Tory has been consistent since his 2014 election with his belief that transit fares should rise with inflation and service improvements. Yes, the unfunded amount for the subway lines and stations Premier Doug Ford and the Ontario PCs say they want to “upload” totals $16.2 billion. Starting with the February 4 issue, City Hall Watcher will cost five bucks a month, or fifty dollars a year — a bargain and a deal. Someone also suggested I offer free subscriptions to students who are enrolled in urban studies programs and other fields related to cities too.
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ChocolateCityComics on Twitter: Next up on our ongoing #UsMovie art challenge thread we set up to support Jordan @JordanPeele and the @UsMovie is a A GREAT piece by Jamar 😂😂😂 ( IG ebonizefactor ) If you have a piece use our hashtag #usmovieart RE
@ChocCityComics: Next up on our ongoing #UsMovie art challenge thread we set up to support Jordan @JordanPeele and the @UsMovie is a A GREAT piece by Jamar 😂😂😂 ( IG ebonizefactor )
If you have a piece use our hashtag #usmovieart

RETWEET to support the movie

#WatchYourself #SpiderMan https://t.co/BA0DzStUE4

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Estimated impacts of the Federal Carbon Pollution Pricing System - Canada.ca
The four provinces with carbon pricing systems in place – British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec – cover 80 percent of Canada’s population and were also the top four performers in GDP growth across the country in 2017. Between 2018 and 2022, the application of the federal carbon pollution pricing system in the nine jurisdictions that do not currently have their own regimes in place is estimated to impact average annual real GDP growth rates for Canada by less than one tenth of one percentage point. Footnote 15Footnote 16 The model used to develop this estimate accounts for changes to provincial and territorial production and consumption patterns, interjurisdictional trade across Canada, and international imports and exports as a result of carbon pricing (see Appendix 1).This finding is consistent with previous analyses by governments and external experts. Carbon pricing will help Canadian businesses gain an edge in the emerging low-carbon economy , a growing market that the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation calls a $23 trillion opportunity. Projections of GHG reductions and GDP growth are derived from ECCC’s computable general equilibrium model, EC-PRO, which simulates the response of the main economic sectors in each jurisdiction, and their interactions with each other, including interprovincial trade.
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Bloomberg - Are you a robot?
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Glass: 6 realistic superhero comics to read after M. Night’s Avengers - Polygon
M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass — and its older siblings, Split and Unbreakable — are just one part of a trend, ranging from adaptations like Kick-Ass to original works like Super . The hyper-violent tale of Dave Lizewski’s career as a vigilante put Mark Millar on the cinematic map when it was adapted to the big screen in 2010. Told somewhat non-linearly, Ex Machina carefully lays out the trials of Hundred’s year as a superhero and the dangerous origin of his powers, with plenty of Vaughan’s characteristic twists, cliffhangers and reveals. But it also takes a look at the politics of New York City and the security concerns of the post-9/11 FBI and CIA with a positively minute attention to detail. But what makes Dan Slott’s series so memorable is the fascinating scenarios it draws from applying the mundane concerns of the real world to the fantastic reality of Marvel Comics.
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Cyd Harrell on Twitter: there are so many great things in @nkjemisin's Broken Earth trilogy, but one tiny one that I especially enjoy is "Somefool Innovator Wherever" for presumptuous techie types. comes up a fair amount.
@cydharrell: there are so many great things in @nkjemisin's Broken Earth trilogy, but one tiny one that I especially enjoy is "Somefool Innovator Wherever" for presumptuous techie types. comes up a fair amount.
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‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Is Back, and Stephanie Beatriz Is Making the Most of It - The New York Times
The renewal gives fans a chance to uncover more about Rosa, a leather jacket-clad crime fighter who was only starting to open up, on a personal level, by the end of the show’s run on Fox. While Rosa had previously shared vague bits of history — like the time she got kicked out of a dance academy for “beating up the ballerinas” — her biggest reveal of all happened last season, when she came out as bisexual. Even so, she sees shades of her own personality in Rosa’s fierceness and candor, and the inspiration for the character’s bisexual identity was informed by the actress’s own life. Eventually, she found her place: Following bit parts in a few TV series and a notable supporting turn in the film “Short Term 12,” Beatriz got her big break in “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” which debuted in 2013. The self-doubt Beatriz once felt has inverted into a kind of fierce determination that Rosa Diaz would be proud of, she said, and she’s trying to remain open to whatever opportunities come her way.
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