Hennessy's Index

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The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternative's Trish Hennessy has long been a fan of Harper Magazine's one-page list of eye-popping statistics, Harper's Index. Instead of wishing for a Canadian version to magically appear, she's created her own index -- a monthly listing of numbers about Canada and its place in the world. Hennessy's Index -- a number is never just a number -- comes out on the first of each month.

Canada vs. the OECD

Hennessey's Index: The monthly listing of numbers about Canada and its place in the world.
Canada and its place in the world.

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112,000

That's the number of private-sector jobs that disappeared in Canada in August 2014. (Source)

87,000

That's the number of newly self-employed Canadians in August 2014. (Source)

20%

How much less a self-employed Canadian earns, on average, compared to a "regular employee." (Source)

 

66%

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A number is never just a number: Lac-Mégantic crude

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72

Number of rail cars carrying Bakken crude oil that crashed into the Quebec community of Lac-Mégantic in July 2013, killing 47 people. (Source)

85

Percentage of tank cars carrying crude oil in North America (at the time of the accident) that were outdated DOT-111 rail cars deemed unsuitable for such transportation. All 72 cars on the MM&A trains that crashed into Lac-Mégantic were old DOT-111s. (Source)

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$11,100

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$10,884

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52.1

Percentage of voters who cast a ballot in the 2014 Ontario election (unofficial count), up a bit from the province's 2011 historic low voter turnout of 48 per cent. (Source and source)

64

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47

 Percentage of Canadians who self-identify as middle class. That's down from almost 70 per cent in 2002. (Source)

$1,600

The decline in median market household income between 2008 and 2011. In 2008 median market family was $49,300. (Source: CANSIM 202-0201)

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