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Our Times Tally, Volume 38 – July 2017

● Percentage of Canadians who believe they are “as nice as the world thinks we are”: 66
● Percentage who believe they are “even nicer”: 12
● Percentage of Canadians who say “there are too many immigrants coming to Canada”: 46
● Percentage of Canadians who say the country’s security is “under threat” because of refugees: 53
● Percentage increase in the number of hate crimes targeting Muslim Canadians since 2012: 253
● Rank of Thunder Bay as the city having the highest per capita number of hate crimes in the country: 1
● Rank of Toronto: 7
● [...]

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Our Times Tally, Volume 37 – April 2017

● Number of people who attended Donald Trump’s Presidential inauguration on January 20: 160,000
● Number of people who attended the 2017 Women’s March in Washington, D.C. a day later: 470,000
● Additional income attained by Canadian women each week from working in a unionized workplace: $574 million
● Percentage of people quoted in news stories about women’s rights in major U.S. print media who are women: 31
● Percentage quoted in news stories about abortion who are: 12
● Chance that a political news story or article in all major U.S. media is reported by [...]

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Our Times Tally, Volume 36 – December 2016

● Number of times the U.S. Republican presidential candidate has won the popular vote during the last 25 years: 1
● Percentage of eligible voters in the United States who voted for Donald Trump: 25
● Percentage of eligible voters in Canada who voted for the Liberal Party in the last federal election: 27
● Percentage of Canadians who are “very” or “somewhat” upset by Donald Trump’s election victory: 62
● Percentage of self-identified Conservative voters in Canada who are: 36
● Chance that a Canadian says they would consider voting for a candidate with [...]

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Our Times Tally, Volume 35 – September 2016

● Number of years Canada Post has been profitable since 1994: 20
● Number of years Apple Inc. has been profitable since 1994: 19
● Amount that the Conference Board of Canada predicted Canada Post would lose in 2012: $250 million
● Amount that Canada Post earned in profit that year: $98 million
● Amount that the Conference Board of Canada predicts Canada Post will lose by the year 2020: $1 billion
● Percentage of union members in Canada who voted in the last federal election: 77
● Percentage of non-union members who did: 64
● Minimum number of [...]

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Our Times Tally, Volume 34 – June 2016

● Estimated number of homeless people in Vancouver: 1,847
● Number of housing units in Vancouver that sit empty: 10,800
● Percentage of workers in Ontario who were making the minimum wage in 1997: 2.5
● Percentage today: 12
● Amount of gigabytes of data leaked through WikiLeaks in 2010: 1.7
● Amount of gigabytes of data leaked through the Panama Papers this year: 2,600
● Number of Canadians whose tax avoidance activities are identified in the Panama Papers: 350
● Estimated Canadian tax revenue lost to tax shelters each year: $6.9 billion

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Our Times Tally, Volume 33, Women’s Edition – April 2016

● At the current rate of progress, estimated year in which the worldwide gender workplace and income gap will end: 2133
● Rank of Iceland in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Index: 1
● Rank of Canada: 30
● Rank of Canada in the area of “wage equality for similar work”: 80
● Number of women who have joined the global workforce during the last ten years: 250 million
● Chance that a refugee or displaced person throughout the world is a woman: 4 in 5
● Percentage of American male white-collar workers who believe that “gender diversity in [...]

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Our Times Tally, Volume 32 – December 2015

● Number of additional Canadians who voted in the 2015 federal election compared to the 2011 federal election: 2,838,773
● Number of major newspapers throughout Canada that officially endorsed either the Conservative or Liberal parties: 28
● Number that officially endorsed the NDP: 0
● Amount of subsidies provided to the oil industry by governments around the world in 2013: $1.6 trillion
● Number of people around the world who die every year from air pollution: 7 million
● Per capita amount of garbage produced in Canada last year, in kilograms: 777
● [...]

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Our Times Tally, Volume 31 – August 2015

● Average number of working hours per week in Greece: 41.9
● Average number of working hours per week in Germany: 35.3
● Rank of Greece in having the highest number of working hours per week in the European Union: 1
● Percentage of total global wealth owned by the 85 richest individuals in the world: 0.7
● Percentage of total global wealth owned by the poorest half of the world’s population: 0.7
● Percentage of all income gains in the United States that have gone to the richest 1%, since 2009: 95
● Percentage of all income gains in Sweden that have [...]

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Our Times Tally, Volume 30, Women’s Edition – February 2015

● Percentage of current university undergraduate students in Canada who are women: 55
● Percentage of full-time, full-year, median male income in Canada that women earn, for those aged 25 to 34: 76.6
● Total cumulative median earnings by a Canadian man with a bachelor degree, since 1991: $1,517,200
● Total cumulative median earnings by a Canadian women with a bachelor degree, since 1991: $972,500
● Percentage of American women who consider themselves to be a feminist: 35
● Percentage of American men who do: 15
● Percentage of American women in 2005 [...]

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Our Times Tally, Volume 29 – November 2014

● Estimated number of housing units currently being constructed in Toronto: 100,000
● Of these, number that are publicly funded, social housing units for low income residents: 1,641
● Number of Torontonians who utilize the City-administered homeless shelter system each year: 17,500
● Number of Canadian Armed Forces personnel who have died in combat in Afghanistan since 2002: 158
● Number who have committed suicide since 2002: 178
● Number of people killed in Iraq this year by the IS (Islamic State): 5,576
● Number of people killed in Mexico last year [...]

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Our Times Tally, Volume 28 – August 2014

● Average number of people who use a food bank in Canada each month: 833,000
● Chance that a food bank user in Canada is receiving some form of social assistance: 1 in 2
● Number of additional suicides committed in Europe and North America since 2007 due to the financial crisis: 10,000
● Average hourly productivity per worker in Canada as a percentage to that of the United States: 71
● Percentage to that of the United States in 1989 when the U.S. – Canada Free Trade Agreement came into effect: 89
● Date on which Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First [...]

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Our Times Tally, Volume 27 – May 2014

● Percentage of workers globally who belong to a union: 7
● Percentage of workers globally who believe they have “access to a union” or that access to a union is “easy to achieve”: 64
● Number of children globally engaged in hazardous labour that threatens their “health, safety and development”: 85 million
● Amount of wealth currently held in corporate accounts in Canada : $626 billion
● Amount of this so-called corporate “dead money” as a percentage of Canada’s GDP: 30
● Amount of corporate “dead money” as a percentage of Canada’s GDP in 1999:10
● [...]

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Our Times Tally, Volume 26 – January 2014

● Percentage of Canadians who believe unions should have the right to strike: 59
● Percentage of Canadians from union households who believe this: 75
● Amount of human-made carbon released into the atmosphere since the late-18th century, in tons: 500 billion
● Estimated year in which this number will reach one trillion: 2040
● Average workweek in Canada in 1976, in hours: 38
● Average today: 36.7
● Percentage increase in average commute times to and from work in Canada from 1994 to 2010: 19.9
● Percentage of working Canadians who worked from [...]

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Our Times Tally, Volume 25 – October 2013

● Percentage of U.S. citizens who can’t locate Syria on a map of the world: 50
● Percentage of U.S. Department of Defense personnel who can’t: 43
● Number of foreign takeovers of Canadian-owned business permitted by federal regulators since 1985: 1,637
● Number of foreign takeovers that were denied during the same period: 2
● Percentage of Canadians who considered themselves “poor” or “working class” in 2002: 28
● Percentage of Canadians who consider themselves “poor” or “working class” today: 44
● Rank of income inequality as “the most important [...]

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Our Times Tally, Volume 24 – August 2013

● Amount that Canada could save each year by implementing a public, universal drug program: $10.7 billion
● Total number of pages of the RCMP’s personal file on former NDP leader Tommy Douglas: 1,142
● Number of pages that are still classified to this day: 215
● Percentage change in nominal GDP in Canada during the past ten years: + 54
● Percentage change in household debt in Canada during the same time: + 135
● Percentage of all debt in Canada that is in the form of mortgage debt: 70
● Number of documented slaves that existed throughout Canadian [...]

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Our Times Tally, Volume 23 – July 2013

● Current personal debt to income ratio in Canada: 1.66 to 1
● Personal debt to income ratio in the United States in 2007: 1.65 to 1
● Chance that a new job created in Canada since 2008 has been temporary: 1 in 2
● Current percentage of jobs in Canada that are either temporary, contract or part-time: 37
● Percentage decline in median annual earnings in Canada since 1976: 5.5
● According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, percentage of American rivers that are “unable to sustain life”: 55
● Number of 15 to 24 year-old youth around the world [...]

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Our Times Tally, Volume 22 – April 2013

● Additional revenue raised each year if federal corporate taxes were at the same rate they were in 2007: $8 billion
● Annual cost of lifting all low-income seniors in Canada above the official poverty line: $1.4 billion
● Amount of legal costs currently faced by the Canadian government from NAFTA-based corporate lawsuits: $2.5 billion
● Percentage change in average household income in the United States since the 2008 financial crisis: – 2.5
● Percentage change in the Dow Jones Industrial Average during the same period: + 72
● Percentage change in [...]

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Our Times Tally, Volume 21 – February 2013

● Year in which women legally became “persons” in Canada: 1929
● Year in which Aboriginal people in Canada had the right to vote in federal elections: 1960
● Chance that a Canadian is currently living under the poverty line: 1 in 10
● Chance that a woman with a disability in Canada is: 1 in 4
● Chance that a First Nations, Metis or Inuit woman in Canada is: 1 in 3
● Percentage of Aboriginal children under the age of six in Manitoba who are living in poverty: 70
● International ranking of Canada in the area of overall gender equality: 22
● [...]

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Our Times Tally, Volume 20 – December 2012

● Current household debt as a percentage of income in Canada: 154
● Household debt as a percentage of income in the United States in 2008: 125
● Number of Canadians who use a food bank each month: 750,000
● Percentage increase in food bank usage in Canada since 2008: 31
● Current monthly welfare assistance payment to a single person in Ontario: $599
● Income needed each month for a single person in Ontario to live at the official poverty line: $1,577
● Total amount of wealth spent by the Obama and Romney campaigns during the 2012 Presidential [...]

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Our Times Tally, Volume 19 – September 2012

● Statistical correlation found globally since 1960 between free market economics and the fostering of democracy: 0
● Percentage decline in the average number of hours worked per week in the United States between 1900 and 1950: 31
● Average number of hours of work per week in 2012 if the workweek had declined by this same rate since 1950: 25
● Percentage change in the amount of daily leisure time for an average Canadian since 1986: 0
● Percentage of American workers who admit to checking work email messages outside of work hours: 60
● Number of Canadians [...]

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Our Times Tally, Volume 18 – July 2012

● Year in which Canada signed a UN declaration stating “higher education shall be made equally accessible to all”: 1976
● Between February and June 2012, number of student protest-related arrests made in Quebec: 2,500
● Number of arrests made in Quebec after the implementation of the War Measures Act during the 1970 October Crisis: 497
● Number of hours after which the repressive Bill 78 became law that the Quebec Employers Council publicly supported it: 1
● Rank of Canada as being the happiest country in the OECD: 9
● Rank of Denmark and Norway, [...]

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Our Times Tally, Volume 17 – May 2012

● Chance that a Canadian worker has been bullied at least once a week for the past six months at their job: 2 in 5
● Percentage of Canadians who believe that bullying should be considered a crime, even if no violence in involved: 65
● Chance that a violent workplace incident with a female victim in Canada is ever reported to the police: 1 in 5
● Percentage of all U.S. occupational deaths caused by harmful substances, fires and explosions: 12
● Percentage caused by violence and assault: 18
● Percentage increase in workplace accidents and illnesses that [...]

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Our Times Tally, Volume 16 – November 2011

● Percentage of total income earned by the richest 1% of Canadians in 1925: 13.2
● Percentage today: 13.8
● Top marginal income tax rate for the wealthiest Canadians in 1950: 80
● Top marginal income tax rate for the wealthiest Americans in 1950: 91
● Percentage of Afghan households that have electricity: 6
● Amount that U.S. military forces spent on air conditioning in Afghanistan during the last two years: $24 billion
● Annual Gross Domestic Product of Afghanistan: $15.5 billion
● Total profits made by the six largest banks in Canada last [...]

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Our Times Tally, Volume 15 – August 2011

● Number of Canadian newspapers that officially endorsed the Conservative Party during the 2011 federal election: 28
● Number that officially endorsed the NDP, Liberal Party, Green Party and Bloc Quebecois combined: 3
● Percentage of Canadians aged 18 to 29 who have downloaded music without paying for it: 78
● Percentage of Canadians over the age of 45 who have: 32
● Estimated global worth of music and movies that were downloaded illegally last year: $42 billion
● Percentage of minimum wage workers in Ontario who report being paid less than the minimum [...]

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Our Times Tally, Volume 14 – June 2011

● Year in which Beatrice Webb first coined the term “collective bargaining”: 1891
● Percentage of Canadians who believe that “poor people still have it pretty good”: 37
● Percentage who believe that people are poor because they have “lower moral values”: 28
● Fall in average housing prices in the United States between 1928 and 1933: 25.9
● Fall in average housing prices in the United States since 2006: 26
● Percentage of homes in the United States that are currently unoccupied: 13
● Number of Canadians the RCMP considered spying on or possibly [...]

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Our Times Tally, Volume 13, Women’s Edition – March 2011

● Rank of Canada in having the largest male to female pay gap in the entire OECD: 5
● Percentage of average male income in Canada earned by women: 75
● Percentage of average unionized male income in Canada earned by unionized women: 93
● Year in which divorce became officially legal in Ireland: 1996
● Number of years in which a couple in Ireland has to be “living separately” for official divorce proceedings to begin: 4
● Percentage of seats in local elections in India that are reserved for women: 33
● Average number of hours of additional sleep that [...]

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Our Times Tally, Volume 12 – January 2011

● Number of Canadians who are officially unemployed: 1.4 million
● Number of net jobs added to the Canadian economy in October 2010: 3,000
● Percentage of Canadians who currently “expect the economy to improve”: 18
● Percentage of Americans who disapproved of interracial marriage in 1968: 73
● Percentage who disapprove of legal recognition of same-sex unions and marriages today: 36
● Percentage decline in average real wages in G20 countries during the past three years: 4
● Number of cities in Canada that have instituted a living wage policy for its [...]

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Our Times Tally, Volume 11 – August 2010

● Estimated number of people arrested during the June 2010 G20 protests in Toronto: 1,000
● Number of people arrested during the entire 1935 On-to-Ottawa Trek: 120
● Percentage of Canadians who believe the $1 billion security costs of the G20 summit was “justified”: 11
● Total worldwide profits made by Exxon Mobile in 2009: $35 billion
● Total taxes paid by Exxon Mobile to the U.S. government the same year: $0
● Chance that a U.S. corporation paid no federal taxes from 1998 to 2005: 2 in 3
● Percentage of Canadians currently participating in the [...]

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Our Times Tally, Volume 10 – July 2010

● Year in which a Toronto Globe newspaper editorial stated that “Unions have outlived their usefulness”: 1886
● Percentage of workers in Canada who belong to a union: 30
● Number of new workers who must be unionized each year for Canada to maintain its 30% union density rate: 80,000
● Estimated number of jobs that will be created in South Africa due to the 2010 World Cup being held there: 415,000
● Number of people in South Africa who are officially unemployed: 4.5 million
● Price of the cheapest ticket for an opening round World Cup match, in American [...]

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Our Times Tally, Volume 9 – April 2010

● Chance that an unemployed person in Canada today isn’t collecting employment insurance benefits: 1 in 2
● Number of Canadians who are living in substandard housing that requires “minor or major repairs”: 3.3 million
● Percentage of housing investments promised by the federal government during the past 15 months that have been spent: 3
● Percentage of people around the world who believe that “governments should distribute wealth more evenly”: 67
● Percentage of people in Mexico who believe this: 92
● Chance that a Canadian citizen believes that “free [...]

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Our Times Tally, Volume 8 – January 2010

● Year in which labour unions in Canada became legal: 1872
● Chance that a homeless person in Toronto was born outside of Canada: 1 in 3
● Of these, percentage that have vocational training or a college or university degree: 39
● Chance that a homeless person in Toronto attempts suicide at least once a year: 1 in 10
● Percentage decline in the number of private sector Canadian workers who have a pension, between 1980 and today: 29
● Number of unionized workers in Canada at the start of World War I: 166,000
● Number five years later: 378,000
● [...]

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Our Times Tally, Volume 7 – November 2009

● Percentage of Canadians who say they have a “great deal” or “fair amount” of respect for nurses: 97
● Percentage of Canadians who say the same about business executives: 48
● Number of prisoners locked in solitary confinement on any given day in the United States: 200,000
● Percentage of them living with mental illness: 60
● Number of Canadians who are officially unemployed: 1.6 million
● Number of jobs currently lost in Canada every minute: 1.2
● Percentage of total U.S. federal government expenditures that is spent on foreign aid: 0.9
● [...]

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Our Times Tally, Volume 6 – September 2009

● Percentage of Canadian workers who believe that “their employer is genuinely interested in their well-being”: 16
● Hourly wage of workers at the R.L. Denim/Metro Group factory in Bangladesh, in cents: 11
● Total compensation of Metro Group CEO Eckhard Cordes in 2008: $5,100,000
● Amount of time Cordes would have to work to earn a Bangladesh factory worker’s full-time, annual salary, in minutes: 9
● Current surplus of the federal Employment Insurance fund: $57 billion
● Percentage change since 1996 in the average maximum weekly Employment Insurance [...]

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Our Times Tally, Volume 5 – June 2009

● Percentage of Canadians who believe that unions “effectively improve salaries and working conditions for workers”: 78
● Percentage change in the number of people using food banks in Ontario since 2001: +15
● Estimated number of refugee claims the Canadian Department of Immigration will accept in 2009: 11,200
● Average annual number of refugee claims it accepted during the 1980s: 21,400
● Age at which the average person will most likely be diagnosed with clinical depression: 44
● Number of employees around the world whose average workweek is longer than [...]

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Our Times Tally, Volume 4 – April 2009

● Number of jobs in Canada that would be lost due to a 25 percent decline in auto exports: 155,000
● Percentage change in Canadian auto exports during the last three months of 2008: – 19
● Chance that a Canadian worker is “somewhat” or “very concerned” about losing their job this year: 1 in 4
● Since 1500 AD, number of 25-year periods in which war didn’t exist anywhere on the planet: 0
● Percentage change in global military expenditures from 1988 to 1998: – 30
● Percentage change since 1998: + 30
● Estimated number of children between the ages of 6 [...]

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Our Times Tally, Volume 3, Environmental Edition – March 2009

● Chance that an employee in the world today works in a place that has “unhealthy and unsafe conditions”: 1 in 2
● Number of workers who die globally each year from workplace risks and accidents: 1,900,000
● Percentage of energy in Denmark produced by wind turbines: 19
● Percentage of energy in Canada produced by wind turbines: 0.8
● Number of new jobs created in Canada by 2025 if wind power usage grew to 20% of all energy production: 55,000
● Estimated distance, in kilometres, that an apple travels before being purchased by a U.S. consumer: 2,778
● [...]

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Our Times Tally, Volume 2, Women’s Edition – February 2009

● Percentage of the world’s labour force who are women: 41
● Percentage of the world’s poor who are women: 70
● Number of countries around the world where women’s wages are equal to those of men: 0
● Chance that a minimum wage worker in Canada is female: 2 in 3
● Chance that a woman in Canada lives in poverty: 1 in 7
● Chance that a First Nations woman in Canada does: 1 in 3
● Ratio of number of senior women to senior men in Canada who are classified as poor: 2 to 1
● Number of Canadian provinces or territories that have no pay equity [...]

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Our Times Tally, Volume 1 – December 2008

● Percentage of Canadians who believe the economy will soon fall into a recession: 64
● Percentage of Americans who believe the economy will soon fall into a depression: 59
● Number of labour union activists throughout the world murdered in 2006: 144
● Of these murders, number that took place in Colombia: 78
● Cost of President George Bush’s 2008 corporate bailout package: $700 billion
● Total increase in wealth of the 400 richest Americans since George Bush came to power in 2001: $670 billion
● Amount of wealth it would take each year to eradicate [...]

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