Weeknote Dec 1 – 7 2020

§1 I was planning to write a long complaint of stories tied together with a common theme of ‘the Ford government is outsourcing the pandemic response” including the story of how the government hired the McKinsey “Proposed Paying Pharmacy Companies Rebates for OxyContin Overdoses” Consulting Group. But instead, I think everyone would be better served …

With new cameras, are we enabling facial recognition in the City of Windsor?

These are questions that activist Mariame Kaba regularly asks herself when she is outraged about injustice [ht]:     What resources exist so I can better educate myself?     Who’s already doing work around this injustice?     Do I have the capacity to offer concrete support & help to them?     How can I be constructive? …

Using Google Earth to look under your street

Some weeks ago Google announced that it was sun-setting Google Fusion Tables. Fusion Tables was often used by journalists, scientists, and others interested in quickly plotting data on a Google Map without having to do any coding. Google encouraged users to switch to other products, like its BigQuery cloud data warehouse system, its Google Data …

What happens to the Christmas trees picked up by the City of Windsor?

The day after Christmas, there was a story from the CBC called Nature Conservancy of Canada suggests a better fate for country’s Christmas trees which was largely a re-packaging of a news release from the Nature Conservancy earlier in the week. That press release begins: If you’re taking down holiday decorations and thinking about ways …