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Thu, Mar 26, 2009

Number of months into development that a baby in the womb begins to show preferences for certain notes and melodies:


Average percentage of neurons in the brains of awake patients undergoing surgery for epilepsy which exhibited increased activity when the patients were played a song by Mozart:

Average percentage of neurons which exhibited increased activity when the patients were played the theme song for Miami Vice:

Percentage by which a Brunel University student found carefully selected music to enhance the endurance of exercisers:

Percentage, three months after a stroke, by which verbal memory had improved in stroke victims in a Finland study who listened to music daily:

Percentage by which verbal memory had improved by those who did not listen to music:

Number of months of music therapy needed to accelerate language development in some children with developmental disorders such as Asperger’s and autism by up to three years:

Minimum number of songs written and recorded in St. John’s during this February’s RPM Challenge:

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Sun, Mar 15, 2009


Number of jobs lost across Canada since October:

Minimum number of full-time employees in the Canadian media who lost their jobs in October, November and December 2008:

Minimum percentage of Globe and Mail staff who will be laid off:

Number of jobs lost in Newfoundland between December 2008 and Januaray 2009:

Percentage of editorial staff at Halifax’s Chronicle-Herald who were laid off this February:

Number of times that the Chronicle-Herald has had to lay off staff since it was founded in 1875:

Number of jobs cut across North America by international printer Transcontinental Media, who owns the Telegram and the Western Star, both of which have laid off reporters recently:

Percentage by which average newsprint consumption fell last year, according to Jean Majeau, spokesman for Kruger Incorporated:

Number of workers at Kruger’s Corner Brook pulp and paper mill who will be temporarily laid off this spring in order to account for this drop:

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Thu, Nov 6, 2008


Amount Ontario will receive in equalization payments in the next fiscal year:

$347 million


Amount Ontario has contributed to the equalization program over the past 50 years:

roughly $100 billion


Percentage increase of charitable donations in Canada between 2005-2006:


Percentage decrease of donors:


Median donation from Newfoundland and Labrador charity donors in 2006:



…in Toronto:



…in Nunavut:



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Thu, Oct 23, 2008

Estimated number of years until healthcare spending will amount more than half of total provincial revenue in…

86 years

New Brunswick:
11 years

Newfoundland & Labrador:
17 years

Median wait time for surgical/therapeutic treatment in 2008 in…

13.3 weeks

28.8 weeks

Newfoundland & Labrador:
24.4 weeks

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Thu, Oct 9, 2008

Average number of children per woman in 2006:

Average age of women giving birth in 2006:

Average age of women giving birth in 1986:

First births among women aged 30-34:

Number of children per family needed to maintain population in Canada (before immigration):

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Thu, Sep 25, 2008

Average number of hours Canadians spent listening to radio in 2006: 20.5 hours per week

Average in 2007: 18.3 hours per week

Average number of hours for teenagers in 2007: 7.2 hours per week

Hours Newfoundlanders spent listening to radio in 2007: 18.6 hours per week

Number of cellphone-only homes in Canada in 2006: 5.1%

Cellphone-only homes in Canada in n 2007: 6.4%

Cellphone-only homes 34-years-old or younger: 68%

Cellphone-only homes in Newfoundland in 2007: 3.9%

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Thu, Sep 11, 2008

Average hourly wage for Canadians over 24 in August 2008: $21.13

For men: $22.90

Women: $19.27

Ages 15-24: $12.39

Average price of a resale home in Canada in July 2008: $302,298

Average hourly wage for Newfoundlanders over 24 in August 2008: $18.37

For men: $20.44

Women: $16.22

Ages 15-24: $11.34

Average price of a resale home in Newfoundland in July 2008: $181,269

Source: Statistics Canada

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Thu, Aug 28, 2008

Number of degrees colder world temperatures have been this year compared to the average for 2000-2008:
Greater than 0.1°C

2008′s ranking on the “Warmest Years Since 1850″ scale:

Coldest year on record:

Average temperature that year:

Average world temperature so far for 2008:

Warmest year on record:

Average temperature that year:

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Thu, Jul 31, 2008

Number of MUN presidential candidates vetoed by Education Minister Joan Burke: 2

Number of NL gynecological oncologists who submitted resignations recently:

Number of moose killed in vehicle collisions on the night of July 28:

Number of runners who needed help from the St. John Ambulance for exhaustion and dehydration at the finish line at this year’s Tely 10:

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Thu, Jul 3, 2008

Population growth in Newfoundland and Labrador over first three months of 2008: 200 people

Population growth in the second quarter: 171 people

Population growth in Newfoundland and Labrador over first three months of 2007: -1,800 people

Total population of Newfoundland and Labrador: 508,270

Number of fish caught recreationally in Canada in 1995: 196 million

Number in 2005: 156 million

Rise in sports fishermen in Newfoundland and Labrador between 1995 and 2005: 7%

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Thu, Jun 19, 2008

Amount spent on air travel by federal MPs last year:
$26 million

Number of votes cast for Ron Ellsworth in the recent municipal byelection:

Number of votes cast Paul Sears (runner up for deputy-mayor):

Number of cod allowed to be caught per person per day in the upcoming food fishery:

Number of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians who qualified for this year’s Canadian Idol:

Number of obstetricians on call this summer in central Newfoundland :

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Thu, Jun 5, 2008

St. John’s estimated expenditure on public transit for 2008 :

Canada’s gender gap ranking for women in government according to the World Economic Forum :

Sri Lanka’s ranking :

Percentage of female MPs in Canada :

Percentage of female MHAs in Newfoundland and Labrador :

Estimated number of deaths caused by cyclone in Burma :

Population of St. John’s in 2006 :

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Thu, May 22, 2008

Canadian nurses not working overtime who reported medication error:

Canadian nurses working overtime who reported medication error:

Proportion of Canadian households using only land-line telephone service:

Number of households in NL  using only land-line telephone service:

Newfoundland and Labrador GDP per capita in 2007:

Canadian GDP per capita in 2007:

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Thu, May 8, 2008

Number of people assisted by a food bank in NL in March 2007 :

Median after-tax family income in Newfoundland and Labrador :

Median after-tax family income in Alberta :

Cost of a litre of gas at the Torbay Road Irving on May 5 :
132.8 cents

Cost of a litre of gas at the same Irving in 2003 :
around 80 cents

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Thu, Apr 10, 2008

Total amount spent on pharmaceuticals in Canada in 2005 :
$24.8 billion

Total amount spent in 1985 :
$4 billion

Salary range for a pathologist (a person who analyses lab samples) in NL :

Salary range for a pathologist in Ontario :

Sources are linked.

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