Category: Index

Starr’s Point Index #5

Country with largest increase in COVID-19 cases in October: Czechia (formerly Czech Republic) 379% Country with second largest increase: Poland 296% Canada’s October increase: 49% Country with highest rate of COVID positive tests to Oct. 31: Czechia 14.6% U.S test positivity rate to Oct. 31: 6.5% Canada test positivity rate to Oct. 31: 2.4% Nova Scotia rate to date: 0.94% [1]   COVID-USA Number of states with COVID-19 case increases greater than 50% in October: 15 Number of those 15 states won by Donald Trump in 2020 Presidential election: 11 Number of those 11 states that have not supported a...

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Starr’s Point Index #4

Percentage increase in reported COVID-19 cases in Canada Sept.1-30: 22.6% Percentage increase in reported COVID-19 cases in United States Sept. 1-30: 19.5% Number of countries with more COVID-19 cases than Canada as of Sept. 30: 25 Number of those countries with September increases lower than Canada’s: 11 [1] Fishing Income Average net fishing income for Nova Scotia tax filers 2010: $16,794 Average net fishing income for Nova Scotia tax filers 2017: $43,189 Percentage of tax filers reporting net fishing income over $100,000 in 2010: 3.97% Percentage of tax filers reporting net fishing income over $100,000 in 2017: 26.09% Percentage over...

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Starr’s Point Index #3

Percentage increase in reported COVID-19 deaths July 31-Aug. 31 Canada: 2.19% In the United States: 20.53% Worldwide: 26.42%[i] ******************* Countries reporting more than 100% increase in COVID-19 cases for August: Seven Country with greatest increase: Ethiopia 204.1% Country with second greatest increase: Philippines 150.9%[ii] ############### Percentage increase in reported COVID-19 cases in Canada July 31-Aug. 31: 11.7% Province with greatest increase July 31-Aug.31: Manitoba 196.8% Second largest: British Columbia 61.2% Nova Scotia increase: 1.68%[iii] %%%%%%%%%%%%%% Percentage increase in U.S. COVID-19 cases in August: 34.6% Number of countries in 37-nation Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) with case increases...

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Starr’s Point Index #2

Canada’s carbon dioxide emissions 2019: 556.2 million tonnes Change from 2018: -1.7% U.S. carbon dioxide emissions 2019: 4,964.7 million tonnes Change from 2018: -3.0% [1]                                                                            ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ July percentage increase in COVID-19 cases United States: 150% July percentage increase in COVID-19 cases Canada: 26% July percentage increase in COVID-19 cases India: 878% Brazil: 402% Bangladesh: 374% Mexico: 350% Number of U.S. states with increase...

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Starr’s Point Index #1

Growth in value of Nova Scotia international exports 2009-2014: 23.9% Growth in value of Nova Scotia international exports 2014-2019: 15.3% Nova Scotia share of Canada’s exports 2009: 1.27% Nova Scotia share of Canada’s exports 2019: 1.11% $$$$$$ Percentage of Nova Scotia’s 2015 international exports destined for China: 7.9% To the United States: 70.8% To all other countries: 21.3% Percentage of Nova Scotia’s 2019 international exports destined for China: 16.5% To the United States: 62.2% To all other countries: 21.3% Nova Scotia’s provincial ranking for share of exports going to China: First Drop in value of Nova Scotia exports to...

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Richard Starr, The man behind the Point

About Richard

RICHARD STARR has had careers as a journalist, public servant, broadcaster, political staffer and freelance policy adviser. He is author of numerous newspaper and magazine articles, a former radio and TV producer and weekly newspaper editor, and the author of three non-fiction books. Starr has lived in Dartmouth for more than 30 years.

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