I've already ranted a couple of times - here and here - about Statistics Canada's 'Attention Deficit Disorder': its habit of starting new time series using new methodologies without updating the historical data. As I put it in my first rant,

Statistics Canada must be the only statistical agency in the world where the average length of a data series gets shorter with the passage of time. Its habit of killing off time series, replacing them with new, 'improved' definitions and not revising the old numbers is a continual source of frustration to Canadian macroeconomists.

But of course ranting about the problem isn't the same thing as solving it. I kept thinking of this old Peanuts cartoon:

So I decided to light a candle.

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