- IT World: Why IT must oppose Tories on long-form census
- National Post:The 10 issues MPs face as Parliament resumes
- The Globe and Mail: Census changes to complicate central bank’s analyses, Carney says
- Canadian Press: Quebec suggests solution to census debate
- Study: Potential Impact of Voluntary Survey on Selected Variables: June 21, 2010 CSMS.
- The Record: Quebec’s stats agency suggests solution to debate over federal census
- The Toronto Sun: Carney’s census issues take precedence
- Toronto Sun: Retired StatsCan boss still in the building
- CBC News: Canada must study census best practices: agency
- The Daily Graphic: RM supports long-form census
- St. Albert Gazette: Quebec’s stats agency suggests solution to debate over federal census
- Penticton Western News: Council steps-in on census debate
- Eaves: Census Update: It’s the Economy, Stupid
- Worthwhile Canadian Initiative: The experts weigh in: Four very good commentaries on the census in Canadian Public Policy
- Worthwhile Canadian Initiative: Will a voluntary census be more truthful?
- Macleans: The present and future of the census
- The Institut de la statistique du Québec: Recensement 2011 : le questionnaire long doit être obligatoire
- Canadian Public Policy: The Politics of the Census: Lessons from Abroad
- Canadian Public Policy: The Importance of the Long Form Census to Canada
- Canadian Public Policy: The Value of the Long Form Canadian Census for Long Term National and International Research
- Canadian Public Policy: 2B or Not 2B? What Should Have Happened with the Canadian Long Form Census? What Should Happen Now?
- York Region: Services suffer if census scrapped: York
Progressive Economics Forum: The Rules of Disengagement
- L’Institut de la statistique du Québec: Recensement 2011: le questionnaire long doit être obligatoire
- Now Magazine: Making no census HARPER AIMS TO GIVE BIG CORPORATE BUDS A MONOPOLY ON INFO
- Global Times: Canadian politicians, bureaucrats brawl over compulsory census
- The Windsor Star: Why the census matters
- National Post: Build it, and they will vote
- Then when you have the data – Tightened muzzle on scientists – your not allowed to talk about it! The Coast also discusses this issue Muzzling Enviro Canada Canada’s largest environmental body, once a rich source of scientific information, is hiding from the public. and a discussion on Slashdot.
- Daily Herald: Census changes concern health community
- People’s Daily Online: Canada debates removal of compulsory fill-out in 2011 census
- The Vancouver Sun: Canada will pay price for census decision: authors Will raise the cost of information, U.S. statisticians say
- Maple Ridge News: Maple Ridge council supports long-form census
- The Toronto Star: Health at risk if long-form census scrapped: experts
- Winnipeg Free Press: Harper’s Tories looking for new narrative as Parliament sitting looms
- Telegraph Journal: Tool can help governments form policy, developer says
- The Ottawa Citizen: The coalition era begins
- The Spec: Harper peddling anti-census paranoia to public
- Business News Network: The census and the state of Canadian statistics
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Question from a university data librarian to Statistics Canada:
I am wondering about the impact of cancelling the 2011 Census http://datalibre.ca/ on the downstream products that are populated with Census long form data: E-STAT, Topic Based Tabulations, Community and CT and Cumulative Profiles.. etc.. and the data used for thematic mapping.
I am thinking of all the research programs and academic courses that have built these downstream products into their curriculums and programs. What should I be telling students and profs about the future of these products?
What is StatCan’s strategy to deal with the downstream products?
I note there is a Main page for the new National Household Survey athttp://www.statcan.gc.ca/survey-enquete/household-menages/5178-eng.htm. Will the data collected from the National Household Survey simply be ported into these products? Will there be caveats added to each of these products informing users of the potential hazards of trying to compare 2006 and 2011 data?
After 10 days, the answer from Statistics Canada Communications:
This is the first time Statistics Canada will conduct the National Household Survey (NHS) and the Agency is currently working on many aspects of its development and implementation.
Information pertaining to custom, off-the-shelf, and downstream products that were previously populated with census long-form data has not yet been finalized.
Thank you for your interest in the 2011 Census and the new National Household Survey. If you have any other questions, do not hesitate to contact us.
So ah! StatCan is saying they dunnoh?
The Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology met in a televised videoconference session at 9:00 a.m. this day, in Room 237-C, Centre Block, the Chair, Michael D.Chong, presiding.
That the Government of Canada re-instate the mandatory long-form census; and that the government introduce legislative amendments to the Statistics Act to remove completely the provision of imprisonment from Section 31 of the Act and this would therefore apply to the Census of Population, the Long-Form Census and the Census of Agriculture, and that the Committee submit a report to the House.
I sent a note to the Committee requesting the transcripts for the full day of proceedings.
I was busy with this thing called a job and was delayed in my census work. But here you have it, a round up for the week. I have not searched my #census yet, but will do so tomorrow.
Also, it ain’t too late to save the census! They just need to put a sticky note on the envelope or insert a new cover page that says : this is a CENSUS and it is MANDATORY.
- Senior’s Daily Online: CARP opposes plans to scrap long form census
- Globe and Mail: Government study reveals significant errors in voluntary census
- Inside Halton: Long-form census is a valuable tool
- The Hamilton Spectator: You can’t set good policy without good census data, say local leaders
- Cape Breton Post: Clarke’s declaration has stirred the pot
- National Post: Liberals plan to take census issue to Commons
- The Mark: The StatsCan study was conducted before the government announced its plan to scrap the mandatory census.
- Toronto Star: Time to remove Clement
- Globe and Mail: Digital age mapping delivers productivity gains
- CBC Podcast: 09/09/10: Pt 3 – Munir Sheikh spent almost 40 years as a civil servant in Ottawa. It’s hardly the kind of work that makes you a household name … unless you end your career by resigning from Statistics Canada at the height of the controversy over the mandatory long-form census. We talk to Munir Sheikh about the importance of good data and why he felt he had to resign his post.
- Audio: Spaces, Places and Faces: Ernie Boyko and Wendy Watkins: The 2011 Canadian
- Guelph Mercury: Voluntary long census form will bias data says doctor Census
- Ottawa Citizen: Letter to PM: Let chief statistician decide the census Former top bureaucrats launch unusual appeal to Harper
- CAUT Bulletin: Harper Told: ‘Restore Long-Form Census’
- Globe and Mail: Let top statistician resolve census issue, former civil servants urge PM
- The Hamilton Spectator: Removing threat, not the census
- Durham Region: Durham opposed to change in census form
- MapleRidge News: Council supports long form census
- Toronto Sun: We’re about to find out how smart Stephen Harper is: Den Tandt
- The Hamilton Spectator: You can’t set good policy without good census data, say local leaders
- The Montreal Gazette; The challenge: Getting Canadians to fill out the voluntary census
- The China Daily: Roundup: Canada debates removal of compulsory fill-out in 2011 census
- The Sudbury Star: Census yields less reliable data
- The Mark: This fall, the Liberal Party will fight to make the census reputable and statistically reliable.
- The Cranbrook Daily Townsman: The new voluntary census
- The Briefing Note: GSA Census
- HQ Prince George: CFS AGAINST SCRAPPING THE LONG FORM CENSUS
- Media Daily News: A Census-ational Summer
- Evening Telegraph: 2011 census so important for Peterborough
- Globe and Mail: Why does the Harper government do what it does? Beats us
- The Haliburton County Echo: Scrapping census will hinder funding opportunities, service organizations say
The Western Standard: The Long Census Goodbye
- University of Lethbridge: SACPA September 9 — Is Scrapping the Mandatory Census Long Form Short Sighted?
- Medicine Hat News: Residents talking census, gun registry
- Brandon Sun: Switch to voluntary census puts vulnerable at risk, coalition charges
- Toronto Star: Health at risk if long-form census scrapped: experts
- AM630 CHED Radio: Support grows for the long form census
- Montreal Gazette: PM’s top aide expected step aside
- Radio Canada: Levée de boucliers des professionnels de la santé
- Digital Journal: Losing the census will impact Canadian’s health
- CBC News: EKOS Extra: Who <3s you, mandatory long form census?
- Northern Life: Mandatory long form census influences health policy, research
- Winnipeg Free Press: Switch to voluntary census puts vulnerable at risk, coalition charges
- Cranbrook Daily Townsman: Voluntary long-form census will be more accurate than mandatory, says Abbott (just because there are more does not mean it is more accurate!)
- Digital Journal: Census Canada 2011 : Short Form Instructions
- The Sudbury Star: Census yields less reliable data
- The Daily Herald: Census changes concern health community
- The Hill Times: Summer Census crisis of 2010 was bizarre, unnecessary, overblown, says Powers
- Canadian School Board Association: The Census Debate: How Will the Elimination of the Long-Form Census Affect Education in Canada?
- Toronto Star: Tories are clever tacticians
- Edmonton Journal: Poll showing Grits even with Tories deceiving
- Rabble.ca: Not Rex: The long and the short – census, guns and more
- The McGill Daily: Student government opposes census changes
Last week’s Save the Census Health Campaing yielded some great footage:
City of Winnipeg
APTN Voluntary long form census will hurt Canadians’ health
City of Toronto
Media Release – Health professionals warn of health impact of the loss of the mandatory long form census. Here are the YouTube videos of the Toronto Event on Sept. 2:
Save The Census Health Media Event – Dr David McKeown, Medical Officer of Health, City of Toronto
Save The Census Health Media Event – Rob Milling, Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO)
Save The Census Health Media Event – John McLaughlin, Cancer Care Ontario
Save The Census Media Event – Anne-Marie Holt, Ontario Association of Public Health Epidemiologists
Save The Census Media Event – Cherie Miller, Regent Park Community Health Centre
- EKOS Politics: RACE DEADLOCKED AS CONSERVATIVES FALTER ON CENSUS DECISION
- Momentum Magazine: Census Counts Bicycles Too
- The Hill Times: How justified are privacy, coercion concerns related to long-form census? Since both the penalties and the content of the questionnaires are the government’s prerogative, why did they not simply address both issues within the context of its review of the census?
- Montreal Gazette: The challenge: Getting Canadians to fill out the voluntary census
- Globe and Mail: Canadian rock star Hawksley Workman on the census controversy
- Winnipeg Free: Press Brouhaha over census farcical
- CPAC sessions on Aug. 27
- The Cranbrook Townsman: The new voluntary census
- Globe and Mail: Census ‘raspberries’ put Tories on par with Liberals
- Calgary Herald: End of mandatory census ‘mindless,’ government warned
- Times&transcript: Taking care of the care givers in New Brunswick
- The Vancouver Sun: Canadians offering donations to Francophone group’s census battle
- Global National: Census changes impact statistical integrity, hearing told
- National Post: Scrap the long form
- Rebuttal to the above: Something more effective
- Post Media News: Long-form census ‘a public good,’ committee hears
- Caledon Enterprise: In response to Mr. Paul Smith and your queries on the census
- Canadian Press: Tories promote ignorance, say Liberals
- Fogarty Law Firm: Canada’s proposed 2011 Census reform: Are concerns of opposition parties and the media legitimate?
MEDIA ADVISORY: Health-care professionals protest cuts to long form census
TORONTO – Sept. 1, 2010 – Medical and population health researchers and health-care professionals are convinced that the cancellation of the mandatory long form census will create a significant health risk for Canadians. That’s why they are participating in a series of media events in cities across the country on Thursday, September 2.
Initiated by the “Save the Census Campaign”, being spearheaded by social planning bodies across Canada, these events will feature Medical Officers of Health, physicians, nurses, medical researchers, representatives of Community Health Centres and other health-care professionals who are concerned about the health implications of this decision.
“Long form census data is used to make decisions about local health care and public health services, and as a foundation for population-based research into medical conditions and diseases. Loss of this data will make it more difficult to address the pressing health needs of Canadians,” said Dr. David McKeown, Medical Officer of Health for the City of Toronto.
Events are planned for Thursday, September 2nd in Toronto, Ottawa, Sudbury, Winnipeg, Edmonton, and Vancouver. Confirmed participants include Medical Officers of Health, the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO), the Canadian and Ontario Epidemiological Societies, and front-line medical researchers.
Tomorrow, Thursday September 2nd, 10:00 a.m.
Women’s College Hospital, Main Lobby, 76 Grenville Street, Toronto (please note there is NO on-site parking)
Organizer: John Campey, Social Planning Toronto (416) 351-0095 x 260
- Dr. David McKeown, Medical Officer of Health, City of Toronto
- Rob Milling, Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO)
- John McLaughlin, Vice-President, Population Studies and Surveillance, Cancer Care Ontario
- Anne-Marie Holt, President, Ontario Association of Public Health Epidemiologists
- Cherie Miller, Director of Community Health, Regent Park Community Health Centre
Thursday, September 2nd, 10:00 a.m. Carlington Community and Health Services, 930 Merivale Road, Ottawa ON
Organizer: Peggy Taillon, Canadian Council on Social Development (613) 236 8977 x 1
- Dr. Isra G. Levy, Chief Medical Officer of Health, City of Ottawa
- Michael Birmingham, Executive Director Carlington Community & Health Services and National Association of Community Health Centres
- Nancy Watters, Registered Nursing Association Ontario, Eastern Ontario Representative
Thursday, September 2nd, 10:00 a.m., City of Lakes Family Health Team Sudbury Site, 960 Notre Dame Avenue, Unit C. Sudbury
Organizer: Janet Gaspirini, Social Planning Council of Sudbury (705) 675-3894
- Dr. Chris Bourdon, Chief of Staff, Sudbury Regional Hospital
- Isabelle Michelle, Sudbury District Health Unit
- Dr. David Marsh, Associate Dean, Community Engagement, Northern Ontario School of Medicine
Aboriginal Health and Wellness Center of Winnipeg, 181 Higgins Avenue (Time to be confirmed)
- Darlene Hall, Executive Director, Aboriginal Health and Wellness Center of Winnipeg
- Sandra Gessler, Professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of Manitoba
Thursday, September 2nd, 1:00 PM, Friends of Medicare Office, 10512 122nd St, Edmonton
Organizer: David Eggen, Friends of Medicare (780) 423-4581
- Dr. Colin Soskolne, President, Canadian Society for Epidemiology and Biostatistics
- John Kolkman, Research Coordinator, Edmonton Social Planning Council
Organizer: Scott Graham, Social Planning and Research Council BC. (604) 718-8501
For more information, contact:
John Campey, Social Planning Toronto (416)351-0095 x 260 (cell) 647-283-9657
Peggy Taillon, Canadian Council on Social Development (613) 236-8977.
All of the session of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology (August 27, 2010) are now available as Video on Demand on CPAC. The Sessions include:
MPs are continuing to study a plan to change Canada’s long-form census. Several witnesses are appearing to discuss the controversial proposal, which would make the long form voluntary but sent to more homes.
The first panel features Mel Cappe, president of the Institute for Research in Public Policy, Ian McKinnon, chair of the National Statistics Council, Joseph Lam, vice-president of the Canada First Community Organization, James Turk and Michael Ornstein from the Canadian Association of University Teachers, Clément Chartier, president of the Métis National Council, and farmer James Henderson.
The second panel features Micheal Vonn of the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association, Michael Veall, economics professor at McMaster University, Jean-Pierre Beaud, dean of political science and law at the Université du Québec à Montréal, Victor Oh, honourary president of the Mississauga Chinese Business Association, Denis Bélisle, vice-president of the Federation of University Professors of Quebec, talk radio host Dave Rutherford, and Ken Murdoch, coordinator of the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg.
The third panel features Peggy Taillon, president and CEO of the Canadian Council on Social Development, Pierre Noreau, president of the Association francophone pour le savoir, Xinsheng (Simon) Zhong, executive director of the Toronto Community and Culture Centre, and Lawrie McFarlane, an editorial writer with the Victoria Times-Colonist.