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Post 1901 Census - Seeking access to 1911 Census records.

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  • Gordon A. Watts
    Greetings All. The date of the National Census of Canada for 1911 was effective the first day of June. The Privacy Act and Regulations attached thereto specify
    Message 1 of 1 , May 24, 2003
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      Greetings All.

      The date of the National Census of Canada for 1911 was effective the
      first day of June. The Privacy Act and Regulations attached thereto
      specify that records of Census may be made available to any person or
      body for purposes of research, 92 years after collection. Therefore,
      records of the 1911 National Census of Canada should be made accessible
      to the public after 1 June 2003. It is believed this is unlikely to
      happen at this time therefore it is suggested that those interested in
      accessing these records submit an Access to Information request to
      Statistics Canada.

      To find out how to submit your Access to Information request please
      visit the Post 1901 Census Project website at the URL following my
      signature.

      On another subject -- It has been brought to my attention that some
      people believe because the 1906 Census records have been released
      unconditionally that the Census issue has been resolved and that no
      further action on our part is required. This is definitely not the
      case.

      The government brought down Bill S-13, presently in third reading debate
      in the Senate, to deal with the Census issue. In doing so, however, they
      have listened more to the burueaucrats than to the desires of the people
      seeking access. S-13 imposes conditions and restrictions on access that
      have several times been rejected by the people. One clause in
      particular would require specific authorization at the time of
      enumeration for records from 2006 and on to be made available 92 years
      after the Census takes place. This "informed consent" clause would
      destroy future Census records for any scientific, demographic or
      academic research, and would cause many future genealogists to find no
      information in the records on us, their ancestors.

      A battle has been won, but the war goes on. To get up to date on what
      is happening follow the link for information on Bill S-13 on the Post
      1901 Census project website.

      Happy Hunting.

      Gordon A. Watts gordon_watts@...
      Co-Chair, Canada Census Committee
      Port Coquitlam, BC

      http://globalgenealogy.com/Census
      en fran├žais http://globalgenealogy.com/Census/Index_f.htm

      Permission to forward without notice is granted.


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