The following e-mail has just been received from Gordon A. Watts,
Co-Chairman of the Canadian Census Campaign.
He explains the current status of Bill S-13 much better than I can so I
copy his message in full.
At the moment, the best way we can support the efforts of the Canadian
Census Campaign is to submit an ATI (Access to Informaton form). The
form must be accompanied by a remittance of $5 made payable to the
Receiver General of Canada. It is unlikely this amount will be refunded.
I submitted my ATI earlier this week. Have you considered doing the
Even though I have subscribed to the Canadian Census Campaign mailing
list for many moons I was still a bit confused about all the issues
relating to the release of the 1911 census. In addition, I was unsure
about the wording of my ATI form. In the end, I copied the wording on
the ATI form that I sent in regarding the release of the 1906 census,
with appropriate amendments. A copy of this form, sent to Gordon Watts
via e-mail elicited the response, "Thanks Rene" so I presume my wording
If anyone out there is unsure how to complete their ATI form please
e-mail me privately at rdussome@...
Thanks to everyone who is willing to participate in this action.
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Re: Debate of Bill S-13
Even though Bill S-13 - an Act to amend the Statistics Act - was on the
schedule for second debate in the House of Commons three days of this
past week, it did not happen. The projected schedule for the coming
week does not show Bill S-13 as being included.
I stand to be corrected, but it begins to look as if no further action
on Bill S-13 will happen before Parliament recesses for the summer. If
so, this gives us more time to convince our Parliamentarians of the need
for amendments to remove the conditions and restrictions imposed by the
1 June 2003, last week, marked the 92 year anniversary of the taking of
the 1911 Census. We suggest that all who are interested in regaining
access to Census records submit an Access to Information request for
access to the 1911 Census records. While we expect all such requests to
be refused, submitting them is another way of applying pressure on the
government. Information on how to submit ATI requests has been posted
on the Post 1901 Census Project website at the URL following my
Gordon A. Watts gordon_watts@...
Co-Chair, Canada Census Committee
Port Coquitlam, BC