RE: [CAN-MHSA] FW: census release - ongoing struggles with StatisticsCanada
- Interesting response. Thanks, Shane.
FYI, if your roommate were to change his/her mind ... there is an option
that seems open ended:
First, one can request information regarding what answer an individual
supplied, and second, one can change their mind!
Judith Rempel, B.A., M.A., Coordinator
queries@... & rempel@...
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realizing that this isn't the main point of this email, i'd like to make a
comment/correction on a (minor?) detail:
"unless the person filling in the census
return for a particular household checked off a box consenting (on
behalf of the whole household)"
I filled out the 2006 census form on behalf of myself and a roommate with
whom I was renting a house. The form had a separate checkbox for each
person. While I checked the box giving consent to the eventual release of
my info, my roommate was adamant about his box remaining unchecked.
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> See the article in the online version of the Globe and Mail for Sept.
> 12, 2007 "Historically Speaking, the Census Represents Us" by Eric Sager.
> The census debate is heating up again. As you may recall, we pried
> loose the 1906 and 1911 national census of Canada from a VERY reluctant
> Statistics Canada, but at a cost. The legislation which freed up the
> historic census after 92 years, to and including the 2001 census, also
> closed all future census forever unless the person filling in the census
> return for a particular household checked off a box consenting (on
> behalf of the whole household) to that census return being made
> available to researchers in 92 years. Since alot of households did not
> tick off the consent box for the eventual release of their 2006 census
> return, 2006 is essentially lost forever. Needless to say, Statistics
> Canada cannot possibly change its forms for 2011 so that census is
> presumably lost, as well. (Funny that Statistics Canada could add the
> consent provision and box to check off very quickly but cannot remove it
> with out years and years of advance notice; but I digress).
> This whole thing about each household having to consent to the release
> of its census return is to be reviewed after the 2011 census is taken.
> However those of us who believe that the census should be preserved in
> its entirety as an historical document and made available to researchers
> in due course believe that it should be reviewed as soon as possible to
> save the 2011 and 2016 census. We know from experience who we are
> dealing with and the lengths it/they will go to in order to prevail.
> Eric Sager, a professor of history at U Vic, presents the case that the
> census is an unique and invaluable historical document if preserved and
> released in its entirety. His article reflects the belief of the
> history professors on Our Side that the genealogical community is key to
> persuading the government of the righteousness of our cause. The family
> history community believes that the history professors are the key to
> success because they attract greater respect than we do. It doesn't
> matter who is right. What is important is that we keep after the
> government about this.
> Please keep yourselves informed. If you do not know much about the
> census issue, check out past article by Gordon Watts online at the
> Global Genealogy web site or my articles and announcements on the
> Alberta Family Histories Society web site. There is also a Canada
> Census Campaign mailing list through rootsweb which will perk up again
> when our campaign moves into actively lobbying our Members of Parliament
> Lois Sparling
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