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    Census change baffles critics, experts *Jack Danylchuk* Northern News Services Published Thursday, July 29, 2010 [excerpt]
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      Census change baffles critics, experts

      *Jack Danylchuk*
      Northern News Services
      Published Thursday, July 29, 2010

      [excerpt]

      http://nnsl.com/northern-news-services/stories/papers/jul29_10cens.html

      INUVIK - The Harper government's decision to make response to Census Canada
      long-form questionnaires voluntary could interfere with how programs and
      services in the Northwest Territories are developed and delivered.

      "The census is a vital part of data for the Northwest Territories," said
      Vishni Peeris, territorial statistician. "Any changes to the availability of
      that information is going to be have quite an effect on the territories."

      There appears to be significant public opposition to the change that
      prompted government-appointed chief statistician Munir Sheikh to resign last
      week. Eighty-one per cent of 12,000 respondents to an online poll in The
      Globe and Mail oppose the change.

      Western Arctic MP Dennis Bevington, called the move "really strange" and
      added, "it will have a big impact on predictability for government and
      business that want to determine where the needs of people are moving and how
      they can better respond.

      "In the Northwest Territories, with our mix and the need to understand that,
      it's essential to get the information to really understand how things are
      going here in 33 communities over four million square kilometres."


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