CCSD Court Case: Equal Right to be Counted

The Canadian Council on Social Development is continuing the fight to save the Census. From their web site:

The fight to save the Census continues as CCSD et al vs The Government of Canada will be heard in the Federal Court on November 23, 2011 at 09:30AM.  CCSD and 12 other partners are fighting for Canada’s equal right to be counted in the Mandatory Short Form, the only mandatory tool left in the group of census surveys that reaches every Canadian.

Visit the site for information on how to get involved.



Standing Committee on the Status of Women – report

The Standing Committee on the Status of Women released a report in February, Changing The Long-Form Census—Its Impact On Women’s Equality In Canada. The report comes out in favour of restoring the long form, and particularly criticizes the decision to drop the questions on unpaid household work.

Thanks to Gail Curry for bringing this to my attention!

Catholics and librarians

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has joined the religious groups mentioned previously in decrying the census change:

Letter from Most Reverend Pierre Morissette, CCCB President to the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry concerning his position on the census

Canada’s national and largest provincial library associations have also spoken up:

I haven’t seen anything from the other provincial and territorial associations, but will add them if and when they do.

The provinces speak up

The Globe and Mail reports that Canada’s provinces and territories have  spoken out in opposition to the decision to scrap the census long form. The sole holdout is Alberta, which is reserving judgment pending more information.

The Ontario Finance Minister noted that the province bases virtually every spending and tax decision on the information collected in the long-form version.

Strange bedfellows: doctors, evangelicals, marketers, and the United Way

Add two more to the long list of strange bedfellows opposing the census change: the Canadian Jewish Congress and the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada.

The Canadian Medical Association Journal, the Statistical Institute of Quebec and Prince Edward Island’s Finance and Municipal Affairs Minister have also joined the chorus, which already included such disparate groups as the Canadian Association for Business Economics, the United Way, the Canadian Marketing Association and the the Canadian Council on Social Development (from here).

Thanks to Marilyn Andrews for passing on the story.