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When politics played out on the Hill seven years ago, the mandatory survey was kept on life support.
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If you haven’t completed the 2016 Census, there’s still time to do so before enumerators make their way to your neighbourhood and come knocking on your door.
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In collaboration with Statistics Canada, we dispel a few common misconceptions about the census with a game of true and false. Ready to play?
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About 2,400 buildings, mostly homes, have been lost in the wildfire.
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How has the Canadian family changed over the years? Statistics tells us that they’re getting smaller and more diverse, that more young adults are living at home and that by 2031, 60 per cent of Canada’s population is expected to be a visible minority.
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Call it the start of the government's biggest big data push.
Tories eliminated the long-form census in the summer of 2010.
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Trudeau's new ministers will also emerge from their first meeting to face questions from the media — another departure from the Harper era.
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They're likely to take action right away to reinstate the long-form census.
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While it takes time for a new prime minister to translate campaign rhetoric into effective policies, there are at least five quick-wins that Justin Trudeau can achieve on his very first day in office. All five can be implemented in a few minutes through simple orders-in-council at the cabinet table or by instructing new ministers in their mandate letters. Implementing the full range of changes promised in this last election campaign will take a long time, probably many years. Quick-wins will be important for Trudeau to show Canadians that his Liberal government can bring about the breadth and depth of change for which he was given a majority.
"I think the new government has made it very clear they want to bring the census back."
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The experts say that that the census would yield more reliable data and cost less.
Restoring the long form Census could be the defining characteristics of the new Liberal government. Unlike the Harper Conservatives, who governed by ideology and did not let data or facts dissuade them, the Liberals should embrace evidence-based planning and governance. It will be timely because in the world of big data analytics, turning our back on data, as the Conservatives did, has harmed Canada's competitiveness.
OTTAWA - Liberal MP Ted Hsu's drive to resurrect the long-form census has come to an end.His private member's bill to bring back the long-form census and bolster the independence of the chief statisti...
OTTAWA - A pair of duelling bills is putting the debate over the census and the work of Statistics Canada back on the floor of the House of Commons.A Conservative and a Liberal MP each has a private m...
Stephen Harper's Conservative government is quick to tout all it has done to improve Canada's economic competitiveness. But like competitive companies, competitive national economies require solid economic data. In scrapping the long-form census, the Harper administration has threatened the country's long-term economic prosperity.
OTTAWA - The Commons will debate a private member's bill to bring back the long-form census, the mandatory questionnaire axed by the Conservative government in 2010.Liberal MP Ted Hsu's proposal would...
OTTAWA - The Conservative government has touted the thousands of databases it is making public as proof of its openness and transparency.But key data users in a Treasury Board survey complained about...
Statistics Canada has finally released its 2011 pseudo-long form census data. Of the 29 visible minority MPs, half of them are in the NDP. The Conservative Party is a close second, which is a testament to the inroads the party has made to court the so-called "ethnic vote." The Liberal Party, self-styled "inventors" of multiculturalism, is dead last in diversity as the caucus stands today. As the third-place Liberals renew and rebuild, they might be wise to emulate the nation's demographic self-portait.
OTTAWA - Statistics Canada released the first tranche of results Wednesday from the 2011 voluntary National Household Survey, which replaced the cancelled mandatory long-form census. The survey, whic...
OTTAWA - The federal government's decision to axe the long-form census has left parts of the Conservative heartland in western and rural Canada without some of the newest data on how its population is...
An innovative health clinic for new immigrants sees few patients trickle through its doors. Community health advisers scratch their heads. A state-of-the-art new Roman Catholic school is built in the...
Decisions are being made these days with few nods to actual evidence-based thinking. This should not be a surprise to those who have paid attention of course, as the government has been consistently cutting funding to scientific research and development and shifting its focus instead to "industry based," private sector research and development. Essentially, the government is investing in outcomes instead of investing in possibilities.
Statistics Canada has been hit by another round of cuts. These reductions have been masked under the compelling veil of "efficiency." But how might Canada expect to meet the policy challenges of the future when we no longer have the ability to understand where we are today? Evidence-based policy-making requires just that -- evidence -- standard, reliable metrics whose quantification and legitimacy is widely agreed upon.
OTTAWA - There's not nearly enough time for the federal government to embark on a newfangled census for 2016 or even 2021 in some cases, says a study commissioned by Statistics Canada.The report says...
Officials prevented Kristi Miller from speaking to journalists about her possible explanation for salmon stock depletion. Unfortunately, this appears to be part of an emerging pattern in which the federal government is seeking to subvert or discredit the role of science in policy-making.
OTTAWA - Census workers are settling for incomplete long questionnaires in the final push of the summer collection period, raising concerns the data will be even more compromised than originally feare...