I recently posted on this forum about Statistics Canada abandoning the long-form for the 2011 census and turning over to the National Household Survey (NHS) a voluntary long form without the "check-off" question for authorizing release of the individual census questionnaire in 92 years (the required length of time by Canada for releasing such information). There has been much "discussion" within Canada about this controversial decision.
For those in Canada who are interested in this debate, The Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology will be meeting again on the issue of the removal of the mandatory long form from Canada's Census of Population.
The meeting is scheduled for Friday, 27 August 2010 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Ottawa time. Panel members have yet to be announced. The meeting is to be televised and should be available on your local CPAC television channel, as well as on the Parliamentary Webcast (ParlVu) at:
Thank you to Gordon Watts, Co-chair, Canada Census Committee for bringing this meeting to our attention.
Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee