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‘Save the census’ more than a paper chase'

The author of this opinion piece in the Hamilton Spec.com is a member of the Consortium of Hamilton.

“In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.” (Luke 2:1, New International Version)

As Christians gather in their places of worship next week to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, they will once again hear the narrative of that monumental birth, beginning with the census decree issued by Caesar Augustus that everyone should be counted. Caesar’s line never makes a Christmas card in the way the words of the shepherds or angels do, but it is a very important fact in the Christian story that the Roman Empire conducted a census every five years, including this famous one that forced Mary and Joseph to go to Bethlehem where Jesus would be born.

Message from Statistics Canada NHS / Message de Statistique Canada ENM

***(La version française suit la version anglaise)***

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am pleased to inform you that the census and the new National Household Survey (NHS) will take place starting in May 2011.  I am writing to seek your support in our campaign to promote awareness of these activities and to encourage the participation of all residents of Canada.

Census information is important for all communities and is vital for planning services such as schools, daycare, police services and fire protection. The NHS is needed to plan family services, housing, roads and public transportation, and skills training for employment.

Since these surveys are an essential source of information about Canada and the people who live here, they must be complete and accurate. It is therefore imperative that everyone complete and return their questionnaires.

The Joy of Stats, BBC Four Dec. 7

The Joy Of Stats... Coming soon to BBC Four (Tuesday December 7th):
This documentary takes viewers on a rollercoaster ride through the wonderful world of statistics to explore the remarkable power they have to change our understanding of the world, presented by superstar boffin Professor Hans Rosling, whose eye-opening, mind-expanding and funny online lectures have made him an international internet legend.

Via: Derek Cook, City of Calgary

Canada’s hidden emergency: the ‘vulnerably housed’

This Globe and Mail article by Stephen Hwang provides some numbers on the state of homelessness in Canada.

Each night, more than 17,000 Canadians sleep in homeless shelters or on the street. But for every person who’s homeless in Canada, there are 23 households that are vulnerably housed and at high risk of becoming homeless. Across the country, more than 380,000 individuals and families are living in this precarious state.

Globe and Mail: Canada’s hidden emergency: the ‘vulnerably housed’

Save the Census Campaign

Dear Friend,

Yep, we’re still fighting for the Census! And we still need your help!

ONN Supports Nonprofits to Enhance Customer Service for Ontarians with Disabilities

New initiative will extend resources and support to help Ontario's charities and nonprofits meet their legal requirements for accessible customer service.

Toronto (ON) November 23, 2010 – The Ontario Nonprofit Network announces the launch of their latest project: EnAbling Nonprofits Ontario (ENO).  ENO is a province-wide education initiative to support Ontario’s nonprofits and charities understand and comply with the mandatory Accessibility Standards for Customer Service.

Health of 400,000 ‘nearly homeless’ Canadians as poor as those on streets: study

Research in Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa over a two-year period suggests that for every person sleeping on the street, there are 23 more who are at risk of becoming homeless — living in unaffordable, crowded and unsafe conditions.

That's approximately 400,000 people across Canada — a “hidden emergency” that is being ignored, researchers say.

The Research Alliance for Canadian Homelessness, Housing and Health says that while these so-called “vulnerably housed” people may have roofs over their heads, they are plagued with the same devastating health problems as the homeless.

Half of them have a history of mental illness, and almost two-thirds have had a traumatic brain injury at some point.

Many of them are dealing with harsh physical-health issues too, such as arthritis, Hepatitis B, asthma and high blood pressure.

A third of them say they're having trouble finding enough to eat.

To read full article, click http://bit.ly/9T5Qzy

Via: Ted at Halton

Statistical Society of Ottawa Presentation - The Real Census informs Neighbourhood Research in Canada

Abstract: Ms. Tracey P. Lauriault discusses neighbourhood scale research using Census data. She introduces the The Cybercartographic Pilot Atlas of the Risk of Homelessness created at the Geomatics and Cartographic Research and will feature community based research used to inform public policy as part of the Canadian Social Data Strategy (CSDS) . She features maps and data about social issues in Canadian cities & metropolitan areas (e.g. Calgary, Toronto, Halton, Sault Ste. Marie, hamilton, Ottawa, Montreal, & others) and focuses on the importance of local analysis and what the loss of the Long-Form Census could mean to evidence based decision making to communities in Canada’s.

New name & tagline - ideas needed!

Share your thoughts on what you would like to see this site called and choose or create a tagline you think reflects what we all do.  Email your ideas to tracey@acaciaconsulting.ca by Nov. 15, 2010:

  1. Community Data Consortia
  2. Civic Data / Données civiques
  3. Community data connections
  4. CiviStat
  5. Community Data Alliance / Alliance de donnees communautaires
  6. Community Data Partnership / Parternariat des Donnés Communautaires
  7. Other:


  1. Where data gather to inform place based planning
  2. Where community data inform local evidence based decision making
  3. Where community data converge to inform public policy
  4. Where groups meet to share, collect and use community data
  5. Where data and public policy connect
  6. The place where community data and public policy meet
  7. Other: