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Happy New Year, all!

Following up on an earlier post, I am forwarding further information about the (once) mandatory long-form census, including the Private Member's Bill that seeks to reinstate it.  The Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) has prepared a terrific background and impact document on the subject:

  *   background on the mandatory long-form census cancellation and its impact on research and public policy<http://www.ocul.on.ca/node/3400>
OCUL has also provided information about the Parliamentary process and timeline related to this bill and how individuals can support said bill:

  *   the current process in Parliament to reinstate the mandatory long-form census for 2016<http://www.ocul.on.ca/node/3401>

Time is of the essence and anyone wishing to support the bill needs to act now.  A vote is expected in the House of Commons the first week of February.  What's really cool is that other concerned citizens have made providing support easy.  From the OCUL site:

"The organization Evidence for Democracy<http://evidencefordemocracy.ca/> has created an online form<https://evidencefordemocracy.ca/census> which can be completed in support of the reinstatement of the mandatory long-form census of Canada. The form will send an e-mail of support to your Member of Parliament and each of the federal party leaders.  More information about Evidence for Democracy can be found at evidencefordemocracy.ca<https://evidencefordemocracy.ca/>."

I have to admit that I am not super confident about this bill passing, but it's certainly worth a try!

Jocelyne
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Jocelyne Thompson
Convener, APLA Advocacy Interest Group

Associate Director of Libraries, Collection Services
University of New Brunswick Libraries
Tel: (506) 458-7053
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