In June 2010, the Canadian Parliament decided to eliminate the required long form census questionnaire, and instead switch to an optional survey. Al Jazerra America has published an article entitled “What happened when Canada stopped counting its numbers,” by Leyland Cecco which examines the impact that this decision has had on social science, economic, and health research in Canada. The article highlights the impact that the decision has had on a variety of research projects in Canada, and the problems that researchers have when concerns about personal privacy impacts the need to monitor important societal trends.
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