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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Long Form Census Concerns

Hanover | by Robyn Garvey  

The government's axing of mandatory long form census is causing great concern.

The federal government's decision to axe the mandatory long form census is causing great concern for Hanover.

Mayor Kathi Maskell calls it a mistake that will have serious consequences for municipalities.

She notes that a lot of lower tier funding is based on the information gathered on the long form census, such as roads, schools, social services and hospitals.

Maskell says municipalities also rely on the census data for future planning.

Councillor Selwyn Hicks agrees, but says it will take four or five years however before the loss of the mandatory long form census is truly felt.

Hicks believes the long form census provided valuable data for government agencies as well as the private sector as a whole.

Hicks doubts many people will fill out a volunteer census.

Maskell urges Hanover residents to fill out the voluntary census form.


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