Ever since I can remember I've heard the comment that there is "no difference" between Canadians and Americans. I respectfully beg to differ as there is a difference on so many levels! We have unique Canadian culture consisting of Canadianisms, a Canadian perspective on world events, Canadian cuisine as well as products and foods only available in Canada. This blog is dedicated to celebrating all things Canadian from "my perspective" as a Canadian. Please enjoy your visit and be sure to visit often.

Garden Gnome
Americans should never underestimate the constant pressure on Canada which the mere presence of the United States has produced. We're different people from you and we're different people because of you. Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, if I can call it that, one is effected by every twitch and grunt. It should not therefore be expected that this kind of nation, this Canada, should project itself as a mirror image of the United States.
- Pierre Trudeau

Sunday, May 8, 2011

2011 Census

Our 2011 Census forms arrieved in the mail a couple of days ago.  This year there is the option to fill the forms out online.  The census is a shorter form asking only names, date of birth, marital status and language spoken so it is fairly benign.  The form includes the options as to whether the individual agrees to make his or her 2011 Census information available in 2103.  Census information is released to the public mainly for genealogy purposes 92 years after the census was taken.  The 2011 Census is the second census to allow Canadians to opt out having their information released.  Many genealogists are quite upset over this option as census records are widely used as sources of information in genealogy research.

By law, every Canadian household must complete a census questionnaire.  Information provided to Statistics Canada is confidential and cannot be given to anyone outside of Statistics Canada without your consent.  Census information is stored securely and you are entitled to see census information stored about you by contacting the Privacy Coordinator at Statistics Canada [25th Floor, R.H. Coats Building, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0T6]. 


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