As published by The Globe and Mail:
On Wednesday evening, the House of Commons will vote on reversing a move that holds an exalted place in the pantheon of stupid political decisions.
The bill in question seeks to restore the compulsory long-form census. It was tabled by an opposition MP, Liberal Ted Hsu, which means there is almost no chance it will pass. But it should. This is an opportunity to right a wrong.
Library and Archives Canada (LAC) welcomes the report entitled Leading in the Digital World: Opportunities for Canada’s Memory Institutions, which was released today by the Council of Canadian Academies.
The Report clearly shows how the digital revolution has radically changed relationships between memory institutions and the general public. In particular, it draws attention to the development of a culture of citizen participation and to the need for memory institutions to build ongoing and lasting relationships with the public.
The Report also sheds light on the efforts required from all those involved in the Canadian system of memory institutions to help our country regain its position as a leader in digital initiatives.
In this regard, the Report emphasizes how essential it is – following the example of the best practices developed worldwide – for Canadian memory institutions to develop ongoing partnerships with the private sector in order to lead transformational digital initiatives.
The Report invites major memory institutions to show top-down leadership, and, as Canada’s leading memory institution, LAC is firmly committed to meeting expectations.
Council of Canadian Academies’ Report (http://www.scienceadvice.ca/en/default.aspx)
Five years after the federal government scrapped the mandatory, long-form census, business leaders and policy makers are still urging its return, pinning their hopes on a private member’s bill making its way through Parliament. Roger Martin, a former dean of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and the current academic director of the Martin Prosperity Institute, is one of those pushing for the revival of the long census. He argues that, without the more detailed census data, policy makers are essentially flying without a radar, unsure of whether government programs are working now, and with no way of effectively planning for the future. “The real problem is… we now don’t have nearly the same capability to try public policy things… and figure out did that work or not? And that’s just sad, it’s really sad,” Martin told CTV’s Canada AM on Monday, February 2.