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BigCityLib Strikes Back: Has Stats Canada Screwed Up job Numbers?

#ldnont has never had a month where 4000 people left the labour force. This month’s data? 5000 gone. It’s an error. @LFPress @KevinLabonte

— Mike Moffatt (@MikePMoffatt) May 8, 2015

Same day we got new warnings about bad data in the census.

BigCityLib Strikes Back: How To Use The New Census Data

It involves holding your nose:

The only way Statscan was able to publish the 2011 NHS data was by remarkably dropping its quality standard by doubling the acceptable global non-response rate.

And accepting incomplete questionnaires:What exactly did Statscan consider an acceptable response to the 2011 NHS questionnaire? Apparently, enumerators had been instructed to accept the long . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: How To Use The New Census Data

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Stats Canada Regrets…

OTTAWA – In a highly unusual move, Statistics Canada has delayed the release of a major set of data from the 2011 National Household Survey by a month.

Data on Canadian income, earnings, housing and shelter costs were to be released Wednesday morning, but instead will now be unveiled by the federal statistical agency on . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Stats Canada Regrets…

BigCityLib Strikes Back: National Housing Survey: News From The Senate

In yesterday’s QP, Leader of the Government Marjory  LeBreton admits that the voluntary NHS with replaced Stats Canad’s mandatory long form census survey requires improvement, and suggests a possible way forward:

This was the first time, honourable senators, that there has been a voluntary long-form census. Clearly, there are some areas that require improvement and, . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: National Housing Survey: News From The Senate

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Canada In The News! Canada Long Form Census Makes New York Times

Canada recently replaced its mandatory long-form census with a voluntary survey — and now lives with the sorry results. To try to get an adequate level of response, the voluntary survey was sent to one in three Canadians instead of one in five, which increased costs. The response rate plunged anyway, from 94 percent to . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Canada In The News! Canada Long Form Census Makes New York Times

BigCityLib Strikes Back: The Census And Your Privacy: The Courts Speak

When Sandra Finely received her long-form census papers in 2006, she refused to fill it out because she felt that the requirement violated her right to privacy, and was therefore unconstitutional   She was taken to court for violating the Statistics Act, lost, and requested an appeal

Her arguments were heard by the Saskatchewan Court of appeals and last . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: The Census And Your Privacy: The Courts Speak

BigCityLib Strikes Back: No Community Level (Census Tract/Dissemination Area) Data In NHS

Today’s first release of the 2011 National Household Survey (NHS) data confirmed what we had previously written. It appears the data quality was so poor that Statscan decided to release neither data at the dissemination area (DA) nor the census tract (CT) levels. These are more commonly referred to as ‘community-level’ data.

For various reasons, . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: No Community Level (Census Tract/Dissemination Area) Data In NHS

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Stats Canada NHS Survey: The First Big OOPS

I spent months arguing that the changes to Canada’s long form census would degrade the data from it.  Today we are starting to see proof.  Although most of the damage will come at the lower geographic levels, there appears to be evidence that some of the head-line numbers will be effected as well. From the . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Stats Canada NHS Survey: The First Big OOPS

BigCityLib Strikes Back: The Tory War On Brains

The cancellation of the  long form census has already degraded the nation’s primary knowledge product:

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s cancellation of the long-form census has started to take a toll on Statistics Canada’s data.

The agency released its final segment of the 2011 census last week, focusing on languages. However it included a . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: The Tory War On Brains

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Fool Me Once, Shame On You; Fool Me Twice, And I Must be Lorne Gunter

The latest tranche  of census information, like the material released back in February, is from the still mandatory short form.  It is the long form that was compromised by the government’s decision.  Lorne Gunter, who also covers the global warming controversy and would, you would think, possess at least a single smidgen of  statistical knowledge, still cannot tell the . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Fool Me Once, Shame On You; Fool Me Twice, And I Must be Lorne Gunter