This is Day 5 since the 1921 census officially passed into the custody of Library and Archives Canada.
At LAC on Tuesday I went to the Genealogy Desk and almost before I could open my mouth was told there was nothing new regarding the 1921 census; they`re obviously getting questions. I`m attempting to find out how and by whom the decision to not promptly release the census was made.
Undoubtedly the reduced number of staff at LAC, including the loss of some of the best people who chose to leave rather than put up with nonsensical dictates, has something to do with it.
LAC`s claim that they could not do anything until the census was in their custody is rubbish. Statistics Canada has a Research Data Centres (RDC) Program.
RDCs provide researchers with access, in a secure university setting, to microdata from population and household surveys. The centres are staffed by Statistics Canada employees. They are operated under the provisions of the Statistics Act in accordance with all the confidentiality rules and are accessible only to researchers with approved projects who have been sworn in under the Statistics Act as 'deemed employees.'If Stats Can allows university researchers access to confidential data why if approached properly would they not extend the same privilege to LAC staff so they could prepare census material for prompt release?