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[d@DCC] Critical policy failures of the Canadian online Census

From: Russell McOrmond <russell _-at-_>
To: GOSLING members in Ottawa <ottawa-gosling (at)>
Cc: discuss -_at_-, General Copyright Discussions <discuss -_at_->
Date: Sun, 07 May 2006 08:33:31 -0400

   The following is a letter I wrote to my member of parliament.  I hope 
that other Canadians are also writing similar letters to their MPs, 
copied to Statistics Canada and Public Works, so that this type of 
embarassing problem won't happen in the future.

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Critical policy failures of the Canadian online Census
Date: Sun, 07 May 2006 08:29:18 -0400
From: Russell McOrmond
To: McGuinty, David - M.P. <>

Dear Mr. McGuinty,

   I am sending this message to you to let you know about what I
consider to be a critical policy failure of the Canadian online census.
  Problems exist at many levels, from practical issues such as the fact
that it will not work on any computer that I have easy access to, as
well as a wide variety of policy issues from security, privacy,
procurement, treasury-board guidelines, competition, access to
information, government protection of property rights, and so-on.

   I have posted an article summarizing my views onto my website:

Critical policy failures of the Canadian online Census

   This article references another article that discusses the issues
from the practical side of the specific vendor-dependent technology not
working on one of the fastest growing computing platforms.

Canadian online census discriminates against FOSS

   While I realize that this problem can not be fixed until after the
census period is over, meaning that I am forced to use the paper version
of the census, I want to ensure that the issue is understood and that
this will not happen in the future.   There are a growing number of
government services that are moving online that I can not interact with
due to this inexcusable policy failure.

Russell McOrmond
305 Southcrest Private,
Ottawa, ON
K1V 2B7
Phone: (613) 733-5836

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