As Christmas approaches, our thoughts once again turn to – surprise – Canada’s long form census. This vital statistical tool is used by governments and researchers throughout Canada (including the Wellesley Institute) to assess vital economic and social needs, design practical responses and measure accountability for results. The federal government’s decision to replace the mandatory long form with a less reliable voluntary survey has drawn nation-wide criticism. Please join us for a light-hearted seasonal response to a deeply serious issue on Wednesday, December 22, at 5.30 pm at Toronto’s Dundas Square (Dundas and Yonge Streets). Carol sheets will be provided, and if you have a Santa Hat, wear it to add that special sense of occasion. Rumour has it that St. Nick himself may make an appearance, to officially put Stephen Harper and Tony Clement on the “Naughty” list – giving them until midnight on December 24 to be “reinstated” on the “Nice” list by giving over 500 community organizations across Canada the Christmas gift of the long form census. The event is open to one and all - you don’t need to have a great voice – though we hope to have a loud voice!. Previous census sing-outs include John Campey and the Data Hounds and the Census Prison Song.