If case you missed it, there is a debate going on in Canada at the moment concerning the government’s announcement that they wish to abolish the long standing mandatory census and replace it with a shorter, voluntary one. Urban planners and others rely on the census data to make important decisions about all sorts of issues. A voluntary census will cost Canada more in the longer term with poorer decision making. Brent Toderian, Director of City Planning at the City of Vancouver, makes his case here.