Monday, February 6, 2012

ACMLA Call for papers

The ACMLA Conference Program Committee invites professionals, students and others from academia, libraries, archives, government or other organizations dealing with maps, GIS and cartographic materials to submit proposals for the 2012 Annual ACMLA Conference taking place in Toronto, June 12-15, 2012. Proposals for presentations in a variety of formats including papers, posters, round table discussions and workshops are welcome.

The main theme for CARTO 2012 is:

A Journey Through a Changing Landscape

 We live and work in a dynamic environment that forces us to adapt rapidly and plan strategically for the future. How can our past help us prepare for the future? What projects and collaborations have helped us stay relevant?  How can we communicate our value to the academic community and society at large?

Date: Tuesday, June 12 to Friday, June 15, 2012

Place: Toronto

Hosted by: Ryerson University 

Papers and posters based on original research on any of the topics listed below are welcome. All presenters must submit an abstract electronically (in either English or French) of 250 words or less. Send your proposals to: by March 2nd, 2012.

Suggested topics include:

  • Map and GIS librarianship within academic librarianship

  • Historical maps and GIS

  • Partnerships, collaborations and networking

  • Professional development and continuing education

  • Archiving, preservation and digitization

  • Spatial information literacy and instruction

  • Metadata and cataloguing

  • Acquisition of digital and paper material

  • Open source and open data

  • Emerging technologies

  • Teaching and learning innovations

  • The current state of our paper map and digital collections

  • Web mapping and cartographic tools

Individuals wishing to organize special sessions on a topic with invited speakers, joint sessions, or specific workshops should contact the Program Committee:

Authors are responsible for spelling, grammar, and typographical errors. The time for each oral presentation will be approximately 20 minutes, which includes discussion and questions.

For any questions, suggestions or comments please contact Dana Craig ( or Janina Mueller (

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

February: New Release Notifications

We are pleased to inform you of upcoming releases from Statistics Canada using Health Statistics data.

On February 9, Canadian Coroner and Medical Examiner Database: Annual Report will be available.
This annual report presents national data on the deaths investigated by Coroners and Medical Examiners (C/ME). These deaths are examined based on their type - natural, accidental, suicide, homicide or undetermined. On the day of release, please follow the link

On February 16, Health Reports will publish:

Assessment of validity of self-reported smoking status
This study compares estimates of the prevalence of cigarette smoking based on self-report with estimates based on urinary cotinine concentrations.  The data are from the 2007 to 2009 Canadian Health Measures Survey, which included self-reported smoking status and the first nationally representative measures of urinary cotinine.

The health of First Nations children living off reserve and Métis children under age 6

This study examines parent-/guardian-reported data about the general health, chronic conditions and physical limitations of First Nations children living off reserve and Métis children younger than age 6.  The data are from the 2006 Aboriginal Children’s Survey.

On the day of release, please follow the Daily link or the Health Reports catalogue link

On January 23, 2012, Canadian Social Trends published:
Profile of seniors’ transportation habits.  This article examines various issues related to seniors’ access to transportation and to a vehicle. The first part focuses on determining which seniors have a driver’s licence and drive a car, including those with the weakest visual, auditory, motor and cognitive faculties. The second part of the article describes seniors’ main forms of transportation other than driving a car. The last part examines the impact of seniors’ main form of transportation on their level of social participation.

Please follow the link

For more information on Health products available at Statistics Canada, please visit our website at Health in Canada.

Updated Products - ICO Q4 2011


The Inter-corporate ownership (ICO) - Q4 2011 CD is now available for download from the DLI FTP and website.

"The Inter-corporate ownership CD is the most authoritative and comprehensive source of information available on corporate ownership; a unique directory of "who owns what" in Canada. It provides up-to-date information reflecting recent corporate takeovers and other substantial changes. Ultimate corporate control is determined through a careful study of holdings by corporations, the effects of options, insider holdings, convertible shares and interlocking directorships. The number of corporations that make up the hierarchy of structures totals approximately 45,000.

The information that is presented is based on non-confidential returns filed by Canadian corporations under the Corporations Returns Act and on research using public sources such as internet sites. The data are presented in an easy-to-read tiered format, illustrating at a glance the hierarchy of subsidiaries within each corporate structure. The entries for each corporation provide both the country of control and the country of residence.

The product covers every individual corporation that is part of a group of commonly controlled corporations with combined assets exceeding 200 million dollars or combined revenue exceeding 80 million dollars. Individual corporations with debt obligations or equity owing to non-residents exceeding a net book value of 1 million dollars are covered as well."


Fiscal Deficit


A student is trying to find quarterly data on this, but we do not find that searches actual retrieve data when searching for “fiscal deficit”, except for 380-0055, V501756 Canada; Surplus or deficit (net lending) as per Income and Expenditure Accounts, which seems perfect, except that it was terminated in 1950.  !!

 It should be possible to calculate this deficit – so the student is wondering if a subtraction of: Total current expenditure (V498371)  from  Income  (V498358) would in fact be the number being used when reporting the “fiscal deficit”.

An explication would be much appreciated!


For the notion of “fiscal deficit” of Federal government, client could use Net Lending from Cansim Table 380-0007, seasonal adjusted or unadjusted series.

  • v498381   Canada; Seasonally adjusted at annual rates; Federal government; Net lending (1961-2011)

  • v499193   Canada; Unadjusted; Federal government; Net lending (1961-2011)

More free data on the Statistics Canada website

On February 1, 2012, self-serve standard products available on the Statistics Canada website—including CANSIM and census data products—will become free of charge.

Statistics Canada will maintain current pricing practices for products such as print publications, maps, CD-ROMs, and custom products and services.

Licensing restrictions for the use of Statistics Canada data products will be removed.

For more information, please visit:

Life Coaches


I have a researcher interested in data about Life Coaches –  numbers of practitioners, income, etc. I have determined that Coaches, Life Skills is classed in the National Occupation Code 4212 (Community and Social Service Workers). However I’m having difficulty finding data other than some references in Canadian Social Trends. Any/all tips would be appreciated.


If you use the National Occupational Classification for Statistics 2006 [NOC-S 2006], it lists the Life Skills people as 'E212 Community and Social Service Workers'

 Using this code you can find a number of data from the Census (labour profiles) and the LFS.



High School Completion Rates


I am looking for for following:
1. Recent data on high school completion rates for Canada and Saskatchewan by gender, ethnicity and socio-economic status. I have data on total rates but not rates broken down by the various categories.

2. The publication: Educational Outcomes at Age 19 by Gender and Parental Income: A First Look at Provincial differences, Catalogue No. 81-595-M No. 057. I was unable to find it on


Although we were unable to locate the exact information you requested, the following publications may be of use:

A first look at provincial differences in educational pathways from high school to college and university.


Educational Outcomes at Age 19 Associated with Reading Ability at Age 15  (81-595-M No. 043)