Prepare to be counted. The M.D. of Lesser Slave River plans to do its own census this spring. An amount of $25,000 has been budgeted for it.
The census is to run from May 1 to June 30. It’ll be a three-pronged attack, using phone calls, online participation and interviews at the door. The hope is to start early with the online and telephone stuff and clean up what’s left over by in-person visits.
The so-called ‘shadow populations’ will not be a part of the census this year, council was informed at its March 6 meeting. The reason is work camps are not expected to have many people in them during the census period – not enough to make the effort worthwhile. The minimum number of such people that the province would recognize as being statistically significant is 300. Russ Jassman, making the report for council, told them at the last census there were 240-odd camp residents counted. He expects the number to be less this year, if anything.
The M.D. had around 3,000 residents at the last census. Or – to put it more accurately – that’s how many were counted.