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2. Providing Contextual Data

We have created a series of contextual and meta databases. This contextual data will facilitate historical interpretations of the making and taking of the census. For example:


(i) Newspaper commentaries of the time

(ii) Enumerator Instructions

Excerpt from Instructions to Enumerators, 1911
136. Respect for the sensitiveness of relatives. The enumerator is specially enjoined to use great care and tact in obtaining the answers to the last four questions -- columns 38 to 41 [Infirmities: Blind, Deaf and Dumb, Crazy or Lunatic, Idiotic or Silly] . People as a rule are sensitive as to the existence in their family of infirm persons, especially those designated in columns 40 and 41. Usually idiots and nearly always the insane are cared for in “homes” or “institutions.” There are but few cases in which the enumerator cannot from personal knowledge or previous inquiry gain the information, and so prevent him unnecessarily wounding the sensibilities of parents or others by personal interrogations.


(iii) Statistics Canada

Statistics Canada documents, text and tables from published volumes
bulletins, monographs and archival sources.

(iv) Political Debates

Excerpts from Ontario Hansards and Sessional Papers