As if the census doesn't have enough problems, an 89-year-old Second World War veteran-turned peace activist is willing to go to jail for refusing to fill out the 2011 census form.
The reason: Audrey Tobias is upset her personal information could end up in the hands of the U.S. military-industrial complex.
Tobias worked with the Royal Canadian Navy in Halifax during the war, then spent six decades campaigning against nuclear arms.
The Toronto resident is on trial for violating the Statistics Act, which makes filling out the basic census form compulsory. If convicted, Tobias could be fined up to $500 or spend three months in jail.
She says she won't pay.
Tobias is angry that Statistics Canada contracted a subsidiary of U.S.-based Lockheed Martin to supply the software and equipment to scan the census forms and compile the data.
Lockheed Martin is a giant corporation whose operations span energy and information technologies to satellites. But it's best known for its vast array of militaryRead More »from Second World War vet ready to risk jail for refusing to fill out census form