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Sunday, April 15 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Finding Consensus About the Census: Our People Count

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Moses, our greatest leader, was also an accomplished statistician. He carried out repeated censuses during the Israelites’ time in the wilderness. From the first year of wandering to the 40th year, the total Israelite population remained almost unchanged; the loss was a minuscule 0.3%! Three and a half millennia later, Statistics Canada’s 2016 census reported the population of Jewish Canadians had dropped by more than half in only five years. That’s a drop of biblical proportions. They should have consulted Moses. The reported decline is clearly in dispute. How are ethnicity and religion are measured in the Census to define “who is a Jew”? We will examine the use of the Census to count Jews in Canada, past, present and future. And we will compare Canada’s methods and results with those from the U.S. We’ll conclude with a look at Angus Reid Institute’s research on faith and religion in public life, a topic about which Canadians are deeply divided

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Jonathan Berkowitz

Dr. Jonathan Berkowitz is a consulting statistician and a full-time instructor with UBC’s Sauder School of Business. Jonathan is recognized as an outstanding teacher, of adult and of children. While numbers are his vocation, words are his avocation. A passion for puzzles, word games... Read More →

Sunday April 15, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Room A