Audrey Tobias not guilty of violating Canada's Statistics Act

(WJLA) - An 89-year-old Toronto woman was found not guilty Wednesday of violations of Canadian law that requires citizens to participate in that country's census, CP24 reports.

Audrey Tobias, a World War II veteran and peace activist, could have faced a $500 fine and three months in prison for violating Canda's Statistics Act. The law prohibits Canadians from refusing to participate in or provide false information to Stats Canada.

Tobias said that she conscientiously objected to filling out her census form because it was being processed by equipment running software made by Lockheed Martin, an American defense contractor. She told CP24 that filling out the form violated her freedom of free expression.

54 people throughout Canada were cited for violations of the Statistics Act after the 2011 census.