I thought I'd use this example to highlight the useful charting/visualization features in our newest database, Data Planet.
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Time flies when you're having fun...
It was one year ago today that Canada legalized cannabis. Now that we are a year into this new world of legalized sale and consumption, we are seeing innovations such as edibles & low-cost, bulk buying, and there are reports of a boost to the economy of over $8 billion.
I thought I'd do a quick "anniversary" check today to see what new information resources might now be available on this hot topic...
There's an old saying that "twice is a coincidence, but three times is a trend." In the last half hour I've spotted three new cannabis/marijuana business related resources in our collection, tipping us over into trend territory.
Such a trend toward information on the business aspect of marijuana isn't really a surprise: with legalization just around the corner, businesses have been scrambling for months (if not years) to line up a good starting position. The people who produce the reports, data, and ebooks needed to support new businesses have also been scrambling to fill this new niche.
If you are among those who are looking into this new market (academically or entrepreneurially), check out these new resources available through the SFU Library:
Another bit of welcome news from Statistics Canada this morning... they've published new data from the 2016 General Social Survey.
Now, based solely on that one short phrase, you may not think it's worth reading further, but those who have used data from the General Social Survey know that its new cycle deals with "Canadians at Work and Home" and is deeply relevant to research areas in both economics and business.
Decisions need data.
I'm sure I don't need to remind BUEC Buzz readers of the need for data as a foundation for decisions of all sorts... social policy, marketing, strategic planning, and beyond.
That's why I'm so pleased to open my email each morning and see new data from Statistics Canada on such hot topics as cannabis consumption and non-resident ownership of housing... <Read on for links to great data!>
I hear that the hard-working students in ECON 807 (Macroeconomic Theory and Policy) have hit a roadblock with their assignment -- access to CANSIM via the Statistics Canada site has been interupted lately as Statistics Canada is experiencing website issues.
I see that Statistics Canada has just released the results of a study on The Canada–US gap in women's labour market participation, 1997 to 2015. (Spoiler: The two countries had similar, and rising, rates until about 1976, then Canada's participation rate continued to climb while the US rate began to decline, to the extent that there is now 7-point gap between us on this measure.)
As is often the case, these numbers raise all sorts of questions...