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New data on "Canadians at Work and Home" from Statistics Canada: GSS 2016 released

Published December 22, 2017 by Mark Bodnar

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.

<Read on to find out exactly how "deeply relevant" this data might be to your research!>

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Data-driven decisions: Statistics Canada, cannabis, and non-resident housing ownership

Published December 19, 2017 by Mark Bodnar

Decisions need data. 

line drawing of a hand holding a barchart - meant to represent "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!>

EIU database: Upcoming cancellation & alternative resources

Published December 13, 2017 by Mark Bodnar

We've recently had to make the difficult decision to cancel our EIU (Economist Intelligence Unit) database subscription with very short notice. Usage of the EIU database had dramatically decreased in the last few years, resulting in an unsustainably high cost-per-use. Our access will cease at the end of 2017.

We would normally engage in a long period of consultation before making such a cancellation decision, but the renewal offer had a very short deadline and required a three-year commitment. We did not feel it would be prudent to lock ourselves into a multiyear contract for a resource that is so rarely used (only 65 downloads this year, compared to over 700 five years ago).

<Read on for details about remaining EIU content at SFU and alternative sources...>

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