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Highlights from our Sustainable Organization Library

Published May 4, 2016 by Mark Bodnar

I was just scanning a usage report on our Sustainable Organization Library. It's great to see that this valuable resource is being used so much!

For those who are new to the SOL, I thought I'd list a small sample of the online books, reports, and journals that were downloaded most often from it this spring -- just to give you a taste of the range of content available for your research enjoyment... <more>

Student Learning Commons: Registration form for multilingual students

This service is only available to registered SFU students. Non-SFU students, including visiting scholars, post doctorate students and FIC students are not eligible.

Conversation Partners:

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Terms and Conditions for Conversation Partners


Conversation Partners is designed to help multilingual students at Simon Fraser University to improve their spoken English.

Meeting times are one hour per week. These meetings are informal and will provide an opportunity for you to practice your spoken English, as well as for both participants to share cultural perspectives.

By signing up, you are making a commitment to meet with your partner every week for the duration of the semester. If you miss any meetings without notifying your partner, you may forfeit your opportunity to continue in the program.

Please Note:

  • Each student must be currently registered at Simon Fraser University.
  • The Conversation Partners program begins each semester. Priority will be given to new students.
  • This service is mainly available at the Burnaby campus, with a limited number of spaces available at the Vancouver and Surrey campuses. 
  • Writing or additional academic assistance is not part of this program, and it is not permitted under the terms of this agreement.
  • Please direct any suggestions or concerns to Tim Mossman, EAL Services Coordinator, Student Learning Commons at

1The Conversation Partner program has been adapted from the University of Guelph’s Conversation Partners program and McMaster University‘s Speakeasy Program.

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Work-life balance, ecosystem accounting, & causes of death: A few recent Statistics Canada Daily highlights

Published April 14, 2016 by Mark Bodnar

When you think of Statistics Canada, is the population census the first thing that comes to mind? I suspect that's pretty common -- the census is, after all, a huge undertaking that touches on (and measures) all of us.

But Statistics Canada is about so much more than just the quinquennial counting of citizens!  Here are just a few of the cool things they've published in the last few months (and yes, I'm aware that my definition of "cool" may need some work!):

Cables for New Android Devices

Published March 30, 2016 by Mary Palisoc

Q: Since the libraries have no shortage of Lightning Cables for the newest iphone users, I think some USB Type C to Type A cables should be invested in for those of us who now own newer android devices, and require this new type of cable. When will this happen? It's only a matter of time before they will all be switched over.

Downloadable study data on cannabis use or work ethic in the 1970s? Sure!

Published March 11, 2016 by Mark Bodnar

Consider this... Research did not begin on the day the WWW was invented in 1989.  

Obvious? Sure. But most of us (myself included) are so addicted to the easy access, downloading, and manipulation of online data, that we have blinders on when it comes to older data -- we assume it doesn't exist, will be too hard to transcribe from print, or will be impossible to find.


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