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Congratulations to Arts and Business student Taylor Legere for being selected Co-op Student of the Year (Arts). For her eight-month Winter/Spring 2019 work term, Taylor served as an Operations Coordinator at the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation in UWaterloo’s Faculty of Environment.

Since the COVID-19 lockdown, the University of Waterloo has released a steady stream of media advisories with Waterloo experts on all aspects of the pandemic -- and many of these feature experts in the Faculty of Arts. Last week included a Q and A with Joel Blit on re-starting the economy, and this week includes a Q and A with Mikal Skuterud on labour data, CERB, and jobs.

While much of the world is talking big data, the story in Canada seems to be our shortage of it. Recent media reports about our country’s data deficit may be true to an extent, says economics professor Anindya Sen, but there are actually good datasets available through open government portals. The challenge is fully utilizing them to make informed policy decisions that improve people’s lives.