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RDC News: December 2020

Upcoming holiday hour changes, Saturday hours for December, and a new data set.

Nov 26, 2020


Upcoming holiday hours changes

Please note the upcoming changes to the usual centre operating hours this month:

  • no extended hours on the evening of Tues. 22nd
  • early closing on Wednesday 23rd, at 4pm
  • CLOSED from Thursday Dec. 24th - Friday Jan. 1st, reopening Monday Jan. 4th, 2021
  • Extended hours will start again on Tuesday Jan. 5th

We hope everybody will have a safe, happy and healthy holiday season! 



Saturday Hours - On Demand

This month we will be offering on-demand Saturday hours.  We will be open on an 'appointment' basis, only if requested - this will be done through the same online booking system as mentioned above (at

Offered dates for Saturday hours this month are:

  • Saturday, Dec. 12th - 12pm to 4pm



REMINDER: RDC reopening protocols

Moving forward we are asking researchers to complete the McMaster Staff & Faculty COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool prior to coming to campus. 

The tool can be found HERE. Please complete this screening tool each time you prepare to come to the RDC. 

A reminder that we are using an online booking system to manage researcher appointments - please visit to make your bookings.


New data sets at the RDC: 

Canadian Perspectives Survey Series 3, 4 and 5 (CPSS) 2020:
Monitoring the effects of COVID-19

The Canadian Perspectives Survey Series (CPSS) is a set of short, online surveys beginning in March 2020 that will be used to collect information on the knowledge and behaviours of residents of the 10 Canadian provinces. All surveys in the series will be asked of Statistics Canada’s probability panel (the probability panel for the CPSS is a new pilot project initiated in 2019). An important goal of the CPSS is to directly collect data from Canadians in a timely manner in order to inform policy makers and be responsive to emerging data needs. The CPSS is designed to assess the quality and viability of a more timely collection model using willing participants and web-only collection.

This series asked about the social and economic impacts of COVID-19.This survey was the third wave of the CPSS, covering Canadians' reactions and responses to the gradual reopening of economic and social activities during COVID-19.

More information on this data set can be found at: 

If you would like more information on how to submit a proposal for access to this data see  For more information about the RDC program please contact your local RDC analyst.