Author Archives: Samuel Trosow

Copyright Term Extension Consultation

Here’s the new Background Paper on the Copyright Term Extension under CUSMA . . . http://ic.gc.ca/eic/site/693.nsf/eng/00188.html The “consultation” will run until March 12th. I use quotes because it seems clear from the tone and substance of the paper that the current government thinks term extension is a good thing, and an inevitable good thing at […]

Submission on Bill 156

On June 8th, I appeared before the Standing Committee on General Government of the Ontario Legislative Assembly to speak in opposition to Bill 156, the Security from Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act, 2020.  Unfortunately, the hearing was not live-streamed. Here is a an expanded version of my presentation.

Hearings on Bill 156 must be open to the public

Click to access trosow-letter-re-bill-156-hearing-june-5-1.pdf

Fair-Dealing and Emergency Remote Teaching in Canada

by Samuel Trosow and Lisa Macklem (March 21, 2020)   [pdf version – with footnotes] In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, Canadian post-secondary institutions are replacing classroom-based instruction with online teaching for the remainder of the Winter/Spring 2020 semester. Course instructors are scrambling to change their traditional courses to online formats on very short notice […]

Ontario Campus Freedom of Expression Policies

Algoma University, “Algoma University Freedom of Expression Policy” Brock University, “Freedom of Expression Policy” Carleton University, “Freedom of Speech Policy” Lakehead University, “Free Expression Policy” Laurentian University, “Policy on the Freedom of Speech Laurentian University McMaster University, “Freedom of Expression, Protest and Dissent; Guidance for Event Organizers and Participants” Nipissing University, “Free Speech Policy” OCAD […]

Fighting Doug Ford’s budget cuts to Ontario libraries

Ontario’s Doug Ford government recently tabled a budget imposing substantial cuts to the Southern Ontario Library Service (SOLS) and Ontario Library Service North (OLSN). These provincial agencies provide numerous services to local libraries including training, technical support and inter-library loans. SOLS exists so “the public has equitable access to library services thus supporting a dynamic […]

Why I’m running for the UWO Board of Governors

I am a candidate for the open faculty seat on the Board of Governors, and the election is being held today and tomorrow (Jan 29 & 30). I hold a joint appointment as an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law and in the Faculty of Information & Media Studies. Before coming to Western in 2001, I […]

How privatized cannabis sales threaten your privacy

by Samuel E. Trosow An overlooked aspect of recreational cannabis legalization in Canada is the privacy implications of the distribution systems, especially in the online environment. The privacy and security risks are substantial, and protecting the online rights of consumers needs more attention. Highly sensitive personal information will be exposed to the risks of redistribution […]

Fighting Doug Ford’s threat to shrink Toronto city council

Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s plan to cut Toronto’s city council from 47 to 25 wards, and to cancel regional elections outside of Toronto, has attracted strong opposition. It threatens to create what critics call a state of “civic chaos” because, if passed, The Better Local Government Act would take effect before the upcoming municipal election […]

It’s time to merge Ontario’s two school systems

By Bill Irwin and Samuel Trosow (This article was originally published in The Conversation  Read the original article.)   There is a pressing need to consolidate Ontario’s separate and public school systems. Long ignored by most politicians, this controversial idea deserves a fresh and serious policy discussion — especially now, with the new Ontario government contemplating […]