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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 […]

UnderArmour data breach should raise questions about extent of data collection

This latest breach (as reported in the Washington Post story below)is more evidence that consumers need to have a choice NOT to automatically share their sensitive personal information with the vendors of wearable devices. While at least in this case the company told people about it, we really must wonder if companies like Under Armour […]

Douez v Facebook: Implications for Canadian Information Policy

Today I made a presentation for Lou D’Alton’s Information Policy class (LIS 9130 in the Faculty of Information & Media Studies at UWO) entitled Douez v Facebook: Implications for Canadian Information Policy. I’ve posted the slides here. I believe the decision has important implications beyond the validity of the forum selection clause that was at […]

SCC Rejects Facebook’s “Choice of Forum” Clause Argument

In a welcome development for online consumers who are often forced to give up important legal rights in click-wrap license agreements, the Supreme Court of Canada has just issued its decision in Douez v. Facebook Inc. (2017 SCC 33) https://www.canlii.org/…/…/doc/2017/2017scc33/2017scc33.html In rejecting Facebook’s claim that the forum selection clause in its terms of service preclude […]

Is the TPP Dead? And if so, what next?

Several press reports are confirming the Obama administration’s intention to suspend any attempts to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership in the upcoming lame-duck session of Congress.  Until recently, it appeared as if the administration would seek to enact the measure before the end of this Congressional term. While press coverage has been varied, one recurring theme has been to liken […]

Wikileaks releases final TPP IP Chapter

Wikileaks has released the final negotiated text for the TPP’s Intellectual Property Chapter. It is posted at https://wikileaks.org/tpp-ip3/ along with several links to analysis. Significant provisions were included in earlier leaked versions of the text and have been the subject of extensive commentary. The leaked IP Chapter, which comes in advance of the government’s promises […]

Submission to London City Council on Home Mail Delivery

London City Council’s Civic Works Committee will receive a staff report on Canada Post’s proposal to eliminate home mail delivery on Feb 3rd. I’ve requested delegation status and have submitted the following: ——— To: Civic Works Committee Chairperson H. Usher, Vice Chairperson J. Helmer, members M. van Holst, V. Ridley, T. Park and Secretary J. […]

Upcoming Visit to SLIS at the University of Alberta

I will be heading out to Edmonton later this month to give a series of talks and to offer a one-unit course in Copyright at UA’s School of Library and Information Studies. Here is the announcement from the SLIS webpage: SLIS is proud to announce that this October we will be hosting SLIS Distinguished Scholar […]

U of T, Western decline to renew blanket licence with Access Copyright

Here is an entry written by Lisa Di Valentino, originally pubished at http://fairdealingineducation.wordpress.com/2013/12/11/uoft-western-decline-to-renew-blanket-licence-with-access-copyright   It’s just been announced the the University of Toronto and the University of Western Ontario have declined to renew the controversial blanket licence with collective Access Copyright, ending months of speculation over what the universities had planned.The decision follows Western’s overhaul […]