Why are Smaller Institutions Setting the Tone for Larger Ones?

An important message about Access Copyright and Western University from PLG London. If you are a student at any institution and any level, you should be aware of your rights. A lot of work needs to be done by universities to make copyright laws transparent and understandable for students and faculty. Cancelling the agreement with Access Copyright is not just about cost–it’s about privacy and about our right to access and use information. Thanks Ali and Matt!

PLG London

Recently, Western University declared that they are cancelling their current agreement with Access Copyright by January 2013 and intend to re-negotiate a new deal starting January 2013. Citing cost as the key issue, the university hopes to renegotiate for a deal that better reflects the current Canadian copyright laws. Access Copyright is a small organization that acts as the middle man for our academic community and the authors of the works we use in course packs, lectures, and research. At a cost of $27.50 per full-time student, it is clear that the cost of the agreement has been a concern for some time. However, criticism of Access Copyright’s agreement should not lie solely with the cost.

The agreement is both out-of-date and invades the privacy of the students, staff, and faculty it is meant to serve. For example, Access Copyright requires the university to monitor and provide samples of the…

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Why I love my city.

My city takes care of me. 

My whole life I’ve lived here. For twenty-five years I’ve stayed put in London. I’ve watched friends move away to big cities, to small university towns, to the West coast, to the other side of the world. Some of them have come back, but many have not. 

Throughout my teen years I dreamt about moving away, travelling, finding culture, art, love and adventure in other places. But I stayed for school, then another degree, then another. I fell in love. I got an apartment. I got a cat. And still. I’m in this city. 

The streets, pathways and parks of this city are so familiar to me now. Whenever I feel lonely or anxious, I find myself out in the city, seeking company amongst the trees, the geese near the river, the revellers on Richmond street, or with the beautiful old homes and gardens in Old North and Old South. The green of the trees relaxes me, and the distraction of watching other people going about their daily business reminds me that I’m not alone. 

The paths along the river, sprawling from one end of the city to the other, take care of my body. Their serenity motivates me (even when its too wet or too cold) to go for a run or a bike ride. Because I was never physically active as a child or teenager, taking care of my body and getting exercise is very important to me. My workout is often my favourite part of the day (or at least once it’s over with!), and it is the best solution I have found for managing my anxiety. 

Everyday I am grateful for those trails. That’s why designing pedatrarian and bike-friendly cities should be a priority for every city! You will never truly know a place until you’ve moved through it on your own two feet, or with the air whizzing past your face (and fastened bike helmet!). 

As I finish my education and look ahead to moving away to begin my career I am exciting to seek out new territories and paths to discover!