Archive for Canada

Kicking into (Over)drive

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 21 March 2011 by Steve

“A storm broke on February 26th when word got out that publisher HarperCollins had unilaterally decided to limit the ‘shelf life’ of its ebooks catalogue. Overdrive, a major distributor of ebooks in the public library world, found itself caught between the publishing powerhouse and a furious library community when it was announced that library loans of ebooks would be capped at 26 …” (more)

[slaw, 21 March]

Doctor’s report pulled over plagiarism concern

Posted in Legal issues, research with tags , on 20 February 2011 by Steve

“When a medical ethics report co-authored by a top Canadian doctor was published, it was hailed as ‘required reading’ for all health-care providers and medical students. Now, people can’t distance themselves from the report fast enough …” (more)

[Margaret Munro, University World News, 20 February]

Blogging, Tweeting and the Next Generation of Scholarly Collaboration

Posted in research with tags , on 14 February 2011 by Steve

“Academic bloggers gathered at Osgoode Hall Law School to discuss their insights and experiences working with online forums through blogging and other social media sites. The panel discussion took place on February 9, 2011 and included Professors Simon Fodden, Sonia Lawrence, Kate Sutherland, and Giuseppina D’Agostino …” (more)

[Leslie Chong, IP Osgoode, 13 February]

Tories accused of academic witch hunt

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 13 February 2011 by Steve

“Two University of Ottawa professors, vocal critics of the federal Conservative government, say they have become targets of a new political intimidation tactic aimed at using their private, personal information against them …” (more)

[Susan Delacourt and Bruce Campion-Smith, University World News, 13 February]

Climate Scientist Sues Skeptic for Libel

Posted in Legal issues, research with tags , , on 9 February 2011 by Steve

“A prominent Canadian climate scientist is suing a leading climate skeptic for libel, arguing that an article published online in January contained false and malicious claims …” (more)

[John Collins Rudolf, New York Times, 8 February]

13 arrested in crackdown on illegal textbooks

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 23 January 2011 by Steve

“Thirteen people were arrested last Thursday after the Royal Canadian Mounted Police raided four photocopy stores in Montreal and seized hundreds of counterfeit university textbooks in what they described as an attempt to put an end to the illegal sale and distribution of the photocopied books …” (more)

[University World News, 23 January]

The Impact Factor

Posted in teaching with tags on 31 December 2010 by Steve

“… How do you come to accept that you don’t, and can’t, know everything? Each year I’m introduced to new articling students who I don’t think can top the previous year’s group, and every year I’m proven wrong. Yet, no matter how intelligent, and how keen, they are surprised by all the information they don’t know …” (more)

[Karen Sawatzky, slaw, 31 December]