Past years’ events listings

2018 Fair Dealing Week Events (West to East)

University of Alberta

Copyright Office Fair Dealing Week 2018 (Wednesday, February 28, 10:30 a.m.)

The Copyright Office of the University of Alberta is celebrating Fair Dealing Week 2018 by hosting four events: The State of Fair Dealing in Canada, Fair Dealing Guidelines Forum, Today’s Fair Dealing Discussion in the Federal Parliament, and How You Can Contribute to the 2017/2018 Canadian Copyright Act Review. RSVP/registration requested at

Western University

Fair Dealing Pop-Ups (February 26 to March 2)

All week a Western Libraries Fair Dealing pop-up will travel across campus, challenging participants with true/false scenarios related to educational fair dealing. Find it on:
Monday – Allyn and Betty Taylor Library
Tuesday – The D. B. Weldon Library
Wednesday – John and Dotsa Bitove Family Law Library
Thursday and Friday – Faculty of Information and Media Studies Graduate Library

University of Guelph

Seeing Ourselves in Fair Dealing: a talk by Meera Nair (Monday, February 26, 10:30 a.m.)

Join us for a talk with Meera Nair to kick off Fair Dealing Week 2018!

Since entering statutory law in 1710, the system of copyright has functioned as a set of limited rights. Said another way, copyright has never functioned as a grant of absolute control. In this regard, Canada enjoys a unique position in the world—our statutory limits are progressive and well-suited to fostering creativity and innovation. Among those limits, fair dealing is of particular importance but is often portrayed as complex or beyond comprehension. Whereas, truth be told, fair dealing is just a collection of stories with principal characters being librarians, teachers, students, creators, researchers, and readers.

A Week Without Fair Dealing (Tuesday, February 27, 10:00 a.m.)

Canada’s Copyright Act is currently under review, and educational uses of the fair dealing exception are being challenged. We’ve put together a library display with examples of things people do every day that would change if the fair dealing exception was no longer available. A week long table event will also take place, in which we’ll be asking students, faculty and staff to finish the sentence “Without fair dealing, I wouldn’t be able to ___________.”

Ryerson University

Copyright and Education: 2018 Update (Monday, February 26, 2:30 p.m.)

At this panel presentation, the speakers will review significant legal developments in the areas of fair dealing and copyright, which impact on the educational ​use of copyright materials. This includes the recent ruling in the Access Copyright v. York University case, as well as the federal government’s current ​ review of the Copyright Act. These developments will be of interest to instructors, faculty, and librarians​​, and others l​ooking ​to ensure legal compliance with copyrighted materials in the classroom. Participants will also learn about the available supports at the Library to ensure copyright compliance, including the Library’s One Stop Course Reading Service, Open Educational Resources and Creative Commons licensing.
Event time: 2:30-4:00pm. Room SLC508.

Queen’s University

Copyright and Fair Dealing Update for Fair Dealing Week (Friday, March 2, 2:00 p.m.)

Please join us in Stauffer Library, Room 121 on Friday March 2, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. as we welcome Queen’s University’s Copyright Manager, Mark Swartz. Mark will provide an update on the Copyright landscape as it relates to higher education, including information about the York v. Access Copyright case and the Copyright review, and information on the advocacy initiatives happening in higher education that directly relate to fair dealing.

University of Ottawa

Fair dealing for students (Monday, February 26 and Tuesday, February 27, 10:00 a.m.)

On February 26th and 27th from 10am-3pm, join uOttawa Library staff outside of the Campus Store to learn more about fair dealing and how it benefits you as a student.

Council of Atlantic University Libraries (CAUL-CBUA)

Webinar: Copyright: We’re Not on Our Own (Wednesday, February 21, 11:00 a.m.)

The purpose of this webinar is to help and inform academic library staff in navigating the confusion and “spin” around copyright, and in supporting a campus copyright culture that duly balances respect for creator rights with the effective information flow essential to teaching and research. This webinar will also help provide more information about the current environment for copyright in Canada and media awareness on locating and disseminating information accurately. Our goal is to provide education to the library staff in a situational and relatable way that is interactive and participatory.

The workshop will be about providing an update on the current environment and then reviewing the tools and supports in place to help with copyright questions. Through case study type scenarios, we will demonstrate that copyright can be complex, but there are tools in place and it is okay to ask for support.

Questions you may have: Is this relevant to your institution? How would you deal with it? What resources are available to you?

University of New Brunswick

Fair Dealing Week! (Wednesday, February 28, 12:00 p.m.)

Join Jeannie Bail and Joshua Dickison in a discussion about the current state of Fair Dealing in the context of the Canadian Copyright Act Review. Sharing small portions of work for educational purposes has been added to the acceptable uses within the Canadian Copyright legislation, this right is now being debated by the publishing community and there is a potential that education could be removed from the language. Please join us with your questions and concerns for a brown bag discussion over lunch.

Dalhousie University

Fair Dealing Week Office Hours (Tuesday, February 27, 1:00 p.m.)

As part of Fair Dealing Week, the Copyright Office will be holding drop-in office hours. Bring your copyright questions relating to fair dealing, thesis guidelines, film screenings, and more to Roger Gillis, Copyright and Humanities Librarian and Lachlan MacLeod, Copyright Services Coordinator. For more information please e-mail

Saint Mary’s University

Fair Dealing Drop-in Information Session at Patrick Power Library (Thursday, March 1, 3:00-4:00 p.m.)

Please join us in the Library Classroom for a drop-in information session on Fair Dealing. Meet with Amy Lorencz – Metadata and Copyright Librarian and Simon Bonnell – Copyright Assistant to assist and answer any questions you may have about Fair Dealing in Canada. This is an informal session led by you – the attendee. Questions? Email