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by The Concordian September 13, 2011
Universities walk away from copyright fee increase

Many universities are leaving their contracts with copyright licenser Access Copyright instead of agreeing to an increase in fees, Canadian University Press reported. Access Copyright is a copyright licenser which sells advance permission to universities to use copyrighted materials, on which they collect royalties.The licenser had applied to the Copyright Board of Canada to collect a $45 fee per student.  According to University of Ottawa law professor Michael Geist, institutions are paying millions in alternative licensing for access to other materials already and using other methods, including digital media, to access material.


Bump in teen pregnancy in March linked to spring break

A study at Queen’s University has found that a higher percentage of teens get pregnant in March, prompting researchers to suggest the findings may be linked to that most wonderful time of the year: spring break. Looking at five years’ worth of records from the Kingston General Hospital, the researchers compared the conception rate per month for all 838 adolescent pregnancies within that time period to that of a random sample of 838 adult pregnancies. According to the Vancouver Sun, 10.5 per cent of the teen pregnancies occurred in March, while 7.3 per cent of adult pregnancies occurred within the same time span. The researchers hope eventually to use the data to curb teen pregnancy.


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Inclement weather has led to a drop in the number of marijuana plants the RCMP has found and destroyed on Vancouver Island this year. According to The Globe and Mail, the RCMP are pointing to a 75 per cent drop between the number of outdoor plants discovered this year and the plants they found in 2010 as evidence that colder temperatures (and effective policing) are lowering production. Both marijuana advocate Jodie Emory and criminologist Neil Boyd have remarked that the RCMP are not taking into account the importance of indoor growing in the multibillion dollar B.C. industry. Emory added that outdoor grow-ops produce for export, while indoor harvesting tends to remain within B.C. Guess that just means less for the rest of Canada, then.


But then who bailed her out?

A 19-year-old girl in a Victoria suburb was arrested last Sunday for driving drunk to the police station to bail out her boyfriend. He was arrested for public intoxication at the University of Victoria on Sept. 4 at 10 p.m. Police officers smelled alcohol on her breath upon her arrival at the station, prompting her to tell them she had traveled by cab. They gave her a breathalyzer test after seeing her walk back to her sister’s car. The car was impounded, and she was given a 90-day driving prohibition.


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