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Advocacy

Campus Stores Canada (CSC) is committed to addressing the big-picture, long-term issues that impact the sustainability of institutionally owned campus stores. Our advocacy efforts are focused into three areas:

     1.  We work with government (federal and provincial) on the development of legislation and policy, partnering with other stakeholder groups in higher-ed where possible.

     2.  We work with other stakeholder groups in higher-ed to help raise the profile and relevancy of the Canadian campus store industry within our institutions.

     3.  We work with industry vendors to source the best academic materials at the most affordable prices possible – to help set students up for success.

CSC’s advocacy does not address politics at any member institutions or issues that arise from a specific or isolated course material adoption or general merchandise purchase.

RECENT CAMPAIGNS AND ISSUES

ADVOCATING FOR FAIR COPYRIGHT

Campus Stores Canada believes that any revisions or reforms of copyright law or the Copyright Act are of direct concern and impact to the educational community. In 2018, the Federal Government tasked the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology to conduct a statutory review of the Copyright Act.

Copyright needs to serve the Canadian public. It best serves the interest of Canadians when it strikes a balance between the recognition, rights, and reward of creators and the ability and interest of users in learning, benefiting from and building further upon those works.

CSC fully respects and supports the existing fair dealing provisions of the Copyright Act and implores the Government to preserve this in future updates to the Act, not only for the empowerment and benefit of millions of educators and students, but for the benefit of Canada’s economic health and ongoing industry innovations.

CSC initiated its campaign in October 2017 by producing a position paper titled, Copyright and the Evolving Learning Materials Market”, supporting the existing fair dealing provisions in the Copyright Act.  In November 2017, CSC presented this position paper to 14 Members of Parliament and to 3 stakeholder groups. A press conference was held which got CSC featured in the Ottawa Citizen newspaper.

As a result of CSC’s day on Parliament Hill and position paper, CSC was invited to attend regular meetings with 9 other stakeholders in higher-ed who were advocating on this issue.

In April 2018, CSC, alongside Universities Canada, Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) and Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) appeared before the Standing Committee on Industry Science and Technology to present its position for the Committee’s Statutory Review of the Copyright Act.  Shawn Gilbertson presented on behalf of CSC.

 Shawn Copyright

 The full statement can be found here: http://www.ourcommons.ca/DocumentViewer/en/42-1/INDU/meeting-101/evidence.

Click here to watch the first meeting of the Statutory Review of the Copyright Act on April 17th or to read through the Minutes of Proceedings. Shawn Gilbertson’s presentation is at the 16:43 mark.

Click here to read an iPolitics article on the testimony.

In December 2018, CSC released its submission to the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology for the Committee’s statutory review of the Copyright Act.  This completed a year-long campaign that CSC has undertaken to defend fair dealing in the Act.

Click here to read CSC’s submission (PDF)

CANADIAN ROUNDTABLE ON ACADEMIC MATERIALS (CRAM)

Founded in 2007 at the University of Alberta as a partnership between the Bookstore and Student’s Union, the Canadian Roundtable on Academic Materials was created as a collaborative effort to primarily address the high cost of course material. 9 key principles were created with the goal “to ensure the existence of an ongoing medium through which the key parties can identify and implement ways of addressing the underlying issues”.

Reflecting on the changes of nearly a decade since CRAM was inaugurated; Campus Stores Canada brought together institutional stakeholders in a forum to identify current issues, trends and opportunities to position as a collective voice for the institutions we serve. CRAM 2017 resulted in elements of a 2025 vision being developed.  A follow-up session was held in October 2018 focusing on 2 of the original 9 key principles.

The objective of CRAM is to initiate a national discussion on academic materials between all stakeholders within our institutions with the purpose to understand and develop a holistic and comprehensive institutional approach for the long-term sustainability of academic materials.

CSC feels it is important for all stakeholders to work together on campus to address issues around the access and affordability of academic materials. Campus stores are integral to this discussion and should be at the table when these discussions are happening at each institution. CRAM offers the ability for campus stores to take part in the discussion and break down the barriers that some stores face at their own institutions.

For more information on CRAM and to download the CRAM reports from 2008, 2017 and 2018, please visit the CRAM website at https://www.cram.campusstores.ca/

 

For more information on our efforts to improve our industry, contact us.