from Academica Top Ten, 16 December 2016
U of T to co-host “guerrilla archiving event” to protect climate data from impending Trump presidency
This Saturday, the University of Toronto and the University of Pennsylvania are set to co-host a “guerrilla archiving event” to preserve and protect climate data from an impending Trump presidency in the US. “Access to government information is so important,” says Sam-Chin Li, a government information librarian at the University of Toronto who will be giving advice and direction for the event. “It’s really a foundation for a function of democracy. And we’re seeing all those things disappearing in front of our eyes, so how can we stand there not working?” Li adds that the threat of governments deleting information and evidence is not unfounded, as she was involved in archiving many Canada government websites whose information could have been lost under federal order in 2013.
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Divest Dal protests Shell donation
Reposted from Academica Top Ten, 9 April 2015
Students at Dalhousie University are protesting a $600,000 donation made to the institution from Shell Canada. Members of Divest Dal say that the donation, which includes $100,000 for training students in oil and gas exploration and development, makes the school “beholden to industry.” Divest Dal organizer Emma Halupka said, “this demonstrates that our school’s relationship with the fossil fuel industry is problematically close … What we should be doing is divesting and leaving the oil in the ground.” Students raised a flag that depicted the Shell logo intertwined with the Dal crest. Last year, Dal’s board of governors voted 15-5 to accept a recommendation that the university not divest its holdings of companies with substantial carbon assets. CBC | Dal News Release