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Windsor Law Centre for Cities

The Windsor Law Centre for Cities supports collaborative research, teaching and public engagement on the most pressing legal and policy issues for municipalities and local institutions. Our focus is on the tools for building and maintaining sustainable and inclusive communities.

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    Cities & Climate Action Forum

    The Cities & Climate Action Forum is the first major externally-funded project of the Windsor Law Centre for Cites. It is an interactive platform that seeks to empower youth, other community builders, and municipal governments to work for institutional climate mitigation action at the local level.

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    Faculty Research

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    Kristin Thomasen: Robots, Regulation, and the Changing Nature of Public Spaces
    Robots are an increasingly common feature in North American public spaces. From regulations permitting broader drone use in public airspace and autonomous vehicle testing on...
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    Pascale Chapdelaine: Graffiti, Street Art, Walls, and the Public in Canadian Copyright Law
    In Enrico Bonadio, ed., The Cambridge Handbook of Copyright in Street Art and Graffiti (Cambridge University Press, 2019). This book chapter offers a novel contribution to...
    The front desk in the lobby of the new City Hall building is shown, Tuesday, May 15, 2018.
    Anneke Smit and Terra Duchene guest column in Windsor Star: need for city auditor-general
    We tried to understand why there were so many candidates (roughly half of all registered in ward races) calling for an AG for Windsor, while...
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    Climate Action

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    TORONTO STAR: Centre for Cities Director Anneke Smit co-authors op-ed
    Centre for Cities Director and Cities and Climate Action co-lead Dr. Anneke Smit co-authored an op-ed for the Toronto Star with UBC Allard School of...
    Mourning a death. Autoworkers on boats from both sides of the border, including members of the United Auto Workers' Downriver Anti-Pollution League, hold a wake on the Detroit River on the first Earth Day, April 22, 1970, and lay a floral wreath to signify the "death" by pollution of the river and Lake Erie
    WINDSOR STAR: As Earth Day turns 50, COVID-19 offers valuable warning
    Co-lead of the Cities and Climate Action Forum, Anneke Smit, discusses the risk of losing momentum on climate action with Doug Schmidt. Read the full...
    Former Toronto Mayor Dave Miller speaks at a youth climate change conference on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at the Capitol Theatre in Windsor, ON. DAN JANISSE / Windsor Star
    WINDSOR STAR: Youth gather from across the province to discuss climate change
    Mary Caton caught up with some student participants to share their stories and experiences at the Youth Workshop on Local Climate Action, hosted by the...
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    News

    Former Toronto Mayor Dave Miller speaks at a youth climate change conference on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at the Capitol Theatre in Windsor, ON. DAN JANISSE / Windsor Star
    WINDSOR STAR: Youth gather from across the province to discuss climate change
    Mary Caton caught up with some student participants to share their stories and experiences at the Youth Workshop on Local Climate Action, hosted by the...
    WINDSOR STAR: Cities & Climate Action co-lead Smit on drive-thrus in climate emergency
    A climate emergency — and a drive-thru for 27 cars: Windsor Star reports on municipal control over the establishment of drive-thrus in the wake of...
    The Windsor Police Service employs 456 officers in Windsor and 30 in Amherstburg. (Chris Ensing/CBC)
    CBC WINDSOR: Anneke Smit on residency requirements for municipal police officers
    A CBC analysis of data received from the Windsor Police Service (WPS) shows a majority of officers do not live in the two municipalities they...
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    Upcoming Events

    Online Youth Workshop Series on Local Climate Action: Cities, Climate and COVID-19

    May 28 - 3:00 pm

    In this edition we'll be joined by Robin Mazumder, Canadian urban neuroscientist; Kate Graham, Director of Research at the Canadian Urban Institute; and Hana Syed,...

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