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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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    CBC AFTERNOON DRIVE: Cities and Climate Action students interviewed
    Windsor has approved a budget for 2020 — but how does it perform in light of the city’s declaration of a climate emergency? Afternoon Drive...
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    CTV WINDSOR: Cities and Climate Action co-lead Smit, students interviewed
    The City of Windsor will meet on January 27, 2020 to deliberate over the municipal budget. Watch to see what Co-Lead of the Cities and...
    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...
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    News

    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...
    In this photo taken Tuesday, May 7, 2019, is a security camera in the Financial District of San Francisco. San Francisco is on track to become the first U.S. city to ban the use of facial recognition by police and other city agencies as the technology creeps increasingly into daily life. ( (Eric Risberg/The Associated Press)
    CBC WINDSOR: Kristen Thomasen on new surveillance cameras for downtown core
    CBC Windsor reports on Windsor city council’s approval of 20 new surveillance cameras for the downtown core at Monday night’s meeting. University of Windsor law...
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    Upcoming Events

    Youth Workshop on Local Climate Action

    March 8 to March 11

        Calling all climate-active and climate-interested youth!  Join us for a three-day workshop for youth ages 13-18 from across Ontario.  Speakers and workshop leaders will...

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