Use of print materials
Use of online resources
Use of the Online shop

Theses pages describe the terms and conditions for the use of TC² print publications, online collections and the Online shop. Individuals and groups wishing to share or adapt our materials beyond the authorized uses specified below should consult Reproducing and adapting TC² materials.

Use of print materials

The specific terms governing use of the contents of TC² print publications are to be found on the inside pages of the respective publications. In general terms, our policy is as follows:

  • The main body of any publication including suggested teaching activities and explanatory materials are protected by copyright, and may not be reproduced without prior written permission from Access Canada or The Critical Thinking Consortium.
  • Only the individual purchaser of a publication has permission to duplicate any blackline masters (e.g., briefing sheets, data charts, documents, assessment rubrics) for use exclusively in his or her own classroom.
  • No part of a print version may be stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means without our permission.
  • Any online supplementary materials that accompany a publication may be stored in a retrieval system and transmitted solely by purchasers of the print publication, and exclusively for use in their own classrooms.

For details pertaining to copyright of specific publications, please consult the particular publication.

Use of online resources

TC² has developed and copyrighted two kinds of online collections available from this website:

  • protected teaching and professional resources that include Tools for Thought, Source Docs, Critical Challenges, Critical Discussions, Tips for Teachers and Stories from the Classroom;
  • licensed teaching resources that include Inquiry-pacs.

Authorized access

  • Access to the protected teaching and professional resources is granted only to individuals who are currently employed by an active Partner group or who have purchased a current Individual membership.
  • Access to licensed resources is granted only to individuals who have purchased an active Inquiry-pacs license for the specified grade level and subject.

Terms of use restrictions

Authorized users are entitled to access any of the online collections on the TC² website to:

  • Download one or more copies in hard copy form of the resource; such copies may not be sold and may not be distributed to anyone who is not an authorized user; and
  • Download issues of the resource to hard disk or diskette, provided that such data is not made available to anyone who is not an authorized user. Authorized users who do download and/or print the resource must maintain all copyright and other notices.

An authorized user may not make a resource from any of the online collections available to anyone other than another authorized user, whether by telephone link or permitting access through his or her terminal or computer, or by other similar or dissimilar means or arrangements. Each authorized user will make reasonable efforts to maintain security and monitor all use (including unauthorized use) from its respective site.

Terms and fees

Upon payment of the Partner or Member fee and acceptance of these terms and conditions when creating a personal account, authorized users will have access to protected teaching and professional resources until the annual partnership expires on June 30th (Partner employees) or for 12 months from the date of purchase of an Individual membership. Authorized users of licensed resources will have access for one year from activation of the Inquiry-pacs license for the specified grade level resource. Failure to renew a partnership/membership and pay the associated fees on or before the renewal date will cause the partnership/membership to be invalid. Individual Members may cancel their membership at any time provided written notice of their cancellation is given to the Consortium. Cancellation during the membership year will not entitle the Member to any fee rebate from the Consortium.


For all inquiries and tech support questions, please email or call 604-639-6325 during business hours (Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm, PST). In addition, the Consortium encourages authorized users to engage in professional learning programs to support the use of its materials.


All protected and licensed resources and their contents are subject to copyright protection and other rights of the publisher (The Critical Thinking Consortium), under the laws of Canada and the country of use.

Authorized users acknowledge that they have no claim to ownership by reason of its use of or access to any of the protected and licensed resources. Downloading of resources is permitted solely for authorized user’s internal use to the same extent as the printed version of the resource. Recompiling, publication or republication of the materials, or any portion thereof, in any form or medium whatsoever, may only be done with specific written permission from The Critical Thinking Consortium. Requests should be sent to or The Critical Thinking Consortium, 4th Floor, 1580 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6J 5K8.

Suspension or termination of access

TC² reserves the right to suspend or terminate access to any of its protected or licensed collections for any authorized user without prior notice if an authorized user violates any term of this Agreement. Any use of these collections beyond the scope of the partnership/membership/license or any fraudulent, abusive, or otherwise illegal activities may be grounds for termination of access.

Disclaimer of warranties

  • TC² has made and will make good faith efforts to ensure that its protected and licensed collections are complete and accurate. However, TC² does not warrant completeness or accuracy, and does not warrant that authorized use of these collections will be will be useful or will satisfy the user’s requirements.
  • TC² warrants that it is entitled to grant the authorized use outlined in this Agreement, but makes no other warranties or representations of any kind, express or implied, including but not limited to warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.
  • Authorized users will be permitted to access its protected and licensed collections s at any time. TC² will not be liable for any delay, down time, or other failure of the online access, but will use reasonable efforts to correct any online access problems brought to its attention.
  • TC² will not be responsible for incidental, consequential, or any other damages arising out of or in connection with the service or materials provided hereunder.
  • Each authorized user assumes the responsibility for all use of the resources from the protected and licensed collections and agrees to indemnify and hold TC² harmless from any liability or claim of any person arising from such use.


  • This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement of the parties and supersedes any prior arrangements and understandings relating to the subject matter hereof. Only a written instrument signed by both parties may amend it.
  • The authorized user may not assign or transfer any rights under this Agreement. However, schools or districts that purchase Inquiry-pacs licenses on behalf of their teachers may request the transfer of a license when an original licensed user is no longer teaching the course or grade for which the license was purchased or moves away from the school or district. Licenses transferred to a new user will continue for the remainder of the original license period, apply to the same materials and be eligible for renewal as per the terms of the original agreement. TC² charges a $25.00 administration fee to transfer an Inquiry-pacs license to a new user.
  • In the event that any provision of this Agreement is held to be invalid, the remainder of the provisions shall continue in full force and effect.
  • This Agreement will be governed and construed according to Canadian Law. Any action arising out of or relating to this Agreement or any of the protected and licenses resources may be brought in courts situated in Canada, and the parties consent to the jurisdiction of such courts.

Use of the Online shop

This website is operated by The Critical Thinking Consortium. The following terms and conditions govern all sales and purchases made through this website, regardless of whether the order was transmitted via the internet, telephone or post. By accessing, browsing and/or using this website you acknowledge that you have read, understood and agree to be bound by these terms and to comply with all applicable laws and regulations. If you do not agree with these terms, do not use this site.


All prices quoted are subject to change at any time at the discretion of TC². All prices are quoted in Canada dollars (CAD, $). TC² reserves the right to reject any orders which include incorrect prices which may occur due to data entry errors, code errors, hacking, incorrect pricing provided by manufacturer, translation errors etc. Prices are not negotiable and do not include postage and handling. Postage and handling costs will be calculated when completing the order.


Payment options provided by the TC² Online shop include Visa, MasterCard, and PayPal accounts. All payments are processed through the PayPal system, even if you do not have PayPal account. If you encounter any problems with PayPal, please contact our office. Purchase orders and payments by cheque may be arranged by contacting our office.


Purchasers are not able to cancel an order once it has been shipped.

We can send your order anywhere within Canada. All our items are warehouse packed for safe delivery. We ship all products by Track & Trace courier unless otherwise directed. This usually takes between 1 to 5 working days depending on the delivery service in the destination area.

We normally ship our products within three business days unless requested otherwise. If we are unable to dispatch your order within three business days we will advise you of the expected dispatch date.

Please check your delivery address carefully as we are not responsible for delivery to an incorrect address. You shall be responsible for the cost to resend a parcel that is returned because of an incorrect address supplied by you.


Individuals. Returns are not accepted due to a change of mind, so please choose carefully. If an order has been dispatched by courier and is not received or if an item is received and it is damaged or faulty, a return claim MUST be filed with TC² Online shop within 7 days from date of dispatch of goods. Email details of your claim to .

The following options will then be made available:

  • Replacement: If possible, a replacement will be sent, subject to availability.
  • Credit: If no replacement is available, a credit will be offered to the full amount of the purchase price.
  • Refund: If a refund is required, it will be provided according to the original payment (i.e. if payment was made on Visa, the visa will be credited. If the item was purchased by direct credit, the debited account shall be credited). No refund will be given for digital products once they have been downloaded.


Items purchased for instructional courses may be returned within one year from the invoice date.

Returns should be shipped to:
The Critical Thinking Consortium
4th Floor, 1580 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC V6J 5K8

A credit to be applied towards a future order will be issued for returned products in resalable condition, unless the bookstore expressly requests a refund. No credit or refund will be issued for products that are returned in damaged or non-resalable condition. The bookstore will be contacted about it.

TC² will not be responsible for return shipping costs unless it is the fault of the Consortium.

In the event that a bookstore receives products in damaged condition, the bookstore must advise our office at Replacement copies may be provided.

Site access

Access to the TC² Online shop website is granted only for the purpose of accessing the products offered. Under no circumstances may any individual alter any part of the website. No part of this site may be reproduced for any reason, nor may any parts of the site be displayed anywhere apart from the TC² Online shop at unless written permission has been granted by TC². You are granted access to the TC² Online shop website under the condition that you will not interfere, or attempt to interfere with any of the content.

Limitation of liability

Under no circumstances, including, but not limited to, negligence, shall TC² be liable for any direct, indirect, special, incidental or consequential damages, including, but not limited to, loss of data or profit arising out of the use, or the inability to use, the materials on the site. If your use of the materials from this site results in the need for servicing, repair or correction of equipment or data, you assume any cots thereof.

Law and jurisdiction

These terms and any matter relating to this site will be governed by Canada law and the Canada courts shall have non-exclusive jurisdiction in respect of them.


We are committed to protecting your privacy and this statement summarises what personal details we may collect from you before, during or after you use our site and what we will do with them. Any changes to our privacy policy will be posted on this page.

When you contact us we will use your email address for the purposes of administering your query or order and responding to you. We will not publish your personal information and will not supply your personally identifying information to other companies or individuals. We may, with your permission, send you information about our company and our products and services.


All of our credit card transactions online are processed by PayPal, so shopping at the TC² Online shop is secure. Please refer to the PayPal site for detailed security information.


All content and the compilation of all content on the TC² Online shop site, such as text, graphics, logos, button icons, images, audio clips, digital downloads, artworks, products and data compilations is the property of TC² and protected by Canada and International copyright laws. No part of the TC² Online shop website may be reproduced without the express, written permission of The Critical Thinking Consortium.