Slaw Referrers

Because URLs are often clumsy and hard to remember, we use bookmarks. Right? If you’re like me, you’ve got certain critical ones strung across your personal bookmarks toolbar, more stacked in folders there, and perhaps hundreds buried in the entrails of your browser’s file system.

But sometimes you’re away from your own machines. Or you can’t quickly come up with one of your hidden bookmarks. It’s good, then, to be able simply to type in the URL and go to your destination. This, of course, depends on whether a URL is memorable. Some are — I have no trouble remembering, and I hope you don’t either — and some are not, especially governmental ones.

I thought it might be useful if, in such situations, Slaw could help you out. So I’ve set up a few referrers for sites that I don’t visit every day and that I don’t have up on the surface of my ocean of bookmarks but that I do visit from time to time. I’ve tried to make them easy to remember so it’ll be a piece of cake for you to get to the target site.

One illustration will suffice: if you want to go to the site for Hansard, i.e. the debates in the House of Commons, just enter

A list of current Slaw Referrers follows:

Referrer Site
1867 Constitution Act, 1867
canlaw OR fedlaw Justice Laws Website
ccc Canadian Criminal Code
charter Charter & Constitution Act, 1982
fedlaw OR canlaw Justice Laws Website
hansard House of Commons Debates
legis LEGISinfo
scc Supreme Court of Canada
sccj Supreme Court judgments
tax Income Tax Act

Please feel free to give me your comments; and let me know what other sites you’d like to see captured with one of Slaw’s short and memorable URLs. If these prove useful, I’ll put them and any new ones on a permanent page on Slaw.


  1. Hi Simon,

    I think this is pretty cool. It may be useful to have one for e-laws because I never remember the full URL and I suspect I’m not the only one.

  2. Glad you like it, Isabelle.

    I’ve done a referrer for Ontario’s E-Laws — two, actually:

    I’ll probably wind up doing the same for other provinces, hence onlaw.

  3. I don’t know if others consult this as often as I do, but the Canadian Legislation Table would be handy.

  4. Good idea, Greg. The referrer is