Monday’s Mix

Each Monday we present brief excerpts of recent posts from five of Canada’s award-winning legal blogs chosen at random* from forty-one recent Clawbie winners. In this way we hope to promote their work, with their permission, to as wide an audience as possible.

This week the randomly selected blogs are 1. Clicklaw Blog  2. Henry J. Chang’s Canada-US Immigration Blog  3. Precedent: The New Rules of Law and Style  4.  5. Library Technician Dialog

Clicklaw Blog
Updated Common Question on Refugee Claims
We have recently updated Clicklaw’s common question entitled “We want to start a refugee claim in Canada” to include two new resources from our contributor Legal Services Society. In addition, it also includes a new version of Refugee Hearing Preparation: A Guide for Refugee Claimants, from Kinbrace Community Society. . . .

Henry J. Chang’s Canada-US Immigration Blog
Citizenship and Immigration Canada Announces Start-up Visa Program
On January 24, 2013, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Citizen Jason Kenney (the “Immigration Minister”) announced that Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC”) would launch a Start-Up Visa Program to recruit innovative immigrant entrepreneurs who will create new jobs and spur economic growth. Of course, a formal announcement relating to this program was expected for some time . . .

Precedent: The New Rules of Law and Style
A Valentine’s Day special // Judge Foodie
Valentine’s season is upon us. Yes, like Boxing Day, which became Boxing Week, and is now edging into Boxing Month, I foresee that Holiday Creep will also over take Valentine’s Day. So, my friends, waste no energy fighting the inevitable. Soon, we will be subject to leering cupid cutouts and lurid red crepe paper for weeks at a time, with Valentine’s Month starting right after the last day of New Year’s Month. . . .
No Public Interest Standing at the Alberta Environmental Appeals Board
Over the past decade, Alberta Environment has amended water licenses held by irrigation districts (IDs) to allow these IDs to allocate water for commercial purposes other than irrigation. Some question the authority of Alberta Environment to approve these amendments under the Alberta Water Act, RSA 2000, c W-3. The general argument here is that such change-of-purpose license amendments should be handled as a transfer of license allocation under the Water Act. . . .

Library Technician Dialog
E-lending Ebooks
The general consensus among participants (at International Federation of Library Associations meeting) was that public libraries have two, maybe three years to establish their relevance in the digital realm, or risk fading from the central place they have long occupied in the world’s literary culture. – Peter Brantley . . .

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