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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. Avoid a Claim  2. Finding Legal Information  3. Michael Geist  4. Canadian Legal History Blog  5. All About Information

Avoid a Claim
New PracticePRO Resource: Annual Legal Health Checkup
Clients don’t always appreciate how lawyers can help on other legal issues they may encounter as they go through life. Just as booking an appointment with a doctor or financial advisor offers an opportunity to identify issues and gauge your health (physical and financial), checking in with their lawyer can ensure your client’s legal health is also in good shape. Perhaps your client has experienced a change in their relationship status or are considering the purchase or sale of a home, rental or vacation property. . . .

Finding Legal Information
Research Notebooks
There are some fundamentals about online research notebooks. First, Evernote and Microsoft’s OneNote seem to have sucked a lot of the oxygen out of the room. Second, people who clip and save information are putting it into online “cloud-based” notebooks. Assuming that most lawyers are saving text, links, images, and PDFs, Evernote and OneNote both offer plenty: free versions, PC and portable apps, lots of integration with your Web browser. Zoho Notebook was new to me. . . .

Michael Geist
CSEC Commissioner: Canadians May Have Been Illegally Targeted in Surveillance Activities
The Communications Security Establishment Commissioner released his annual report yesterday with findings that some Canadians may have been the subject of surveillance activities in violation of the law. The finding states: I had no concern with respect to the majority of the CSEC activities reviewed. However, a small number of records suggested the possibility that some activities may have been directed at Canadians, contrary to law. . . .

Canadian Legal History Blog
Lapointe on the evolution of the free mining system in Quebec and Canada
Ugo Lapointe published “L’héritage du principe de free mining au Québec et au Canada” in Recherches Amérindiennes au Québec in 2010 (Vol. 40 issue 3: the article just surfaced on my America History & Life alert–no rhyme nor reason to the timing of these alerts, I’ve found.) Here’s the abstract in French, and then in English: Le présent article s’intéresse à l’origine et à l’évolution du principe du free mining dans les régimes miniers du Québec et du Canada, ainsi qu’aux conséquences de l’appli cation de ce mode de régulation pour les citoyens, les collectivités, les entreprises minières et les autorités publiques./ This article portrays the origins and evolution of free mining regimes in Québec and in Canada, as well as the consequences of these mining regulations for people, communities, mining companies, and public authorities. . . .

All About Information
FC confirms ATIA institutions can make only one access decision
On July 11th, the Federal Court held that an Access to Information Act institution’s access decision was null and void because it had made a prior access decision in response to the same request. It confirmed that institutions can only make one decision, though they may make supplementary disclosure based on an Information Commissioner recommendation (pursuant to section 29) and change their position in responding to a section 44 application to Federal Court. . . .
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