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Text of the Bill to Eliminate Some Pardons

The text of the Eliminating Pardons for Serious Crimes Act, Bill C-23, introduced in the House yesterday, is available here. It amends the Criminal Records Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. C-47. The official summary of the Bill reads as follows:

This enactment amends the Criminal Records Act to substitute the term “record suspension” for the term “pardon”. It extends the ineligibility periods for applications for a record suspension. It also makes certain offences ineligible for a record suspension and enables the National Parole Board to consider additional factors when deciding whether to order a record suspension.

According . . . [more]

Posted in: Substantive Law: Legislation

Feds Introduce Child Porn Reporting Bill

On May 6th, the federal government introduced Bill C-22, the Protecting Children From Online Sexual Exploitation Act. If passed, the Act will impose a duty on persons who provide an “internet service” (internet access, e-mail or internet content hosting) to report child pornography offences in certain circumstances. This includes when a service provider has reasonable grounds to believe its service is being used to commit a child pornography offence. Fines and offences range from $1,000 to $100,000 for repeat offenders.

This adds to duties embodied in legislation in Manitoba (in force since April 2009), Nova Scotia (in force since . . . [more]

Posted in: Substantive Law: Legislation

The Evolution of Law-Related Knowledge Management in North America – Opportunities for Law Librarians

I had the pleasure of presenting on knowledge management at the CALL/ACBD/MichALL law library conference currently underway in Windsor, Ontario. I shared the panel with Ginevra Saylor of Fraser Milner Casgrain, Denise Bonin of andornot, and SLAW’s own Simon Fodden.

It would appear that knowledge management is alive and well, albeit perhaps in an evolving manner. I will try to post shortly in more detail on the discussions that ensued at the session but thought for now I would post here at the following link a PDF of the paper I submitted called The Evolution of Law-Related Knowledge . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information: Information Management, Legal Information: Libraries & Research, Practice of Law: Future of Practice, Technology: Internet

Effective Blogging for Libraries by Connie Crosby

The CALL/ACBD/MichALL law library conference currently underway in Windsor, Ontario, has had lots of useful sessions, as previously mentioned here on SLAW by Shaunna Mireau.

A busy schedule at the conference, combined with outrageously expensive wireless Internet access at the Caesars Windsor conference hotel, has prevented “live” blogging but I hope to post some entries shortly on lessons learned.

In sharing a panel session of free Internet legal research with Connie Crosby and two American law library colleagues, I learned about and briefly perused Connie Crosby’s new book called Effective Blogging for Libraries available from Neal-Schuman so wanted to . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information: Libraries & Research, Legal Information: Publishing, Reading: Recommended

The Osgoode Society’s 2010 Publishing Program

The Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History has announced its 2010 Publishing Programme. According to an announcement published in the 2009 Annual Reports and available on their website at, this year the Society will publish four new works:

1. Work on Trial: Canadian Labour Law Struggles
edited by Judy Fudge and Eric Tucker and published for the Osgoode Society by Irwin Law. $45 incl GST.

2. A History of the British Columbia Court of Appeal
by Christopher Moore and published for the Osgoode Society by the University of British Columbia Press. $45 incl GST.

3. Viscount Haldane: Wicked . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information: Publishing, Reading

Washington Supreme Court Supports Library’s Stringent Internet Filtering Policy

The Supreme Court of Washington issued a decision on May 6th supporting a public library’s decision to fully filter Internet content, stating that such filtering could be viewed as “collection development”. The case is known as Bradburn vs. North Central Regional Library District.

Library Journal has an article that summarizes the decision and provides reactions and predictions from various experts. . . . [more]

Posted in: Technology: Internet

2010 World Summit and Symposium on Elder Mediation

I am currently attending the 2010 World Summit & Symposium on Elder Mediation and am presenting on ethics on May 11th and advance directives on May 12th. I enclose my presentation slides as follows:

It is estimated that there are currently 3.7 million Canadians over the age of 65. With the leading edge of the “baby boomers” poised to hit retirement in 2011, seniors will soon make up close to a quarter . . . [more]

Posted in: Education & Training, Legal Information

CALL Innovation Gallery

Hello from Windsor. Like many of my Slaw colleagues, I am lucky to be attending the Canadian Association of Law Libraries Annual Conference this week. The conference has been interesting, invigorating, and energizing so far. 

This evening, an event was held at the University of Windsor Law School, sponsored by Canada Law Book. The event was titled “Innovation gallery”, but really, it was a speed dating event with presentations by a number of very talented people.

Conference attendees had an opportunity to attend five 10 minute presentations highlighting a variety of interesting projects, including:

  • “Developing an On-Line Search Thesaurus
. . . [more]
Posted in: Legal Information: Libraries & Research

This Week’s Biotech Highlights

This week was the BIO international convention. 15,000 screaming fans biotech nerds converged on Chicago for a week of … well… I wrote a song about it.

Highlights were:

. . . [more]
Posted in: Technology

Bilingual Judges… Again

It might be time to visit once again the substance and situation of Bill C-232, which received 3rd Reading on March 31 and awaits Royal Assent to become law. The text the legislation is as follows:

1. Section 5 of the Supreme Court Act is renumbered as subsection 5(1) and is amended by adding the following:

    (2) In addition, any person referred to in subsection (1) may be appointed a judge who understands French and English without the assistance of an interpreter.

1. L’article 5 de la Loi sur la Cour suprême devient le paragraphe 5(1) et est modifié par

. . . [more]
Posted in: Substantive Law: Legislation

U.S. Supreme Court Selection to Be Announced

We are waiting for a 10 am press conference by U.S. President Obama to announce his Supreme Court judge selection. Elena Kagan, former dean of Harvard Law School and the current U.S. Solicitor General appointed by Obama, is being reported as his top pick according to Business Week and a number of other sources. The Washington Post has a nice timeline of Kagan’s career to date. . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom to Waiver of Tort Resolution

♬ Zoom! Zoom! Zoom! Capoeira mata um!
Zoom! Zoom! Zoom! Capoeira mata um!♬

Music by: Serapis Bey, in the 1993 film Only the Strong
(Sorry David)

This past Friday the Supreme Court of British Columbia released the May 6 decision in Koubi v. Mazda Canada Inc. [Mazda], certifying a class-action under the Class Proceeding Act (CPA) on behalf of representative who purchased 17,909 Mazda3 vehicles between 2004 and 2007 over an alleged door lock defect.

The 20 authorized dealers in B.C. are defendants in the action. Similar actions have been filed in Ontario and . . . [more]

Posted in: Substantive Law: Judicial Decisions