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Web Trends Map, Beta

Here’s an interesting ‘map’ of the current top internet sites and trends. Made by Information Architects Japan, it features top representative websites imagined as stops on the Tokyo subway system, and charts the ‘success’, ‘stability’, and ‘position’ of each site. This is a beta version, and they are looking for comments. When its ready, you can download it from Flickr, or you can order a printed version. See last year’s version here. . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information, Technology

Metadata for Photos

It’s come up a few times now – the need to review documents and strip them of hidden metadata that could unwittingly reveal information and breach confidentiality.

One aspect that hasn’t received enough attention is metadata for photos.

PC World has a new article on this subject, explaining where to find the hidden information, and how to properly remove it. Not just interesting, but apparently part of your professional responsibility. . . . [more]

Posted in: Practice of Law

New Canadian Law Blogs

As noted over on the Stem blog yesterday, we continue to build our list of Canadian law blogs on Since our January update, there have been 13 new additions. Those were:

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Posted in: Miscellaneous

The Friday Fillip

…comes on a Thursday this week, because tomorrow, Good Friday, is a holiday and, I suspect, no one will be reading Slaw, even a Slavian fillip. [Kudos to John Gregory for coming up with that perfect parallel to Shavian!]

Sheep’s the theme, as some of us contemplate the traditional dinner of lamb. And I’ve a flock of mostly silly stuff for you, which seems somehow fitting. But first up is Sheep 101, that course you avoided back in university in favour of The Comedy Film in Popular Culture, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1.30 p.m. But I’ll only detain you . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Quicklaw Enhancements Announced

Heads up. No, it isn’t a soccer ball flying into your yard from the over zealous kick of spring fever infected neighbourhood children. It is a news release about some enhancements to Quicklaw. There are even screen shots of the new look.

The new Quicklaw functions are designed to follow your workflow and eliminate screen clutter:

  • Set your own Start Page with the streamlined global navigation toolbar
  • Speed up your research with sharper buttons and icons, highly readable fonts, and an inviting colour palette
  • Consistently locate Related Links, General Search screens, and the What’s New icon (available soon) on
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Posted in: Legal Information, Legal Information: Libraries & Research, Technology

Remedies Conference

Once you’ve recovered from the stimulation of LegalIT 3.0 (April 20, Montreal), you can sign up for the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice’s annual conference, this year on “Taking Remedies Seriously” (September 30 – October 2, Ottawa). A listing of some of the overarching topics will give you a sense of what’s in store:

  • Private Law and the Remedial Imagination
  • The Relationship Between Rights and Remedies
  • Remedial Issues for the Future
  • Administrative Law and Remedial Choices
  • Remedies Against Public Bodies
  • Remedies Available to Administrative Agencies
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Posted in: Substantive Law

Rob Hyndman on Law for Web Startups

Today I am at the second day of the mesh conference. mesh is arguably Toronto’s premier social media/business conference, now in its fourth year. These notes have been “liveblogged” during Rob Hyndman’s session “Legal Bootcamp for Web Startups”. Rob Hyndman is principal of Hyndman Law, and one of the five founders of the mesh conference. Any inaccuracies or omissions in the notes below are purely my mistake and not Rob’s. Note this is not legal advice, but general discussion only. The main audience for this talk is start-up owners/those in the market to start up a tech company. . . . [more]

Posted in: Education & Training: CLE/PD, Substantive Law

Ontario’s Toxic Substances Bill

Government Bill 167, Toxics Reduction Act, 2009, received first reading in the Ontario Legislature yesterday; and the text of the bill is just now available in PDF and HTML on the Legislature website.

This is a substantial piece of legislation aimed at reducing and managing the use by industry of substances designated as “toxic,” and, as the preamble states in part, will require

owners and operators of facilities that use or create the substance to prepare, in specified circumstances, a toxic substance reduction plan for the substance. The plan must include certain matters specified in the Bill, including the

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Posted in: Substantive Law, Substantive Law: Legislation

BumpTop Desktop Manager Released

About two years ago I wrote about an application in development that would make your computer desktop more like your real desktop, providing the ability to arrange things in piles, pin icons to “walls” and the like. BumpTop has finally been released (Windows 7 only). There’s a brief video on the site’s main page that puts the app through its paces, so you’ll get a chance to see what it can do. It may suit the way some people work, but I doubt it’ll find much favour in law offices — though I could be wrong. . . . [more]

Posted in: Technology

Australian Law Reform Commission Journal Issue on Native Title

The most recent issue of Reform, the journal of the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC), is devoted to Native Title.

As noted by Professor David Weisbrot, ALRC President, in his Comment, the Commission has played an instrumental role in advancing the ideas of native title in Australia (based on Indigenous customary land tenure).

However, he writes that most observers feel that the framework developed for resolving native title disputes has developed many weaknesses:

“Mabo [ (1992) 175 CLR 1 ] and the subsequent Wik case established the basic common law principles, but the detailed laws and procedures

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Posted in: Legal Information, Substantive Law

Speed to Market – Publishing 2.0

This is slightly off-topic, though I would argue it all goes back to the classic discussion of Wine and the Law. And here is some legal discussion on wine law from Fermentation.

My friend Charles Hodgson of Podictionary fame has just written:

Compare and contrast:

· First book, a year to write, three years to sell, a year and a half to bring to market
· This book, five months to write, eight days to bring to market

The blurbs on Amazon say: “A great read.” -Rod Phillips, author of A Short History of Wine, “Certain to find . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information, Legal Information: Publishing, Miscellaneous, Technology: Internet