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The Friday Fillip

The National Film Board of Canada has put upwards of 50 short animations on its Focus on Animation / Objectif Animation site for your enjoyment. The Big Snit, The Cat Came Back, Two Sisters… These are marvels of the art and free to watch. So pass up the latest DVD this weekend and huddle around the monitor for some Canadian cartoon delight.

Le Merle par Norman McLaren 4 min, 39 sec . . . [more]

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A New Twist to Domain Squatting

Picture this: you go online to see if a specific domain name is available; you use what is supposed to be a reputable site on the web; when you come back later someone has grabbed the domain name you were searching for (by the way it was shown as available when you searched); and, is holding it for re-sale.

Seems far fetched? Well eWeek has a story on their site this week:

Opinion: Whois Hijacking My Domain Research?

Leave it to the domain-squatting industry to come up with a way
to jump claims

Slide Show: Hijack: Who’s Advertising on

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Before I left for vacation it was my intention to draw on something from vacation to post to Slaw. It took a bit longer than anticipated (let’s just say that I had an unanticipated view of the Toronto skyline whilst on vacation and leave it at that) but I was able to find something in my travels that was a Slaw-ish topic.

This is more in the form of question and I hope some Slaw-ers out there can cast some light on the topic of RTOR- Right Turn on Red. (Some of you may have already figured out that . . . [more]

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Canada Law Book’s O’Brien’s Online

Is there anyone out there who ISN’T frustrated with Canada Law Book’s O’Brien’s Online?

After fielding yet another call from a lawyer who can’t get it to work and after having yet more problems with it myself and having learned, through a call to tech support, that the online “help” isn’t exactly correct, I requested a training session. Well, that was a laugh a minute in the way that if you didn’t laugh, you’d cry! The poor trainer. Almost every possible snafu that can possibly happen with O’Brien’s happened within the first 10 minutes of our training session after . . . [more]

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Civil Justice Systems in Canada

Michel-Adrien points out the Civil justice system reform underway in Ontario, and reading it I realize I’ve been a bit remiss in not reporting earlier on the success of the Into the Future Conference, organized by my workplace, the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice in partnership with the Canadian Bar Association, the Association of Canadian Court Administrators, and the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice.

The Conference is proceeding in two parts. The first part was in Montreal in May, and was attended by 285 participants including judges, lawyers, court administrators, policy makers, mediators, academics . . . [more]

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Who’s Blogging

The Pew Internet & American Life Project survey released yesterday tracks the blogging phenomenon.

Key findings

Blogging is bringing new voices to the online world.

Contrary to the impression created by the press attention on political blogging, just 11% of bloggers say they focus mainly on government or politics.

The blogging population is young, evenly split between women and men, and racially diverse.

Relatively small groups of bloggers view blogging as a public endeavor.

The main reasons for keeping a blog are creative expression and sharing personal experiences.

Only one-third of bloggers see blogging as a form of journalism. Yet

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A Code for Bloggers?

A fast update on today’s news from India. The Herald Tribune is quoting an official as saying it was “a technological error” that would be repaired soon.

In an e-mail sent early Thursday, an official at the Consulate General of India in New York said that the order to block a handful of Web sites, including the popular, which hosts thousands of personal Web logs, had been prompted by the discovery of a Web site that contained “two impertinent pages” rife with material containing “extremely derogatory references to Islam.”

In an effort to stave off sectarian violence, said the

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Crime Rates Down

Statistics Canada’s Daily contains a report on crime stats for 2005, and the good news is crime is down pretty much everywhere. Justice Minister Vic Toews may have to get a new speech to replace his “get tough on crime” party line:

The homicide rate increased 4% to the highest level in almost a decade. However, the overall violent crime rate was unchanged, while the property crime rate fell 6%. The rate of drug offences declined in 2005 as did overall youth crime.

The national crime rate has been relatively stable since 1999, with last year’s 5% decrease offsetting

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The Legal Brains Behind the New Paradigm

If you’ve been surprised with the vehemence with which the administration has been arguing for a New Paradigm, in which traditional separation of powers doctrines go by the board, and wondered why the Courts haven’t been sympathetic to government lawyers’ arguments, a couple of excellent pieces shed significant light.

The first is from The New Yorker, earlier this month, called The Hidden Power – The legal mind behind the White House’s war on terror, by Jane Mayer and the second Power Grab by Elizabeth Drew explains the new custom of issuing signing statements on how the laws passed . . . [more]

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