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May Day = Law Day

Forty four years ago, President Eisenhower decided to co-opt May Day, the traditional day to celebrate workers – and to honour the Rule of Law.

So was Law Day born.

Law Day in Canada was two weeks ago.

But the controversies over the administration’s policies have raised serious questions about how meaningful is the proclamation of Law Day. The Post and the New York Times both thunder over the issue.

The Times concludes:

The less committed a president is to the law, the more need there is for Law Day, which makes it a holiday whose time has come.

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Big Brother Google Knows Where You’ve Been

Footnote to an earlier posting. Here is a link to a blog posting over at PC World which may cause some of the keener users of Google to rethink how much it tracks our activity.

And by the way, litigators should remember to add this to the checklist demands for electronic discovery. The trackprints of where a user has been could be really valuable.

Of course if you think it’s cool to see everything you’ve done, there are tools for that too.

Here is Google’s own description:

With Web History, you’ll be able to:

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CanLII Search Bookmarklets Updated

When CanLII changed the way it offers you search choices, it also changed the messages your query sends to its search engine, with the result that it broke the CanLII search bookmarklets that I’d constructed some time ago. (Thanks to Alisa Posesorski, VP at Irwin Law, for bringing this to my attention.) Well, as someone famous once wrote in rather differenct circumstances,Too lovely to pass up the full quote, which is from Molière’s Médecin Malgré Lui, act ii. sc. vi. (1666.)

    Géronte. Il n’y a qu’ seule chose qui m’a choqué; c’est l’endroit du foie et du cœur.
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Ruth Bird’s Vision of Law Librarianship

Our Slaw colleague Ruth Bird has recently published a stimulating paper entitled A Moveable Feast – Law Librarianship in the Noughties as part of the Oxford Legal Studies Research Paper No. 52/2006. Ruth’s deck from her moveable speech is also available.
Ruth’s introduction reads:

The purpose of this paper is to review where law librarianship finds itself six years into the new millennium, and what common challenges the profession faces in this new century.

Initially I would like to take a backward glance. When I was undertaking postgraduate studies in librarianship in 1978, lecturers Doug Down and Wes Young said

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Droit 2.0: Droit Et Web 2.0

Il m’est agréable de faire connaître au plus grand nombre qu’il y a 10 jours, j’ai eu le plaisir d’organiser une conférence sur certains aspects du «droit 2.0: droit et web 2.0». Une question fascinante s’il en est, qui personnellement me fait penser à certains débats, quasi-virginaux, dont on évoquait au début d’Internet, dans les années 90. Un autre siècle. Millénaire même.

– le droit d’Internet est-il différent?

– le droit d’auteur existe-t-il?

– est-il possible d’appliquer le droit «dur» dans un environnement «mou»?

– Internet est-il plus ou moins sûr que le monde réel?

– et d’autres . . . [more]

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.Asia

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has approved the .asia top-level domain. (CNET’s News.com has the story.) It will be managed by DotAsia Organization, located in Hong Kong.

Last month the Board of ICANN voted to reject the .xxx domain application. A transcript of that meeting is available. It actually makes interesting reading.

On a different note, when researching this I wound up on the ICANN site at the page you see in thumbnail to your left. (Click on it to see it full size.) What’s notable is that there was no way . . . [more]

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A Legal Research Pioneer Dies

Sad news from the SCC today:the death of the Honourable Bertha Wilson, the first woman justice of Canada’s highest court. For legal researchers, she will always be remembered as the founder of the specialty of legal resaerch within major law firms, when she founded Oslers’ research department in the Sixties.

Pioneering lawyer, jurist, gardener – with a wry sense of humour. A great loss.

News.Release.@Supreme.Court
Sent: Mon 4/30/2007 2:50 PM
Subject: Supreme Court of Canada – News Release / Cour suprême du Canada – Communiqué de presse

OTTAWA, April 30, 2007 – The Supreme Court of Canada issued the following . . . [more]

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SCOTUS Refuses to Hear Khadr

The U.S. Supreme Court today denied certiorari in the case of Khadr v. Bush. Omar Khadr is the 20-year-old Canadian who, at the age of 15, was taken prisoner by the Americans in Afghanistan and accused of murder, attempted murder, spying and other charges. He now faces a hearing by a military commission after spending five years in the Guantanamo detention centre.

Three justices voted to hear the appeal, but it takes four to succeed. The three were Justices Bryer, Ginsberg and Souter. No reasons were given and the matter was disposed of in one line, according to SCOTUSblog . . . [more]

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Sakatchewan Plans Free Wifi

According to a Government of Saskatchewan press release from a couple of months ago (which I’ve only now found out about, thanks to Michael Geist):

Residents and visitors to the downtown business districts and post-secondary institutions of Saskatchewan’s four largest centres will soon be able to access the country’s largest wireless Internet network, free-of-charge. Premier Lorne Calvert and Minister responsible for Information Technology Andrew Thomson made the announcement today in Saskatoon.

The Saskatchewan! Connected initiative will offer users basic Internet service in Saskatoon, Prince Albert, Regina, and Moose Jaw via a wireless Wi-Fi network to be operated by the

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