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ECJ Blog

Those interested in the work of the European Court of Justice, might like to subscribe to the ECJ Blog. Allard Knook, a lecturer in law at the Institute of Constitutional and Administrative Law, University of Utrecht, has regular postings in English on cases decided by the Court. . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information: Libraries & Research, Substantive Law: Judicial Decisions, Technology: Internet

Lead With Your Strengths

Want to build a successful career or business? Start with your strengths. We all come into this world with a unique set of talents, and over our lifetime with the addition of experience and learning we establish a foundation of knowledge, skill, and ability. The winning strategy is on maximising your strengths.

Harold Weinstein, Chief Operating Officer of Caliper Corporation, notes that “over the years our research has shown that there’s a strong correlation between performance and motivation. People who are working in roles that are consistent with their personality, values and interpersonal characteristics generally outperform those who are less

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Posted in: Practice of Law

The Law of Donair

Do we have a silly season here at Slaw? Earlier this week, when I saw that our intricate system of laws, rules and regulations had entered into hallowed territory, I knew I could finally, legitimately make a post about the Halifax Donair on a legal blog!

It seems that we in Canada have something entitled the: Federal/Provincial/Territorial Donair Working Group. Which came together to effect “A Consultation with Stakeholders on the Recommended Guidelines for Management of the Risks Related to the Consumption of Donairs and Similar Products.” You laugh, but Donairs are no small matter in Halifax. The Halifax . . . [more]

Posted in: Substantive Law

New Ontario Law Faculties?

An article in yesterday’s The Globe and Mail “Ontario Schools Compete for Law Faculties” outlines the efforts of three Ontario universities in trying to set up the first Canadian law school in almost thirty years. New law faculties are being planned by Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo, and Laurentian University in Sudbury. The article goes on to discuss the debate surrounding whether Ontario or Canada actually needs more law schools. . . . [more]

Posted in: Education & Training

Why I Won’t Be Getting an iPhone

From today’s Globe and Mail:

…for $75 a month, Rogers provides 300 weekday voice minutes, 750 megabytes of data and 100 text messages. In the United States, a customer gets 450 weekday voice minutes, unlimited data and 200 text messages for the same price.

Yes, that’s “unlimited data.” No, that’s not in Canada.

See, the further north you go, the colder it gets; and colder air is heavier air; so it costs more to push signals through such weighty atmosphere. Which explains why Rogers… . . . [more]

Posted in: Technology

Powerset Bought by Microsoft

We’ve written a few times about powerset, the natural language search engine. When it brought its service public in May, there were rumours about it being purchased by one of the search giants.

Those rumours have now been proven true, with reports that Microsoft has purchased the company. We can all hope that this move will help bring more intelligent search to the broader public. . . . [more]

Posted in: Technology

The Top 100 Law and Lawyer Blogs

From an American Association of Law Libraries Private Law Librarians listserv posting: The Criminal Justice Degrees Guide has a list of The Top 100 Law and Lawyers Blogs which provides a useful summary of the usual candidates with a few new ones I did not recognize (and they are not all focused on criminal justice).

No, SLAW did not make their list but I will attribute that to the American focus of that site. However, included in the list is Coleslaw. Hhmm. A competitor? Likely not, Coleslaw is clearly named after the diced cabbage side dish with entries (entrees?) . . . [more]

Posted in: Uncategorized

Flash to Be Searchable

Adobe is talking to Google and Yahoo. The plan is to make sites that use Adobe Flash searchable, because now search engines slip off the face of Flash sites as if they were glass. The Adobe press announcement doesn’t add much of substance to this declaration (but does use the wretched phrase “going forward.”) Google, on the other hand, announces that it has already launched its Flash indexing algorithm and that web designers should expect better results with respect to their Flash sites.

I don’t have a Flash-based site in mind that I can use to check the situation — . . . [more]

Posted in: Technology

Today’s Twitter News

Lots of chirping about social networking tool Twitter today from various quarters. A few stories I am following:

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Posted in: Legal Information, Technology

Moving Season? Reduce Your Chance of Being Scammed

Lots of people turn to classified ad websites such as Craigslist and Kijiji to find movers to help them with small moves. But, from the lists and lists of movers, how can you tell who are honest? And if you do get ripped off, where can you turn? Here is a checklist of sorts. . . . [more]

Posted in: Substantive Law, Technology

The Hazards of Simple Filters

I’ve been getting a daily blast of legal-tech news from Lexology, having ticked the IP, IT etc. boxes and those for Canada, the U.S. and U.K. Today, there was a single item under the “Canada” banner: “Employers need to be careful to avoid waiving the protections of written computer and email policies” from the firm of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, a name I’m not familiar with — but then I’m not exactly up on them all. The telltale was the mention of the 9th Circuit Court and then “the Ontario Police Department.” Ah. No . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information: Libraries & Research, Miscellaneous, Technology