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Archive for March, 2006

Swearing in and Welcome Ceremony for Justice Rothstein Scheduled

From the Supreme Court news releases:

Ottawa – March 8, 2006 – The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada, announced today that The Honourable Marshall Rothstein will be sworn in as a justice of the Supreme Court of Canada on Thursday, March 9, 2006 at a private ceremony. The official welcome ceremony for Justice Rothstein will take place at 10:00 a.m., on Monday, April 10, 2006, in the Main Courtroom of the Supreme Court of Canada. On this occasion, it is expected that there will be remarks by Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, and representatives of the Government of

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National Law Library of Canada?

Further to Simon’s post yesterday on this topic, the Canadian Association of Law Libraries passed a resolution sometime ago recommending the appointment of a National Law Librarian. In recommendation # 8 in my recent LLM thesis (available online on SLAW at, I supported this recommendation in the following terms:

As mentioned in Recommendation #1 above, the Access to Information Review Task Force has recommended “a co-ordinated government-wide strategy be developed to address the crisis in information management” including “partnerships among the agencies with primary responsibility for information management” such as the National Library and other government institutions.

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The Day of Destruction

10.10 March 8, Great Library, Law Society of Upper Canada, Osgoode hall, Toronto

Slit. Rip. Toss.

The sound of buckram leather bindings being sliced from the American collection in the Great Library. Dust settling in the big bins where the paper is going off for recycling at a few dollars a ton. Workmen with exacto knives attack the old West Law Reports.

What’s happening? The Great Library is embarked on its biggest discard operation. American caselaw is going the way of all flesh. Why should libraries squeezed for space keep the books, which no-one wants? It’s all on Westlaw . . . [more]

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Library Federation

National Library of Australia Launches Libraries Australia Portal“Libraries Australia, a service that enables anyone with an Internet connection to select from more than 40 million items held in over 800 libraries across the nation....[was] launched at 12.30pm Monday 27 February at Parliament House, Canberra by Senator Helen Coonan, Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts.... Libraries Australia, developed by the National Library of Australia, is an e-ticket to a world of information consisting of books, journals, newspapers, theses, pictures, music, manuscripts, maps and much more. Many online resources such as digitised images and full text government publications can also be accessed immediately online.”
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Creative Comments

This is a text of a message I received last Friday which should be of interests to SLAW:

Access Copyright and Creative Commons Canada Announce Public Domain Registry
Ground-breaking project will feature globally searchable catalogue of Canadian culture
Access Copyright, The Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency and Creative Commons Canada, in partnership with Creative Commons Corporation in the US, today announced the development of a Canadian public domain registry. The ground-breaking project – the most comprehensive of its kind in Canada – will create an online, globally searchable catalogue of published works that are in the Canadian public domain.

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Chat Reference

When we have some full-time permanent reference librarians here at Osgoode (soon) I’m going to be seriously looking into
online/chat reference, perhaps in cooperation with other libraries around the world so as to offer a 24/7 service. I have concerns though about how we would limit such a service to our own Osgoode or York University community and those of other partner institutions. Obviously we don’t want to be flooded with queries from all and sundry at the expense of our primary clientele. Do other Slawyers have experience with this kind of thing? I’d be very interested to hear. As . . . [more]

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What Slaw Hath Wrought

A week later a field report from Project Rothstein.

Firstly, I’m delighted that the Slaw community really came together. Indeed Simon F and Simon C (who are old friends and colleagues) had the pleasure of consuming a bottle of Montepulciano with Connie Crosby Whom neither of us had ever met actually, yet we felt as if we’d collaborated for ever. Thanks to Connie and Simon for their introduction to, a Linux based collaborative word processing programme. It permitted us to work together on the same document, sometimes at the same time.

In addition, Mark Lewis compiled case law, . . . [more]

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Out of the Nutshell

The publication of John McCamus’sSee his other professional biography. wonderfully thoughtful Law of Contracts a few weeks ago led to reflections about the market for Canadian legal publications.

There had always been hesitations about recommending specific texts on Canadian contract law (there being nothing with the clear stature of Anson on Contracts or Sir Gunter Treitel’s monograph); of course Waddams was scholarly (though one might end up wondering what the law was), Fridman was a bit formalistic (though with helpful footnotes, especially for smaller jurisdictions) and Jean Côté’s An Introduction to the Law of Contract (Juriliber, 1974) was stimulating . . . [more]

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Yale Data on Child Representation

Representing Children Worldwide is a project of Yale Law School that attempts to catalogue “how children’s voices are heard in child protective proceedings” in an advertised 250 countries in the year 2005. This is an interesting, potentially useful, flawed project. Any data arrived at through a decent research method for such a spread of jurisdictions has real potential to help teachers, legislators and lawyers who find themselves working across legal boundaries.

The project seems to have run out of money, though, before it was completed. Thus, there’s nothing whatever on Canada, a jurisdiction that could have yielded up its various . . . [more]

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