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Archive for May, 2006

Supreme Court Has Relaunched Its Website

This press release from the Supreme Court of Canada just came across my desktop:

OTTAWA, 2006-05-31.

The LexUM site, where the Court’s decisions, news releases and bulletins are posted, has been completely reorganized to make it even easier to consult those documents. The new site was launched on May 23, 2006.

The new address is We recommend that you update your bookmarks/favourites.

Users who go to the old site’s address will be automatically redirected to the new site. Users who have bookmarked decisions will be informed that the site has moved and will be automatically redirected to the

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Posted in: Miscellaneous

National Institution Reopens

The Library of Parliament in Ottawa, which has been undergoing four years of extensive restoration, rehabilitation and upgrading, finally reopened today. See the press release. According to news reports, books and staff are just now about to move back in. See also the CBC News article and audio/video report by James Cudmore for CBC-TV [run time 2:18; requires RealPlayer].

The public will have its first peak at the changes on June 3 and 4 during Doors Open Ottawa. Regular Parliament Building tours will again include the Library starting June 5.

The Library of Parliament was opened in . . . [more]

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Current Cites

There are few things in this version of Current Cites that might interest Slawyers:

M. Moffatt, “Marketing’ with Metadata – How Metadata Can Increase Exposure and Visibility of Online Content”
This isn’t quite as commercial as it sounds and so might not be the tool to get the firm to buy into the metadata markup thing. Still, might be useful. “Simple explanations on how to expose metadata via harvesting, distributed searching, and syndication (i.e., RSS) are covered.”
M. Breeding, “Web Services and the Service-Oriented Architecture”
Part of the Web 2.0 picture. “Thankfully, ALA nabbed someone with impeccable credentials and the
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Law Blogger Is Outstanding Young Canadian!

Congratulations to David Fraser, recipient of the 2006 Outstanding Young Canadian Award in the category of Leadership, given by the Junior Chamber of Commerce International, Halifax Chapter.

David, as many of you know, is one of Canada’s most dedicated law bloggers, and is a great example of how blogs should be used to develop a lawyer’s online profile. In his post responding to this award, titled I’d like to thank the academy. And my blog…, David describes some of the perks that have come with the blogger territory – notably, speaking invitations and high profile articles. David’s . . . [more]

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Pepper v. Hart

I received a flyer last week from BIALL (British and Irish Association of Law Librarians) announcing a course on “Parliamentary Debates on Legislation: how to do ‘Pepper v. Hart’ research.

The session will be taught by Guy Holborn, of Lincoln Inn’s Library, and the flyer indicates it will cover the following three topics:

• Background on statutory interpretation, the rule in Pepper v Hart (1993 HL) that allows citation of Hansard in court, and developments since it was decided in 1992.
• Parliamentary procedure, including recent developments affecting Pepper v Hart research.
• Bills, Hansard and other parliamentary materials: how . . . [more]

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Print vs Online..continued

I am currently writing an article which basically looks at and updates a piece I published five years ago on the future of academic law libraries. The central thrust of the piece is the continuing print vs online debate. I give a few examples of print serials and talk about the pros and cons of cancellation in favour of online access and it would help me if I could get some reactions and counter-arguments. In the article I refer to, inter alia, the Harvard Law Review and Ontario Statutes (supposing that the E-Laws version is given authorized status). I use . . . [more]

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The New Law Librarian News and Excited Utterances

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Canadian Digital Information Strategy

I will be attending a “thematic meeting” organized by Library and Archives Canada in Vancouver on Wednesday in connection with LAC’s development of a Canadian Digital Information Strategy.

This is pretty important stuff that is being discussed and the outcome may effect government policy, as I understand it.

More information and background documents can be found at the LAC site. . . . [more]

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Law Clerks and the Development of the Law

A new book called Sorcerers’ Apprentices focusses on the role played within the US Supreme Court by law clerks. You can read the first chapter online

Written by two acedemics, Artemus Ward and David L. Weiden, the book is built upon Supreme Court archives, the personal papers of justices and other figures at the Supreme Court, and interviews and written surveys with 150 former clerks.

Sorcerers Apprentices is a rare behind-the-scenes look at the life of law clerks, and their role in agenda setting, opinion writing, and decision making. The authors suggest that seemingly unrelated institutional changes such as circulating . . . [more]

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Canadian Legal Scholarship Has Lost a Pioneer

The Slaw Hall of Fame

This is the first obituary in Slaw, but it’s a tribute to a figure whom many Slaw readers may not have known but who was very significant in the development of a distinct Canadian legal culture. Dr. Peter Oliver of York University was not a lawyer, but his work catalyzed the production of a corpus of Canadian legal history.

Peter died of cancer two weeks back, after a tough illness. He was a History Professor at York University, author of five books, Editor-in-Chief of The Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History, and Associate Editor of . . . [more]

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