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Archive for May, 2006

The Prettiest Nineteenth Century Building in Toronto

I stumbled on a page constructed by Susan Law dedicated to the architecture and design of Osgoode Hall. If Slaw readers have never had the treat of visiting the great library, this site will whet your appetite.

Nothing to do with the Ministry of the Attorney General or the Law Society of Upper Canada.

The one thing it can’t capture is the fine – and cheap – food available in the Dining Room.

But it’s a nicely done site, and it would be good to have similar guides to the county court houses which are often such dignified additions . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Bloggers Afforded Protection by US Court

In a recent decision, the Sixth District Court of Appeals (California) has afforded bloggers the same kind of protection usually reserved to journalists. Here is an extract from the judgment:

The trial court denied the motion on the ground that the publishers had involved themselves in the unlawful misappropriation of a trade secret. We hold that this was error because (1) the subpoena to the email service provider cannot be enforced consistent with the plain terms of the federal Stored Communications Act (18 U.S.C. §§ 2701-2712); (2) any subpoenas seeking unpublished information from petitioners would be unenforceable through contempt

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Posted in: Miscellaneous

Ottawa – Speaker Wanted – June 21st, 2006

From June 21st to June 23rd, at the Government of Canada Conference Center in Ottawa, there will be a Retreat for selected legal officers (military lawyers) in Ottawa. On the morning of Day 1, the schedule has the following two sessions:

  • Practice and Case Management 101 (30 mins)
  • Web Trends & Technologies 101 (30 mins)

Is there anyone interested, preferably but not necessarily a lawyer in private practice from the National Capital Region, in offering these two sessions? We are trying to vary the speakers during this Retreat. This is a nice occasion for networking. If you are interested or . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

The Friday Fillip

Though not the worst of its kind, this “signed post” is a visual equivalent of certain portions of the Income Tax Act. On a Friday morning at 8 a.m. with a couple of kids in the car and only two spots to choose from…

Yet signs like thse are the only way to go if you have to have microscopically small jurisdictions. Most of that spot legislating happens in neighbourhoods and on roads. The Ontario government, like the rest, I assume, puts the drivers’ handbook on line, with its pages on road signs. Like an Interpretation Act, the page on . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

The Hugh Lawford Award for Excellence in Legal Publishing

This year the Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL/ACBD) presented its annual award for legal publishers at its conference in May to Québec-based online vendor SOQUIJ. One highlight that stuck out in my mind is that SOQUIJ is now making some of the Québec case law available translated into English. From the SOQUIJ website:

Parmi les raisons pour lesquelles SOQUIJ a été choisie, on trouve notre forte présence sur Internet, la traduction récente de certains jugements en anglais, Le Citateur et l’appui important que nous avons reçu de nos clients.

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Posted in: Miscellaneous

NS Election

Here on the east coast we are in the throes of a provincial election campaign with the big day coming on June 13th. Here are some resources if you are interested in looking into it. No reports of rum bribes as of yet, however one of the candidates was buying hot dogs outside of the SUB yesterday….

NS Election Info

  • Elections Nova Scotia
  • Members of the Legislature
  • Electoral Districts
  • Forming a new party in NS
  • Nova Scotia Elections Legislation
  • Parties

    (in alphabetical order)

  • NS Green Party
  • NS Liberal Party
  • NS NDP
  • NS PC Party
  • Media

  • CBC NS Election Coverage 2006
  • . . . [more]
    Posted in: Miscellaneous

    What Is SRW/U?

    I stumbled upon this post and I’ve been twisting my head back and forth trying to absorb and understand this. I haven’t had much time to really sort it out but something tells me it’s worth knowing about. While I’m putting this on my personal back-burner, maybe this speaks to someone more immediately and maybe someone will make it clearer to me before I start digging.

    Eric Lease Morgan writes:

    SRW/U is used for searching indexes (, and to some degree databases as well). It is possible to use it to search just about any list of stuff you have.

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    Posted in: Miscellaneous

    I Learned a New-to-Me WestlaweCARSWELL Trick!

    Why didn’t I know I could do this until now? Did you? If so, why didn’t you tell me?!!

    I just had an advanced training session with our new WeC learning consultant, Sebastian Stella. He showed me this little trick that I have already posted on our firm’s internal blog. It’s SWEET and I can’t believe I didn’t figure this out on my own since I use this right-click feature all the time otherwise.

    Okay … here it is …

    You can right click on any link within WestlaweCARSWELL and choose to open it in a new window! And you

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    Posted in: Miscellaneous

    Wish Lists

    What do legal researchers really want?

    From technology, I mean. We spend a bit of time here at Slaw fielding the news about this and that technical development initiated by others and helping each other cope with change that if not forced on us then certainly is, like the weather, happening without our informed consent. But if we had our druthers, what would our druthers be?

    I know we want others to get beyond email. The wish has been expressed here more than once, for example, that legal publishers should wake up and smell the RSSes, so to speak. Ordinary . . . [more]

    Posted in: Miscellaneous