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Archive for November, 2006

The Friday Fillip

Simon C’s post earlier in the week about the law book poem foreshadowed this week’s fillip, which is about poetry. Well, doggerel, more like. I thought we’d do a quick tour through some of the many kinds of quicki-verse invented to please and amuse.

Everyone’s favourite, this ya-ta-ta-ya-ta-ta-ta-ta verse was popularized — but not invented — by Edward Lear, one of the Victorian age’s eccentric versifiers and artists. Since his time, we’ve moved from nonsense to bawdiness, which makes it a bit tricky to feature a real limerick here. I mean, where do . . . [more]

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Pow! Bang! WAP!

Oh woe is me. I fear I may be undone.

I do not have a BlackBerry. Not even sure how to spell it. And although my phone, a sleek but already dated Motorola Razr, can browse the web, I don’t particularly care to see the world through the teensy weensy aperture that WAP (wireless application protocol) enabled sites must live inside, because I want the pictures along with the text.

But I do like my email. Rather more than I should, perhaps, having been known to check it, um… quite regularly. You know that special plop sound that really good . . . [more]

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Ms. Dewey Is Librarian Linkbaiting!

Following up on our Ms. Dewey post, does anyone else feel that Librarian bloggers, and even us here at Slaw, have been duped?

I call pre-meditated linkbaiting! And we took the hook, just like almost every other research or librarian blog out there. We link them up, and some viral marketing guru is sitting in the back room planning his next ‘bait the Librarians’ routine.

So, what’s the deal? are we easy targets? . . . [more]

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We’ve all been watching as the big Microsoft competitors such as Google and Yahoo snap up pieces of a puzzle — just the other day Google bought the wiki-maker JotSpot — the exact picture of which is still unclear. Most of the time it seems they’re gunning for a web-based office suite to take on MS Office. But there are lots of bits that don’t quite fit that view — office doesn’t care about chat or email — or wiki’s, come to that.

Perhaps the best way to think of the current grail is as a web operating system, under . . . [more]

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Bioethics Database

It looks like this is a GL morning, what with gov. docs., conflict resolution stuff, and now this from the GL list:

BELIT Bioethics Literature Database
November 1, 2006

BELIT Contains about 320,000 records from integrated German, American and French databases. It is an extensive bibliographic directory of literature in the area of bioethics unique world wide, containing references to monographs, “grey literature”, legal documents, journal articles, newspaper articles and book contributions. Among the database providers include: the German Reference Centre for Ethics in the Life Sciences (DRZE, Bonn) in co-operation with the Information and Documentation Centre for Ethics in

. . . [more]
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Department of Finance Announces New Tax Fairness Plan

On Halloween, Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty spooked Canadians by announcing a new Tax Fairness Plan. In response to the rapid growth of income trusts, the Plan intends to impose a tax on distributions from publicly traded income trusts and limited partnerships. For new trusts that begin trading after October 31st, this measure will be applied in the 2007 taxation year. Existing trusts receive a four-year transition period; the measure will be implemented in the 2011 taxation year. Other key measures in the Tax Fairness Plan include:

-as of January 1, 2011, the general corporate income tax rate will be . . . [more]

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American Library Association Looking for “Notable Government Documents”

GODORT, the Government Documents Roundtable of the American Library Association, has sent out a call asking people to nominate government documents for consideration for the annual review article in the May 15, 2007 issue of Library Journal. Government documents can be American or “international” (so this includes Canadian material).

Documents or web sites need to be have been published or created in 2005-2006. The Notable Documents project was begun in 1982 and aims to promote awareness of government publications by libraries and their users. Since 1986, the annual list of selected documents has been published in the May 15 . . . [more]

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World’s Largest Collection of Conflict Resolution Material Goes to California

The Pepperdine University School of Law in California was recently chosen by the American Arbitration Association to “take over its prestigious Library and Information Center, consisting of more than 24,000 titles on arbitration, mediation, negotiation, fact-finding, and other international and domestic dispute resolution procedures”.

Pepperdine is home to the Straus Institute, which was ranked the No. 1 dispute resolution program in the United States by U.S. News & World Report.

Cross-posted to Library Boy. . . . [more]

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Report Calls for Major Reforms to Canada Labour Code

A major new report by the Federal Labour Standards Review Commission released yesterday is calling for an overhaul of federal labour standards which have changed little since they were introduced some 40 years ago.

The standards, which form Part III of the Canada Labour Code, cover hours of work, minimum wages, statutory holidays and annual vacations, statutory leaves (maternity, parental, compassionate care, bereavement and sick leave) and the termination of contracts of employment.

They apply to workers under federal jurisdiction such as those employed in banks, telecom or broadcast firms, postal services, airlines, surface transportation, airports and seaports, grain . . . [more]

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CBR Call for Papers

This just in from Christine Sopora of The Canadian Bar Review:


Call for Papers

This is a call for papers for a special edition of The Canadian Bar Review devoted to family law, which will be published in the fall of 2007. Though any topic related to family law will be considered, the Editors are particularly interested in receiving submissions on subjects like the following:

Economic issues
– Family trust
– Spousal support guidelines
– Tax implications of family breakdown
Cross-cultural issues
– The Boyd Report on Islamic tribunals

. . . [more]
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Hit and Miss — One of Each

Canada scored a pick and a pan in this month’s Current Cites. The redoubtable Roy Tennant gave a talk and a glowing review to the Capitalize on Access Conference 2006 that just took place at the University of Ottawa. For the non-librarians among us, Capitalize on Access is the big library and technology conference of the year. RT says:

Always a good time, it has recently been discovered by library technologists south of the border to be a don’t miss event. Thus it is a fruitful and interesting cross-fertilization between the latest developments in Canada and the U.S., as

. . . [more]
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The Times Has a Poem About Law Books Today

The Rime of the Idiot Media Lawyer By Alex WadeAlex Wade is a media lawyer and the author of Wrecking Machine. He is currently at work on a book about surfing and writes Times Online’s Surf Nation blog

I am getting ready to move house — but what should I do with all my old law books?

It’s a move to pastures new,
And my law books lie in fear.
“By thy lawyer’s mien and merciless eye,
Just why have you put us here?

The dustbin’s lid is open wide,
But we’re not its next of kin!
We have our . . . [more]

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