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Archive for December, 2007

Court Summons Hindu Gods

Hindu gods get court summons – Telegraph: “An Indian judge has summoned two Hindu gods to help resolve a 20-year-old property dispute.

Sunil Kumar Singh has placed notices in newspapers in the coal mining town of Dhanbad, in the eastern state of Jharkhand, asking gods Ram and Hanuman to appear in his court next week to present their arguments.

“You failed to appear in court despite notices sent by a messenger and later through registered post. You are hereby directed to appear before the court personally,” Judge Singh’s notice stated.”

Evidently it’s not uncommon for Hindu gods to be . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Montréal Exchange and Toronto Stock Exchange Joining to Create TMX

Montréal Exchange Inc. (MX) and TSX Group Inc. (TSX Group) today announced they have agreed to combine their organizations to create TMX Group Inc. (TMX Group).

Details are in the CNW press release from this morning. Advantages of the change:

The combination of TSX Group and MX will create a leading exchange group encompassing multiple asset classes and comprising a broad range of cash and derivatives operations. By bringing together their respective knowledgeable and experienced teams, TMX Group will have the resources and scale to develop and successfully market new capital markets products, high value data services and to

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Posted in: Uncategorized

CanLII Now Offering Sorting by Number of Cites

On Friday CanLII announced a new search results sorting option:

December 7, 2007
News Release No 2007-06Dear users,

I am happy to announce a set of new features that CanLII is now offering to you in order to help you deal even more efficiently with search results.

In your search results, you are now able to sort cases based on the number of times a case has been cited. You can do so by clicking on the “The most cited” link in the “Sort” menu of your search results page. By choosing “Sort by The most cited” the search

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Posted in: Legal Information: Publishing


I’m fortunate enough in my firm to practice with several other lawyers in the same research practice group. We’ve learned over the years the value of collaboration, which usually takes the form of either “open door” discussions or our monthly meetings where we share news, frustrations, current work and workload issues. In hopes these discussions may be of interest to other researchers who often practice in isolation, I’m summarizing some of the issues dealt with recently (below) and welcome anyone to contact me directly if you wish to follow up in more detail:

  1. Commercial Databases – tips and gripes
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Posted in: Legal Information

Carroll’s “the Hunting of the Snark”

In ebook form, with wonderful public domain illustrations, the full text of Carroll’s “The Hunting of the Snark”, here. Carroll’s is far more entertaining, far better than mine. More educational, too.

Anyway, this place supposedly being about things related to law, here’s an excerpt from “Fit the Sixth – The Barrister’s Dream”. The full text of “Fit the Sixth” follows after the break, together with the illustration that accompanies it.

He dreamed that he stood in a shadowy Court,
Where the Snark, with a glass in its eye,
Dressed in gown, bands, and wig, was defending a pig

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Posted in: Education & Training: CLE/PD, Miscellaneous, Substantive Law, Substantive Law: Judicial Decisions

QuickLaw vs. LexisNexis – Canadian Coverage

It was always my understanding that QuickLaw’s Canadian case law coverage was equal, if not superior, to LexisNexis’. If you too were operating under that assumption, then the following may surprise you… 

I had found a reference to a case using the Nadin-Davis Sentencing Digest. Unfortunately, no citation was provided; it did, however, list the name of the case, the date (1986), the judge and the level of court. The digest entry also mentioned that the case had been appealed. So I set about to search for the case. 

I turned first to QuickLaw. I searched by case name and . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information, Legal Information: Libraries & Research, Substantive Law

The Friday Fillip

Oyez, oyez! and listen up! because you ain’t heard nothin’ yet.

What with radio and iPods and elevators our ears are almost always full of music (and then there’s that stuff that gets played at supermarkets). And the music is typically mainstream. But there’s a lot of nifty different sound out there and I’ve got a source today for some sounds that are anything but programmed.

framework is a site streaming out of the Netherlands that plays long stretches of recordings made in ordinary public places and mixed into interesting soundscapes — “field recording; contextual and decontextualized sound activity” as . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Opportunity to Discuss Forthcoming Copyright Bill With Minister Prentice Tomorrow

I received a message from a library discussion list this morning informing readers of an open house and call-in event at Minister Prentice’s constituency office tomorrow, Saturday December 8. The message notes that rumours are that the forthcoming copyright bill will resemble the US DMCA in some controversial respects. More information about the open house and call-in is available here. . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information, Substantive Law

Canadian Law Blogs List

Steve Matthews, the brain behind Stem Legal and, has revivified his original list of Canadian blawgs by giving it a home of its own as the Canadian Law Blogs List. This is brilliant.

The only thing that’s needed now, Steve, is the RSS links for each, and the ability to mix a feed of our choosing right there on the site, and….

When you have time, that is. . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information, Technology: Internet

December 6, 1917

Today is the 90th Anniversary of the Halifax Explosion, as it has become commonly known, although in looking for material for this post, I discovered that it was referred to as the Halifax Disaster at the time. The largest man made explosion in history, prior to Hiroshima. As with most things some legal material sprung up around the explosion. The most interesting case being, R. v. Mackey (1918), 52 N.S.R. 165 (S.C.) On March 15 it was determined that the caption (nee captain) of the Mont Blanc was to be released on bail, opposed by the crown, while awaiting . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous