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Archive for March, 2009

This Week’s Biotech Highlights

A contentious policy week on both sides of the border:

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Posted in: Legal Information, Substantive Law, Substantive Law: Judicial Decisions, Technology: Internet

HIV/AIDS and the Status of Women

Canadians used to think about HIV/AIDS as a problem that only affected people in Sub-Saharan Africa, or homosexual males.

Thanks to the efforts of many activists this perception has shifted, and there is a broader awareness of its challenges among the general population.

On May 12, 2009 I will be part of a Canadian delegation that is presenting at the United Nations at the 53 Session on the Commision on the Status of Women. As one of the few law students in the group, I will try to address some of the legal and policy issues facing women in . . . [more]

Posted in: Substantive Law


There are times when you want to know who the head of state / government / power is in a particular jurisdiction, and for those times Rulers is the site you need. Something like CanLII’s new point-in-time legislation database, Rulers offers a point-in-time database of information about who was in charge here, there and everywhere between 1700 and now.

The site offers you four ways, more or less, to get into the data: an alpha index to the jurisdictions, an index of dates (this only back to 1996) of “relevant events,” an alpha index of everything, and a map keyed . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information, Legal Information: Libraries & Research, Miscellaneous

Sales Tax on Goods and Services Bought Online

Hawaiian legislators are working on a bill to ensure collection of state sales tax on goods and services bought online from out of state, while Idaho legislators have declined to do any such thing:

Hawaii Proposes To Collect Taxes On Internet Sales
Buying tax-free music, books and electronics over the Internet would be a thing of the past under legislation pending before Hawaii lawmakers. The measure being pushed by Senate Democrats is meant to force online shoppers of Inc. and eBay Inc. to pay the state’s 4 percent general excise tax, just like customers who buy the same items

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Posted in: Administration of Slaw, Legal Information, Substantive Law, Substantive Law: Judicial Decisions, ulc_ecomm_list

The Formal-to-Informal Rule of Lawyer Web Publishing

One of the more interesting transitions the web has brought to legal marketing communication is the greater acceptance of informal lawyer commentary. Where formal business writing and legal analysis were once considered the only output for marketing materials, the advent of blogging, and now micro-blogging (i.e. Twitter), has allowed lawyers to create more approachable online personas and to simplify legal writing in a way that appeals to a wider demographic of readers.

This trend of informal communication, while liberating in many respects, doesn’t come without a few pitfalls. One that has become more evident recently, occurs with the automated routing . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Marketing

Cameron Inquiry Report Addresses Testing for Breast Cancer

I wanted to make sure we didn’t overlook this item, even though it was prominent in the news this week.

On Tuesday, March 3rd the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador released the report from the Commission of Inquiry on Hormone Receptor Testing exploring how testing failed to give correct results for women facing breast cancer in Newfoundland over a number of years, and providing a number of recommendations to prevent the same from happening again.

The Commission was established by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador under its Public Inquiries Act, 2006 on July 3, 2007. The Honourable Margaret A. . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information, Practice of Law, Substantive Law

The Friday Fillip

About two years ago there was a contest on Slaw to see who could come up with the best collective noun for, well, a legion, a conspiracy, a bombast, an argument, etc. of lawyers. I thought we might revisit the broader topic of collective nouns this Friday, and as a resource to help you follow along you might want to open another couple of tabs in your browser to these two sites (one, two) that have improbably long lists of collectives.

I’m resisting the temptation to delve into the history and origin of the whole business of . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

A Disturbing Trend…

♫ They used to tell me
I was building a dream.
And so I followed the mob

Brother, can you spare a dime? ♫

Lyrics by Yip Harburg and music by: Jay Gorney.

There is one magical quality of a picture – it can convey information in a manner that drives home a point faster than text could ever hope to do.

Accordingly it is one thing to read about the layoffs in the legal profession in a serial fashion in the news – it is entirely another to see that same information graphed and displayed in living . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

New CanLII Legislation System

The CanLII blog announced that their new legislation system is now live. It is not a Friday.

The main improvements introduced by this new approach are:

* Versions of statutes and regulations reflect real changes;
* Legislative updates are carried out on a weekly basis;
* Versions’ dates correspond to legislative changes, such as entry into force, amendment or repeal;
* You can search a legislative text as it was legally binding on a particular date in the past. Historical coverage is approximately five years;
* You can compare two different versions of a particular document;
* You can

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Posted in: Legal Information: Publishing, Substantive Law: Legislation

2009-2011 CALL Election Results

Current CALL President Anne Matthewman announced (via CALL-L) the election results for the 2009-2011 Executive Board on Wednesday. Those were:

  • President: Rosalie Fox
  • Past President: Anne Matthewman
  • Vice-President: Cynthia Murphy
  • Treasurer: Sandra Wilkins
  • Secretary: Ann Marie Melvie
  • Member-at-Large: Susan Jones
  • Member-at-Large: Gregory Wurzer

A big Slaw congratulations to each of you serving on the new Board! . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information