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Tips Tuesday: 3 Life-Changing Browser Plug-Ins

Tab Session Manager Plug-In for Firefox / Session Buddy for Chrome

When I’m doing research, there’s nothing worse than leaving a bunch of tabs open and having your browser crash or alternatively, you want to pivot from what you’re doing or shut your computer down without losing all of your tabs. I have been using Tab Session Manager for Firefox and it was another big game changer for me. It will automatically save my sessions but I can also manually save them as well and then restore those sessions at any time. Session Buddy for Chrome works similarly.

iDissent Firefox . . . [more]

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Tips Tuesday: Use an RSS Feed to Track the Progress of Federal Legislation

In a previous tip, I talked about how you could use an RSS feed to track the progress of Canadian federal government legislation. The website has since been updated and how you set up an RSS feed has changed. 

To set up an RSS feed now, go to https://www.parl.ca/legisinfo/en/bills and then click on “Show More”. You have the option to set up a feed using a text search, bill type, and current status as well as a number of other options.

For example, if you wanted to be alerted any time there were proposed legislative changes to the Canada . . . [more]

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Tips Tuesday: SlawTips Is Moving to Slaw.ca

After nearly 11 years, dozens of Tipsters, and more than 1200 tips, we’ve made the decision to transition SlawTips from its own site to being part of our content here at Slaw. Moving forward, you’ll now find new tips occasionally via our “Tips Tuesday” category.

A huge thanks to all the Tipsters who have generously contributed their pearls of wisdom since 2011. Like the main Slaw site, SlawTips would not be possible without the many authors who share their time and writing talent with the legal community here in Canada and abroad.

The SlawTips motto has always . . . [more]

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Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on practice, research, writing and technology.

Research & Writing

Use Twitter to Track the Passage of a Bill Through the House of Commons
Susannah Tredwell

While LEGISinfo is an excellent tool for tracking federal legislation, it does not get updated the moment that there is a change to a bill. But sometimes you need to have the information on the status of a bill as fast as is humanly possible. … . . . [more]

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Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on practice, research, writing and technology.

Research & Writing

Confusing Pairs
Neil Guthrie

We haven’t done these for a while, so here goes. Classic/classical: Over time, these have been used interchangeably to some extent, but they are now best kept separate – and more or less as follows. … . . . [more]

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Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on practice, research, writing and technology.

Research & Writing

Law Prof Fail
Neil Guthrie

A law professor and political candidate tweeted this: Last night we gathered with a group of Liberal supporters who, like I, care about combatting climate change … . . . [more]

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Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on practice, research, writing and technology.

Research & Writing

Licensure
Neil Guthrie

This is becoming more common in regulatory law in Canada, but it’s unnecessary. It’s fairly old – OED gives citations going back to the mid nineteenth century. The word is listed there as an Americanism. … . . . [more]

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Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on practice, research, writing and technology.

Research & Writing

Finding Standards
Susannah Tredwell

Standards, which “establish accepted practices, technical requirements, and terminologies”, are often referenced by acts and regulations; in order to be able to properly interpret a piece of legislation you may need to see the standard it is referring to. … . . . [more]

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Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on practice, research, writing and technology.

Research & Writing

Confusing Pairs, Two With a French Twist
Neil Guthrie

We have borrowed a lot from French and also given a lot to it. Sometimes, however, we each get things a bit wrong (see Guthrie’s Guide for more on this). By way of further example: moral/morale and rational/rationale. … . . . [more]

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Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on practice, research, writing and technology.

Research & Writing

Just supposing…
Neil Guthrie

In a recent e-mail, someone wrote What am I suppose to do? That should be supposed, obviously – but was it a typo or a more serious error? It could just be a typo, or else one of those spellings based on oral information only. … . . . [more]

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Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on practice, research, writing and technology.

Research & Writing

Miscellaneous Misuses, Part 2
Neil Guthrie

An assortment of things to avoid. At its most basic: Something can’t be more or less basic; once you’re at the base, that’s far as you can go. Chomping at the bit: Purists often say that really should be champing (and they’re not wrong). But champ and chomp mean the same thing: to chew vigorously, to munch, to bite at . . . [more]

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Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on practice, research, writing and technology.

Research & Writing

Software Tools for Editing
Neil Guthrie

In the olden days, a pair of articled clerks would sit together with two versions of a document. One would read aloud the new version and the other would mark the changes on the old, striking through deletions and writing in additions then underlining them. A red pen was typically used, hence redlining. With the advent of the monochrome photocopier, . . . [more]

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