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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

More Bad Verbs From Nouns
Neil Guthrie

We’ve already covered the awful reference when refer to is meant (but I seem to be losing the battle in getting people to use the latter). Two new horrors crossed the radar recently. One is reference again, but used to mean checking a candidate’s references for employment purposes. Ugh. … . . . [more]

Posted in: Tips Tuesday

More Canada-U.S. Pipeline Problems – Michigan’s Push to Shutdown Line 5

The state of Michigan has demanded that a Canadian company, Enbridge Energy Company (Enbridge), close the portion permitted by an easement of its oil pipeline—Line 5—that crosses the Straits of Mackinac, which joins Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. Line 5 is an interstate, interprovincial, and international pipeline, owned and operated by Enbridge. It is used to transport petroleum products from Wisconsin, through Michigan, to Ontario, Québec, and further locations in Canada.[1]

Michigan’s Notice of Termination of the easement applies to a 4-mile portion of dual lines along the lake floor and ordered Enbridge to cease operation by May 12, . . . [more]

Posted in: Administrative Law

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

Searching Older Issues of the Canada Gazette
Susannah Tredwell

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) recently updated its historical Canada Gazette database to improve the search experience. This database contains the issues of the Canada Gazette published between 1841 (when it replaced the Upper Canada Gazette and the Lower Canada Gazette) and 1997. … . . . [more]

Posted in: Tips Tuesday

Google Is Subject to PIPEDA in Canada

The Internet, it is proverbially thought, lives forever. That is, until jurisdictions around the world started to develop the “right to be forgotten.”

In 2017, a complaint was made to the Privacy Commissioner of Canada that Google violates the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), by displaying links to news articles with personal and sensitive information about him.

This wasn’t the first privacy complaint that the Commissioner faced about Google, which previously included Wifi data collection. The Commissioner has also investigated other businesses that index private information that is maintained or removed on Google, or businesses . . . [more]

Posted in: Substantive Law: Judicial Decisions

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 CanLII Search Operators Like a Pro
Alex Tsang

While researching using CanLII, are you looking for documents containing one word or phrase but not another? Or maybe you are looking for documents containing an exact phrase? Never fear, operators are here to help! … . . . [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

Proofread fail
Neil Guthrie

I think’s how the kids would express what happened to a California judge. A better way to describe it might be ‘an embarrassing example of assuming the junior person who’s working for you will have done the proofreading in the first place, and that you don’t need to check things yourself.’ … . . . [more]

Posted in: Tips Tuesday

Strong Relationships, Strong Foundation for Success

I often think about how my role as a legal marketer draws a lot of similarities to the role of a lawyer. Legal marketers are driven by clients, are relied upon for our unique expertise, and our success is tied to positive outcomes and results. But, perhaps the most significant similarity is the simple idea that if you can build strong and trusted relationships with your clients, it can mean the difference between an ordinary career and one that truly thrives.

I canvassed some of my colleagues about how they perceived relationship building in our industry and how, in practice, . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Marketing

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

What Is a Supplement?
Susannah Tredwell

You will notice that some citations for acts contain the abbreviation “Supp.” (short for “supplement”). An example of this would be “Competition Tribunal Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. 19 (2nd Supp.)”. But what does this mean? … . . . [more]

Posted in: Tips Tuesday

Changes to Slaw Email Subscriptions

If you are subscribed to Slaw posts by email, there is an important upcoming change that you’ll want to know about.

As of the end of June, Feedburner (our current provider of email alerts) is discontinuing its email services. As such, we’ve transferred our email subscriptions over to Mailchimp, with service beginning tomorrow morning.

What’s changing?

  • At least for initially, we will only have one email subscription that includes all Slaw posts.
  • Emails containing the previous day’s posts will land in your inbox from Monday to Friday. (The Monday email includes posts from Saturday and Sunday.)
  • Category, comment and custom
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Posted in: Administration of Slaw

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

Of Apostrophe Catastrophes There Is No End
Neil Guthrie

The work of a language nerd is never done. Possessive problems: In a recent LinkedIn posting, a fundraising person at an educational institution I attended referred to its’ proud history. … . . . [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

Keep Track of Your Browsing History With Lexbox
Alex Tsang

Lexbox is a supplementary tool on CanLII that can help you keep track of your legal research online by allowing you to view your browsing history, save cases, create and organize folders, and set up alerts. … . . . [more]

Posted in: Tips Tuesday

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

Attention!
Neil Guthrie

The other day I received that now rather unusual thing, a letter. On the envelope, beneath my business address, was typed Attention: with my name after it. … . . . [more]

Posted in: Tips Tuesday