2017-01-14T19:09:43.749-05:00Canadian Senator Murray Sinclair, the former Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, has produced a Residential school reading list:
"Many of you have asked for a reading list on the topic of residential schools. Ask and ye shall receive. Here’s part of a larger reading list I use."In 2015, the Commission released its findings after its years-long investigation into the many abuses against Indigenous children at Church-run Indian Residential Schools in the 19th and 20th centuries.
"There are several related topics of course which I recommend people take a look at such as Genocide, Colonization/Decolonization, Indigenous activism, child welfare and Indigenous children, Indigenous people and the Justice system etc. I also highly recommend all of Vine Deloria’s books, Thomas King’s Inconvenient Indian, Richard Wagamese’s book Indian Horse, all of the Research papers compiled by the Aboriginal Healing Foundation ... and the website of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation ..."
2017-01-12T19:02:52.796-05:00The University of Ottawa is organizing a conference entitled Charter and Emerging Issues in Constitutional Rights and Freedoms: From 1982 to 2032 on March 8-10, 2017:
"Our conference will bring together leading constitutional scholars, as well as community leaders and policy makers to discuss and examine the possibilities and challenges for constitutional rights and freedoms over the next 10-15 years. The conference will begin on the evening of Wednesday, March 8, 2017 with a public debate on 'Resolved: The Charter Revolution is Over'. There will be a reception at the Supreme Court of Canada on the evening of Thursday, March 9, 2017."The conference is part of the Constitution 150 project, a year-long partnership of the Public Law Group at the University of Ottawa, the Centre for Constitutional Studies, the University of Alberta, and the Université de Montréal.
"The Honourable Mr. Justice Richard Wagner of the Supreme Court of Canada will deliver a keynote address."
2017-01-11T15:58:03.638-05:00The Statistics Canada publication Juristat yesterday published an article entitled Trends in the use of remand in Canada, 2004/2005 to 2014/2015.
2017-01-10T20:01:24.139-05:00The Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL) is seeking nominations for the Denis Marshall Memorial Award for Excellence in Law Librarianship:
"This award is an honour bestowed upon a current member of CALL/ACBD who has provided outstanding service to the Association AND/OR enhanced the profession of law librarianship in the recent past. The specific contributions must reflect the qualities embodied by Denis Marshall:
- a continued commitment to excellence in law librarianship;
- a strong service ethic;
- a commitment to continuous learning;
- a significant contribution to the scholarship of the library profession;
- mentoring and encouraging those who seek a profession in law librarianship;
- the pursuit of innovation and/or innovative solutions;
- and/or a contribution to leadership in the law library profession. "
The name of the nominated person must be accompanied by two signed letters from colleagues in support of the nominee, with names and signatures of three additional CALL members supporting the nomination.
2017-01-09T18:04:18.556-05:00The Governance and Recordkeeping Around the World newsletter, published by Library and Archives Canada (LAC), highlights issues pertaining to government and recordkeeping practices in the public and private sectors around the world.
2017-01-08T13:34:55.824-05:00Last month, the website Librarianship.ca published Highlights from the 2015-16 Departmental Performance Reports.
"Departmental Performance Reports are a measure of how well individual organizations met their plans and expected results as set out in their respective annual Reports on Plans and Priorities, including those for internal services."The article includes excerpts from the DPR of the Supreme Court of Canada that covers IT risks (cyber attacks), electronic case management, the implementation of a new document management system by the Library and Information Management Branch and changes in the Court Records Centre.
"Below are some highlights of interest to the Canadian library and information management community as identified by individual departments and agencies."
2017-01-04T17:13:35.874-05:00The list of new library titles added to the Supreme Court of Canada collection in the month of December, 2016 is now available on the Court website.
2017-01-03T18:27:20.797-05:00The Supreme Court of Canada has published its calendar of appeal hearings for January 2017.
2017-01-02T16:19:57.409-05:00The winners of the 2016 Canadian Law Blog Awards (known as the Clawbies) were announced a few days ago.
2017-01-02T16:06:23.366-05:00Ottawa-based Supreme Advocacy LLP recently published a Supreme Court of Canada 2016 Year-in-Review that provides a "complete legal snapshot of all the law from the SCC in 2016 (...) Each section is arranged in alphabetical order below by area of law so you can more easily find the decisions relevant to your practice."
2017-01-11T15:58:39.624-05:00The Statistics Canada publication Juristat has published an article entitled Impaired driving in Canada, 2015.
2016-12-13T20:29:52.010-05:00The Library of Parliament recently released a research publication on driverless cars entitled Automated and Connected Vehicles: Status of the Technology and Key Policy Issues for Canadian Governments (dated September 2016):
"This document provides background information on automated and connected vehicles (AVs and CVs), and highlights some of the key policy issues related to their deployment. The first section defines AVs and CVs. The second section explains when these vehicles are expected to be deployed. The third section provides an overview of the potential benefits of this technology. Finally, the paper explains the federal government’s jurisdiction related to AVs and CVs and outlines some of the key policy challenges raised by the deployment of these vehicles."The new technology raises issues relating to safety standards, the management of wireless spectrum, policing, and privacy concerns, among many others.
2016-12-12T18:21:11.336-05:00The Macdonald-Laurier Institute, a public policy think tank based in Ottawa, recently released a report called The Supreme Court VS. Parliament Supreme Court of Canada 2016 Year in Review:
"The Supreme Court vs. Parliament emerged as the top theme of this third annual review of the Supreme Court of Canada’s major decisions. In a series of dissenting and concurring reasons, five of the nine judges on the Court voiced harsh criticism at various times of the majority judges for inappropriately intruding on Parliament’s policy-making role. This is a serious critique that goes to the heart of the relative responsibilities of the Court versus Parliament."It is the 3rd annual report on the country's top court written by University of British Columbia law professor Benjamin Perrin, Mr. Perrin once worked at the Court as a law clerk.
"Picking up where last year’s report left off, this report examines the legal significance and policy impact of the Supreme Court of Canada’s top-10 decisions from the last year (November 1, 2015 to October 31, 2016). These cases were selected based on the importance of their subject matter and broad significance to Canadians. While the start of the period covered by this report coincides with the commencement of the new Liberal government, decisions released during this period include litigation undertaken by both the former Conservative government as well as the new Liberal government."
"The main findings of this year’s study are:
1. A significant number of judges on the Supreme Court of Canada have been highly critical of their colleagues for intruding on Parliament’s policy-making role;
2. of the top-10 decisions in the last year, the federal government had zero wins, six losses, two mixed result outcomes, and two cases where it did not participate; and
3. major criminal justice reforms have been initiated by the Court to deal with significant concerns about delays and inefficiencies."
2016-12-11T14:33:59.141-05:00The Fall 2016 issue of Law Library Journal is now available online. it is published by the American Association of Law Lbraries.
2016-12-07T17:48:33.948-05:00In the last year, Thomson Reuters established two (2) new awards for Canadian law librarians for which nominations are open until February 24, 2017.
2016-12-06T12:58:57.935-05:00Bronwyn Guiton, Senior Librarian at the B.C. Ministry of Justice, and Lindsay Tripp, Copyright Librarian at Vancouver-area Langara College, have assembled a small Canadian primer on grey literature in a recent tip column for the Slaw.ca website.
"In our own work, we have had ample opportunity to help clients dive deep into research topics through grey literature. Grey literature can be especially important when the client has budgetary constraints and limited access to specialized subscription-based databases. It can also be helpful when addressing either a very old or very new topic. New topics may not yet have been addressed by academic journals due to the long lead time required for vetting and publication. Older topics may no longer be addressed by current publications on the topic and relevant commentary may only be available through digitization of archived materials."
2016-12-06T12:51:03.925-05:00The Library of Parliament blog HillNotes has published a brief article about the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women (December 6):
"The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women – marked every year on 6 December – provides an opportunity to reflect on how violence affects women in Canada and how our communities can take action to end violence against women. Established in 1991 by the Parliament of Canada, the day commemorates the anniversary of the 1989 gender-based murders of 14 young women at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal."
"In Canada and around the world, violence against women and girls remains a serious challenge. It impedes women’s full and equal participation in public life; it causes short- and long-term damage to women’s mental and physical health; and it hurts families and society as a whole."
2016-12-04T16:29:49.124-05:00The Law Library of Congress polled its staff in Washington, D.C. to find out "their favo[u]rite songs about the law or that somehow relate to law".
2016-12-04T16:24:03.111-05:00Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 Canadian Law Blog Awards known as the Clawbies.
"You can nominate a blog by:The deadline for nominations is end of day on Thursday, December 22nd and the winners of the 2016 Clawbies will be announced on New Year’s Eve.
- Writing a blog post nominating up to three Canadian law blogs you currently read, with a brief explanation of why you think those blogs deserved an award in 2016.
- Tweeting your nomination on Twitter, using the hashtag #clawbies2016"
2016-12-01T12:56:12.227-05:00The December 2016 issue of In Session is available online.
2016-11-30T18:13:10.180-05:00Stratistics Canada released a report earlier this week on Sexual Misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces, 2016:
"From April to June, 2016, active Regular Force and Primary Reserve members were invited to complete an electronic questionnaire asking about their experiences and perceptions of inappropriate sexualized behaviour, discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity, and sexual assault within the Canadian Armed Forces. This included seeing, hearing or experiencing these types of behaviours within the military workplace, or outside the military workplace but involving other military members or Department of Defence employees or contractors. Responses were received from over 43,000 active members of the Canadian Armed Forces, including members of the Regular Force and Primary Reserve."Among the highlights:
2016-11-29T20:07:20.829-05:00The ABA Journal has released its 10th annual list of "the 100 most compelling" law-related blogs, otherwise known as the Blawg 100.
2016-11-28T21:21:50.016-05:00The annual report of the Library of Parliament for 2015-2016 is available.
2016-11-24T18:22:22.150-05:00The Canadian Forum on Civil Justice (CFCJ) will lead a major project to publish a Status Report on the State of Access to Justice in Canada on behalf of the Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters.