TRC-Related CPD Activities Bundle

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By Sarah Rider
Continuing Professional Development, Law Society of Saskatchewan 

For the remainder of the month of June, in recognition of National Indigenous History Month and in celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21st, the CPD department of the Law Society is offering all TRC CPD programs to date at a special rate!

The below listed recorded sessions can be purchased as a bundle for $300 (+5% GST = $315), this is a savings of $95!

To take advantage of this special offer, please send Visa or MasterCard payment details to or send a cheque to 1100-2002 Victoria Ave., Regina, S4P 0R7.

More commentary from Saskatchewan is now on CanLII

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Repost with Permission from The CanLII Blog

When I think of the time I lived in Saskatchewan, one of the things I remember most fondly is the can-do attitude. When Saskatchewanians want something they don’t wait around, they all get together and build what they need.

Many small provinces and territories in Canada have not been well served by commercial publishers, as their markets have not been big enough to support the detailed coverage that larger jurisdictions enjoy. The Law Society of Saskatchewan Libraries have done so much to step into the gap, and have been one of the largest publishers of Saskatchewan legal commentary for many years. The Law Society of Saskatchewan has also been one of CanLII’s biggest supporters.

This has come together to mean that Saskatchewan is one of the jurisdictions with the most commentary on CanLII. Now we are happy to get to share that we have just added two new titles from the Law Society of Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal to CanLII’s commentary section:

Civil Appeals in Saskatchewan: The Court of Appeal Act & Rules Annotated, by Stuart J. Cameron, published by the Law Society of Saskatchewan.

With the expert knowledge gained over almost 34 years on the Court of Appeal, former Justice Stuart J. Cameron carefully guides users through the sometimes complicated legislation and rules of the province’s highest court. This welcome resource provides practical commentary on case law and legislation in one comprehensive, easy-to-use guide.

Saskatchewan Builders’ Lien Manual, by Collin K. Hirschfeld and W. Brent Gough, published by the Law Society of Saskatchewan.

Providing section by section analysis of the Builders’ Lien Act, the first edition of the Manual was authored by W. Brent Gough, Q.C. The Manual was updated by Collin Hirschfeld and released in 2014. The 2nd Edition incorporated changes such as The Builders’ Lien Amendment Act, 2014 that came into force March 12, 2014.

This is in addition to the substantial number of summaries of Saskatchewan case law the Law Society has contributed from their Digests Database. You can read them here.

The Law Reform Commission of Saskatchewan has also contributed their reports.

Thank you to all those organizations for seeing the value in free access to law!

June is Pride Month

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By Barbra Bailey, Policy Counsel
Law Society of Saskatchewan

The latest “Heritage Minute” from Historica Canada features Jim Egan, a pioneering gay activist who challenged the Government of Canada to receive spousal benefits for his partner.  His case resulted in the Supreme Court of Canada establishing sexual orientation as a prohibited ground of discrimination under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in 1995, setting the stage for further developments of LGBTQ2 legal rights.

National Indigenous Peoples Day

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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

National Indigenous Peoples Day, formerly National Aboriginal Day, falls on June 21 every year since 1996, when the Governor General of Canada, Roméo LeBlanc, announced it through proclamation. According to the Government of Canada’s website, “This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The Canadian Constitution recognizes these three groups as Aboriginal peoples, also known as Indigenous Peoples.”

It has become an opportunity for people across the country to celebrate the distinct heritage, cultural practices, spiritual beliefs and languages of Aboriginal peoples that form a part of our collective history in Canada.

National Indigenous Peoples Day was the result of consultations and statements of support for such a day made by various Indigenous groups.

  • In 1982, the National Indian Brotherhood (now the Assembly of First Nations) called for the creation of National Aboriginal Solidarity Day;
  • In 1995, the Sacred Assembly, a national conference of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people chaired by Elijah Harper, called for a national holiday to celebrate the contributions of Indigenous Peoples;
  • Also in 1995, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples recommended the designation of a National First Peoples Day.

The date of June 21, the summer solstice and longest day of the year, was selected in cooperation with Indigenous organizations because of its significance for many Aboriginal communities.

In 2009, June was declared National Aboriginal History Month after the House of Commons passed a unanimous motion to recognize the historic contributions and the strength of Indigenous communities across the country today.


See the National Indigenous Peoples Day Events Page for a complete list of activities across the country. Saskatchewan events on June 21 include:

Regina: Events at City Square Plaza and Government House

Saskatoon: How to discover your indigenous ancestry

New Journals Issues – February 2018

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By Sara Stanley

Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Volume 60, Number 1 (January 2018)

  • A Unique Response to Offender with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: perceptions of the Alexis FASD Justice Program / Katherine Flannigan, Jacqueline Pei, Carmen Rasmussen, Sandra Potts, and Teresa O’Riordan
  • A Nationwide Survey of Child Interviewing Practices in Canada / Sonja P. Brubacher, Kim Roberts, Barry Cooper, Heather Price, Lynn Barry, and McKenzie Vanderloon
  • Détermination de la peine dans le système de justice pénale pour adolescents: examen des dillemes éthiques vécus par les acteurs judiciaries Québécois / Isabelle Linteu, Denis Lafortune et Chloé Leclerc
  • A Different Lens? How Ethnic Minority Media Cover Crime / Aziz Douai and Barbara Perry

Health Law in Canada
Volume 38, Number 3 (February 2018)

  • Editorial / Rosario G. Cartagena
  • Carter v. Canada Through a Mental Health Lens / Samantha Barr

The Advocates Quarterly
Volume 48, Issue 1 (February 2018)

  • Legal Research, Legal Reasoning and Precedent in Canada in the Digital Age / Jonathan de Vries
  • Locus of Title in an Unadministered Estate and the Law of Assent / Albert H. Oosterhoff
  • Subtle, Secret and Circumstantial Evidence: The Intricacies of Winning an Undue Influence Case / Caroline E. Abela and Lia Boritz
  • The White Burgess “Two-Step”: Expert Neutrality as “Threshold” and “Gatekeeper” Admissibility Issue / Daniella Murynka
  • The Changing Landscape of Causation in Medical Malpractice: Sacks v. Ross / Maria Damiano

McGill Law Journal
Volume 62, Number 4 (June 2017)

  • Conditions Géographiques de Mise en Liberté et de Probabtion Imposes aux Manifestants: Une Atteinte Injustifée aux Droits à la Liberté D’expression, de Reunion Pacifique et D’association / Marie-Eve Sylvestre. Francis Villeneuve Ménard, Véronique Fortin, Céline Bellot et Nicholas Blomley
  • Understanding Fiduciary Duties and Relationship Fiduciary / Leonard I. Rotman
  • Le Contrat de Prestations Logistiques / Kamelia Kolli et Stéphane Rousseau
  • Le Marchand de Venise: Le Pari et la Dette, le Jeau et la Loi / François Ost
  • Les Lutes de Cloche Ren Droit Compare / Giorgio Resta
  • The Next Dada Utopian Visioning Peace Orchestra: Constitutional Theory and the Aspirational / Mari Matsuda
  • Follow the Drinking Gourd: Our Road to Teaching Critical Race Theory and Slavery and the Law, Contemplatively, at McGill / Adelle Blackett