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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

In honour of the Charter’s 35th anniversary, the Department of justice has released the online Charterpedia. As noted on the site:

This Charterpedia provides legal information about the Charter and contains information about the purpose of each section of the Charter, the analysis or test developed through case law in respect of the section, and any particular considerations related to it. Each Charterpedia entry cites relevant case law, and citations to Supreme Court of Canada decisions are hyperlinked whenever possible.

It contains a wealth of information about the Charter by section, including info on similar provisions, purpose, and detailed analysis. Check it out!

Legal Sourcery’s 12 Recipes of Christmas – Day 8

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On the eighth (business) day of Christmas, the Law Society staff gives to you:

Wheat Salad

1 ½ cups of wheat
1 – 8oz pkg. of cream cheese
1 can of crushed pineapple
2 tsp of lemon juice
1 large box of instant vanilla pudding
1 large container of Cool Whip


Cook Wheat in slower cooker for 5-6 hrs. & add extra water when needed (then drain, rinse and cool wheat).

Drain the pineapple. Mix cream cheese, pineapple and lemon juice in large bowl.

Add pudding (package only – no milk), add the wheat and stir well. Then fold in Cool Whip and refrigerate until ready to serve.


ISC Information on Amalgamation Submissions

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From Information Services Corporation (ISC)

ISC has recently added helpful information on amalgamation submissions on their website. The article explains the 3 types of amalgamation and how to determine the complexity of your amalgamation.

Legal Sourcery’s 12 Recipes of Christmas – Day 7

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On the seventh (business) day of Christmas, the Law Society staff gives to you:

Chocolate Mousse

It’s vegan, non-dairy, and gluten-free, but I promise neither you nor your guests will know…


2 cups non-dairy chocolate
1 container soft tofu, drained
¾ cup non-dairy milk (I prefer almond or coconut)
Maple syrup to taste

What to do:

  1. Melt chocolate in a double-boiler.
  2. Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Put into individual serving glasses and refrigerate.
  4. Mixture will set in the fridge after about an hour.

Other uses:

  1. Chocolate pie: Double the recipe and pour into a pre-baked pie shell, before setting.
  2. Icing for a cake
  3. Fudgsicles: just freeze into a mold.
  4. Dip for fruit.


Great LEXpectations

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By Alan Kilpatrick

Our colleagues at the Law Society of Manitoba Library recently launched a new blog called Great LEXpectations. It is written and maintained by the Law Society of Manitoba’s Librarian, Karen Sawatzky, and Library Assistant, Stafany Shirley, with new posts every week or two.

On Great LEXpectations, you will find research tips, resources, and news of interest to members of the Manitoba legal profession. Some recent posts include:

As the Legal Sourcery team has indicated in the past, coming up with a good blog name can be difficult. The About GreatLEXpectations page describes how their blog name was created:

Great LEXpectations is a play on words of the Dickens novel, Great Expectations, and lex, the latin word for law. The library for the Law Society of Manitoba and the legal profession, is called the Great Library, thus the mashup of “Great LEXpectations”.

We look forward to following Great LEXpectations! You can find it online at


Legal Sourcery’s 12 Recipes of Christmas – Day 6

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On the sixth (business) day of Christmas, the Law Society staff gives to you:

Swiss Chicken Bake

You will need:

9×13 baking dish (greased)
8 chicken breasts (deboned and skinless)
2 cans cream of chicken soup
Swiss cheese
1 cup milk
2 boxes stove top chicken stuffing
Spices: garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, seasoning salt, roasted red pepper and garlic flakes (all to taste)

I have cut up fresh mushrooms and asparagus and added it to #3 of the directions.


  1. Cut chicken into chunks and place in the 9×13 greased baking dish.
  2. Cover chicken with swiss cheese
  3. In a bowl, combine soup, milk and spices. Pour over cheese.
  4. Shake stove top chicken stuffing over top (without cooking it first)
  5. Melt ¼ cup butter or margarine and drizzle over stove top chicken stuffing.


  1. Set stove to 350 degrees and bake uncovered for 45-60 minutes.
Photo credit: Ingrid Wakefield

2017 Clawbie Nominations

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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

It’s that time of year again: Clawbie Award time! The Canadian Law Blog Awards (Clawbies) were started in 2006 to emphasize Canadian law blogs in the legal community in a fun and engaging way. The rules for the nominations are simple:

 Rule No. 1: Do not nominate your own blog for a Clawbie. But Legal Sourcery would certainly appreciate a nomination from one of our loyal followers….

 Rule No. 2: Nominating a blog must happen in one of two ways:

(a) Write a 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 2017.

(b) Tweet your nomination on Twitter, using the hashtag #clawbies2017

 Here are our nominations for the 2017 Clawbies:

  1. Great LEXpectations – News and Views from the Manitoba Law Library: Our friends in Manitoba recently started this blog with a name almost as clever as our own. As described on their blog, “Great LEXpectations is a play on words of the Dickens novel, Great Expectation, and lex, the latin word for law. The library for the Law Society of Manitoba and the legal profession, is called the Great Library, thus the mashup of Great LEXpectations”. Great LEXpectations contains items of interest to the legal profession in Manitoba, but we’ve also become devoted followers and recommend it to those outside Manitoba.
  2. Reconciliationsyllabus – a TRC-inspired gathering of materials for teaching law: As noted on their blog, the site is “an invitation to law professors across Canada to gather together ideas about resources and pedagogies to support recommendation #28 of the TRC Calls to Action: the call for us to rethink both what and how we teach in our schools. A recent interesting post is Thinking about “The Law of Evidence” through the Structure of Indigenous Language.
  3. ReconciliAction YEG: Created by Cree, Metis & settler law students from the University of Alberta, the blog features critical and creative reflections on the Truth & Reconciliation Commission. Start with their inaugural post Acknowledgment is Not Enough.


Congratulations to all the nominees!