Child Rights Toolkit (Tip of the Week)

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Ken Fox, Reference Librarian

Did you know that the Canadian Bar Association publishes toolkits in multiple practice areas? Today I want to tell you in particular about the Child Rights Toolkit that was launched just May 11 of this year.

This toolkit describes its four main parts as:

Fundamentals – provides the fundamental framework of child rights including where they come from, what they are, who is responsible and the status of child rights in Canada.

The System: Cross-Cutting Themes – outlines available systemic child rights supports and tools and in particular independent human rights institutions and child rights impact assessments.

The Child: Cross-Cutting Themes – highlights subjects that may be applicable to the child or a group of children you work with that transcend all areas of the law, such as Charter rights, best interests of the child, child participation, legal representation and freedom from all forms of violence.

Legal Areas – provides four steps to implement a child rights based approach in practice as well as child rights information and law in specific legal domains such as child protection, family law, youth criminal justice, and immigration.

Each of these opens up an in-depth commentary with labyrinth links to international conventions, federal and provincial legislation, major case law, policy documents, and articles.

Three years in the making, and developed by a long list of content experts, CBA staff, and steering committee members, this toolkit is well worth a good look for anyone involved in the rights of children in Canada or internationally.


Research Tip Roundup: CanLII

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Alan Kilpatrick, Reference Librarian

Over the summer, we will be highlighting Legal Sourcery’s most popular research tips.  On that note, here are Legal Sourcery’s most popular CanLII tips:

If you have any questions, ask a Law Society Librarian! We are pleased to provide high-quality legal research services to Saskatchewan members in person, on the telephone, or by email.


Call 306-569-8020 in Regina
Toll-free 1-877-989-4999
Fax 306-569-0155

Astonishing Coverage of Saskatchewan Tribunals on CanLII

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Alan Kilpatrick, Librarian

Did you know that CanLII provides free access to thousands of decisions from twenty-one Saskatchewan administrative tribunals?  You can access decisions from the following Saskatchewan tribunal:

Board or Tribunal Coverage
Appeal Tribunal under the Medical Profession Act 1977-2014
Automobile Injury Appeal Commission 2003-2017
Information and Privacy Commissioner 2004-2017
Labour Arbitration Awards 1981-2017
Law Society of Saskatchewan 2010-2017
Saskatchewan Assessment Commission 2010-2014
Saskatchewan Board of Review under the Farmers’ Creditors Arrangement Act, 1934 1907-2014
Saskatchewan College of Pharmacy Professionals 2015-2016
Saskatchewan District Court 1907-1981
Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission 2009-2013
Saskatchewan Human Rights Tribunal 2006-2011
Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board 2008-2017
Saskatchewan Local Government Board 1922-2014
Saskatchewan Master of Titles 1907-2014
Saskatchewan Municipal Boards of Revision 2015-2017
Saskatchewan Office of Residential Tenancies 2006-2017
Saskatchewan Provincial Mediation Board 2006-2017
Saskatchewan Real Estate Commission 2009-2017
Saskatchewan Surrogate Court 1907-2017
Saskatchewan Unified Family Court 1978-2017
Supreme Court of Saskatchewan 1907-2015

As a committed supporter of public access to the law and open legal publishing, the Law Society of Saskatchewan Library works tirelessly to improve coverage of Saskatchewan case law and tribunal decisions on CanLII.  We For example, we began a multi-year digitization project in 2015 to provide a complete online record of Saskatchewan case law.  In all, the Law Society Library digitized about 16,000 cases, almost doubling the amount of Saskatchewan case law available on CanLII.  Saskatchewan’s public now has free access to a virtually complete record of Saskatchewan cases back to 1907 as a result of this project.

Notice a Saskatchewan tribunal that does not have its decisions on CanLII?  See a tribunal with poor coverage of decisions on CanLII?  Help us improve CanLII’s coverage of Saskatchewan content by contacting




New Journals Issues – June 2017

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By Sarah Roussel-Lewis

Estates Trusts & Pensions Journal
Volume 36, Number 3 (May 2017)

  • Five Years Later: Ambiguities and Oddities in Alberta’s Wills and Succession Act / Stephen Arhcibald and Mitchell McInnes
  • A Case for Uniformly Abolishing the Rule Against Perpetuities in Canadian Trust Law / Peter Roy Cotton-O’Brien
  • The Evolution of the Law with Respect to Beneficiaries’ Rights to Information: Where are We Now, and What are the Practical Implications? / Sarah Dukema
  • October 3, 2016 Changes to the Principal Residence Deduction / David G. Thompson
  • Margaret R. O’Sullivan, Book Review of Passing Wealth On Death: Will Substitutes in Comparative Perspective by Alexandra Braun and Anne Röthel (2017) ETPJ 299.
  • Howard S. Simmons, Book Review of Macdonell, Sheard and Hull on Probate Practice by Ian M. Hull and Suzana Popovic-Montag (2017) ETPJ 304.
  • Simon Archer, Book Review of Empty Promises: Why Workplace Pension law Doesn’t Deliver Pensions by Elizabeth J. Shilton (2017) ETPJ 308.


Queen’s Law Journal
Volume 42, Number 2 (Spring 2017)

  • An Unfair and Costly Burden: Assessing the Impact of Section 794(2) of the Criminal Code on the Criminal Justice System / Peter Sankoff, Sarah Denholm & Brandyn Rodgerson
  • Grounding Equality in Social Relations: Suspect Classification, Analagous Grounds and Relational Theory / Jessica Eisen
  • (Re-)Constitutionalizing Duress and Necessity / Colton Fehr
  • Assessing Damages for the Public Disclosure of Private Facts: The Case of Jane Doe 464533 v ND / Evan Rankin
  • Matthew Welch, Book Review of Lawfare: Law as a Weapon of War by Orde F. Kittrie (2017) Queen’s LJ 147.


UBC Law Review
Volume 50, Number 2 (June 2017)

  • Leaks in the System: Environmental Flows, Aboriginal Rights, and the Modernization Imperative for Water Law in British Columbia / Deborah Curran
  • Another Good Things: Ross River Council v Canada in the Yukon Court of Appeal, Or: Indigenous Title, “Presentism” in Law and History, and Judge Begbie Puzzle Revisited / Hamar Foster
  • Property and Sovereignty: An Indian Reserve and a Canadian City / Douglas C. Harris
  • Cutting the Cord: The Independence of Corporate Spinoffs in Canada / Duncan Melville
  • Intersecting Challenges: Mothers and Child Protection Law in BC / Judith Mosoff, Isabel Grant, Susan B. Boyd and Ruben Lindy
  • Originalist Reasoning in Canadian Constitutional Jurisprudence / Léonid Sirota and Benjamin Oliphant


Windsor Review of Legal and Social Issues
Volume 38 (May 2017)

  • More Than Wishful Thinking: Recent Developments in Recognizing the “Right to Housing” Under s. 7 of the Charter / Scott McAlpine
  • The Law, Psychiatry and Pathologization of Gender-Confirming Surgery for Transgender Ontarians / Matthew P. Ponsford
  • “I simply do no Believe…”: A Case Study of Credibility Determinations in Canadian Refugee Adjudication / Sean Rehaag
  • Gamete Donor Anonymity in Canada: An Overview of Potential