Free Family Law Assistance in Saskatoon – March 2018

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FamilyLawbannerDo you need information about child support, custody/access or divorce?

Do you need help with court forms and processes?

Do you wonder if you have options to going to court?

Family Law Saskatchewan (PLEA) can help answer your questions, and use the court forms available on their website.

These sessions are available in Saskatoon in February:

Friday, March 16

Law Society Library, 520 Spadina Crescent East
9:30 pm to 11:30 pm

Thursday, March 29

Law Society Library, 520 Spadina Crescent East
1:30 – 3:30 pm

SPL Alice Turner Branch, 110 Nelson Road
6:30 – 8:30 pm

There is no cost to attend.  No registration is required. For more information, contact or call 1-888-218-2822 (ext. 2)

CPD Program Planning Committee – Call for Members

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From Continuing Professional Development, Law Society of Saskatchewan

CPD Program Planning Committee – Call for Members

The Law Society of Saskatchewan is committed to providing continuing professional development opportunities to the profession. The CPD Program Planning Committee will assist the Director of Admissions & Education and the CPD Program Coordinator in the selection of subject matter, presenters, and the organization and delivery of continuing professional development programming.

The Law Society is seeking applications for the CPD Program Planning Committee. Selection for the Committee should be representative of the profession including diversity in practice, geographic location, gender, etc. An interest or experience in education would also be an asset.

The deadline for receipt of applications is May 2, 2018. Please submit a letter of interest and resume to the attention of Sarah Rider, CPD Program Coordinator via email to


Federal Proclamation

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Division 17 of Part 4 of the Economic Action Plan Act 2014, No. 2, SC 2014, c 39, is proclaimed into force March 6, 2018 (PC 2018-0206). The enactment amends the DNA Identification Act, which aims to create a DNA bank for missing persons. For additional information, see coverage by CBC news and Global News.

Diversity in the City Gala

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The Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (Western Chapter) is holding its third annual Diversity in the City Gala on March 21, 2018 in Calgary.  The Federation welcomes Saskatchewan lawyers and non-lawyers to attend.  For more information, please visit

Estates & Trusts Lawyers – You Asked for It, You Got It!

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By Ken Fox

For some time, Saskatchewan lawyers have been asking us to add Estates&TrustsSource to our suite of online products. It took a bit of time, but we are pleased to announce that the Law Society Library, in cooperation with Thomson Reuters, has now added E&T to our WestlawNext platform.

If you are a Saskatchewan lawyer, you will be able to access Estates&TrustsSource from the Members’ Section of the Law Society website. Sign in to the Members’ Section the usual way. Look for the WestlawNext Canada heading towards the bottom of the page, and the Estates&TrustsSource link below that, along with all of the other online sources. If you have any trouble logging in, please contact the library to get that sorted out.

When opening Estates&TrustsSource, you will notice near the top of the page a section called “Workflow Solutions” which is divided into three stages of estates law: Estate Planning, Estate Administration, and Estate Litigation. This area is intended to assist your practice, and for the most part duplicates content that is in other places.

Following that is Primary Law, which accesses the case law and statute databases of LawSource, but with an estates & trusts law filter.

Further down you will see Commentary, including the Canadian Encyclopedic Digest (again, filtered to include only the relevant titles), and twelve textbook sources. Of these, six are jurisdictionally-based estate admin manuals, and thankfully one of those jurisdictions is Saskatchewan. The Saskatchewan content includes six chapters of legal commentary followed by collections of 62 Precedents, 92 Special Instructions, 54 Letters, and a Words & Phrases index.

Other included texts are (with descriptions based on print versions):

  • Widdifield on Executors and Trustees – blue, single volume loose-leaf, comprehensive legal commentary with noted case citations
  • Waters’ Law of Trusts in Canada – very popular hardbound book with red cover
  • Schnurr, Estate Litigation – 2-vol loose-leaf, loaded with precedents and case law appendices
  • Histrop, Estate Planning Precedents – 3-vol dark blue looseleaf
  • Allen & Quinlan’s Estate Planning Handbook – a thin paperback volume of practical advice

The Commentary section also includes the Canadian Bar Association Concordances, which are organized by jurisdiction (including Saskatchewan), and consist of tables on all areas of estates law with three columns: Question, Answers, and Comments (usually giving the legal source of the answer).

The next section down is Forms and Precedents, and this section deserves your attention, despite the presence of copious forms and precedents in the Commentary Section, for two reasons. First, this content is not included in the global searching tool (note search bar at top of screen). Second, and most importantly, these forms are Word Docs – so will save you the trouble of retyping them.

Finally, there is a link to the Canadian Abridgment Digests. These were already available to you, but it is worth pointing out once again that you can save tons of time in searching for case law by taking advantage of the Abridgment’s exhaustive classification system.

As always, please contact the library if you have any questions are ideas for further resources we should acquire.


New Journals Issues – January 2018 – Part 3 of 3

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By Sarah Roussel-Lewis

The Criminal Law Quarterly
Volume 65, Numbers 1 & 2 (December 2017)

  • Ontario’s Bill 175 on Policing: Improved Accountability but Lagging Governance
  • If your Body Talks, will the Courts Listen? A Comment on R. v. Rhayel / Helene Love
  • Standards of Suspicion / Steven Penney
  • Removing Fault from the law of Causation / Jeremy Butt
  • Reforming Saskatchewan’s Biased Sentencing Regime / James T.D. Scott
  • We Should Probably Take a Look at That: The Process of Taking a View in Criminal Proceedings / peter Sankoff
  • The Nexus Disconnected: The Demise of the Military Nexus Doctrine / Major (Ret) Thomas E.K. Fitzgerald
  • The Hidden Harms of Arbitrary Detentions of the Psychology of the Detainee and the Reputation of the Administration of Justice / Nick Kaschuk
  • The Criminal Code’s Procurement Crimes: Underused Tools in Canada’s Anti-Corruption Effort / Graham Steele
  • Facial Attacks on Telewarrants: When Police Fail to Define “Impracticable” / Hafeez S. Amarshi
  • Borowiec: Exploring Infanticide, “a particularly dark corner” and Providing Another Reminder of the Need for Reforming Homicide Sentencing / H. Arhcibal Kaiser

Estates Trusts & Pensions Journal
Volume 37, Number 1 (December 2017)

  • RESPs and the Deceased Subscriber / Lorraine Allard and Bernadette Dietrich
  • The Modernization of Trustee Law in Atlantic Canada / Sarah Dykema
  • Foreign Guardians of Property and the Ontario Substitute Decisions Act / Matthew Furrow
  • Multiple Wills in British Columbia / Geoffrey W. White
  • Multiple Wills in Alberta / Nancy Golding
  • Multiple Wills in Saskatchewan / Karen Crellin
  • Multiple Wills in Manitoba / K. Eleanor Wiebe
  • The Use of Multiple Wills as an Estate Planning Technique in Atlantic Canada / Timothy C. Matthews and Gerald S. McMackin
  • Informal Fiduciary Accounting: Who, What, When, Where and Why / Susannah B. Roth
  • Quebec: “La Fente” or Legal Devolution to Relatives of the Half-Blood / Marilyn Piccini Roy
  • Ontario and the Convention on the Law Applicable to Trusts and on their Recognition / K. Thomas Grozinger
  • Who Claim is it Anyway: Who is Entitled to Assert and Settle a Claim with Respect to a Pension Benefits Act Deemed Trust? / Andrea Boctor

McGill Law Journal
Volume 62, Number 4 (Jun. 2017)

  • Conditions géographiques de mise en liberté et de probation imposées aux manifesttants : une atteinte injustifiée aux droits à la liberté d’expression, de réunion pacifique et d’association / Marie-Eve Sylvestre, Francis Villeneuve Ménard, Véronique Fortin, Céline Bellot et Micholas Blomley
  • Undertanding Fiduciary Duties and relationship Fiduciarity / Leonard I. Rotman
  • Le contract de prestations logistiques / Kamelia Kolli et Stéphane Rousseau
  • Le marchand de Venise : le pari et la dette, le jeu et la loi / Fançois Ost
  • Les luttes de clocher en droit comparé / Giorgio Resta
  • The Next Dada Utopian Visionin gPease 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 / Addelle Blackett

Queen’s Law Journal
Volume 43, Number 1 (Fall 2017)

  • Justice for (W)all: Judicial Review and Religion / Patrick Hart
  • R v Bingley and the Importance of Scientifically Guides Legal Analysis / Jason M Chin & Helena Ledgerwood
  • Change in Paradigm or change in Paradox? Gladue Report Practices and Access to Justice / Alexandra Hebert
  • Translating the Conflict over Trinity Western University’s Proposed Law School / Blair Major
  • Mark Walters, Book Review of Freedom and Indigenous Constitutionalism by John Borrows (2017) Queen’s LJ 217.