Day: August 8, 2014

Book Review – The Real Dope: Social, Legal, and Historical Perspectives on the Regulation of Drugs in Canada

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By Alan Kilpatrick

dopeThe Real Dope: Social, Legal, and Historical Perspectives on the Regulation of Drugs in Canada
By Edgar-Andre Montigny
Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011
352 pp.

Those interested in social policy and drug regulation in Canada will be excited to learn about a one of a kind item in the library, The Real Dope: Social, Legal, and Historical Perspectives on the Regulation of Drugs in Canada by Edgar-Andre Montigny.  This work is a collection of essays from a variety of scholars and experts discussing the regulation and treatment of drugs in Canada.

The University of Toronto Press describes this unique collection on its website.

Recent debate around the potential decriminalization of marijuana, along with a growing perception that illicit drug use is on the rise, has brought the role of the state in controlling intoxication to the forefront of public discussion. Until now, however, there has been little scholarly consideration of the legal and social regulation of drug use in Canada. In The Real Dope, Edgar-Andre Montigny brings together leading scholars from a diverse range of fields—including history, law, political science, criminology, and psychology—to examine the relationship between moral judgment and legal regulation.

Highlights of this collection include rare glimpses into how LSD, cocaine, and ecstasy have historically been treated by authority figures. Other topics explored range from anti-smoking campaigns and addiction treatment to the relationship between ethnicity and liquor control. Readers will find intriguing links across arguments and disciplines, providing a much-needed foundation for meaningful discussion.

Some of the chapters in the collection include:

  • From flapper to sophisticate: Canadian women university students as smokers, 1920-60 by Sharon Anne Cook
  • ‘Their medley of tongues and eternal jangle’: liquor control and ethnicity in Ontario, 1927-44 by Dan Malleck

Please stop by the Law Society of Saskatchewan Library to check out this resource. Call Number: KF 3885 .M79 2011.G74 2011.

In the Legal Sourcery book review, new, thought-provoking, and notable library resources are reviewed. If you would like to read any of the resources reviewed, please contact our library at or (306) 569-8020. Let us know if there is a book you would like reviewed.

Words & Phrases: Judicially Defined in Canadian Courts and Tribunals (Tip of the Week)

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By Alan Kilpatrick

tipAug8_1This week, I am excited to highlight an important legal resource – Words & Phrases: Judicially Defined in Canadian Courts and Tribunals.  The Law Society of Saskatchewan Library carries a complete print set of this item at KF 156. W50 1993

Words & Phrases describes itself as “a comprehensive research tool containing approximately 50,000 judicial considerations of words and phrases by Canadian courts and tribunals.  Each entry includes an extract from the judgement in which the word or phrases was considered.  This work contains both statutory and common law terms from every area of the law.”

It is often beneficial to understand exactly how a particular word or phrase has been defined in the courts.  I encourage you to consult this popular resource during the early stages of the legal research process.tipAug8_2

For example, let’s take a look at the entry for the word accident:

The entry includes the word, a cross reference to other relevant words, the jurisdiction, and citations to any cases.  It looks like Stats v. Mutal Omaha Insurance Co. (1978), 87 DLR (3d) is a Supreme Court of Canada decisions that considered the word accident.

If you have any questions about using Words & Phrases, ask a Law Society Librarian. We are always happy to provide legal research assistance to Saskatchewan members in person, on the telephone, or by email.



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