Day: August 27, 2014

Tips from the Editor – From Hyphens to Triple Ems

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By Kelly Laycock

hyphens2Okay, we all know what hyphens are (although I bet most of us don’t use them correctly all the time), but how many of you have ever heard of an em dash? What about an en dash or a soft hyphen?

Unless you work in publishing or design, it is entirely possible that you’ve managed to live a completely full life without ever needing to know what these different dashes are all about, but I’m here to tell you that they exist and are actually all around you, whether you know it or not. I hope by the end of this post, you not only know their names but also agree that your writing will benefit by understanding their uses.

In fact, there is a whole range of dashes—from hyphens to triple ems—that are extremely useful in all sorts of writing. In addition to the rules of use, which are pretty much settled in most cases, there are also preferences of style to consider, and each style guide will have a preference. There are many excellent references out there, and I’ve included links throughout this post for further reading.      Read the rest of this entry »

Case Mail

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casemailBy Melanie Hodges Neufeld

Case Mail volume 16, no. 16  (Aug. 14) is now available on the Law Society website. Produced by the Law Society Library, Case Mail is a free semi-monthly electronic newsletter of digests of Saskatchewan cases with links to fulltext decisions on CanLII. Numerous areas of law are covered, including Huerto v. Salte, 2014 SKQB 127, dealing with a statement of claim being struck under former Queen’s Bench Rules 139(1), 140, 173(a), (b), (c) & (e), 188, and 189.