By Kelly Laycock
We’ve been making an attempt on this blog to highlight some of our underused resources at the library here, and the perfect example would be our Saskatchewan Regulations Database. Being new to the library, I’m still trying to get a handle on all of our many valuable research tools, so I decided to ask our Saskatoon Library Technician, who maintains the Regulations database, a few questions. Here is what she had to say:
Q: How long has the Saskatoon library staff been compiling the information for this database?
A: The Saskatchewan Regulations database was created by the Saskatoon librarian and goes back to 2000. It was developed to make it easier to update regulations and to keep track of changes affecting the regulations. I have maintained the database with the assistance of the Saskatoon librarian since it was created in 2000.
Q: What information is included in the database?
A: Amended, repealed and new sections of Saskatchewan regulations along with in effect dates are included in the database. Links to the regulations in the Saskatchewan Gazette are also provided.
Q: Where do you find your information and how often is the database updated?
A: The Saskatchewan Regulations database indexes all revised and unrevised regulations published in the Saskatchewan Gazette and is updated weekly when regulations are published for that week. Occasionally amendments to regulations are made in Saskatchewan Bills and these amendments are also incorporated into the database.
Q: So if I was starting a search and I didn’t know about the Regulations database, or if I was looking for something prior to the year 2000, where would I have to look?
A: Both CanLII and the Queen’s Printer are good sources of information about Saskatchewan Regulations, and the Queen’s Printer includes information prior to the year 2000 in the Saskatchewan Gazette starting in 1993.
Q: What would you say is the most useful thing about this database?
A: The great thing about the Saskatchewan Regulations database is that it is more like a searchable table or an index, giving an overview of regulations under a specific Act and the sections that have been amended since 2000. It includes the “coming into force” dates for new regulations, amendments to existing regulations since 2000, plus links to the original regulation published in the Saskatchewan Gazette.
Searches can be done by using the name of the act that the regulation was made under, searching for a regulation by name or regulation number, or searching for a regulation using a specific Saskatchewan Gazette citation or just the year.
Q: So because it’s a database, the search options are simpler. That means I can find what I’m looking for faster, and then with one click of the mouse, I can view the Saskatchewan Gazette entry because you’ve linked them to the Queen’s Printer website. That sounds pretty easy!
A: Yes, the Regulations database is an excellent starting point for researching Saskatchewan regulations.