Month: December 2014

Happy Holidays!

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xmas2014By Kelly Laycock

Dear Loyal Blog Readers,

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Library would like to send out a warm thank-you to all of our faithful readers over the last ten months. We know you have many blogs to choose from, and we are happy you choose ours for all of your legal resource needs. We certainly have fun discussing all the crazy things we’d like to post about! (Unfortunately, only about 10% of our outlandish ideas are fit for public consumption. Oh, to be a fly on the wall during OUR meetings!) You know, librarians and library staff are a lot more creative than I bet you give us credit for…but I digress.

Although 2014 is not quite over yet, this will be our last blog post of the year. I know, we hate to disappoint you, but we are lucky enough to have the week between Christmas and New Year’s off. Legal Sourcery will resume normal blogging duties on January 5, 2015, and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you, but we really hope you weren’t planning on checking blogs on Christmas morning, anyway. Go spend time with your loved ones! That is what Christmas is all about. I appreciate that you love us, too, but we’ll be in touch soon! We promise.

Seriously though, the Library Staff would all like to wish you a very festive holiday season full of love and joy and eggnog and rum, and whatever else fills your hearts with delight. We look forward to spending another fantastic year with you! Best wishes for 2015!

Counsel for Children Program

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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

In early December, 2014, the Counsel for Children (CFC) program was established by The Public Guardian and Trustee Amendment Act, 2014 (No.2). As noted on the Government of Saskatchewan news page, the “program is intended specifically for situations where children and youth benefit from having their views and best interests represented in child protection proceedings by independent legal counsel”. The objectives of the CFC program are to provide a legal appointment service to:

  1. ensure the child’s or youth’s voice is heard in child protection proceedings;
  2. provide timely appointments for legal representation;
  3. establish best practices, supports, and standards for quality legal representation;
  4. create a body of lawyers with expertise and experience in this area of law.

More information can be found on the Saskatchewan Justice website. The website also includes these helpful documents:

Proposed Changes to the Saskatchewan Human Rights Code Act

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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

As noted on the Government of Saskatchewan news page, “the proposed Saskatchewan Human Rights Code Amendment Act, 2014 will clarify that discrimination against transgender people is and has been against the law, as well as strengthen the rights of renters, regardless of sexual orientation”. While transgender people currently have protection under the Code, gender identity will be added as a prohibited ground of discrimination. The proposed Act will also repeal an exemption that allows landlord’s to refuse a renter based on their sexual orientation if renting a suite attached to the landlord’s own home.  Other changes include:

  • Raising the maximum damages the court can award from $10,000 to $20,000 where a person has wilfully or recklessly violated the Act or the person injured has suffered with respect to dignity;
  • Increasing the maximum fines payable by those convicted of an offence to $10,000 for a first offence and $25,000 for each subsequent offence;
  • Updating provisions that allow the Human Rights Commission to apply for court orders to produce information during an investigation;
  • Making it an offence to interfere with an investigation by the Human Rights Commission; and
  • Amending the Code’s hate speech provisions to remove wording the Supreme Court of Canada struck down.

Christmas Reading List, Part 4

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABy Melanie Hodges Neufeld

How will the Library staff relax this holiday season? By reading a few good (non-law-related) books, of course. This is our final installment of staff picks for the holidays.

Alan, our Librarian in Regina:

  • The Long Ships – Frans G. Bengtsson (Viking Historical Fiction): Frans Gunnar Bengtsson’s The Long Ships resurrects the fantastic world of the tenth century AD when the Vikings roamed and rampaged from the northern fastnesses of Scandinavia down to the Mediterranean. Bengtsson’s hero, Red Orm—canny, courageous, and above all lucky—is only a boy when he is abducted from his Danish home by the Vikings and made to take his place at the oars of their dragon-prowed ships.
  • Neuromancer – William Gibson (Science Fiction): With Neuromancer William Gibson virtually invented cyberpunk, his imaginative vision of a matrix of interconnected computer systems is a true a landmark of Sci-Fi; the tale of a data thief who risks everything to re-establish his lost connection with the drug that is cyberspace. (Review by Daniel Andres)
  • Law Librarianship in the Digital Age – Ellyssa Kroski (Non-Fiction): It is absolutely essential that today’s law librarians are digitally literate as well as possess an understanding and awareness of recent advancements and trends in information technology as they pertain to the library field. Law Libraries in the Digital Age offers a one-stop, comprehensive guide to achieving both of those goals.

Kelly L., our Publications Co-ordinator:

  • Every Day – David Levithan (Teen Fiction): Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.
  • The Woefield Poultry Collective – Susan Juby (Adult Fiction): Woefield Farm is a sprawling thirty acres of scrub land, complete with dilapidated buildings and one half-sheared, lonely sheep named Bertie. It’s run in the loosest possible sense of the word by Prudence Burns, an energetic, well-intentioned twenty-something New Yorker full of back-to-the-land ideals, but without an iota of related skills or experience.
  • Ines of My Soul – Isabelle Allende (Adult Fiction): In the early years of the conquest of the Americas, Inés Suárez, a seamstress condemned to a life of toil, flees Spain to seek adventure in the New World.

 

Christmas Reading List, Part 3

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABy Melanie Hodges Neufeld

How will the Library staff relax this holiday season? By reading a few good (non-law-related) books, of course. This is our third installment of staff picks for the holidays. Take a look.

Ken, our Librarian in Saskatoon:

  • Space is the Place: The Lives and Times of Sun Ra – John Szwed (Music Biography): Composer, keyboardist, bandleader, philosopher, poet, and self-proclaimed extraterrestrial from Saturn, Sun Ra led his “Intergalactic Arkestra” of thirty-plus musicians in a career that ranged from boogie-woogie and swing to be-bop, free jazz, fusion, and New Age music.
  • Selected Poetry and Prose – Stéphane Mallarmé (Poetry and Prose): Collects a sampling of the verse, letters, essays, and critical reviews of the nineteenth-century French writer, Stéphane Mallarmé.
  • The Formation of Hell: Death and Retribution in the Ancient and Early Christian Worlds – Alan E. Bernstein (Non-Fiction): What becomes of the wicked? Hell – exile from God, subjection to fire, worms, and darkness – for centuries the idea has shaped the dread of malefactors, the solace of victims, and the deterrence of believers.

Kelly C., our Web/SaaS Administrator:

  • Job: A Comedy of Justice – Robert A. Heinlein (Science Fiction): After he firewalked in Polynesia, the world wasn’t the same for Alexander Hergensheimer, now called Alec Graham. As natural accidents occurred without cease, Alex knew Armageddon and the Day of Judgement were near. Somehow he had to bring his beloved heathen, Margrethe, to a state of grace, and, while he was at it, save the rest of the world…
  • The Anubis Gates – Tim Powers (Science Fiction): Brendan Doyle, a specialist in the work of the early-nineteenth century poet William Ashbless, reluctantly accepts an invitation from a millionaire to act as a guide to time-travelling tourists. But while attending a lecture given by Samuel Taylor Coleridge in 1810, he becomes marooned in Regency London, where dark and dangerous forces know about the gates in time.
  • No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam – Reza Aslan (Religion): Though it is the fastest-growing religion in the world, Islam remains shrouded in ignorance and fear for much of the West. In No god but God, Reza Aslan, an internationally acclaimed scholar of religions, explains this faith in all its beauty and complexity.

Check back next Monday for our last installment of good reads.

Quick catalogue search tips (Tip of the Week)

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By Sarah Roussel-Lewis

Having trouble searching for that item you think you know the title of? Well here’s a quick tip that might help you in the future.

If you only remember partial information from a title, you can truncate a word with an asterisk (*) which will then search the catalogue for any variation of that word. For example, if you are searching for a Canadian tax report but are having troubles remembering the title, you could enter Canad* Tax Report* into the title search bar and it will search all variations of Canad (Canada & Canadian) and report (report, reports, reporting and reporter).

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Truncating your search will allow you to get on with your research quicker, giving you more time to evaluate the material available at the library. If you need any other help searching the catalogue, please let us know at reference@lawsociety.sk.ca or call us at (306) 569-8020.