Month: March 2015

CBA Law Day – Law in Film

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By Alan Kilpatrick

This year, CBA Saskatchewan has partnered with the Regina Film Theatre to celebrate Law Day.  A variety of legal themed films will be shown at the Regina Film Theatre throughout April.  You can find the film schedule on the CBA Saskatchewan website.  Admission is free!

Runaway Jury (April 1)  6:45pm

A member of the jury for an explosive trial against a gun manufacturer joins forces with a beautiful woman to subtly manipulate the panel. With millions of dollars at stake in the precedent-setting lawsuit, the mysterious jurist finds himself battling a high-priced and ruthless jury “consultant” who will stop at nothing and secure a verdict.

The Rainmaker (April 8)  6:45pm

Struggling new attorney Rudy Baylor resorts to working for a shady lawyer, where he meets paralegal Deck Shifflet. When the insurance company of Dot Black refuses her dying son coverage, Baylor and Shifflet team up to fight the corrupt corporation, taking on its callous lawyer, Meanwhile, Baylor becomes involved with Kelly Riker, an abused wife, whose husband complicates matters when he confronts Baylor.

Defending Your Life (April 15)  7:00pm

Daniel Miller isn’t having a good week. For starters, he died after he got hit by a bus. Then he discovers that in the afterlife he must defend his actions on Earth in order to ascend to a higher plane of existence. While awaiting judgment, he falls in love with Julia whose near-perfect life Earth seemingly makes her a shoe-in for ascension. However, Daniel’s actions in his lifetime might not be enough for him to move on.

Brokedown Palace  (April 22)  7:00pm

Telling their parents they’re going to Hawaii, recent high school grads Alice and Darlene instead travel to Thailand, thinking their money will go farther. There they meet Nick, a charming Aussie who sells them on the idea of traveling to Hong Kong with him. But things go awry at the airport when the girls are caught smuggling illegal substances in their luggage. Having been duped by Nick, the girls are sentenced to 33 years in a Thai prison.

CanLII Tools

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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

The CanLII website has several useful tools available for users that you may not be aware of that could be useful when conducting your research or preparing documents:

Browser Plugins

CanLII’s search engine supports the OpenSearch standard which, among other things, allows you to query various search engines directly from within your browser’s search bar without first visiting our Web Site

To install our OpenSearch plugins, please visit our Chrome 41 installation page.

If you believe we have incorrectly identified your browser, you may visit the appropriate page below:

RSS Feeds

You can be notified of recent changes to CanLII by subscribing to an RSS feed with your favorite RSS reader or aggregator. These feeds appear on the presentation pages of courts, tribunals, legislative databases and individual legislation. In addition, our search engine can provide an RSS feed for new decisions that would match a specific query.

For details, please visit our RSS feeds page.

Hyperlinking Tool

This tool automatically adds hyperlinks in your document to legislative and case law citations corresponding to materials posted on the CanLII website. This functionnality is powered by Lexum’s LexHub, the same technology that is used to add hyperlinks within CanLII’s decisions.

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Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan Volunteer Profile

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Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan

Volunteer Profile – Andrew Hitchcock

Andrew grew up in Regina and attended undergraduate studies at both the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Regina.  He obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Regina, and convocated from the University of Saskatchewan College of Law in 2002.  He served as a Law Clerk to the Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench for his articling period, and thereafter went into private practice, with a focus on criminal law and labour law.  After several years in private practice, he joined the Regina City Area office of Legal Aid, where he has been for more than five years.  In addition to his work as a Public Defender, he has been a volunteer at the Regina Free Legal Clinic since its inception, where he sees clients in the area of criminal law.  Andrew often goes above and beyond his volunteer duties and provides full service representation pro bono to many low income individuals.  Thank you for all of your volunteer efforts, Andrew!

 

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Staying Current with the Canadian Law Blogs List (Tip of the Week)

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By Alan Kilpatrick

Would you like to stay informed about Canadian legal news?  It is essential for members of the legal profession to stay current with new developments in the legal field.   However, this can be challenging.  The multitude of blogs, websites, and information resources available online can make the task of staying up-to-date seem overwhelming.

Are you familiar with the Canadian Law Blogs List available at LawBlogs.ca?  The Canadian Law Blogs List describes itself as “open directory of Canadian blogging lawyers, law librarians, marketers, IT professionals and paralegals in Canada.”  It was launched in 2005 by Steve Matthews, founder and CEO of Stem Legal.

The Canadian Law Blogs List makes it easier to stay well-informed of developments in law.  It is a single online location that collects and categorizes authoritative legal blogs.  The blogs included in the directory are reviewed for authority, credibility, and currency.  The Canadian Law Blogs List can be browsed by legal practice area, category, and jurisdiction.  Readers can subscribe by RSS feed or email.

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The Canadian Law Blog List homepage features recent posts from the blogs included in the directory.  I encourage you to check it out.

Beaver vs. Polar Bear (Throwback Thursday)

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The beaver has long been associated with Canada because of the fur trade. The Hudson’s Bay Company shield consists of four beavers separated by a St. George’s Cross, and a coin was struck that was equal to the value of one male beaver pelt. It was known as a buck, after the buck-toothed beaver.  Canada’s first postage stamp issued in 1851 was the “Three Penny Beaver”.

Despite all the early recognition, the beaver didn’t get the official status as an emblem of Canada until An Act to provide for the recognition of the beaver (castor canadensis) as a symbol of the sovereignty of Canada received royal assent on March 24, 1975.

Thirty-one years later, Ontario Senator Nicole Eaton proposed that the beaver has had its day and the polar bear, noble and rugged, should replace the “dentally defective rat”  as our national symbol.

 

Sources:

Picture: National Post (http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/07/13/hey-america-thats-no-way-to-treat-canadas-national-emblem/)

Reuters Canada (http://ca.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idCATRE79R50120111028)

Maclean’s Magazine (http://www.macleans.ca/news/canada/beaver-be-dammed/)