Month: December 2015

Happy Holidays!

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The Law Society office and libraries will be closed for Christmas and New Year from noon, December 24th, 2015, and we re-open on January 4th, 2016, 9:00 am. We’d like to thank our readers for your support over the year, and we wish you a safe and joyful holiday and all the best in 2016.

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The Law Society Library in Regina won 2nd prize for holiday decoration in the Queen’s Bench and Court of Appeal Courthouse!

Holiday Gift Guide 2015 #5

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For the Legal Sourcery Holiday Gift Guide this year, instead of looking for some generic lists on the Internet, the library staff decided to get personal. We will share with you some of our favourite gift ideas for this holiday season. We hope it will help get your creative juices and your spirit of generosity flowing.

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For the self-starter: Everyone knows someone who at some point said “I really like to learn [fill in the blank] but I don’t have time.” Craftsy has hundreds of online classes on cooking, baking, knitting, sewing, quilting, metalsmithing, woodworking, furniture making, jewelry making, gardening, drawing, painting, photography, etc. The cost of each class is between $30 and $50. There is no subscription fee. You pay for the class(es) you want and you can watch the videos as many times as you want on your computer or on your tablets. You can even stream the classes to your big TV if you gift2015KellyC_3have the appropriate gadget. The Android and iOS apps are very well done. You can take notes while watching the video and go back to that exact location in the video to review. You can also submit questions to the instructor and upload your projects for critique. Check out what they have to offer and gift your friend or family member an online class.

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For your Inner Child… or, your child: If you are getting all grumpy over Christmas shopping and thinking bad thoughts of vandalizing shopping malls, DNA Play can provide you with hours of escape into the world of goofy monsters in cheerful colours. DNA Play is a game designed for kids (6-8) to learn DNA. But who’s to say your creative inner child won’t enjoy this just as much. You create a monster and then move the blocks of the DNA string around to alter the appearance of the head, eyes, body, arms and legs. There are over 200 billion unique combinations (according to the app developer). If you create one kooky monster a day, it will take you… 547 million years to exhaust the possibilities. The app is available for Android and iOS and costs $3.49.

 

This wraps up our Holiday Gift Guide for 2015. Remember holiday shopping doesn’t need to be stressful. We hope you have a wonderful holiday filled with friends, family and good times.

Lawyers Weekly

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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

The December 25th edition of Lawyers Weekly digital edition is now available via the Members’ Section of the Law Society website. Articles in this issue include:

  • Remaking office in support of revitalized mission for law firm
  • Woman keeps half of house in dowry dispute
  • Real Property: The hazards of pay as you play
  • Business & Careers: Supply high, demand low

Holiday Reading List

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If you were at our Holiday Social on Dec. 3rd and chatted with our library staff, you probably know by now that we are a pretty diverse bunch. So what are we doing this holiday season when we are not:

  • Walking 500 miles and 500 more in some foreign country
  • Defending our universe at gaming conventions
  • Breaking ribs (his own, not other people’s) at punk rock concerts
  • Wielding pens and splashing ink
  • Having punny funs with funny puns
  • Rescuing the neighbourhood’s critters
  • Studying thumbs, and
  • Doing whatever a Field Artillery Gunner does?

Big surprise – we read!

We are happy to share with you our Second Annual Law Society Library Staff Holiday Reading List:

Alan’s Reading List

Reading2015Alan_1Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?By 2021, the World War had killed millions, driving entire species into extinction and sending mankind off-planet. Those who remained coveted any living creature, and for people who couldn’t afford one, companies built incredibly realistic simulacrae: horses, birds, cats, sheep…  They even built humans.  Emigrants to Mars received androids so sophisticated it was impossible to tell them from true men or women. Fearful of the havoc these artificial humans could wreak, the government banned them from Earth. But when androids didn’t want to be identified, they just blended in.

Reading2015Alan_2Breaking the Chains of Gravity: The Story of Spaceflight before NASA – NASA’s history is a familiar story, one that typically peaks with Neil Armstrong taking his small step on the Moon in 1969. But America’s space agency wasn’t created in a vacuum. It was assembled from pre-existing parts, drawing together some of the best minds the non-Soviet world had to offer… Breaking the Chains of Gravity tells the story of America’s nascent space program, its scientific advances, its personalities and the rivalries it caused between the various arms of the US military. At this point getting a man in space became a national imperative, leading to the creation of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, otherwise known as NASA.

Reading2015Alan_3Iron Curtain : The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1945-1956 – In Iron Curtain, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anne Applebaum describes how the Communist regimes of Eastern Europe were created and what daily life was like once they were complete. She draws on newly opened East European archives, interviews, and personal accounts translated for the first time to portray in devastating detail the dilemmas faced by millions of individuals trying to adjust to a way of life that challenged their every belief and took away everything they had accumulated. Today the Soviet Bloc is a lost civilization, one whose cruelty, paranoia, bizarre morality, and strange aesthetics Applebaum captures in the electrifying pages of Iron Curtain.

 

Jenneth’s Reading List

Reading2015Jenneth_1Watch Me (Anjelica Houston) – A few years ago Angelica Houston released her memoir A Story Lately Told: Coming of Age in Ireland, London, and New York , telling stories that span from her childhood in Ireland to her modeling days as a young twenty-something in New York. And, as a long-time fan, I thought it was so good but was left wanting more. The rest of the story. Well, I asked and I received in 2014 when Watch Me was released. While the turkey is roasting and house is quiet I’ll be dipping into this for the juicy Jack Nicolson gossip alone. Here’s what Amazon Has to say about it:

“In A Story Lately Told, Anjelica Huston described her enchanted childhood in Ireland and her glamorous but troubled late teens in London. That memoir of her early years ended when Anjelica stepped into Hollywood. In Watch Me, Huston tells the story of falling in love with Jack Nicholson and her adventurous, turbulent, high-profile, spirited seventeen-year relationship with him and his intoxicating circle of friends. She writes about learning the art and craft of acting, about her Academy Award-winning portrayal of Maerose Prizzi in Prizzi’s Honor, about her roles as Morticia Addams in the Addams Family films, Etheline Tenenbaum in The Royal Tenenbaums and Lilly Dillon in The Grifters, and about her collaborations with many great directors, including Woody Allen, Wes Anderson, Bob Rafelson, Francis Ford Coppola, and Stephen Frears. She movingly and beautifully writes about the death of her father, the legendary director John Huston, and her marriage to sculptor Robert Graham. She is candid, mischievous, warm, passionate, funny, and a superb storyteller.”

Reading2015Jenneth_2The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories (Dr. Seuss) – I don’t know about you but my favorite part of the holidays beside the never-ending trail of chocolaty treats is spending time with the family and most importantly seeing the little ones. Auntie is in there like a dirty shirt playing with toys, winding them up with sugar and sending them off to bed, but surely there’s always time for a bedtime story first. Dr. Seuss has always been a favorite and most likely embedded the love of puns and silliness in me from the get-go. So, let’s keep the silliness going with not one, but seven lost gems from the Dr. himself. From “The Bippolo Seed” (in which a scheming feline leads a duck toward a bad decision) to “Steak for Supper” (in which fantastic creatures follow a boy home in anticipation of a steak dinner) you and the littles will surely be entertained. The best part? These tongue twisters only get better after an Egg Nog or two.

KellyC’s Reading List


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Chronicle of the World
– Hartmann Schedel’s Weltchronik, or Chronicle of the World, is better known today as the Nuremberg Chronicle, after the German city in which it was created. Both a historical reference work and a contemporary inventory of urban culture at the end of the 15th century, the Chronicle is a remarkable record of the cultural, ecclesiastical and intellectual history of the Middle Ages.

Taschen (publisher) procured a rare, hand-colored, early modern High German translation of the original Latin version and created a complete facsimile down to the yellowed and stained paper. The reproduction quality is superb. The book comes in a slipcase with a booklet (in English) summarizing the main stories.

I bought this book for the 1,800+ woodcut illustrations by Michael Reading2015KellyC_4Wolgemut, Wilhelm Pleydenwurff, and possibly the young Albrecht Durer who apprenticed with Wolgemut until 1489. A full English translation of the original Latin edition (with images) is available online at Morse Library, Beloit College (Beloit, Wisconsin) website. But this is a book you want to hold in your hands, not to read on a screen.

KellyL’s Reading List

Reading2015KellyL_1The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We’ve Lost in a World of Constant Connection: Winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-fiction 2014. The Economist said this: “Mr Harris combs through what remains of our pre-internet lives, separating the things we will carry forward into the connected world from the worthy things we may leave behind.” I’m excited to read this little gem over the Christmas holidays and try to balance the season of excess with a little absence.

Reading2015KellyL_2I came across the blog of a local Regina naturalist, Trevor Herriot, and it turns out he’s a multi-award winning author, including being short-listed for a Governor General’s Award for Non-fiction back in 2000 for a book called River in a Dry Land: a Prairie Passage. His most recent title, The Road is How: A Prairie Pilgrimage Through Nature, Desire, and Soul, came out last year, and I’m hoping to get my hands on a copy of it. HarperCollins describes it this way: “The Road Is How re-enchants our understanding  of desire, spirit and nature. It offers believers and skeptics alike an illuminating look at how brief passages in our lives can help us find grace in the way we walk upon this good earth.”

Ken’s Reading List

Gargantua And Pantagruel – by François Rabelais,    M.A. Screech (Foreword, Translator)

Canadian History For Dummies (2nd Edition) – by Will Ferguson

The 12 Screams of Christmas – by R. L. Stine

Pat’s Reading List

Reading2015Pat_1The Cuckoo’s Calling – When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case. Strike is a war veteran – wounded both physically and psychologically – and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost…

A gripping, elegant mystery steeped in the atmosphere of London – from the hushed streets of Mayfair to the backstreet pubs of the East End to the bustle of Soho – The Cuckoo’s Calling is a remarkable book. Introducing Cormoran Strike, this is the acclaimed first crime novel from Robert Galbraith. – from robert-galbraith.com

Reading2015Pat_2Young, Brave and Beautiful – SOE agent Violette Szabó was one of the most incredible women who operated behind enemy lines during the Second World War. The daughter of an English father and French mother, and widow of a French army officer, she was daring and courageous, conducting sabotage missions, being embroiled in gun battles and battling betrayal. On her second mission she was captured by the Nazis, interrogated and tortured, then deported to Germany where she was eventually executed at Ravensbrück concentration camp. Violette was one of the first women ever to be awarded the George Cross, and her fascinating life has been immortalised in film and on the page. Written by her daughter, Young, Brave and Beautiful reveals the woman and mother behind this extraordinary hero. – from The History Press

Reading2015Pat_3The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine – Mma Ramotswe, the proprietress of the No 1. Ladies’ Detective Agency delved into the past of a famous man whose reputation has been called into question, and to join forces with a new assistant detective (and part-time science teacher), Mr. Polopetsi. While ‘on holiday’ Mma Ramotswe also manages to help a young boy named Samuel in the search for his missing mother; and then of course there is the agency’s arch-enemy Violet Sephotho, scheming to set up a rival secretarial college. – from Alexander McCall Smith

Sarah’s Reading List

Reading2015Sarah_1Armada – Zack Lightman has spent his life dreaming. Dreaming that the real world could be a little more like the countless science-fiction books, movies, and videogames he’s spent his life consuming. Dreaming that one day, some fantastic, world-altering event will shatter the monotony of his humdrum existence and whisk him off on some grand space-faring adventure.

But hey, there’s nothing wrong with a little escapism, right? After all, Zack tells himself, he knows the difference between fantasy and reality. He knows that here in the real world, aimless teenage gamers with anger issues don’t get chosen to save the universe.

And then he sees the flying saucer.

Reading2015Sarah_2Wizard’s First Rule – The protective barrier that separates Westland from its neighbors to the east is about to fall, letting loose a monstrous evil upon the world. Only the combined efforts of a young man dedicated to finding the truth, an enigmatic woman intent on concealing her past, and a crusty old hermit resigned to his inevitable destiny can prevent the opening of the three boxes of Orden-an event with the potential to destroy existence itself. The inclusion of graphic scenes of sado-eroticism, though integral to the story, may deter purchase by some libraries. Nevertheless, this first novel offers an intriguing variant on the standard fantasy quest. The richly detailed world and complex characters will appeal to mature fantasy aficionados.

BarNotes 30th Anniversary

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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

Congratulations to the Canadian Bar Association Saskatchewan Branch for the 30th anniversary of their publication, BarNotes. In addition to the usual insightful articles, the 30th Anniversary edition also contains a special feature which includes:

  • 30 Years of BarNotes
  • Then & Now: 1985 vs. 2015
  • Reflections from a BarNotes Editor by Robert Thornton, Q.C.
  • BarNotes Editors: Where Are They Now?
  • Reflections from a BarNotes Editor by Judge Barry Morgan

Keep up the great work!

Innovating Regulation

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By Barbra Bailey, Policy Counsel
Law Society of Saskatchewan

The practice of law and the public’s demands for legal services are changing.  Driven in part by new technologies, new business models and access to justice concerns, delivery and regulation of legal services has begun evolving around the world.  We have been watching significant regulatory changes in Australia, England and Wales over the last ten years. These ideas have caught on in Canada, as is reflected in the recommendations of the Canadian Bar Association’s recent Futures Report. To keep up with these changes, the Law Society must also rethink its regulation of the profession.

The Law Societies of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba are trying to stay ahead of this wave. In particular, we are examining a spectrum of regulatory tools that includes entity regulation, compliance-based regulation and alternative business structures to determine which, if any, might be effective in our jurisdictions.  A discussion paper co-authored by representatives of each of these law societies represents an early step in both understanding and assessing the regulatory options available.

These new approaches to regulation do not necessarily mean more regulation, but a different approach to regulation that is more proactive.  They can also mean increased flexibility and opportunity for the profession in the delivery of legal services.  That’s why we want your input. The next step in examining these issues is a consultation with the profession in early 2016.  In the meantime, we hope this paper will provide some background information to inform the consultation process.  Please follow the links below to read the paper and accompanying abstract.

 

MadLib Mondays – And the Winner is…

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MadLib Mondays

The results are in! We have a winner of the $50 gift certificate from Chapters! As you are likely aware, the Law Society Library has been collecting entries for our weekly MadLib Monday contest for the last 7 weeks, and after compiling the top 3 entries each week, you, our faithful blog readers, ended up with a 1 in 21 chance of winning our draw. Our lovely staff members, Jenneth and Sarah, did the honours.

And the winner is: Stephanie Weiss

MadLib2015drawThanks to everyone who participated! Just for fun, here are a few of the funniest phrases from this silly game, as chosen by yours truly:

 Civil Case

A civil case, more commonly known as a torture chamber …

 Courthouse Etiquette

  • Large bags and grandmas must be left outside the courtroom.
  • An auctioneer will announce the opening (and closing) of court…

**I think having an auctioneer in the courtroom would speed things up!

Troubleshooting 101

Report your computer and connect a different comical device (such as a lamp, a fan, or a radio) into the same somber outlet. If the device does not work, the problem is the somber outlet, not the computer.

**Doesn’t sound like that outlet has much of a sense of humour!

Weird News

Donald Trump had a history of yelling, but no one – not even his armadillo – ever imagined he’d clap with a fire truck stuck in his big toe.

**This doesn’t even sound as weird as some of Donald’s latest headlines!

Letter to Santa

Dear Santa,

How are you? I am weary. You probably can remember me best by my sonorous nose, my buzzing eyes, and my face that is completely covered with rainbows.

’Twas the Night Before Christmas

And mamma in her ear muffs, and I in my underpants,
Had just settled our knee caps for a long winter’s nap.

**Don’t ask me why, but the idea of wearing earmuffs to bed makes me giggle.

Holly, Jolly Christmas

Have a holly, jolly Festivus;
And when you air your grievances down the street
Say Hey! to a crazy congregation you know

And when you creep down the street
Say Ahoy! to carolers you know

Have a hairy, stinky Christmas
and in case you didn’t hear
Help!

 

Thank you to everyone who took the time out of their busy schedules to participate! And thanks for your continued support of Legal Sourcery. Keep reading, and Happy Holidays!