Day: January 21, 2016

New and Updated Publications from the Law Society Library

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By Kelly Laycock

casThe New Year is always a good time to take stock of the previous year to see what was accomplished, and the Library is pretty pumped to say that we had a great year for publications. This time last year, we were starting production on a very prestigious project with the Court of Appeal, and I had the pleasure of working with the Honourable Stuart J. Cameron and the Court of Appeal staff on the practice and annotation guide for the Court of Appeal Rules and The Court of Appeal Act, 2000. In November, we launched the title Civil Appeals in Saskatchewan, a one-of-a-kind look at the appeal process at the highest court in this province. Ordering information is available on our website.

BLMcoverblogIn 2014 the Library worked with Colin K. Hirschfeld to revise the The Builders’ Lien Act: A Practitioners’ Manual by W. Brent Gough, which became the Saskatchewan Builders’ Lien Manual, 2nd Edition. The revision reflected important amendments to the Act and relevant new case law since the first printing more than 20 years ago. This ever popular resource became our pilot project for our first ebook, which we launched in January 2015. Now, one year later, we’d like to offer a special limited time offer on the price of the Saskatchewan Builders’ Lien Manual, 2nd Edition along with a fun gift. This special offer will affect both the ebook and print versions and will launch during the CBA Mid-Winter Meeting held at the Delta Regina Hotel from February 4 – 5. Drop by our booth at the CBA Mid-Winter Meeting to see what all the fuss is about or watch for updates on the Law Society Library’s website and our blog, Legal Sourcery. Happy Building!

A few projects that often go unnoticed are the publication in the Members Section on our website. These include the updates to the online-only Saskatchewan Limitations Manual, originally put together in 2005 by Thomas J. Schonhoffer, QC, and Donna Revet. Our updates are now completed once a year by Christine Johnston, and encompass all the new limitation periods for proclaimed or soon-to-be-proclaimed legislation in the province, complete with case law annotations. Our latest update was completed on December 23, 2015.

We’d also like to announce a new look for the Queen’s Bench Practice Manual and Checklists in the Members Section. This update is more user-friendly, allowing you to easily find tips and tricks in several popular areas of law. Written and revised by local experts in each area of law, these resources will help new lawyers get a handle on unfamiliar procedures, or help practiced lawyers explore a new area of law with confidence. If you think we are missing anything, please let us know. Or better yet, volunteer your time to write new materials or review existing documents!

And if that wasn’t enough, we sent out our second release of the Queen’s Bench Rules of Saskatchewan: Annotated to finish off the year with a bang! Shipping is underway and subscribers will be receiving their loose-leafs shortly.

One last thing! Something new is coming in 2016: A fresh face for our Benchers’ Digest quarterly newsletter! Keep your eyes peeled…


New Solo/Small Firm Start-Up Kit

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By Valerie A. Payne, Complaints Counsel
Law Society of Saskatchewan

The Law Society has posted a “NEW SOLO/SMALL FIRM START-UP KIT” (member password required) on the website.   Law Society Practice Advisors are assigned to meet with each “New Solo Practitioner” and each “New Small Firm” (generally 3 lawyers or fewer).  The Practice Advisors review the Law Office and Practice Management systems that the members have in place and attempt to provide assistance and recommendations which will assist the members in developing an efficient and low-risk practice.  These meetings generally occur after a period of time has passed, to allow the “New Solo/Small Firm” to establish themselves somewhat, and so that the Practice Advisors have something substantive to review.  However, the Practice Advisors have noted that  a “New Solo Starter Kit” could be of great benefit, as members can review relevant, helpful and instructive materials which will hopefully assist them to get started off “on the right foot” and be prepared for the Practice Advisor visit.  These materials, which can also be found in various locations throughout the website, may also be of assistance to Not-So-New Practitioners, looking to confirm or shore-up their current practices.  The consolidated materials and a list of recommended recorded versions of CPD sessions of particular relevance for “New Solo/Small Firms” can be found in the Practice Resources section of the website.

Space Copyright – Return of the Space Oddity (Throwback Thursday)

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spacecopyright3By Alan Kilpatrick

In memory of David Bowie’s passing, Legal Sourcery is reposting this blog post  from February 25, 2015.   

Several months ago, I wrote a post on Legal Sourcery about Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield’s popular rendition of Space Oddity.   Hadfield, who recorded the video while in orbit and in command of the International Space Station, posted the video on to YouTube in May 2013.  The video, which was widely shared and viewed around the globe, was suddenly taken down a year later.

The video’s removal from YouTube sparked confusion and frustration.  A passionate discussion about copyright law arose and many questioned why the viral hit had been removed so suddenly.  The Economist and The Globe and Mail both reported on the intricate framework of copyright law aboard the International Space Station.

To the relief of many fans, Hadfield’s video was reposted to YouTube late last year.  What exactly happened?   Hadfield explains the situation on his website,

“…it was with some regret that we took the Space Oddity video off YouTube last May. David Bowie and his publisher had been very gracious. They had allowed his work, his intellectual property, to be made freely available to everyone for a year, and had in fact worked with us and the Canadian Space Agency to make it happen. There was no rancour, and we removed it from YouTube to honour that agreement.”

Once the video was taken down in May 2014, Hadfield and the Canadian Space Agency began the process to obtain permission to repost the video.  Hadfield explains further,

“Bowie himself loved it, posting on Facebook that it was possibly the most poignant version of the song ever created. As a result of this, the recent reapplication of the legal process has been fairly straightforward.”

You can watch the video here.



Hadfield, Chris. (2015). Space Oddity. Retrieved from: