Month: November 2016

Saskatchewan Legislative Update

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The following regulations were published in The Saskatchewan Gazette, Part II, Vol. 112 No. 46, November 18, 2016:

  • SR 87/2016 The Securities Commission (Adoption of National Instruments, MI 96-101) Amendment Regulations, 2016

The following regulations were published in The Saskatchewan Gazette, Part II, Vol. 112 No. 44, November 4, 2016:

  • C‑50.2 Reg 31 The Oil and Gas Tenure Registry Regulations
  • SR 82/2016 The Provincial Sales Tax (Precious Metals) Amendment Regulations, 2016
  • SR 83/2016 The Municipal Hail Insurance Amendment Regulations, 2016
  • SR 84/2016 The Saskatchewan Medical Care Insurance Payment (Physician Services) Amendment Regulations, 2016
  • SR 85/2016 The Legal Aid Amendment Regulations, 2016
  • SR 86/2016 The Wildlife Habitat and Ecological Lands Designation Amendment Regulations, 2016 (No. 7)

Maritime Law Book Acquired

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By Alan Kilpatrick

Maritime Law Book (MLB), a stalwart of the Canadian legal publishing industry for the past 40 years and creator of the popular national reporter system, was purchased by 9766758 Canada Inc, a group involving Colin Lachance, on November 1st.   This is unexpected news for those who were mourning the demise of MLB, previously reported by Slaw last year.

Purchasing a case law publisher in today’s economic climate is a bold move. Lachance, the new CEO of MLB states:

“The pace of technological advancement is accelerating, and we want to bring the benefits of that advancement to legal researchers,” says Colin Lachance. “In addition to smarter search, we will provide high demand tools like visualizations that allow you to more quickly zero in on the cases you need, and we will deliver personalized research trails that help you train our system to learn what’s important to you.”

You can learn more about the purchase from the MLB press release.  Stay tuned for more updates.

Bardal Factors Employment Law Tool (Tip of the Week)

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By Alan Kilpatrick

Researching employment law?  You will be excited to learn about a new employment law resource,  Designed to be used by lawyers and self-represented litigants, this tool enables you to quickly and easily identify reasonable notice periods for termination and dismissal.

Specifically, the tool allows you to locate cases that have applied the Bardal factors.  What are these factors exactly?  The factors come from the 1960 decision Bardal v. Globe & Mail Ltd. (1960), 24 DLR (2d) 140.  They include age, length of employment, character of employment, and availability of similar employment.  According to the website, the factors:

Represent the starting point in determining reasonable notice.  And since there are over 1,000 rulings from Canadian courts expressly laying out precisely how the factors were applied, everyone – from employment lawyers to employers to employees – can look through the rulings and form a pretty good guess of how a court might rule.


However, cautions that employment law is very complex and the factors are only a basic starting point for determining legal entitlement to notice.  More research is always needed.  The tool is still under development and is available in beta.

Employment lawyers, please let us know what you think about this new website!  Check out this YouTube video if you would like practical tips on searching it.

If you have any questions, ask a Law Society Librarian! We are pleased to provide high-quality legal research services to Saskatchewan members in person, on the telephone, or by email.

Party Starting Now!

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From 3 pm to 7 pm today at the Law Society Library in Regina, 2nd floor, Courthouse, 2425 Victoria Ave. Come join us for wine and hors d’oeuvre.


CLASSIC – Free Legal Clinics in Saskatoon

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classicLogoBy Melanie Hodges Neufeld

Community Legal Assistance for Saskatoon Inner City (CLASSIC) provides the following legal clinics at their location at 123 20th Street West in Saskatoon:

CLASSIC’s WALK-IN ADVOCACY CLINIC is for people seeking legal information, basic legal services, including representation to come in and do an intake on a first come, first serve basis. The Walk-In Advocacy Clinic is Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM.

(Note: Walk-In Advocacy Clinic intakes are suspended from November 21 to January 9, 2017 as CLASSIC transition through another group of students.)

  • Residential Tenancies
  • Social Services
  • Employment Law
  • Immigration and Refugee
  • Estate Law
  • Guardian ship Matters

CLASSIC also administers a LEGAL ADVICE CLINIC. This is where clients have the opportunity to have a one half-hour consultation with a practicing lawyer. The Legal Advice Clinic is through appointment only on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and evenings.

  • Family Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Civil Law

Please visit the CLASSIC website for more information.

Lawyers Weekly

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lawyersweeklyBy Melanie Hodges Neufeld

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

  • Hammer of costs pounding down public interest litigation, critics say
  • Ridicule from juror means retrial
  • Health Law: Handling the opiod crisis
  • Intellectual Property: Canada’s fast track patents
  • Business & Careers: Successful co-counsel