Month: December 2016

Happy Holidays!

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The Law Society office and libraries will be closed for Christmas and New Year from December 24th, 2016 to January 2nd, 2017.  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 2017.



Holiday Reading List 2016 – Part 2

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Melanie’s Reading List


All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

Childhood friends Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead didn’t expect to see each other again, after parting ways under mysterious circumstances during middle school. After all, the development of magical powers and the invention of a two-second time machine could hardly fail to alarm one’s peers and families.

But now they’re both adults, living in the hipster mecca San Francisco, and the planet is falling apart around them. Laurence is an engineering genius who’s working with a group that aims to avert catastrophic breakdown through technological intervention. Patricia is a graduate of Eltisley Maze, the hidden academy for the world’s magically gifted, and works with a small band of other magicians to secretly repair the world’s every-growing ailments. Little do they realize that something bigger than either of them, something begun years ago in their youth, is determined to bring them together―to either save the world, or plunge it into a new dark ages.

todaywillbediffToday Will Be Different by Maria Semple

Eleanor knows she’s a mess. But today, she will tackle the little things. She will shower and get dressed. She will have her poetry and yoga lessons after dropping off her son, Timby. She won’t swear. She will initiate sex with her husband, Joe. But before she can put her modest plan into action-life happens. Today, it turns out, is the day Timby has decided to fake sick to weasel his way into his mother’s company. It’s also the day Joe has chosen to tell his office-but not Eleanor-that he’s on vacation. Just when it seems like things can’t go more awry, an encounter with a former colleague produces a graphic memoir whose dramatic tale threatens to reveal a buried family secret.

bygaslightBy Gaslight by Stephen Price

London, 1885. In a city of fog and darkness, the notorious thief Edward Shade exists only as a ghost, a fabled con, a thief of other men’s futures – a man of smoke. William Pinkerton is already famous, the son of a brutal detective, when he descends into the underworld of Victorian London in pursuit of a new lead. His father died without ever tracing Shade; William, still reeling from his loss, is determined to drag the thief out of the shadows. Adam Foole is a gentleman without a past, haunted by a love affair ten years gone. When he receives a letter from his lost beloved, he returns to London in search of her; what he learns of her fate, and its connection to the man known as Shade, will force him to confront a grief he thought long-buried. What follows is a fog-enshrouded hunt through sewers, opium dens, drawing rooms, and seance halls. Above all, it is the story of the most unlikely of bonds: between William Pinkerton, the greatest detective of his age, and Adam Foole, the one man who may hold the key to finding Edward Shade.

Pat’s Reading List

borntorunBorn to Run by Bruce Springsteen

In 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the Super Bowl’s halftime show. The experience was so exhilarating that Bruce decided to write about it. That’s how this extraordinary autobiography began. Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to these pages the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs.

messyMessy by Tim Harford

Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives celebrates the benefits that messiness has in our lives: why it’s important, why we resist it, and why we should embrace it instead. Using research from neuroscience, psychology, social science, as well as captivating examples of real people doing extraordinary things, Tim Harford explains that the human qualities we value – creativity, responsiveness, resilience – are integral to the disorder, confusion, and disarray that produce them.

bertieprojectThe Bertie Project: A 44 Scotland Street Novel by Alexander McCall Smith

Once more, we catch up with the delightful goings-on in the fictitious 44 Scotland Street from Alexander McCall Smith…



Sarah’s Reading List


Dear Emma by Katie Heaney

Harriet, the author of her college newspaper’s pseudonymous student advice column “Dear Emma,” is great at telling others what to do, dispensing wisdom for the lovelorn and lonely on her Midwestern campus. Somehow, though, she can’t take her own advice, especially after Keith, the guy she’s dating, blows her off completely. When Harriet discovers that Keith has started seeing the beautiful and intimidating Remy, she wants to hate her. But she can’t help warming to Remy, who soon writes to “Dear Emma” asking for romantic advice.

Now Harriet has the perfect opportunity to take revenge on the person who broke her heart. But as she begins to doubt her own motivations and presumably faultless guidance, she’s forced to question how much she really knows about love, friendship and well-meaning advice.


One on One: Favourite Conversations and the Stories Behind Them by Peter Mansbridge

From one of Canada’s most respected and recognizable journalists comes a collection of the best interviews with the leading thinkers and cultural icons of our time, from the country’s most trusted interview show.

In this, his first book, he collects the most illuminating and timely interviews from the past ten years, book-ending each with his behind-the-scenes recollections and anecdotes. Mansbridge acts as our guide as we get the inside story from prominent figures from all walks of life, including world leaders, music legends and sports heroes.

grisgrimlyGris Grimly’s Frankenstein by Gris Grimly and Mary Shelley

Gris Grimly, the New York Times bestselling artist and creator of the beloved Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Madness, has long considered Mary Shelley’s classic tale of terror to be one of his greatest inspirations. He is now paying homage to it with a lavishly illustrated full-length adaptation, the first of its kind in this or any format. The tale of the hubris of Victor Frankenstein, the innocence of his monstrous creation, and the darkest desires of the human heart have never been more vividly represented on the page. Using an abridged version of the original text, Gris has created an experience that is part graphic novel, part prose novel, and all Gris Grimly: a bold sewing-together of elements both classic and contemporary. Beautifully terrifying and terrifyingly beautiful, this is Frankenstein as you’ve never seen it before.

Lunch & Learn with the Law Society Library

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By Alan Kilpatrick

Do you need legal research training tailored to your firm’s specific needs?  Want to earn CPD credit while improving your legal research skills?  The Law Society Library is here to help.

Law librarians Ken Fox and Alan Kilpatrick offer flexible in-person training sessions customized to your firm’s legal research needs.  Let us know what you would like to learn and we will create an interactive session designed to help your firm develop solid research strategies, identify relevant legal resources, and save time and money through efficient legal research.

Possible training session topics could include:

  • Making the most of free legal resources like CanLII
  • An overview of the amazing resources available through the Law Society Member’s Section
  • Advanced search strategies

Lunch & Learn training sessions are $60.00 per lawyer per hour for 1.0 CPD credit. Book in advance to ensure the librarian’s availability.

Book an in-person Lunch & Learn session with a law librarian today:

Call 306-569-8020 in Regina
Toll-free 1-877-989-4999
Fax 306-569-0155

Holiday Reading List 2016 – Part 1

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It’s Christmastime again, and with any luck, there is some free time on your horizon (although at this time of year it can seem like you may never have free time again!). For those of you unsure what to do with time off, the Library staff would like to offer a few suggestions…

Alan’s Reading List

lifefateLife and Fate by Vasily Grossman

Life and Fate is an epic tale of World War II and a profound reckoning with the dark forces that dominated the twentieth century. Interweaving a transfixing account of the battle of Stalingrad with the story of a single middle-class family, the Shaposhnikovs, scattered by fortune from Germany to Siberia, Vasily Grossman fashions an immense, intricately detailed tapestry depicting a time of almost unimaginable horror and even stranger hope. Life and Fate juxtaposes bedrooms and snipers’ nests, scientific laboratories and the Gulag, taking us deep into the hearts and minds of characters ranging from a boy on his way to the gas chambers to Hitler and Stalin themselves. This novel of unsparing realism and visionary moral intensity is one of the supreme achievements of modern Russian literature.


Kallocain by Karin Boyle

This classic Swedish novel envisioned a future of drab terror. Seen through the eyes of idealistic scientist Leo Kall, Kallocain’s depiction of a totalitarian world state is a montage of what novelist Karin Boye had seen or sensed in 1930s Russia and Germany. Its central idea grew from the rumors of truth drugs that ensured the subservience of every citizen to the state.


Iceland’s Bell by Halldór Laxness

Sometimes grim, sometimes uproarious, and always captivating, Iceland’s Bell by Nobel Laureate Halldór Laxness is at once an updating of the traditional Icelandic saga and a caustic social satire. At the close of the 17th century, Iceland is an oppressed Danish colony, suffering under extreme poverty, famine, and plague. A farmer and accused cord-thief named Jon Hreggvidsson makes a bawdy joke about the Danish king and soon after finds himself a fugitive charged with the murder of the king’s hangman. In the years that follow, the hapless but resilient rogue Hreggvidsson becomes a pawn entangled in political and personal conflicts playing out on a far grander scale. Iceland’s Bell creates a Dickensian canvas of heroism and venality, violence and tragedy, charged with narrative enchantment on every page.

Kelly C’s Reading List


Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett

Depending on your worldview, current events in the world have been chaotic, incomprehensible, or downright depressing so far this year. A long winter holiday (for us at the Law Society Library anyway) is a good time to get a Pratchett fix and escape into his satirical fantasy world. The Discworld series has 41 books in all, with No. 41, The Shepherd’s Crown, published posthumously after Terry Pratchett died of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 66 in 2015. A Discworld fan once said “there is no wrong place to start” with this series. I have read 37 of the 41 novels in this series but not in any particular order. Thief of Time is the 26th in the series. The two main characters, Death and Death’s granddaughter Susan, are my favourite recurring characters in this series. The bookkeepers of the universe – the Auditors – have decided to commission the making of a clock that is so accurate that it will stop time. Death, his granddaughter Susan and the History Monk Lu-Tze and his apprentice work hard to stop this. Since I haven’t read the book yet, I don’t know where this is going. But I have not been disappointed by a Discworld novel yet.


The World of Edena by Moebius

Moebius is the pseudonym of acclaimed French artist/cartoonist Jean Giraud. The World of Edena was first published in French under the title Le Monde d’Edena and has been long out of print. Moebius Productions and Dark Horse Comics work together to put it back in print and for the first time, part of the materials have been translated into English. Stel and Atan are interstellar repairmen trying to find a lost space station and its crew. What they discover about the universe and themselves on the mythical paradise planet Edena changes their lives forever. Moebius art is brilliant as always but his stories are by far the most philosophical in the comic book world. Among other things, the stories pose questions on human desire to live in a structured society. This is the first of a series of three books in Moebius Library. I will be looking forward to Part 2 (The Art of Moebius) and Part 3 (Inside Moebius).


Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator by Ryan Holiday

A media strategist reveals how blogs take indirect bribes, marketers help write the news, reckless journalists spread lies, and no one is accountable for any of it. “A malicious online rumor costs a company millions. A political sideshow derails the national news cycle and destroys a candidate. Some product or celebrity zooms from total obscurity to viral sensation. What you don’t know is that someone is responsible for all this.”

Kelly L’s Reading List

blinkBlink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell

Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant – in the blink of an eye – that actually aren’t as simple as they seem. Blink reveals that great decision makers aren’t those who process the most information or spend the most time deliberating, but those who have perfected the art of “thin-slicing”-filtering the very few factors that matter from an overwhelming number of variables.

bigmagicBig Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives. Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the “strange jewels” that are hidden within each of us. Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work, embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy.

thirteenthtaleThe Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Biographer Margaret Lea returns one night to her apartment above her father’s antiquarian bookshop. On her steps she finds a letter. It is a hand-written request from one of Britain’s most prolific and well-loved novelists. Vida Winter, gravely ill, wants to recount her life story before it is too late, and she wants Margaret to be the one to capture her history. As Vida Winter unfolds her story, she shares with Margaret the dark family secrets that she has long kept hidden as she remembers her days at Angelfield, the now burnt-out estate that was her childhood home. Margaret carefully records Miss Winter’s account and finds herself more and more deeply immersed in the strange and troubling story…

Ken’s Reading List

radondaughterRadon Daughters by Iain Sinclair

Sinclair’s writing actually scares me. Not the content or situations he is describing (although those are often creepy too), but the writing itself, like bugs under my skin, or an unshakable feeling that I am an extra in horror film. A resident of East London (UK), Sinclair seems determined to invent a language apt to describe the everyday cruelties and perversities of all the dark corners of the global city. This is not the voice-over in a “gritty” crime movie. This is something far stranger – and more real – than what is permissible in Hollywood. Almost every sentence contains a puzzling image or disturbing twist of thought. It is painful and hilarious and horrifying, a straight-up thriller.

bibleThe Bible

The Bible is not “The Good Book” – it is much more than that. It is actually “a” good book. Good like Shakespeare and the Bronte sisters and Cormac McCarthy – yeah, that kind of good. The people who think it is morally oppressive or self-contradictory are missing the point as much as the people who try to make it an ethical code. It is none of those things. It is the collected stories, laws, and prophesies of an ancient tribe, that over the course of the book, transform, clarify, and ultimately become a vision of universal human redemption. This holiday season’s reading will include the book of Isaiah, which includes the “Emmanuel” and “suffering servant” prophesies that were retrospectively interpreted as predicting the life of Christ – but that is not why I am reading it. It is bold, visceral, and always entertaining. Highly recommended.


Phenomenology of Spirit by GWF Hegel

I don’t know exactly why I do this to myself. This book is so heavy with philosophical abstractions it often leaves me feeling like a naked ape living on a giant, featureless, coal-grey mountain & beating rocks against my head. Other times it seems more like a Bacchanalian revel where my head is drunk with many conflicting thoughts that won’t sit still. I can’t explain Hegel, and don’t claim to understand what I am reading. But for some reason, I am committed to grappling with this strange, shape-shifting monster. The one thing I can definitely say is that reading Hegel alters my thought process – ideas move more fluidly, change places, turn on each other, and recreate reality.

Subject Resource Guide – Contract and Agency Law

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By Alan Kilpatrick

The Contract and Agency Law Subject Resource Guide is now available online at the at Research Resources  area of the Law Society website.

Subject resource guide provide the titles of key texts, ebooks, CPD materials, journals, legal encyclopedias, and provincial and federal legislation for a particular area of the law.  They are guides to finding the best resources for an area of the law.  The guides are intended to be used by those starting new legal research projects and to ensure that obvious resources are not missed.

Other subject guides available at Research Resources include:

The Law Society Library will continue to develop subject resource lists in every area of legal practice on a regular basis.

Lawyers Weekly

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lawyersweeklyBy Melanie Hodges Neufeld

The December 16th edition of Lawyers Weekly digital edition is now available via the Members’ Section of the Law Society website. Articles in this issue include:

  • New U.S. leader assembles team as Canadians ponder future trade
  • ‘Sea change’ wave crashing on Robin Camp
  • Personal Injury: Neutralizing biased juries
  • News: East Coast gets top court judge
  • Business & Careers: Job outlook is murky