Day: December 12, 2017

2017 Clawbie Nominations

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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

It’s that time of year again: Clawbie Award time! The Canadian Law Blog Awards (Clawbies) were started in 2006 to emphasize Canadian law blogs in the legal community in a fun and engaging way. The rules for the nominations are simple:

 Rule No. 1: Do not nominate your own blog for a Clawbie. But Legal Sourcery would certainly appreciate a nomination from one of our loyal followers….

 Rule No. 2: Nominating a blog must happen in one of two ways:

(a) Write a post nominating up to three Canadian law blogs you currently read, with a brief explanation of why you think those blogs deserved an award in 2017.

(b) Tweet your nomination on Twitter, using the hashtag #clawbies2017

 Here are our nominations for the 2017 Clawbies:

  1. Great LEXpectations – News and Views from the Manitoba Law Library: Our friends in Manitoba recently started this blog with a name almost as clever as our own. As described on their blog, “Great LEXpectations is a play on words of the Dickens novel, Great Expectation, and lex, the latin word for law. The library for the Law Society of Manitoba and the legal profession, is called the Great Library, thus the mashup of Great LEXpectations”. Great LEXpectations contains items of interest to the legal profession in Manitoba, but we’ve also become devoted followers and recommend it to those outside Manitoba.
  2. Reconciliationsyllabus – a TRC-inspired gathering of materials for teaching law: As noted on their blog, the site is “an invitation to law professors across Canada to gather together ideas about resources and pedagogies to support recommendation #28 of the TRC Calls to Action: the call for us to rethink both what and how we teach in our schools. A recent interesting post is Thinking about “The Law of Evidence” through the Structure of Indigenous Language.
  3. ReconciliAction YEG: Created by Cree, Metis & settler law students from the University of Alberta, the blog features critical and creative reflections on the Truth & Reconciliation Commission. Start with their inaugural post Acknowledgment is Not Enough.


Congratulations to all the nominees!

Legal Sourcery’s 12 Recipes of Christmas – Day 5

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On the fifth (business) day of Christmas, the Law Society staff gives to you:


½ cup butter
½ cup granulated sugar
1 egg
½ cup light/dark molasses
2 ¼ cup all purpose flour
½ tsp salt
½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground ginger
1 ½ tsp cinnamon
1 ½ tsp cloves
½ tsp nutmeg


Cream butter and sugar, blend in egg and molasses. Mix spices with flour and other dry ingredients. Add to wet ingredients and mix well.

Roll out dough on board dusted with ½ sugar and ½ flour. Tip: if the dough sticks to the rolling pin try placing a piece of parchment paper over top of it and then rolling it out.

Cut into holiday shapes of your choice, and bake 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees. Let cool and then decorate with your favourite candies.

Saskatchewan Proclamation

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The Adoption Amendment Act, 2016, SS 2016, c 9, is proclaimed into force December 1, 2017.

This Act amends The Adoption Act, 1998 to:

  • increase the adoption revocation period for independent adoptions and voluntary committals from 14 days to 21 days;
  • modify provisions respecting the hearing of children in court, including removing the ability of the court to interview or order a report for a child under age seven;
  • require prospective adoptive parents of a child from a country that is not a signatory to the Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption to provide evidence that the child was adopted in accordance with the laws of the child’s country of origin;
  • authorize the Minister to apply for an order against any person not complying with the Act or the regulations; and
  • make other administrative amendments, including changes to requirements respecting payment agreements and the repeal of simple adoption orders and Family Service Boards.