Free Family Law Assistance in Saskatoon – March 2018

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FamilyLawbannerDo you need information about child support, custody/access or divorce?

Do you need help with court forms and processes?

Do you wonder if you have options to going to court?

Family Law Saskatchewan (PLEA) can help answer your questions, and use the court forms available on their website.

These sessions are available in Saskatoon in February:

Friday, March 16

Law Society Library, 520 Spadina Crescent East
9:30 pm to 11:30 pm

Thursday, March 29

Law Society Library, 520 Spadina Crescent East
1:30 – 3:30 pm

SPL Alice Turner Branch, 110 Nelson Road
6:30 – 8:30 pm

There is no cost to attend.  No registration is required. For more information, contact or call 1-888-218-2822 (ext. 2)

Diversity in the City Gala

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The Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (Western Chapter) is holding its third annual Diversity in the City Gala on March 21, 2018 in Calgary.  The Federation welcomes Saskatchewan lawyers and non-lawyers to attend.  For more information, please visit

Legal Sourcery: Four Years On

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By Alan Kilpatrick

Can you provide some background on Legal Sourcery? 

On March 12, 2014, the Law Society of Saskatchewan Library launched the Legal Sourcery blog.  The blog was an effort to better promote the library, market the library’s services and resources, and develop stronger connections with lawyers and the public.  Four years later, Legal Sourcery has exceeded our expectations.  With almost 1500 posts and 240,000 views, the blog has been awarded three Canadian Law Blog Awards (Clawbies) in 2014, 2015, and 2017.  It has helped raise the profile of the library both within the Law Society and throughout Saskatchewan’s legal community, shape a visible and reenergised library brand, and position the library at the centre of legal information initiatives in the province.

How did you choose the name Legal Sourcery?

Coming up with the name was a collaborative endeavour.  Our entire library team participated in brainstorming blog names.  Our goal was to create a clever name that represented who we are, what we do, and the value we offer.  The names we considered included Collawboration, Lawstronauts, Gopher Law, and Wind Chill.  Ken Fox, our Saskatoon librarian, aptly suggested Legal Sourcery during the discussion.  The team voted and decided on Ken’s suggestion.  While legal resources are what the library provides, legal sourcery is the expertise, capability, and value we bring to legal information services.  It’s the esoteric skill we use to help lawyers and the public navigate the depths of the legal resources jungle.

Why did you choose WordPress?

We decided on using WordPress after investigating the various blogging platforms available.  WordPress is an excellent option for blogging.  It requires little knowledge of coding, features professional templates, and is simple to use.  It’s free and allows the user to join the blogosphere within minutes.

How do you monitor the number of posts and the content by contributors?

Our aim has always been to publish at least one new post daily in order to attract and retain readers.  To meet this output, we designated one library team member, Kelly Chiu, to become the blog’s coordinator.  Kelly ensures the blog is discussed at staff meetings, maintains a blog queue with content for the upcoming week, and prompts us when additional posts are required.  Without a coordinator, Legal Sourcery would not have succeeded.

Our Director of Legal Resources, Melanie Hodges Neufeld, maintains oversight and approves all posts before they are published.  She works hard to attract guest contributors for the blog from the Law Society, the Saskatchewan legal community, and external organizations

Since first launching Legal Sourcery, the entire library team has committed to writing regular posts on top of our assigned duties.  Traditionally, library staff have written the majority of posts that appear on the blog.  However, this is now changing as the number of guest contributors has increased in recent years.

What challenges have you encountered?

Creating and maintaining quality content with a limited pool of writers is inevitably challenging.  Attracting guest contributors is key to combating blog burnout and fatigue.  Initially, we found it difficult to attract guest contributors or to convince people it was worth their time to write for a blog.  As Legal Sourcery has achieved more popularity and recognition, it has become easier to attract guest contributors.  Thankfully, this has reduced the burden on library staff to produce daily posts.

What are your most popular posts?

A few facts and figures from Legal Sourcery:

What are your future plans for Legal Sourcery?

At first, our goal with Legal Sourcery was to advertise the resources, projects, and expertise the library offered, in one central place, to Saskatchewan’s legal community.  However, over the past four years Legal Sourcery has evolved into the central hub for all legal news relevant to the Law Society, lawyers, and the public in Saskatchewan.  The 2017 Clawbies panel explained:

The pride of the Law Society of Saskatchewan, Legal Sourcery continued its top-quality blogging in 2017 with a steady stream of useful content … While strictly speaking a library blog, this really could be seen as the go-to source for Saskatchewan legal news. 

The blog now regularly disseminates information about the Law Society, legislative updates, news and events relevant to lawyers, free legal clinics, and content from external organizations like CanLII.  For the past two years, Legal Sourcery has been proud to serve as the official blog of Saskatchewan’s annual Access to Justice Week.

We intend to continue this evolution and to promote Legal Sourcery as the premier source of legal information in Saskatchewan.  Stay tuned for future developments.

Do you have any advice for aspiring bloggers?

Here are some tips for aspiring legal information bloggers:

  • Think about your goals and audience. Understanding your goals and who you are attempting to reach will shape your blog’s development.
  • Coming up with content for posts is not difficult. Follow lawyers and legal information professionals on social media, the blogosphere, and listservs.  What you learn can be repurposed into blog posts.  Take the time to write about the interesting things you are working on.
  • Promote your blog on social media and via word of mouth. I often let our users know about the blog during conversations at the reference desk and refer to it while responding to research enquiries.
  • Common sense is key. Keep posts professional, pay attention to spelling, and be cautious when writing about controversial issues.  Always consider how a blog post will reflect on your larger organization.

Free Family Law Assistance in Rosetown – March to May 2018

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FamilyLawbannerAre you applying to court for child support, custody/access or divorce?

Do you need help with court forms and processes?

Do you wonder if you have options instead of going to court?

Family Law Saskatchewan (PLEA) can help answer your questions, and use the court forms available on their website.

These sessions are available in in Rosetown from March to May, 2018:

March 7, 2018 (Wednesday)
April 11, 2018 (Wednesday)
May 9, 2018 (Wednesday)

Time: 3:00 – 6:00 pm

Location: Rosetown Centennial Library, 201 – 5th Ave. E.

There is no cost to attend.  No registration is required.

Children Experiencing Divorce Program – Regina & Meadow lake

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By Kim Newsham
Innovation and Strategic Initiatives, Ministry of Justice

Saskatchewan Justice Presents: Children Experiencing the Divorce or Separation of Their Parents Group. This program is intended to help children adjust and cope with the many changes associated with divorce and separation. The group format helps children learn from each other and realize they are not lone in this situation. Topics addressed in this program are:

  • Helping children recognize and talk about their feelings
  • Understanding the changes that take place
  • Identifying helpful ways to cope
  • Ways to prevent the feeling of being “caught in the middle” of parental conflict and “harmful games” parents and children play

These topics will be addressed through discussion groups, games, activities, role play and videos.

There is no cost to attend but registration is required. 


February 22, 2018
1 pm – 5 pm
for ages 8-12

February 23, 2018 (Friday)
9 am to 12:30 pm
for ages 8-12

For more information or to register call 1-888-218-2822.

Meadow Lake:

March 3, 2018
10 am – 4 pm
at the Positively Parenting Office, 201 – 2nd Street West
for ages 5-8

March 10, 2018 (Saturday)
10 am – 4 pm
at Positively Parenting Office, 201 – 2nd Street West
for ages 13 and up

For more information or to register call (306) 236-4804.