Useful Resources

Follow the Trail of Your Legal Research Activity on Lexbox

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By Alisa Lazear; reblogged with permission from the CanLII Blog

Lexbox is a free tool designed to help you keep track of your legal research online that has been integrated into CanLII.

Lexbox folders are there to keep track of your research, but you may get caught up in a complex search query and forget to save a document or not realize you needed it until later.

The Lexbox “Recent History” feature can help you backtrack your research activity so you can access those documents you may have discarded. The feature was designed for legal researchers to look for a search they performed or a document they previously visited.

You can use the Lexbox search history feature to:

  • Find a discarded search result
  • Reload a complex search query that was not saved into one of your folders
  • Track time spent on supported websites for billing purposes.

Keep in mind that you have the full control over the recording in Recent History:

  • The tracking of your Recent History can be enabled or disabled from your Lexbox profile.  It is enabled by default.

  • Lexbox records your history for up to 30 days. You can delete all the items recorded in your Recent History, or individual items, at any time.

Gladue Rights Research Database Free and Open

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The Gladue Rights Research Database provides lawyers, researchers and others with instant access to the insights and conclusions of more than 500 academic works related to the history of settler colonialism in Saskatchewan. It also includes a large and growing body of oral history resources and key archival documents.

The database, which was officially launched last May and was supported by the Law Foundation of Saskatchewan, is the product of a partnership between Legal Aid Saskatchewan, the Community-Engaged History Collaboratorium (U of S Department of History) and the U of S Humanities and Fine Arts Digital Research Centre. While originally offered on a subscription basis, open access to the database has been made possible through the generosity of the Law Society of Saskatchewan, Legal Aid Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Ministry of Corrections and Policing, and the Community-engaged History Collaboratorium, Department of History, at the University of Saskatchewan.

Gladue reports are pre-sentencing or bail hearing reports stemming from a landmark 1999 Supreme Court of Canada decision, based on a section of the Criminal Code, advising lower courts to consider Indigenous offenders’ backgrounds during sentencing. The reports can contain recommendations to a court on an appropriate sentence and provide details about the impacts of settler colonialism on an Indigenous person’s background, such as residential school history, physical or sexual abuse, interactions with the child welfare system, addictions and other health issues.

The database will contribute to the goals articulated by Canada’s Supreme Court, including reducing the number of Indigenous people sentenced to serve time in correctional facilities. It will accomplish this in several ways, such as by making Gladue reports—which can cost between $6,000 and $8,000 each in British Columbia—easier to prepare and less expensive for Indigenous people and their legal counsel in Saskatchewan.

The database is a robust and growing resource that has been built by Indigenous and non-Indigenous students at the U of S, working under faculty mentorship. It builds capacity within the justice system toward meeting the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s calls to action regarding education about the history of colonialism as it relates to Indigenous people in Canada.

The database is the first of its kind in Canada and other jurisdictions may replicate this innovative tool in the future. The stakeholders involved in the development and continued maintenance of the database are proud to support such a worthwhile and beneficial project.

CanLII Has a New Look! 👀

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By Alisa Lazear; reblogged with permission from the CanLII Blog 

Thanks to the feedback from our users and the help of the Lexum team, CanLII has undergone a website refresh.

Here are the changes that have been made to improved your experience:

  • On the look and feel side, the font family is now Open Sans, and we chose to stick to only two possible font sizes throughout the site: 14 (body) and 24pts (headers), with the goal of making everything more legible than before. We have also made lists more uniform, using alternative backgrounds, where applicable, as well as columns and filters for ease of navigation.
  • The display of search results has been slightly reorganized and search results now display page length, as can be seen in result number 1 here:

  • The document header has been redesigned with similar tabs for legislation and decisions. Each tab shows how many items it contains. These items are presented in alternative background lists that are adapted to their content and purpose.

  • The site also has more whitespace to create balance and highlight what matters.

We hope you enjoy these new changes and if you have any thoughts on how we can continue to improve CanLII please let us know!

CanLII Connects Content Is Now Searchable on!

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By Sarah Sutherland; reposted with permission from the CanLII Blog

We are pleased to announce that we have completed the integration of CanLII Connects entries into search results on This will make this important source of caselaw commentary more findable, and support better integration through tools like CanLII’s note up feature.

When you conduct a search on CanLII, you are now able to get results of content from CanLII Connects. For example, doing a document search for “promise doctrine” will provide results that link to CanLII Connects entries. Clicking on the title of the entry will direct you to the full document on CanLII Connects.

We hope you find this integration useful. Happy researching!

Alberta and British Columbia Editions of OnPoint Legal’s Take Five Newsletter Are Now on CanLII

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By Sarah Sutherland; reposted with permission from the CanLII Blog.

CanLII is happy to announce that Take Five, a newsletter published by OnPoint Legal Research Corporation, has been added to our commentary section.

The Take Five newsletter is issued in two monthly editions that highlight a selection of cases from the British Columbia Court of Appeal (BC Edition) and the Alberta Court of Appeal (Alberta Edition). An interesting feature in these newsletters is the addition of “Counsel Comments” where counsel involved with the selected decisions can discuss important legal changes, thoughts on appeal prospects, or other ideas on the case. The newsletters also regularly features articles by leading legal professionals discussing current legal topics.

Current issues of both editions are available on CanLII:

You can find case summaries from previous issues of Take Five by OnPoint Law on CanLII Connects.

New Journal Issues- March 2019

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By Sara Stanley, Library Technician

National Insolvency Review
Volume 36, Number 1 (February 2019)

Concordia: Novel Features in a CBCA Restructuring / Kevin J. Zych, Sean Zweig, and Preet K. Bell
New Judgement Clarifies When Bankruptcy Debt May Be Declared Non-Releasable / Oussim Tadlaoui

Canadian Journal of Family Law
Volume 31, Number 2 (2018)

Married Couple, Single Recipient: Understanding the Exclusion of Gifts and Inheritance from Default Matrimonial Regimes / Laura Cárdenas

Moral Evils v Health and Safety Evils: The Case of an Ovum “Obtained” from a “Donor” and Used by the “Donor” in Her Own Surrogate Pregnancy / Pamela M. White

Prestation Compensatoire Et Union De Fait En Droit Québécois : Étude Critique Du Discours Judicaire / Laurence Saint-Pierre

(Some) Mother Know Best: A Case Comment on MM v TB and the Plight of Indigenous Mothers in Child Welfare and Adoption Proceedings / Catherine Wang

Book Review: The Family in Law, Archana Parashar and Francesca Dominello / Mary Jane Mossman

The Advocates’ Quarterly
Volume 49, Issue 3 (February 2019)

The Editor Thinks / Ted Matlow

Reinventing Health Law: The Elusive Search for the Centre / Yola S. Ventresca

Humdrum Becomes a Headache: Lawyers Notarizing Organized Pseudolegal Commercial Argument Documents / Donald J. Netolitzky

A Purposive Approach to Privilege in the Context of Internal Investigations / Gerald Chan and Carlo Di Carlo

Beyond the Shadows of the Past: Eve and Medical Sterilization Reconsidered / Yola S. Ventresca

In the Bramble Bush: Implied Consent to Possession of a Motor Vehicle / Joshua J. A. Henderson and David Bierstone

Trust as a Factor in Designing Effective Mediation Processes / Shannon Moldaver

1704604 Ontario Ltd. v. Pointes Protection Association: Anti-SLAPP Motions – the Ontario Court of Appeal Points the Way / Taylor Hudson

Estates, Trusts & Pensions Journal
Volume 38, Number 2 (February 2019)

The Regulation of Ontario Retirement Homes: A Primer for Elder Law Advocates in Ontario / John Risk and Heather Hogan

The Increasing Exposure of Retirement Savings to Derivative Instruments / Scott McEvoy

Rights of Surviving Spouses on Death in Canada / Marni M.K. Whitaker

Conjugal Succession Rights in British Columbia and the Yukon / Amy Francis

Comparing Common Law and Marriage Succession Rights in Alberta / Nancy L. Golding

Spousal Succession Rights upon Death in Saskatchewan / Kimberley D. Visram

Entitlements of a Surviving Spouse in Manitoba / Gwen Muirhead

Rights of Married and Common Law Spouses in Ontario on Death / E. Llana Nakonechny and Zahra Taseer

McGill Law Journal
Volume 63, Number 2 (December 2017)

Law Enforcement Access to Encrypted Data: Legislative Responses and the Charter / Steven Penney and Dylan Gibbs

Origines et évolution du droit québécois de l’absence : de l’existence incertaine aux présomptions de vie et de mort / Étienne Cloutier

Le concept d’autonomie dans l’arrêt Carter c. Canada : Au-delà du libre-choix / Karine Millaire

Cabinet Immunity in Canada: The Legal Black Hole / Yan Campagnolo

Expanding the Parameters of Participatory Public Law: Right to Public Participation and the State’s Duty of Public Consultation / Mary Liston

Toward the Unity of Constitutional Value- Or, How to Capture a Pluralistic Hedgehog / Mark D. Walters

The Advocate
Volume 77, Part 2 (March 2019)

On the Front Cover: Caroline Nevin / Kerry L. Simmons

The Welcome Demise of the Fresh Consideration Rule in British Columbia / Thomas A. Posyniak

The Law of Causation: A Cause of Some Confusion / Kimberley A. Knapp

Second Annual Westminster County Bar Association’ Golf Tournament / Richard Molstad

Presentation Made to the Legal Aid Committee of the CBABC November 2018 Legal Aid Colloquium / Richard Peck

Health Law in Canada
Volume 39, Number 3 (March 2019)

Editorial / Rosario G. Cartagena

Fairness or Flaw? Ontario PHIPA Orders and Issue Estoppel in Privacy Breach Cases / Scott Robinson

A Brief History of Regulating Assisted Human Reproduction in Canada / Maria Aurora Nunez

National Creditor Debtor Review
Volume 34, Number 1 (March 2019)

Supreme Court of Canada Decision in Redwater: Early Implications / Melanie Gaston, Janice Buckingham, and Emily Paplawski

Receiver Gets Rapped: A Case Comment on Jaycap Financial Ltd. v Snowdon Block Inc. [2019] A.J. No. 134, 2019 ABCA 47 / Josef Krüger, Robyn Gurofsky, and Miles Pittman

Canadian Business Law Journal
Volume 61, Number 3 (March 2019)

Bank on It: Bank Act Restrictions on Use of the Terms “Bank” and “Banking”, A Case Study on Institutional vs. Functional Financial Services Regulation / Christopher C. Nicholls

Security Interests and Builders’ Liens: Two Solitudes or Complementary Systems? / Ronald C.C. Cuming

Protecting Low-Income Consumers: The Regulation of Rent-to-Own Stores / Gail E. Henderson and Lauren L. Malatesta

The Constitutional Validity and Applicability of the Seizure Provisions of the Securities Transfer Act / Elizabeth Edinger

A New Law Journal Has Been Added to CanLII: The Saskatchewan Law Review

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By Sarah Sutherland; reposted with permission from the CanLII Blog

CanLII is pleased to announce that the Saskatchewan Law Review has been added to our commentary section.

The Review first appeared in 1936 and is published twice a year by the University of Saskatchewan College of Law. The review publishes articles, commentary on cases and legislation, book reviews, and other content written by law students, lawyers, and other legal professionals. The Review also hosts an annual lecture given by a distinguished speaker on a legal topic that is then published in the journal.

Thank you to the Saskatchewan Law Review for collaborating with us and choosing to publish openly on the CanLII platform.

The most recent issues are available on CanLII here.