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Saskatchewan Annual Statutes Added to CanLII

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We are happy to be able to announce that we have completed a project to add the annual statutes for the Province of Saskatchewan to CanLII back to 1978.

This project was made possible by a grant from the Law Foundation of Saskatchewan, and we are grateful to the board and staff of the foundation for supporting this work. Thanks also goes to the staff at the Law Society of Saskatchewan Libraries for discussing priorities for the legal research environment in Saskatchewan. Finally, we would like to thank CAIJ for funding the initial development required to add annual statutes to CanLII, which started with the Federal statutes and the annual statutes of Quebec.

Annual statutes are an important addition to CanLII’s primary law collections because they are the laws as passed by Canada’s parliamentary bodies. Without access to the annual statutes, it can be difficult to navigate legislation over time.

The annual statutes database brings together the statutes once enacted by the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan.

You can read the initial announcement of the addition of annual statutes to CanLII.org here.

Gallop Portal

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By Alan Kilpatrick

Did you know that the Gallop Portal (Government and Legislative Libraries Online Publications Portal) provides free and convenient access to almost 500,000 electronic government publications from all levels of Canadian government?

Launched five year ago by the Association of Parliamentary Libraries in Canada (APLIC), the portal is intended to provide Canadians with an easy way to access, connect, and interact with Canadian government resources.  Canadian Legislative and Parliamentary libraries are mandated to provide access to government documents by the Federal government’s Depository Services Program.

APLIC describes the portal as a “one-stop access point” to government publications.  Users can search for documents across jurisdiction and language using a variety of filtering options and a straightforward search interface.  The portal provides particularly high ease of use compared to other Canadian government websites.

We encourage you to check the Gallop Portal out at gallopportal.ca.

 

New book on CanLII Commentary: Global Corruption: Law, Theory & Practice, by Gerry Ferguson

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We are happy to announce that we recently added Global Corruption: Law, Theory & Practice, by Gerry Ferguson to CanLIIDocs.

Gerry Ferguson, Distinguished Professor at the University of Victoria, Faculty of Law, is an expert in criminal law, criminal procedure, sentencing, and global corruption. He is currently a senior associate of the International Centre for Criminal Law and a Member of a United Nations Expert Group working on anti-corruption academic materials.

His book begins with a chapter on the general context of corruption, discussing historical, political, sociological, and economic perspectives. The following chapters cover standards and requirements for combating global corruption under international conventions and under United States, United Kingdom, and Canadian Law.

The author created this resource with the goal of making it easier for others to learn and teach global corruption in legal education. The latest edition, published by the University of Victoria ePublishing Services, is issued under a creative commons license and can be fully used, shared, and adapted for non-commercial purposes. By creating this open resource, they are helping law students, legal professionals, and other practitioners access quality online learning tools and advance their legal education. Previous editions of this book can be found on the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice PolicyCanadian Bar Association, and Tools and Resources for Anti-Corruption Knowledge (TRACK) websites.

Here is a quote from Kim Nayyer, Associate University Librarian – Law, at the University of Victoria, about the publication of the project:

I’m pleased to see high-quality, authoritative legal scholarship in CanLII, world renowned as a reliable source of legal information. CanLII’s inclusion of the respected work, Global Corruption: Law, Theory & Practice by UVic Distinguished Professor Gerry Ferguson is an advance both for access to legal information and for the exposure and availability of university scholarship.

Thank you for sharing this meaningful project and we look forward to seeing more open books to come!

Indigenous Law Resources List

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By Alan Kilpatrick

The 21st annual National Indigenous Peoples Day occurs on June 21, 2018.  In recognition of the event, our library staff have compiled a brief list of Indigenous law resources available in the Law Society Library’s collection:

Dickson, Jamie. The Honour and Dishonur of the Crown: Making Sense of Aboriginal Law in Canada. (Saskatoon: Purich, 2015).
KF 8205.D55 2015

Grammond, Sébastien. Terms of coexistence: indigenous peoples and Canadian law. (Toronto: Carswell, 2013).
KF 8208.G74 2013

Hanna, Darwin. Legal Issues on Indigenous Economic Development. (Toronto: LexisNexis, 2017)
KF 8210.E25 .H24 2017

Newman, Dwight G, ed. Business implications of Aboriginal law. (Toronto: LexisNexis Canada, 2018)
KF 8210.C6.B88 2018

Woodward, Jack. Native Law. (Toronto: Carswell, Loose-leaf current to 2013).
KF 8205.W65 1990

Please contact us if you are interested in these resources.  We also encourage you to consult our Indigenous Law Subject Research Guide for a more comprehensive list of Aboriginal law resources available at the Law Society Library.

 

References Cited

Roussel-Lewis, Sarah. (2016, June 21). National Aboriginal Day – Resource list. Retrieved from https://lsslib.wordpress.com/2016/06/21/national-aboriginal-day-resource-list/.

 

 

More commentary from Saskatchewan is now on CanLII

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When I think of the time I lived in Saskatchewan, one of the things I remember most fondly is the can-do attitude. When Saskatchewanians want something they don’t wait around, they all get together and build what they need.

Many small provinces and territories in Canada have not been well served by commercial publishers, as their markets have not been big enough to support the detailed coverage that larger jurisdictions enjoy. The Law Society of Saskatchewan Libraries have done so much to step into the gap, and have been one of the largest publishers of Saskatchewan legal commentary for many years. The Law Society of Saskatchewan has also been one of CanLII’s biggest supporters.

This has come together to mean that Saskatchewan is one of the jurisdictions with the most commentary on CanLII. Now we are happy to get to share that we have just added two new titles from the Law Society of Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal to CanLII’s commentary section:

Civil Appeals in Saskatchewan: The Court of Appeal Act & Rules Annotated, by Stuart J. Cameron, published by the Law Society of Saskatchewan.

With the expert knowledge gained over almost 34 years on the Court of Appeal, former Justice Stuart J. Cameron carefully guides users through the sometimes complicated legislation and rules of the province’s highest court. This welcome resource provides practical commentary on case law and legislation in one comprehensive, easy-to-use guide.

Saskatchewan Builders’ Lien Manual, by Collin K. Hirschfeld and W. Brent Gough, published by the Law Society of Saskatchewan.

Providing section by section analysis of the Builders’ Lien Act, the first edition of the Manual was authored by W. Brent Gough, Q.C. The Manual was updated by Collin Hirschfeld and released in 2014. The 2nd Edition incorporated changes such as The Builders’ Lien Amendment Act, 2014 that came into force March 12, 2014.

This is in addition to the substantial number of summaries of Saskatchewan case law the Law Society has contributed from their Digests Database. You can read them here.

The Law Reform Commission of Saskatchewan has also contributed their reports.

Thank you to all those organizations for seeing the value in free access to law!

Canadian Law Library Review on CanLII

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CanLII has a long term relationship with Canadian Association of Law Libraries – Association canadienne des bibliothèques de droit (CALL-ACBD). Besides being long term members of CALL, CanLII staff are actively involved in the association, including several conference presentations this year (you can see more information here and here), and an ill fated presidential run last year. This makes it more meaningful that we can announce that CALL-ACBD has agreed to publish the Canadian Law Library Review (CLLR) on CanLII.

The official announcement was made today at the CALL-ACBD annual general meeting by Michel-Adrien Sheppard, one of CALL-ACBD’s members-at-large and the liaison to the CLLR. For those who weren’t there, here is his announcement:

First, not everyone knows, but the CLLR became an open source publication this year and we hope this will lead to a major jump in readership numbers.

Secondly, issues of CLLR will soon be appearing in the Commentary section of CanLII’s website. CanLII has been aggressively adding to its collections of secondary materials in recent years. You might already know of the thousands of case commentaries on what is called CanLII Connects but CanLII has also started adding articles from journals and newsletters. CLLR will be in good company, joining a list of journals on CanLII that already includes the Alberta Law Review, the Canadian Bar ReviewManitoba Law JournalOttawa Law Review, the Windsor Yearbook on Access to Justice and many others. If you are involved in a journal you think would benefit from being on the CanLII platform, talk to CanLII’s Sarah Sutherland who is here at the conference. Thank you.

This addition enriches CanLII’s commentary on legal research and expands it to include law library professional literature, which brings a different perspective on the legal environment, including topics such as commentary on primary law, legal practice, and research instruction.

CALL-ACBD president Ann Marie Melvie says that the association’s executive is happy to have CLLR on CanLII.

Please join us in thanking CALL-ACBD for seeing the value that making openly CLLR available brings to the association and the wider community!

If you have legal commentary that you think would be a good fit for CanLII, please let us know here, we’d be happy to talk about it.

HeinOnline Offers Instant Access to McGill Guide Citations

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HeinOnline users can now generate instant McGill Guide citations for legal articles.  The McGill Guide, also know as the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation, is one of Canada’s most common legal citation formats.

Once you locate an article on HeinOnline, click on the “cite” button on the top left side of the screen:

The popup box that appears displays citations in a variety of styles:

Members can access HeinOnline through the Members’ Section of the Law Society website.

Please note that Saskatchewan lawyers are required to conform to the Citation Guide for the Courts of Saskatchewan.  For all citation questions not covered by the Saskatchewan guide, consult the McGill Guide.  Consult this blog post to learn more about the Saskatchewan Guide.

 

Sources Cited

Mattiuzzo, L. (2018, April 26). NEW Citation Format: McGill Guide. Retrieved from https://home.heinonline.org/blog/2018/04/new-citation-format-mcgill-guide/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+HeinOnlineWeblog+%28HeinOnline+Blog%29