Power of Attorney Publication

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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

Our featured blogger, Reche McKeague, wrote an informative post in April about the Public Legal Education Association of Saskatchewan (PLEA) and the value of PLEA as a starting point when researching a new area of law. PLEA’s publications can be viewed online or ordered in hardcopy. PLEA recently added a new publication, Power of Attorney,  to its catalogue. This publication provides information about the requirements for making a power of attorney, different types of power of attorney, duties of an attorney, ending a power of attorney and how to deal with concerns.

Reform of the Land Contracts (Actions Act): Final Report

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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

The Law Reform Commission of Saskatchewan recently released Reform of The Land Contracts (Actions) Act: Final Report. The Final Report considers the steps required by The Land Contracts (Actions) Act (the LCAA) for non-farm land mortgages and recommends reforms to better protect borrowers in current conditions. Foreclosure involves lengthy legal proceedings taken in the Court of Queen’s Bench and is governed  by several statutes, including The Land Contracts (Actions) Act (the LCAA). The LCAA is consumer protection legislation intended to protect borrowers by requiring lenders to obtain leave of the court before starting foreclosure. The protection is provided as time: time to bring the mortgage up to date, refinance, or sell the property before foreclosure or judicial sale or, if that is not possible, time to find alternative accommodation. The LCAA is 70 year old legislation, having been enacted in 1943.

Statutes of Saskatchewan (Tip of the Week)

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tipJul25By Alan Kilpatrick

Did you know that the Law Society of Saskatchewan Library carries a complete print set of Saskatchewan statutes dating back to the 1880s?

Online coverage of Saskatchewan statutes is not complete.  While current Saskatchewan statutes are available through the Queen’s Printer FreeLaw website, online coverage of historical Saskatchewan statutes is limited and spotty.

It is usually necessary to consult print sources when researching Saskatchewan statutes more than a couple of decades old.

Additionally, only the print Saskatchewan statutes are considered official.  The Queen’s Printer website explains “the original statutes, as published in the bound sessional and annual volumes, and the regulations, as published in Parts II and III of The Saskatchewan Gazette, should be consulted for all purposes of interpretation and application of the law.”

If you have any questions about legislative research, ask a Law Society Librarian. Library staff provide legal research assistance to members in person, on the telephone, or by email.

 

AskLibnEmail reference@lawsociety.sk.ca
Call 306-569-8020 in Regina
Toll-free 1-877-989-4999
Fax 306-569-0155

Bandwagon Bandit (Throwback Thursday)

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By Jenneth Hogan

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Photo source: mccutcheonsfromdonaghadee.wordpress.com

You may not be familiar the name George F. Garnett but chances are, if you live in Saskatchewan, you may have heard a piece of his story.

George, originally from London, Ontario, made his way west during the Riel Rebellion in 1885. After meeting and marrying a woman in Winnipeg they continued on to make Saskatchewan their home. He was a well-respected member of the community, went to church regularly and operated a ferry at the South Branch Crossing of the Saskatchewan River. No one would have ever guessed he was about to make history.

On July 12, 1886 he hit the dusty trails on his horse and wagon heading to Salt Spring. The midway point between  Prince Albert and Qu’Appelle, Salt Spring, was a major hub of the time where passenger and mail coaches serviced the new CP railway line. He learned that a group of five men would be passing through and setting up camp just a few miles north. His plan was now in action.

At 3:00 am on the morning of July 16, 1886 George Garnett would commit Saskatchewan’s very first stagecoach robbery. With a gun in hand, claiming he had another armed man watching from out of sight, he robbed the men of $300 and left them tied up and bewildered. He hadn’t even worn a mask. Continuing on, he hit up the Prince Albert stagecoach at 1:00 pm. Having tied up the driver and two passengers he made away with a mailbag of registered letters, which would total in $1,000.

George would make his alibi by travelling a hundred miles to Carrot River where he would file for a homestead. Returning to South Branch, he shaved his beard and moustache, buried the stolen money in a tin can and went back to his job as a ferryman.

His luck would soon end after being recognized by some of the robbery victims while on a business trip, in Prince Albert, just one short month later.  In October he stood trial in Regina where the jury found him guilty and was sentenced to 14 years in prison. Two years later, after stealing a robe and a horse from the chaplain, he made his getaway. His freedom wouldn’t last long as he was soon recaptured spending the next eight years back behind bars.  George was eventually granted a pardon and upon release disappeared from history, leaving the July 16th robberies as his legacy.

 

 

Source:

Butts, Edward, The Desperate Ones: Forgotten Canadian Outlaws. http://canadachannel.ca/todayincanadianhistory

Rangefindr Launched Twitter Feed

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Rangefindr has recently launched a twitter feed. It will be stocked with case updates – it is meant to be a useful current awareness tool rather than a marketing platform.  Check it out.