Finding Official Federal Regulations (Tip of the Week)

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By Ken Fox

Last week I left you at the edge of a cliff, staring out at columns of regulation numbers displayed in the Canada Gazette’s Consolidated Index, and wondering how to access the regulations in their original form. Now I am back to resolve this perilous predicament.

First, back out of the Consolidated Index of Regulations, and return to the Canada Gazette website, any page that displays the Publications menu in the left-hand pane will do. Now look for Part II: Official Regulations. When accessing regulations (unlike the index), you need to select the correct volume, as each legislative document is published only once.

So to find SOR/2006-293, which amended SOR/99-295 in last week’s example, you need to access the Gazette from 2006. The menu only displays the volumes back to 2009 – but that’s ok – click on Part II: Official Regulations. Again, only issues from 2009 to the present are displayed, but a note advises “to view issues of the Canada Gazette, Part II, published between 1998 and 2008, please consult the Archives.”

The archives provide access to all three parts of the Gazette going back to 1998, with a note on how to access Gazettes from 1841 – 1997 at the Library and Archives Canada website. To find the 2006 amending regulation, find ARCHIVED — 2006 under Part II in the table.


Each annual volume of the Gazette contains a number of separate releases organized by date, with the latest date at the top. The regulation number does not provide a precise date, but the separate issues listed each show ranges of SORs (Statutory Orders and Regulations) and SIs (Statutory Instruments) published in the issue. We are looking for SOR/2006-293, so scroll down to the release that contains that number in its range:


The PDF in this case is 192 pages long (pages 1962 to 2141 of Vol.140), and there is a table of contents and index at the bottom – but the easiest way to locate the regulation may be to use the “find” function in your browser by typing CTRL-F, and typing “2006-293” in the search box. SOR/2006-293, the Regulations Amending the Agricultural Marketing Programs Regulations and Repealing the Ranch-raised Fur Pelts Regulations, passed under the Agricultural Marketing Programs Act appears on pages 1967-1975 in the Gazette.

This is Part 4 of a multi-part series on researching federal legislation:  Part 1Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7

Vintage Christmas Gifts (Throwback Thursday)

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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

With Christmas ‘just’ around the corner, it’s time to start thinking of what to get that special lawyer in your life. For those who enjoy everything vintage, a quick review of vintage gift ideas online reveals that the most popular gifts were apparently cigarettes, liquor and firearms. Here are a few vintage ads for inspiration:



Book Review – Courts, Litigants and the Digital Age (eBook)

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By Alan Kilpatrick


Courts Litigants and the Digital Age
By Karen Eltis
Irwin Law, 2012
134 pp.


The Law Society of Saskatchewan Library is excited to highlight a new eBook available to members, Courts, Litigants and the Digital Age.  This eBook is for you if you have questions about the impact of new technology on the justice system.  Irwin Law describes the item on its website.

Courts Litigants and the Digital Age examines the ramifications of technology for courts, judges, and the administration of justice. It sets out the issues raised by technology, and, particularly, the Internet, so that conventional paradigms can be updated in the judicial context. In particular, the book dwells on issues such as proper judicial use of Internet sources, judicial ethics and social networking, electronic court records and anonymization techniques, control of the courtroom and jurors’ use of new technologies, as well as the Internet’s impact on judicial appointments and the diversity of the judiciary. Through examination of relevant practical, legal, and ethical issues, it endeavours to extract lessons from the developing issues surveyed.

This item is conveniently available as an eBook (for Law Society of Saskatchewan members only).  It is also available in print at KF 8733.E51 2012.


In the Legal Sourcery book review, new, thought-provoking, and notable library resources are reviewed. If you would like to read any of the resources reviewed, please contact our library at or (306) 569-8020. Let us know if there is a book you would like reviewed.


Saskatchewan Builders’ Lien Manual – Coming Soon!

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By Kelly Laycock

BLMcoverblogSo here it comes! Are you ready for this? The brand-new Second Edition of the Saskatchewan Builders’ Lien Manual is heading off to the printers next week, just in time for its January 2015 launch! We wanted to give you a sneak peak of this exciting new publication, which we hope will be the first of many in our new Annotated Saskatchewan Statute series (call for submissions is now open!).

The original Builders’ Lien Act Manual: A Practitioners’ Manual was written by W Brent Gough more than 20 years ago, and has stood the test of time, with copies continuing to be sold even now. That just goes to show that quality content, written by a respected and knowledgeable professional in the field, never goes out of style.

We’ve set out to maintain those high standards in the new edition. Collin K Hirschfeld, a lawyer and partner at the Saskatoon office of McKercher LLP, practices in the areas of construction and infrastructure law with experience with construction contracts, tendering, litigation and dispute resolution. He has presented at many seminars regarding construction topics, with a particular focus on builders’ lien legislation and its unique aspects and interpretation by the courts. He seemed the perfect choice to continue the legacy.

This ever-popular manual has gone through a bit of a makeover, inside and out! What a difference 20 years can make! Take a look at an excerpt and see if you don’t agree.

Coming Soon! We hear you like ebooks just as much as we do, so we are using this title for our Ebook Pilot Project with Emond Montgomery Publications (more information to come). If you show us how much you like the Saskatchewan Builders’ Lien Manual ebook, we’ll make more!

Order your print copy today!

Saskatchewan Builders’ Lien Manual
By W Brent Gough & Collin K Hirschfeld
Law Society of Saskatchewan Library
ISBN 978-0-9699120-6-4
$120.00 + tax
Standard shipping will be added. Please call 306-569-8020 for expedited shipping costs.

Everything you wanted to know about dealing with legal publishers…but were afraid to ask!

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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

On November 26 (12:00 to1:30pm), I will be co-presenting a webinar about my experiences dealing with legal publishers: Everything you wanted to know about dealing with legal publishers…but were afraid to ask!

This will be an interactive session about relations with vendors in today’s increasingly complex collection development world. In preparation, we asked participants to send in questions for us to answer during the webinar. We’ve received several interesting questions dealing with ebooks and the future for publications, consortia, and the infuriating looseleaf. Here is an example of one of the questions we received:

How do publishers decide what format a title should take (ebook, looseleaf, hard or soft cover) and any ideas on how to influence these decisions?

We hope to provide useful (and perhaps entertaining) information. Sign up today!

First Ever Citation Guide for the Courts of Saskatchewan, part 7

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By Ann Marie Melvie, Librarian, Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan
and Joanne V. Colledge-Miller, MacPherson Leslie & Tyerman LLP


So far, our posts about the Citation Guide for the Courts of Saskatchewan have primarily focused on the citation of case law and legislation.

This post focuses on changes made to the citation of secondary sources. Periods are removed, unless they appear in an author’s name or in the title of their written work. Loose-leaf materials, as well as journal articles accessed from electronic databases, are cited a bit differently. Let’s explore.

When books are in loose-leaf form, they can be continually updated if the library or law firm has a subscription. The advantage of subscribing is that the item will be relatively up-to-date. But sometimes, libraries and law firms will either cancel their subscriptions or not update their materials immediately, for whatever reason. At that point, the loose-leaf publication becomes, in essence, a textbook. It continues to be a useful resource, but won’t contain the most current information.

To recognize the different nature of loose-leaf materials, the Guide has implemented a couple of changes. First, be sure to indicate in your citation that the material you are referring to is a loose-leaf publication. Second, indicate the release number of the latest release. Generally, this information is located on a publisher’s note filed either at the beginning or end of the material, though this is dependent on the practice of the person who updates the materials. There may also be a “Filing Record”, or similarly named tab, that lists all releases that have been filed. If you are unsure where this information is located, check with the librarian or the person in your office responsible for updating these materials.

As the following examples illustrate, the citation should indicate that the reference is to a loose-leaf and provide the release number, which will likely include a date:

Mark M. Orkin, The Law of Costs, loose-leaf (Rel 44, June 2014) 2d ed, vol 2 (Toronto: Canada Law Book, 2014) at para 402.

Tim Quigley, Procedure in Canadian Criminal Law, loose-leaf (2014-Rel 1) 2d ed (Toronto: Carswell, 2005).

(Note: The bolding in these examples is only to highlight this information and would not normally be used.)

Citations to journal articles obtained from electronic databases are also handled a bit differently. This change mirrors the requirements set out previously with respect to citing pinpointed references from case law accessed from an electronic database. Electronic databases that contain journal articles will sometimes add paragraph numbers where they did not exist in the print version. If you are pinpointing to a specific paragraph from a journal article pulled from an electronic database, then be sure to include the database identifier in the citation.  For example:

Jamie Carlson et al, “On the Road to Fairness: Redesigning Saskatchewan’s Administrative Tribunal System” (2010) 73 Sask Law Rev 309 (QL) at para 22.

This is our last in a series of posts on The Citation Guide for the Courts of Saskatchewan. We hope you have found these posts to be helpful and informative.  We also hope you find the Guide to be a user-friendly, simplified resource that enables you to consistently and accurately refer to legal authorities.

This is the final part of a 7-part series on the Citation Guide for the Courts of Saskatchewan:  Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6

Ann Marie Melvie is the Librarian at the Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan, having served in this position since 2001. She received her Bachelor of Education from the University of Saskatchewan and her diploma as a Library Technician from SIAST.

Joanne V. Colledge-Miller is currently an associate at MacPherson Leslie & Tyerman LLP, practicing in the areas of commercial litigation and class actions.