In Case You Missed It – Panel Discussion on Technology and the Changing Legal Landscape

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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

On June 15th, the Law society hosted esteemed practitioners from across Canada for a CPD panel discussion on Technology and the Changing Legal Landscape. Speakers included:

  • Fred Headon, Assistant General Counsel, Labour & Employment, Air Canada
  • Karen Dyck, Executive Director, Manitoba Law Foundation
  • Dan Pinnington, Vice Presidents, Claims Prevention & Stakeholder Relations, LAWPRO
Left to right: Dan Pinnington, Karen Dyck, Fred Headon, and Craig Zawada (moderator)

If you missed it, the recorded version still qualifies for 2 ethics CPD hours. To order the recorded version of the webinar, please contact Linda Euteneier (CPD Administrator) at (306) 569-8242 or linda.euteneier@lawsociety.sk.ca.

Please also see the CPD website for a listing of other available recorded versions of webinar or seminar materials.

Six Things the Library is Doing to Improve Access to Justice

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Alan Kilpatrick, Reference Librarian

It is widely recognized that access to justice is inadequate and legal services are becoming increasingly inaccessible.  Fortunately, libraries across Canada are working together to improve access to legal information and create solutions to the barriers self-represented litigants face.

What are we doing at the Law Society of Saskatchewan Library?  In the past three years, the Law Society Library has participated in a multitude of innovative access to legal information partnerships with justice, community, and library stakeholders.  For example, we:

  1. Provide the public with legal research assistance
  2. Have nearly doubled the coverage of Saskatchewan case law on CanLII
  3. Host weekly family law clinics
  4. Teach the public about legal research at the Regina Public Library’s Legal Resource Fair
  5. Provide Pro Bono Law and CLASSIC lawyers with free legal research assistance
  6. Are a founding partner of the Saskatchewan Access to Legal Information Project

Click here to learn more about what the Law Society Library is actively doing to improve access to legal information and justice in Saskatchewan:

Do you participate in access to legal information and justice initiatives?  Post a link or picture on Twitter using the hashtags #SKA2J and #justiceforall.

Justice for all

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Natalie Tomczak, Communications Director
Law Society of Saskatchewan

The Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters is a group representing all sectors of the civil and family justice system as well the public. The group was assembled at the invitation of the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada in 2008 and since that time, more than 50 individuals and groups from all sectors of the civil justice system in Canada have participated in its work.1

The Action Committee is focused on fostering engagement, pursuing a strategic approach to reforms and coordinating the efforts of all participants concerned with civil justice while continuing to work nationally to advance access to justice in Canada. The nine Canada’s Justice Development Goals are looking at ways to address everyday legal problems, improve family justice, looking at ways for courts to be accessible, and improve funding strategies.

In response to its Roadmap for Change call to action prepared by the Action Committee, a collaborative entity has been established in every province and territory in Canada. The diverse groups represent hundreds of organizations, working toward meaningful improvements in access to justice including research, project models, data collections and other innovations.

One of the strategic directions in the Law Society of Saskatchewan’s 2016-18 Strategic Plan is to improve the access to legal services. As such, the Law Society is working to advance access to justice by focusing on public understanding of accessible justice issues as an everyday issue embodies a healthy democracy. Understanding the importance of legal health and predictability of legal issues will benefit individuals and will transform the access to justice conversation into an issue relevant for all. For the latest Access to Justice Bulletin provided by the Saskatchewan Access to Justice Working Group, you can read it here: bit.ly/2uIKSLZ.

The Federation of Law Societies of Canada has established a Standing Committee on Access to Legal Services and is working to identify practical initiatives to improve access. Law societies across Canada have undertaken or are exploring important access initiatives including programs of forgivable loans for students from remote communities, surveys of the legal needs of residents, and increases to the scope of legal services that may be provided by non-lawyers. The Standing Committee will be sharing these and other ideas on a national scale in the near future2. In addition, the Federation’s Standing Committee on Access to Legal Services has produced an inventory of access to legal services initiatives of Canada’ law societies, including the Law Society of Saskatchewan.

To keep the conversation top of mind, the Law Society of Saskatchewan encourages you to take this quick quiz to test your knowledge on legal health and to share it among your colleagues, family and friends. The Law Society also encourages you to spread the message socially by using the hashtag #justiceforall and to follow on Twitter and Facebook @ActionCommA2J.

 

LINKS:

1 – http://www.cfcj-fcjc.org/sites/default/files/docs/2013/Access_to_Justice_Final_Report_Media_Release_draft_5_October_2.pdf

2- https://flsc.ca/national-initiatives/access-to-legal-services/

HYPERLINK TO GOALS: http://www.justicedevelopmentgoals.ca/

HYPERLINK TO ROADMAP: http://www.cfcj-fcjc.org/sites/default/files/docs/2013/AC_Report_English_Final.pdf

BULLETIN LINK: https://lsslib.wordpress.com/2017/06/20/access-to-justice-bulletin-june-2017/

Quiz links in English and French: su.vc/legalhealthsu.vc/santejuridique

HYPERLINK TO INVENTORY: https://flsc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/services6.pdf

Parenting After Separation and Divorce Program – July 2017

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Family Justice Services is offering Parenting After Separation and Divorce Program at these locations in May 2017:

Estevan – Saturday, July 15, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Regina – Monday, July 10 and Saturday, July 29, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Swift Current – Saturday, July 8, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Weyburn – Saturday, July 8, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

These public information sessions are intended to help people who are considering or may be in the separation/divorce process. Topics of discussion include:

  • Options for resolving disputes and stages of separation and divorce: Presentation of the various stages, losses and changes experienced by separating or divorcing couples. Discussion of the options available for dispute resolution. Information of Child Support Guidelines.
  • Children’s reaction to separation/divorce: Discussion of how children may react at different developmental ages. Video presentation in which children talk about their personal experience of separation and/or divorce.
  • Challenges to parenting post separation/divorce: Presentation on changing family structure and roles. Emphasis on communication and keeping children out of the middle of parental conflict. Discussion video.

There is no fee for these sessions but registration is mandatory. To register, call (306) 787-9905 in Regina or toll-free 1-888-218-2822. Location will be provided when you register. Classes are for adults only. No child care will be provided.

(Scent free facilities)

New Journals Issues – May 2017

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By Sarah Roussel-Lewis

The Advocate
Volume 75, Number 3 (May 2017)

  • On the Front Cover: Joseph J. Avery, Q.C. / Catherine Bois Parker and Murray Rankin
  • Let the Sky Fall: Lawyers in the History of British Columbia Moutaineering – Part II – The Moutaineers / David Crerar, Anders Ourom and Harry Crerar
  • Section 10(b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms: Legal Advice / Glen Orris
  • Making the Case for Revisiting Standard of Review: Edmonton (City) v. Edmonton East (Capilano) Shopping Centre Ltd. / Kathryn L Kickbush
  • Case Comment: R (On the Application of Miller and Another) v. Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union / Ashley Cochran and Heather Cochran
  • The Wine Column / Paul Daykin and Bruno de Vita
  • The Sparkling Wine Column / Derek LaCroix
  • News from BC Law Institute / Lisa A. Peters
  • News from CLEBC Society / Susan Munro
  • News from Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada / David F. Sutherland
  • Lap Notes / Derek LaCroix
  • Peter A. Allard School of Law Faculty News / Abby Blinch
  • UVIC Law Faculty News / Julie Sloan
  • TRU Law Faculty News / Bradford W. Morse
  • Legal Anecdotes and Miscellanea / Ludmila B. Herbst and Julie Nadalini

 

Banking & Finance Law Review
Volume 32, Number 2 (April 2017)

  • Financial Stability Authorities and Macroprudential Regulation / Andrew Godwin, Steve Kourabas and Ian Ramsay
  • Central Clearing and the Time Crunch – The Resolution of a Canadian Clearing Member / Alexandra Neacsu Monkhouse
  • Bank Proprietary Trading and Investment in Private Funds: Is the Volcker Rule a Panacea or Yet Another Maginot Line? / Hossein Nabilou
  • Private Lines of Credit for Law Students and Medical Students: A Canadian Perspective / Stephanie Ben-Ishai, Saul Schwartz and Nancy Werk
  • Viability of Introducing Takaful (Islamic Insurance) in India: View of Politicians / Syed Ahmed Salman, Hafiz Majdi Ab. Rashid and Sheila Nu Nu Htay
  • The New Contractual Principles of Good Faith and the Banks / Bradyley Crawford
  • The Supreme COur tof Canada Rules on When Lenders May Share Personal Information without Violating Federal Privacy Legislation / Jeffrey J. Simpson
  • Maziar Peihani, Book Review of Resolution and Insolvency of Banks and Financial Institutions by Michael Schillig (2017) BFLR 423.
  • Christian Chamorro-Courtland, Book Review of Transnational Securities Law by Thomas Keijser (2017) BFLR 429.
  • Florian Gamper, Book Review of Between Debt and the Devil: Money, Credit and Fixing Global Finance by Adair Turner (2017) BFLR 435.

 

Canadian Tax Journal
Volume 65, Number 1 (2017)

  • Divident Taxation and Stock Returns: Time-Series Analysis of Canada and Comparison with the United States / Gulraze Wakil and Howard Nemiroff
  • Policy Forum: Editors’ Introduction – Canada and the Patent Box / Alan Macnaughton and Kevin Milligan
  • Policy Forum: Patent Box Regimes – A Vehicle for Innovation and Sustainable Economic Growth / Albert De Luca and Joanne Hausch
  • Policy Forum: The Uneasy Case for A Canadian patent Box / Robin Boadway and Jean-François Tremblay
  • Douglas J. Sherbaniuk Distinguished Writing Award / Prix d’excellence en redaction Douglas J. Sherbaniuk
  • Canadian Tax Foundation Regional Student-Paper Awards / Prix régionaux du meilleur article par un étudiant de la Fondation Canadienne de fiscalité
  • Finances of the Nation: Survey of Provincial and Territorial Budgets, 2016-17
  • Current Cases: (SCC) Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc. v. Canada (Attorney General); (SCC) Canada (Attorney General) v. Fairmont Hotels Inc.; (SCC) Canada (Attorney General) v. Igloo Vikski Inc.; (TCC) Granofsky v. The Queen; (TCC) Davies v. The Queen
  • International Tax Planning: Cross-Border Consolidation and the Foreign Affiliate Rules
  • Personal Tax Planning: The Capital Gains Exemption: Selected Planning Issues Related to Qualified Small Business Corporation Shares
  • Planification fiscal personnelle : L’exemption pour gains en capital : Quelques problématiques de planification relatives aux actions admissibles de petites entreprises
  • Corporate Tax Planning: Deductibility of Expenses in Merger and Acquisition Transactions

 

Saskatchewan Law Review
Volume 80, Number 1 (2017)

  • A Celebration of Professor Cuming’s 50th Anniversary at the College of Law / Donald H. Layh
  • Deposit Account Set-Off Under the PPSA / Clayton Bangsund
  • Rediscovering the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Power: Political and Constitutional Challenges to the Canadian Bankruptcy Act, 1919-1929 / Thomas G.W. Telfer
  • The Reform of Judgment Enforcement Law in Canada: An Overviewand Comparison of Models for Reform / Tamara M. Buckwold
  • Real Property Security Interests on First Nations Reserved Lands / Scott Hitchings
  • Lousy Dentists, Bad Drivers, and Aandoned Oil Wells: A New Approach to Reconciling Provincial Regulatory Regimes with Federal Insolvency Law / Anna J. Lund
  • The Case for Modernization of Saskatchewan Real Property Security Law / Ronald C.C. Cuming
  • The Death and Resurrection of the Lowest Intermediate Balance Rule / Anthony Duggan
  • Receiverships in Canada: Myth and Reality / Roderick J. Wood
  • Frustrating the Purpose of the Receiverships Remedy: Federal Paramountcy in Saskatchewan (Attorney General) v. Lemare Lake Logging Ltd. / Jonathan Milani
  • Examining the Exam: Use of the LSAT in Canadian Law School Admissions Procedures / Noah S. Wernikowski

Land Registry fee adjustments coming into effect July 31, 2017

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From Information Services Corporation

Effective July 31, 2017, ISC Land Registry fees will increase for all Interest Registration Services, with the exception of Tax Liens, Postponements, and Public Utility Easements.

Please visit www.isc.ca/feechange for a full breakdown of fee changes, including a preview of the revised July 31, 2017 Land Registry fees.

ISC reviews registry fees on an annual basis. We are constantly evaluating the market and our business, and are committed to providing fair and sustainable fees to all our customers. The Company’s Master Service Agreement (MSA) with the Government of Saskatchewan allows for core registry fees to be adjusted annually based on a formula tied to inflation, as measured by the Saskatchewan Price Index (CPI). The 2017 ISC Annual Fee Review has resulted in the aforementioned adjustments in the Land Registry with all other registry fees remaining unchanged.

More information on this fee change can be found on our website at www.isc.ca/feechange.