Sunday, December 04, 2016
Nominations Open for 2016 Canadian Law Blog Awards
As the organizers explain:
"You can nominate a blog by:The deadline for nominations is end of day on Thursday, December 22nd and the winners of the 2016 Clawbies will be announced on New Year’s Eve.
- Writing a blog post nominating up to three Canadian law blogs you currently read, with a brief explanation of why you think those blogs deserved an award in 2016.
- Tweeting your nomination on Twitter, using the hashtag #clawbies2016"
Thursday, December 01, 2016
December 2016 Issue of In Session: Canadian Association of Law Libraries' e-Newsletter
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Statistics Canada Report on Sexual Misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces
"From April to June, 2016, active Regular Force and Primary Reserve members were invited to complete an electronic questionnaire asking about their experiences and perceptions of inappropriate sexualized behaviour, discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity, and sexual assault within the Canadian Armed Forces. This included seeing, hearing or experiencing these types of behaviours within the military workplace, or outside the military workplace but involving other military members or Department of Defence employees or contractors. Responses were received from over 43,000 active members of the Canadian Armed Forces, including members of the Regular Force and Primary Reserve."Among the highlights:
- In the past 12 months, just under 1,000 Regular Force members of the Canadian Armed Forces, or 1.7%, were victims of sexual assault (i.e., sexual attacks, unwanted sexual touching, or sexual activity to which the victim is unable to consent, which occurred in the military workplace or involving military members, Department of National Defence employees, or contractors). Unwanted sexual touching was the most common form of sexual assault, reported by 1.5% of Regular Force members.
- Women in the Regular Force were more likely than men to be sexually assaulted (4.8% versus 1.2%) in the past 12 months.
- Half (49%) of women who were victims of sexual assault in the past 12 months identified their supervisor or someone of a higher rank as the perpetrator. For male victims, a peer was most commonly the perpetrator (56%).
- Among Regular Force members, 27.3% of women and 3.8% of men have been victims of sexual assault at least once since joining the Canadian Armed Forces. More specifically, 24.0% of women and 3.4% of men in the Regular Force have been victims of unwanted sexual touching, the most common type of sexual assault.
- Four in five (79%) members of the Regular Force saw, heard, or were personally targeted by sexualized behaviour in the military workplace or involving other military members, Department of National Defence employees, or contractors, within the past 12 months.
- Sexual jokes were the most common type of sexualized behaviour in the workplace, seen, heard, or experienced by 76% of Regular Force members. Of those who reported sexual jokes in the workplace, almost half (46%) stated that they occurred ten or more times in the past 12 months.
- One-third (34%) of Regular Force members saw, heard, or experienced discriminatory behaviour in the workplace in the past 12 months. This discrimination most typically took the form of suggestions that people do not act like men or women are supposed to act (22%).
- Close to one in five (17%) Regular Force members were personally targeted by sexualized or discriminatory behaviour in the past 12 months. Women were twice as likely as men to report being personally targeted by sexualized or discriminatory behaviour in the workplace or involving military members (31% versus 15%).
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
ABA Journal 10th Annual Blawg 100 List
It has also published an article on What bloggers told us about the state of the legal blogosphere.
Monday, November 28, 2016
2015-16 Annual Report of the Library of Parliament
The Library, which provides research and information services to Canada's federal parliamentarians, produces many documents that are also very useful to the law librarian community, including HillNotes (blog-style overviews of important and emerging issues), in-depth background papers, and legislative summaries of bills before Parliament.
Thursday, November 24, 2016
Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters Survey
The Action Committee was convened 2008 by the Rt. Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada, to bring together stakeholders interested in improving access to civil and family justice in Canada.
As a first step in the project, the CFCJ is conducting a survey of access to justice organizations.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Statistics Canada Article on Homicide in Canada, 2015
Among the highlights:
- Canadian police services reported 604 homicides in 2015, 83 more than the previous year. The homicide rate increased by 15% in 2015 to 1.68 per 100,000 population, the highest rate since 2011.
- The higher number of homicides for 2015 was primarily due to increases in Alberta (+27 homicides), Saskatchewan (+19) and Ontario (+18).
- One-quarter (25%) of the 604 homicide victims were reported by police as an Aboriginal person. As well, 33% of accused persons identified in solved cases were reported as an Aboriginal person. Overall, Aboriginal people accounted for about 5% of Canada's population in 2015.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Presentations from Last Week's LITA Forum on Library Tech
The Forum is an annual gathering for technology-minded information professionals.
Many of the presentations and handouts have been published online on the conference wiki.
Monday, November 21, 2016
Supreme Court of Canada Calendar of Upcoming Hearings
To find out more about any particular case, the Court's website has a section that allows users to find docket information, case summaries as well as facta from the parties. All you need to do is click on a case name.
Labels: Supreme Court of Canada
Saturday, November 19, 2016
American Association of Law Libraries Webinar on Taming the E-Mail Beast
"Every day, managers and professionals are getting buried under a continuing stream of both useful and useless e-mail. Without a system for getting 'control of the beast', professionals spend much of their work (and personal) time spinning wheels and feeling highly unsatisfied. Learn a proven system for taming your email account, with strategies for keeping your inbox efficient and under control by building and administering a personal 'email infrastructure'. Learn how to get rid of all those 'quick little' emails once and for all, as well as how to mitigate or even eliminate much of that annoying junk and spam. Learn several key technical tips for better managing your email using market-leading software. Finally feel on top of your email and related activities, rather than feeling it is on top of you."Registration costs $60 (US) for non-members.
Five Questions with Linda Keddy
The most recent interview is with Linda Keddy, Director of Research at the law firm Pink Larkin.
Another interesting profile series consists of interviews by the Law Library of Congress in Washington with members of its staff.
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Launch of National Database of Professionals Assisting Self-Represented Litigants
As explained in a November 14, 2016 blog post:
"This is an initiative that we have been working on since last spring, slowly coaxing lawyers and others to step forward and become part of the National Database so that clients can find them. Before that, since its inception in 2013 NSRLP has promoted the idea of unbundled legal services, legal coaching, the use of paralegals where appropriate, and relevant assistance by other professionals via this blog, countless speeches to law societies and bar associations, and media interviews promoting affordable legal services for the primarily self-represented."The NSRLP comes out of the work of the University of Windsor's Dr. Julie Macfarlaneand is a a clearinghouse for information and resources related to the phenomenon of self-represented litigants.
Labels: access to justice
Supreme Court of Canada: New Library Titles
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Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year : "Post-Truth”
"The concept of post-truth has been simmering for the past decade, but Oxford shows the word spiking in frequency this year in the context of the Brexit referendum in the UK and the presidential election in the US, and becoming associated overwhelmingly with a particular noun, in the phrase post-truth politics."Runners-up for the word of the year in 2016 included:
- adulting, n. [mass noun] informal the practice of behaving in a way characteristic of a responsible adult, especially the accomplishment of mundane but necessary tasks.
- alt-right, n. (in the US) an ideological grouping associated with extreme conservative or reactionary viewpoints, characterized by a rejection of mainstream politics and by the use of online media to disseminate deliberately controversial content.
- Brexiteer, n. British informal a person who is in favour of the United Kingdom withdrawing from the European Union.
- chatbot, n. a computer program designed to simulate conversation with human users, especially over the Internet.
- coulrophobia, n. [mass noun] rare extreme or irrational fear of clowns.
- glass cliff, n. used with reference to a situation in which a woman or member of a minority group ascends to a leadership position in challenging circumstances where the risk of failure is high.
- hygge, n. [mass noun] a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture):
- Latinx, n. (plural Latinxs or same) and adj. a person of Latin American origin or descent (used as a gender-neutral or non-binary alternative to Latino or Latina); relating to people of Latin American origin or descent (used as a gender-neutral or non-binary alternative to Latino or Latina).
- woke, adj. (woker, wokest) US informal alert to injustice in society, especially racism.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Presentations Now Available from Recent ARL Library Assessment Conference
ARL members include 124 research libraries at comprehensive, research institutions in the US and Canada.
Many of the conference presentations are now available online.
Sunday, November 13, 2016
Statisrics Canada Article on Prostitution Offences in Canada
It also examines homicides of sex workers, and criminal court outcomes for prostitution-related cases.
Among the highlights:
- Between 2009 and 2014, the period prior to the introduction of new legislation that made it illegal to purchase sexual services, there were 16,879 prostitution incidents reported by police in Canada. These incidents represented less than 0.1% of all crimes reported in Canada in the same time period.
- In 2014, there were 3.0 police-reported prostitution offences per 100,000 population, the lowest rate since 1982.
- The majority of prostitution offences (82%) reported between 2009 and 2014 were for communicating or attempting to communicate with a person for the purpose of engaging in or obtaining sexual services.
- Close to half (43%) of persons accused of a prostitution-related offence between 2009 and 2014 were female, compared with less than one quarter (23%) of persons accused of any offence overall during the same time period. Females accused of prostitution were much younger than males (median age of 31 versus 42).
- Repeated contact with police for prostitution-related offences was more frequent among female accused (27%) compared with male accused (3%).
- Between 1991 and 2014, there were 294 homicides of sex workers. One in three (34%) homicides of sex workers remained unsolved; a much greater proportion than for homicides that did not involve a sex worker victim (20%).
- Between 2008/2009 and 2013/2014, under one third (30%) of prostitution cases processed in criminal courts resulted in a guilty verdict; this was much lower than the proportion for criminal court cases in general (64%).
Canadian Forum on Civil Justice October 2016 Access to Justice Newsletter
The latest issue of the newsletter includes:
- news about the "Everyday Legal Problems and the Cost of Justice in Canada: Overview Report"
- links to a paper on "Nudging the Paradigm Shift, Everyday Legal Problems in Canada"
- and more
Wednesday, November 09, 2016
SirsiDynix Webinar - A Conversation with Library Tech Expert Marshall Breeding
"Movements like the push toward next-generation automated library systems and Linked Data are all shifting the landscape of library solutions. Want to know what’s coming down the pike? Ask Marshall!"Breeding is a well-known library tech expert who edits the Library Technology Guides website and produces the annual International Library Automation Perceptions Surveys.
"Join Eric Keith, SirsiDynix Chief Marketing Officer, for a conversation with Marshall Breeding, the creator and editor of Library Technology Guides. Learn where the field of library technology is going in this Q&A-style webinar in which Eric Keith will ask Marshall your questions."