With cannabis legalization taking effect on October 17, 2018, Canadian employers face a number of new challenges. Employees’ legal recreational use of marijuana raises issues relating to workplace health and safety, privacy rights, workplace policies and more. Continue reading
A reminder that that Great Library will be closed on Monday, October 8, 2018 for Thanksgiving.
Friday, October 5 …………………. 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday, October 6 ……………… 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday, October 7 …………………. Noon – 5:00 PM
Monday, October 8 ……………….. CLOSED
Regular library hours resume on Tuesday, October 9, 2018.
Here’s a handy chronology for finding past and present Ontario Legislative Debates:
1841 – 1953:
Newspaper Hansard, also called Scrapbook Hansard, is a collection of newspaper articles actually clipped from various newspapers whose reporters reported on the goings-on in the Legislature from1841 to 1953. The Scrapbook Hansard has been microfilmed, and the Great Library has the microfilm reels plus a microfilm reader/printer.
The 2018 edition of the McGill Guide, more formally known as the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation, 9th edition, is now available in the Great Library.
The last five editions of the Guide have been published at regular 4 year intervals. While some previous editions brought unexpected and even controversial changes to Canadian legal citation norms, other new editions, such as the 9th, contain few surprises.
The stated aims of the latest edition are conciseness and accessibility. This has resulted in a few useful changes:
- the hierarchy of sources for citing decisions has been simplified (Jurisprudence, Rule 3.1)
- citing a second source is no longer required if your case has a neutral citation – “…a parallel citation is unnecessary where a reference is made to a neutral citation”
- little-understood “semi-official” print reporters are now lumped in with “Other Sources”
- where your case has neither a neutral or an official reporter citation, your choice of an available other source should be based on accessibility, reflecting the reality of online case law research
- throughout the Guide, long tables of examples followed by bulleted lists of instructions have been eliminated in favour of more commentary and a few selective examples presented in shaded boxes in the text.
- more guidance on citing online sources, including social media
- expended coverage of international and EU sources
- inclusion of rules for citing Indigenous sources, such as constitutional documents, treaties and land claims agreements
- Tables of Contents at the beginning of each tabbed section
The Great Library’s copies of the current McGill Guide are shelved at KF 245 C36 in the Reference Section on the 2nd floor. We also keep copies of all superseded editions.
And if you need help using the new McGill Guide, or citing materials not covered by its rules. Just ask us.
A few weeks ago we wrote a blog post about bookplates and casually mentioned British nominate reports. Realizing that it is quite an archaic term, some explanation into their significance and their use in the legal world would be beneficial. Referred to as either nominate or nominative reports, these collections of decisions were usually published by individuals.