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Recent Arrivals

From drug-impaired driving and racial profiling to competition law and torts – here are some of our new titles and new editions:

Canadian Tort Law, 11th ed., by Linden et al. KF 1250 L562 2018 / Practice Collection, 2nd Floor.

  • The 11th edition of this leading treatise provides a thoroughly updated analysis of all aspects of tort law, with details of important appellate cases from the last five years.

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Finding Ontario OICs

What are OICs (Orders in Council)? Every province has them and the federal government as well, although the federal ones are also called Privy Council Orders.

There is a succinct definition of an Order in Council on the Ontario government’s Orders in Council website:

“An Order in Council (OIC) is a government order recommended by the Executive Council and signed by the Lieutenant Governor.”

Hundreds of OICs are made every year. A few are published in the Ontario Gazette but the majority are never published. In the past they were extremely difficult to locate.

Not anymore! The government website is one-stop shopping for:

  • what OICs are used for;
  • how they are created; and
  • most importantly, contact information for obtaining copies of them depending on the year they were created.


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Make Your Keyword Search Just Right

HeinOnline recently announced a simplified syntax for proximity searching. Instead of using parentheses and the tilde symbol, a complicated construction that no one could remember, you can now use “w/n” (where w means within and n is a number) to specify how close together you want your search terms to appear. Continue reading


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Cannabis and the Workplace

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


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Ontario Hansard Then and Now

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.

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