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Great Library Holiday Hours

Please take note of our opening hours over the holidays:

December 21, 2019 – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

December 22, 2019 – 12 noon to 5:00 pm

December 23, 2019 – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

December 24, 2019 – Closed

December 25, 2019 – Closed

December 26, 2019 – Closed

December 27, 2019 – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

December 28, 2910 – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

December 29, 2019 – 12 noon to 5:00 pm

December 30, 2019 – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

December 31, 2019 – Closed

January 1, 2020 – Closed

Regular hours resume on January 2, 2020.

To all a safe and happy Holiday Season!

> the Staff at the Great Library


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House of Bills: A Weekly Update on Ontario Bills

December  9– December 12
42nd Parliament, 1st Session

Bill 6, Poet Laureate of Ontario Act (In Memory of Gord Downie), 2019legend

Third Reading, carried (Dec 12)
Royal Assent (Dec 12)

Bill 116, Foundations for Promoting and Protecting Mental Health and Addictions Services Act, 2019

Bill considered by Standing Committee on Social Policy, reported as amended (Dec 10)
Third Reading, carried (Dec 11)
Royal Assent (Dec 12)

Bill 123, Reserved Parking for Electric Vehicle Charging Act, 2019

Second Reading (Dec 10)
Bill considered by Standing Committee on Regulations and Private Bills, reported as amended (Dec 11)
Third Reading, carried (Dec 12)
Royal Assent (Dec 12)

Bill 132, Better for People, Smarter for Business Act, 2019

Third Reading, carried on division (Dec 9 & 10)
Royal Assent (Dec 10)

Bill 138, Plan to Build Ontario Together Act, 2019

Reported as amended by Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs (Dec 9)
Third Reading, carried on division (Dec 9 & 10)
Royal Assent (Dec 10)

Bill 150, Ensuring Transparency and Integrity in Political Party Elections Act, 2019

Second Reading, carried on division (Dec 12)
Ordered referred to Standing Committee on General Government (Dec 12)

Bill 153, Long-Term Care Homes Amendment (Till Death Do Us Part) Act, 2019

Second Reading, carried (Dec 12)
Ordered referred to Standing Committee on Justice Policy (Dec 12)

Bill 156, Security from Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act, 2019

Second Reading (Dec 10 & 11)

Bill 159, Rebuilding Consumer Confidence Act, 2019

Order for Second Reading discharged pursuant to Standing Order 74(a) (Dec 11)
Ordered referred to Standing Committee on Justice Policy (Dec 11)
Bill considered by Standing Committee on Justice Policy (Dec 12)

Bill 160, Education Amendment Act (Use of Seclusion and Physical Restraints), 2019

First Reading (Dec 9)

Bill 161, Smarter and Stronger Justice Act, 2019

First Reading (Dec 9)

Bill 162, Public Accountability and Lobbyist Transparency Act, 2019

First Reading (Dec 9)

Bill 163, Food Day Ontario (Food Day Canada in Ontario) Act, 2019

First Reading (Dec 10)

Bill 164, Protecting Vulnerable Persons in Supportive Living Accommodation Act, 2019

First Reading (Dec 10)

Bill 165, Ontario Climate Crisis Strategy for the Public Sector Act, 2019

First Reading (Dec 11)

Bill 166, Great Lakes Protection Amendment Act, 2019

First Reading (Dec 11)

Bill 167, Legislative Assembly Amendment Act, 2019

First Reading (Dec 11)

Bill 168, Combating Antisemitism Act, 2019

First Reading (Dec 11)

Bill 169, Home Warranties to Protect Families Act, 2019

First Reading (Dec 12)

Bill 170, Protecting Passenger Safety Act, 2019

First Reading (Dec 12)

And with that, the Legislative Assembly of Ontario stands adjourned for their two month winter break. Presently, the legislature is scheduled to resume February 18th, 2020. But the House of Bills series is still going! Be sure to come back next week for a snapshot of the latest stage those bills that have progressed through the House this Fall reached before the winter recess.


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HeinOnline Tip: Article Email Alerts

HeinOnline has implemented a new feature to help you keep track of articles on a given subject or written by a particular author. The new Similar Article Email Alerts feature notifies subscribers:

  1. When new material for this author is added to HeinOnline
  2. When new articles in HeinOnline cite this author’s articles
  3. When articles are accessed on HeinOnline each month
  4. When similar articles are published on this author’s works

Whether you want to keep track of an author’s publications or discover new articles that are similar to those written by your favourite author, HeinOnline has you covered.

To set up Similar Article Email Alerts, go to the author’s profile page. You can do this by plugging the author’s name into the search bar. On the results page, find an entry written by your author and click their hyperlinked name. This will bring you to their author profile page. Here is an example of Alice Woolley’s author page:

Alice Wooley’s author page on HeinOnline with email alert “bell” icon at top right

You will notice a bell icon at the top right of the page. Click this icon to set your preferences and subscribe with your email.

For more information on this feature, see HeinOnline’s Tip of the Week.

HeinOnline author alert dialog box, showing what you want to get alerts for

Now you’re all set! Don’t forget that Law Society of Ontario licensees have remote access to HeinOnline through the Great Library. Email refstaff@lso.ca to get yours set up today!


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House of Bills: A Weekly Update on Ontario Bills

December 2 – December 6
42nd Parliament, 1st Sessionlegend

Bill 116, Foundations for Promoting and Protecting Mental Health and Addictions Services Act, 2019

Second Reading, carried (Dec 3)
Ordered referred to Standing Committee on Social Policy (Dec 3)
Considered by Standing Committee on Social Policy (Dec 6)

Bill 123, Reserved Parking for Electric Vehicle Charging Act, 2019

Considered by Standing Committee on Regulations and Private Bills (Dec 4)

Bill 132, Better for People, Smarter for Business Act, 2019

Considered by Standing Committee on General Government, reported as amended (Dec 3 & 4)
Third Reading (Dec 5)

Bill 136, Provincial Animal Welfare Services Act, 2019

Considered by Standing Committee on Justice Policy, reported as amended (Dec 3)
Third Reading, carried (Dec 4 & 5)
Royal Assent (Dec 5)

Bill 138, Plan to Build Ontario Together Act, 2019

Considered by Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs (Dec 2, 4 & 5)

Bill 144, Northern Health Travel Grant Advisory Committee Act, 2019

Second Reading, carried on division (Dec 5)
Ordered referred to Standing Committee on Regulations and Private Bills (Dec 5)

Bill 154, Stop Cyberbullying in Ontario Day Act, 2019

Second Reading, carried (Dec 5)
Ordered referred to Standing Committee on Social Policy (Dec 5)

Bill 155, Rent Control Act, 2019

First Reading (Dec 2)

Bill 156, Security from Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act, 2019

First Reading (Dec 2)

Bill 157, COPD Awareness Day Act, 2019

First Reading (Dec 3)
Second Reading, carried (Dec 5)
Ordered referred to Standing Committee on Social Policy (Dec 5)

Bill 158, Defibrillator Training and Access Act, 2019

First Reading (Dec 5)

Bill 159, Rebuilding Consumer Confidence Act, 2019

First Reading (Dec 5)


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The Great Library’s Oddest Law Book Titles

Law books are not generally known for having interesting titles. Most carry functional but yawn-inducing titles such as Business Law in Ontario. Typically, after a respectable number of editions, a legal author’s name is fused to the topic, as in Chitty on Contracts or Orkin on Costs. And sometimes successive authors of a legal treatise share space in the title – Coke on Littleton, Sullivan and Driedger on the Construction of Statutes, etc.

No such staid conventions exist in the world of non-legal book titles. There’s even an annual prize for the oddest non-fiction book title.

The Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year was first awarded in 1978. The prize was the invention of Trevor Bounford and Bruce Robertson, co-founders of the publishing firm, The Diagram Group. The two dreamed up the prize as a way to relieve boredom while working at the annual Frankfurt Book Fair.  The winner of this year’s prize, marking the 41st anniversary, was just announced last week.

The Oddest Book Title contest rules are simple: author and publisher of the winning title receive no tangible prize, only publicity. The nominator of the winning title however receives “a passable bottle of claret”.

To get an idea of what it takes to be a Diagram winner, here are a few recipients from past years:

1992 – How to Avoid Huge Ships (advice to pleasure boat sailors on the dangers of shipping lanes)

1993 – American Bottom Archaeology (an archaeological history of the Mississippi River Valley)

2004 – Bombproof Your Horse (techniques for training horses to be less easily spooked by the unexpected)

2010 – Managing a Dental Practice: The Genghis Khan Way (practice management tips on “how to build an empire in the dentistry field”)

Surprisingly, at least one legal book has won the dubious honour of oddest book title. In 2001, the prize was awarded to Butterworths Corporate Manslaughter Service, a serious guide for lawyers dealing with corporate liability for manslaughter and fatal accidents.

This discovery inspired Great Library staff members to seek out odd legal titles on our shelves.

Here are our staff’s top picks for oddest legal book titles in the Great Library’s print collection, arranged by category:

Best Alliteration or Rhyme

Best Horror

Best Self-Help

and Best Miscellaneous