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A New Year’s Resolution for Legislative Researchers – Never Assume

When conducting legislative research, it is best not to assume anything. One often-made assumption is that an Act passed by a legislative body during a specific year comes into force during that same year. In reality, many statutes come into force on a date other than the date on which they receive Royal Assent. Continue reading

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Finding Old Regulations: Part I – Ontario

We are spoiled today. Finding Ontario regulations is much easier than it used to be. For an up-to-date version of a regulation, we have the e-Laws website. To see the text of a regulation as it was when first enacted, there is the “Regulations as Filed” option under the “Source Law” bullet on e-Laws, or the PDF version of the Ontario Gazette. Of course, there is always a catch.  Continue reading