Shaunna Mireau on Canadian Legal Research

Tips on Canadian legal research from the Library at Field LLP.
Postings are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the firm.

April 04, 2014

Environmental Law Centre blog

One of the areas I don't often have an opportunity to research is environmental law.  Infrequent review of a subject area is one of the things that can make for inefficient research, especially in a regulatory rich subject like environmental law.  To combat symptoms of inefficiency, it is a grand idea to preface your research with a look at specialty commentary in the form of well crafted legal blogs.

Check out the Environmental Law Centre blog for your next brush up on this area of law.  Well written commentary, posts rich with relevant links, and excellent and consistent use of categories.

Link to other Canadian law blogs by topic or writer type at Lawblogs.ca. Law blogs are free, available at your desk or mobile device, they link to publications and other sources, and often written by people with expertise to share.

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March 20, 2014

LinkedIn Terms of Service changing March 26

How often do you review your social media channel terms of service and privacy policies?  At the Mireau household we (the Giggles and I - Mr. M. chooses not to participate in the social web) review our privacy settings on a regular diarized schedule.

I was happy to receive an email from LinkedIn with a heads up about changes they are making to their terms and privacy policy next week. It is an excellent reminder to review settings on all channels as the tterms always say "these terms change from time to time" or something similar. Many channels change their settings without advance notice. The email from LinkedIn said:
We wanted to let you know that we’re making some changes to our Privacy Policy and User Agreement, effective March 26, 2014. As members of the LinkedIn family, LinkedIn Pulse and SlideShare will now be adopting our Terms of Service. This integration will allow us to continue to deliver the most relevant personalized professional content to help you be great at what you do across all three platforms. You can read our blog post explaining the changes and highlighting key points. This is also a good time to review your Privacy Settings and see what your options are in terms of controlling how your information is shared.
 
While we work hard behind the scenes to protect you and your data, we’re also committed to providing you with tools to manage your privacy and security. Here are three tools to take a look at:
 
1. Choose how your information is shared
We have additional privacy settings you can turn on or off, depending on what you want to share, display, or receive. Here are some of the options you'll find in your settings:
  • Turn on/off activity broadcasts
  • Select who can see your activity feed
  • Select what people see when you've viewed their profile
  • Select who can see your connections
  • Change your profile photo and visibility
  • Block members for added privacy
 
2. Protect your account with two-step verification
Opting into two-step verification can greatly reduce identity theft and unauthorized access. Learn how to turn it on with this SlideShare presentation. If you run into any problems, see our troubleshooting tips.
 
3. Turn on secure browsing (HTTPS)
A good indicator of a protected website connection is the https:// you might see in your browser address bar. While we automatically secure a connection for pages with sensitive information (such as credit card info), you can also turn this on when viewing all pages across LinkedIn — learn how. We’re working on making this a default across LinkedIn.
 
Looking for more tips on privacy and security? Visit our Safety Center for more info on using LinkedIn smartly and securely.
Happy reviewing!

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March 12, 2014

The end of Canada Gazette in print

Well, that is it. Statutory Instrument 2014-19 registered March 12, 2014 titled Canada Gazette Publication Order, 2014 has been published. Three short lines that spell the end of a very long era.
1. The Canada Gazette is to continue to be published electronically in Portable Document Format (PDF).
The Order comes into force on April 1, 2014.

A couple of points from the Explanatory Note attached to the order:

Proposal

The Canada Gazette Publication Order, 2014 provides for the continuation of the publication in electronic Portable Document Format (PDF) of Part I, Part II and Part III of the Canada Gazette, pursuant to subsection 10(2) of the Statutory Instruments Act. It also clarifies that the Canada Gazette will continue to be published electronically in PDF.

Objective

The objective of this Order is to eliminate the requirement for a printed version of the Canada Gazette. This initiative was included in the Jobs, Growth and Long-term Prosperity Act, chapter 19 of the Statutes of Canada, 2012, to support the Government’s greening initiatives as part of its Sustainable Development Strategy.

Visit the Canada Gazette on its permanent home at http://www.gazette.gc.ca/gazette/home-accueil-eng.php

The whole of the Gazette is online at a variety of places.

The Field Library has a near complete print collection for reference in the Edmonton office from 1978 to 2010. We print the indexes for quick reference.

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January 31, 2014

Statistics, Blogging and Groundhog Day

Thanks to a tweet by Get Noticed Get Found the world has statistical evidence and an infographic that proves law blogging is more successful than Ground Hog Day rodent predictions:

Get Noticed Get Found | Law Firm Marketing Courtesy of: Get Noticed Get Found

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January 03, 2014

Library art

Happy New Year.  A few quotes and images about libraries to start the year off right. Hat Tip to Connie Crosby (@conniecrosby).

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