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BCLI Asks for Public Input on Tests of Mental Capacity

(Media Release)

Vancouver, 22 February 2013—Today the British Columbia Law Institute has published its Consultation Paper on Common-Law Tests of Capacity. The consultation paper examines legislative reforms to judge-made rules governing when a person is determined to have the mental capacity to carry out a transaction or enter into a relationship. It was prepared with the assistance of a ten-person, all-volunteer project committee, made up of some of the leading lights in this area of the law.

“We hope to hear from legal advisors and the general public on this important topic,” said committee chair Andrew MacKay, “which touches on issues that affect the daily lives of British Columbians.”

The consultation paper contains 31 proposals for reform on how tests of mental capacity operate when someone wants to make a will, to designate a beneficiary under an insurance policy or retirement plan, to make a gift, to nominate a committee, to enter into a contract, to retain legal counsel, to marry or enter into a spousal relationship, or to separate from a spouse.

The full consultation paper, a summary consultation, a response booklet, a backgrounder, and a link to our survey are all available at

Historic Hansards to go online

According to a recent article, there are plans to put the complete version of federal Hansard available online.(Currently it is online available digitally back to 1994 for the House of Commons and 1996 for the Senate.) An online version of Hansard going back to 1988 is expected to be available in Spring 2013, and the entire project should be completed by the end of 2014.

Canadian online government publications portal announced

Association of Parliamentary Libraries in Canada (APLIC) / L’Association des bibliothécaires parlementaires au Canada (ABPAC)


Iqaluit, Nunavut

DATE:January 29, 2013

APLIC/ABPAC releases its Government and Legislative Libraries Online Publications Portal (GALLOPP/PPGPE): A key resource for locating Canadian and Provincial Government Publications.

The Association of Parliamentary Libraries in Canada (APLIC) is proud to announce the release of its unique pan-Canadian bilingual government and legislative publications portal known as GALLOPP (Government and Legislative Libraries Online Publications Portal) / PPGPE (Portail des publications gouvernementales et parlementaires électroniques). It promises to become a vital resource for Canadian libraries seeking the electronic publications of Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial governments and legislatures.

The result of collaboration between provincial and territorial legislative libraries from across Canada and the federal government’s Depository Services Program (DSP), the portal provides one-stop access to over 320,000 electronic provincial, territorial and federal government publications and legislative materials dating back to 1995.

Sarah Sutherland published in On Firmer Ground

Sarah Sutherland's article "The developing skill-employment disconnect in law libraries and what to do about it" is the most recent posting in the On Firmer Ground blog.

Susannah Tredwell represents CALL on On Firmer Ground's editorial board. If you are interesting in writing for this blog, please contact Susannah. The guidelines for submission are here:

Major addition to the Supreme Court of Canada decision’s website

(via Rosalie Fox, Director, Library & Information Management Branch, Supreme Court of Canada)

The Supreme Court of Canada and Lexum are proud to announce that the Court’s decision website now contains all decisions back to 1907. Moreover, all the PDF versions of decisions up to 2010 are identical to the official version available in the Supreme Court Reports.

This major content addition has been made possible thanks to the support of the Supreme Court of Canada. The Court has been at the forefront of free access to judicial decisions for the past 20 years. Lexum is proud to provide its technology and infrastructure to ensure continuous and efficient availability of Supreme Court of Canada decisions.

Free ICC eBooks

The International Chamber of Commerce has announced that it is offering free copies of the ICC Anti-corruption Clause and the ICC Force Majeure/ICC Hardship Clause to download.

The aim of the ICC Anti-corruption Clause "is to preserve trust between parties, to deter corruption in the negotiation and performance of a contract, and to preserve the sanctity of contracts."

The ICC Force Majeure/ICC Hardship Clause "has been designed to facilitate the drafting process both for companies and for their lawyers and help them to take unforeseeable circumstances into account."

Altman Weil 2012 Law Firms in Transition Survey available

Altman Weil has made its 2012 Law Firms in Transition Survey available online. Although Altman Weil surveyed only U.S. law firms, the report still makes for an interesting read. Predictions include that law firms will be increasingly using contract lawyers and that there will be a decrease in the number of support staff per lawyer.

(Hat tip to Steven Lastres.)

Free seminar on Competitive Intelligence

The Law Library Association of Greater New York (LLAGNY) and the Practising Law Institute (PLI) have made available an archived version of their online seminar What is CI?: An Introduction to Competitive Intelligence in the Law Firm Environment (held on April 25th). To access the seminar, go to: The program is free, but you will need to register with PLI to order to view it.

CALL presentations

For those of you who were not able to attend the 2012 CALL conference in Toronto, the following presentations are available online: 

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