Finally, B.C. law on the internet... for free!

As of January 1, 2009 an up-to-date unofficial consolidation of the British Columbia Statutes and Regulations will be available free of charge through the Queen's Printer website at (The site does not appear to be up yet.)

No word as to whether B.C. legislation will be included on CANLII.

Nov. 2008 VALL Review

I enjoyed the latest VALL review, especially Gwendoline's Before the Flood and the conference reports from Christina and Graeme.

Although it's now the home of the Vancouver Art Gallery, echoes of the earlier Courthouse Library linger on.  We still use the rolling ladders from the old library, which now houses the Vancouver Art Gallery Library.  The ladders don't quite reach the ceiling, which must be close to 20 feet high, but they're still tricky to navigate. We keep the institutional archives in the basement near the now vacant jail cells, so the links to the old Courthouse are ever present.

B.C. Courthouse Library unveils new catalogue

The B.C. Courthouse Library has unveiled a new logo and the beta version version of its new library catalogue:

The new catalogue offers: a "Google-like simple search that accommodates variations in spelling and pluralization", "relevancy-ranked search results", "word cloud displaying associated terms to help you find what you need" and "one-click options to refine your search by date of publication, subject and so on".

VALL 20th Anniversary Celebration

"you win cases in the library, and not in the courtroom"
— Mr Justice Marshall Rothstein as attributed to Art Mauro, Officer of the Order of Canada

Vancouver Association of Law Libraries
20th Anniversary Celebration

Celebrity guest speaker Ian Hanomansing, Co-Anchor, CBC News

Please join with VALL members, past and present, as we honour twenty years of the Vancouver Association of Law Libraries. Bring your stories and photos to share our history as we reunite to celebrate yesterday, today and tomorrow.

VALL Luncheon on November 20, 2008 - U.S. Legal Research

Grace Pastine of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association will offer a Canadian overview of the US court system, emphasizing how a researcher should navigate case law from the separate but interrelated federal and state court systems in the United States. She will also talk about locating and noting up American case law and other primary legal resources, such as statutes and regulations, and using secondary resources such as treatises, legal encyclopedias and case digests to maximum benefit.

(NOTE: This is a change from the originally scheduled talk.)

Date: Thursday, November 20, 2008

Time: Registration - 11:45 Lunch - 12:00 noon

Place: Law Courts Inn, 800 Smithe Street, 5th floor

Deadline for Registration: Friday, November 14, 2008 (Registration is not permitted at the door)

Cost: $18.25

Please register and pay by Friday November 14, 2008. No refunds are available after this date.

See the attached form for registration details.

Further reading on climate change

For those of you who attended today's luncheon meeting, the Climate Change Bulletin that Lana Shipley referred to is here.

Other links that may be of interest:

Mentorship opportunity at SLAIS

"The SLAIS BCLA/CLA Student Chapter coordinates a professional mentorship program. We are currently seeking MLIS professionals who are interested in mentoring SLAIS students. We welcome participation from recent graduates, early-career, mid-career and experienced professional librarians. We aim to have professionals from all different types of libraries/sectors represented in our mentorship program.

Our goal is to foster the creation of mutually satisfying relationships between practicing information professionals and SLAIS students. Program participation keeps mentors connected with what is happening at SLAIS and provides an opportunity for students to share the wisdom of practicing information professionals. Mentors and students can get together as often or as little as they wish (but usually meet once or twice per academic term).

Once we match up students with mentors working in their area of professional interest, we connect mentors and mentees via email. At that point, the two of you can decide when, where, and how frequently you would like to meet.

In the past, professionals living outside of the Lower Mainland have also participated, using phone calls and email to communicate rather than in-person meetings.

VALL Lunch on October 16, 2008: "Carbon Tax and Climate Change: A Legislative Perspective"

"Carbon Tax and Climate Change: A Legislative Perspective"

VALL is very pleased to present a highly topical program featuring Lana Shipley, an associate in the Climate Change practice group at Lawson Lundell LLP. Lana is knowledgeable about all aspects of The Greenhouse Gas Reduction (Cap and Trade) Act and the Carbon Tax Act, as well as being up to date with issues relating to environmental law and regulation. Please join us to learn about the effects of climate change legislation on our world's economy and environment, and how the practice of law is adapting to these legislative changes.

Date: Thursday, October 16, 2008

Time: Registration - 11:45 Lunch -12:00 noon

Place: Law Courts Inn, 800 Smithe Street, 5th floor

Deadline for Registration: Friday October 10, 2008 (Registration is not permitted at the door)

Cost: $18.25

Please register and pay by Friday, October 10, 2008. No refunds are available after this date.

Is this Website Cool?

The new VALL website is one of the 'cool things' reviewed at today's lunch meeting. And to help that process along, this post will review some of the new & notable elements of the website.

  • First, the site is pretty and gives us an updated look. (but hopefully that's evident)
  • Second, it's modular - which means adding features is about a 15 minute process; and any new functionality we add will maintain the same look & feel of the overall design.
  • Third, we aren't stuck with this design. Because it's a template-based and applied site wide, we can update our look at any point, without worrying about the Association's legacy of content.

Now, the new stuff:

Annual Paralegal Conference 2008

Teresa Gleave, Manager of Library Services at Fasken Martineau Dumoulin LLP, will be speaking at the upcoming Annual Paralegal Conference in Vancouver on October 3. Teresa's presentation, titled "Where do we go from here?", will discuss how paralegals can stay current.

VALL is a co-sponsor of this event, along with BCLMA.

Full details on are available on the conference website.

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