For those of you who have to negotiate from time to time (that is, everyone), you may find the slides from Mary-Ellen Bates's presentation "Painless (no, really!) Negotiating" at the 2009 SLA Conference of interest.

(Thanks to Emma Wood for the link.)

New Supreme Court Rules in force July 1, 2010

On July 7, 2009, new B.C. Supreme Court Civil Rules and revised schedule of fees were announced by the B.C. Government (B.C. Reg. 168/2009). The new rules and fees will come into force on July 1, 2010.

For more information, see the Press Release and Backgrounder. A summary of the key features of the new rules is also available.

Speaker's Notes 2008-2009

September 19, 2008

Topic: "Cool Things"
Presenters: Steve Matthews from Stem Legal, Wilma MacFarlane from Farris, Joanne Lecky from McCarthy Tetrault, and Christina Tribe and Liisa Tella from Harper Grey
Steve Matthews' blog entry on his "Cool Thing" (the VALL website) is here.

October 16, 2008

Topic: "Carbon Tax and Climate Change: A Legislative Perspective"
Presenter: Lana Shipley, Lawson Lundell LLP
No speaker's notes

November 20, 2008

Topic: U.S. Legal Research
Speaker: Grace Pastine, B.C. Civil Liberties Association
Grace's speaker's notes are available here.

December 9, 2008

VALL's 20th Birthday Party (Four Seasons)

February 19, 2009

Topic: "The Uniform Law Conference of Canada"
Presenter: Lisa Peters, Lawson Lundell LLP
No speaker's notes.

March 19, 2009

Topic: InfoAction
Presenter: Christina de Castell, InfoAction
No speaker's notes

April 16, 2009

Topic: Who's Lying and Who's Telling the Truth: How does a Judge Determine Credibility
Presenter: Madam Justice Susan A. Griffin
No speaker's notes

June 18, 2009

Pictures from June 18th VALL meeting

Pictures from yesterday's VALL meeting:

VALL Annual Round Table Luncheon, June 18, 2009

Please join us for our annual round table luncheon, June 18, 2009. This will be our final gathering of the season, and, as in years past, there will be lively discussions on topics of interest for future events, and stories and tidbits from the most recent CALL conference.

Date: Thursday, June 18, 2009
Time: Registration - 11:45, Lunch - 12:00 noon
Deadline for Registration: Friday June 12, 2009 (Registration is not permitted at the door). No refunds are available after this date.
Cost: $18.25

Click here to download the registration form (pdf format)

Part 5 of PIPEDA in force

Part 5 of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, S.C. 2000, c. 5 came into force on June 1, 2009 (P.C. 2009-828). Part 5 amends the Statute Revision Act to authorize the publication and distribution of an electronic version of the Consolidated Statutes and Regulations of Canada.

The full text of the act can be seen at

Legal Glossary

The Vancouver Community College recently added Korean to its Legal Glossary.  The glossary contains 5000 Canadian legal and court-related terms in English Plain Language, plus their equivalents in six other languages (Chinese, (traditional and simplified), Farsi, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese).

The Legal Glossary was a result of a lack of consistency in comprehension and use of legal terminology among unaccredited court interpreters working in British Columbia courts, as identified by the Law Courts Education Society of BC and the Vancouver Community College Certificate Program in Court Interpreting. The glossary is aimed to benefit everyone participating in court or legal processes. It aims to explain Canadian legal terminology and to provide foreign language equivalents of those concepts related to Canadian law. Although restricted to 5000 terms, the glossary covers the following areas:  criminal law, court-related terms and street language heard in court for drugs and arms.

You can visit the Legal Glossary at:

You are encouraged to send your comments and suggestions on words and definitions to  and comments on the site and the way the dictionary works to

Supreme Court of Canada Judgments website

From Rosalie Fox, Director, Library, Supreme Court of Canada:

In cooperation with LexUM, the Supreme Court of Canada is pleased to announce that all the Supreme Court decisions which were published in the Supreme Court Reports dating back to 1948 are now available on the SCC Judgments website. All published judgments since 1876 from cases which were appealed to the SCC from the British Columbia Court of Appeal have been added to the database, courtesy of CanLII and the Law Foundation of BC. Appeals from the Ontario Court of Appeal, also dating back to 1876, were added to the SCC database last year.

The free availability of judgments dating back to 1948 on the web is one way the Supreme Court of Canada is celebrating the 60th anniversary of Canada's full judicial independence from the United Kingdom.

Following the adoption of the Statute of Westminster in 1931, which underscored the equality of the Dominion legislatures with that of the United Kingdom, Canada amended the Supreme Court Act in 1933, and again in 1949, first ending appeals to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in criminal matters, and subsequently in civil matters.

Managing email

VALL members should find Allison Wolf's article "Email survival tips for the busy professional" very useful. She refers to a short article on the Harvard Business website on "How to Revise an Email So That People Will Read It" by David Silverman; Mr Silverman also wrote a helpful article on "4 Tips for Writing Better Email".

Creating your library's business plan

Book coverJan Wallace of UBC's David Lam Management Library has alerted VALL to a new book in the UBC library system: Creating your library’s business plan : a how-to-do-it manual with samples on CD-ROM by Joy H.P. Harriman. Jan gave a talk to VALL members on this subject several years ago.

The book can be borrowed from UBC; full information is at The book includes "more than 20 sample plans from academic, public, medical, and special libraries worldwide" as well as "templates, worksheets, case studies, and samples from a wide variety of libraries".

If you're interested in learning more on the subject of making a business case, this is the topic of this year's CALL pre-conference workshop on Saturday, May 23, 2009. 

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