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.

Searching for VALL alumni

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of VALL; to celebrate this milestone we will be holding a "birthday party" in December. We would like to invite all VALL members, past and present to the party, but to do so we need to find the contact information for any and all former members of VALL, be they in Bermuda or the Falkland Islands.

If you have contact information for a former VALL member, could you please send it to Gabriella Barsoum, our membership secretary, at We want to make sure as many people as possible get invited.

VALL Lunch on September 19, 2008: "Cool Things"

It has now been one year since we last presented a "Cool Things" programme, so we thought we would start off the 2008/2009 VALL year on the same popular theme. In the spotlight this month will be Steve Matthews from Stem Legal, Wilma MacFarlane from Farris, Joanne Lecky from McCarthy Tetrault, and Christina Tribe and Liisa Tella from Harper Grey, each of whom will speak for a few minutes on some cool tricks, and offer us some exciting research tips.  Please join us for a cutting-edge information session as we begin this 20th Anniversary Year of the Vancouver Association of Law Libraries.

Date: Friday, September 19, 2008
* While VALL's lunch meetings are usually held on Thursdays, due to a scheduling conflict at the Law Courts Inn, this month's meeting had to be scheduled on a Friday.

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

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

Deadline for Registration: Friday, September 12, 2008 (Registration is not permitted at the door)

Cost: $18.25

The Registration Form is attached as a PDF.

SLA Western Canadian Chapter newsletter

The latest issue of the SLA Western Canadian Chapter's newsletter is up at Contents include overviews of various presentations from the 2008 SLA conference and an article entitled "Things I Learned at the Vancouver Courthouse Library".

SLA Legal Division Quarterly newsletter

The latest issue of the SLA's Legal Division Quarterly newsletter is up at Contents include an overview of presentations from the 2008 SLA conference including "If I Knew Then What I Know Now: Tales from the Dark Side" (on dealing with vendors) and the "Emerging Technologies Breakfast".

Citizenship and Immigration Canada under fire

QUEBEC - Citizenship and Immigration Canada is under fire from organizers of a series of conventions held in Quebec City this summer for turning down the visa requests of many African citizens over concerns they would attempt to remain here after the event.
"A meeting of 4,000 international librarians starting next week in Quebec City has also seen about 30 of its delegates from Africa and developing countries elsewhere denied access to Canada. Organizer Claude Bonnelly finds it regrettable that some of the keynote speakers and translators will not be able to attend the conference.

"It's ironic, but sad, when you know that the title of our conference is Librarians without borders," he said.


New Graduate Certificate in Library Sector Leadership at U of Victoria

From: Inba Kehoe []
Sent: Thursday, August 07, 2008 10:53 AM
Subject: New Graduate Certificate in Library Sector Leadership at U of Victoria
Importance: High

[Apologies for any duplication] Dear Colleagues, The University of Victoria has just announced it will be offering a Graduate Professional Certificate in Library Sector Leadership which has been designed for mid-career librarians. This five course, part-time graduate program is a partnership with the School of Public Administration, the Division of Continuing Studies and the UVic Libraries.
Would you please circulate the attached flyer to librarians or library associations you think might be interested in this program? For more information, please visit the following website at: or contact the School of Public Administration Academic Administrative OfficerTel: 250.721.8054 | Email:
Cheers Inba
Inba Kehoe BA, MLIS Copyright OfficerScholarly Communications/Publishing Librarian
Business, Economics & Public Admin. Librarian

All Vancouver Courthouse Library Public Access Computers Will Be Unavailable August 19 to August 26

The Vancouver Courthouse Library will be re-carpeted during August and the first week of September. We will also be getting some new furniture:

  • new workstations for the computers
  • new carrels for private study
  • comfortable seating for the centre lounge area

The renovations will benefit all library users in the long run; however, there will be disruption while the carpeting is being done. We have selected the least busy time of year in hopes of inconveniencing the smallest number of people. The noisiest part of the installation work will be confined to the overnight periods from 6pm to 8am but there will be a period of one week when there will be no public access computers available.

AUGUST 12th:  Work on the entrance and centre area, plus the South end of the library (Nelson Street), including the bookshelves and study area, will begin on Tuesday, August 12th and will be completed by Monday, August 25th.

AUGUST 19th:  Beginning on Tuesday, August 19th and running through to Tuesday, August 26th, ALL OF THE PUBLIC ACCESS COMPUTERS WILL BE UNAVAILABLE. Due to the electrical setup in the library, we will be unable to keep any of them functioning. Staff computers will be unaffected so, please ask for assistance at the front Reference Desk – as always, we will be very happy to help you!

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