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Presentation slides for June Seminar – Canada’s First Online Tribunal with Shannon Salter

Guest speaker Shannon Salter very kindly shared her presentation slides from the June seminar "Canada’s First Online Tribunal".

Please note: Shannon points out their jurisdiction will eventually go up to $25,000, but for now they are starting with claims $5,000 and under. 

See the below link for the PDF version. 

Petition to the House of Commons: E-1116

On behalf of Amanda Wakaruk:

I hope you will take a moment to sign this House of Commons petition, which I've created as a private citizen (not on behalf of my employer) asking the Government of Canada to respond to the longstanding need to fix Crown copyright in Canada.

https://petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-1116

I have tried to summarize the importance of reforming Crown copyright at fixcrowncopyright.ca but we all know that the audience for this issue is small, despite the wide breadth of its impact. This is why I am also asking that you please forward this petition to other lists, your colleagues, and especially any content users whose work might have been impacted by Crown copyright over the years.

GALLOP Portal - Request for Feedback

Good afternoon,

The Association of Parliamentary Libraries in Canada (APLIC) has formed a group tasked with reviewing the GALLOP Portal. The GALLOP (Government and Legislative Libraries Online Publications) portal was created with the goal of having a one-stop access point to full-text, searchable electronic government documents collected by legislative libraries in Canada for their jurisdictions. We are requesting feedback from users, or from those who are not users but are interested in searching for government documents across multiple Canadian jurisdictions.

If you have the time, please help us by completing a short survey about the GALLOP Portal (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GALLOP-survey).

If you do not want to complete the survey, but would like to provide a quick remark, general comments or any other type of feedback, please feel free to email me at dcumming@ola.org.

Thank you very much, and have a great day,

David

Guide on Finding Court Records and Transcripts

Message from Yolanda Koscielski, Librarian for Criminology, Psychology & Philosophy at W.A.C. Bennett Library, Simon Fraser University:

Dear Colleagues,

I've recently created a guide on Finding Court Records and Transcripts (link: http://www.lib.sfu.ca/help/research-assistance/subject/criminology/legal-information/courtrecords).

This guide is designed to help SFU researchers looking for court records such as trial transcripts, affidavits, exhibits, and other documents associated with a case but *other than the main case law/judgment*. This is a research question I frequently receive.

I'm hoping the guide might be of use to others as well, including the public. Accordingly, if you have any have any suggestions for additional content, or notice a point that needs correcting (!), I'd be grateful to hear it. You can email me directly: http://www.lib.sfu.ca/users/yolanda-koscielski

2017 Gov Info Day at the SFU Harbour Center Campus

A message from Carla Graebner, Librarian for Research Data Services and Government Information at the W.A.C. Bennett Library, Simon Fraser University:

GovInfo Day is Friday, April 28th and will be held at SFU Vancouver (room 7000) from 8:45 - 4:30. This year's program (agenda attached) consists of speakers from Library and Archives Canada, Environment Canada, BC STATs and SFU.

New for this year, we are hosting the PechaKucha/Cool Tools session. If you're interested in participating in this segment and have a tip, tool or resource (related to government or legal information or data) you want to show case in in 3-5 minutes, please indicate so in your registration.

I'll also be organizing a no-host social event after sessions conclude. You'll be asked to indicate your interest when you register.

Thanks to the support of SFU Library, GovInfo Day remains free but registration is required since space is limited. If, after registering, you are unable to attend, please let me know as soon as possible.

Library Book Ends For Sale

Miller Thomson LLP Vancouver is moving offices , and have found themselves with a glut of library book ends! If you are located in the Vancouver area and would like any of these they are free of charge, you just need to arrange to have them picked up!

Miller Thomson Address is #400-725 Granville Street, Vancouver BC, located on the 4th floor of the Nordstrom's building.

There are now 10 Princeton files available.

Please contact Scott Riley directly via email address, sriley@millerthomson.com

He will hold on to them for 2 months, and then likely have them recycled. If you'd like a photograph feel free to contact Scott.

CALL webinar: US Legislation for Canadian Legal Researchers (Part One)

March 2, 2017
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Summary: This webinar will cover the legislative branch of government in the US -  its structure, its law-making powers, and its legal publications.  Emphasizing the differences between Canadian and US legislative publications, this session will focus primarily on free websites which provide access to federal legislative work.

Bio: Professor Penny A. Hazelton

Penny Hazelton has been working as a law librarian for over 44 years at the University of Washington, the US Supreme Court Library, and the University of Maine.  She has enjoyed teaching legal research to law students, lawyers, judges, prisoners, librarians, and members of the public.  She is the editor of Specialized Legal Research and co-author of the Washington Legal Researcher’s Deskbook.

*Please note that this is part one of a 2 part series. Part 2 will be available on June 22, 2017.

Webinar Costs:
CALL/ACBD Member: $40 + HST = $45.20
Non-member: $60 + HST = $67.80 
Student Members: $25 + HST = $28.25

To register click here.  

January Coffee Morning at Whitelaw Twining

VALL members are invited to meet and mingle over morning coffee, tea, and pastries Tuesday, January 31st, 2017. These casual socials are a great way to catch up with friends and to get to know fellow VALL members.

When: Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 from 7:30am – 9:00am
Where: Whitelaw Twining at 200 Granville Street, located on the 24th Floor.

Please send your RSVP email to Brenda Alm, balm@wt.ca, by January 30th, 2017.

Hope to see you there!<

Post-Seminar Survey - Dom Bautista "Access to Justice"

The Programs Committee would like to thank all of our members who attended the latest VALL seminar on December 1st, 2016!

We hope that those of you would please take a moment to complete this brief post-seminar survey. It will take less than 5 minutes to complete and all responses remain anonymous.

We value your insights and recommendations and will use them in shaping future programming.

Many thanks from the VALL Programs Committee!

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