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A new information resource for Vancouver real propery

I was lucky enough to attend the Pacific Legal Technology Conference last week and heard about a new information resource from the City of Vancouver. It's called Vanmap and there was talk that the precision of free governmental information will change the responsibility of lawyers in real property transations.

Here's the main page, and here's a screenshot of the listing for the Vancouver Convention Centre:

Vanmap screenshot

I was asked for a few more details, so here they are:

The case that discussed the standard of care for real estate lawyers in surveying is Winrob et ux v. Street and Wollen, 19 D.L.R. (2d) 172, 28 W.W.R. 118. At the scale of the published surveying maps available in the 1950's the lines dividing lots would scale up to 10 feet wide in the real world. The data available on Vanmaps allows users to see maps with property lines at a of detail that translates to a few centimeters.

Courthouse Libraries BC is looking for feedback on their library catalogue

It has been a couple of years since Courthouse Libraries BC implemented Soutron (our current library management software), and we want to know how it is working for you. Is it easy to use? Are you able to access the results that you need? How can we make it better?

If you have a chance to check it out and let us know about your experience (there is a link to the survey on the catalogue), it would be much appreciated!

Thank-you for your input!

Heather

BC Laws adds historical Supreme Court Rules

BC Laws has added some historical Supreme Court Rules to its collection. The rules are:

No amendments are included.

CALL Webinar: Substantive Law Series on Criminal Law

Thursday June 18, 2015 10:00am - 11:30am

CALL/ACBD Webinar 

Summary:

This webinar, aimed at legal information professionals, will provide an overview of substantive first-year law school criminal law.

There are two goals: (i) to give a sense of what law school students study and learn in their first year criminal law class, and (ii) to provide practical tips on researching criminal law issues.

Questions / topics to be covered will include:

 

Petition to Re-Instate the Ontario E-Laws Detailed Legislative History Tables

Email from Annette Demers, Acting Law Librarian and Sessional Lecturer Paul Martin Law Library:

As you may have heard, during the recent E-Laws website migration, the decision was taken to discontinue producing the Detailed Legislative History Tables.

As you may know, in 2002, Ontario stopped publishing the Table of Public Statutes in the Statutes of Ontario.  Instead the SO directed users to E-Laws for these tables moving forward.

The Table of Public Statutes has been published since 1877 as an important historical legal research tool.

Now the tables have been discontinued outright, however the E-Laws team has not yet devised a solution to take its place.

Accordingly, I have prepared a letter and petition to the Ontario Minister of Justice requesting that these tables be re-instated, at least as long as a suitable replacement tool can be devised.

To sign the petition, please click here. http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/elaws

To review the full letter, please see attached.

Please circulate this petition widely.  I hope to deliver it to the Ministry by June 15.

Thank you!
Annette

CALL Webinar: Substantive Law Series on Real/Personal Property Law

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
1:00pm - 2:30pm EST 

Summary:

This webinar, aimed at legal information professionals, will provide an overview of substantive first-year law school property law, including both real and personal property law.

There are two goals: (i) to give a sense of what students study and learn in their first year law school property law class, including explanations of substantive property law, and (ii) to provide practical tips on researching property law issues.

Questions / topics to be covered will include:

Deadline for early bird registration for CALL 2015 is April 3

Have you registered for CALL 2015? If not, then act fast! Make sure you register before Friday, April 3rd to take advantage of the early bird rate. That’s before Easter! Watch for the next e-blast to win tickets for the FRYE JAM.

Coming in on Friday or Saturday?  Participate in the Bay of Fundy Coastal Tour leaving at 1: 30 pm and coming back at 6:30 pm. Featured are visits to Hopewell Rocks, including a walk on the ocean floor as well as a visit to Cape Enrage. Details coming out soon on an e-blast!

Reposted from an email from Jeanne Maddix

SFU's Annual GovInfo Day scheduled for April 24

On behalf of Simon Fraser University Library, and the BCLA Information Policy Committee, I am pleased to invite you to the Annual GovInfo Day, on Friday, April 24th, at Simon Fraser University in downtown Vancouver (details below).

This event is free but registration is required. To register for this event, please send an email with your name and library affiliation to me  [cgraebne@sfu.ca] by April 17th, 2015. Please note seating is limited and reservations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

SCC announces more case information on its website

OTTAWA – The Office of the Registrar of the Supreme Court of Canada has posted on its website a revised Policy for Access to Supreme Court of Canada Court Records.  The revisions to the Policy reflect the changes in the Court’s practice since 2009 when the Policy first came into effect. 

With the implementation of the revised Policy, the Court will provide more case information on its website. In addition to the hearing schedules, docket information, party information, case summaries, webcasts of appeal hearings and factums on appeal, the Court will begin to post memorandums of argument on applications for leave to appeal after they are granted. 

The revised Policy for Access to Supreme Court of Canada Records introduces a Registered Access process for frequent users.  A new Request for Registered Access to Court Records and additional information can be found on the Court's Website.

Are you attending the 2015 CALL Conference in Moncton?

Volunteers are needed for short (and fun!) shifts staffing the CALL Vancouver 2016 booth in Moncton. If you are attending the conference and would be interested in volunteering, please contact Susannah Tredwell (stredwell@davis.ca) or Katherine Melville (kmelville@farris.com) directly.

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