Professional development opportunity: LLEAD: Library Leaders Excellence and Development

I recently went for lunch with Ken Haycock, and he let me know about this interesting leadership development opportunity in the new year:

LLEAD: Library Leadership Excellence and Development

The ultimate vision of this program is a library sector with the leadership capacity to best serve and advance the quality of life for the people who live and work in their communities.

To realize this vision, the program will focus on its goal of equipping library leaders with the approaches, processes and competencies demanded in senior leadership roles.

LLEAD participants are expected to practice and improve skills that are directly transferable to the library environment in organizational leadership, teamwork, finance, human resources management, and advocacy.  At the end of the year-long program, successful LLEAD participants will demonstrate the resilience, self-awareness and abilities to influence strategic outcomes at the organizational and community level.

You can learn more about it here.

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.

Cinderella at the Ball: Legislative Intent in Canadian Courts

Cinderella at the Ball: Legislative Intent in Canadian Courts
Erica Anderson; Susan Barker

This article explores a very specific kind of legal research - finding the intent of a legislature or parliament. Following a review of the history of legislative intent in Canadian courts, the exclusionary rule and an important Canadian case, Rizzo & Rizzo Shoes Ltd, the authors explore what developments in this area of law, statutory interpretation and, legislative intent research, might mean for parliamentary and legislative libraries in Canada. Based on research for their forthcoming Irwin Law book Researching Legislative Intent: A Practical Guide, this revised article was first presented to the Association of Parliamentary Libraries in Canada/ L’Association des bibliothèques parlementaires au Canada (APLIC/ABPAC) on July 4, 2013, in Ottawa, Ontario.

American statutory interpretation guru William Eskridge once referred to statutory interpretration as “the Cinderella of legal scholarship. Once scorned and neglected, confined to the kitchen, it now dances in the ballroom.”1 Cited in a 1999 article by Stephen Ross, an American law professor who encourages Canadian legal scholars to devote more time to teaching statutory interpretation,2 this quote perfectly captures the explosion of statutory interpretation scholarship that Ross sees happening in Canada. A fascinating area of legal research – which includes legislative intent – statutory interpretation also has a very important and practical use in courts. When the outcome of a case hinges on the meaning of a few words in a statute, interpreting the meaning of those few words will affect someone’s life and rights, one way or another.

What is legislative intent research?

Our interest in legislative intent stems from our experience in law and legislative libraries. In our law and legislative libraries finding the intent behind a statute it is a source of many substantial research questions. Let’s look at an example of a question often posed to legislative researchers:

Question: I would like you to search Hansard, policy papers, and committee Hansard for all discussion surrounding the Act X dating all the way back in time when the predecessor of this legislation was introduced which I believe was prior to 1900. We are interested in determining the meaning of “Y” and if it includes “A and B.”

The kinds of questions that law librarians get that require researching legislative intent include: Can I have the Hansard and committee debate on this bill and the predecessor bills? What did the legislature mean by this phrase? Why and when was this section added to the statute?

These questions can be time consuming and finding the answers can be like finding a needle in a haystack. Discovering the intent of a legislature involves piecing together how the legislation evolved over time, if and how the enactment changed, and what legislators said about this change in Hansard and committee. It can also involve material that inspired the legislation such as reports from law commissions, government policy papers, or Commissions of Inquiry.

Researching legislative intent can feel like Cinderella, pre-ball – all work, confined to the stacks in the library. Paul Michel, writing about statutory interpretation in the McGill Law Journal in 1996, agrees; he said that “the process of statutory interpretation is the unsung workhorse of the law. All but ignored by the law schools, lacking the high profile of constitutional interpretation, the interpretation of statutes is, nevertheless, the most common task of the courts and administrative tribunals. Common, yes; but essential, too.”3

Parliamentary, law firm and academic law libraries all get these questions and provide the materials to help with this research. In parliamentary libraries, librarians have to be careful to find out if the question is part of a legal matter before court. In these cases we cannot assist with it, so it is often a delicate dance deciding what information we can provide. Still, even in that context we may be able to point clients in the right direction by providing bill reading dates and Hansard materials without any analysis of a particular phrase.

There are many terms used to describe this type of research and it helps to define some terms we use in researching legislative intent. Librarians, judges and lawyers all use the term legislative history, but they use it to mean different things. People also use the term “backtracking” to describe the research process. Relying on the definitions that Ruth Sullivan uses in her book, The Construction of Statutes, legislative evolution

consists of successive enacted versions from inception to current formulation or to its displacement or repeal.4

Legislative History

includes everything that relates to [a statute’s] conception, preparation and passage… from the earliest proposals to royal assent. This includes reports of law reform commissions, …; departmental and committee studies and recommendations; proposals and memoranda submitted to Cabinet; the remarks of the minister responsible for the bill; materials tabled or otherwise brought to the attention of the legislature during the legislative process including explanatory notes; materials published by the government during the legislative process, such as explanatory papers or press releases; legislative committee hearings and reports; debates…; the records of motions to amend the bill; regulatory impact analysis statements; and more.5

Put simply, legislative evolution is the statute and its changes. Legislative history is everything surrounding those changes. Both evolution and history are used by lawyers and judges to determine the intent of Parliament.

It is from these questions, that we began to see a research opportunity here. We felt that these types of questions, looking for the intent of parliament, were being posed more frequently in law and legislative libraries. We also wanted to peek on the other side of these questions to see why and how legislative history materials are used in the courts. Though not trained lawyers, we would like to share some of what we have learned so far. By looking deeper into these questions we help our clients become better at answering them and, in turn, we get better ourselves. Like Cinderella we are excited to “go to the ball,” as it were, and bring to light the details, processes and places for researching legislative intent to aid legal researchers.

Why researching legislative intent is important

READ MORE here- http://www.revparl.ca/english/issue.asp?param=223&art=1642


Canadian Parliamentary Review Cover

Vol 38 no 2
2015

Conducting Business and Industry Research

CALL / ACBD Webinar

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

1:00pm - 2:30 EST

Summary:

This webinar provides an introduction to conducting research on business and industry information. The session will provide tips and tricks for:

  • Defining business and market research
  • Sourcing company lists and finding information on specific businesses
  • Finding and using industry level information, including statistics, financial data, market trends and more

The session explores both free and fee-based sources within Canada

Speaker:

Heidi Schiller is the Manager of InfoAction, Vancouver Public Library’s fee-based research service. Originally from the U.S., Heidi worked as a business reporter at the Bellingham Business Journal before getting her Masters in Library and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia. 

Webinar Costs:

CALL/ACBD Member: $40 + $5.20 HST    = $45.20/webinar

Non-member: $60 + $7.80 HST    = $67.80/webinar

Student Rate: $25 + $3.25 HST    = $28.25/webinar

Click here to register

Lexbox Lunch & Learn: Legal Research Workspace

Pierre-Paul Lemyre at Lexum is pleased to host a lunch & learn for VALL members to talk to us about Lexbox.

Lexbox is an online workspace for legal researchers that makes it very easy to create personalized databases of online legal information and keep track of them over time. Lexbox provides advanced legal research features such as saving frequent queries for reuse, updates and/or citation alerts, and collaborative features.  Lexbox supports a variety of legal information systems including CanLII, BC Laws and many courts and tribunals websites.

Pierre-Paul Lemyre is a lawyer with over 15 years of experience in the legal technology sector. He is one of the founding partners of Lexum Inc., which is the primary provider of online legal information in Canada. As Director of Business Development, Pierre-Paul oversees all commercial activities of Lexum and is largely responsible for providing the strategic vision in this regard.

Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2015

SLA WCC workshop: Conflict Management

The Special Libraries Association Western Canada Chapter is hosting a full day interactive workshop on collaborative conflict management for information professionals. Many librarians have experienced workplace conflict at some point during their career – perhaps with co-workers, clients, management, or the general public.  Kerry Palmer, (Justice Institute of BC), will provide participants with a strong foundation in conflict management techniques including assertive communication skills and how to set respectful limits on aggressive behaviour. 

This workshop is designed for librarians in all sectors: academic, special, and public. Breakfast and lunch are included which gives participants the opportunity to network with fellow information professionals in beautiful downtown Vancouver at the Teck Resources Building.  SLA is pleased to extend member pricing to those belonging to other "information associations”, such as BCLA, CLA and VALL

About our Speaker:

Courthouse Libraries BC: Website Search Problems

Can't find the book you want? Blame our search.

by Kat Siddle | Aug 27, 2015

If you're trying to find a book on our website, you won't have much luck today (August 27, 2015). Our website search is experiencing errors. 

It doesn't look like it's broken, but if you look closely, you'll see that  your search results will not include books and other materials from our library catalogue.  

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.

Joanne Lecky

It is with profound sadness that I write to let you know that Joanne Lecky, our friend and colleague, passed away on Thursday, July 2nd, following a year-long battle with cancer.

Joanne began her library career at ICBC, before moving to the law firm world. Her first legal library position was at Bull Housser Tupper as a Reference Librarian for 4 ½ years, followed by the position of Manager of Library & Information Services at Singleton Urquhart. In 2008, she moved to McCarthy Tétrault, first as the Director, Library Systems & Training and then as the Director, e-Library Technology. In these roles, she honed her legal and business reference skills, her project management skills as well as her leadership skills.

During her time at McCarthy’s,  Joanne progressed from managing a small, regional library to directing a cross-functional, integrated national team, streamlining and centralizing Library training, technology, and technical services to develop new workflow processes and provide highly functional, vital library services to the firm.

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