A year later …

February 28, 2017

Who can believe it’s been a year since we opened in the beautiful new Jackman Law Building? We’re loving the new Library and the students are too. The group study rooms and bright airy study spaces, like Torys Hall, are always busy with our diligent and earnest students. The Library has proved to be an enviable space that supports collaborative and accessible learning.

Thanks to the students, staff, faculty, and the greater U of T community for making our first year here a success!

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Students enjoying some coffee and cookies at our anniversary party.

 

 


A Herculean Task: Archiving Canadian Government Websites

February 24, 2017

Gone are the days of printed pamphlets, flyers, booklets, and reports describing government programs and information — most of it is now available exclusively online. While more citizens now have greater access to government information, it has become increasingly difficult to preserve this information. Content on government websites is constantly changing without warning or reference to the obsolete information and, worse, some government sites are removed from the web completely.

To ensure that most of the information found on Canadian government websites is not lost, U of T Libraries have been archiving them on a regular basis. This effort began in 2013 after the federal government shut down numerous government websites with little warning. Realizing the information on the sites was going to be lost, academic and government librarians across the country began archiving the websites themselves.

Emboldened by this effort, U of T Libraries purchased and compiled captures of earlier Canadian government websites from the Internet Archive and continues to capture government sites on a regular basis. Tirelessly led by librarians Sam-Chin Li and Nicholas Worby, U of T Libraries actively maintain an archive of Canadian government websites from December 2007 onward.*

While they are eager to add more government sites to the archive, Sam-Chin and Nicholas have been encountering copyright issues in archiving them. As these issues are rectified, more sites will be included in the collection.

We are grateful for Sam-Chin and Nicholas’s efforts in preserving Canadian government websites. While government information can form a large part of legal research, preserving government information affects us more widely including helping to ensure government accountability and a more democratic society.

U of T Libraries currently maintains the following government information archives:

 

*Library and Archives Canada started archiving government websites in 2013, however, they are not publicly available.


New Books in the Library – January 2017

February 14, 2017

Below are just a few of our new books. Check out the entire January 2017 Acquisitions List to see all the new books in the library.

 

Accusation : creating criminals /

HV6629 .A23 2016
Title: Accusation : creating criminals / edited by George Pavlich and Matthew P. Unger.
Publication info: Vancouver ; Toronto : UBC Press, [2016]
Subject: Malicious accusation.
Subject: Criminal justice, Administration of.
Series: Law and society series (Vancouver, B.C.)

 

 

 

Private law and the value of choice /


K600 .V69 2017

Title: Private law and the value of choice / Emmanuel Voyiakis.
Publication info: Oxford [UK] ; Portland, Oregon : Hart Publishing, 2017.
Subject: Civil law.
Series: Law and practical reason ; volume 8.

 

 

 

 

Legal reason : the use of analogy in legal argument /

 

K213 .W45 2016
Title: Legal reason : the use of analogy in legal argument / Lloyd L. Weinreb, Harvard Law School.
Edition: Second edition.
Publication info: New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2016.
Subject: Law–Methodology.

 

 

 

 

Corporate acquisitions and mergers in Canada /

 

KE1462 .B36 2016
Title: Corporate acquisitions and mergers in Canada / Timothy M. Banks; updated with the assistance of Vanja Ginic.
Edition: Second edition.
Publication info: Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands : Kluwer Law International, [2016]
Subject: Consolidation and merger of corporations–Law and legislation–Canada.


New and Noteworthy – February 2017

February 8, 2017

Stay connected:

The Library now lends out Apple (lightning) & Android phone chargers. They can be signed out for three hours from the Circulation Desk.

Research resources:

CariLaw
Database of cases decided by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (PC), present day Supreme/High Courts and Courts of Appeal of 18 Caribbean countries. Also included are cases decided by special courts such as the Industrial Courts of Antigua and Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago; the Industrial Disputes Tribunal of Jamaica, the Tax Appeal Board of Trinidad and Tobago and the Revenue Court of Jamaica and more.

Immigration Law & Policy (HeinOnline)
This U.S. collection features historical documents and legislation related to immigration in the United States, as well as current hearings, debates and recent developments in immigration law. It also includes BIA Precedent Decisions, legislative histories, law and policy titles, extradition titles, scholarly articles, an extensive bibliography, and other related works. (The Library is trialing this product; we welcome feedback about it.)

History of Supreme Court Nominations (HeinOnline)
This collection covers Supreme Court of the U.S. Hearings and Reports on Successful and Unsuccessful Nominations of Supreme Court Justices by the Senate Judiciary Committee and includes articles, hearings, and other related titles to create a historical database on past and present Supreme Court Justices beginning with the first Supreme Court Justice, John Jay. (The Library is trialing this product; we welcome feedback about it.)

Fisheries Pollution Reports (Internet Archive)
Published from 1980-1992 by Environment Canada. Includes Canadian court cases that consider one or more of sections 34 to 42, inclusive, of the Fisheries Act.

#research4refugees Update:

The National Research-a-thon was an all-around success, which is especially admirable given that it was organized in just a few days. In all, 840 participants, from all of Canada’s 22 law schools, completed over 3000 hours of research and raised over $7,000 for the Canadian Council for Refugees. It was wonderful to see the law school’s students, staff, and alumni giving back to the community.

See how the day played out on twitter. And hear why our students participated.

Great job everyone!


National Research-a-thon

February 3, 2017

On Saturday, February 4, law students from across the country will join together to research the legal issues related to the recent travel bans in the United States and their Canadian impact.

This event will assist the Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) with potential legal challenges to the Safe Third Country Agreement and related legal mandates of the CCR.

To assist students in their research, the Library has put together a research guide on Immigration Law. It lists and links to resources on refugee law, extradition, judicial review and US immigration law. The research guide will be updated as the issues develop in the U.S. and here in Canada.

The Library has also arranged for immediate access to the Immigration Law & Policy in the U.S. collection on HeinOnline. This collection features historical documents and legislation related to immigration in the United States, as well as current hearings, debates and recent developments in immigration law. This database also includes BIA Precedent Decisions, legislative histories, law and policy titles, extradition titles, scholarly articles, an extensive bibliography, and other related works.

The Librarians are happy to assist with any further research that evolves from this day.

For more information on the Research-a-thon, including links to each school’s event, please see its Facebook event page.

 


Recent Tables of Contents – January 2017

February 2, 2017

Canadian Business Law Journal – Volume 58 no. 3 (December 2016)

Canadian Criminal Law Review/Revue canadienne de droit pénal – Volume 21 (2016)

Canadian Family Law Quarterly/Cahier trimestriel de droit de la famille Canada – Volume 36 no. 1 (December 2016)

Canadian Journal of Comparative and Contemporary Law – Volume 2 no. 1 (2016)

Canadian Journal of Comparative and Contemporary Law – Volume 2 no. 2 (2016)

Canadian Journal of Economics/Revue canadienne d’économique – Volume 49 no. 3 (August 2016)

Canadian Journal of Women and the Law/Revue femmes et droit – Volume 28 no. 3 (2016)

Canadian Public Administration/Administration publique du Canada – Volume 59 no. 4 (December 2016)

Dalhousie Journal of Legal Studies –Volume 25 (Spring 2016)

Journal of Parliamentary and Political Law/Revue de droit parlementaire et politique – Volume 10 no. 3 (November 2016)

McGill Law Journal/Revue de droit de McGill – Volume 61 no. 4 (June 2016)

McGill Law Journal/Revue de droit de McGill – Volume 62 no. 1 (September 2016)

National Journal of Constitutional Law/Revue nationale de droit constitutionnel – Volume 36 no. 2 (November 2016)

Relations industrielles/Industrial relations – Volume 71 no. 4 (Fall 2016)

University of British Columbia Law Review – Volume 49 no. 3 (2016)