Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Quickscribe Annotations for October 2018

Over at Quickscribe Online, the following BC statutes received new annotations this past month:
  • Limitation Act (Greg Gehlen, Gehlen Dabbs Lawyers)
  • Wills, Estates And Succession Act (Stan Rule, Sabey Rule)
  • Oil & Gas Activities Act (Anita Mathur, BC Oil & Gas Commission)
  • Strata Property Act (Mary Brunton, Reed Pope Law Corporation)
Not familiar with Quickscribe Online? Sign up for a free trial today to explore a better way to research BC legisation.

Monday, November 05, 2018

Slaw and CALL/ACBD Partner Up to Publish CLLR Book Reviews

An item I posted last week on Slaw... We're going to be partnering with the Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL/ACBD) in a few weeks time to bring Slaw readers recent book reviews from the Canadian Law Library Review (CLLR).

An early delivery on my New Year's resolution to get more legal information professionals and law librarians (and some of our former LL Slaw-authors, for that matter) to publish on Slaw.

I've held the reigns of Slaw for four years now, and while we've added a few new voices, I've had the nagging guilt that we're not doing enough to support the visibility of the profession.

I'm hoping we can do better in 2019.
 
These reviews will be a valuable addition to Slaw, and I'm sure our audience of practicing lawyers and legal academics will find them helpful. Not to mention the law library community themselves. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Quickscribe Annotations for September 2018


Whether it's adding new contributors or new legislative annotations to its service, Quickscribe Online is always growing.

This month, Quickscribe's expert annotations team welcomed a new member: Laura Cundari, a partner at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. Laura will be contributing annotations in the area of domestic and international arbitration laws.

New annotations have also been added to the following pieces of legislation:
If you haven't tried Quickscribe Online yet, sign up for your free trial today!


Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Quickscribe Annotations for August 2018


Here's a quick look at the latest annotations to be added to Quickscribe Online:
  • Erik Magraken, MacIsaac & Company – Supreme Court Civil Rules
  • Greg Gehlen, Gehlen Dabbs Lawyers – Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act [Federal] 
  • Mary Brunton, Reed Pope Law Corporation – Strata Property Act
Have you explored Quickscribe Online yet? If not, sign up for a free trial and see how Quickscribe can help you research, track and collaborate on BC legislation. 

Friday, August 03, 2018

Quickscribe Annotations for July 2018

Just one Quickscribe Online annotation update to share for July:
With 25+ local legal expert annotators, Quickscribe 2.0 is an easy and effective way to research, track and collaborate on BC legislation. If you haven't tried it out yet, be sure to sign up for a free trial.

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Quickscribe Annotations for June 2018

The following pieces of legislation received new annotations in Quickscribe Online over the past month:
  • Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act [Federal] by Greg Gehlen, Gehlen Dabbs Lawyers 
  • Environmental Management Act by Richard Bereti, Harper Grey LLP 
  • Wildfire Regulation 38/2005, Police Act, Family Law Act, Land Title Act, Public Sector Pension Plans Act, Canada Water Act [Federal] by OnPoint Legal Research Corporation 
  • Local Government Act by Bill Buholzer, Young Anderson Barristers and Solicitors
  • Supreme Court Civil Rules by Erik Magraken, MacIsaac & Company
Quickscribe's expert annotator team includes more than 25 local lawyers with in-depth knowledge of legislation across practice areas and industries. If you haven't seen Quickscribe Online in action yet, why not sign up for your free trial today?

Friday, June 01, 2018

Quickscribe Annotations for May 2018


Here are the latest updates to Quickscribe 2.0 - two pieces of legislation received new annotations in May:
Quickscribe's team of 28 expert annotators is made up of local lawyers with in-depth knowledge of provincial legislation across practice areas and industries. If you haven't tried Quickscribe's online service yet, you can sign up for a free trial today.

Friday, May 04, 2018

Exciting Enhancements to Quickscribe Online

Quickscribe is constantly improving and expanding their services, and today we're excited to note that two new contributors have joined the Quickscribe Online expert annotations team:
  •  Laura Johnston of the Community Legal Assistance Society
  •  Philippa Estall of the Public Guardian and Trustee of BC
These additions reflect a growing number of authoritative organizations that are now contributing to Quickscribe Online. These partnerships are more than a boon to subscribers; because the experts' annotations are published publicly, their contributions help facilitate their organizations' mandate to provide clarity on cases and legislative changes. Some of these organizations include:
  • BC Human Rights Tribunal
  • BC Oil & Gas Commission
  • Public Guardian Trustee of BC
  • Community Legal Assistance Society (CLASBC)
Watch for more partnerships to be announced soon! Here are some of the annotations were added to QS Online in April:
  • Katherine Hardie, British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal – Human Rights Code
  • Laura Johnston, Community Legal Assistance Society – Mental Health Act
  • Anita Mathur, BC Oil & Gas Commission - Oil and Gas Activities Act
Learn more about Quickscribe Online and the valuable role it can play in your provincial legislative research here - better yet, sign up for a free trial to see the service in action!

Thursday, April 05, 2018

RSS Keeps Plunking Along

David Whelan has a very good post up that revisits the current usage and role of RSS feed readers.

I think he's got it right when he says that RSS isn't dead; it's simply sitting within the underlying nuts-and-bolts of the internet.

I hadn't considered my own views on RSS technology in quite some time. So I had a recently had a loooong look back and pulled out my Top 10 Uses of RSS Feeds in Law Firms, just to compare. (That post is now unbelievably 12 years old!)

This list was written for tech savvy law librarians as much as anyone. And, interestingly, not nearly as much has changed when it comes to higher-end usage of RSS feeds as I would have expected. Almost all of those top-10 items are still 'doable' today. Some of the marketing items, perhaps, could (and have been) abused by spammers; but in terms of watching the web in an informative way, all of the current awareness aspects still stand.

For any information professional today, I still advise becoming a feed reader super user. Why? Well, as David points out, it's not good enough to rely on a pre-packaged news app or social media for monitoring. As a power user, you just can't fine tune those tools to extract the specialized alerts that you need to do your job. For law librarians, specifically, it's your job to know about things first and to help your lawyers become informed about their areas of expertise as efficiently as possible. RSS can deliver that functionality like few internet technologies; so it's foolish to not become better acquainted.

RSS feeds are still widely available on the majority of websites. Because of WordPress' dominance in the CMS market, simply tacking /feed/ onto the URL for a website homepage or category sub-page will often yield a monitorable feed. I say that because there continues to be far more feeds available today than most people acknowledge.

RSS technology never took off the way many early adopters anticipated. As an older web technology, it wasn't uncommon to hear the critics say, "it never became simple enough for the common user."

That's an excuse, of course. It's an excuse for why RSS Reader usage never took off. It's an excuse for why Google chose to extract itself from an unprofitable business line (Google Reader). And it's an excuse for why some publishers choose not to allow their resources to be 'monitored' by RSS for fear of scraping.

BUT... it's not an excuse for law librarians and other information professionals. Technical competence is part of the training/skillset. When no one else in your organization is willing to jump into the nuts and bolts understanding a technology, or willing to invest in themselves to find ways to strategically monitor critical information, that's the role you want. That's the role you jump into.

I still believe that using an RSS reader can be helpful. Is it for everyone? No. But either is a scalpel.

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Quickscribe Annotations for March 2018

Here are the latest updates to Quickscribe Online - the following legislation received new annotations in March:
  • Medicare Protection Act (annotations by Kimberly Jakeman, Harper Grey LLP)
  • Partnership Act, Legal Services Society Act (annotations by Melanie Harmer, McMillan LLP)
  • Human Rights Code (annotations by Katherine Hardie, British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal)
Quickscribe's team of 25+ expert annotators is made up of local lawyers with in-depth knowledge of provincial legislation across practice areas and industries. Haven't tried Quickscribe's online service yet? Sign up for a free trial today.

Saturday, March 03, 2018

Quickscribe Annotations for February 2018

Below are the BC legislative annotations from Quickscribe in February.
Quickscribe also recently welcomed a new contributor – Max Faille, a partner at Gowling WLG's Vancouver office practicing in Indigenous law, public law and general litigation. Max will contribute annotations on Aboriginal Law.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Quickscribe Annotations for January 2018

Below are the BC legislative annotations from Quickscribe in January 2018.
  • Margaret Mason - Norton Rose Fullbright LLP - Societies Act
  • Eileen Vanderburgh - Alexander Holburn + Lang LLP,  – Privacy Act
  • Murray Campbell, Lawson Lundell LLP – Pension Benefit Standards Regulation 71/2015, Pension Benefit Standards Act
  • Melanie Harmer, McMillan LLP - Crime Victim Assistance Act, Adoption Act
  • Debby Cumberford - Business Corporations Act
  • Anita Mathur - BC Oil & Gas Commission  - Emergency Management Regulation 217/2017
Quickscribe 2.0 is an easy and effective way to research, track and collaborate on BC legislation. If you haven't explored, there is a free trial.

Friday, January 19, 2018

New Year... New VALL Website!

I'm pleased to relay the VALL twitter account's announcement of the association's newly launched website!
Feel free to surf on over, or peek at this screen cap below:


Many thanks to my colleague-in-crime, Joni Sherman, VALL's webmaster. Joni liaised back and forth with the VALL Executive reviewing various association websites, narrowing template choices, and then ultimately converting page-after-page of web content from the old Drupal site into WordPress.

We'll be looking into adding new plugins and features in the future; but for now it was enough to get a good portion of the legacy content over and launch the site.

Cheers to you, Joni! We made a great team!

Friday, January 05, 2018

Quickscribe Annotations for December 2017

Below are the BC legislative annotations from Quickscribe in December 2017.
Quickscribe 2.0 is an easy and effective way to research, track and collaborate on BC legislation. If you haven't explored, there is a free trial.

Friday, December 01, 2017

Quickscribe Annotations for November and Cool New Hansard Feature

Only one new annotation reference from Quickscribe in November:
Another interesting item from Quickscribe is the recently added Hansard access from within their online platform, as noted in the recent VALL Review:  
New Hansard Feature on Quickscribe Online 2.0

Quickscribe recently added a new Hansard component to the Quickscribe Online 2.0 platform.
The concept behind this feature is to provide legal professionals with insight on the government intent behind the legislation and lessen the ambiguity for how a law is to be applied. 

Relevant Hansard references are conveniently accessible directly from the section level, making it easy for you to determine statutory intent. Each Hansard reference also includes links to the original debate on the official Hansard website and users are encouraged to follow these links for additional research. 

While not all laws on Quickscribe have Hansard included at this time, you can expect to see dozens more added over the course of the next few months. 

Most readers of this blog are familiar with Quickscribe for BC Legislation; but if you haven't yet explored it, I would encourage you to contact Mike Pasta. There is also a free trial available.

Friday, November 24, 2017

New website for practicePRO.ca

Long one of Canada's best resources for legal practice management and claims prevention, LAWPRO's practicePRO.ca website has a great new look.  


Friday, November 03, 2017

Quickscribe Annotations for October 2017

Below are the latest BC legislative annotations from Quickscribe for October 2017.
  • Robin Longe, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP - Renewable Projects Regulation 370/2002, Mines Act, Mineral Tenure Act
Quickscribe 2.0 is an easy and effective way to research, track and collaborate on BC legislation. If you haven't explored, there is a free trial.

Monday, October 02, 2017

Quickscribe Annotations for September 2017

Below are the latest BC legislative annotations from Quickscribe for September 2017.
  • Eileen Vanderburgh, Alexander Holburn + Lang LLP - Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act
  • Bill Buholzer, Young Anderson Barristers and Solicitors – Local Government Act
Quickscribe 2.0 is an easy and effective way to research, track and collaborate on BC legislation. If you haven't explored, there is a free trial.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Access to Justice BC Launches New Website

Very pleased to announce that Access to Justice BC has launched a brand new website!



Many thanks to the A2JBC volunteers that helped the process; and especially the project leadership provided by Jane Morley, Q.C. and Jennifer Muller!

Quickscribe Annotations for August 2017

Below are the latest BC legislative annotations from Quickscribe for August.
Quickscribe 2.0 is an easy and effective way to research, track and collaborate on BC legislation. If you haven't explored, there is a free trial.