We’re right in the middle of moving / weeding / rearranging / packing the library collection, and one set of titles we just moved were our back editions of the Ontario Annual Practice. Before we moved them, our best guess was that we had them back to the 80s. The 1980s. We soon realized it was the 1880s. This item isn’t exactly rare (we have two copies!), but it is certainly cool to look at.
It is incredibly hard for us to believe, but this is our last day of normal library service in the CCLA Library as we know it! Starting tomorrow, we’re closed down for the month of December so we can empty the space out and get ready for renovations to start in the new year. We’re going to take a whole load of photos of the library and lounge today, so that we have them to do some incredible before and after shots with later (and for posterity, of course!). I’m hopeful we’ll be able to show you some “In Progress” shots as well over the next year. Stay tuned!
Fellow fans of old tech, behold: a Quicksearch User’s Manual!
As we get ready to renovate the library, we’ve had to do a massive clean out of our belongings. Our ED Rick found this jewel tucked away in the depths of our storage locker.
Quicksearch was the precursor to Quicklaw. Undoubtedly some of you remember the early days of online searching for cases. No fancy interfaces here! Just DOS-like prompts over dial-up modems. This user’s manual was a looseleaf (last updated here in 1993), that showed you how to carry out the (by today’s standards) very complicated search strings needed to retrieve a case. I took a few photos from the book; enjoy! (Click on any picture to make it bigger.)
Our last cornerstone conference of the year kicks off tomorrow, so this means our last throwback in 2017 to the conferences from years past. For this year’s “Mont Ste. Trembello” (Mont Ste. Marie + Tremblant + Montebello), I’ve pulled up the agenda from 1987. As a special treat, we also have a copy of the registration form (a nerdy attention to detail that maybe only I enjoy, but I’ve included for you regardless).
I can’t be the only person who sees reference to an old piece of legislation and then wants to look it up for themselves. When I saw today’s date – November 2 – listed as parliament passing the Canadian Broadcasting Act, I immediately jumped over to HeinOnline to look at the statute from the source law. I was disappointed to see that this information was a bit misleading – The Canadian Broadcasting Act, 1936 was assented to in June 1936.
The CBC did, however, go live to air on November 2, 1936, replacing its predecessor the Canadian Radio Broadcasting Commission (which itself replaced CNR Radio). Two days after, on November 4, a formal welcome was given by CBC Chairman Leonard Brockington – you can listen to this 15 minute clip on the CBC Archives.
The 29th annual DCAO / CCLA Criminal Law Conference kicks off Saturday at Montebello. With that in mind, here’s a little look at the conference program from 10 years ago!
Today’s Throwback doesn’t directly have to do with law, but I just stumbled across this portion of the CBC website and definitely wanted to share it.
In the digital archives of the CBC, they’ve built an “On This Day” feature that allows you to watch a news clip from the top story of a day from some point in CBC’s broadcasting past. They’ve selected topic for each day of the year, with some incredibly varied new stories.
As today is September 28, their news story for the day dates from 2000 – “Pierre Trudeau Dies at 80.”
HeinOnline has recently announced that the Canadian Bar Review, the journal of the CBA, has now been added to their database. Available issues date all the way back to volume 1 from 1923. As LSUC members, you have free access to HeinOnline, right from your desk. The password changes regularly, so get in touch with us here at the library if you need the most up-to-date version.
Since it is Thursday, here’s a Throwback to the intro to the first article in the first volume. The title is “Law as a Link of Empire” and it’s authored by The Right Honourable Lord Shaw of Dunferline.
I found today’s entry on the Facebook page for Lost Ottawa. The SAW Video Media Arts Centre is located the building now known as the Arts Court. Of course, that building wasn’t always used for that purpose – many still remember it as the old courthouse. For a new video from SAW, historical and modern photos of the site are merged together to compare the building as it once was and as it is today. Click here to watch the full video (it’s only 2:48 long, and totally worth it!).
From the creator:
My video for Issue 9 uses historical photographs of the Arts Courts site and video of the present day site. Using the same vantage point in both the video and the photographs, the images are morphed together, allowing a comparison of the past and the present day view of the site. They reveal architectural changes and the passage of time flowing over these buildings as the surrounding city rises up around them.
This video uses historical photographs of the Arts Courts site and video of the present day site. The images are morphed together, allowing a comparison of the past and the present day view of the site.
I can’t help it – I’m officially obsessed with the goodies I’ve found looking through old scans of The Ottawa Journal. Our last TBT was about the 1940 golf tournament; today’s is even older.
We’ve been deep in the weeds here at the CCLA with renovation planning over the last few months. Finding this news clipping from the December 14, 1895 Ottawa Journal on what was surely the first CCLA “renovation” has totally made my day:
Pictures of this “model law library” are at the very, very top of my wish list (sadly, none exist that we know of). I’m also amused that there was concern even then about room for lawyers to meet with their clients – this has to be one of the most frequently requested things at our current day courthouse!
In happy news, the move out from judges’ chambers was in fact approved by the gaol and building committee: