Robeside Assistance readers, it’s been a terrific 2016. This will be our last blog post until the new year. I flipped through our old CCLA newsletters and was pleased to see that we had one written exactly 30 years ago today. It’s not the most thrilling of old newsletters, but some of you may enjoy taking a stroll down memory lane all the same. Have a wonderful holiday break, and we’ll see you in 2017!
It’s hard to believe it’s almost 2017! (And really, good riddance 2016.) With our Clawbie noms out yesterday, we’re wrapping things up this week before the holiday break. We’re very happy with what we achieved this year with the launch of Robeside Assistance, and we’re excited to go into the new year with a whole bunch of ideas for new content. In the meantime, though, here’s a quick look back at our favourite posts that we made this year.
By far our most popular series are the Recently Published Ottawa Decisions and the Blog Rolls, so we won’t be including those, but here are some others worth a read!
How to Find Unreported Decisions – In our technologically-antiquated Ontario court system there’s no real good way of going about finding decisions that were never published, but here we present your best options for getting your hands on those difficult-to-find decisions.
Tools We Love: Doodle – We love free things that make our lives easier! Using Doodle to schedule meetings does both of those things, and here’s a quick tutorial to show you how great it is.
Sites Unseen: Lipad – In the Sites Unseen series we featured legal research sites and tools that might be lesser known. A newcomer on the scene and one of my favourite new resources is Lipad, which is a new interface for accessing the Federal Hansard Debates.
#ThrowbackThursday: Somerset House – We had so much fun researching old Ottawa photos and history for our Throwback Thursdays, and when the Somerset House came into the news this was a perfect opportunity to do so!
Thanks so much for your support and readership this year; it’s been a blast. Wishing you all the very best of holidays and a Happy New Year!
It’s the most exciting time of the year for Canadian law blogs – the Clawbies! A quick recap: the Clawbies have been awarded each year since 2006 to Canadian law blogs for their work over the previous year. Nominations come from the blogging community itself, in posts like these or on Twitter (look for the hashtag #clawbies2016).
We’re super excited to name our three nominees for the Clawbies this year. We’ve kept in mind the key characteristics of a legal blog (practical, genuine, conversational, and improving the legal system), and we also wanted to pick some of our local favourites. We’re only allowed to pick three (but we love all of you, Ottawa, we promise!), so here they are:
We became huge fans of Michael’s work when he started doing episode recaps of the Netflix show “Making a Murderer” on his podcast The Docket. As the old saying goes, come for the Wisconsin true crime, stay for the interesting, thoughtful, and provocative posts on the Canadian legal landscape. Michael’s dedication to the criminal justice system inspires us, and his blog has become essential reading.
Sean’s blog has been an inspiration to us for a long time. His analysis of recent labour and employment decisions and the ramifications for the reader as either an employer or employee are well written and incredibly useful. Also, we love a punny name (obviously).
Very exciting news today! Viola Irene Desmond (1914-1965), an iconic civil rights activist, will be the first Canadian woman to be featured on a Canada banknote. A black businesswoman and beautician from Nova Scotia, Viola Desmond was jailed after refusing to leave the “whites only” section at the Roseland Theatre in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, in 1946. Viola Desmond’s image will be replacing Sir John A. Macdonald’s on Canada’s new $10 bill in 2018.
Avoid A Claim is a site of which we often advise students when they are first starting out, but it is truly a valuable resource for legal professionals at all stages in their careers. The main attraction of the site is their highly informative blog, which details all the small (and large!) things about practice management you might not know but probably should.
The site also features, under the “practicePRO Resources” menu, links to a variety of all-very-useful resources for lawyers such as precedents, checklists, fact sheets and toolkits.
I especially like their Technology section, which has sample policies and links to great articles (some examples seen below) on a variety of technologies of interest to law firms.
All this and more, free! (I’ve never felt so much like a salesperson.) So check it out, and make sure to add their blog to your RSS readers!
I rubbed my hands together greedily when I saw this while flipping through our old CCLA newsletters. Tonight is our 3rd Holiday Social at the Knox Church (so you should come!), but this little gem is from our library and lounge drop-in in 1986. Please note: there will be no library orientation tours accompanying tonight’s festivities – just yummy eats, festive drinks, and live music!
Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Métis & Inuit Issues in Canada is currently stored on our “New Books” shelf, and I can easily say I’ve seen more people pick this book up to flip through than any other book we’ve had on the shelf before. Written by Chelsea Vowel, who can be found online at her Twitter handle @apihtawikosisan and website âpihtawikosisân, this book delivers an excellent discussion on Indigenous issues. Sample chapters include “Settling on a Name: Names for Non-Indigenous Canadians,” “Got Status? Indian Status in Canada,” and “What is Cultural Appropriation? Respecting Cultural Boundaries” (among many, many more). Recently, Vowel was interviewed on the CBC radio program “Unreserved” – you can listen to that segment here. If you miss this book while it’s on the new releases shelf, you’ll be able to find it later at E78 .C2 V69 2016.
As we all brace ourselves for what should be a snowy winter, let’s just take a moment to be thankful for snow removal technologies, and that we are not these guys doing it all manually in the late 1800s.
I had no idea snow plows were so interesting, but check out this article for a more in-depth explanation of their history and use in Ottawa!