Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Library Files - Canada 150

The Library Files - Canada 150

We decided to create a display in the library to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. The display includes feature sheets on some notable Brantfordtonians such as Lawren Harris, Thayendanega (Joseph Brant), Arthur Sturgis Hardy, and Walter Allward. 

Fact sheets also make up the display and highlight our various birthdays
  • 1892 and Canada’s First Criminal Code SC 1892, c 29 [assented to 9th July, 1892]
  • 1917 The Income Tax War Act SC 1917, c 28 [Assented to 20th September, 1917] A “temporary” measure to help pay for Canada’s involvement in World War I.
  • 1967 the year in which the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism released its first report calling for a fully bilingual country.
The small side table features some information on the Charter and includes a list of the top 5 facts. The library has the British North America Act, 1867, 30-31 Vict., c. 3 (U.K.) An Act for the Union of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick, and the Government thereof; and for Purposes connected therewith. [29th March 1867]. The text on display is from the sheriff’s office, and is dated 25th of June 1868. 

Also located on the table, 100 hundred years forward, is a case from the Ontario Reports, Atwell et al. v. Knights, [1967] 1 O.R. 419, High Court of Justice. The defendant, Knights, operated a caged hen-laying business in the village of Tavistock. The plaintiffs in the case lived within 1,000 feet of the operation, and as you might expect provided evidence as to the unavoidable smell. The Court decided that the offensive smell emanating from the hen-houses was a nuisance and granted an injunction against the defendant. The case is even referenced in two volumes of Halsbury’s Laws of Canada. If you have a chance, drop by the library to read the judgment, just for the interesting use of language.

We invite you to visit and see the display. Take a pin, a temporary maple leaf tattoo, a maple leaf cookie or a flag. While you are here don’t forget to drop your business card in the ballot box to win one of three birthday prizes - A short book of bad Judges, Law is a buyer’s market: building a client-first law firm; and for those of you with a sweet tooth, a tin of maple cream chocolates.

Happy Birthday Canada!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

The Library Files - InfoLocate

The Library Files - InfoLocate

You're all familiar with the library catalogue AdvoCAT, but what if I told you there was another option. Brought to you by the LSUC | Great Library, InfoLocate lets you search for books, journals, online CPD articles, e-books, e-journals, and websites. When searching you can refine your results to a resource type, subject, author, library, and publication date.

I think one of the best features of this discovery tool is that you can you see how many items any given library has on a particular subject area. The other nice feature is that search results for a text, in most cases, will display the book cover.

InfoLocate also contains the full text of all the individual LSUC Continuing Professional Development (CPD) articles since 2004, that's over 6,000+ CPD articles. The articles that are 18 months or older are free to download, and print. Online access to the newer articles (post 18 months) is available, and so is a pdf download option (secured view - no printing). 

Articles from CPD programs can also be found on AccessCLE. Articles older than 18 months are free. More recent articles cost between $25 and $35.

The LSUC CPD materials offer a great starting point for any research project, but also provide practical advice from experts in the field.

This Just In - May

This Just In is a list of the titles the library received in the month of May.

The 2017 Annotated Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act KF 1536 .ZA2 C36 Bi 2017
An Advocacy Primer, 4th ed., KF 8915 S88 2015
Children's Law Handbook, 3rd ed., KF 479 Z85 2015
Debtor-Creditor Law KF 1536 .ZB3 B33 2015
Ontario Employment Standards Act: Quick Reference, 2017 ed., KF 3455 R64 2017
Preparation of Wills and Powers of Attorney: First Interview to Final Report, 4th ed. KF 755 M32 2011

Each LSUC CPD title has a hyperlink to the library catalogue AdvoCAT, and the T.O.C.

14th Annual Real Estate Law Summit KF 570 .A2 R437 2017
Administrative Law Practice Basics 2017 KF 5402 .A5 L393 2017b
Business Law Practice Basics 2017 KF 1415 .ZB3 L393 2017
Criminal Law Practice Basics 2017 KF 9220 .ZA2 L383 2017
The Six-Minute Estates Lawyer 2017 KF 778 .A2 S59 2017

Monday, May 22, 2017

MMP Replacement Tips

MMP - Replacement Tips  

I had a retro moment today while thinking about the band the Replacements. I remember watching them on SNL (1986) and was blown away by the performance (you'll know what I mean if you Google the SNL episode). The only thing about today's MMP in common with the band, is the name.

When texting or emailing I often include my email address in the body of the message. Most often than not, I make a mistake typing the address because I'm in a hurry. Instead of typing out the address use a code to insert the email automatically into the message. To set up text replacement for an iPhone or iPad:
  1. Go to Settings - General - Keyboard - Text Replacement
  2. Tap the Text Replacement and in the upper right corner of the screen tap the + 
  3. In the Phrase box type in your email address i.e. thereplacements@domain.com
  4. In the Shortcut box type in two @@
  5. Tap Save
As you are typing out your message or email press the @@ and space. Your email will be inserted into the message - no more typing it out! If you have secondary email address that you use, follow the same steps but use three @@@ instead for the code.

The second replacement tip is for Word. When writing a letter or report I usually consult a thesaurus to check for synonyms. Highlight the text that you want to find a synonym for, and press Shift + F7. A panel will pop up on the right side of the screen showing a list of related terms to choose from. Such a nifty tip courtesy of MS Word.

Monday, May 1, 2017

MMP Jing

Jing Screen Capture 

There are a number of screen capture utilities out there and I'll talk about some of them as extensions to Chrome in an upcoming Monday Mouse Potato post. But, today I wanted to let you in on my favourite screen capture program Jing. The reason I like Jing is that it's really easy to use; the icon sits discreetly at the top or side of you screen; offers some nice features to add to the capture; and I can avoid going to the Start menu to try to find the Windows Snipping Tool - bonus!

So let's get down to what Jing can do. Once you've downloaded the program a sun will appear on the screen. Hover the mouse pointer over the sun and 3 rays pop out from the icon.

To capture something on the screen, click on the circle with the + sign. A cross-hair appears. Press the left mouse button down to draw a rectangle over the area you want to capture. Let go of the mouse button and the capture will pop-up with 4 choices:
  1. Capture Image (Icon with a square within a square)
  2. Capture Video (Video strip icon)
  3. Redo Selection (Arrow icon)
  4. Cancel (X icon)
 Choose capture image, and then add arrows, text, captions and highlights if needed. Once you're happy with the capture, save it to your computer as a PNG file (Portable Network Graphics) to use in reports, emails and presentations.

You can also capture action, up to 5 minutes long and save it as a video file (files can be large) with voice over if needed. Videos captured in Jing are saved as SWF files or flash videos. F.Y.I. you'll need Flash Player on the machine in order to play the videos.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

This Just In - April

This Just In is a list of titles the library received in the month of April.

Annotated Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security Act, 16th ed. KF 3649 C36 P 2017
The Practitioner's Income Tax Act 2017, 51st ed. KF 6499 ZA2 P72

✦Each LSUC CPD title has a hyperlink to the library catalogue AdvoCAT, and the T.O.C.
7th Annual In-House Counsel Summit KF 1425 .A75 L393 2017
11th Annual Family Law Summit KF 505 .ZB3 L393 2017b
Family Law Practice Basics 2017 KF 505 .ZB3 L393 2017
The Six-Minute Criminal Lawyer 2017 KF 9620 .ZA2 L393 2017

Monday, April 24, 2017

MMP Epic Privacy Browser

MMP (Monday Mouse Potato) Epic Privacy Browser 
Are you ready to opt out of the big companies collecting your data by tracking, tagging, and profiling your every move on the web? Want to minimize your digital footprint? If you’ve answered yes to these questions you might want to try Epic.

The Epic browser protects your searches; blocks thousands of trackers, cookies, and widgets; and is even secure on public WiFi. By clicking on the red open socket (Epic’s built-in proxy) in the top right corner of the browser you can take advantage of encrypting your data, and hiding your IP address. The umbrella icon, in the same location, lets you access ad, and third-party cookie blocking. One other important feature is that that when you close Epic, the browsing history is completely deleted from your computer.

Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Edge, IE, and others will offer some measure of security, and privacy although not at this level. Epic may not replace your other browsers but it’s a good choice if you’re looking for a niche gateway for sensitive searches.