Historical NS Hansards Now Online

Nova-ScotiaAll of the available early debates and proceedings (Hansard) of the of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly for the period 1868-1993 are now online on the Legislature’s website. The production and posting of these materials was a project of the NS Legislative Library.

This gives Nova Scotians and everyone access to the historical debates of the House, such as the 1907 debate on Prohibition in Nova Scotia and the debates leading up to the opening of the Angus L Macdonald Bridge in Halifax.

Hansard did not transcribe debates from 1917-1919, and 1921-1950, so debates during those dates are not available.

The collection also includes all of the available Legislative Council debates, from 1858-1861 and 1875-1922. Historically (pre-Confederation), the Legislative Council acted as the Governor’s cabinet, with a combination of executive, legislative and judicial powers, and subsequently as the Upper House of the legislature. The Council was finally abolished in 1928.

These Hansards join a growing online collection of legislative materials for Nova Scotia, including:

The Legislative Library is now in the process of making the Journals of the House of Assembly from 1867-1900 available online.

“Women’s Empowerment Leads to Equality” – International Women’s Day 2016

Today March 8 is celebrated as International Women’s Day all over the world.
Canada’s theme chosen by Status of Women Canada is “Women’s Empowerment Leads to Equality”. If you’re on social media, you’re encouraged to encouraged to tag a woman who inspires you “#youareempowerment”.

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The Osgoode Law Library has many academic and fiction materials on the subject of women, equality and empowerment. Search the library catalogue for databases, journals and books on this topic. There are also many landmark cases available in our law reports collection.
Here are some interesting reads and useful materials that may interest you:

Happy International Women’s Day 2016!

Brush up on your Westlaw skills!

The Law Library has arranged a WestlawNext Canada training webinar this Wednesday, January 20, 2016 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm.

All you need is a computer and a phone. You do not need to register in advance. We suggest that you sign on somewhere private, so that the audio won’t disturb anyone.

To view the webinar go to

https://tlr.webex.com/tlr/j.php?MTID=m83ff780dbac65d051391ac06f9eba557

5-10 minutes before the Webinar start time.

Click on Join and then follow the prompts (eg. enter your name and an email address). You may have to download a small plug-in to access the WebEx.

To be able to hear the webinar call 1-877-384-0533.  When prompted enter the Participant Code 33606270#.

We hope that you enjoy  this new training format and  we welcome your feedback.

Lawyers Without Rights: Jewish Lawyers in Germany under the Third Reich – Further Reading

The Osgoode Hall Law School Library is very pleased to be currently hosting the exhibit Lawyers Without Rights Jewish Lawyers in Germany under the Third Reich, which can be viewed in the library until Sunday, November 22.  This exhibit deals with the experiences of Jewish lawyers in Germany before, during and after the Nazi era.  It also highlights individual Jewish lawyers and describes their fate.  For those interested in reading more about the events in the exhibit, here are some further titles the library has:

The exhibit is open when the library is open.  The hours are 8:00 am-10:00 pm Monday to Thursday, 8:00 am-5:00 pm on Friday, and 10:00 am-6:00 pm Saturday and Sunday.

Library Research Session

The Law Library is pleased to offer a research workshop on May 13. While the session is geared primarily to Research Assistants, graduating students and graduate students who want to improve their research skills are also welcome to attend.

The workshop will cover the following areas:
– Legislation & case law
– Journal indexes & articles
– Foreign, comparative and international law sources, Multidisciplinary resources
– Zotero bibliographic management service

Date: Wednesday, May 13
Time:  11 AM to 1 PM
Location: Room 2027

Refreshments will be served.

To reserve a spot send an email message to library@osgoode.yorku.ca.