Labour Day Display

In honour of Labour Day, the library has made a slide presentation detailing the history of labour day and some of the most important labour cases in Canadian history. Also included is a display of several library books that discuss the history of labour day and some of the legal aspects of Canadian labour law.

The slide presentation and display is located in the little corner just outside the library in Gowlings Hall.  Thanks to Beck Schaefer, cataloguing assistant, and Daniel Perlin, associate librarian, for making the display possible.

Update! First year JD rare book room tour

First year JD students are invited to come to the library for a tour of the rare book room. Learn about what the library and the rare book room has to offer! The tour will take place on Monday September 9th. One tour will take place at 1:30pm. The other will take place at 2pm. Each tour will have a maximum of 20 students each. Sign up for the tour time you want by emailing Daniel Perlin, associate librarian, at dperlin@osgoode.yorku.ca.  If one tour is full, you will be placed in the other tour until it is full.

Note that one person from each tour will win a $50 gift certificate to the York University bookstore!

First Year JD. rare book room tour

First year JD students are invited to come to the library for a tour of the rare book room. The tour will take place on Tuesday August 27th. One tour will take place at 2:45pm. The other will take place at 3pm. Each tour will have a maximum of 20 students each. Sign up for the tour time you want by emailing Daniel Perlin, associate librarian, at dperlin@osgoode.yorku.ca

Note that one person from each tour will win a $50 gift certificate to the York University bookstore!

Indigenous Law Portal on LLMC Digital

Launching on the week of July 15th, the new Indigenous Law Portal on LLMC digital has given a boost to researching indigenous law.

The portal is divided up by regions, with separate areas for Canada, the U.S., Mexico, and Central America. Within each region, it lists the various indigenous bands, as well as the leading indigenous organizations, and treaties (if any).  The portal also contains international content, such as  the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Although the site is still quite new, and some areas do not yet have any information, the fact that LLMC has brought all of this together in one database is something that should help guide researchers in their quest for more information about the multi-layered indigenous legal area.

Osgoode and York staff, students and faculty are able to view LLMC Digital from the law library homepage at https://www.osgoode.yorku.ca/library/

CUPE 3903 Strike and the Commission of Industrial Inquiry

As the CUPE 3903 strike at York has gone on with little end in sight, the Ontario government has called a Commission of Industrial Inquiry today to look into the outstanding issues and see if there are steps to be taken to address them.

For those not familiar with Commissions of Industrial Inquiry, they can be appointed by the Minister of Labour under section 37 of the Labour Relations Act, SO 1995, c 1, Schedule A, s 37.   They have the power to examine any evidence and to report their findings to the Minister.  Note that they are not an arbitrator, so they cannot end the strike by imposing any terms.  They are only there to look at the issues and to suggest ways to resolve them.

For anyone who wants more information on Inquiries, a good place to start is this book:

Ronda Bessner & Susan Lightstone, Public inquiries in Canada: Law and Practice (Toronto: Thomson Reuters, 2017)KF 5422 B57 2017 – in Osgoode library stacks

McGill Citation Guide now available on Hein Online

This month, Hein Online has added the McGill guide to its citation tool.  This means that in any Hein Online document, users can press the “Cite” button-located above the table of contents-which will then provide the document’s citation in multiple citation formats, including the McGill guide.

The citation is not perfect however. A McGill citation for one document looked like this:

Daniel Perlin, “Chat Reference: A Must Have for Academic L Libraries.” (2010) 35:1 Can L Libr Rev 20

The title of the document was not cited in full form as it should be in McGill, so you still need to ensure its accuracy before you input the citation in research papers.  However, it is certainly a much-needed help in citing sources.

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.