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.

Ontario laws being digitized by Hein Online!

While we can all get recent sessional Ontario laws on e-laws, it has been more difficult to get statutes from Ontario’s distant past online. Though, this is not totally correct. LLMC has digitized the Ontario laws up until 1980. The big issue with LLMC is the clunkiness of their search engine. It is very difficult to find anything specific. And though they have digitized most of the sessional laws between 1867-1980, there are still some volumes within those years that are missing.

Most law students use Hein Online for finding journal articles. And, while some students may know that the Canadian federal statutes have been posted under the Sessional law library of Hein, there is better news to come! Osgoode has given one of its complete sets of our Ontario statutes to be digitized. This will then mean that all the statutes from 1867 up until the present time will be digitized. Hein is also going to be digitizing the Revised Statutes of Canada.

So, for people frustrated at not finding the historical statutes for Ontario that they need, this will hopefully fill a gap. The only frustrating issue I have is that the search engine for Hein is still difficult to navigate, but at least a gap in Canadian statutes will be filled. Not sure though as to when they will actually be posted but this is still good news. Now, if only they would digitize the other provinces…

O Canada!