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Ask Us! The Statistics Act

by Katherine - 2 Comment(s)

A customer came to the third floor of the Central Library, looking for information about the Statistics Act. The Act itself is located in our Law Alcove, but the customer wanted to make sure that he had all the information he needed, given the amount of revisions that have been made, over the years. We’ve got print indexes to the Federal Acts that include amendments, and so consulted them, to find the information our customer was looking for. The act and its revisions are also indexed in the Canada Statute Citator.

Sure, we could have used CANLII or the Justice Laws website, but our customer was interested in print rather than online sources.

Sometimes it takes teamwork for us to provide a thorough answer to your question. But that's what we're here for!

Call us at (403) 260-2782, chat with us online, or visit Ask A Question.

Fish, by T J Parsell

by Katherine - 1 Comment(s)

Since visiting the Calgary Remand Centre some time ago, as part of a Calgary Public Library outreach initiative, I can’t help but think seriously about people who for whatever reason, end up incarcerated. This is especially the case now that our conservative government has voiced intentions to build more prisons, and write tougher laws. How many of the Canadians who say “lock ‘em up and throw away the key” have ever set foot inside of a prison?

I just finished reading Fish: A Memoir of a Boy in a Man’s Prison, by T J Parsell. Truthfully, it was the literary equivalent of the proverbial car crash, from which you just can’t look away. Although I was aghast at what Parsell was forced to endure, I couldn’t tear my eyes from the book. It’s the story of young Tim, who goes to prison at only 17, and is repeatedly sexually assaulted by other inmates. Not only that, but the inmates flip a coin to determine who will “own” him. Tim finally makes a friend who seems to care about his well being, but then is transferred to another prison, never to see him again. More than merely a horrific tale of violence and abuse, this memoir is a reflection about youth, identity, manhood, and power.

What’s most unsettling, however, is the fact that Tim represents just one of thousands of cases in America, and in Canada, too. In Parsell's words:

Most people who want to be tough on crime don’t care what happens to inmates. But they should care, because 95 percent of all prisoners are eventually released back into society, indelibly marked by the violence they have seen or experienced.

I recommend this memoir for those who work in criminal and social justice, social work, psychology, and gender studies.

Check out the author’s blog, here.

Split Happens!

by Katherine - 2 Comment(s)

It’s now common knowledge that almost 50% of Canadian marriages end in divorce.

There are all sorts of explanations for this statistic, including biological, psychological, and economic. Whether through infidelity, a mutual parting of ways, or the realization that people 30 years into a marriage are not who they were on their wedding night, “split happens”.

This point was made especially clear to me when I recently attended my 10-year high school reunion to find that several of the people there had already been married and divorced!

If you’re facing the divorce process, you’re not alone!

Join us at the Central Library on Tuesday December 7th, for Law at Your Library: Separation and Divorce, presented by Calgary Legal Guidance. Learn about the legal issues and processes of separation and divorce in Alberta.

Immigration Law

by Katherine - 1 Comment(s)

Imagine the challenge of immigrating to a new country! Different languages, customs, economic conditions, and so much more! I work with immigrants and newcomers every day, and I am constantly impressed by their courage, and inspired by their tenacity.

If you’d like to have an overview of some of the legal aspects of immigration, then join us on Monday May 31st, at 6 PM, for Law at your Library: Immigration Law.

This program, presented by Calgary Legal Guidance, will help you to learn more about Canada's Immigration and Citizenship law as it pertains to sponsorship, temporary visas, and delays.

Register online, in any library branch, or by calling (403) 260-2782.

Epilogue: why you ought to live in Canada

A friend and former ESL student recently visited my house. When she was ready to leave, she fumbled for her keys, but could not find them in her purse. She went to look in her vehicle, found that the keys were indeed inside, and that the doors had been unlocked for a number of hours. She couldn’t believe that such a situation was possible. “This is Canada!” she exclaimed. She is set to become immigrate in June, and I wish her all the very best of luck.

Free Legal Resources Workshop

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Learn how to locate legal information, case law, and free community legal resources, by attending a free program on Monday May 3. Staff from the Alberta Law Libraries and the Law Information Centre will be on hand to guide you through a brief overview, and to answer your questions.

For more information about this and other CPL programs, please click here.

Common Law

by Katherine - 0 Comment(s)

Given how common break-ups are, it’s no surprise that several of my relatives are divorced. In fact, in my family, the one marriage that has survived the longest isn’t really a marriage per se, but a 30 year, common law relationship.

If you’re considering "shacking up" without getting married first (or at all!), then join staff from Calgary Legal Guidance for an overview of the rights and obligations of common law partners. Common law arrangements have implications for children, housing, property, and even wills and estates. Why not learn more, and have your questions answered?

Register now, for this free program, taking place on the evening of March 3!

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