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The Law Library will be closed Monday, February 18th, for Family Day.

Rutherford, Cameron and Scott Libraries will be open from 11 am – 6 pm.

The Royal Canadian Mint ceased distribution of pennies to financial institutions on February 4, 2013. As of this date, businesses are encouraged to stop using pennies and begin rounding cash transactions in a fair and transparent manner.

What does this mean for the consumer?
- Cash payments or transactions will be rounded, either up or down, to the nearest five-cent increment
- Only cash transactions require rounding; this will have no impact on payments made by cheque or electronic transactions
- Pennies can still be used in cash transactions indefinitely with businesses that choose to accept them
- Businesses do not have a legal obligation to accept pennies
- The penny will retain its value indefinitely. As such, there is no time limit for redeeming pennies
- Canadians may redeem their pennies at their financial institution. Financial institutions may require that pennies be properly rolled.
- As financial institutions will no longer be receiving pennies from the Mint, they may not distribute pennies to consumers and businesses after February 4, 2013.

Here are some links you might find of interest:

Department of Finance Canada Eliminating the Penny Web portal

FAQs – Consumers

Canada’s Economic Action Plan

This is a sampling of videos which we have in our collection, dealing with civil rights.

I have limited my selections to ones dealing with either Canada or the United States.

1. Black/white & Brown : Brown v. the Board of Education of Topeka
KF 228 B76 B53 2009

Myths, misconceptions, and the march of time have obscured the true origins and legal details of Brown v. The Board of Education. This fascinating program connects viewers with the people, places, events, and ideas that shaped the landmark civil rights case.

2. Caught In Between : what to call home in times of war
D 769.8 A6 C384 2004

Film documents Japanese American communities revisiting the time period of the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. It compares that time period to the time period post-9/11 “War on Terrorism,” when Muslims were detained and many immigrants were deported. Directed and produced by Lina Hoshino.

3. Freedom Had a Price
FC 106 U5 F73 1994

Tells the little-known story of those Ukrainian immigrants at the outbreak of World War One interned as “enemy aliens” in twenty-four camps across Canada.

4. Fundamental Freedoms
KF 4483 C5 F86 2005

This documentary examines the history of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the struggle surrounding the ratification of the document and the importance of the Charter in today’s multicultural society. The program reviews the evolution of the Charter of Rights and each of its guarantees: the fundamental freedoms, democratic rights, mobility rights, legal rights, equality rights, language rights.

5. Journey to Justice
FC 106 B6 J68 2000

Filmmaker Roger McTair charts the little-known history of Canada’s civil rights movement, profiling the brave Canadians who led the fight for equality from the 1930s until the 1950s.

6. Niigaanibatowaad: FrontRunners
PN 1997.2 N555 2008

In 1967 when Winnipeg first hosted the Pan American Games, ten outstanding athletic teenage boys were chosen to run 800 kilometers over an ancient message route with the Games torch. When the runners arrived at the stadium, they were not allowed to enter with the torch. Instead, a non-Aboriginal runner was given the honour.
Inspired by the stories of the Aboriginal torch runners for the 1967 Pan American Games, this film is about the segregation of the Aboriginal athletes and the despair and abuse suffered in the residential school system.

7. They were there : remembering the civil rights movement
E 185.61 T44 2007

Although many of the movers and shakers of the Civil Rights era are gone now, their names will live forever through their achievements. This NewsHour program describes the courageous actions of Rosa Parks and Hamilton Holmes and picks the brain of John Lewis about what it was like to take part in the Freedom Ride and to lead the Selma march on Bloody Sunday.

8. A time for justice: America’s civil rights movement
E 185.61 T5 2008

This film, recalls the crises in Montgomery, Little Rock, Birmingham and Selma during the civil rights movement, revealing the heroism of individuals who risked their lives for the cause of freedom and equality.

9. Unconstitutional : the war on our civil liberties
JC 599 U5 U62 2004

A documentary that investigates the ways in which the civil liberties of American citizens and immigrants have been rolled back since the September 11 and the Patriot Act.

10. The U.S. vs. Omar Khadr
HV 9468 K53 U55 2008

This documentary is a searing examination of the military commission process and cross-border politics that have kept Canadian Omar Khadr emprisoned in Guantanamo since he was 15 years old.

Featured New Titles

Aboriginal Justice and the Charter : realizing a culturally sensitive interpretation of legal rights

by : David Milward

How can Aboriginal justice be practically implemented in ways that go beyond sentencing initiatives and parallels to restorative justice? Aboriginal Justice and the Charter explores the tension between Aboriginal justice methods and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, seeking practical ways to implement Aboriginal justice. David Milward examines nine legal rights guaranteed by the Charter and undertakes a thorough search for interpretations sensitive to Aboriginal culture.

Milward strikes out into new territory well beyond that charted by the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples in the mid-1990s. He examines why Aboriginal communities seek to explore different paths in this area and identifies some of the applicable constitutional constraints. This book considers a number of specific areas of the criminal justice process in which Aboriginal communities may wish to adopt different approaches, tests these approaches against constitutional imperatives, and offers practical proposals for reconciling the various matters at stake. Milward grapples with the difficult question of how Aboriginal justice systems can be fair to victims, offenders, and the community while at the same time complying with the protections guaranteed to all Canadians by the Charter.

Available in the Law Library at KF 8210 C5 M55 2012

 

The Notorious Elizabeth Tuttle : marriage, murder, and madness in the family of Jonathan Edwards

by : Ava Chamberlain

In most histories, she is a footnote, a blip. At best, she is a minor villain in the story of Jonathan Edwards, perhaps the greatest American theologian of the colonial era. Many historians consider Jonathan Edwards a theological genius, wildly ahead of his time, a Puritan hero. Elizabeth Tuttle was Edwards’s “crazy grandmother,”the one whose madness and adultery drove his despairing grandfather to divorce.
In this compelling and meticulously researched work of micro-history, Ava Chamberlain unearths a fuller history of Elizabeth Tuttle. It is a violent and tragic story in which anxious patriarchs struggle to govern their households, unruly women disobey their husbands, mental illness tears families apart, and loved ones die sudden deaths. Through the lens of Elizabeth Tuttle, Chamberlain re-examines the common narrative of Jonathan Edwards’s ancestry,giving his long-ignored paternal grandmother a voice. Tracing this story into the 19th century, she creates a new way of looking at both ordinary families of colonial New England and how Jonathan Edwards’s family has been remembered by his descendants,contemporary historians, and, significantly, eugenicists. For as Chamberlain uncovers, it was during the eugenics movement,which employed the Edwards family as an ideal, that the crazy grandmother story took shape.
Available in the Law Library at BX 7260 E3 C48 2012

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Featured New Title

Exploring the Mandatory Life Sentence for Murder

by: Barry Mitchell and Julian V Roberts

Murder is often regarded as both the ‘ultimate’ and a unique crime, and whereas courts are normally given discretion in sentencing offenders, for murder the sentence is mandatory – indeterminate imprisonment. Since the crime and the punishment come as a ‘package deal’ this book looks at both the legal nature of the offence and at the current operation of the mandatory life sentence. Not only does the book adopt a critical approach, by assessing the strengths and weaknesses of the status quo, it also draws upon comparative material from both common and civil law jurisdictions in an attempt to provide a comprehensive exploration of these issues. The need for public confidence in the criminal justice system is particularly acute in the way it deals with the most serious homicides. In this book the authors report findings from the first systematic exploration of public attitudes to sentencing murder in this or any other common law jurisdiction. The picture of public opinion emerging from this recent large-scale nationwide qualitative and quantitative survey, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, is likely to surprise many, and will be of interest to all jurisdictions where the mandatory life sentence for murder has been questioned.

Available in the Law Library at HV 9960 G7 M58 2012

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This month we are focusing on DVDs that deal with women and issues relating to them.
Following is a sampling of titles that we have in our collection.

1. Abortion and Divorce in Western Law
KF 9315 G558 2003

Abortion and Divorce in Western Law contrasts the legal practices of Europe and America as they bear on the difficult choices of these controversial issues.

2. Blind Justice: Women and the Law
HQ 1236 B58 2003

This group of four animated programs provocatively traces the ways and means in which justice has been applied to women in Western society.

3. Constitute!
HQ 1236 C628 2010

Constitute! profiles the diverse history of women’s activism in constitution-making. The ad Hoc Committee of Women and the Constitution changed Canadian history on February 14, 1981.

4. Crimes of honour
HV 6250.4 W65 C756 1999

Crimes of Honour documents the terrible reality of femicide – the killing of sisters or daughters suspected of losing their virginity, for having refused an arranged marriage or having left a husband.

5. Fashioning Women in Law
KF 299 W6 F37 2002

Fashioning Women in Law highlights the inconsistency between the representations of women in advertising with where we think the women’s liberation movement has taken us. Seeing how women are commonly portrayed, and noting the general lack of objection to these portrayals, raises fundamental questions about the extent to which women are taken as serious, powerful professionals.

6. Finding Dawn
HV 6626.23 C2 F46 2006

Finding Dawn is a compelling documentary that puts a human face on a national tragedy: the murders and disappearances of an estimated 500 Aboriginal women in Canada over the past 30 years. From Vancouver’s Skid Row to the Highway of Tears in northern British Columbia, to Saskatoon, this film honours those who have passed and uncovers reasons for hope.

7. In the name of the family
HQ 1170 I58 2010
IN THE NAME OF THE FAMILY is the latest documentary from Toronto-based Shelley Saywell.
From South Asian and Middle Eastern immigrant families, …girls are caught between two cultures where parent-teenage clashes can lead to a specific form of domestic abuse.
Known as honour killing, this form of violence is not sanctioned by any religion, but has been culturally entrenched in some parts of South Asia, and the Middle East. In post-911 North America, this topic has become polarizing – either silenced or sensationalized.

8. Life with Billy/Life after Billy
HV 6626.23 C3 V34 2006

Jane Stafford’s trial in Nova Scotia received national attention. For the first time in Canadian history the battered wife syndrome was used as a defense for murder. In mid-February 1992, Jane died as a result of a gunshot wound, which the coroner reported as probable suicide. Those closest to Jane Stafford do not believe she took her own life.

9. Mrs. Goundo’s daughter
GN 484 M77 2009

Mrs. Goundo is fighting to remain in the United States. Threatened with deportation, her two-year-old daughter could be forced to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM), like 85 percent of women and girls in Mali. Using rarely cited grounds for political asylum, Goundo must convince an immigration judge that her daughter is in danger.

10. Positive women, exposing injustice
KF 9304 P67 2012

Women’s voices have rarely been heard on this important issue. What happens if a woman does not disclose her HIV-positive status to a sexual partner? How does criminalization impact HIV-positive women in Canada, who are trying to live their lives in the shadow of stigma and fear?

11. A Question of Rights
We have all 5 films in the series, call numbers all begin with HQ 1236

Short films that explore why so much discrimination and violence is still directed against women. In the Series are: World of Difference (Introduction); Young Wives’ Tale (Ethiopia); Girls from Chaka Street (Latvia); House on Fire (Jamaica); and Caught in the Crossfire (Fiji).

12. The trouble with working women
HD 6061 T768 2009 disc 1 & 2

Two provocative programmes examine the ongoing gender inequities that exist in the workplace today.

The Law Library is now open

Monday – Thursday, 8 am – 10 pm
Friday, 8 am – 6 pm
Saturday, 11 am – 6 pm
Sunday, 11 am – 10 pm

As of January 1, 2013, there will be no cash held or accepted by the Law Library.
Staff will not be able to give change or break bills.

Fines can be paid using debit or credit card at the self-serve stations in Rutherford Library.
Fines can also be paid online by faculty, staff and students via My Account.

Extended hours

Dec. 5 – 20, 2012

Monday – Friday, 8 am – Midnight
Saturday – Sunday, 11 am – Midnight

Hours for the Christmas Break

Friday, Dec. 21st, 8 am – 5 pm
Sat. Dec.22nd/Sun. Dec.23rd, CLOSED
Monday, Dec. 24th, 9 am – 4 pm
Tues. Dec.25th – Tues. Jan. 1st, CLOSED
Wed. Jan. 2nd – Fri. Jan.4th, 9 am – 5 pm
Sat. Jan. 5/Sun. Jan. 6, CLOSED

Regular term hours resume Monday, Jan. 7, 2013

Featured New Title

The Treason Trial of Aaron Burr : Law, Politics, and the Character Wars of the New Nation

Aaron Burr was a central character in three fascinating political dramas of the early American republic: the 1800 presidential election, when an electoral college tie between Burr and Thomas Jefferson took 36 ballots to resolve; the fatal duel with Alexander Hamilton in 1804; and Burr’s high-profile treason trial of 1807, where Burr was suspected of plotting violently to sever the Kentucky region from the United States, or perhaps to lead an illegal invasion of Spanish territories, or perhaps something else altogether. No one knew at the time, and no one knows today, exactly what Aaron Burr intended when he arranged for a large gathering of men and boats on Blennerhassett Island in the Ohio River on December 9, 1806.

Burr was publicly accused of treason by President Thomas Jefferson, who declared to Congress in advance of any trial that Burr’s “guilt is placed beyond question.” In a trial presided over by John Marshall (Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, but here serving as presiding judge of the federal circuit) the jury acquitted Burr of treason on September 1, 1807 (U.S. v. BURR 1807).. The treason trials of Burr and his alleged co-conspirators Erich Bollman and Samuel Swartwout are described in detail in this engaging and readable book by Peter Charles Hoffer (University of Georgia), a specialist in American legal history.

Any reader looking for final and definitive explanation of what exactly Burr was up to will not find it here. By the end of the book Burr’s character and actions remain as mysterious as before. Hoffer presents his own conjectures, but resolving Burr’s plan (if he had one) is not the purpose of the book, and its major contribution lies elsewhere.

Available in the Law Library at KF 223 B8 N48 2012

 

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