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Archive for September, 2009

Acts of the Parliament of Canada

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Students, faculty and staff at UBC Library now have online access to the session laws of the Acts of the Parliament of Canada – 1926 – 2007 via the subscription database HeinOnline.  Print copies are also available – covering the years 1867 – 2007 at call number KG16 .A25

Europe in Figures 2009

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Eurostat, the EU’s statistical agency, has just released its 2009 issue of Europe in Figures.  This is freely available on-site as a Pdf download and “presents a comprehensive selection of statistical data on Europe.”  It is also produced and disseminated in print.  UBC Library has print copies of this annual publication from 1995 – 2008, […]

Women’s Rights: 4 Agencies into one at the UN

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

The United Nations has just announced that it will be consolidating  four disparate organizations devoted to women’s/gender issues into a single entity. “The resolution means the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), the Division for the Advancement of Women, the Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and the UN International Research and Training […]

Reminder: Cyber Cemetery

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

In case, like me, you’ve forgotten all about the Cyber Cemetary here’s a reminder of what it is and what it does: “The CyberCemetery is an archive of (US)  government websites that have ceased operation (usually websites of defunct government agencies and commissions that have issued a final report). This collection features a variety of […]

New UN report concludes evidence of war crimes in Gaza Conflict

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

Read the  news story from the Vancouver Sun  here. You can read the full advanced edited 575 page report here. The report was just released Tuesday Sept. 15 in advance of the its presentation to the UN Human Rights Council later this month.

New apps for US Government data

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

Sunlight Labs – “a non-profit, non partisan Washington, DC based organization focused on digitization of government data” has been running a contest to identify the top three websites offering applications that provide “easy access and understanding for the public” to US government data/information.  They all make it just a bit easier to access high quality […]

Report: SEC Investigation into Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi Scheme

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

The US Securities & Exchange Commission has just released its public version of its full Investigation of Failure of the SEC to Uncover Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi Scheme.  At present it’s sitting on the Commission’s homepage and the report’s URL indicates that it’s a “news” file.  It’s unclear, therefore, if this is a stable URL.  Only […]

Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC)

Friday, September 4th, 2009

Well it turns out that we have a national cryptologic agency and it has quite an interesting website. First, what does the agency do? CSEC  provides “the Government of Canada with two key services: foreign signals intelligence in support of defence and foreign policy,  and the protection of electronic information and communication.” Website Features: provides […]

Search the US Federal Register

Friday, September 4th, 2009

“The Federal Register is the official journal of the federal government of the United States. In it, you’ll find any kind of proposal, notification, or solicitation for data that a federal agency puts out.”  It includes Presidential documents – including Executive Orders; current and proposed Rules & Regulations; and Notices. The Register is currently available […]

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