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Historical Debates now available online

Friday, June 18th, 2010

Great news from the Parliament of Canada today. The staff there have just launched a new website: “dedicated to the reconstituted debates of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada. In the early years of the new Dominion, the only account of parliamentary debates was to be found in newspaper reports. These were saved […]

C-32, new Copyright Bill introduced

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

A day earlier than expected the new copyright bill, C-32, has been introduced. The text of the bill  is not yet available online but is coming soon: For further information take a look at Michael Geist’s blog. Also CBC  features a news story about the bill:  Copyright bill would ban digital locks

Social Media; Anti-Spam Laws; Federal Debt: New from PIRS

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

MPs and Senators study, debate and vote on a variety of issues and most of them wind up impacting most of us.  Ever wondered how they do their research?  As outlined in our entry of March 22, the Parliamentary Information and Research Service (PIRS)  has researchers on staff who “obtain and analyze material, and write…research […]

New ways to look for Canadian Government Data & Documents

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Have you ever had a difficult time gathering government data together on a single topic in a single place?  This can sometimes be challenging.  For example, mandatory disclosure documents: each government department is required to disclose  information such as travel & hospitality expenses; contracts; position reclassifications; grant & contribution awards; and proven workplace wrong-doing.  Until […]

Canadian Parliamentary Information and Research Service

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Ever wondered how MPs and Senators research issues?  Did you know that the Library of Parliament has a research service for parliamentarians – the Parliamentary Information & Research Service (PIRS)?  Or that  PIRS provides free public access to its publications?  Click here to view the list of available research publications. “PIRS (responds) to questions that […]

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

Canada Gazette – Digitization project

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

This isn’t exactly news, since this project began in 2007, but it was news to me!  According to a statement on the Gazette website “the Canada Gazette Directorate is working in partnership with LAC to digitize all issues dating from 1841 to 1997, so as to make them accessible to the public.” The project is […]

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