Hansard enters the digital age

If you’ve ever tried to search Hansard, the federal government’s written record of every parliamentary debate, you know that even though it’s been digital for a long time, historical records were notoriously difficult to review. That’s because when Canadiana digitized it, it was as pictures and not text. A University of Toronto team of political scientists, computer scientists and historians decided to do something about it.

In 2013, [Christopher] Cochrane teamed up with two postdoctoral researchers, two PhD students and Graeme Hirst, professor of computer science at U of T Scarborough, to create LiPaD: The Linked Parliamentary Data Project.

LiPaD has digitized and made searchable Canada’s parliamentary debates dating back to 1901. It also created and designed a website to make the documents more accessible to the public, a project headed by PhD student Tanya Whyte.

A huge thank you and congratulations to this team for making this part of Canada’s legislative record available to everyone.

Full article available here.

h/t KnowItAALL, AALL’s daily newsletter

Legislative Update – New Proclamation

The Government of Manitoba proclaimed the following:

With the advice and consent of the Executive Council of
Manitoba, we name July 1, 2018, as the day on which
section 1 insofar as it enacts clause (e) of the definition
“reviewable service” of The Advocate for Children and
Youth Act (S.M. 2017, c. 8) comes into force.

In 2014, the Commission of Inquiry into the death of Phoenix Sinclair recommended that Manitoba enact stand-alone legislation for the Children’s Advocate and provide the Advocate with a broader mandate. This Act implements those recommendations.

This Act also changes the name of Children’s Advocate to Advocate for Children and Youth.


Legislative Updates – New Bill

The Government of Manitoba recently introduced the following bill:

Third Session, Forty-First Legislature

Bill 33: The Interim Appropriation Act, 2018 (2)

This Act repeals Bill 2,  The Interim Appropriation Act, 2018, S.M. 2018, c. 1 and gives authority for operating expenditures for the fiscal year 2018-19. It comes into effect with Royal Assent, which it received on June 20, 2018. It is now listed under Annual Statutes, S.M. 2018, c. 25.


Legislative Update – New Proclamation

The Government of Manitoba proclaimed the following:

With the advice and consent of the Executive Council of
Manitoba, we name June 20, 2018, as the day on which
section 1, clause 3(1)(a) and sections 22 to 32 of The Safe
and Responsible Retailing of Cannabis Act (Liquor and
Gaming Control Act and Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries
Corporation Act Amended) (S.M. 2018, c. 9) come into force.

This Act amends The Liquor and Gaming Control Act and The Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Corporation Act to authorize and regulate the retail sale of cannabis in Manitoba when such sales are permitted by the federal government.

Legislative Updates: Royal Assent

The following Acts received Royal Assent on June 4, 2018:

Confirm whether the bill requires proclamation by reviewing the Bill Status.