Legislative Update – New Proclamations

The Government of Manitoba proclaims the following:

    1. The Red Tape Reduction and Government Efficiency Act  (section 7)
    2. The Red Tape Reduction and Government Efficiency Act  (section 2)
    3. The Advocate for Children and Youth Act (whole Act except section 1, insofar as it enacts clauses (b) to (e) of the definition “reviewable service” and section 21)
    4. The Cannabis Harm Prevention Act (various Acts amended) (Part 5)
    5. The Manitoba East Side Road Authority Repeal Act (whole Act)
    6. The Health Sector Bargaining Unit Review Act (whole Act)

 

The Red Tape Reduction And Government Efficiency Act (section 7)

With the advice and consent of the Executive Council of
Manitoba, we name April 1, 2018, as the day on which
section 7 of The Red Tape Reduction and Government
Efficiency Act, 2017 (S.M. 2017, c. 34) comes into force.

This Act amends several Acts and repeals three Acts to reduce or eliminate regulatory requirements or prohibitions and to streamline government operations. A number of other Acts are amended to remove references to a repealed Act.

The Red Tape Reduction And Government Efficiency Act (section) 2

With the advice and consent of the Executive Council of
Manitoba, we name March 15, 2018, as the day on which
section 2 of The Red Tape Reduction and Government
Efficiency Act, 2017 (S.M. 2017, c. 34) comes into force

This Act amends several Acts and repeals three Acts to reduce or eliminate regulatory requirements or prohibitions and to streamline government operations. A number of other Acts are amended to remove references to a repealed Act.

The Advocate For Children and Youth Act

With the advice and consent of the Executive Council of
Manitoba, we name March 15, 2018, as the day on which The
Advocate for Children and Youth Act (S.M. 2017, c. 8),
except section 1 insofar as it enacts clauses (b) to (e) of the
definition “reviewable service”, and section 21, 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.

The Cannabis Harm Prevention Act

With the advice and consent of the Executive Council of
Manitoba, we name April 1, 2018, as the day on which Part 5
of The Cannabis Harm Prevention Act (Various Acts
Amended) (S.M. 2017, c. 22) comes into force.

The federal government has introduced legislation to legalize the non-medical use of cannabis (marijuana). This Act amends several Acts to address health or safety concerns that will arise when cannabis consumption is no longer illegal, and it closes any legislative gaps that might be created when cannabis is no longer considered to be an illegal drug.

The Manitoba East Side Road Authority Repeal Act

With the advice and consent of the Executive Council of
Manitoba, we name March 31, 2018, as the day on which The
Manitoba East Side Road Authority Repeal Act (S.M. 2017,c. 6) comes into force.

This Act repeals The Manitoba East Side Road Authority Act and transfers the Authority’s property, rights and liabilities to the government.

The Health Sector Bargaining Unit Review Act

With the advice and consent of the Executive Council of
Manitoba, we name May 9, 2018, as the day on which The
Health Sector Bargaining Unit Review Act (S.M. 2017, c. 25)
comes into force.

This Act deals with bargaining units and collective bargaining in Manitoba’s health sector.

 

Access to Justice Conference in Winnipeg

Experts are meeting this week for Accessing Justice: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Access, Justice, Law and Order at the University of Winnipeg, May 9-11, 2018.

The University of Winnipeg’s Centre for Interdisciplinary Justice Studies is hosting a public conference beginning Wednesday that will bring together academics, human rights and legal experts, as well as Manitoba Queen’s Bench Justice Colleen Suche. [Winnipeg Free Press, p. B1, May 7, 2018] (subscription required)

Topics range from accessing legal professionals and legal services to the effects of decolonialization for identity and migration.

The full program is available here.

 

Using the McGill Guide with HeinOnline

The  Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation, otherwise known as the McGill Guide, is the standard reference guide for citing legal works, whether they be decisions, legislation, journals, books or urls.

 

 

HeinOnline.org is a database of legal information, including journals and legislation. Now the two come together, with HeinOnline offering citations set to the McGill Guide standard. No more excuses for poor formatting of secondary sources.

HeinOnline is available free of  charge to members of the Law Society of Manitoba, behind the Members Portal. If you need help accessing or using it, please contact us. We’re happy to walk you through the process.

Check out HeinOnline’s post for full details.

Will Week 2018

A book display with seven books, on three levels of a bookcase. On the middle shelf is a sign that says "Featured books: Will Week Apr 23-27". Book titles are in the blog post.

From April 23rd to the 27th, various events involving writing wills, health care directives, understanding the power and role of “Power of Attorney”, and more will be happening around Winnipeg! If you’d like to find out more information about Will Week and the events happening, please see this page at The Winnipeg Foundation.

Here at the library, we’re hosting a display featuring our most up-to-date and informative texts on the subject of writing wills, which we hope will be a huge benefit to our members who may encounter some interesting questions from clients in the coming weeks on this subject!

These texts are as follows:

  • Capacity and Undue Influence by John E. S. Poyser
  • Waters’ Law of Trusts in Canada, 4th ed., edited by D. W. M. Waters
  • Oosterhoff on Wills, 8th ed., by Albert H. Oosterhoff
  • Drafting Wills in Canada: A Lawyer’s Practical Guide, 2nd ed., Robyn Solnik et al
  • The Law of Dependants’ Relief in Canada by Cameron Harvey
  • Manitoba CPLED Program 2016-2017: Wills and Estates
  • Feeney’s Canadian Law of Wills, 4th ed., (looseleaf) by James MacKenzie

If you would like to take out any of these texts, please feel free to contact our staff.

But Wait, There’s More (on CanLII)!

You asked, they listened! Last month, CanLII announced that several law reviews would be added to the platform.  Then, a few weeks ago, a couple of newsletters were added.  Today, they announced even more commentary:

Last month we were delighted to announce that law journal articles and newsletters are now available in CanLII’s Commentary section, and now we get to tell you that we have added more books and reports.

Providing authoritative legal resources for the profession and the public while using CanLII’s intuitive search platform is fantastic. Kudos to CanLII and the Federation of  Law Societies of Canada for the successful completion of this project.

Check the CanLII blog for the full announcement.