Re. below, the message that I think most of you probably received from CLA.
Surely there must be an institutional representative on this list (Law
School Library?) that could take on this project with some imagination and
vision in partnership with the Federal Dept. of Justice? Maybe even a
notable Law firm might get involved - this sounds like a project for someone
who wants a contractual relationship vis-a-vis a public/private partnership?
Who will step up to bat?
Further, where is the National Library's role in this? I can't believe such
an important reference service is so fragile. This is a digest on decisions
that impacts all Canadians concering the Charter of Rights and Freedoms!
Lastly, why didn't the resource meet the guidelines of Treasury Board? Was
any assistance sought by Mr. Garton from librarians on this matter - where
was the leadership?
This matter makes me wonder what other important and criticial need-to-know
information resources will be vulnerable within government, libraries, and
communities, when a large part of our workforce begins to retire(?).
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From: "Canadian Library Association" <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2004 16:03:51 -0500 (EST)
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: [cla] Canadian Charter of Rights Decision Website
[with apologies for cross-posting]
CLA was informed by one of our members that the Canadian Charter of Rights
Decisions Digest site
http://canada.justice.gc.ca/en/dept/pub/ccrdd/cdtoc.htm, has been removed
from public web access.
She called this an important research resource, and asked CLA to
After a few inquiries with Department of Justice officials, CLA spoke with
Mr. Graham Garton, Senior General Counsel, who was responsible for the site.
Mr. Garton explained the Decisions Digest has been discontinued due to a
lack of resources. The Digest had been kept since 1982, first in paper
format then electronically by Mr. Garton himself as a useful service (though
he is the first to admit that he does not have all the technical skills
required to maintain an electronic site). Providing this service has become
an administrative burden that is not integral to his formal duties. Finally,
as Mr. Garton himself is about to retire from the public service, it is
not reasonable to expect his successor to carry it on.
Furthermore, Treasury Board has guidelines for all material appearing on a
Government Department site and, apparently, the Digest did not meet these
CLA is willing to pursue this further and lobbying the Department of Justice
to allocate a relatively small amount of additional funding to reinstate and
update the site.
However, before we do so, we want to be sure that this resource was useful
and will actually be used by librarians.
If you have used this site or believe you are likely to use it, please send
an e-mail to CLA Executive Director Don Butcher, [log in to unmask]
If there is some interest, CLA will follow up with the Department.
Thank you for supplying this input to our government relations efforts.
Don Butcher, Executive Director
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Canadian Library Association
328 Frank Street
Ottawa, ON K2P 0X8
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