Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Library Files - Canada 150

The Library Files - Canada 150

We decided to create a display in the library to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. The display includes feature sheets on some notable Brantfordtonians such as Lawren Harris, Thayendanega (Joseph Brant), Arthur Sturgis Hardy, and Walter Allward. 

Fact sheets also make up the display and highlight our various birthdays
  • 1892 and Canada’s First Criminal Code SC 1892, c 29 [assented to 9th July, 1892]
  • 1917 The Income Tax War Act SC 1917, c 28 [Assented to 20th September, 1917] A “temporary” measure to help pay for Canada’s involvement in World War I.
  • 1967 the year in which the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism released its first report calling for a fully bilingual country.
The small side table features some information on the Charter and includes a list of the top 5 facts. The library has the British North America Act, 1867, 30-31 Vict., c. 3 (U.K.) An Act for the Union of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick, and the Government thereof; and for Purposes connected therewith. [29th March 1867]. The text on display is from the sheriff’s office, and is dated 25th of June 1868. 

Also located on the table, 100 hundred years forward, is a case from the Ontario Reports, Atwell et al. v. Knights, [1967] 1 O.R. 419, High Court of Justice. The defendant, Knights, operated a caged hen-laying business in the village of Tavistock. The plaintiffs in the case lived within 1,000 feet of the operation, and as you might expect provided evidence as to the unavoidable smell. The Court decided that the offensive smell emanating from the hen-houses was a nuisance and granted an injunction against the defendant. The case is even referenced in two volumes of Halsbury’s Laws of Canada. If you have a chance, drop by the library to read the judgment, just for the interesting use of language.

We invite you to visit and see the display. Take a pin, a temporary maple leaf tattoo, a maple leaf cookie or a flag. While you are here don’t forget to drop your business card in the ballot box to win one of three birthday prizes - A short book of bad Judges, Law is a buyer’s market: building a client-first law firm; and for those of you with a sweet tooth, a tin of maple cream chocolates.

Happy Birthday Canada!