The Canadian census is carried out every five years (you may remember filling it out earlier this year) and, in addition to basic demographic information, covers such areas as housing and employment.
If you’re trying to find census information on a more granular level than simply for the country as a whole, the first thing that you need to determine is what geographic area you are interested in. Do you want to pull statistics for the country as a whole or on a more granular basis?
Statistics Canada divides the country up in a number of different ways including:
Provinces or territories (e.g. Alberta). Each province is assigned a two digit code that can be found here.
Census divisions (CD) are “intermediate geographic areas between the province/territory level and the municipality” (e.g. Greater Vancouver).
Census metropolitan areas (CMA) are “one or more adjacent municipalities [with] a total population of at least 100,000” (e.g. Toronto, Montréal and Vancouver).
Census subdivisions (SCD) are municipalities or areas treated as municipal equivalents (e.g. Vancouver, CY). There are 54 different types.
Dissemination areas (DA) are geographic units “with an average population of 400 to 700 persons” and are “the smallest standard geographic area for which all census data are disseminated.” Each dissemination area has a four-digit code which is preceded by the two-digit province/territory code and the two-digit census division code to produce a unique identifier (e.g. 12 09 0103).
Economic regions (ER) are groupings of “complete census divisions […] created as a standard geographic unit for analysis of regional economic activity.” (e.g. Lower Mainland–Southwest).
Federal electoral districts (FED) are areas represented by a member of the House of Commons (e.g. Vancouver Quadra).
You can also use Geosearch to narrow down your geographical area, e.g. to drill down to the map forDissemination Area 59153845, but keep in mind that data is not always available for the smaller geographic divisions.
What does it mean when you table a motion at a meeting?
It depends on where you live.
For those in the non-US parts of the English-speaking world, to table means to submit something formally for discussion or consideration.
The expression comes from act of laying your submission on the table of a legislative assembly or other decision-making body (like a board of directors). This usage goes back at least as far as the 1650s.
In the USA, however, tabling has, since the mid 1800s, meant postponing or even shelving a matter indefinitely.
Winston Churchill noted the difference in World War II: British officials wanted to table (i.e. raise) something as a matter of urgency; their American counterparts thought they meant ‘putting it away in a drawer and forgetting about it’ (The Second World War (1950)).
In Canada, we see both; but the non-US usage makes more sense when you think of the actual table of the deliberative body.
It’s disheartening to see how frequently people mess up with commas.
This kind of thing is all too common: Partner, Alfredo Garcia will be speaking about …
Remove that comma! And don’t be tempted to leave it but add one after Garcia! Both suggest that there is only one partner (which, as you know, is not possible as a matter of law).
Another version of the same error: My colleagues, Suresh and Amy, will … It’s not an error if these are your only colleagues, which is the implication of those offsetting commas. If you have more than just the two colleagues, no commas.
A worse blunder was made by former prime minster Stephen Harper, who tweeted this on International Women’s Day in 2019: Special mention to @LaureenHarper, my mother and daughter.
Mr Harper, you really ought to have put a comma after mother in order to make it clear that there are three main women in your life, not just one with multiple roles.
Unless, of course, there is some weirdness going on in your family that we didn’t previously know about.
For legal professionals working with a high volume of cases, it can be difficult to stay up to date with legal research for all of them. However, with the alert feature on Lexbox, it’s easy to keep track of changes to legal information on CanLII that is relevant to your field of work or study.
Lexbox offers three types of alerts:
1. Citation alerts — these allow you to track the impact of a case over time.
2. Amendment alerts — these allow you to monitor the changes in a statute over time.
3. Query alerts — these allow you to stay informed of the latest appearances of a term or topic in CanLII documents
There are two ways you can set up citation and amendment alerts on CanLII with Lexbox:
a) the corresponding buttons in the Lexbox bar located on every search page and case/legislation page or;
b) the alarm clock icon that appears on the bottom right corner of each search result.
You can set query alerts by making a customized search and then clicking the ‘Set up alert feed’ button in the Lexbox bar at the top of the search results page. For more information on making customized searches, see our previous posts on using operators and search filters on CanLII.
Upon clicking any of these alert buttons, a pop-up box will appear where you can:
Customize the title of your alert
Choose the folder on Lexbox where you want to store the alert
Add a contextual note attached to the alert
For citation alerts only: Choose the level of a case’s discussion intensity required for Lexbox to send an alert to you. The intensity is measured in jalapeño icons.
Choose how you will be notified about the alert (within your Lexbox folder, by a daily email, or by a weekly email)
When you are finished customizing your alert, click ‘Ok.’
You can check your alerts, modify them, or cancel them at any time by visiting your Lexbox account.
One resource that users may not be aware is available in Westlaw Canada’s LawSource module is Black’s Law Dictionary, possibly because it is the only “international” piece of content included in the module.
Black’s Law Dictionary is the most widely used law dictionary in the United States and (according to Thomson Reuters’ marketing department) “the most widely cited law book in the world”.
To access this resource, log in to Westlaw Canada, go to the International tab and then click on the link to Black’s Law Dictionary.