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THE ADVOCATE V O L . 7 5 P A R T 3 M A Y 2 0 1 7 459 LEGAL ANECDOTES AND MISCELLANEA By Ludmila B. Herbst, Q.C., and Julie Nadalini* THE LIBRARY WHERE LAWS ARE MADE The plaque beneath a magnificent copper beech on the grounds of the Parliament Buildings in Victoria1 provides one clue that more than the Legislative Chamber lies within. The plaque notes that the tree was planted, nearly a century ago, in commemoration of Ethelbert O.S. Scholefield, Provincial Librarian and Archivist 1899–1919. Scholefield was part of a proud tradition of librarians of the Legislative Library of British Columbia. The Legislative Library is not a “law library”, principally in the sense that it does not collect case law. However, its vast holdings include resources on innumerable subjects that inform legislators in making laws. The Legislative Library’s holdings also include records of the laws that have been made (statutes, gazettes, journals, regulations) and, particularly useful for the pre-Hansard era in British Columbia (that is, before 1973), a wonderful collection of “scrapbooks” that provide a window into the reasoning behind leg- * Ludmila B. Herbst, Q.C., is the assistant editor of the Advocate. Julie Nadalini is a colleague and library technician at Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP, as well as a classically trained singer with a bachelor of music degree from the University of Victoria. The authors are grateful for the assistance provided by the Legislative Library’s Director, Peter Gourlay; Erika Luebe, Manager of Reference Services; and Alieda Blandford, Reference Librarian. Of course, any errors are solely the responsibility of the authors.


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