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Literacy and Justice (2002)

The Literacy is for Life Fact Sheet series is a series of two-pager highlights on literacy and related topics.

This Fact Sheet highlights Literacy and Justice. “Without literacy there can be no justice.” (Burt Galaway, John Howard Society, 1997.)

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2004-11-04

Gun Control: An Analysis of Bill C -17 (1993)

Women's Education des femmes, Winter 1992-93 - Vol. 10, No. 1

At the time this article was written, the author was the executive director of the Coalition for Gun Control. She provides an analysis of Bill C-17.

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2004-08-24

Facing the New Economy (1996)

Book 2

This essay is the second in the Newfoundland and Labrador Adult Basic Education Social History Series, developed to provide adult learners with meaningful literacy materials drawn from their own vibrant culture. The intended audience for the series is ABE Level 1 students. Because of the disparate subject matter, however, the essays are written in varying degrees of reading difficulty.

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2004-08-23

Surviving in Rural Newfoundland (1996)

Book 7

This essay is the seventh in the Newfoundland and Labrador Adult Basic Education Social History Series, developed to provide adult learners with meaningful literacy materials drawn from their own vibrant culture. The intended audience for the series is ABE Level 1 students. Because of the disparate subject matter, however, the essays are written in varying degrees of reading difficulty.

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2004-08-23

Equality: Some Unresolved Issues (1985)

Women's Education des femmes, Mar. 1985 - Vol. 3, No. 3

In 1985, Section 15 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms became law. In the three years previous to it becoming law, governments were allowed to make legislation conform to the Equality Rights section of the Charter. For the most part, governments cleaned up sexist language in legislation, and modified statutes to make them applicable to both sexes, where previously they may have been relevant to only one.

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2004-07-28

Plain Language: beyond a 'movement' (2002)

Repositioning clear communication in the minds of decision-makers

Plain language has evolved to become a product, or a business, or an industry. This development promises benefits for all: greater access to justice, improved efficiency and effectiveness, and increased respect for the rule of law.

Now that plain language has come of age, we need to see it afresh. How?

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2003-04-30

How Dolly Cruikshank Changed the Writing Culture of a Law Firm (2002)

Tim has applied his creative writing experience to his position as a precedents manager. He describes how his use of humour and fictional characters in his regular newsletters have made the firm's writing culture less pompous and more conscious of good writing.

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2003-04-30

Triangle Triage Technique: Polishing the Document (2002)

Professor Lantzy presented a workshop in the Triage Technique for perfecting legal documents. This technique breaks down the process of document development into separate, ordered stages. She used legal materials to illustrate common problems and explain how this approach helps the writer to solve them.

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2003-04-02

A Dainty Dish to Set before the King: Plain Language and Legislation (2002)

One of the seminal points in the development of plain statutory language is the change from the imperative “shall” to “must.” Although apparently small, this has proved to be a key marker of the adoption of plain language legislation.

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2003-04-02

Getting the Message Across in Languages Other than English: The Canadian example (2002)

This session is of special interest to plain language professionals who are increasingly asked about issues of clarity in translation. Do the syntax and vocabulary of romance languages require techniques different from those used in English to achieve clarity? What are the differences, and what principles hold true across languages?

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