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Specialized style guides

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 18:30 to 20:00
414 Sparks St.
Ottawa, ON

Editors Ottawa-Gatineau member Pierrette Brousseau was recently recognized in the Editors Canada newsletter for her work. The article says, “She was asked by the House of Commons to create a style guide for the 6,000+ footnotes (in each language) of the Third Edition of the House of Commons Procedure and Practice." 

Pierrette has been providing editing, translation and communication services as a freelancer for the past seven years. She is currently working at Elections Canada, where she set up a new Documentation Management Unit. Her unit is responsible for producing, updating, formatting and getting ready for publication (print and Web) technical manuals and user guides for election administrators across Canada.

She has also been working on call at the House of Commons since 2012 as a concordance editor of committee reports. In 2016, she was assigned to create a new style guide for the next edition of the Third Edition of the House of Commons Procedure and Practice. This guide was designed to ensure consistency in citation style and formatting for the 12,000+ footnotes and bibliographic entries, including legal citations. Based on the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition, The Canadian Style, and the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation, 8th Edition (the “McGill Guide”), the guide had to be highly customized to suit the needs of, and comply with, the House of Commons’ publishing practices in both official languages. It was published this year. 

Pierrette will be discussing what was involved in bringing this huge project to fruition.

Doors open at 6.00pm for a 6.30 start of informal networking and socializing. Pierrette will present at approximately 7.15pm.