Recently Published Ottawa Decisions

Find below recently published Ottawa decisions, available for free through

Family Matters

Daher v Khanafer (2016 ONSC 5969)
father — access — passport — travel — child
Justice J. Mackinnon

Branson v Branson (2016 ONSC 4534)
spousal support — retroactive increase — children — post-separation income — motion
Justice L. Sheard

Urban v Urban (2016 ONSC 5821)
father — motion heard — offer to settle — fix — offsetting
Justice J. Mackinnon

Abu-Zahra v Hendy (2016 ONSC 5800)
school — child — father — daycare — attend
Justice M. Shelston

Cayen v Skotnicki (2016 ONSC 5695)
tuition — child support — costs — life insurance — pay
Justice A. Doyle

Walts v Walts (2016 ONSC 5848)
costs — age — motion — colleague — fix
Justice J. Mackinnon

Casas v Lajoie (2016 ONSC 5731)
spousal support — dependent — income — household expenses — interim
Justice A. Doyle

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Weekend Edition – September 24 & 25

Howdy, Ottawa legal community! It’s the weekend, so the reference desk is closed. But to give you some inspiration, here’s what we’re reading, watching, and listening to this weekend.


Jen: Bryant & May and the Burning Man
This is one of my favourite British detective / mystery series guilty pleasure reads. I saw this on the new arrivals shelf at the public library and scooped it up.

Emily: Inventing English: A Portable History of the Language
Language history is always fascinating, and this book was next on my non-fiction reading queue.


Brenda: Psych
I have no idea how I missed this show when it was on TV, but I’ve recently discovered it on Netflix and am loving this fun procedural.

Listening To

Jen: “Money Tree” – Episode 51 of Criminal podcast
Do you listen to Criminal yet? You must. It is hands down one of my favourite podcasts. Each episode looks at some manner of criminal activity, with stories that are captivating and, quite often, moving. 

Brenda: “King of Kings I” – Show 57 of Hardcore History podcast
I love Dan Carlin’s History series, and as a Classics/Medieval Major I’m very excited to start listening to the episodes on the Persian Empire.

Emily: “I Don’t Have To Answer That” –  Radiolab podcast
Radiolab is definitely one of my favourite podcasts. I’ll be catching up on some of the newer episodes this weekend!

Newly Received Materials from LSUC CPD

Below are some of the most recent CPD materials added to the library collection. Each title links to the book record where you can view more details and the full table of contents. All materials are available in print at the library, or if you’re interested in only a couple of articles, feel free to email us a request for a scanned copy.

The Six-Minute Labour Lawyer 2016 (May 26, 2016)

  • Federal labour law 2016: back to the future / Graham Clarke
  • Six recent OLRB cases you should know about / Paula Turtle
  • Criminal liability for workplace hazards / Nadine Zacks
  • Effective remedies for breach of privacy / Katherine Ferreira

The 13th Annual Real Estate Law Summit (April 20-21, 2016)

  • The “stuff” that crossed my desk this past year: new issues and old / Sidney Troister
  • The shape of things to come: real estate effects of demographic and economic change / Russell Mathew
  • Family law considerations for intergenerational transfers / Sarah Boulby
  • Condominium disputes: noise, nuisance & negligence and sometimes nasty neighbours / Nancy Houle

The Six-Minute Municipal Lawyer (May 4, 2016)

  • The test of no new net shadows: is it appropriate in an urban context? / David Bronskill
  • Parkland requirements: latest developments and guidance from the courts / Ira Kagan
  • Municipal accountability / Jennifer Smout
  • Interesting decisions you may have missed over the past year / Chris Barnett

Introduction to the Law on Impaired Driving (June 11, 2016)

  • Roadside stops – what’s the law? / Leila Mehkeri
  • Valid approved instrument demands / Margaux Peck
  • Drinking patterns defenses : now & then / Mitchell Eisen
  • The exclusion of evidence in drinking & driving cases / Jonathan Rosenthal & Shannon O’Connor

Resource Spotlight: CHRR Online

Once a month, Robeside Assistance will feature a resource that we purchase for the library that you might not know we have. Our collection is full of great books, databases, programs, and other materials, so definitely visit us in the library if you’d like to use anything mentioned here!

As we frequently remind researchers (and even ourselves), there’s no one complete source for case law. Neither Westlaw, Quicklaw, nor CanLII has everything. One supplemental product that we have at the library to address gaps in electronic versions of decisions is the Canadian Human Rights Reporter Online. This is the most complete source of human rights cases in Canada, featuring a database that goes back to the first edition of the reporter in 1980, and also includes many unreported decisions.

In addition to having the full text of decisions (and where available, the decision in either French or English as well as the original language), there is an note-up functionality built-in.


As you can see in the above example, Hendry v. Ontario is listed as being cited by 10 other decisions in the CHRR database. A pop-up window will let you review that list, and link through the to text of those decisions as well. The advanced search function is fairly simple and easy to use, allowing you to search by topic, specific tribunal type, and of course by year, jurisdiction, and any keywords or names you want to look for.

Unfortunately, due to licensing restrictions, access to this database is only available to one person at a time, so please see us at the library desk if you want to use this yourself. Alternatively, if you require any decisions from this service, you can always let us know, and we’ll send them over to you.

Weekend Edition – September 17 & 18

Howdy, Ottawa legal community! It’s the weekend, so the reference desk is closed. But to give you some inspiration, here’s what we’re reading, watching, and listening to this weekend.


Brenda: Devil in the White City
Finally getting to this after having borrowed it for years. As a fan of anything true crime, I am loving it!

Jen: How Green Was My Valley
I’m going to Wales next month, so I’m getting in the spirit with this classic Welsh novel.

Emily: The Girl Who Drank the Moon
This book was recommended to me by Neil Gaiman fans, so I had to pick it up. 


Do Blue Jays count? -said ad nauseam until October

Jen: “The Night Of” – Episode 3
This show is so gripping and intense that I’ve had to space out my viewing of the episodes. No spoilers!

Emily: “The Secret Lives of Plants” – TED Talk Playlist
I’m interested in botany and have been enjoying this playlist. This weekend I’ll be watching the second video, “The Mysterious Lives of Giant Trees”.

Listening To

Brenda: “Seth Godin tells lawyers how to make art and start a ruckus” – Episode 10 of Building New Law podcast
Fascinating listen on the future of the legal profession; I highly recommend to anyone in the industry.

Jen: “Six Degrees of Joan Crawford: Mommie Dearest” –  Episode 92 of You Must Remember This podcast
You Must Remember This is essential listening for anyone who loves old Hollywood stories. This miniseries on Joan Crawford is excellent, but if you’re a new listener, go check out the series from last summer on Charles Manson.

#ThrowbackThursday: Château Laurier

Ottawa woke up this morning to the Château trending on Twitter. What now!? If somehow you haven’t heard, an expansion concept has been released, and to put it mildly, people are not super enthusiastic about it.  This had us scampering to Library and Archives Canada to find some nice, old pictures of the Château from when it was shiny and new.

Photo of the Château taken in 1912.

Believed to be the official opening ceremony, June 1, 1912. (Credit: William James Topley/Library and Archives Canada/PA-009252)


Photo of the Château taken in 1916.

Taken from the east, from the Corry building, 1916. (Credit: Topley Studio Fonds / Library and Archives Canada / PA-011240)


Photo of the interior of the Grand Trunk Railway Station, taken in 1916.

The interior of the Grand Trunk Railway Station, where there was this beautiful tunnel entrance leading to the Château, 1916. (Credit: Topley Studio / Library and Archives Canada / PA-011245)


Photo of the Château, taken in 1937.

With the first expansion wing, 1937. (Credit: Library and Archives Canada / PA-)

Tools We Love: Doodle 2

Often it’s the seemingly-easy tasks that take up disproportionate amounts of time; for an example of this, you can look no further than trying to schedule a meeting with a multitude of people. Thankfully, there’s Doodle to change all the hassle of that; an easy-to-use and time-saving tool that makes us wonder how we ever got by without it. Best of all, it’s free (and you don’t even need to make an account)!


To get started, simply click on the blue button “Schedule an event” on the homepage, as seen above.

From there, it’s a short step-by-step process as you enter information about your meeting and location. You select possible dates and times, and then can either enter in the attendees’ emails directly, or just copy and paste and send them the link to your poll. Your attendees can then go to the poll and select the times they are available.

Once everyone has responded, the result will look something like this:


As you can see, the results make it easy to tell when everyone is available, and Doodle will go as far as to identify the best time(s) for everyone to be in attendance.

Simple – easy – and no more back-and-forth! Give it a try if you haven’t already.

Recently Published Ottawa Decisions

Find below recently published Ottawa decisions, available for free through

Family Matters

Nagle v Demers (2016 ONSC 5566)
child — father — relationship of some permanence — spousal support — best interests
Justice A. Doyle

Aguirre v Aguirre (2016 ONSC 5498)
father — child — costs — will — settle
Justice A. Doyle

Newman v Nicholson (2016 ONSC 5470)
father — child — custody — best interests — will
Justice A. Doyle

Yosef v Shabana (2016 ONSC 5457)
husband — wife — income — expenses — spousal support
Justice A. Doyle

Civil Matters

Etaliq Inc. v Cisco Systems (2016 ONSC 5109)
limitation period — software — examination for discovery — motion — e-mail
Justice S. Corthorn

Scaffidi-Argentina v Tega Homes Developments Inc. (2016 ONSC 5448)
rebuild — building — piles — drawings — estimate
Justice L. Sheard

Carby-Samuels II v Carby-Samuels (2016 ONSC 5626)
motion — leave — two-part test — guardianship — granted
Justice P. Roger

Cahill v Cahill (2016 ONSC 5553)
partial indemnity basis — costs on a substantial indemnity — solicitor-client fees — severally liable — trust
Justice S. Corthorn

Makoundi v Fuhgeh (2016 ONSC 5628)
motions — costs on a partial indemnity — adjournment — factums — unreasonable
Justice P. Roger

Maxrelco Inc. v Jim Pattison Industries Ltd. (2016 ONSC 5554)
misnomer — subsidiary — fire — motion — leave
Justice C. MacLeod

Criminal Matters

R. v Gaurino (2016 ONSC 5624)
motion for a directed verdict — cheques — caregivers — evidence — funds
Justice B. Warkentin

Divisional Court Decisions from Ottawa Judges

Municipal Property Assessment Corporation v TKS Holdings Inc. (2016 ONSC 5525)
taxpayer — assessment — member — technical non-compliance — property
Justice C. Hackland

Court of Appeal Decisions of Local Interest

3716724 Canada Inc. v. Carleton Condominium Corporation No. 375 (2016 ONCA 650)
condominium — full-time security guard — parking spots — unfairly disregarded — common elements
Associate Chief Justice A. Hoy and Justices D. Brown and G. Huscroft

R. v. Logue (2016 ONCA 659)
give a breath sample — drinking — impermissibly — firefighter — impaired
Justices J. Laskin, R. Sharpe, and B. Miller

R. v. Precup (2016 ONCA 669)
dangerous driving — failing to remain — original sentence — fitness — novo
Justices J. Laskin, R. Sharpe, and B. Miller

New Titles – September 2016

The following list of new titles can now be found in the library:

The 2016-2017 Annotated Contraventions Act (Carswell)

The 2016 Annotated Ontario Highway Traffic Act (Carswell)

Russell on Roads (Carswell)

The Annotated Federal Interpretation Act (Carswell)

The 2016 Annotated Ontario Employment Standards Act (Carswell)

The Law of Declaratory Judgments (Carswell)

Understanding Charter Damages: The Judicial Evolution of a Charter Remedy (Irwin Law)

Oosterhoff on Wills (Carswell)

Oosterhoff on Trusts: Text, Commentary and Materials (Carswell)

The 2016 Annotated Ontario Provincial Offences Act (Carswell)

Corporate Law and Procedure (Emond Publishing)

A Guide to the Youth Criminal Justice Act 2017 (LexisNexis)

Sites Unseen: Lipad

Of course as soon as I posted about how to find Federal Hansard Debates, we discover another source that perhaps surpasses all the ones I listed previously!

I tweeted very excitedly (and not ironically!) last week when Jen casually linked me to LiPad – The Linked Parliamentary Data Project:


LiPad allows users to search through the Hansard debates with a Google-like search bar, while linking the debates with information about the parliamentarians. Though I have not used it much thus far, after a couple test searches from what I can tell it is easier to search than the other services I have used thus far.

The advanced search screen allows you to search by keyword, politician, party or date:


The results page from any search gives you a summary of where your terms can be found, and you can click through to the full Hansard entry from that day to get the contextual discussion. You can also view individual parliamentarians’ history or be linked through to their profile on PARLINFO.

As an added bonus, you can also find some pretty rad pictures of the old MPs, such as the one below; this mo/beard is one for the ages!