#ThrowbackThursday: Ottawa Public Library

There was an intriguing op-ed in the Ottawa Citizen this week regarding the hot-button issue of the location of a new Ottawa Public Library main branch. In a piece by architect Allan Teramura, the argument is made for building a new show-stopping library in Confederation Park (which, oh hey, is right across the street from the Courthouse!). I’m personally a huge fan of the current darling of the library world – the Halifax Public Library central branch, mentioned in the op-ed – and if we can have something of that caliber in our city, it would be truly exciting.

This lead me to thinking about the OPL main branch, and particularly what I had heard of but had never seen for myself – pictures of the previous main branch, which was a Carnegie library. Carnegie libraries were libraries built at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries with money donated from Andrew Carnegie. If you’ve never heard of these, here’s the wiki (and with 125 built in Canada, there’s a decent chance there was a Carnegie library near you at some point! Here’s some more information on Canadian Carnegies specifically.). Ottawa’s Carnegie library was opened in 1906, at the same location as the current main branch, and this is probably my favourite picture of it:

Swoon! This blog post from Unforgotten Ottawa has a great collection of pictures, and a lot more information on this library, including why and when it was eventually replaced with the building we have today.

Lexis Advance Quicklaw Updates

If you use Lexis Advance Quicklaw at the CCLA Library (or any of the other Ontario courthouse libraries), you may be delighted to hear about some of the new content included in our subscription. As of the beginning of the year, we now have access to a considerable amount of international case law. Available at no additional cost to you, you can now download decisions from the following case collections:

  • All England Law Reports
  • Northern Ireland Law Reports
  • Scottish Civil Law Reports
  • European Court of Human Rights Cases
  • Australian Law Reports
  • New Zealand Law Reports
  • U.S. Decisions from the Supreme Court, Appeal Courts, and District Courts
  • And more!

As always, you’ll have to come into the library to make us of this subscription (no remote access, we’re afraid), or you can get in touch and we’ll see how we can help you remotely. Also, if you’d like some training on using Quicklaw (remember: there’s a new platform interface!), we’ll be holding a training session on March 22nd here in the library. You can RSVP for this free session at this link.

Recently Published Ottawa Decisions

Find below recently published Ottawa decisions, available for free through CanLII.org.

Family Matters

Deslauriers c Pommainville (2016 ONCS 8149)
arbitrage — dépens — motion — école — garderie
Juge A. Doyle

Birkett v Love (2016 ONSC 8148)
income — mid-range of spousal support — company — variation — dividends
Justice A. Doyle

Deslauriers v Russell (2016 ONSC 7931)
offer to settle — three-hour questioning — costs — school — motion
Justice L. Sheard

Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa v J.S (2017 ONSC 108)
children — maternal grandparents — access — father — motion for summary
Justice M. Shelston

Tanner v Tanner (2016 ONSC 7182)
spousal support — pension — income — marriage — amount
Justice L. Sheard

Pitre v Lalande (2017 ONSC 208)
child support — income — share of post-secondary education expenses — amount — motion
Justice S. Corthorn

Pey v Pey (2017 ONSC 285)
security for costs — motion to vary — nonpayment — spousal — child support
Justice P. Kane

McCormick v Burns (2017 ONSC 289)
child support — university — arrears — student loan debt — adult
Justice P. Kane

Civil Matters

Heerkens v Lindsay Agricultural Society (2017 ONSC 240)
cross-motion for leave to amend — based in unjust enrichment — two-year limitation period — invoice — contract
Justice S. Corthorn

Continue Reading…

New Titles – December 2016 & January 2017

Along with the new year, we’ve been receiving lots of new editions of titles. We’ve also received titles that are entirely new to our collection, such as The Lawyer’s Guide to the Forensic Sciences and Parliamentary Immunity in Canada.

Another notable addition is the 6-volume set of Canada’s Residential Schools : The Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. We have copies in both English and French, which can be found in the New Books section at the front desk.

Check out our list of new acquisitions below:

Federal Courts Practice 2017 (Carswell)

McLeod’s Ontario Family Law Rules Annotated 2016-2017 (Carswell)

The 2016-2017 Annotated Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (Carswell)

The 2017 Annotated Ontario Family Law Act (Carswell)

Ontario Family Law Practice, 2017 Edition (LexisNexis)

The 2017 Annotated Divorce Act (Carswell)

The 2017 Annotated Immigration and Refugee Protection Act of Canada (Carswell)

Annotated Ontario Rules of Criminal Practice 2017 (Carswell)

Les droits linguistiques au Canada, 3e édition (Carswell)

The 2017 Annotated Ontario Employment Standards Act (Carswell)

Police Services Act of Ontario: An Annotated Guide, Third Edition (Canada Law Book)

Musicians and the Law in Canada, 4th Edition (Carswell)

Aboriginal Law: Supreme Court of Canada Decisions (Carswell)

Military Justice in Action: Annotated National Defence Legislation, Second Edition (Carswell)

Parliamentary Immunity in Canada (LexisNexis)

Law of the Constitution: The Distribution of Powers (LexisNexis)

Annotated Ontario Securities Legislation, 45th Edition, 2017 (LexisNexis)

The Lawyer’s Guide to the Forensic Sciences (Irwin Law)

Cross-Examination: The Art of the Advocate, 4th Edition (LexisNexis)

Statutory Interpretation, 3rd Edition (Irwin Law)

Conflict of Laws, 2nd Edition (Irwin Law)

Public Lands and Resources Law in Canada (Irwin Law)

The Law of Charitable and Not-for-Profit Organizations, 5th Edition (LexisNexis)

Conduct of a Lien Action 2017 (Carswell)

Continue Reading…

Upcoming Research Training

We’re busy planning our training for this year, and are happy to announce the following upcoming sessions are now open for registration! All of our training is open to any member of the legal community, and can count for 1 hour Substantive CPD each (LSUC). We hope to see you there!

HeinOnline Webinar

February 23, 2017, 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Join us for a lunchtime training webinar on HeinOnline, a legal research tool that LSUC lawyers can use for free from your home or office! In this session you will learn about the varying wealth of legal materials available in this database and how to access them quickly and efficiently. We will also cover how to browse and download articles and historical legislation, and how to save time by optimizing your searches.
Location: Online
Cost: 10$
Register here!

Lexis Advance Quicklaw Training

March 22, 2017, 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Quicklaw’s new research platform, Lexis Advance, has arrived! In this session, learn to search Quicklaw’s collection of Canadian primary and secondary sources using a new design that features a streamlined single intuitive search box. As well, you will learn how selecting favorite sources or pre-search filters can help narrow your starting point. Discover how to search by name, by source or topic, citation or keyword; navigate and refine search results; deliver documents; and note up cases and statutes.
Location: CCLA Library, 161 Elgin Street, Suite 2004
Cost: Free
Register here!

WestlawNext Training

April 6, 2017, 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Skip the keyword search! Learn how to use the Canadian Encyclopedic Digest, Canadian Abridgment, and KeyCite features to very quickly narrow and find the most relevant case law, legislation, and commentary that you need. Westlaw basics will also be reviewed. There is no charge for this session.
Location: CCLA Library, 161 Elgin Street, Suite 2004
Cost: Free
Register here!


#ThrowbackThursday: CCLA’s Anniversary Month

Happy new year, Ottawa legal community! We’re back on the blog, and for our first Throwback Thursday post of 2017, we’re looking at CCLA history. The CCLA has been around since 1888, and while the first meeting to discuss the formation of the association was actually held in December 1887, it was in the following month that we came into being! This year we celebrate being 129 years old (which, believe it or not, does not make us the oldest law association in the province!).

On the occasion of our 100th anniversary, a book was published detailing the history of our association. The following excerpt comes from this book:

On December 17, 1881, in the Lecture Room of the Literary Society of Ottawa, a meeting of local lawyers was held for the purpose of exploring the idea of establishing an association of the members of the practising Bar in the community similar to that in place in other cities. The meeting was chaired by the Honourable Mr. Justice W.A. Henry. The result was a neatly printed circular dates at Ottawa on the 4th of January, 1888 requesting the presence of members of the Bar at a meeting to be held in the same Lecture Room, 25 Sparks Street, Ottawa, on January 7, 1888 at 4:30 in the afternoon. The circular is reproduced for posterity.

“Ottawa, January 4th, 1888
Dear Sir,

At a meeting of the Members of the Bar, held on the 17th December, in the Lecture Room of the Literary Society, it was decided to organize a Bar Association for the County of Carleton, and a Committee was appointed for the purpose of making all necessary enquiries with respect to simiar associations in other cities and drawing the declaration and a scheme for organization for submission to a future meeting.

The Committee so appointed have prepared a scheme under the rules of the Law Society of Upper Canada for organization, and have drawn for approval and signatures, the declaration for registration under the Literary Associations Act, which it is intended to submit to the adjourned meeting to be held in the Lecture Room of the Library Society, 25 Sparks Street, on Saturday, next, the 7th January Instant, at 4:30 pm.

It is proposed to sign and complete the declaration at that meeting and to elect the Trustees who are to be the governing body of the Association, and whose names must appear in the declaration; and it is of the utmost importance for the future success of the Association that the meeting should be a general meeting of the Barristers and Solicitors of the City of Ottawa.

Your presence is respectfully requested at the above meeting on Saturday afternoon next at 4:30.

W.A. Henry (Justice Supreme Court), Chairman
R. Lees, Q.C.
W. Mosgrove
F.H. Chrysler
R.J. Wicksteed
G.M. Greene
G.E. Kidd
F. Bebbington, Secretary

The meeting took place and the minutes have survived. Details of the event were apparently of enough local interest to have appeared in the Ottawa Citizen the following Monday.

At the meeting it was resolved that an association composed of barristers and solicitors practising in the County of Carleton to be called “The County of Carleton Law Association” be established. The first trustees were the following: Robert Lees; Francis Henry Chrysler; John N. Greene; David O’Connor; William Mosgrove; John Alexander; Duncan Byron MacTavish; Napoleon A. Belcourt; and Francis Robert Latchford. It is a legitimate assumption that the trustees were a representative sampling of members of the practising Bar in Ottawa who numbered at the time approximately 60 souls.

From: David W. Scott, Q.C., “County of Carleton Law Association The Early Years: 1888-1920” in William C.V. Johnson, ed., The First Century: Essays on the History of the County of Carleton Law Association by Various Hands on the Occasion of the Association’s Centenary, 1888-1988 (Ottawa: Bonanza Press Ltd., 1988) 6.

Ottawa Blog Roll: December 2016

Happy New Year! 2016 was a great year for Ottawa Law Blogs, and we are so pleased that so many Ottawa bloggers showed up in this year’s Clawbies, the Canadian Law Blog Awards. We are so incredibly honoured and grateful that Robeside Assistance was recognized as the winner in the Best Law Library Blog Award category!

Congratulations also to our fellow Ottawa bloggers:

And without further ado, below are links to blog posts or articles authored by the Ottawa legal community in December.

Civil Litigation

So You Want to Appeal… (Part 2): Appealing a decision from Small Claims Court
– Megan E. Fife, Maclaren Corlett

Is WSIB Discriminating Against Workers with Mental Illness?
– Frank Van Dyke, Van Dyke Injury Law Blog

Penalties for Drivers in Fatal Pedestrian Accidents – Is Ontario Car-Biased?
– Frank Van Dyke, Van Dyke Injury Law Blog

Social Host Liability
– Burke-Robertson LLP

Man Loses Millions to His Kids in Elder Abuse Case
– Vice and Hunter LLP

Minister Facing Numerous Charges in Elder Abuse Case
– Vice and Hunter LLP

Man Bankrupts Mother in Case of Financial Elder Abuse
– Vice and Hunter LLP

Condominium Law

Using a By-law to Control Parking
– James Davidson, Davidson Houle Allen LLP

Can Condo Owners Lease Out Their Parking Space?
– Rod Escayola, Condo Adviser

Airbnb Is Incompatible with The “Single Family Use” Provision of Most Condo Declarations
– Rod Escayola, Condo Adviser

Regulations Under the Legislation to Regulate Condo Managers Are Out For Consultation!
– Rod Escayola, Condo Adviser

A Canadian Christmas Story: Remembering the Battle of Ortona
– Rod Escayola, Condo Adviser

The “Airbnb” Decision is Out
– Rod Escayola, Condo Adviser

Continue Reading…

Recently Published Ottawa Decisions

Find below recently published Ottawa decisions, available for free through CanLII.org.

Family Matters

Daher v Khanafer (2016 ONSC 7666)
costs — bad faith — offers — custody — primary residence
Justice J. Mackinnon

Livingston v Kenward (2016 ONSC 7920)
income — child support — expenses — full-time student — will
Justice J. Parfett

Dahir v Soubaneh (2016 ONSC 8014)
access — custodial parent — child — visits — residence
Justice J. Blishen

Gaudreau v Poupart (2016 ONSC 7861)
valuations — offer of settlement — costs — privileged — scale of partial indemnity
Justice P. Kane

Brisebois v Agulu-kic-Otim (2016 ONSC 7729)
child support — unsupervised access — kic — therapy — undue hardship
Justice M. Labrosse

Zhao v Tong (2016 ONSC 8037)
overnight — interim — access — father — bedroom
Justice P. Kane

Boedeker v. Rainear (2016 ONSC 7834)
spousal support — agreement — material change in circumstances — towards self-sufficiency — review
Justice J. Mackinnon

Continue Reading…

#ThrowbackThursday: CCLA Newsletter, December 15, 1986

Robeside Assistance readers, it’s been a terrific 2016. This will be our last blog post until the new year. I flipped through our old CCLA newsletters and was pleased to see that we had one written exactly 30 years ago today. It’s not the most thrilling of old newsletters, but some of you may enjoy taking a stroll down memory lane all the same. Have a wonderful holiday break, and we’ll see you in 2017!


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End of Year Round-Up

It’s hard to believe it’s almost 2017! (And really, good riddance 2016.) With our Clawbie noms out yesterday, we’re wrapping things up this week before the holiday break. We’re very happy with what we achieved this year with the launch of Robeside Assistance, and we’re excited to go into the new year with a whole bunch of ideas for new content. In the meantime, though, here’s a quick look back at our favourite posts that we made this year.

By far our most popular series are the Recently Published Ottawa Decisions and the Blog Rolls, so we won’t be including those, but here are some others worth a read!

  • How to Find Unreported Decisions – In our technologically-antiquated Ontario court system there’s no real good way of going about finding decisions that were never published, but here we present your best options for getting your hands on those difficult-to-find decisions.
  • Tools We Love: Doodle – We love free things that make our lives easier! Using Doodle to schedule meetings does both of those things, and here’s a quick tutorial to show you how great it is.
  • Sites Unseen: Lipad – In the Sites Unseen series we featured legal research sites and tools that might be lesser known. A newcomer on the scene and one of my favourite new resources is Lipad, which is a new interface for accessing the Federal Hansard Debates.
  • #ThrowbackThursday: Somerset House – We had so much fun researching old Ottawa photos and history for our Throwback Thursdays, and when the Somerset House came into the news this was a perfect opportunity to do so!

Thanks so much for your support and readership this year; it’s been a blast. Wishing you all the very best of holidays and a Happy New Year!