Pan-Canadian Project to Translate Court Decisions 1

The following message was shared on the Canadian Association of Law Libraries listserv, and we think it might be of particular interest to some of our readers.


Pan-Canadian Project to Translate Court Decisions


We have received funding from the Department of Justice Canada to compile an initial list of selected unilingual decisions requiring translation. The ultimate aim of the project is to increase the number of court decisions available in both official languages in all provinces and territories and thus to ensure that caselaw emanating from all over Canada is accessible to all. 

The project will favour the translation of court decisions which are more likely to have a serious impact on citizens’ private lives, notably in the field of family law and penal law. While decisions in these fields would be translated as a priority, other areas of law are certainly not excluded. We recognize that access to leading cases and landmark decisions in all fields of law is of paramount importance for the Canadian legal system. 

We are therefore inviting all the members of the legal community to participate in this ambitious project, which is a golden opportunity for the Anglophone legal community to obtain English translations of caselaw currently only available in French, but also to see that caselaw currently only available in English is translated for the use of the Francophone legal community. The participation of those involved in penal law and family law, whether as lawyers, professors or judges) would be particularly welcome. 

Please contact us with your suggestions at the address mentioned below. You may use the Proposal Form to transmit your suggestions. 

Note that we are inviting numerous stakeholders to participate in this pan-Canadian project, including members of the judiciary, all law schools, as well as Anglophone and Francophone lawyers).   

Karine McLaren
Director, Centre de traduction et de terminologie juridiques
Université de Moncton

Cool Tools: Canva

This post was written by Dorota Turlejski from the CCLA Technology Committee.

Would you like some Graphic Design made easy? Canva provides ready-to-use templates for any form of communication that requires a visual component. As long as you are online, it is very easy to use the Canva search engine to find a template most closely connected to what you’re trying to do. You get to provide content in a way a visual artist or a graphic designer would without actually hiring one.

Canva gives you access to over a million photographs, graphics and fonts and 50,000 templates for various types of visual outputs.  For example, say, you wanted an appealing first page of a presentation you will be showing at the first CCLA Technology Lunch and Learn entitled, “Lawyering while Travelling.” You go to, click on the “Find templates” tab, pick “Presentations”, and you are provided with some subcategories.  I picked the “Simple” subcategory and chose from the available options. I thought this template might work nicely:

All I had to do is replace the information provided in the template.  The result is:


Simple! You can then save it on your desktop, and you have the option of saving in “pdf” or “jpg” format, and the file is ready to be uploaded into your presentation.  

The great parts about Canva are that it is cost effective, you can get a visual that looks good very quickly, and you can easily transfer the created file onto whatever file you are working on.  

Some drawbacks are that the tool is dependent on the speed of wireless connection, and that you have to get comfortable with the copy and paste functions and how they are used to replace content in the templates. Also, there is paid content on the templates that you need to watch out for. You can add paid elements or take them out of the templates. The paid content is worth paying for as it blends in well with the whole template and each element or image is usually no more than $1 or $2 (USD).   

Category: Graphic Design Software

Ottawa Blog Roll: January 2019

Please find below links to blog posts or articles authored by the Ottawa legal community in January.

Civil Litigation

Frivolous, Vexatious or Abusive Claims: The Ontario Court of Appeal Addresses Notice Requirements Under Rule 2.1.01 of the Rules of Civil Procedure – Shauna Cant, Mann Lawyers

Clean Hands in Real Estate Disputes (Nuisance and Trespass) – Patrick R. Simon, Vice & Hunter LLP

Ontario Automobile Insurance Reform – Edward Masters, Mann Lawyers

Specific Performance for Commercial or Investment Properties?: The Court of Appeal Clarifies – Alexander Bissonnette, Mann Lawyers

Condominium Law

Must Condos Include Materials in a Meeting Package if Owners Demand It? – Graeme Macpherson, Condo Adviser

Do Changes to the Condo Act Mean More Work for Lawyers? – Rod Escayola, Condo Adviser

Declaration vs Rules – James Davidson, Davidson Condo Law

More Perspectives on Short-Term Rentals Regulations – Andrea Daly, Davidson Condo Law

Tarion and the Dangers of the Conciliation Deadline – James Davidson, Davidson Condo Law

Correction: Although the Green Energy Act is Repealed, Condominium Obligations to Report Energy and Water Use Remain – David Lu, Davidson Condo Law

The Cost of Failing to Produce Records – Jessica Weick, Davidson Condo Law

Corporate Commercial Law

New Corporate Records Obligations Imposed on CBCA Corporations – Andre Martin, Mann Lawyers

Behind the corporate veil: New ownership record rules in Canada – Karen E. Hennessey & Shaela W. Rae, Gowling WLG

Criminal Law

January 2019 Criminal Law Round-Up – Anne Marie McElroy, McElroy Law

Don’t Expect New Justice Minister to Deliver on Progressive Criminal Justice Reform – Michael Spratt, Abergel Goldstein & Partners LLP

The Presumption of Innocence is for the Court of Law, Not for Protecting the Reputations of the Powerful – Michael Spratt, Abergel Goldstein & Partners LLP

Employment & Labour Law

Off-Key? The Boston Symphony and Gender-Based Equality in Pay – Paul Willetts, Vey Willetts LLP

Ontario Employment Standards Act Update: 2019 – Megan Cornell, Momentum Business Law

Arbitrator Orders Nurse Who Was Caught Stealing Narcotics to be Reinstated – Sean Bawden, Labour Pains

Have you been injured while insured under your employer’s group benefit policy, but only realized the extent of your injury once you were no longer an employee? – Amanda Le, Nelligan O’Brien Payne

Entertainment & Sports Law

Leaked nudes and talent morality clauses – A lesson for the digital age – Jahmiah Ferdinand-Hodkin, René Bissonnette & Scarlett Trazo, Gowling WLG

Family Law

Technology and Family Court…The Saga Continues – Jillian Allen, Fresh Legal

IP & Copyright Law

Blacklock’s Got Much of What it Wished For – For Now: Will This Be About “Be Careful What You Wish For”?” – Howard Knopf, Excess Copyright

My Brief to the INDU Committee re Copyright Revision & S.92 Review – Howard Knopf, Excess Copyright

Update on Blacklock’s Mega Motion of December 12, 2018 – Howard Knopf, Excess Copyright

Trade secret enforcement in Canada: How rights holders can secure justice – Michael Crichton & Will Boyer, Gowling WLG

Practice Management

Starting from scratch – Jordan Furlong, Law21

Regulatory Law

Does my food ad market to kids? Draft guidance on Bill S-228 – Megan Martins, Gowling WLG

Wills & Estates Law

Multiple Wills in Ontario: Re Milne Revisited – Yasmin M. Vinograd, Merovitz Potechin LLP

We include highlights of recent posts and articles from Ottawa-area blogs that are of substantive value to the legal community. Did we miss one? Let us know!

Recently Published Ottawa Decisions

Find below recently published Ottawa decisions, available for free through

Family Matters

Zika v. Martel (2019 ONSC 662)
motion for summary — email — endorsement — lifting the stay — service
Justice S. Corthorn

Nduwayo v. Muhonga (2019 ONSC 681)
father — costs — parenting — child support — access
Justice J. Audet

Smith v. Reynolds (2019 ONSC 634)
access — motion — recognizance — email — self-represented in this proceedings
Justice P. MacEachern

Blair v. Hamilton (2019 ONSC 622)
costs — legal fees — motion — acted unreasonably — parenting
Justice P. MacEachern

Continue Reading…

Cool Tools: Evernote

This post was written by Christiane Saad from the CCLA Technology Committee.

Lawyers can use Evernote to collect, organize, access, and manage data, as well as collaborate in day-to-day law practice.

In addition to supporting digital and handwritten notes, Evernote’s Web Clipper allows saving articles and web pages, taking screenshots and bookmarks sites directly from the web browser to store and organize. Evernote’s strength lies in its organizational features, like its notebooks, stacks, tags, and powerful searching tools, making content easily accessible everywhere. Further, features such as reminders and checklists aid in daily work projects, keeping users informed and on top of deadlines while providing teams with workspaces with in-app discussions, knowledge discovery, and presentation mode.

Evernote is also a great place to scan, store, manage and search business cards. With the Premium option, it’s possible to digitize and connect your card to your LinkedIn profile. In the legal practice, Evernote may also be used to organize firm’s policies, procedures, and checklists as well as legal research or precedents.

In terms of security, Evernote allows two-step verification and a pass code lock for mobile devices. However, just like any other cloud based system, it’s a question of risk and how much the user is willing to accept. In terms of data ownership, data protection and data usage, you can read Evernote’s policies to verify compliance with your needs.

Evernote is available for Microsoft Windows, on Android, iOS, web and has a Chrome extension. It’s also available for the Apple Watch and Android Wear. While these apps don’t have full functionality, it’s possible to receive notifications, create notes, check off to-dos, and search using voice command.

Currently, the free account provides only up to 60 MB data and is limited to two devices. However, the premium or business version offers more features with an affordable upgrade. To learn more:

Categories: Note-taking, Collaboration, Productivity


New Titles – January 2019

See the list below for new titles now available at the CCLA library!

2019 Annotated Bank Act with Associated Regulations (Thomson Reuters)

2019 Annotated Canada Labour Code (Thomson Reuters)

2019 Annotated Competition Act (Thomson Reuters)

2019 Annotated Copyright Act (Thomson Reuters)

2019 Annotated Employment Insurance Act (Thomson Reuters)

2019 Annotated Ontario Construction Lien Act (Thomson Reuters)

2019 Annotated Ontario Human Rights Code (Thomson Reuters)

2019 Annotated Ontario Labour Relations Act (Thomson Reuters)

2019 Annotated Ontario Landlord and Tenant Statutes (Thomson Reuters)

Annotated Aboriginal Law: The Constitution, Legislation, Treaties and Supreme Court of Canada Case Summaries 2019 (Thomson Reuters)

Annotated Ontario Rules of Criminal Practice 2019 (Thomson Reuters)

Bennett on Bankruptcy, 21st Ed. (LexisNexis)

Consolidated Bank Act and Regulations 2018-2019 (Thomson Reuters)

McLeod’s Ontario Family Law Rules Annotated (Thomson Reuters)

Ontario Employment Standards Act: Quick Reference – 2019 Ed. (Thomson Reuters)

Sale of a Business, 12th Ed. (LexisNexis)

Taxation of Trusts and Estates: A Practitioner’s Guide 2019 (Thomson Reuters)

Compendium of Damages Awarded in Personal Injury Actions Across Ontario, January 1999 – October 2018 Update

The CCLA Compendium of Damages Awarded in Personal Injury Actions Across Ontario has been updated to October 2018! This invaluable guide is a favourite with local litigators, and has been produced for the CCLA for several years under the leadership of The Honourable James Chadwick and with the assistance of students from the University of Ottawa law school.

To check it out, please click here.

For future reference, you can find this publication on the CCLA website under our “Civil Litigation” practice portal.


Recently Published Ottawa Decisions

Find below recently published Ottawa decisions, available for free through

Family Matters

Gillis v. Gillis (2019 ONSC 382)
spousal support — motion — offer — costs on a full recovery — expenses
Justice T. Engelking

Smith v. Reynolds (2019 ONSC 359)
motion — ordered access — today — email — comply
Justice P. MacEachern

Smith v. Redhead (2019 ONSC 312)
child support — tables — income information — email — payor
Justice P. MacEachern

O’Connell v. Awada (2019 ONSC 273)
income — evidence — error of mixed — beneficial — argues
Justice S. Kershman

Malboeuf v. Hanna (2019 ONSC 222)
costs — motion — letter from the insurer — legal fees — offer
Justice P. MacEachern

Abdulhadi v. Ahmad (2019 ONSC 215)
million dinars — child — marriage — maher — spousal support
Justice T. Engelking

Mulloy v. Mulloy (2019 ONSC 38)
costs — disclosure motions — offers to settle — successful — proportionality
Justice P. MacEachern

Continue Reading…

Newly Received Materials from LSO 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 Environmental Lawyer 2018 (October 3, 2018)

  • “Clean to pristine” – an argument advocating for full restoration damages / Janet Bobechko, Robert Frank, Ted Brook
  • Is diminution in value still relevant as a measure of damages in contaminated sites cases? / Natalie Mullins
  • Creative claims under s. 99 of the EPA a case review of MVL Leasing Limited v. CCI Group Inc. / Tamara Farber
  • Finding pollution coverage under the CGL insurance policy / Thomas J. Donnelly
  • Getting ready for the new excess soil regime / John Tidball

21st Annual Estates and Trusts Summit (October 10 & 11, 2018)

  • Settlements involving minors & the children’s lawyer’s role ; Schedule A. Guardianship of property judgment / Susan Stamm, Katherine Antonacopoulos
  • Undue influence in inter vivos transactions and transfers / Kimberly A. Whaley
  • All good things come to an end : releases, indemnities and approval of settlements / Ewa Krajewska
  • Will interpretation – drafting to avoid ambiguity / Eric N. Hoffstein, Tamar S. Silverbrook
  • Dealing with the complex family in estate planning / Ambie Edgar-Chana

The Six-Minute Debtor-Creditor and Insolvency Lawyer 2018 (October 17, 2018)

  • Transfers at undervalue under section 96 of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act – a primer / Michael Myers
  • What is a syndicated mortgage and is it a safe investment (lessons from recent public mortgage syndicate failures) / Bobby Kofman, Sean Zweig
  • How to respond to cyber fraud / Amanda McLachlan
  • Common interest privilege / Philip Cho
  • Condominium liens : default, deadlines and priorities / Stephen Karr

19th Annual Employment Law Summit (October 30, 2018)

  • Categories of employment class actions / Andrew Monkhouse, Kevin Wisnicki
  • Modern workplaces : putting Schrenk into context / Ranian K. Agarwal
  • Benefits for older workers – lessons from Talos / Wade Poziomka
  • Key strategies in conducting a successful mediation / Elaine Newman
    Legal weed and the non-union workplace is drug testing a risk mitigation option? / Rishi Bandhu, Melissa Mustafa

WestlawNext : New CCLA Subscription Additions!

If you’ve been doing any on-site research here at the courthouse recently, you may have noticed some extra additions to our WestlawNext portal! We’ve recently added Employment Source, Estates & Trusts Source, and Labour Source to our online subscriptions, and we’re happy to continue to provide access to Law Source, Family Source, and Criminal Source.

Our new (and old) subscriptions can be accessed through the sidebar when first logging in:

Highlights from these new subscriptions include electronic access to:

Employment Source

  • Canadian Employment Law by Ball
  • Employee Obligations in Canada by D’Andrea
  • Illness and Disability in the Workplace by D’Andrea
  • The Law of Dismissal in Canada, Third Edition by Levitt
  • The Employment Bulletin (Editor: Mark Fletcher)
  • Wrongful Dismissal Quantum Service

Estates & Trusts Source

  • Estates and Trusts Fillable Forms
  • Estate Planning Precedents by Histrop
  • Estate Litigation by Schnurr
  • Ontario Estate Administration Manual by Armstrong
  • WeirFoulds Estates & Trusts Newsletter

Labour Source

  • Canadian Labour Arbitration by Brown & Beatty (Jen can finally live without my incessant nagging to get an electronic version of this!)
  • Canadian Labour Law by Adams
  • Collective Bargaining and Agreement by Corry

As you can see there is a ton of great content in here, so have a look when you have the chance! You must be on-site at the CCLA Library to access these materials through our subscription. We will also be scheduling a WestlawNext training session (in our new training room!) in the near future, so stay tuned for more information on that.

As always, any questions, don’t hesitate to drop us a line.