Monthly Archives: June 2016

#ThrowbackThursday: Dominion Day

Happy Canada Day!

It seemed only fitting that today’s #TBT go back to the beginning of the holiday. In June 1868, Canada’s first Governor General Lord Charles Monck made a proclamation to celebrate the anniversary of confederation on July 1. Other things on Lord Monck’s resumé: law degree from Ireland, marriage to his first cousin, and this rad beard:


In 1879 the proclamation was formalized through legislation: An Act to make the first day of July a Public Holiday, by the name of Dominion Day. (click the image below to enlarge)


Source: Dominion Day, Government of Canada


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 Criminal Court Judge 2016 (Jan. 23, 2016)

  • Relevance, materiality and admissibilty / The Honourable David Watt
  • Striking guilty pleas / The Honourable Nancy Dawson
  • Discharges: progressively popular in a punitive period / The Honourable Gilles Renaud
  • Issues in jury selection / The Honourable Steve Coroza & Colin Wood

The Six-Minute Commercial Leasing Lawyer 2016 (Feb. 18, 2016)

  • Naming the landlord in tenant insurance policies / Dawn Michaeloff
  • I thought my security blanket would always cover me! Security deposits and prepaid rent / Melissa McBain
  • Disclosure obligations when registering leases / Christina Kobi
  • Update on good faith in commercial leasing / Lisa Borsook & Aaron Kempf

6th Annual In-House Counsel Summit (Feb. 23, 2016)

  • Legal project management in practice / Rick Kathuria & Ian Palm
  • Mediation as a dispute resolution mechanism / Sara Parchello & Nicholas Saint-Martin
  • In-house mergers and acquisitions / Mark Hemingway & Timothy Prince

Family Law Practice Basics 2016 (Feb. 26, 2016)

  • A guide to preparing an annotated financial statement / Cheryl Suann Williams
  • Steps in commencing proceedings / Jennifer Shuber
  • Trial preparation in family law practice / Andrew Feldstein
  • The latest developments in family law / Constance Nielsen

Ottawa Blog Roll: June 2016

Below are links to blog posts or articles authored by the Ottawa legal community in June.

Civil Litigation

Types of Damages in Defamation Actions
– Owen Bourns, Ottawa Litigation

Libel & Slander Act v The Internet
– Owen Bourns, Ottawa Litigation

Litigating Birth Brachial Plexus Cases in Canada
– Andrea Girones, Girones Lawyers

Advocates Call for Investigation into WSIB
– Frank Van Dyke, Van Dyke Injury Law Blog

Injured Workers Rally at Queen’s Park: “It is Workers’ Compensation, Not Employers’ Compensation”
– Frank Van Dyke, Van Dyke Injury Law Blog

Priority Disputes in the World of Accident Benefits
– Tania Fleming, Diamond & Diamond

When Whiplash Isn’t Just Whiplash
– Steven Wilder, Diamond & Diamond

Ottawa Cycling Accident and the One-Meter Rule
– David Hollingsworth

Corporate Commercial Law

Verbal Agreements: “This call will be recorded for quality-assurance purposes”
– Megan Martins, Momentum Law

Does Your Company Need a Sedar Profile?
– Paul Franco, Mann Lawyers

B Corporations – The Business World’s Version of ‘Certified Organic’
– Maria-Cristina Harris, Mann Lawyers

The Importance of a Well-Drafted Asset Purchase Agreement
– Marina Abrosimov, Merovitz Potechin LLP

Notice Re RSP – 100 – Certification Of Radio Apparatus
– Koby Smutylo

Criminal Law

The Liberal Party’s War on Drugs
– Michael Spratt

Ottawa Crown Bury Head in Sand on Bail Failures
– Michael Spratt

Sketching a Rehabilitative Program in the Institutional Setting for Inmates Convicted of Terrorism-Related Offences
– Reem Zaia, Codified

Looking for Ashley
– Anne-Marie McElroy, McElroy Law

May Criminal Law Round-up
– Anne-Marie McElroy, McElroy Law

Employment & Labour Law

Silence Proves Costly: Employment Agreements and Reasonable Notice
– Paul Willets, Vey Willets LLP

Learning from the ‘Special One’: Constructive Dismissal from Employment
– Paul Willets, Vey Willets LLP

Continue Reading…



Credit: William James Topley/Library and Archives Canada/PA-

To quote the Joni Mitchell song, “They paved paradise / And put up a parking lot.” I don’t know that anyone would describe the Supreme Court as paradise, but what was once the beautiful old Supreme Court building is currently a parliamentary parking lot.

I stumbled across this interior picture on the Library and Archives Canada online image database, and immediately wanted to take a trip back through time to see this building. In use by the court from 1882 to 1945, the building was originally built as the Board of Works (nowadays Public Works and Government Services) Workshops Building, and it was actually shared with the National Gallery. Alas, the building was demolished in 1956, and the lot it was on has remained relatively empty since then (click here to see that spot in Google street view). To learn more about this building, and see some more vintage Ottawa pictures, check out this great post.

New Book Alert: Sopinka on the Trial of an Action, 3rd Edition 1

Long considered a classic on trial advocacy, the third edition of Sopinka on the Trial of an Action has recently been published by LexisNexis. The second edition, published in 1998 (shortly after the sudden passing of The Honourable Mr. Justice John Sopinka in 1997), has been well-loved at this library. We’ve gone through several copies in the last 18 years, and we’re sure this new edition will inspire and educate a new generation of barristers.

For this edition,  J. Kenneth McEwan, Q.C., has updated the previous version, while keeping so much of what made it a great book, and also included a new introductory chapter. For more a bit more on what to expect from this edition, check out the LexisNexis website.

The book is so new that we haven’t even let it out of our cataloguing area yet. If you would like to see it, however, just ask!




Recently Published Ottawa Decisions 2

Find below recently published Ottawa decisions, available for free through

Family Matters

Smilde v Smilde (2016 ONSC 3979)
girls — access — appointments — summer — daughters
Justice R. Beaudoin

Tremblay v Tremblay (2016 ONSC 3898)
costs — property — value — exceeded her offers to settle — successful
Justice K. Phillips

Castedo v Haldorsen (2016 ONSC 3870)
spousal support — payor — income — second family — debts
Justice A. Doyle

Martinuk v Graham (2016 ONSC 3686)
father — child support — costs — retroactive — offer
Justice P. Kane

Salame v Massoud (2016 ONSC 3268)
father — children — costs — motion — jurisdiction
Justice L. Sheard

Wirta v Wirta (2016 ONSC 3835)
retention — children s habitual residence — border — wrongful — removal
Justice J. Mackinnon

King v King (2016 ONSC 3752)
access visits — child — e-mail — father — hours in duration
Justice S. Corthorn

Civil Matters

Geographic Resources Integrated Data Solutions Ltd. v Peterson (2016 ONSC 3920)
deliver his responding expert report — schedule — circulate — steps — acting
Justice R. Beaudoin

McMurtry v McMurtry (2016 ONSC 2853)
gift — ownership — evidence — shares — relief
Justice S. Corthorn

Continue Reading…



We found this neat throwback in storage – an 1895 invoice from Carswell (now Thomson Reuters) for a subscription to Canadian Law Times. $5.00! We still have those journals in our library – here are a couple of pages, including the front page from June 1895. That’s an interesting looking article there on page 148!


New Titles – Spring 2016

Here’s a list of new titles we’ve recently added to our library collection. Some titles, such as Canadian Maritime Law and Canadian Perspectives on Animals and the Law are completely new titles to our collection, while many others are newer editions. These titles can currently be found on our New Books shelf located at the library front desk.

Accident Benefits Guide (LexisNexis)
Advertising and Marketing Law in Canada (LexisNexis)
Annual Review of Family Law 2015 (Carswell)
Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law (Irwin Law)
Canadian Contractual Interpretation Law (LexisNexis)
Canadian Insurance Taxation (LexisNexis)
Canadian Maritime Law (Irwin Law)
Canadian Perspectives on Animals and the Law (Irwin Law)
Courts, Litigants, and the Digital Age (Irwin Law)
Criminal Procedure (Irwin Law)
Legal Research and Writing (Irwin Law)
Legal Responsibilities of Real Estate Agents (LexisNexis)
Sale of a Business (LexisNexis)

Research Tip: CCLA Conference Papers Database

It’s not surprising we get a lot of requests for conference papers from our own four annual cornerstone conferences: Family Law Institute, East Region Solicitors’, DCAO Criminal Law, and Civil Litigation Updated.

What more people don’t know is that we post the papers on our website in CCLA Conference Paper Database afterwards! So even if you aren’t able to attend, you can check out what sessions were held and keep up to speed on the current issues in the profession. They are also useful for specific practice directions for the East Region, or summaries of recent local cases and precedents.

The easiest way to search is by author. For example, I’m looking for Justice Mackinnon’s papers here:

When I hit search, I’ll get a results screen with all of her papers:


And now I can browse and download whichever ones I am interested in by clicking on the link next to the PDF icon. If I do not know the author, I can also search by subject. Additionally you can search by specific conference and year by clicking on the “Advanced Search” button on the main search screen.

It’s a great way to keep apprised of the work of the local bar!

As always, we’re here to help, so let us know if you have any difficulties finding papers from our events and we’ll see if we can send them to you. The database goes back to 2001, but we are often able to scan and send papers from prior to that as well!





From the CCLA Bulletin, June 30, 1996.

Can you believe that 1996 was 20 years ago? Ah, 1996. The Summer Olympics were in Atlanta (who remembers these hats?), everyone was dancing the Macarena, and one whole day at the CALL Conference was dedicated to The Internet! I think we can safely say that the Internet has, in fact, dominated the scene.