Monthly Archives: July 2016

#ThrowbackThursday: Our First Website

After extensive searching through our old CCLA Bulletin newsletter, we learned that the first CCLA website went live in Spring 1998. Through the magic of the Wayback Machine, we grabbed an image of the earliest archived version of the website:


CCLA website as of October 1999

Now, if you can believe it, the CCLA’s website looked like that until 2010. For those of you who will get a kick out of this sort of detail, the site was built using Netscape.

Resource Spotlight: Bullen & Leake & Jacob’s Canadian Precedents of Pleadings

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!


If pressed to name our favourite books in the library, Brenda and I would both include Bullen & Leake & Jacob’s Canadian Precedents of Pleadings in our top three. Tucked away in the civil litigation section, this gem of a title seems to always provide just what we need, when we need it. Based on the long-published British book of similar name (Bullen & Leake & Jacob’s Precedents of Pleadings, currently in its 18th edition), this book offers a huge selection of sample pleadings in a wide variety of legal areas. I find myself reaching for this book when asked for sample personal injury pleading examples, and Brenda has used this for the construction pleadings as well. You can take a browse through the impressively detailed table of contents here.  The book came with a CD-ROM, too, which has copies of the precedents contained in the book. No need to re-type – just let us know at the Reference Desk that you’d like to use the CD and you can take home copies of the precedents you that need, ready to be modified.

If you’d like to look through this excellent resource yourself, you can find it in our Texts section at KF 8868.1 B85 2013.

Ottawa Blog Roll: July 2016

Hope everyone is having a good summer! Below are links to blog posts or articles authored by the Ottawa legal community in July.

Civil Litigation

Lessons From Tragedy: What We Can Learn From Fatal Bike Accidents in Ontario
– Frank Van Dyke, Van Dyke Injury Law Blog

Quebec’s New Code of Civil Procedure
– R. Aaron Rubinoff and John Siwiec, Perley-Robertson Hill & McDougall LLP

What happens when cyclists are involved in motor vehicle accidents?
– Isaac da Silva Aboo, Summer Student, Perley-Robertson Hill & McDougall LLP

The Limits of Personal Liability Coverage
– Brett Hodkins, Perley-Robertson Hill & McDougall LLP

State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company v. Aslan et al., 2016 ONSC 2725
– Najma Rashid, OTLA BLog

Corporate Commercial Law

Ontario is Proposing to Repeal the Bulk Sales Act
– Paul Franco, Mann Lawyers

New – Reporting Requirements For Prospectus Exemptions
– Koby Smutylo, Smutylo Law+

Till Debt Do Us Part: Picking Partners for Business
– Megan Martins, Momentum Law

Criminal Law

Black Lives Matter: Police Accountability in Ontario
– Anne-Marie McElroy, McElroy Law

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

The right to a speedy trial overhauled by Supreme Court of Canada
– Brett McGarry, McGarry Law

Expect Delays: Right to a Speedy Trial
– Michael Spratt, Abergel Goldstein & Partners LLP

The Penile Swab: Extraction, Retention and Admissibility in a Court of Law
– Reem Zaia, Codified

Employment & Labour Law

Pokémon GO: A contemporary example of how new technology can impact the workplace
– Andrew Vey, Vey Willetts LLP

Q&A: Vacation Entitlements for Ontario Employees and Employers
– Jonathan Ferris, Vey Willetts LLP

Having Faith
– Alayna Miller, Mann Lawyers

Arbitrators and Human Rights Tribunals Taking Their Lead From Courts?
– Sean T. McGee, Labour of Law

Where Can I Find That Case? A Short Guide To Finding Labour Cases
– Christopher Rootham, Labour of Law

Continue Reading…

#ThrowbackThursday: Then and Now

For an association as old as we are, there are shockingly few pictures from CCLA history. We can’t find any pictures from inside the old courthouse, our conferences and events weren’t well documented in photos (not anymore, of course!), and we don’t have pictures of many of our past presidents (or librarians!).*

We did dig out of storage, however, pictures from when the library at the Elgin Street courthouse was new. Old technology! Temporary signage! The Scotiabank calendar that is *still* in our copy room 28 years later!

Canadian Law Reports, 1988     Canadian Law Reports, 2016

1988 (left) and 2016 (right)
Click each picture to enlarge

Here are two pictures of our Canadian Law Reports section – as it was in 1988, and how it is today. It’s hard to believe those shelves ever had so much empty room. When someone does this retrospective in another 28 years, it’s safe to say there will be no law reports at all. With legal research moving online, this section doesn’t get a lot of use anymore, and like the law reports from many other libraries who’ve remodeled recently, this part of the collection will have to go when we renovate our space.

*All that to say, please send us your old CCLA pictures!


New Titles – July 2016

We’ve recently acquired new editions for many popular titles here in the library. The frequently sought-after, Watt’s Manual of Criminal Evidence 2016 and Defending Drinking and Driving Cases 2016 can now be found in our Reserve section. Check out the rest below!

The 2016-2017 Annotated Contraventions Act (Carswell)

Defending Drinking and Driving Cases 2016 (Carswell)

Handling Provincial Offence Cases in Ontario 2016 (Carswell)

Ontario Annual Practice 2016-2017 (Carswell)

Practitioner’s Goods and Services Tax Annotated with Harmonized Sales Tax 2016 (Carswell)

The Practitioner’s Guide to Estate Practice in Ontario (LexisNexis)

Sopinka on the Trial of an Action (LexisNexis)

Watt’s Manual of Criminal Evidence 2016 (Carswell)

Recently Published Ottawa Decisions

Find below recently published Ottawa decisions, available for free through

Family Matters

The Ottawa Children’s Aid Society v C.S. (2016 ONSC 3828)
children — crack cocaine — home — foster — care
Justice C. McKinnon

Gordon v Guimont (2016 ONSC 4569)
income — father — payor — child support — expenses
Justice A. Doyle

Farahani v Farahani (2016 ONSC 4174)
mediation — contempt — father — child support — motion
Justice P. Kane

Curry v Curry (2016 ONSC 4474)
incomes — trust — tax returns — support — equalization
Justice A. Doyle

Lagrove v Lagrove (2016 ONSC 4432)
father — child support — costs — expenses — settle
Justice M. Shelston

Civil Matters

Rahsepar v Mladenovic (2016 ONSC 4611)
motion for summary — litigation — costs — dismissal — amount
Justice C. Aitkens

St-Pierre c. Belisle, Sabourin, et al (2016 ONSC 4425)
parcelle retenue — acres — préclusion propriétale — détachement — fiducie
Juge M. Labrosse

Continue Reading…

#ThrowbackThursday: Somerset House

Everyone’s favourite downtown eyesore, Somerset House, was in the news again this week. For as long as I’ve lived in Ottawa, the building has been in a state of disrepair, and it got me wondering what this building looked like in its heyday. I managed to dig up this old picture courtesy of


Somerset House circa 1900 (Image via Heritage Ottawa)

Somerset House was originally built in 1899, and over the years was a dry goods store, a hotel, and a pub. Unrelated to the building, but worth noting, is in the picture above, the person to the right in the foreground appears to be riding a donkey.

You can see a sliver of the building in this later photo of the corner of Bank and Somerset. The building in the centre of this photo was the Bank of Montreal, and is currently part of the Your Independent Grocer (known more commonly, of course, as Hartman’s) – you can still see this outer facade on the Somerset side of the building.


(Bank of Montreal exterior, 1954. Image MG393-NP-30364-001, copyright held by the City of Ottawa Archives)

Sites Unseen: Osgoode Digital Commons

We always keep our eyes out for little-known or used sites that might assist in legal research, which we will feature in our new series: “Sites Unseen”. First up to the plate:

Osgoode Law School Digital Commons

Hands-down one of the most time-consuming legal research tasks is legislative research; that is, trying to trace the law to find out what it looked like in a certain year, updating it with amendments, finding copies of older orders-in-council, etc. It is mostly time-consuming because if you are interested in a year prior to the early 2000s, very little is available online and you will mostly be working with the bulky print volumes of statutes or regulations.

Fortunately, the Osgoode Law School at York University has made considerable strides in assisting in this area and now offers pdfs of Ontario Annual Statutes back to 1970, and Ontario Revised Statutes back to 1914. What is even better, as can be seen below (click to enlarge), is they are broken down into separate pdfs and fully browsable by the individual acts (goodbye 400+ page pdfs!):


Statutes are fully browsable by Act

So if you need a copy of an older Ontario Act, bookmark this site and have a look! I use it constantly in my legislative research here, even just to to get a cleaner-looking scan of a particular Act.

They also have digital copies available of all the old Ontario Law Reform Commission reports, something we get questions about as well.

Improved Search Function in WestlawNext Canada

There’s an exciting new feature in WestlawNext Canada that we just had to share with our legal research keeners. Brenda and I cheered out loud when this feature launched a few weeks ago, it’s that exciting!

From any page on WestlawNext Canada, you can now do a targeted search by clicking on the “Find” button at the end of the white search box. This will open the “Find Dropdown” template, which is a search box that gives you the option of retrieving materials by case, statute, or regulation name or citation.

The benefit of using this template is that when you know what you’re trying to find on WestlawNext (a certain case, a specific section of an act, etc.), as opposed to running a general keyword search, this will bring those documents up to the top of your results list, and not flood your results with documents you don’t need. Try it out, and let us know how it works for you!

#ThrowbackThursday: Ottawa in 1895

With the NCC having announced its new fifty year draft plan for Canada’s Capital city, I got curious and went on a wild goose chase to track down anything and everything I could find relating to the city’s developmental history (such it is with librarians).

One of the more interesting things I came across was this bird’s eye view image of Ottawa circa 1895, with drawings of the more prominent buildings around the edge (click to enlarge).


Image Credit : Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division.

There’s also another great view of the city from a little earlier, around 1876, found here, courtesy of Library and Archives Canada.