Monthly Archives: October 2016

Recently Published Ottawa Decisions

Find below recently published Ottawa decisions, available for free through

Family Matters

Miller v Miller (2016 ONSC 6101)
recommendations of the realtor — costs — home — follow the recommendations — failed to comply
Justice A. Doyle

Barkan v Ovodov (2016 ONSC 6105)
child support — jurisdiction — forum — juridical advantage — conveniens
Justice A. Doyle

Dina Lorraine Belanger v John Kenneth Normoyle (2016 ONSC 6215)
support — spousal — child — income
Justice M. Charbonneau

Civil Matters

Scaffidi-Argentina v Tega Homes Developments Inc. (2016 ONSC 6056)
costs — reserved to be determined — sheard — determined at the time — advises
Justice L. Sheard

Accreditation Canada International v Guerra (2016 ONSC 6184)
costs — interlocutory injunction — aka — motion — preferable
Justice P. Smith

Lawyers’ Professional Indemnity Company v Lloyd’s Underwriters (2016 ONSC 6196)
excess — policy — insurance — coverage — contribution
Justice M. James

Owen v The Estate of Barbara Owen (2016 ONSC 6241)
costs — full indemnity basis — argues — condominium parking space — draft
Justice S. Kershman

Bearsfield Developments Inc. v McNabb (2016 ONSC 6294)
conveyance — creditors — fraud — genuine issue requiring — intent
Justice R. Maranger

Dhawan v Arnold (2016 ONSC 6304)
discovery — unexpected change in circumstances — liability — test — interrogatory
Justice R. Maranger

Criminal Matters

R. v. Madeley (2016 ONCJ 579)
victim surcharge — pressing — offenders — undue hardship — universality
Justice D. Paciocco

R. v. D.A.H. (2016 ONCJ 585)
cannabis — impaired — marijuana — probable grounds — drug
Justice P. K. Doody

R. v McCann (2016 ONSC 6057)
detention — vehicle — detained — police — snowbank
Justice. R. Beaudoin

Divisional Court Decisions from Ottawa Judges

Bart v McMaster University (2016 ONSC 5747)
faculty — complaints — harassment — business school — three-year suspensions
Justices H. Sachs, C. Hackland, and J. Thorburn

Court of Appeal Decisions of Local Interest

R. v. Manasseri (2016 ONCA 703)
death — evidence — murder — assault — joinder
Justices D. Watt, P. Lauwers and G. Huscroft

R. v. Sarrazin (2016 ONCA 714)
jury — in-dock identification — jurors — impugned comments — gang
Justices E. Gillese, P. Rouleau, and D. Brown

P.M. Snelgrove General Contractors & Engineers Ltd. v. Jensen Building Limited (2016 ONCA 728)
project — profit — expert — failure — evidence
Justices K. Feldman, G. Epstein, and B. Miller

Nadeau v. Caparelli (2016 ONCA 730)
nunc pro tunc — motion — joinder — assignor — equitable assignment
Justices D. Brown, A. Hoy, and G.Huscroft

Weekend Edition – October 8 & 9

Happy Thanksgiving! It’s going to be a busy weekend no doubt and Jen is off gallivanting in Europe, but here’s what we’re trying to read, watch, and listen to this weekend.


Brenda: “A Home Invasion, A Torture Session, One Lawyer Nearly Killing Another—The Gruesome November Night in One of Washington’s Wealthiest Suburbs.
Next up on my true crime longform reads.

Emily: Dracula – Bram Stoker
Fact about me: I love Halloween. As such, I usually reserve the month of October for reading spooky stories. This classic is simply amazing so far.


Brenda: Luke Cage
I’m sure I’ll find some time to binge-watch this between Jays games and Thanksgiving dinners!

Listening To

Emily: Quirks & Quarks – CBC Radio
I’ll be catching up on fascinating science with last week’s episode, which includes: “The origins of a good beer”, “Powerful microbe fights a crop fungus”, “Looking for life inside the red planet”, and “Trees survive the cold weather”. 

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 Estates Lawyer 2016 (May 3, 2016)

  • New rules of practice for estates: an overview / Suzana Popovic-Montag
  • Tax update / Paul Gibney
  • Dealing with personal property: the pesky and the practical / Marcia Green
  • The challenges of an insolvent estate: a side-by-side comparison of estate administration and bankruptcy / Benjamin D. Arkin

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

  • Employment contracts: the jurisprudential tug of war continues / Kimberly Alexander and Rhea Kamin
  • Update on summary judgment motions: when should they be used? / Justin Tetreault
  • Ontario’s comprehensive review of the Employment Standards Act / Doug MacLeod and Katelyn Weller
  • Teething problems: the growing pains of workplace harassment legislation in Ontario / Laura Williams and Safina Lakhani

20th Annual Intellectual Property Law: The Year in Review (Jan. 21, 2016)

  • 2015 patent law update / Mark Davis
  • Trademarks update / David Lipkus
  • Copyright developments – 2015 / Margot Patterson and Andrea Rush
  • Trade-mark infringement: where are the courts going with the “use” requirement? / May Cheng, Mark Evans, Trent Horne, and Cynthia Rowden

The Annotated Guardianship Application 2016 (Feb. 25, 2016)

  • Annotated closing letter / Angela Casey and Kaylie Handler
  • The annotated guardianship application: the view of the public guardian and trustee / Jaël Marques de Souza
  • Ethical issues in guardianship applications / Susan Easterbrook
  • One neuron short of a retainer: the capacity to instruct counsel / Clare Burns

Upcoming Training: WestlawNext Canada

While we still have one more training session scheduled for the new Lexis Advance Quicklaw, we also have another Westlaw Next Canada training session scheduled for this fall. Join us in the CCLA Library on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 12:00 PM for an hour-long session led by Westlaw trainer Josée Provost. If you’re using Westlaw at your office, or like to take advantage of the great, free access we have here at the library, this session will show you how to use this database to its greatest potential. There’s no cost for this session, but please RSVP with us so we know how many people to expect.

To whet your appetite for what’s to come, check out this short training video on one of my very favourite features of WestlawNext: the Canadian Abridgment. Anyone who has been to one of my training sessions knows that I love browsing features in databases, so a video of browsing the Abridgment is my legal research dream come true:

Weekend Edition – October 1 & 2

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: “Missteps Hamper 1999 Hit-and-Run Death Probe
Brenda sent me this article to read ages ago, and I’m finally getting to it. I’ve long found true crime stories to be interesting, and here’s another from the infamous Manitowoc County.

Emily: “Nightfall” – Isaac Asimov
Nightfall is a short story recommended to me by science fiction fans. It has been awesome so far!


Jen: All of Shomi.
This is a cop-out answer but count me among the people sad that it’s going away. I have two months to watch whatever I’ve been wanting to from the service!

Brenda: Jays
#OurMoment? Right? I’ll be in my blanket fort.

Listening To

Emily: “From Tree to Shining Tree” – Radiolab Podcast
This weekend I’ll be going for a hike in the woods to enjoy the fall colours, and think this will be an inspiring video to watch before I head out!

Brenda: “Bring on the Female Superheroes” – Christopher Bell, TED Talks Podcast
Having myself tweeted #WheresRey, I found this a very interesting talk on the merchandising of female characters in media, and the effects that it has on gender perceptions.