Monthly Archives: September 2017

#ThrowbackThursday: CBC Archives “On This Day” 1

Today’s Throwback doesn’t directly have to do with law, but I just stumbled across this portion of the CBC website and definitely wanted to share it.

In the digital archives of the CBC, they’ve built an “On This Day” feature that allows you to watch a news clip from the top story of a day from some point in CBC’s broadcasting past. They’ve selected topic for each day of the year, with some incredibly varied new stories.

As today is September 28, their news story for the day dates from 2000 – “Pierre Trudeau Dies at 80.”

vLex Canada Tip: MLB Topics

Last time we had a look at the Irwin Law Essentials collection which is now available on vLex, and continuing with our tips for the new database, today we’ll be having a peek at the MLB (Maritime Law Book) Topics and how they can help your research.

If you’ve ever taken any legal research training sessions from us, you’re probably aware that we are very much fans of skipping keyword searching altogether. It’s messy, ugly, and for the most part you get dumped on with a load of garbage.

Ok perhaps I’m exaggerating, but instead of wasting time picking through thousands of cases, we very much advocate for whatever publications or shortcuts you can use to cut down your research time. MLB topics are one of those shortcuts: they group similar cases by topics, so if you find a case that is relevant, you can click on the topic you’re interested in and find similar cases really quickly. You can also browse the topics, as we’ll see below.

From the homepage of vLex, select “Browse” from the sidebar. From there, navigate to “MLB Topics” in top menu. You’ll see a list of alphabetical topics you can now either search or peruse through.

Clicking on any one of these topics will bring up a listing of all the specific topics under that heading. For example, Contracts:

From here you can click through to any topics that interest you to find links to cases that are under that topic.

Similarly, if you are looking at a case on vLex, at the top of the case all the MLB topics will be listed so you can select your issue and find similar cases on that point of law. At the top of each case it will look something like this:

Clicking on any one of those magnifying glass will search that classification and bring up a list of cases on the topic. So skip the keyword case searching and browse through the MLB topics instead!


Recently Published Ottawa Decisions

Find below recently published Ottawa decisions, available for free through

Family Matters

Burns v. Burns (2017 ONSC 5615)
equalization of net family property — genuine issue requiring — spousal support — agreement — marriage
Justice J. Blishen

Ross v. Lussier (2017 ONSC 5569)
costs — offer to settle — motion — indemnity — articling student
Justice M. Shelston

Kirvan v. Kirvan (2017 ONSC 5560)
spousal support — amount of life insurance — death benefit — indexation — estate
Justice M. Shelston

Bloom v. Bloom (2017 ONSC 5538)
offer to settle — spousal support — motion — income — imputed
Justice A. Doyle

Elkout v. Elkout (2017 ONSC 5475)
child support — pro rata — retroactive credit — school — expenses
Justice M. Linhares de Sousa

Bisumbule c. Conway (2017 ONSC 5450)
sommaire — prescription des actions — res judicata — offres — question litigieuse nécessitant la tenue
Juge M. O’Bonsawin

Bernard v. Fuhgeh (2017 ONSC 5432)
net proceeds — urgent — costs — amended notice of motion — affidavit
Justice J. Audet

C.A.S. v. M.G. (2017 ONSC 5420)
child — care — motion — grandmother — extended family
Justice M.Linares de Sousa

Rivest-Marier v. Emond (2017 ONSC 5410)
offers to settle — bad faith — costs — child support — settlement conference
Justice M. Shelston

Civil Matters

The Corporation of the United Counties of Prescott & Russell v. David S. Laflamme Construction Inc. and Waterproof Concrete (Canada) Ltd. (2017 ONSC 5437)
bridge — limitation period — admixture — concrete — discoverability
Justice M. O’Bonsawin

Ottawa Humane Society v. Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (2017 ONSC 5409)
non-suit clause — affiliate — directors — animal welfare — enforcement
Justice R. Beaudoin

Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority v. Bucci (2017 ONSC 5407)
fence — title — lands — centerline — boundary
Justice L. Sheard

Ling v. Bemac Auto Body Ltd. (2017 ONSC 5321)
cross-examinations of the affiants — affidavit — served — motion for summary — costs
Justice R. Beaudoin

Criminal Matters

R. v. Carson (2017 ONSC 5371)
lobbying — organization — funding — public office holders — activities
Justice C. MacLeod

Divisional Court Decisions from Ottawa Judges

Joyce Corinne Farrell v. Bell Canada (2017 ONSC 5436)
poles — easement — awry — settlement — stay
Justice K. Phillips

Court of Appeal Decisions of Local Interest

Nylene Canada Inc. v. Arnprior (Town) (2017 ONCA 726)
municipality — wastewater processing services — immune — motion — water
Justices A. Hoy, J. MacFarland, and G. Huscroft

El-Khodr v. Lackie (2017 ONCA 716)
no-fault benefits — future — jury — matching — assistive devices
Justices D. Doherty, J. MacFarland, and P. Rouleau

New on HeinOnline: Canadian Bar Review

HeinOnline has recently announced that the Canadian Bar Review, the journal of the CBA, has now been added to their database. Available issues date all the way back to volume 1 from 1923. As LSUC members, you have free access to HeinOnline, right from your desk. The password changes regularly, so get in touch with us here at the library if you need the most up-to-date version.

Since it is Thursday, here’s a Throwback to the intro to the first article in the first volume.  The title is “Law as a Link of Empire” and it’s authored by The Right Honourable Lord Shaw of Dunferline.

Just the first page – if you’d like a copy of the entire article, let us know!

New Titles – September 2017

The following list of titles can now be found in the library:

A Practical Guide to Canadian Citizenship and Inadmissibility – Refugee Law Edition (Carswell)

An Advocacy Primer, 4th Edition (Carswell)

Canadian Medical Law: An introduction for Physicians, Nurses and other Health Care Professionals, 4th Edition (Carswell)

Chartes des droits de la personne, 30e édition, 2017, Législation – Jurisprudence – Doctrine (Wilson & Lafleur)

Cybercrime in Canadian Criminal Law, 2nd Edition (Carswell)

Defending Drug Cases, 4th Edition (Carswell)

Drone Controversies: Ethical and Legal Debates Surrounding Targeted Strikes and Electronic Surveillance (Carswell)

Government Procurement, 4th Edition (LexisNexis)

Law of Criminal Attempt, Third Edition (Carswell)

Mareva and Anton Piller Preservation Orders in Canada: A Practical Guide (Irwin Law)

Misfeasance in a Public Office (Carswell)

Ontario Superior Court Practice, 2018 Edition (LexisNexis)

Repair and Storage Liens Act: A Practical Guide (Canada Law Book)

Settling Family Law Cases: Practical Techniques for Advocates and Neutrals (Carswell)

Sports and Recreation Liability Law in Canada (Canada Law Book)

The 2018 Annotated Tremeear’s Criminal Code (Carswell)

The Law of Fraud and the Forensic Investigator, Fifth Edition (Carswell)

The Law of Government Ethics: Federal, Ontario and British Columbia, Second Edition (Carswell)

The Supreme Court on Trial, Revised edition (Irwin Law)

Victim Law: The Law of Victims of Crime in Canada (Carswell)

Watson & McGowan’s Ontario Civil Practice 2018 (Carswell)

Widdifield on Executors and Trustees, 6th Edition (Carswell)

Sites Unseen: Robichaud’s Criminal Law Precedents

Precedents are easily the most common type of research material we are asked for here at the CCLA library. Earlier this year, we were very excited to hear that Sean Robichaud, Criminal lawyer in Toronto, was starting an ambitious project to upload and allow access to his firm’s Criminal Law Precedents Database (you can read more about their reasoning behind their decision here). As librarians, we love everything about this; from access to justice, to the power of open information, to the simple recognition of where a lawyer’s real value lies (also, extra points for the excellent use of the word ‘bastioned’).

As of writing there are currently 329 precedents available, representing only 3% of their internal database, with more gradually being added. You can browse the precedents by folder, or search by filename by clicking the magnifying glass in the upper right corner.

They also have a Twitter account that you can follow, which updates when new precedents are added to the database.

This is really a great initiative, and here’s hoping that it’s just the start of more of these types of projects cropping up!


vLex Canada Tip: Irwin Law Essentials

As you may have heard or seen in-library, we now have access to the vLex Canada database! We’ll be showcasing some tips over the next couple of weeks to help you get some idea as to the uses and functionality of this new database.

First up: the Irwin Law Essentials Collection!

You might be familiar with these books in print; they are extremely popular in our library and can usually be distinguished at a glance by their characteristic maroon colour. Some of the most well-known titles include: The Law of Evidence by Paciocco and Stuesser, The Charter of Rights and Freedoms by Sharpe and Roach, and Child Support Guidelines in Canada by Payne and Payne. Fortunately, they are now also available in electronic format on vLex Canada!

To access them, simply log in to vLex and click on “Browse” in the sidebar. Under “Books and Journals”, you will then find a link to Irwin Law: The Essentials of Canadian Law. From there, you can see all of the titles currently available on the platform, as can be seen in the screenshot below:

Once you click on a title, it will bring you through to a table of contents where you can browse to find what you need. You can then click through to individual sections and chapters to view the text.

At any time, you can click into the search bar at the top of the screen. If you only want to search the subsection of the content you are viewing, click on the option for “Advanced Search”, as it appears, and that will only search the particular section. You can see an example of this below.

Stay tuned for more vLex tips, and in the meantime, come to the library and play around with it yourself! With an account you will then have 24 hour access from anywhere!


Recently Published Ottawa Decisions

Find below recently published Ottawa decisions, available for free through

Family Matters

Dieng c Seck (2017 ONCS 5276)
aliments — partagé — représentait lui-même réclame des dépens — séparation — protonotaires
Juge P. Roger

Gauthier v. Mallon (2017 ONSC 5231)
costs — offers — spousal support — all-inclusive amount — successful
Justice P. Roger

Bowerman v. Bowerman (2017 ONSC 5192)
without prejudice basis — purposes of this motion — income — registered in post-secondary education — event of any nondisclosure
Justice P. Roger

Civil Matters

Huang v. Fraser Hillary’s Limited (2017 ONSC 5313)
partial indemnity fees — costs — divided success — disbursements — amount
Justice P. Roger

Bazinet v. CompuCom Canada Co., et al. (2017 ONSC 5194)
designated beneficiary of the policy — motion for summary — punitive damages — proceeds of the policy — affiants
Justice S. Corthorn

Merovitz Potechin LLP v. Bahimanga (2017 ONSC 4993)
firm — client — assessment officer — retainer — lawyer
Justice H. Williams

Sarazen v. McTaggart et al. (2017 ONSC 5281)
brothers — genuine issue requiring — bilingual — sign — settlement
Justice M. O’Bonsawin

4381840 Canada Inc. v. Charron, Langlois LLP et al. (2017 ONSC 5189)
alias — actions — seeks partial indemnity costs — successful — number
Justice P. Roger

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#ThrowbackThursday: Daly and Nicholas, Past & Present

I found today’s entry on the Facebook page for Lost Ottawa. The SAW Video Media Arts Centre is located the building now known as the Arts Court. Of course, that building wasn’t always used for that purpose – many still remember it as the old courthouse. For a new video from SAW, historical and modern photos of the site are merged together to compare the  building as it once was and as it is today.  Click here to watch the full video (it’s only 2:48 long, and totally worth it!).

From the creator:

My video for Issue 9 uses historical photographs of the Arts Courts site and video of the present day site. Using the same vantage point in both the video and the photographs, the images are morphed together, allowing a comparison of the past and the present day view of the site. They reveal architectural changes and the passage of time flowing over these buildings as the surrounding city rises up around them.

This video uses historical photographs of the Arts Courts site and video of the present day site. The images are morphed together, allowing a comparison of the past and the present day view of the site.

New Filter Option in WestlawNext Canada

This is a great new tip we learned about in WestlawNext Canada, from our amazing local trainer Josée Provost.

If you’re anything like us, you love the Canadian Abridgment for quickly and easily finding cases on a specific topic. To make your case law research even easier, you can now filter search results from a note-up in Westlaw by Adbridgment topic. Here’s an example below.

Through noting-up section 13 of the Employment Standards Act, 2000, I’m told there are 190 cases that cite this section. On the left hand side of the screen are your filtering options. Tucked in second from the bottom is “Abridgment Topics.”

If you click on “Select” a box will open up showing you a list of topics from within the Abridgment that have this cases included. You can also search for a topic (if there is nothing, you’ll be told there are no hits).

You can select as many topics as you would like. For this example, I’ll select “Contracts”…

And I have limited the 190 citing cases down to just 3 that have to do with contracts.

This feature is really neat, and I know will come in handy to many people during their case law research. If you’d like to learn more about WestlawNext Canada, we do have a free lunch time training session at the library scheduled for November 22. You can RSVP for this session here.