It is incredibly hard for us to believe, but this is our last day of normal library service in the CCLA Library as we know it! Starting tomorrow, we’re closed down for the month of December so we can empty the space out and get ready for renovations to start in the new year. We’re going to take a whole load of photos of the library and lounge today, so that we have them to do some incredible before and after shots with later (and for posterity, of course!). I’m hopeful we’ll be able to show you some “In Progress” shots as well over the next year. Stay tuned!
A couple months ago we highlighted Sean Robichaud’s online and freely available Criminal Law Precedent Collection; well, they’re at it again! The firm has taken it upon themselves to compile courthouse information for all the courthouses in Ontario, including information on local (criminal) practice, resources, and contact information for key personnel in each area. This is an out-of-town counsel’s dream!
You can find the Local Counsel Insight Project here.
This is all made possible from submissions from local counsel in each area. If you have information about an Ontario courthouse and would like to contribute to their project, please fill out this form to help them out!
We’ve received quite a few new books since last month, which are now available here in the library. Check out the full list below!
Annotated Ontario Securities Legislation, 47th ed. (LexisNexis)
Auto Insurance Coverage Law in Ontario (LexisNexis)
Bequest Management for Charities in Canada, 2nd ed. (LexisNexis)
Canadian Health Law and Policy, 5th ed. (LexisNexis)
Child Support Guidelines in Canada, 2017 (Irwin Law)
Collective Agreement Arbitration in Canada, 6th ed. (LexisNexis)
Document Registration Guide, 19th ed. (LexisNexis)
Lawyers’ Ethics and Professional Regulation, 3rd ed. (LexisNexis)
Ontario Litigator’s Guide to Evidence, 7th ed. (LexisNexis)
A Practitioner’s Guide to Commercial Arbitration (Irwin Law)
Torts: A Guide for the Perplexed (LexisNexis)
Understanding Discrimination in Employment Law (LexisNexis)
Fellow fans of old tech, behold: a Quicksearch User’s Manual!
As we get ready to renovate the library, we’ve had to do a massive clean out of our belongings. Our ED Rick found this jewel tucked away in the depths of our storage locker.
Quicksearch was the precursor to Quicklaw. Undoubtedly some of you remember the early days of online searching for cases. No fancy interfaces here! Just DOS-like prompts over dial-up modems. This user’s manual was a looseleaf (last updated here in 1993), that showed you how to carry out the (by today’s standards) very complicated search strings needed to retrieve a case. I took a few photos from the book; enjoy! (Click on any picture to make it bigger.)
We are (finally) renovating our library and lounge space at the courthouse! It has been quite the long road to get to this point, so we are excited it is actually happening.
During the renovations we will be undergoing some service changes at the library. The following services will be affected:
December 1, 2017 – January 1, 2018
The CCLA library will be fully closed for the month of December as we prepare the library for renovations. This means:
- No library staff, reference, or research services will be available on-site, by email, or by phone.
- No access to print or electronic resources.
- No computer access, printing, photocopying, scanning, or faxing available on-site.
- Courthouse wifi and access to the lounge and robing rooms will be unaffected.
During this time, if you need assistance with legal research we recommend contacting our friends at the Middlesex Law Association (519-679-7046) or the Toronto Lawyers’ Association (416-327-5700), who are both extremely helpful!
Computer access and scanning are also available at the main branch of the Ottawa Public Library.
January 2, 2018 – December 2018
The CCLA library will re-open with limited services in January while the renovations are taking place. We anticipate the renovations will take between 10 – 12 months. During this time there will be the following changes:
- During the first stage of renovations, the library front desk will be moved adjacent to the lawyers’ lounge. The main portion of the library will be closed and access will only be possible through the lounge. Halfway through renovations the library front desk will be moved back into the library and the lounge will be closed.
- Photocopying, faxing, printing, scanning, and time-limited computer access will be available with a smaller number of machines. There will be no access to these services by members of the public or court runners.
- Limited reference and research services available. Much of our collection will be packed away, but we will do our best to assist with reference requests during this time.
We are certainly looking forward to having brand new facilities that work better for our users and our space, but in the meantime we thank you for your patience while we renovate!
Find below recently published Ottawa decisions, available for free through CanLII.org.
McIntyre v. LaBoissonniere (2017 ONSC 6682)
spousal support — separation agreement — interim — children — motion
Justice M. Shelston
Elkout v. Elkout (2017 ONSC 6797)
child support — retroactive — behavior — offer — settle
Justice M. Linhares de Sousa
Giron v. Giron (2017 ONSC 6721)
child support — costs — articling student — junior — full indemnity
Justice S. Corthorn
Labrèche v Labrèche (2017 ONSC 6702)
child of the marriage — equalization — provable in bankruptcy — resulting trust — separation
Justice H. Williams
N.H. v. J.H. (2017 ONSC 6607)
spousal support — marriage — child — separation — limited-term support
Justice J. Mackinnon
Quenville v. Goodfellow (2017 ONSC 6549)
children — parent — father — school — custody
Justice J. Audet
TD Bank v. Perodeau (2017 ONSC 6798)
mortgage — motion — affidavit — possession — defended
Justice C. MacLeod
9402209 Canada Inc. v. 2434989 Ontario Inc. (2017 ONSC 6735)
work platforms — brackets — interlocutory injunction — building — encroach on the property
Justice C. Aitken
Franklin v. Corporation of the City of Ottawa (2017 ONSC 6703)
sub-rule — vexatious — frivolous — endorsement — mail
Justice R. Beaudoin
Saini v. Labelle (2017 ONSC 6632)
anti-psychotic medication — argues — incapacity — credit card — reasonableness
Justice S. Kershman
Magenta Mortgage Investment Corporation, et al. v. Ashlar Construction Ltd., et al. (2017 ONSC 6621)
mortgage — payments — property — deficiencies — equitable estoppel
Justice A. Doyle
Simms v. Simms (2017 ONSC 6624)
testator — father — appointed — estate — funds
Justice C. Hackland
Saikely v. Saikely (2017 ONSC 6462)
vexatious — pleading — hallmarks of frivolous — abuse — process
Justice R. Beaudoin
Divisional Court Decisions from Ottawa Judges
State Farm v. Asamoah et al (2017 ONSC 6696)
procedural fairness — remitted for re-hearing — entitlement — application for judicial review — reasons
Justices F. Kiteley, L. Pattillo, and L. Sheard
Frederick v. Van Dusen (2017 ONSC 6681)
spring — septic system — proposed cross-appeal — effluent — reasonable person with the abilities
Justice R. Ryan Bell
Court of Appeal Decisions of Local Interest
Bois v. MD Physician Services Inc. (2017 ONCA 857)
installments — bonus — employee — pay-out dates — resignation
Justices J. Simmons, P. Rouleau, and D. Brown
Our last cornerstone conference of the year kicks off tomorrow, so this means our last throwback in 2017 to the conferences from years past. For this year’s “Mont Ste. Trembello” (Mont Ste. Marie + Tremblant + Montebello), I’ve pulled up the agenda from 1987. As a special treat, we also have a copy of the registration form (a nerdy attention to detail that maybe only I enjoy, but I’ve included for you regardless).
Anyone who has been to my training sessions has heard me say that I am a huge fan of browsing. For legal research, I love being able to browse through tables of contents, indices, alphabetical lists, or subject guides to drill down to the specific set of information that I need, as opposed to just entering keywords or case or legislation names I’m not entirely sure about. As such, I was very excited to hear that JustisOne, a UK legal research platform that we subscribe to in the library (read more here!), was launching a browse feature. This feature would allow the researcher to choose from a list of categories, or subject areas, and drill down into more specific topics within that general area, ultimately finding cases on that point.
As of this this week, the beta version of the browse functionality has been added to the platform, so here’s a look at this brand-new feature. I’ve recently read a book for the Canadian Law Library Review on reproductive donation, so since it’s fresh on my brain, I’ll use this as an example. Click on any picture to make it bigger.
From the homepage of JustisOne, you can see on the left side bar a new icon – for the browse feature.
When you click on that icon, you open up the browse screen. A brand new column appears, with a list of topics presented alphabetically. These are the broadest levels of topics.
You can click to select a topic, and as you do, another column will open up with more specific categories to do with that initial topic. You can keep clicking and with each new column that is added to the right, you will get more and more specific topics. As you can see below, this browse went through a path of looking for family law cases, then cases to do with children, to do with assisted reproduction, and then finally donor identity.
You can keep clicking until you either reach a point where you’re satisfied (say you didn’t want anything more specific than “assisted reproduction”) or until there is nothing more specific to drill down to. This example above could actually have kept going to even more specific topics than donor identity. Finally, once you’re ready to see the cases under the category you’ve browsed to, you can click on the “Find Cases” button atop the columns:
This will bring up a list of cases that have been categorized under that topic:
You can also use these categories as a starting point to do a search. For example, here I stopped clicking through to more specific topics when I reached “assisted reproduction.” You can see that in the search box, and the number of cases is listed below that box:
I can add terms to that search box, however, to search just within the cases that were identified as being about assisted reproduction. In this example, I searched for cases classified as being about assisted reproduction, which also mention the phrase “embryo transfer”:
I think this is a really great addition to JustisOne, and one that you may find helpful in your research. Foreign law research can be quite daunting, but with this new browse function walking you through legal topics, not just entering key words in and hoping for the best, you may find case law searching from the Commonwealth to be a fair bit easier. I’ve heard that Justis is working to add more and more cases to the categories and sub-categories, which is just great. JustisOne is available on all of our library computers; let us know if you need any help using it!
Heads up for lawyers in Ontario: the Law Society has changed the way you remotely access HeinOnline. Previously, lawyers could ask their local library for the password for logging in to the program, but because it was a single common login the password would change every six months. Starting last week, however, the Law Society has issued a new remote access procedure through EZproxy software. This will allow a static and persistent login and password for each individual lawyer, and it also means the previous username and passwords will not work!
HeinOnline is a fantastic resource for journal articles and historical Canadian legislation; we highly recommend it, and it’s free for Ontario lawyers! To get set up for your new access, contact the Law Society by email with your name, affiliation and law society number.
You can find out more by visiting the Great Library’s blog post here.
We’d be lying if we said WestlawNext wasn’t one of our favourite things. We’d also be lying if we said that our WestlawNext trainer wasn’t one of our favourite people! So we love to hold training sessions in the library for a multitude of reasons.
Here’s our next one! As always these are free and all are welcome, and can count towards 1 hour of professionalism content if you still need those CPD hours.
When: Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Where: CCLA Library, 161 Elgin St. Suite 2004
This program contains 1.0 Professionalism Hour which can be used as credit towards your annual requirements.
The Thomson Reuters Customer Learning Team has been approved as an Accredited Provider of Professionalism Content by The Law Society of Upper Canada.