Yearly Archives: 2018

International Materials on Quicklaw Advance

Looking for international materials? While we are quite fortunate here to have access to some great British databases, often times we are asked about American or Australian case law as well. Perhaps lesser-known is that our Lexis Advance subscription has some coverage of these countries also!

To access them, on the left side of the main screen’s search bar you will notice a country flag. By clicking on this it will bring you to a dropdown menu where you can select which country’s materials you would like to search.


After you enter a search term, you can also easily navigate between countries through the sidebar where you will see these flags again, for example in the screenshot below. Underneath there is also a nice breakdown of the different types of content available, so you can narrow down your results if you are only interested in a specific type.



As you can see from this very generic “wrongful dismissal” search, there is quite a lot of international content on there! It’s definitely worth checking out if you’re looking for foreign materials.


New Titles from The Advocacy Club

Recently, John Hollander was so kind as to stop by the library with copies of these three titles for our collection. Many of you know of The Advocacy Club, which has been instructing new lawyers in advocacy skills for over ten years now. These three volumes make up a series of books from the Advocacy Club, and we think they’ll be popular with our students and new lawyers.


The three titles are:

  • Trial Advocacy: How Canadian Lawyers Prepare For and Conduct Civil Cases
  • Outlining: How to Structure Examinations in Civil Litigation
  • Estate Litigation: Trial Advocacy Techniques in Canadian Estate Cases

These are currently in process at the library, but please let us know if you’d like to see them and we’ll be happy to get them for you.

Recently Published Ottawa Decisions

Find below recently published Ottawa decisions, available for free through

Family Matters

Menard v. Jodoin Feres (2018 ONSC 2228)
arrears — child support — outstanding balance — payments — mistake
Justice T. Engelking

Everett v. Carey (2018 ONSC 2166)
father — tutoring — access — surf boards — child
Justice J. Mackinnon

Derakhshan v. Narula (2018 ONSC 2125)
costs — offer to settle — litigation — research — properties
Justice L. Sheard

Dwaydar v. Mohsen (2018 ONSC 2037)
costs — motion — bad faith — cross-motion — step
Justice J. Audet

Mwadi c. Mihalache (2018 ONSC 2052)
visites — pierre tombale — motion en variation — définitive — courriel
Juge M. O’Bonsawin

Serpellini v. Serpellini (2018 ONSC 1954)
father — income — care — business — overnight
Justice J. Audet

Civil Matters

10313033 Canada Inc. v. 2418973 Ontario Inc. et al. (2018 ONSC 2406)
franchisees — arbitration — interlocutory injunction — franchisor — fees
Justice S. Gomery

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#ThrowbackThursday: Annual Institute of Family Law 1998

As folks head up to Montebello for the 2018 Annual Institute of Family Law this weekend, we’re doing a throwback to the conference from 20 years ago. The 1998 conference was held on May 8th that year, and as was the custom at the time for the Family Law conference, was held in town (in this particular case at the University of Ottawa). Take a look at the program:

Long-Form: Mediation in Family Violence Cases 1

We’re happy to host a new feature on Robeside Assistance, which we are calling Long-Form. Long-Form welcomes contributions from the various committees and other closely related groups to the CCLA, on a topic of recent interest to their members. This month’s contribution is from Lisa Sharp of the Family Law Study Group, which holds regular meetings to discuss family law topics. For more information, please contact Lisa. Enjoy!

Mediation in family violence cases: A viable option to the family court system?

By Lisa Sharp

For some time, Ontario family lawyers have generally agreed that mediation should not be used in cases where there is any claim of family violence. This is primarily due to concerns that there will be an inherent power imbalance in these matters, and that an aggressive spouse can use this power over the victim during negotiations, which would likely result in an unfair agreement.

Over the past 13 years, I have represented both women and men in over one hundred cases where there has been evidence of family violence. In my experience, going to trial in this type of case is fraught with uncertainty, and is potentially more traumatic to the victim than attending mediation.

When we first meet with victims of abuse, they often have a strongly held idea that the family court system will protect them and their children by giving them sole custody and that the abusive parent will be stripped of their parental rights. In fact, this belief that the court will protect them often leads them to go to trial. But there is some evidence that these parties do not feel that the court was able to protect them or their children from their abusers during the trial or in the resulting decisions.

There are many reasons that our family court cannot provide more protection in these cases. First, it is rare for the court to totally stop all contact between an aggressive parent and their child. Notably, these types of cases have serious evidentiary problems, since victims of long term abuse and violence rarely report incidences to police, let alone to their doctors or even to their family members. As many experienced counsel are aware, most victims are deeply embarrassed and frightened to report the reality of their lives for many different reasons.

In addition, often the only witnesses to family violence are the children, and the court is unlikely to allow them to be called as witnesses in our family courts. In one of my cases, the police had investigated a parent for sexual abuse of a three year old, but they did not charge the parent because the three year old boy was considered too young to testify. In the same family case, the father received a 50/50 parenting schedule. This decision shocked my client.

As well, there is a belief that incidences that took place during a marriage will not be a problem once the parties are no longer living together; and that if we can deal with handling the logistics of communication, things will improve, since these incidences are considered “historical incidents”. In my experience, the type of parent who will stalk and harass their ex upon separation isn’t going to stop these harmful behaviours after a trial.

Another problem with these cases is that an abusive spouse will often fire their lawyer early on in the court process and represent themselves. This leads to many new ways that they can harass the victim, including being able to cross examine the victim during the trial, thus re-traumatizing them. The experience of a victim going through a family trial is harrowing given this factor.

These cases are known as “high conflict” cases, and a predominant factor is that often one or both parties suffer from mental health disorders, and they may not be willing or able to follow court orders that result from trials. In fact, I have observed cases where the parties are back in court within weeks of receiving a trial decision, since one or both of the parties do not accept the decision of the Court.

Given all of these factors, it is not surprising that our family courts struggle with how to handle these cases.

Because of these experiences, I have reconsidered the use of mediation for complex, high conflict cases, including family violence cases. My approach includes bringing an application to family court, and once preliminary issues have been taken care of, I strongly urge my clients to try mediation with an experienced family law mediator. The parties are kept in separate rooms with their lawyers, and negotiations can take place over a few days. The outcomes have been outstanding, with participants feeling like their voices are being heard, and they state that they feel like many of their concerns have been addressed. In addition, the mediation process can be therapeutic for both parties, and it is more likely that their continuing conflict with respect to the children will be de-escalated.

In fact, if both parties are treated with dignity and respect, it is much more likely that they will comply with the resulting court order, since they have been part of the process in creating the agreement. It is true that the victim of family violence may have to make some concessions from their original position, but this is no worse than what they might obtain as a trial outcome.

Ottawa Blog Roll: March 2018

Please find below links to blog posts or articles authored by the Ottawa legal community in March.

Civil Litigation

Perils of Joint Ownership of Property
– Anthony McGlynn, Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP/s.r.l.

Examinations of Corporate Parties – Who is the mouth piece?
– Shauna Cant, Mann Lawyers

Did Brain Injury Cause Securities Trader to Make Poor Investments?
– Frank Van Dyke, Van Dyke Injury Law Blog

Andersson v Aquino, 2018 ONSC 852
– Matt Smith, Low Murchison Radnoff LLP

Summary: Leonard v Saint-Vincent Hospital, 2018 ONSC 370
– Tess Brown, Low Murchison Radnoff LLP

When is a Motion for Summary Judgment Appropriate?
– Jennifer Aouad, Low Murchison Radnoff LLP

Case Commentary: North Elgin Center Inc. V. McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Limited
– Doug Smyth, Low Murchison Radnoff LLP

When Should the Court Allow the Examination of a Non-Party?
– Christine LaCasse, Low Murchison Radnoff LLP

Condominium Law

Changes to the Status Certificate
– Rodrigue Escayola, Condo Adviser

Electric Car Charging Stations in Condos
– Rodrigue Escayola, Condo Adviser

New Electric Vehicle Charging Requirements for Condos
– Rodrigue Escayola, Condo Adviser

New Regulations Will Arrive on May 1st Respecting Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Condominiums
– David Lu, Davidson Houle Allen LLP

Some Human Rights News for Condominium Corporations
– James Davidson, Davidson Houle Allen LLP

Recent Case Respecting Owner’s Application for Minor Variance
– James Davidson, Davidson Houle Allen LLP

Construction Law

New Construction Act takes effect
– Neil S. Abbott, Edward (Ted) G. Betts, & Louis-Pierre Grégoire, Gowling WLG

Corporate Commercial Law

OSC Makes New Rule On Distributions Outside Canada
– Paul Franco, Mann Lawyers

CSA Propose Amendments to Remove Prospectus and Registration Exemptions for Syndicated Mortgages
– Paul Franco, Mann Lawyers

The Decline of Door-to-Door Sales – Changes to the Ontario Consumer Protection Act
– Lacey Miller, Mann Lawyers

Oppression: Divisional Court Upholds Liquidation to Resolve Shareholder Dispute
– Chris McLeod, Mann Lawyers

Criminal Law

Why the New Justice Reform Bill, C-75, Is Anything But Just
– Michael Spratt, Abergel Goldstein & Partners LLP

Liberal Criminal Justice Reforms A Bold Betrayal
– Michael Spratt, Abergel Goldstein & Partners LLP

Grant Revived
– Dallas Mack, Mack’s Criminal Law

March 2018 Criminal Law Round-Up
– Anne Marie McElroy, McElroy Law

Just Say No to the Police
– Michael Spratt, Abergel Goldstein & Partners LLP

Pot Bill’s Sober Second Thought
– Michael Spratt, Abergel Goldstein & Partners LLP

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Even More New on CanLII: Newsletters

Just recently we shared the announcement that CanLII had added law reviews to its databases. In another exciting development, they’ve announced that they have now added newsletters to their growing wealth of secondary materials.

From the Newsletters page of CanLII, you can now review issues of two newsletters that have been shared with CanLII:

  • “Justice as Healing” – published by the Native Law Centre at the University of Saskatchewan
  • Siskinds Class Actions Case Review – published by Siskinds LLP

While these topics may not intersect with your practice, I suspect CanLII is looking to grow the collection of newsletters they can offer to users. If these do add value to your practice, however, enjoy!

Recently Published Ottawa Decisions

Find below recently published Ottawa decisions, available for free through

Family Matters

Deneumoustier c. Jodoin (2018 ONCS 1450)
père — mère — pension alimentaire — école — garde
Juge M. Labrosse

Collins v. Nowosad (2018 ONSC 1977)
costs — litigation — reasonably have expected to pay — offer — child
Justice M. Linhares de Sousa

Clark v. Moxley (2018 ONSC 1948)
security for costs — strike — assignment in bankruptcy — cost — affidavit
Justice M. Labrosse

Verhey v. Verhey (2018 ONSC 1943)
after-tax benefit — spousal support — after-tax cost — midpoint — child support
Justice M. Shelston

Dulude v. Cordeiro (2018 ONSC 1849)
children — access — parent — supervised — weekend
Justice P. Kane

Continue Reading…

Newly Received Materials from LSO 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.

Securities law update 2017 (November 16, 2017)

  • Securities litigation / Andrew Gray
  • Corporate finance update / Robert Fonn
  • Corporate finance : staying ahead of the game : emerging trends in continuous disclosure / Grant McGlaughlin
  • Creating and selling blockchain-based tokens : issues and developments / Addison Cameron-Huff

Impaired and “over 80” 2017 (December 2, 2017)

  • C-46 quick guide ; Report on drug per se limits ; Bill C-46: an act to amend the Criminal Code (offences relating to conveyances) and to make consequential amendments to other acts / Joseph Kenkel
  • New offences in Bill C-46 / Peter Keen, Karen Jokinen
  • Gathering BAC and BDC evidence under Bill C-46 / James V. Palangio
  • Bill C-46 : changes to drinking and drug impaired driving sentencing / David Parke, Irwin Isenstein

The six-minute family law lawyer 2017 (December 8, 2017)

  • What a family lawyer must know about PIPEDA / Milton A. Davis, Kyle Kuepfer
  • Legal coaching : an FAQ for family lawyers / Nikki Gershbain
  • What a family lawyer needs to know when their client dies / Suzana Popovic-Montag, Charlotte McGee
  • Myths and issues regarding questioning children / Victoria Talwar
  • Four interesting cases / Philip Epstein

Practice gems : title and off-title searching 2018 (January 17, 2018)

  • Recent legislative changes impacting purchasers of condominium units / Warren Kleiner, Frank Bourgault
  • Land transfer tax : how to deal with filings for off-title trust transfers and other issues / Monica Bianchini
  • A lot from the DOT / Jeffrey Lem
  • Timeless tips for safe searching on the new Teraview / Marguerite E. Moore

The six-minute criminal court judge 2018 (January 27, 2018)

  • Issues in jury selection and management : a practitioner’s guide / Steve Coroza, Colin Wood
  • Expectation of privacy in cell phone texts – standing and some extras / Nancy Dawson
  • A guide to applications under section 276 of the Criminal Code / Mara Greene
  • The reasonable expectation of privacy in residential common areas / Philip Downes

Canadian Bar Review: Now Open Access

Yesterday’s post about CanLII now having law reviews recalls another news item from this month that you may have missed.

The Canadian Bar Association has recently made all of the past issues of the Canadian Bar Review available online and open access. To access past articles, no password, credit card, or anything else is required!

To check out the archive of the Canadian Bar Review, click here.