Yearly Archives: 2018

Research Refresher: Lexis Advance Quicklaw Quantums

I was looking for quantums in Quicklaw last week and realized a) it had been a while since I had done so, and b) I wasn’t entirely sure how to access them anymore! If you’ve never used the quantums in Quicklaw, you might be surprised to learn the scope of what these gather. In the library’s subscription to Quicklaw, you can access quantums for:

  • Breach of Contract
  • Child Support
  • Defamation
  • Dependants’ Relief
  • Matrimonial Property
  • Medical Neligence
  • Property-Related Torts
  • Sentencing
  • Spousal Support
  • Wrongful Dismissal
  • Personal Injury

I checked online to see if Lexis had made any tutorials for using this feature, and thankfully they have! Check out the video below, and next time you need to figure out “how much,” consider popping over to the library to see what Quicklaw has for you.

#ThrowbackThursday: Renovations Before and After

Visitors to the Library have been raving about our new space, but construction carries on in Phase 2 of our renovations. We haven’t shown too many pictures of the work being done in the Lounge side of the space (simply because we don’t have access to the space like we did to the library), so here are a couple of new before and afters! This side has enormous change happening, and the biggest might be how fresh it feels! So much fresh air and natural light!


These shots are looking into the library from the Lounge doors. There were cubicle offices along most of the windows, blocking all of the light and views, and lots of bookshelves. Unfortunately, many of the books back here were seldom-used, and aisles became overflow storage.


The lounge will now be extending into this space, and we’ve taken everything off the windows! If you’ve been into the library and seen our massive lights, stay tuned: there will be large, equally impressive lighting going into this space as well. In addition to the nice, new soft seating we’ll have, we’ll also have a long, bar-height counter with stools and power outlets along the windows for a portion of the space (essentially, along the windows where that red work platform is in the first After photo). We expect those seats will be very popular, as the view from this room is pretty great.

Construction of this space is still on schedule, so provided everything continues to go well, we should be ready to welcome you in this fall!


Ottawa Blog Roll: July 2018

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

Condominium Law

New Tribunal Rules on Owners Accessing Condominium Records
– Rod Escayola, Condo Adviser

Should Condo Owners be Able to Get Information About Other Owners?
– Rod Escayola, Condo Adviser

Corporations Must Act Fast When Condo Owners Requisition a Meeting of Owners
– Rod Escayola, Condo Adviser

New Tax on Airbnb Rentals in Ottawa
– Christy Allen, Davidson Houle Allen LLP

Vexatious Litigant Not Precluded From Accessing Condominium Authority Tribunal
– Jessica Weick, Davidson Houle Allen LLP

Dispute Over Flower Box Leads to Expensive Litigation
– Jessica Weick, Davidson Houle Allen LLP

The Effect Of The New Construction Act On Condominiums In Ontario
– David Lu, Davidson Houle Allen LLP

Collecting Chargebacks Will Soon Become More Of A Challenge
– James Davidson, Davidson Houle Allen LLP

Construction Law

Construction Lien Act Amendments, Part 3 – Lien, Holdback, and Trust Rules
– Bryce Dillon & Keith Maclaren, Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP/s.r.l.

What you need to know about the new changes to the Construction Lien Act
– David Contant, Nelligan O’Brien Payne

Corporate Commercial Law

Good Faith in Contractual Negotiations and Performance – Civil vs Common Law
– Robert Bissonnette, Mann Lawyers

Criminal Law

Full Disclosure: Setting The (Fictional) Record Straight
– Anne Marie McElroy, McElroy Law

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

AG Mulroney’s Big Debut is a Throwback Fail
– Michael Spratt, Abergel Goldstein & Partners LLP

On Gun Violence, Jim Watson and John Tory Shoot from the Lip
– Michael Spratt, Abergel Goldstein & Partners LLP

Employment & Labour Law

Receipt of LTD Evidence of Frustration
– Sean Bawden, Labour Pains

The Right to Purreavement Leave in Ontario
– Sean Bawden, Labour Pains

Family Caregiver Leave in Ontario
– Sean Bawden, Labour Pains

Putting on the Brakes: Ontario courts are limiting the scope of post-dismissal mitigatory earnings
– Andrew Vey, Vey Willetts LLP

Ontario Court Creates New Protection for Complainants of Workplace Sexual Harassment
– Andrew Vey, Vey Willetts LLP

Family Law

Can an embryo be treated as “property”?
– Erin Lepine & Paul Taylor-Sussex, Nelligan O’Brien Payne

When will a court order “double dipping”?
– Daniel Duyvelshoff, Fresh Legal

Food & Beverage Law

Bait and switch? Incorporation by reference of front of pack labelling symbols
– Lewis Retik, Gowling WLG

Eat your cannabis and have it too: Edibles will present unique regulatory challenges
– Laura E. Gomez & Megan Martins, Gowling WLG

IP & Copyright Law

Tough break? KitKat and the fight over those four fingers
– Wing Yan & Paul Taylor-Sussex, Nelligan O’Brien Payne

Some Notes About Recent Developments at the Copyright Board of Canada
– Howard Knopf, Excess Copyright

Nice Classification in the Age of Globalization
– Kimberley Baillie, Gowling WLG

Land surveys: who owns the copyright?
– Paul Taylor-Sussex, Bryan Thaw, & Wing Yan, Nelligan O’Brien Payne

Food Delivery Apps – Good for Business?
– Paul Taylor-Sussex, Nelligan O’Brien Payne

Practice Management

The cause of, and solution to
– Jordan Furlong, Law21

Hope vs. experience in California
– Jordan Furlong, Law21

Who really owns your law firm?
– Jordan Furlong, Law21

Security Law

“9/11esque” Tweets and the Saudi Spat
– Craig Forcese, National Security Law

Oh, What Tangled Webs the CSIS Act Weaves: The Federal Court’s Latest Decision on CSIS’s Foreign Intelligence Mandate
– Craig Forcese, National Security Law

Threading the Needle: Structural Reform & Canada’s Intelligence-to-Evidence Dilemma
– Craig Forcese, National Security Law

Supreme Court

2018: The SCC mid-year review – How’s it going so far?
– D. Lynne Watt, Gowling WLG

Trade Law

Negotiation, Not Litigation is the Way to NAFTA Modernization
– Gordon LaFortune, Canadian Trade Law Blog

We include highlights of recent posts and articles from Ottawa-area blogs that are of substantive value to the legal community. Did we miss one? Let us know!

Recently Published Ottawa Decisions

Find below recently published Ottawa decisions, available for free through

Family Matters

Hawes v. Hawes (2018 ONSC 4718)
parenting time — separation agreement — primary residence — support — fulltime
Justice T. Engelking

CAS v. M.G. (2018 ONSC 4491)
father — charge of the child — child s best interests — treatment — parent
Justice A. Doyle

Ouellette v. Uddin (2018 ONSC 4520)
child — income — date of separation — spousal support — value
Justice M. Shelston

Villeneuve v. Bell (2018 ONSC 4518)
caregiving role — access — child — full-time basis — relationship
Justice M. Labrosse

Naqib v. Sakkal (2018 ONSC 4479)
access — www ourfamilywizard com — children — supervisor — web-based application
Justice M. Labrosse

Van de Hoef v. Lafond (2018 ONSC 4440)
father — child — supervised access — motion — variation
Justice J. Audet

N.H. v. J.H. (2018 ONSC 4436)
father — children — parents — preferences — school
Justice J. Audet

Civil Matters

Syed v. Nirman (2018 ONSC 4741)
nunc pro tunc — two-year limitation period — trustee — corporation — pleading
Justice R. Ryan Bell

Johnson Wisotzki v. PCL Constructors Inc. (2018 ONSC 4685)
intentional infliction of mental suffering — proposed amendments — statute-barred — surveillance — struck
Justice R. Ryan Bell

Merchant v. Mehta (2018 ONSC 3632)
funds — invested — personal loan — interest — cash
Justice C. Hackland

Hannuneh v. Economical Mutual Insurance Company (2018 ONSC 4588)
solicitor-client account — settlement — motion — relief — disbursements
Justice S. Corthorn

Knowmadics v. Cinnamon (2018 ONSC 4451)
cover — software — irreparable harm — website — motion
Justice S. Corthorn

Criminal Matters

R. v. Bullen (2018 ONSC 4633)
cocaine — conspiracy — intercepted communications — trafficking — criminal organization
Justice M. Labrosse

R. c. FJ (2018 ONSC 4587)
bonbon — grands-parents — filles — accusé — témoignage
Juge M. O’Bonsawin

R. v. Conley (2018 ONCJ 511)
expert — re-enactment — bicycle — evidence — truck
Justice D. Berg

R. v. Conley (2018 ONCJ 498)
operating mind — voluntariness — police — cautioned — charged
Justice D. Berg

Court of Appeal Decisions of Local Interest

R. v. Lawrence (2018 ONCA 676)
fine in lieu of forfeiture — restitution — sentencing — pucks — gold
Justices M. Benotto, G. Trotter, and D. Paciocco

R. v. Dell (2018 ONCA 674)
faint hope — period of parole ineligibility — judicial screening — jury — punishment
Justices D. Doherty, H. LaForme, and D. Paciocco

Carby-Samuels II v. Carby-Samuels (2018 ONCA 664)
vexatious — father — strong presumption of judicial impartiality — prohibiting him from instituting — mentally competent adult
Justices A. Hoy, K. van Rensburg, and G. Pardu

Translated Family Law Forms

We have a lot of forms and valuable practice information available on our Family Law Practice Portal; we’re pleased to work with the AJEFO in order to provide newly-translated versions of the following Family Law documents:

  • Most Common Errors When Drafting a Court Order in Accordance with an Endorsement (English / French)
  • Case Conference Template (English / French)
  • Emergency Motions (without notice) under Rule 14(12) – A Guide (English / French)
  • Standard Terms for Family Court Orders (English / French)
  • Confidential Application for Integrated Family and Criminal Court (IFCC) (English / French)


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.

Motor Vehicle Litigation Summit 2018 ( March 26-27, 2018)

  • Should privacy matter to car crash lawyers? PIPEDA, the LAT and torts / R. Lee Akazaki
  • Distracted driving : the burden of proof / Russell Brownlee
  • Marijuana regulation : the science of intoxication / Michael R. Corbett
  • Surveillance : a step by step guide – post Iannarella v. Corbett / Allison Burrison, Krystal Leonov, Daniel Strigberger
  • Driverless cars : the future of transportation and its impact on motor vehicle litigation / Charles Gluckstein, Jessica Golosk

Wills and Estates Refresher 2018 (March 28, 2018)

  • The initial meeting and instructions / Mary-Alice Thompson
  • Obligations of the solicitor and the estate planning retainer with husband and wife / Ian Hull
  • Drafting protection of trustees / Jordin Atin
  • Don’t send out a will for execution by a client alone / Rodney Hull

12th Annual Family Law Summit (April 9-10, 2018)

  • E-evidence in family law / Heather Hansen, Jonathan Robinson
  • Cases of the year 2017 / Philip M. Epstein
  • Parental relocation : a call for Canada-wide legislative change / Fareen L. Jamal, Lawrence Pinsky, John-Paul Boyd
  • The year in spousal support : appeals, material changes and more / Rollie Thompson
  • Things to consider when dealing with interim property issues / Raymond A. Goddard, Janice Ho

8th Annual Business Law Summit (May 2, 2018)

  • Commercial law update / Jennifer Babe
  • Can gifted shares be kept of net family property on marriage breakdown? / Joshua D. Wynn, Murray Gottheil
  • Update on the taxation of Canadian private corporations and their shareholders / Kevin Fritz
  • Co-operative corporations : what are they? How are they created? How do they operate? / Ian Shewan
  • The business of cannabis / Margaret Nelligan

Recently Published Ottawa Decisions

Find below recently published Ottawa decisions, available for free through

Family Matters

Maan v. Poirier (2018 ONSC 4348)
contempt — behaved unreasonably — hair follicle — motion — costs
Justice D. Summers

Kwan v. Doherty (2018 ONSC 4413)
five-day period — parenting time — father — camp — jiu-jitsu
Justice S. Corthorn

Kucharski v. Daghistani (2018 ONSC 4297)
father — nanny — will — motion — child
Justice A. Doyle

Sawma v. Zeidan (2018 ONSC 4319)
car-related expenses — agreed-to gross income figures — income for child support purposes — business expenses — evidence
Justice H. Williams

Civil Matters

Greenough v. Maple Ridge Media Inc. (2018 ONSC 4429)
costs — radiant floor heating system — pre-judgment interest — remediation — indemnity
Justice S. Gomery

Donleavy v. Ultramar Ltd. (2018 ONSC 4270)
pre-judgment interest — general non-pecuniary damages — crossclaim — subrogated — post-judgment interest
Justice S. Corthorn

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#ThrowbackThursday: Renovations Before and After

While our new space is beautiful and a huge upgrade on the old library, I think the number one question is “Is this still a bathroom?” with a jiggling of the handle of the door next to the main entrance. Runner up questions include “Is there a washroom here?” and “Where is the washroom?” Sensing a theme, here’s a before and after (and a work-in-progress) shot for you on the state of our washroom!


These are the rooms everyone is looking for! Immediately to the right when you walked into the library, these trusty washrooms served us all for decades.


This door is what you’ll see in that place now! It’s actually a new door (all of the doors in this space were no longer to code, so this one is a bit wider than previously), and it’s not the entrance to a washroom at all. This is our new IT room – the IT room was previously an office that was on a window. What a waste of a window!

Right Now

So to answer the earlier questions about where a bathroom will be, here’s a recent picture from the Phase 2 construction area. The new washroom will be in the lounge, and for the moment is simply a red outline on a brick wall. In the old library set-up, we used to have a rather large room sitting in the middle of our space that had nothing in it but a piece of decommissioned air conditioning equipment. Occasionally an awful smell would come out of the room and the building would open the door to investigate, but other than that the room was pretty well abandoned! We asked for this space to be included in the renovation, and it’s now being turned into a nice, new, clean, and accessible washroom. This picture gives the impression that this is some hobbit-sized door, but it’s definitely not! The ceiling is currently removed in the entire area, so it’s a bit of an optical illusion. When the ceiling is back up, it won’t look quite so pint-sized.

New Titles – July 2018

Alongside the newly renovated library, we’ve made sure to have a bunch of brand new books! The massive list below contains new editions of popular titles and completely new titles from a variety of practice areas. With new books and a beautiful new library, you have plenty of reasons to come for a visit!

The 2018 Annotated Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (Thomson Reuters)

The 2018-2019 Annotated Contraventions Act (Thomson Reuters)

2018 GST Memoranda, Bulletins, Policies & Info Sheets, 25th Ed. (Thomson Reuters)

Administrative Law in Practice: Principles and Advocacy (Emond Publishing)

The Annotated Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule, 2018/2019 Ed. (LexisNexis)

Behind and Beyond Boilerplate: Drafting Commercial Agreements, Fourth Ed. (Thomson Reuters)

Canadian Contract Law, 4th Ed. (LexisNexis)

Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation, 9th Ed. (Thomson Reuters)

The Canadian Law of Obligations: Private Law for the 21st Century and Beyond (LexisNexis)

Conduct of an Appeal, 4th Ed. (LexisNexis)

Criminal Law for Legal Professionals, 2nd Ed. (Emond Publishing)

Defending Drinking and Driving Cases 2018 (Thomson Reuters)

Family Law: Practice and Procedure, 5th Ed. (Emond Publishing)

A Guide to Practice and Procedure in the Ontario Small Claims Court (LexisNexis)

Handling Provincial Offence Cases in Ontario 2018 (Thomson Reuters)

Indigenous People and the Criminal Justice System (Emond Publishing)

The Law of Traffic Offences, 4th Ed. (Thomson Reuters)

Legal and Legislative Drafting, 2nd Ed. (LexisNexis)

Legal Liability of Doctors and Hospitals in Canada, 5th Ed. (Thomson Reuters)

Litigating Competition Law in Canada (LexisNexis)

Martin’s Related Criminal Statutes, 2018-2019 Ed. (Thomson Reuters)

Mistake in Contracting (LexisNexis)

Ontario Annual Practice 2018-2019 Ed. (Thomson Reuters)

Ontario Municipal Legislation 2018 (Thomson Reuters)

Ontario Planning Legislation 2018 (Thomson Reuters)

Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Act & Commentary, 2018/2019 Ed. (LexisNexis)

Personal Injury Damages, 2018 Ed. (LexisNexis)

Practitioner’s Goods and Services Tax Annotated with Harmonized Sales Tax 2018, 37th Ed. (Thomson Reuters)

Practitioner’s Ontario Taxes Annotated 2018, Spring Ed. (Thomson Reuters)

Social Media and Internet Law – Forms and Precedents, 2nd Ed. (LexisNexis)

Social Media and Privacy Law for Employers – Hiring, Firing and Managing Reputation (LexisNexis)

Termination of Employment (Emond Publishing)

The Trial of Sexual Offence Cases, Second Ed. (Thomson Reuters)

Watt’s Manual of Criminal Evidence 2018 (Thomson Reuters)

Recently Published Ottawa Decisions

Find below recently published Ottawa decisions, available for free through

Family Matters

Nafar-Ross v. Raahemi (2018 ONSC 4112)
costs — motion — child — successful — expectations
Justice P. Roger

Piacenti v. Thomson (2018 ONSC 4108)
access — matrimonial home — school — child support — income
Justice R. Ryan Bell

Pitre v. Lalande (2018 ONSC 3985)
post-judgment interest rate — father — arrears — post-judgment interest rates — accrue as of the date
Justice S. Corthorn

Mancini v. Mancini (2018 ONSC 3970)
income — bad faith — spousal support — motion — billable
Justice M. Shelston

A.Z. v. H. (2018 ONSC 3968)
costs — child support — arrears — equalization — full recovery
Justice T. Engelking

Kruschenske v. Kruschenske (2018 ONSC 3956)
father — children — second weekend — boys — overnight access
Justice P. Kane

Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa v. K.F. (2018 ONSC 3905)
paternal grandparents — children — half-siblings — motion for summary — custody
Justice S. Corthorn

Civil Matters

Leopold Edwin Siberg v. Bruyère Continuing Care Inc. (2018 ONSC 4235)
hospital — injunction — care — video — cameras
Justice C. MacLeod

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